Welcome to the February edition of the We’ve Been Expecting You eNewsletter – a monthly newsletter customized for members of the hospitality, tourism and service sectors. Each newsletter includes:

  • an e-guide to events for quick reference
  • helpful information on what there is to see and do in Toronto
  • details on the We’ve Been Expecting You initiative

In this issue:

Below are just a few of the February events taking place in Toronto this month! See a more complete list of what is happening.

Festivals and Events

Winter Stations International Design Competition Brings a Riot of Colour to Toronto’s Beaches

wooden igloo
NEST by Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario.

An iconic item of headwear, a nuclear cooling tower that celebrates wind-power and a giant Futurist intonarumori instrument are coming to Toronto’s east end beaches this winter, as part of the fourth annual Winter Stations International Design Competition. Four winning designs were selected from hundreds of submissions from around the world by this year’s Winter Stations design jury. Artists, architects and designers were asked to create bold designs at the site of the lifeguard stations that are dotted along the beach-front. The four winning designs will be joined by three student installations from the University of Guelph, OCAD and Ryerson University.

The theme for Winter Stations’ fourth year is RIOT. Designers took their inspiration from the past year’s political upheaval and continued global uncertainty, acting out and actively resisting through a riot of colour, form and material. All seven installations will be built along Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches in the heart of The Beach community, broadly located south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues. Installations will debut on Family Day, February 19, and will stay open to the public until April 1.

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Bloor Yorkville Icefest event posterToronto’s premier cultural destination will showcase over 70,000 lbs. of ice in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Celebrate winter with the 13th Annual Bloor-Yorkville Icefest taking place on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th throughout the Village of Yorkville Park and surrounding area.

This year’s theme is Medieval Times, transforming the neighbourhood into a magical display of over 70,000 lbs. of crystal clear ice sculpted into magnificent sculptures inspired by the chivalry, rivalry and revelry in celebration of the middle ages.

Open to the public on February 24th from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and February 25th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Village of Yorkville Park and Cumberland Street will be the centre of the Icefest attractions. Patrons can expect a wide variety of spectacularly designed ice sculptures and family-friendly activities spread throughout the area, which will include a 11th century-styled castle with Knights on Guard Ice Exhibit and a photo opportunity area with majestic thrones!

Free to attend. Follow @BloorYorkville on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #Icefest18. For more info please visit: http://www.bloor-yorkville.com/icefest/

Black History Month at Toronto Public Library

Woman sewing quilt - illustrationCelebrate Black History Month at Toronto Public Library with fun and thought-provoking events, generously supported by TD Bank. Canada’s Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke gets things started with poetry and jazz while author Robyn Maynard discusses Policing Black Lives. Music aficionados will enjoy performances by Joy Lapps-Lewis, Ubunto Dance and Drum Ensemble and conversations on hip hop. Literary enthusiasts will want to check out author talks with B. Denham Jolly, William G. Herbert and Imbolo Mbue. And Rita and Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Donisha Prendergast, shares a special screening of her documentary, RasTa: A Soul’s Journey. Plus puppet shows, stories and films for the whole family.

See more information.

Getting Around

Group Day Pass Extended for Family Day

Illustrated family on side of TTC busThis Family Day (February 19) take advantage of the Group Day Pass deal. For just $12.50, purchase a pass for one day of unlimited travel on the TTC.

A TTC Group Day Pass can be used for:

  • two adults or
  • two adults and four youths (13 to 19 years of age) or
  • one adult and five youths (13 to 19 years of age).

Get around the city with your group this long weekend! You can buy a TTC Group Day Pass in advance at all subway stations or participating TTC Fare Agents. Group Day Passes are available for one day use on Saturday, Sunday, or statutory holidays. Passes are valid from the date shown on the pass until 5:30 a.m. the next day. Remember, children 12 and under always ride for free.

Single Day Passes are also available for purchase any day of the week for $12.50. With a Single Day Pass, one person can enjoy unlimited travel on the TTC for the day. A great deal for sightseers!

Culinary Events

The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival

Winter Craft Beer Festival logo - beer mug and hatDon your stompin’ boots, pull on a toque and wear your puffiest parka because it’s time to hoist a pint or two with the Craft Brewers of Ontario while the snowflakes are falling.

