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Make your weekend a great one with travel, design, and a winter run

Patricia D'Cunha and Amber LeBlanc | posted Friday, Jan 22nd, 2016

Are you dreaming of a fun weekend? Don’t waste your time dreaming about what your weekend could be when you can make it a great one.

There are plenty of things to do around the city that will inspire you to make the most of your down time.


Toronto’s Ultimate Travel Show
If you’re like this writer, you contemplate your next trip while flying home from the previous one.

The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland. 680 NEWS/Patricia D'Cunha.
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland. 680 NEWS/Patricia D’Cunha.

If you need the “ultimate” inspiration for your next vacation, head on down to the travel show at Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place this weekend. Whether you are planning a winter getaway to a tropical destination, or springtime fun in Europe, there’s always room for travel in your life.

At the show, travellers can check out the various exhibitors and also take part in several giveaways. Free admission.

MEC Winter Run
Want to kick start your fitness? You can get a great winter workout this weekend with one of the first outdoor runs of the year.

Mountain Equipment Co-op is hosting a winter run. The races start at 9 a.m. on Sunday and runners can do either a 5K or 10K on the Martin Goodman Trail.

Interior Design Show
Just bought a home or renovating your space and looking for decorating ideas? Maybe you have a design outline in mind but don’t know how to see it to fruition? Then this annual interior design showis just for you.

Living room of a rustic house. GETTY IMAGES.
Living room of a rustic house. GETTY IMAGES.

The show, which is Canada’s largest design event, showcases the best talents from around the world. It’s being held at the Metro Convention Centre from Thursday to Sunday, but only open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

It’s not just a place to spot the latest design trends or leading brands, but also to listen to expert advice from prominent and rising designers. Click here for a list of exhibits.

Ballet auditions
Calling all aspiring ballerinas! Does your child dream about performing in The Nutcracker? He or she can keep the dream alive by auditioning at Canada’s National Ballet School on Sunday.

Students entering Grades 6-12 in September 2016 can try out and students in Grade 5 can audition for the Introductory Summer School. High school students who want to be professional dancers are also encouraged to try out.

If you can’t make it this weekend, another audition will be held on Feb. 7.

Something Strange Circus Sideshow Festival
Calling all freaks, geeks and weirdos! The Something Strange Circus Sideshow Festival takes place at the Mod Club on Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers say it will showcase unique human oddities and harken back to a time when the sideshow was the greatest show in town. The host is Mysterion, Canada’s famous mentalist and magician. Tickets are available here.

Transit info

GO Transit online outage
GO Transit riders who check their train or bus schedules online on Saturday will be out of luck.

Real-time information like schedules, service updates, system map and the fare calculator will be offline for system maintenance from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

GO Transit discusses Monday's delays & cancellations

Riders will be able to access Triplinx.ca, but it won’t show real-time trip information or service updates. Also, electronic signs that show train and bus information at stations and terminals will be blank except at Union Station.

For up-to-date information, riders can sign-up for On The GO Alerts or follow @GOTransit.

Click here for a list of affected services.


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