Can you feel that glorious spring weather Toronto? Well, we're not quite there yet, but at least a few days this week will be significantly warmer than the usual. It should be a great weekend to get outside and celebrate all things Irish!
Don't forget the St. Patrick's Day parade starts at noon on Sunday!
For those of you looking to do something other than just dress in green and get drunk with your friends, here are a few more suggestions:
PERFORMANCE: Swan Lake
The National Ballet of Canada has restaged this performance of the Tchaikovsky classic tale of white swan/black swan good and evil. If you've never been to the ballet before, this is the one to start with. Seeing it will also help clarify the movie Black Swan for you. Are you team Odile or team Odette? See it and tell me!
Where: Four Seasons Centre for the Arts
When: Until March 16th
MUSIC: Arcade Fire After Party
While it's far too late to get tickets to see Arcade Fire on Thursday if you didn't score them when they first went onsale - you CAN still attend the after party. Arcade Fire's lead singer Win Butler will be DJ for the night, while Phi Slamma Jamma - a cover band featuring members of Arcade Fire - will perform. Also performing is the wonderful Owen Pallett - who was recently nominated for an Oscar with Win for their score of the Her soundtrack.
Where: Adelaide Hall
When: March 13th, 10pm
FASHION: Dressing for Downton - The Costumes of Downton Abbey
If you are one of the many many people obsessed with the show Downton Abbey, this exhibit is a must see. Having already toured cities around the world, the fashions of Downton Abbey are now on display in Toronto, so get your fill of their lush period piece wardrobe collection in person before it takes off to a new city.
Where: Spadina Museum
When: Until April 13th
PARTY: St. Party's Day
I would be remiss to not mention at least one St. Patricks Day event this week, and I had to go with Carlsberg's annual St Party's Day, because it gets the party started ahead of time on Friday afternoon, and it doesn't stop until late Sunday night. Wear green, drink the green beer, and try not to go so crazy you wake up in a strangers house wondering how you got there.
Where: Andrew Richard Designs
When: Friday through Sunday night
THEATRE: New Ideas Festival
This annual festival is a theatre nuts paradise, with four new plays premiering each week for three weeks straight. If you are one of those people who can't wait until Fringe Festival comes around every year, this should help you fulfill your need for new and original performances until summer returns.
Where: Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street
When: Until March 30th