Dare to join in for this crazy Canuck fun! Mark your calendars (February 11th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and come out to the Winter Craft Beer Festival outside Steam Whistle Brewing in Roundhouse Park.

Beer. Food. Fun. Be there!

Toronto Tea Festival 2018

Toronto Tea Festival logoCome for the tea, stay for the experience at the 6th annual Toronto Tea Festival. Celebrate tea by sampling some of the finest available in the GTA, hearing educational talks by renowned industry professionals, watching tea ceremonies from Korea, China, and Japan, and testing your tea knowledge at the Tea IQ contest.

New for 2018 is a VIP event, The Tea Explorer Night. Join world-renowned adventurer and writer Jeff Fuchs and director Andrew Gregg as they take you along the Ancient Tea Horse Road and its long history of tea. Sample some of Jeff’s favorite teas before the screening of The Tea Explorer, then discuss with the director. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary event.

The Festival is held at the Bram and Bluma Appel salon in the Toronto Reference Library February 3rd and 4th, and the VIP event on February 2nd.

Please visit www.teafestivaltoronto.com for more information and to purchase tickets in advance.

Attractions and Exhibits

Family Day at the Toronto History Museums

Family playing outsideEnjoy guided tours, historic cooking demonstrations, games, crafts and fun for all ages at the Toronto History Museums this Family Day.

Colborne Lodge. 12 to 5 p.m. Free
Enjoy hands-on science and innovation activities throughout the museum.

Fort York. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free
Sample baked goods from historic recipes and take part in kids’ 1812 drill class and Officers’ Sword drill demonstrations.

Historic Zion Schoolhouse. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free
Learn how to write with a steel nib pen or on a slate; enjoy storytelling and crafts in this rare one-room schoolhouse.

Mackenzie House. 12 to 5 p.m. Free
Watch Scottish dance performances, decorate cookies in the historic kitchen and print a souvenir in the 1850s print shop.

Montgomery’s Inn. 1 to 5 p.m. Regular admission
Take part in an Irish dance workshop, sample hearth-cooked treats and learn to play the spoons with the Inn’s resident fiddler.

Scarborough Museum. 12 to 4 p.m. PYWC
Go on a scavenger hunt, make a craft and enjoy baked goods and hot chocolate.

Spadina Museum. 12 to 5 p.m. Regular admission
Enjoy a family-friendly tour and hands-on fun in the historic kitchen. Tours at 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Todmorden Mills. 12 to 4 p.m. Regular admission
Tour two recently re-restored historic homes and learn how Torontonians lived in the 1890s and wartime 1940s.

For more information visit the website.


adult and child at keyboard with lightsFeel the thrill of dancing with a flock of flamingos, watch as your face becomes a piece of classical art, and witness a machine draw a picture based on how it feels. All of these unique adventures are coming to the seventh annual digiPlaySpace at TIFF Bell Lightbox from February 17 to April 22.

The award-winning, globally-touring interactive playground for kids showcases hands-on games and installations from acclaimed Canadian and international new media artists. The exhibition features interactive games, mind-bending augmented-reality installations, and innovative coding activities that showcase the creative potential of new technologies. digiPlaySpace, opening just in time for Family Day, kicks off TIFF’s season of kids’ programming which also includes the 2018 TIFF Kids International Film Festival taking place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 9 to 18.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in February

DrummerFishing for Friday night plans? Swim by Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for Friday Night Jazz on February 9 and spend an evening under the sea! Explore the waters of the world and sip on a drink while enjoying live jazz music from local jazz band Lady Be Good.

Live music, cash bars and unforgettable views. For more information, visit www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/groups-events/jazz.

Ontario Science Centre

Ontario Science Centre Tech Art Fair logoArt lovers! Come to see up to 20 artists selected to showcase their unique work in a three-day holiday event February 17 to 19. The Tech Art Fair in Inventorium at the Ontario Science Centre will highlight creative processes and provide an opportunity for the participants to launch and test-drive creative ideas. The Fair will be presented in collaboration with Propeller Gallery, Daily Goods Design LABS and SciArt Center in New York City, and will be complemented by an online exhibition hosted by the SciArt Center.

