This weekend: a boat show kicks off, celebrate the end of the Mega Quarry, another edition of Monkey Toast, the Next Stage Festival comes to a close, and more.
BOATS: You should read the following listing in T-Pain’s voice. For the nautically inclined, the 55th Annual Toronto International Boat Show returns for another weekend of all things boats. There will be boat rides, seminars, wakeboarding exhibitions, and many other activities to keep your mind off the fact that we’re in the middle of winter. Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard), runs Saturday to January 20, 10 a.m., $18.
COMEDY: What do actor Jayne Eastwood (Chicago and Little Mosque on the Prairie) and Globe and Mail writer Dave McGinn have in common? They’ll both be appearing in the latest instalment of Monkey Toast. Don’t miss the improvised talk show’s first show of the new year (again hosted by Ron Tite). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $10.
SKATING: The weather this Saturday might be absurdly warm, but you don’t have to pretend it’s summer if you don’t want to. Head on over to Harbourfront Centre for another edition of DJ Skate Night. This weekend is hosted by DJ Manifest. He’ll have you skating circles to 10 years of top-40 hits. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday, 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Ding dong, the Mega Quarry’s dead! After years of struggling, protesters finally won the fight against this project, thanks in part to awareness-raising efforts like Foodstock and Soupstock. To celebrate, Inlet Sound is hosting its own mega-night of music, with appearances from Simple Damned Device, Beyond the Mountain, and Hot Tea. Also, Inlet Sound will be performing a set of its own. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9:30 p.m., $7.
FILM: If you think popular cinema these days is far too tame, here’s something you might enjoy. Mommy is Coming, winner of a 2012 Feminist Porn Award, is an erotic romantic comedy set in Berlin. Yes, it’s porn, but it has an actual story. There will be a panel discussion with two of the performers following the screening. Metro Theatre (677 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 9:30 p.m., $14.
NEXT STAGE: The Next Stage Festival, a curated “best of” offshoot of the popular Toronto Fringe Festival, runs daily to January 13. It features cutting-edge theatre about hockey, subway interactions, suburbia, and more. We’ve interviewed several of the artists, and reviewed all 10 of the festival’s plays. Many shows are selling out, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.
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