Friday, January 30, 2009

WinterCity Festival

I saw the other night that they were constructing a big stage at City Hall. As it turns out this weekend starts the 2 week Toronto Winter Festival called WinterCity. It is Toronto's turn to get out and enjoy outdoor activities and yes, dare I say, defy the weather. I am hoping it won't be as bitterly cold as it has been during January. Hard to resist the urge to stay indoors and cocoon rather than go out when it is -15 and below.

We are all familiar with the wonderful events that are organized in the City of Toronto during the summer; seemingly there is something every weekend. For instance, Beaches Jazz Festival, Taste of the Danforth and Caribana to name a few. WinterCity continues Toronto's tradition of free music venues, street entertainment and more.

This Year's WinterCity features concerts at Nathan Phillips Square, street theatre by Close-Act and RBC's Winterlicious Lodge. There are also "warm up" events at lots of indoor venues. There are lots to do and see during the next two weeks and I would encourage everyone to get out and enjoy.

The "Spectacle show" is presented on the stage at City Hall at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday night on both weekends. The act is a Dutch street theatre troupe Close-Act presents the North American premiere of an act they call Pi-Leauis. They are an acrobatic act presented by RBC. The description sounds quite incredible as Nathan Phillips Square is transformed into a mythical under-water world that floats high above the audience. I am sure to catch one of the performances.

At the same time as WinterCity there is the annual Winterlicious restaurant promotion. During this 2 week period many Toronto restaurants are featuring a Winterlicious Prix Fixe Menu at a significant discount price. It is a chance to try some of Toronto's upscale restaurants at a fraction of the normal price.

You can get more information about WinterCity and Winterlicious at:

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