24 things to do in Toronto this weekend: February 28 to March 1

Feb 28 2020, 1:34 pm

It’s been a snowy week in Toronto.

Shake off the cold at one of these great events going down from February 28 to March 1 and say goodbye to February.

Friday, February 28


What: Oh, baby, straight from Harlem comes Cam’ron. This rapper/producer/probably a bunch of other things is appearing in the city this week. If you like to move this is the show for you.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Velvet Underground — 508 Queen Street West
Admission: online$150, available

Hannah Gadsby Live in Toronto

What: Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby — known for her riveting comedy special Nanette — will be performing in Toronto for the first time ever. She’s booked for three nights of comedy and tickets are quickly selling out. Get them while they’re hot.

When: February 28 and 29
Time: 8 pm
Where:  Roy Thompson Hall
Tickets: $71 to $82, available online


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Hamilton/ Broadway Across Canada

What: Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Resale tickets are available.

When: On until May 17
Where: Ed Mirvish Theatre — 244 Victoria Street
Admission: Available tickets start around $499, available online

The Beaches

What: Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets this musical extravaganza just added a third night at The Danforth Music Hall. These local heroes are coming back to party hearty and bring their awesome alt-rock to the masses.

When: February 28 to March 1
Time: 7 to 11 pm
Where: The Danforth Music Hall — 147 Danforth Avenue
Admission: Start at $42, available online

Recipe for Change 2020

What: Enjoy an evening featuring more than 30 superb food and beverage stations, starring some of the city’s best chefs and most enticing culinary creations. Move and groove to live music and out-bid fellow foodies at a silent auction. Recipe for Change 2020 is putting a spotlight on the culinary artistry and vision of some of Toronto’s most dynamic Black chefs, brewers and winemakers.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library — 789 Yonge Street
Admission: $135 to $250, available online

Skates and Sounds

What: What’s better than a free skating rink? Try free skate lending to boot. The evening will be accompanied by a musical tour of the world as well as a warming station, Beavertails food truck and more.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Where: Barbara Ann Scott Ice Trail — 420 Yonge Street
Admission: Free

Nite Markt x Toronto

What: This very cool, nocturnal, artist-led market is landing in Toronto this Friday. Get ready to shop some of the most interesting and delightfully unique creations around. The market will be heading to Montreal and Halifax after this.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 8 pm to 12 am
Where: Gladstone Hotel — 1214 Queen Street West

Jungle Book

What: A wild ride awaits in this inventive and timely take on the beloved classic. An immersive multi-media adaptation, Jungle Book will transport you from the urban jungle to Mowgli’s childhood in the forests of India – with Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Panther, and more of your favourites along for the journey.

When: On until March 21
Where: Young People’s Theatre — 165 Front Street East
Admission: Tickets start at $10, available online

Skating at Harbourfront Centre

What: When the weather starts to drop, it means it’s officially time to go skating. And it just so happens that the city’s most scenic rink has opened its doors for the winter season. The Natrel Rink is complete with heated indoor change rooms and its own rink-side bar and grill for those interested in getting a snack post-skate. The best part? Skating at the Harbourfront rink is totally free. 

When: Now until spring
Time: Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 10 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am to 11 pm; Sunday, 9 am to 10 pm
Where: Harbourfront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Admission: Skating is free

Winter Stations 2020

What: A massive public art festival, the winning pieces were selected from 100s of submissions. This year’s theme is beyond the five senses and will feature some of the most interesting and imaginative creations from some increadible creative minds.

When: On until March 30
Where: Woodbine Beach — 1675 Lake Shore Blvd East
Admission: Free

Made in Toronto

What: It’s a night of some of the very best beats and jams, mixed up by Toronto’s hottest producers and DJs. If you want to support what’s local and good, this is the event for you. Appearing will be DEKO-ZE, JOEE CONS, and MIZ MEGS.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 10 pm
Where: Nest — 423 College Street
Admission: Free until 11:30 pm

Escape this 9 to 5

What: It’s an Office themed escape room. Test your problem-solving abilities as you solve puzzles and trivia, while desperately trying to burst out of your owrk place cage.