Included with Ontario Science Centre admission. For more information, visit the website: OntarioScienceCentre.ca.

Gardiner Museum to Present YOKO ONO: THE RIVERBED

stones as part of artwork - Yoko Ono, Stone Piece
Yoko Ono, Stone Piece (Galerie Lelong, New York 2015/2016), 2015, River rocks, Dimensions variable; Installation view: THE RIVERBED, Galerie Lelong, New York, December 11, 2015 – January 30, 2016 © Yoko Ono, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York.

The Gardiner Museum is pleased to present a three-part installation by Yoko Ono entitled THE RIVERBED. Yoko Ono is a forerunner of conceptual art, frequently involving collaboration, audience participation and social activism in her artwork. The exhibition runs from February 22 to June 3.Consisting of three parts – Stone Piece, Line Piece, and Mend Piece – visitors are encouraged to shape the installation through collaboration with the artist, the museum, and each other. Since the 1950s, audience participation has been a key aspect of Ono’s practice, and is at the heart of THE RIVERBED, conceived, in a sense, as a temporary village; a repository of hopes and dreams for individuals and for the world.

Visit gardinermuseum.com for more information.

What’s On at the Aga Khan Museum

Artwork and instrumentsNow open at the Aga Khan Museum! The Listening to Art, Seeing Music experience unites soundscapes and visuals from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Central Asia, and beyond – and offers ample opportunity to engage directly with musicians and musical traditions.

On Sunday, February 11, instructor and producer Chris Ak takes the lead in the Digital Music Creation for Youth workshop, designed especially for ages 14 to 16. Enjoy an introduction to such topics as podcast and soundscape creation. Then, test out the tech while you arrange your own musical masterpieces!

Related programming continues on Sunday, February 25, when ethnomusicologist and singer Dr. Judith Cohen returns to the Museum to deliver another engaging lecture – this time illustrating the story of Sephardic people and their songs through images, stories, and historic recordings, as well her through her own singing.

The Aga Khan Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Wednesdays until 8 p.m. Plan your visit at www.agakhanmuseum.org.

Artistry in Silk: The Kimono of Itchiku Kubota

Itchiku Kubota, Symphony of Light: Seasons : Jo / Autumn Prologue; Ryou / Certitude; Kou / Change; Hin / Nostalgia; Hou / Late Autumn Melancholy, 1986-1987

Artistry in Silk celebrates the work of Itchiku Kubota (1917–2003), an innovative artist whose spectacular creations gave new meaning to the art of kimono. His creative work expanded contemporary ideas of surface design and assured Kubota a legacy as an out-of-the-ordinary artist and artisan whose work stimulated the mind and delighted the eye. The exhibition presents 41 kimono designed and produced by Kubota over three decades, from 1976 to his death in 2003. Curated by Jacqueline Marx Atkins and organized by the International Chodiev Foundation.Upcoming Events:

  • Opening Reception: Wednesday February 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: All are welcome!
  • Lecture: Challenging Convention: The Kimono Artistry of Itchiku with Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, Thursday February 8, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20, Member and student pricing is available.

Advance registration is required as space is limited. Register online or call 416-599-5321 x2228.

For more information, visit www.textilemuseum.ca.

Live Entertainment

February at The Royal Conservatory of Music

Clayton Gerald and paino
Clayton Gerald (credit: Devin Dehaven).

The popular TD Jazz: The Roots of Jazz concert series continues with a journey into the blues with Gerald Clayton, René Marie, and Friends on February 3. Clayton “has proved himself one of the standout jazz pianists of his generation, possessed of silvery technique and an intent but relaxed way with a phrase.” (The New York Times) “René Marie is sexy. Funny. Theatrical. Outrageous. Highly political. Worldly and yet uniquely American. Also hip and swinging.” (The Wall Street Journal)On Valentine’s Day, February 14, English tenor Ian Bostridge and English pianist Julius Drake return to Koerner Hall for an all Franz Schubert program, including a selection of Goethe Lieder. Bostridge is well known for his performances as an opera singer and as a song recitalist, whose recordings have won all the major international record prizes and been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards.

For more information and tickets, please visit www.rcmusic.com/performance.

