February 1 Canada Reads In anticipation of Canada Reads: Turf Wars, CBC is hosting live authour chats in various cities. They’ll be here this weekend at the Toronto Reference Library, including Jane Urquhart whose book Away is the Ontario Contender in the official debates later this month.
February 1-2 Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival Toronto’s answer to Montreal’s outdoor, winter music festival ‘Igloofest,’ is an electronic dance party with all the house music you could ask for. The main (and outdoor) stage has 3D set designs, but the secondary stage is in a heated dome, so warmth may win over special effects for some this weekend. Headlined by a DJ set from Moby!
February 1-2 Comfortably Numb With three shows in a row at the Canadian Opera House due to popular demand, you don’t want to miss Canada’s Pink Floyd cover band for their 20th anniversary tour. The group covers songs from 1969-1983, and will be showcasing Pink Floyd’s rare bootleg songs.
February 1-3 Kuumba An annual Black History Month event at the Harbourfron Centre, Kuumba, the Swahili word for “creativity,” is in its 17th year. Part of the TD Then & Now Series, this event showcases the creativity and vitality of Toronto’s African and Carribbean communities by honoring the success and contributions of black Canadians, as well as featuring work from local and international artists.
February 1-3 Walk in Closet With Courtney Madison Shop through the closet of Toronto-based stylist, Courtney Madison, who is most recently known for her work on NBC’s Suits. The pop-up shop will be open all day from Friday to Sunday at Miracle Thieves by Bellwoods Park.
February 1-7 The Great Digital Film Festival Select Cineplex theatres across the city will be playing your favourite movies in digital on the big screen for the next week. The festival is presented in part by SPACE, featuring films like the Indiana Jones trilogy (and that fourth one), Gremlins, Pulp Fiction, and more retro big-screen goodness.
February 2 Toronto Tea Festival Learn about tea, drink tea, buy tea (and tea accessories) all in one day at the Toronto Reference Library with the help of industry experts. Participate in the silent auction, raffle, or enjoy one of the many complimentary presentations by the tea professionals — you’ll be able to differentiate between the traditional and the trendy by the end of the day.
February 2 Guilty Pleasures Visit the Drake Hotel for the 9th annual ‘Guilty Pleasures’ event, in partnership with Toronto Fashion Incubator. Enjoy a three-course brunch, pop-up shopping featuring local designers, and a silent auction with proceeds going towards TFI and their continued assistance to new fashion entrepreneurs. Indulge yourself at one of the four sittings this Saturday: 9am, 11am, 1pm, or 3pm.
February 2 Wannabe Spice Girls Tribute: One Year Anniversary Party Cover bands for all tastes in the city this weekend! Celebrating their first anniversary since playing to a packed house at the El Mocambo last winter, Wannabe, the Spice Girls cover band, is back. This time the girls will be at The Great Hall on Queen St, and Mean Girl’s Kevin G (aka Rajiv Surendra) will be in attendance for the 90’s music celebration and dance party.