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What's On In Toronto | Weekend March 11–13, 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
If you’ve spent this week living for the weekend, then follow our what’s–what to make the most of your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Regardless of what you’re after – from drinks and parties, to the ballet, to an entire festival dedicated to the nectar of Canada (maple syrup) – be sure to get out there, Toronto.

FRIDAY

DRINKS & MORE | GAL CRUSH: Girls’ Art League at the Garrison

Head to the Garrison for GAL CRUSH, where Girls’ Art League will transform the bar into a ‘wild wonderland of art, dancing and music’. Expect art installations, a shadow puppet photo booth, live music, and more. The best part? All proceeds go to Girls’ Art League, so they can continue to offer free workshops to social service organizations across Toronto.

SATURDAY

EVENT | Canada Blooms

This event is all about plants – but the plants are *very* cool. Canada Blooms isn’t your regular old flower show: channel your inner Alice and step into Toronto’s wonderland of floral and fauna; check out the must-see events and installations.

Courtesy of Canada Blooms
Courtesy of Canada Blooms

FESTIVAL | Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival

Here’s your chance to embrace Canadian stereotypes and participate in Ontario’s favourite early springtime pastime: the Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival is back. Load up on maple syrup and pancakes, and fun and games.

Maple Syrup Snow | © Yodyodyo / Pixabay
Maple Syrup Snow | © Yodyodyo / Pixabay

BALLET | Romeo and Juliet

For five days in March, Torontonians can brush up on their Shakespeare and revisit this timeless tale of love and tragedy. Russian choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, puts a fresh spin on a familiar story with The National Ballet of Canada’s Romeo and Juliet.

Jurgita Dronina and Olaf Kollmannsperger in 2007, from Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Swedish Opera | © Hans Nilsson, Kungliga Operan / WikiCommons
Jurgita Dronina and Olaf Kollmannsperger in 2007, from Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Swedish Opera | © Hans Nilsson, Kungliga Operan / WikiCommons

SUNDAY

FOOD | Imbibe with a Sunday Caesar

Beware the ides of March (and indulge in the hair of the dog while you’re at it). Head to one of Toronto’s finest Caesar-serving establishments and enjoy this tomato juice cocktail, made with equal parts booze and Canadian pride.

Harissa Caesar | Courtesy of Tabule
Harissa Caesar | Courtesy of Tabule

ART | Abbas Kiarostami: Doors Without Keys

Explore memory and imagination through Doors Without Keys, an stunning installation by Iranian artist, Abbas Kiarostami. This is a can’t-miss immersive gallery experience at the Aga Khan Museum.

Exterior, Aga Khan Museum | © The Aga Khan Museum, 2016 | Photo: Janet Kimber
Exterior, Aga Khan Museum | © The Aga Khan Museum, 2016 | Photo: Janet Kimber

MARKET | Spring Vintage Fashion Flea Market

If you missed last week’s Toronto Antique & Vintage Market, here’s your chance to stock up on some vintage spring duds. Because what’s old is new again, head to The Garrison for their Spring Vintage Fashion Flea Market.

Vintage Indie Used Clothing Scavenger Hunt Shopping| ©Steven Depolo/Flickr
Vintage Indie Used Clothing Scavenger Hunt Shopping | ©Steven Depolo/Flickr

HISTORY | Toronto the Just: Stories of Women and the Struggle for Equality

Keep those International Women’s Day celebrations going and head to Toronto the Just to uncover the stories of eight trailblazing Toronto women who challenged inequality, educated, protested, and shook things up throughout Toronto’s history.

Women walking on Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, 1912 | Public Domain / Photo by William James
Women walking on Eglinton Avenue, Toronto, 1912 | Public Domain / Photo by William James