Acclaimed Director Wajdi Mouawad Revitalizes Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio in New COC Production

Opera performers
Jane Archibald as Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera de Lyon, 2016), photo: Bertrand Stofleth.

After an absence of nearly 40 years, Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio returns to the COC stage in a new production from Lebanese-Canadian director and playwright Wajdi Mouawad. The story of European captives of a Muslim pasha in the Ottoman Empire is ripe with the possibility of violent confrontation, but under Mouawad’s direction, which involved reworking and modernizing of some of the original text, the introduction of his own dialogue and the creation of a new prologue before the overture, the production avoids caricature and allows the brilliant humanity of Mozart’s characters to shine in a new way. The cast is led by the COC’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, Canadian soprano Jane Archibald, as she reprises one of her most praised roles, Konstanze. She is joined by rising star Swiss tenor Mauro Peter, who sings Belmonte, Konstanze’s fiancé.The Abduction from the Seraglio runs for seven performances from February 7 to 24 at Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Visit coc.ca for details.

Photo info: Jane Archibald as Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera de Lyon, 2016), photo: Bertrand Stofleth.

On Stage at Tarragon Theatre

Actor - Bunny, Tarragon TheatreBunny
Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Sarah Garton Stanley

4 stars “Sexy; A beautiful play… Hard not to fall in love with.” – Toronto Star

Aroused by inappropriate love, a young and beautiful woman discovers the power of her own allure. Dangerous and disorienting, Bunny is a play about repressive social convention, personal inhibition, and desire unleashed.

Onstage February 21 to April 1. Tickets starting at $22. Visit www.tarragontheatre.com/show/bunny for more information.

The Rhubarb Festival Takes Over Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Actors in RhubarbCanada’s longest-running new works festival returns for a 39th year. Rhubarb transforms Buddies into a hotbed of experimentation, with artists exploring new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. Rhubarb is the place to see the most adventurous ideas in performance and to catch your favourite artists venturing into uncharted territory. This year’s festival includes work from artists such as Femmes du Feu, choreographer Esie Mensah, sibling duo Too Attached (Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bigli), New York performance artist Lois Weaver, and many more.

Rhubarb is a space for artists and audiences to experiment together by trying new things and testing their boundaries. You always get to see more than one show (often 3 or 4) in one night, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike. So come out and see what’s happening.

Onstage February 14 to 25. Tickets PWYC to $20. By phone, 416-975-8555, or online: buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/the-39th-rhubarb-festival/.

Native Earth Performing Arts Presents Ipperwash

Ipperwash - play artwork“An empty house is a lonely house…”

Native Earth Performing Arts presents Ipperwash, in partnership with the Blyth Festival. Written by acclaimed Six Nations playwright, Falen Johnson (Salt Baby; Two Indians), this will also mark her directorial debut.

When an Anishinaabe Corporal visits the military training base, Camp Ipperwash, for ordinance clean-up, she realizes she knows very little about the recent history. As she comes to understand the damage done by the Department forcibly evicting the Stoney Point community from its land to neighbouring Kettle Point, Bea sees firsthand how this act of displacement reverberates on land grossly exploited by the government. When a little girl from the past pays her a visit, Bea’s world starts to unravel.

A poignant story of reclamation, repatriation, and resilience, Ipperwash runs from February 6 to 18 at Aki Studio: Tickets $15 to $25. More information: nativeearth.ca/ipperwash.


BangBang - play artwork at Factory TheatreFactory Theatre is proud to present BANG BANG, a Factory commissioned world premiere from Dora Award-winning playwright Kat Sandler (Mustard), January 27 to February 18.

When a Black police officer shoots an unarmed Black youth, a white playwright uses the incident as inspiration for his new hit play, except he doesn’t exactly stay true to the facts. Now, a story that he tore from the headlines is being adapted into a major movie without the consent of the officer involved. Wary of the backlash he might receive, the playwright decides to visit the officer’s home. BANG BANG questions the impact of what it means to be “inspired by true events” while finding the humour in a humourless situation.

The powerhouse ensemble features Sébastien Heins, Jeff Lillico, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson, and Richard Zeppieri.

For more info and ticket information go to factorytheatre.ca.

