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What's On: Spotlight on South Africa and more

A series of shows at Canadian Stage is shining a spotlight on South Africa, ranging from theatre to dance. And that's just one of the events worth checking out this weekend:

Spotlight South Africa
Apr 8 to Apr 25
Berkeley Theatre

Canadian Stage organized this series to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Nelson Mandela, and a tribute to the mastery and vitality of artists from South Africa. This weekend, you can watch The Meal, a powerhouse dance performance by Mamela Nyamza, who takes on what it means to be an African dancer and a woman. Also on stage, the play Nongogo, a love-story set against the turbulent 1950's.

For more information, check out the Canadian Stage website.

Taming of the Shrew
Apr 9 to Apr 12
The Monarch Tavern

Shakespeare Bash'd proposes to share their love for the bard by taking the show outside the proscenium stage and infusing the lines with their own experiences. Something about this modern approach to the plays works, evident by the immense popularity of their version of The Taming of the Shrew when it first staged in 2013.

For more information, check out the Shakespeare Bash'd website.

Boston Marriage
Apr 7 to Apr 26
Campbell House Museum

It's said that a "Boston Marriage" used to be a New England term used to describe two women living together, independent of financial support from a man. The show centres around two women. The plot thickens when a third woman joins the scene.

For more information, check out the Headstrong Collective website.

Spur Festival
Apr 9 to Apr 12
Various Location

A festival dedicated to discussing politics, arts and ideas, Spur brings together a range of speakers including Guy Standing, Henry Giroux and James Bartleman.

For more information on the line-up, check out the Spur Festival website.

Songkran Festival
Apr 12
Nana (785 Queen Street W)

A little water never hurt anyone. A lot more water can be fun! Enjoy a meal and an indoor water fight to celebrate the Thai New Year.

For more information, check out the Nana website.

In Concert: The Big Sound
Apr 10
The Mod Club

They call themselves Toronto's largest soul band, minus the corning wedding-band vibes.

For more information, check out the The Big Sound Facebook page.

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