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Weekend Planner: February 25–26, 2012

This weekend, bring your game face to a board game–making competition; see the winter that could have been (though likely a much prettier version) at this year's Icefest; find out what happens when classical music gets taken out of the halls and put into the barns, and so forth.

Think you have what it takes to create the next Monopoly? Get ready to duel at this weekend's "Board Game Jam." Photo by Adam Clare.

BOARD GAMES: Think you have what it takes to create the next Monopoly or RISK? Bring all your best ideas to Board Game Jam, which challenges participants to create a board game in 48 hours. At the end of it, you’ll get to test them all out while drinking. Win-win! George Brown College (333 King Street E.), Saturday–Sunday, 9:30 a.m., $20 ($15 early bird).

FESTIVAL: Just because winter in Toronto didn’t really happen this year doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate the season. And what better way to remind yourself of what could have been than with the return of Icefest—a festival that features ice carvings, on-street skating performances, a “Winter Wilderness Exhibit,” and much more. Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair Street & Cumberland Street), Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: If you’re interested in hearing classical music in some unusual surroundings, don’t miss out on Chamber Music in the Barns—a concert that features a variety of pieces, including the world premiere of Rose Bolton’s Coming of Sobs and a performance of Quartet for Heart and Breath (composed by Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry). Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $25.

MUSIC: NuFunk invites you to a night called “Legends of Funk” with DJ Czech featuring Biodiesel, Farbsie Funk, and Dave Saddler. This event is part of the fifth Annual NuFunk festival. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street W.), Saturday, 10 p.m., $15.

URBAN DESIGN: Mouse-City is back to answer the age-old question: what would happen if kids could build Toronto? Besides challenging young urban builders to construct a giant model city for storybook mice, Totsapalooza: Mouse-City Calling will also feature readings by notable Toronto personalities (City Councillor Adam Vaughan has been announced as the mayor of Mouse-City) and indie-band performances (doing covers from Clash’s London Calling). Revival (783 College Street), Sunday, 2 p.m.–4:30 p.m., $12 adults, $8 children.

MUSIC: Fans of the Wavelength music series will appreciate the announcement of Crosswires—a new weekly music series by one of Wavelength’s co-founders. The inaugural event will launch with the Pinecones, the Tres Bien Ensemble (who are releasing their EP), and Julie Doiron. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street W.), Sunday, 9 p.m., PWYC.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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