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival

WinterFolk festival logoToronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is held annually at various venues on the Danforth, in mid-February. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage, rural summer festival. More than 150 artists perform at five stages in four venues. Past performers have included Lynn Myles, Serena Ryder, Ariana Gillis and the late, legendary Ron Hynes. The festival also features special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed, musical workshops, with something for everyone to enjoy.

Winterfolk is the ideal event for music-lovers seeking new and exciting things to do in the Toronto area. For more information, visit www.winterfolk.com.

Onstage at Soulpepper Theatre This Month

performer with guitar
Mike Ross. Photo: Nathan Kelly.

Soulpepper’s first production of 2018, A Delicate Balance, directed by Founding Member Diana Leblanc, continues performances through mid-February. Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance is the second play of the company’s 2017-2018 season, honouring the late playwright.In all things – friendship, intimacy, civility – there is a balance that must be carefully maintained to avert disaster. When a daughter returns home and friends move in, Albee shows how easy it is to tip the scales. A Delicate Balance continues until February 10.

The Soulpepper Concert Series returns in 2018 to turn the clocks back nearly 100 years with Prohibition the Concert, and arranged by Soulpepper Music Director Mike Ross. Prohibition, the Concert plays February 9, 10, 12, 14, 21 & 22.

To learn more, visit soulpepper.ca, or call the Young Centre Box Office at 416-866-8666.

Famous PEOPLE Players

Puppet and puppeteer.Famous PEOPLE Players Dinner Theatre, a unique Canadian treasure proudly presents their new show Pop’n’Rock! that will excite audiences of all ages.

Canada’s celebrated Famous PEOPLE Players defy gravity before your eyes; from Broadway to as far east as Japan.

The stage is dark and suddenly the music of one of the greatest hits rocks the theatre. “Is it Michael Jackson…?” everyone screams. Is that Billy Jean’s high heels? Guitar duo and a piano appears ‘rockin and a rollin’. Be prepared that the seats in the theatre may get up and dance. This is unlike any other theatre experience ever. Pop’n’Rock is filled with new special effects, new bright lights and new sound with upbeat 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s music and life-sized puppets in dazzling neon colours that appear right before your eyes.

Enjoy a 3 course gourmet meal which will have you saying. “Please sir. I want some more.” It is a special place to bring families, friends, a place to have company functions, and entertain school groups. You will leave feeling humbled and inspired!

Book a reservation now.  Call 416-532-1137 or order online at www.FamousPeoplePlayers.com.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

performer and cello
Johannes Moser. © Sarah Wijzenbeek.

This February brings family fun, a bit of romance, and epic masterworks to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Conductor Juraj Valčuha débuts with the TSO in A European Romance, January 31 and February 1. The program includes Falla’s evocative Nights in the Gardens of Spain, featuring Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter.

On February 14 and 15 – just in time for Valentine’s Day – Sir Andrew Davis conducts Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet, featuring selections from the passionate ballet suite. TSO Principal Harp Heidi Van Hoesen Gorton dazzles as soloist in Glière’s romantic Harp Concerto.

For Family Day weekend, escape the cold with The Wizard of Oz with Live Orchestra, as the score is performed live alongside the beloved film, on February 17 and 18. American conductor Emil de Cou leads the Orchestra in this perfect family outing.

With Dvořák & Beethoven on February 21 and 22, Canadian-German cellist Johannes Moser brings Dvořák’s Cello Concerto to life. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Ligeti’s Romanian Concerto are on the program. Guest conductor Gustavo Gimeno is on the podium.

On February 24, the TSO presents The Year of the Dog: A Chinese New Year Celebration! An all-star cast joins the Orchestra, including Taiwanese-American conductor Carolyn Kuan and pipa player Wen Zhao. Music, costumes, dancing – celebrate this fun occasion with family and the TSO!

Visit www.TSO.CA or call 416-598-3375 for details!

Young People’s Theatre

The Secret Garden artworkThe Secret Garden, adapted from the beloved children’s book by author Frances Hodgson Burnett comes to life onstage this month at Young People’s Theatre. This classic story will be presented on the Mainstage from February 5 to March 17, with extra performances added for March Break week. Book today!

YPT’s award-winning show for babies returns, back by popular demand! Observe your littlest play-goer experience everyday objects being transformed into fabulous, theatrical phenomena in One Thing Leads to Another – in the Studio February 17 to March 3. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 months, but suitable for up to 24 months. See ticket information.

