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5 things to do this Valentine’s Day weekend

Justin Piercy | posted Friday, Feb 13th, 2015

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Feb. 13-15, 2015

Valentine’s Day Puppet Show: The library staff at the Parliament Street Library will be putting on a special puppet-based production of Robert Munsch’s classic children’s tale, The Paperbag Princess. It’s the story of a princess wearing nothing but a paper bag who must rescue a less-than-heroic prince by outwitting a dragon. Free admisssion, all ages. Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m. TorontoPublicLibrary.com

Valentine’s Day Big Band Dance: The Palais Royal Ballroom is the site for a classic, romantic Valentine’s Day evening with that someone special. Dance to hits from the big band era, with selections from the catalogues of Count Basie, Peggy Lee and Glenn Miller. A VIP dinner is available for an additional fee and a cash bar will also be available. Feb. 14, Tickets for the dance are $54.50, for both dinner and dance they are $100. Ages 19 and over. PalaisRoyal.ca

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party: For those that loathe Feb. 14 as a “Hallmark holiday,” you can find company with people who share your views. Thompson Toronto Hotel is hosting what they are calling “Toronto’s largest anti-Valentine’s Day party” on Saturday, which is a singles event that begins a 7 p.m. with a complimentary drink and ice-breaker games. 550 Wellington Street West, tickets: $25.59. EventBrite.com

Valentine’s Day Massacre: For a slightly off-kilter Valentine’s Day, look no further than the Lunacy Cabaret. The longest-running circus cabaret in Toronto invite you to join them for a Friday the 13th/ V-Day mashup featuring a night of slapstick comedy, burlesque and clowns promising “broken hearts and bloody chainsaws.” Feb. 13, 8 p.m., 1300 Gerrard St., tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. LunacyCabaret.com

Douglas Coupland: Everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything Not everything has to be hearts and chocolates on Valentine’s Day weekend. At a joint exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, one of this country’s most heralded contemporary artists might have you thinking about Canadian cultural identity and what role technology plays in modern life, but through a humourous lens. Coupland’s work is presented through various forms of media, ranging from Lego to paintings and installations. Tickets at the ROM are $16 for adults, $14.50 for students and seniors, and $13 for children while admission is free at the MOCCA. Both exhibits runs through April. Rom.com and Mocca.com

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