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Top 10 Events of the Week ( February 16 – February 23)

1. The Big ‘What Now?

Wed-Fri, February 15-19, 2017

Writer, performer and producer Sandra Shamas looks at life on the other side of 50 with her brilliant wit, candid insights and hilarious observations in extended run of The Big ‘What Now?’

Sandra is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists; she produced her first performance of My Boyfriend’s Back and There’s Gonna Be Laundry in 1987. Two more Laundry shows followed and the Laundry trilogy was published, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for English-Language Drama, and nominated for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Next the three-part Wit’s End chronicled her divorce, her move from big city to country living and farming life, and climbing menopause mountain.

Fleck Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto

2. Northern Songs

Thu-Sat, February 16-18, 2017, 8pm

A Festival of Canadian Music. Art of Time’s first ever festival, presenting the works of Canadian classical and jazz composers mirrored with the best of Canada’s popular music in celebration of Canada 150.

NORTHERN SONGS 1, Feb. 16 & 18, features songs by Canada’s greatest songwriters, including Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Gilles Vigneault, Buffy St. Marie and many more, in arrangements by the country’s top composers.

NORTHERN SONGS 2, Feb. 17, features a selection of works by Canadian jazz and classical composers including R. Murray Schafer, Christos Hatzis, Oscar Peterson, Nicole Lizee and more.

Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

3. Canadian International Autoshow

Friday, Feb 17 to Sunday, Feb 26, 2017

Largest automotive expo in Canada with more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions. Adults $23; youth (age 13-16) $16; seniors (60+) $15; kids (ages 7-12) $7. See website for details.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Bldg, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

4. Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival

Fri-Sun, Feb 17 – 19, 2017

The best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music at various venues on the Danforth. 150 artist on 6 stages. Wristbands will be sold for $20.00 at the door of all Winterfolk Venues. For more information click HERE.

Danforth & Broadview

5. A Temple Sinai Program: Shacharit — Why Do We Do What We Do?

Friday, February 17, 2017

7:30 – 8:00am (every 7 days until February 24)

Much of Judaism goes beyond mitzvot from Torah or Talmud and is part of the fascinating world of Jewish practices known as minhagim or customs and practices. On Friday mornings at our daily service, Rabbi Michael Dolgin offers a brief teaching about the why’s and how’s of Jewish life cycles and festivals expanding on Rabbi Abraham Chill’s book, The Minhagim. If you are busy in Toronto or enjoying better weather in other winter-free places, sign up to receive these digital lessons and keep connected to your Temple home! Time: 7:30 a.m. To get on the email list to receive our weekly podcast, please email Ashley at [email protected] or call the Temple Office at 416-487-4161.

Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave., Toronto

6. The GTA Home & Reno Show

Fri-Mon, February 17 – 20, 2017

Home improvement expo to find contractors, suppliers and design experts for your next big reno project. Feb 17-20, Fri-Sat 10 am-8 pm, Sun-Mon 10 am-6 pm. $15, seniors/youth $13, child 12 & under free.

International Centre 6900 Airport Rd, Mississauga, Ontario

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7. digiPlaySpace 2017

Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, April 23

Creative Machines get hands on with robots, algorithms, and machines to build your own amazing creations! Unlock your inner maker through the latest interactive art installations, game designs, and new technologies. Play with expressive robots, learn to code, and surround yourself with light and movement to transform your view of the world and create new artistic possibilities. This year’s exhibit features 23 installations from eight countries, showcasing the evolution of play in the 21st century.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto

For more information click HERE.

8. Chai Tea Film Event: Fanny’s Journey

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Two Screenings: 1pm and 4pm

Fanny’s Journey / Le voyage de Fanny

France 2016, 94 min
French with English subtitles
Director: Lola Doillon

An incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, based on the true story of Fanny Ben-Ami. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sister are sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. However, they are left and alone after a series of unpredictable events, forcing her to lead eleven children across the Swiss border in order to survive. A critically-acclaimed film filled with moments of suspense and tenderness. Tickets: $16 in advance (click here) and at door (subject to availability, cash only at door). Coffee and tea served in-theatre prior to screening.

Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge Street (North York Centre subway station)

8. TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Fri-Sun, February 17 – 19, 2017

Your first love. Your first loss. The first time you broke the rules and felt the thrill. Take a trip back in time and relive your firsts at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

This year’s films include Saudi Arabia’s first rom-com, Barakah Meets Barakah, the Golden Globe-nominated Divines, a vibrant portrayal of Australian adolescence in Girl Asleep and the edgy film, Japanese Girls Never Die.

Other events include Battle of the Scores, 24-Hour Film Challenge and Freaks and Geeks Movie Marathon.

All regular screenings and Movie Marathon titles are free for anyone under 25.

For more information click here MORE INFORMATION

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., Toronto

9. Working and Living in Stalin’s Russia: How Russian Jews Became Who They Are

Wednesday, February 22, 7pm-9pm

Schwartz Reisman’s first event of our Arts & Ideas Speaker Series with Dr. Anna Shternshis, Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto.

Soviet Jews lived through many traumatic events: The Great Terror, the Holocaust, the Famine of 1947, the Doctor’s Plot, anti-Semitic government policies, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. But like millions of others, they married, raised children, and built careers, pursuing life as best they could in a profoundly hostile environment. This talk will analyze how being Jewish influenced these decisions, and what they meant for the future of Russian Jews. $ 15.00

Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst St., Vaughan

10. An Honest Farewell

Thu- Sun, February 23-26, 6pm to 6pm

A four-day city festival honouring the lifelong iconic man and store, courtesy of the Centre for Social Innovation. This event also marks the launch of the new initiative by the centre – Toronto for Everyone, promoting collaboration and co-creation.

The Honest Farewell event includes Bargain Bash: The Official Farewell Party on Saturday at 9pm. Tickets to this event can be purchased HERE. For more information regarding the various activities click HERE.

Hones Ed’s, 581 Bloor St. W., Toronto

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