After Wrestling

After Wrestling artworkFactory is thrilled to continue their 2018 ‘Shaping Stories’ season with the World Premiere of After Wrestling from Bryce Hodgson and Charlie Kerr (Kill Your Parents in Viking, Alberta) from February 24 to March 18.

Pushing dark comedies to a new level, After Wrestling is a slacker-comedy turned suicide-mystery in search of love, life, and death. Hogan and his sister Leah navigate old flames, new relationships, and their mental health in a booze – and grief – fuelled debate after the suicide of Hogan’s best friend Gibby. But even after he’s gone, Gibby is still there for Hogan …

After Wrestling stars Gabe Grey, Charlie Kerr, Libby Osler, and Anthony Shim.

Following the success of their last collaboration, Kill Your Parents in Viking, Alberta, which premiered to rave reviews in Toronto, Bryce Hodgson and Charlie Kerr are cementing their status as “excellent storytellers bringing unique, fresh voices to the Canadian theatre scene” (NOW Magazine) with their latest script, After Wrestling.

For more info and ticket information go to factorytheatre.ca.

Parks, Sports and Recreation

Celebrate Family Day with the City of Toronto

Family day posterIt’s the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy something new together. Free outdoor and indoor activities for the whole family will be available for Family Day on Monday, February 19 at locations across the city.

Lace up the skates! There are 52 outdoor rinks or skating trails to choose from across the city, weather permitting. Many indoor arenas will also be open. There is no charge for public skating at the City’s indoor or outdoor rinks.

If you’d like to stay warm inside, free leisure swimming will be available at 18 indoor pools on Family Day. Many of the City’s recreation facilities will also be open for cooking, drumming and dance lessons, crafts and board games, and sports and family fitness classes.

Family Day schedules are available online at toronto.ca/familyday, or by calling 311.

Film and Literature Events

TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Next Wave at TIFF-artworkThe TIFF Next Wave Film Festival™ is back and bolder than ever, featuring seven first-feature filmmakers and showcasing new, diverse voices. Running from February 16 to 18, TIFF Next Wave brings the heat with a day of filmmaking workshops and panels designed for young creators; an awesome party; the coolest people you’ll ever meet; and, most importantly, all regular screenings and Movie Marathon titles are free for anyone under 25! The festival is jam-packed with a stellar film lineup and thrilling programming, including the always electric Battle of the Scores – hosted this year by Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol (nirvanna the band the show); 24-Hour Film Challenge; Heat Movie Marathon; an exclusive In Conversation With Amandla Stenberg and the return of the wildly successful Young Creators Co-Lab, a full-day of programming tailored exclusively for young creators interested in exploring the world of film and filmmaking.

Toronto Black Film Festival

Toronto Black Film Festival logoThe 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival #TBFF18, presented by TD Bank in collaboration with Global News, will run from February 14 to 19.

TBFF is about DISCOVERY and DIVERSITY! It showcases the most outstanding and amazing Black films while creating a space to debate major cultural, social and socio-economic issues. The festival offers screenings, concerts, panel discussions, exhibits, workshops, conferences and opportunities to meet creators and speakers from Canada and around the world.

Founded by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the Toronto Black Film Festival is Toronto’s biggest celebration of Black History Month through film! Their mandate is to fill a void by providing the opportunity for filmmakers from all ethnic groups, to share and promote authentic stories, which reflect the true reality of Black people throughout the world.

#TBFF18 will definitely be even more exciting with more films, special events and celebrity guests. For tickets and line-up visit www.torontoblackfilm.com.

What’s Bringing People to Toronto

A variety of sports:Toronto Sign at night with skaters on rink

See a live performances – here is a list of some of the many venues to choose from:

No matter what kind of music you enjoy or what kind of venue you like best, there’s always something playing in Toronto. Visit the City’s Music page for links to concert listing and information on the music sector.

Events and live entertainment abound – here are some to check out this month:

For more information on live performances across the city, visit www.whatsontonight.ca.

Visit the websites of the major conference centres for information on other events, conferences and shows: Exhibition Place, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) and the International Centre (in Mississauga).

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