Weekend Planner: January 14–15, 2012
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Weekend Planner: January 14–15, 2012

This weekend: make waves at the boat show, enjoy some warm winter fun at Colborne Lodge, cut loose at Static Zine's fundraiser, catch the Next Stage Theatre Festival before it closes, and lots more.

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BOATS: Shiver me timbers! From fishing ships to cruising vessels, the 54th Annual Toronto International Boat Show has more boats than you can shake a fish at. Besides boat rides, wakeboarding (on the world’s largest indoor lake), there will be special guests like the headline-making Abby Sunderland, the youngest person to sail around Cape Horn (and almost the youngest to sail around the world before she was nearly killed). Ask her anything! Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place (100 Princes’ Boulevard). Saturday to January 22, 10 a.m., $18.

NOSTALGIA: OMG. Drop everything you’re doing and pay a visit to that Geri Halliwell shrine you keep hidden in your closet. Done? Well, prep your inhaler because “WANNABE: The Spice Girls Tribute Band” is real, and it’s happening. The friendship… it never ends. El Mocambo, second floor (464 Spadina Avenue). Saturday, 9 p.m., $15.

MUSIC: Toronto punk rockers Stark Naked & The Fleshtones are back for another year, and promoting their new album (which also happened to be on our best of 2011 list). Also featuring special guests Mamobolo and a secret opener. Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street W.). Saturday, 9 p.m., $10.

FUNDRAISER: Are you ready to boogie? Arts and culture mag Static Zine is throwing a dance party called “Electric Dream.” The event will feature a DJ set by Alex Pulec and will support their upcoming third issue. Jang Bang Bar (430 College Street). Saturday, 9:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m., PWYC.

WINTER FUN: Feeling ever so seasonal after today’s snow? “Winter Fun Day” invites Torontonians for an afternoon of taffy pulling, marshmallow roasting, cider sipping, and more. Colborne Lodge (Colborne Lodge Drive). Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., adults $5.71, children $2.38.

THEATRE: We went to all 10 productions showcased in the Next Stage Theatre Festival, so you don’t have to. The fest is having a record-breaking year, and the performances are good enough to stand up to the attention. Here are the best shows of Next Stage 2012, on until Sunday.


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