When: On until May 17
Where: 1444 Dupont Street
Admission: Two to four players, $30 each; five to six players, $28; seven to eight players, $26

Saturday, February 29

Toronto FC Season Opening Party

What: Toronto FC is opening the season against San Jose Earthquakes, and while they won’t be here in the city, you can head to The Congregation to enjoy an evening of local footie and camaraderie all hosted by Captain Morgan.

The Congregation is also open to public over the weekend, from 10 am to 6 on Saturday and Sunday.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: Viewing party at 4 pm
Where: The Congregation — 150 Symes Road

Kuumba 2020

What: Kuumba, one of Toronto’s longest-running celebrations of Black History Month, marks its 25th anniversary this year. In 2020, Kuumba25 examines the past through cultural expression, ritual and memorabilia, while re-envisioning identities through art, culture and education.

When: February 1 to 29
Where: 235 Queens Quay West
Admission: Some events are ticketed, others free, check online

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vancouver Canucks

What: Nothing like a healthy sports rivalry between cities. Friendly ribbing, high stakes competition, and mutual respect between adversaries. That being said, Vancouver’s horrible team will be in the city tonight to lose to the Leafs.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 7 pm
Where: Scotiabank Place
Admission: Start at $174, available online

All Night Long: Beatles Vs. Stones

What: In a British Invasion face-off, watch a six-piece band performing both Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Let it Bleed, along with favourite hits from both bands. Come to decide once and for all who are the Kings of Rock.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: The Rec Room — 255 Bremner Boulevard
Admission: $15, available online

The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience

The Dr. Seuss Experience

What: It’s back. After selling out ridiculously fast, organizers have put together another run. Get ready to take a walk down memory lane, as beloved children’s writer, Dr. Seuss’ incredible creations will be appearing in a large interactive exhibit. The 15,000-sq-ft exhibition is a photogenic playground of interesting rooms that recreate the feeling and wonder of walking through a storybook.

When: On until March 22
Where: Square One — 100 City Centre Drive
Admission: $39.99, available online

Cooking Cannabis Classics

What: Learn to decarboxylate, infuse and cook a recipe in a super fun and hands-on three hour cannabis cooking workshop. You’ll also get to take home the oil you make in class for your home kitchen. ID is 100% required for everyone.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Skyloft Food Studio — 477 Richmond Street West
Admission: $85, available online

Sunday, March 1

Study and Go Abroad Fair

What: Meet with almost 100 top universities, colleges and professional schools from Canada and around the world to find out about undergraduate and postgraduate degrees abroad, as well as certificate and diploma programs. Learn about scholarships, admission requirements, program options, and exciting destinations. Attend the free seminars for more detailed information.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Admission: Free

The Wizard Beer Festival

What: It’s another non-brand specific wizard themed brew event. This one comes including local DJs, tarot card readers, wand and potion making classes, and dry ice to set the mood — always need dry ice. Included in your ticket, will be a 12oz welcome beer and five tokens that will give you access to various beer and activity stations.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 7 pm
Where: CRAFT Beer Market — 1 Adelaide Street East
Admission: $45, available online

Toronto Light Fest

What: For the fourth year in a row, the historic Distillery District will be home to the Toronto Light Fest this winter. Designed to entertain and inspire, the free to attend light festival will feature curated light installations and illuminated sculptures created by a number of local and international artists. This is the last day of the event.

When: On until March 1
Time: After sunset
Where: Distillery District
Admission: Free

Toronto Irish Film Festival

What: Now in its 10th year, the Toronto Irish Film Festival celebrates the very best of Irish cinema. With sold-out screenings from 2010 to 2019, TIRFF promotes Irish film within Canada. This year’s line up features increadible works from the Emerald Isle.

When: February 28 to March 1
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox — 350 King Street West
Admission: Ticket packages vary, available online

Glass Animals – Déjà vu Tour

What: See the Dave Bayley led British psychedelic rock foursome that is Glass Animals. Appearing at the Mod Club, this show promises groovy tunes and beautiful lyrics.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 8 to 11 pm
Where: Mod Club Theatre — 722 College Street West
Admission: Available online

Epic Moments of Personal Failure: Toronto Zines of the 80s & 90s

What: Spend an usually quiet Sunday afternoon inflicted with paper cuts, musty smells and this city’s indie history while perusing two decades of Toronto zines in a hands-on, good taste defying retrospective.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Sibling — 56 Mulock Avenu

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