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Top 10 Events of the Week (January 27 – February 3)

1. Toronto Light Festival

January 27 – March 12, 2017

Sunday – Wednesday, 5pm to 10pm;

Thursday – Saturday, 5pm to 11pm

An exhibition of light art through installations that appear to float in the sky. Local and international artists showcase their works to entertain and inspire during the cold winter months. Includes magical light sculptures, interactive installations, and light art materials.

The Distillery Historic District (Parliament and Mill Street) – click HERE

To view some of the installations visit the Toronto Light Festival Instagram page (click HERE)

2. Syria: A Living History

Ending Monday, February 6, 2017

Last chance to see this important exhibition of artifacts and artworks intended to change our perception of the divided Middle Eastern country, and instead, showcase the cultural diversity, historical continuity, resourcefulness, and resilience of Syria through art, literature and culture that have been produced in the last 5 millennia.

Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto (Eglinton & DVP) – click HERE

3. 2017 Toronto Chinese New Year Celebration

Sat. & Sun., January 28, 2017

12:00 pm to 5:00pm

Celebrate the Year of Rooster and Chinese New Year in Chinatown’s Dragon City Mall. This event features new and traditional performances and activities including fortune telling, the dragon dance and the God of Prosperity sending out red envelopes. There will also be interactive games with prizes.

Dragon City Mall, 280 Spadina Ave., Toronto

For more events celebrating the Chinese New Year please click HERE

4. Monster Jam

Sat., January 28, 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Sun, January 29, 10:30am to 12:30pm

An opportunity to get up close and personal with 14 Monster Jam trucks and their drivers, including fan favourites Grave Digger, driven by the legendary Dennis Anderson, and Sun-Uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson.

Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. These trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet in distance and up to 35 feet in the air.

For tickets please click HERE

Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, Toronto

5. Breaking the Stigma, a Jewish Response to Addiction

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Understanding mental health in a Jewish context, with a focus on dealing with addictions, both substance (drugs, alcohol) and behavioral (gambling, shopping, internet).

Hear from those who have suffered, clinicians who treat those suffering and Beth Tzedec’s Jewish rabbinic leaders.

Followed by an interactive, questions and answer session.

Beth Tzedec Congregation, 1700 Bathurst St., Toronto. For more information click HERE

6. Tales of our Past – Toronto 1910 Historical Series with David Nitkin

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

7:30pm to 10:00pm

In this session, David Nitkin will speak about Toronto in the 1910s in regards to healers and humanitarians. The lecture is accompanied by slides.

To reserve your spot, please click HERE

Adath Israel Synagogue, 37 Southbourne Ave., Toronto (Bathurst & Wilson)

7. Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Thursday, February 2, 8pm to midnight

A choral celebration of the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s independence, with world premieres by Riho Esko Maimets and Omar Daniel.

Tickets range from $22-$67.50 and are available through The Royal Conservatory Box Office at 416-408-0208 or online at

St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power St., Toronto

8. Anne Michaels, Toronto’s Poet Laureate

Thursday, February 2, 2017

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Canadian poet and novelist Anne Michaels, best known for her novel Fugitive Pieces, adapted into a feature film in 2007, reads from her works, including her forthcoming book of new poetry Correspondences.

Anne Michaels has been published in over forty-five countries and has won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Lannan Award for Fiction. She has been shortlisted multiple times for the Giller Prize and the Governor-General’s Award, and twice longlisted for the IMPAC Award. Her latest book of poetry was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2014.
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., Toronto – click HERE

9. Culinary Workshop with Molly Yeh

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00pm to 9:30pm

Come share Molly’s recipes which include:

Spinach and Feta Rugelach
Cauliflower Shawarma Tacos
Chocolate Tahini Cake with Tahini Frosting

Molly Yeh’s recipes are a fusion of her Chinese and Jewish heritage. A trendy Internet figure, Molly earned the prestigious title of Blog of the Year at the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards, and has a following of over 200,000 on Instagram.

For tickets ($40 each), contact Jackie Brown, [email protected]

Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St., Thornhill

10. The Year of the Rooster: A Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Now in its fourth annual Chinese New Year concert, TSO celebrates the Year of the Rooster with a program that features the world première of Canadian composer Vincent Ho’s work for pipa—a Chinese folk instrument—performed by internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, Wu Man, together with the Orchestra and narrator, “Dashan”.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 212 King St., W., Toronto

Links to events in the Toronto Greater Area

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