Weekend Warrior: How to Train Your Dragon, Taste of the Danforth, Heavy T.O., Rogers Cup, Harbord Street Jazz Festival
By Ben Fisher
Dragons come to life on stage (Image: How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular)
Dragon Training in Session
You have your typically average spectator shows, in which you’re just sitting back and taking in the action in front of you, and then you have the rare event that is more than that, like How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. This kid-friendly, interactive adventure based on the DreamWorks movie brings you up close and personal with giant, lifelike fire breathers. Don’t get too close, or you may wind up feeling the heat.
It’s that time of year again, Greektown. The Danforth will be abuzz this weekend with the sound of Hellenic musicians, the smell of succulent souvlaki and the sight of endless streams of people along one of the city’s busiest ethnic hotbeds. That’s because its time for the Pilaros Taste of the Danforth. On tap for this year: a stunt show, a Second City comedy show and tributes to music legends like Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond.
Toronto gets Heavy
Downsview Park will be home to plenty of tattoos, body piercings and mohawks this weekend, as metal heads from Toronto and beyond get set for the return of Heavy T.O. The two-day metal festival, in its second year of existence, will serve up an impressive roster of hardcore musicians, with Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and Cancer Bats headlining on Saturday, followed by System of a Down, Deftones and Five Finger Death Punch on the marquee for Sunday.
A “Love” Affair
Most tennis players taking part in this week’s Rogers Cup came here directly from the Olympic tournament. But unlike their experiences in London, there are no silver or bronze medals here — it’s championship or bust. Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Thornhill’s Milos Raonic are among the talented field gunning for glory at York University. This year’s winners will be determined on Sunday, with the men’s doubles final taking place at 5 p.m. and the men’s singles final scheduled for 7 p.m.
Jazzed Up on Harbord
There are those that say jazz is the food for the soul. That’s all well and good, but your stomach will still remain empty regardless of how much jazz you consume. That’s why the Harbord Street Jazz Festival brings tunes and fine dining together. Jazz talents like Jennifer Ryan, Ted Quinlan and Kerri Crawford will provide the soundtrack while special menus from restaurants like Splendido, 93 Harbord, DT Bistro and The Boulevard Café will provide the gourmet eats.