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What's a weekend without psychics and Mozart?

Last Updated Jan 14, 2016 at 11:43 am EST

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing at Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in Florida. Photo via facebook.com/torontosymphonyorchestra.

You don’t need a psychic to tell you that a great weekend is ahead for the GTA and beyond. Anytime you get some downtime on your days off from work, it’s heaven.

Just because it is cold and there’s not much sun – yes, it’s winter in Canada – that doesn’t mean you have to stay in. Below are some events taking place this weekend that are sure to get you get out of hibernation.

And if you are working this weekend, don’t despair. You can still check out one of these events after work.

And remember: spring is just nine weeks away!


Events

Mozart masterpieces
Experience the brilliance and power of Mozart in three wonderful ways: through one of his operas, a piano concerto, and his last symphony.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be performing Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 – nicknamed the “Jupiter Symphony.” Composed in 1788, it was Mozart’s last symphony and also the longest.

Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart circa 1780 painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. GETTY IMAGES/Universal History Archive.
Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart circa 1780 painted by Johann Nepomuk della Croce. GETTY IMAGES/Universal History Archive.

 

Also on the program: the overture and two arias from Don Giovanni, as well as Piano Concerto No. 9, K. 271 “Jeunehomme.”

The 8 p.m. show on Saturday is being held at Roy Thomson Hall, while the 3 p.m. one on Sunday is at George Weston Recital Hall. If you want to share your love for Mozart at the shows, there will be a chat during intermission.

Niagara Icewine Festival
It’s a celebration of one of Canada’s most delicious products. The 21st annual Niagara Icewine Festival starts this weekend and runs until Jan. 31.

Bunch of white grapes in the vine in the town of Niagara on the Lake where Ice wine is produced. GETTY IMAGES/Roberto Machado Noa.
Bunch of white grapes in the vine in the town of Niagara on the Lake where Ice wine is produced. GETTY IMAGES/Roberto Machado Noa.

 

It includes everything from tastings, galas, ice bars, skating and winery tours. The star of the show is the liquid gold that’s so coveted around the world. After this weekend, you’ll have two more weekends to enjoy the festivities.

Pop Art at the AGO
A new exhibit opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario Sunday featuring the work of “pop artists.” Works including Andy Warhol’s “Elvis” are on display.

Andy Warhol's Elvis I and II (1963–64), the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photo via AGO.
Andy Warhol’s Elvis I and II (1963–64), the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Photo via AGO.

 

The artists from the 1960s are said to use their work to analyze the impact of mass culture on the modern psyche, but you can judge for yourself. The exhibit called “SuperReal” can be seen with regular admission to the gallery.

Psychic brunch
Come one, come all to the psychic brunch on Sunday, being held at Cranberries Restaurant in St. James Town.

A woman takes part in a psychic reading. GETTY IMAGES/PeopleImages.com.
A woman takes part in a psychic reading. GETTY IMAGES/PeopleImages.com.

 

The brunch, which is held on the third Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., features a 20-minute reading, another five-minute reading from a different psychic and a $5 meal voucher at the restaurant.

Guess how much it costs for all this? For those who are not psychic, the price is $40.

Money raised from the event goes to the Rainbow Association of Canadian Artists, a non-profit group that celebrates diversity in music.

Toronto International Boat Show
This is the last weekend to enjoy what summer has to offer at the boat show, being held at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place.

More than 500 exhibitors will be on hand to whisk you away to dreams of sailing or kayaking on the open water, or just hanging out in a houseboat.

Attendees can also practice their boating skills in the indoor lake or watch the wakeboarding show.

TTC

Streetcar diversion
The 506 Carlton streetcars will be diverting this weekend as TTC crews conduct concrete repairs at the streetcar stop at Carlton and Church streets.

Photo Credit: Aaron Miller, CityNews.ca

Streetcars will travel on Dundas Street between Bay and Parliament streets. Shuttle buses will run during the diversion.

Regular service resumes at 5 a.m. on Monday.