A barrage of euphoric mothers will descend upon our fair city this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day. If you’ve made plans with mommy dearest for some brunch fare or high tea, but are stumped on how else to spend time with her, consider some of these fun activities to show her how much (more) you adore her.
Traditional performing arts from Japan with Akira Katogi
Akira Katogi is heralded as an enchanting performer of Japanese folk dance, song, taiko (artful drumming), traditional theatre and street circus; his son Raiya will be accompanying him in this special Toronto debut. Toronto’s homegrown Taiko group, Nagata Shachu, will be collaborating with the dynamic duo. It will be an unforgettable evening.
When: Saturday May 11th
Time: Begins at 8pm
Where: Kobayashi Hall, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Tickets: $35 adults, $30 seniors and students
Contact: 416.441.2345 or click here
For those who are historically inclined, consider partaking in a leisurely stroll around our beautiful city and learn about its rich background. On Sunday May 12th, the guided tour will be about the Grange. You will listen to an expert speak about how the Grange transitioned from a place where the elite dwelled to one filled with immigrants, working class citizens, and those with social issues. The talk will also elaborate on the architectural style of the 19th Century and move through the timeline to today’s postmodern styles depicted in buildings like OCAD and the AGO.
When: Sunday May 12th
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Where: Meet at Dundas and McCaul, and look for the blue ROMwalks umbrella
TTC Access: St. Patrick Station, West exit
Tickets: Free; No registration is required, just arrive on time and bring comfortable walking shoes
Contact: 416.586.8097 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The walk takes place rain or shine.
Toronto International Jewelery Festival
This is a festival dedicated to the beauty and celebration of jewelery. Exhibits and workshops are in venues all across the city, but the ones open on Mother’s Day include those at the York Quay Gallery at Harbourfront Centre. There will be many exhibits present, such as…
RE: Position | A collaboration between seven artists whose works comment on consumerism, social/cultural norms, jewelry as functional, decorative, and art object pieces
Dialogue: International Contemporary Jewelery | Showcasing pieces which are not considered the norm; a social commentary and observation on reorienting one’s idea of ‘conventional’ jewelery and the values associated with it
When: April 20th through June 16th
Time: Gallery is open from 12pm to 6pm, details can be found on their website
Where: 235 Queens Quay West
Contact: 416.973.4000 or email@example.com
Upcoming workshops and exhibits can be found on TIJF’s website.
If you take your mother to any one of these events, she will be pleased know she raised a child who cultivated sophisticated and worldly tastes. You’re welcome.