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Event-filled weekend to chase away the January blues

Samantha Knight and News staff | posted Friday, Jan 13th, 2017


When is it too late to wish someone a Happy New Year? I would say right about now.

If you were into the cleanup mode last weekend after the holidays and didn’t get a chance to venture out, maybe this weekend is the time to get out of the house. There are several events taking place across the city to keep you entertained.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival
#SeetheNorth this month at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 16th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival will be taking over for 14 days starting this Friday.

The festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian achievements in film. Each feature and short film is chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across the country.

Some of the selections include “Nelly,” “It’s Only the End of the World,” and “Hello Destroyer.”

Toronto Tango Marathon
Get ready for three days and nights of non-stop tango this weekend at Lithuanian Hall. The annual Toronto Tango Marathon is back for its sixth year and promises an amazing weekend of Argentine tango with beautiful music, lots of dancing and delicious refreshments.

Five outstanding DJs will play the soundtrack for the event, which welcomes tango dancers from all over the world. The marathon kicks off on Friday at 9 p.m.

ROM Saturday Club
It might be the middle of winter, but it’s never too early for day camps. The Royal Ontario Museum’s Saturday Club kicks off its winter edition this weekend.

The original Royal Ontario Museum and the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal are shown in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/Tourism Toronto/Doug Brown.


The Saturday version of the ROM’S popular Summer Club includes hands-on educational activities, science experiments and more. The club offers a variety of morning, afternoon and full-day sessions. It runs from Jan. 14 to March 4.

Last Chance Stitch & Spoke Studio Sale
A local, handmade, eco-friendly shop is closing its doors for the last time this weekend. After five years, Stitch & Spoke in Trinity-Bellwoods is going out of business.

Lovers of pillows, bags, clothing and everything handmade are invited to come to the store for a last hurrah. The entire store will be at least 50 per cent off, including vintage pieces, fabric, fixtures and supplies.

Stitch & Spoke is located at 237 Crawford St., just south of Dundas Street. The “last chance” studio sale begins Saturday at 10 a.m.

Yoga and Painting
Is the new year already stressing you out? Maybe you need a dose of yoga and painting to relieve that tension and channel your creativity.

First, the yoga instructor will lead everyone through the downward dog, sun salutation and other poses for 45 minutes. Then, immerse yourself in a freestyle painting session on a 12×12 canvas.

The stress relieve combination takes place at Paintlounge Toronto East at Queen Street East and Jones Avenue on Sunday. The cost is $25 plus HST.

West Toronto Card and Collector Show
If you are a sports cards collector, then the memorabilia and collectibles show is the place to be on Sunday. The event is taking place at the Toronto Plaza Hotel on Wilson Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The show not only features the best in sporting cards, signed photos and pucks, jerseys, and Maple Leafs and Blue Jays collector items, but also gaming cards, comic books, movie memorabilia and retro toys. Admission to the show is free.


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