Get your winter groove on this weekend in Toronto

By Michael Gibbons and Patricia D'Cunha

Hooray for another weekend in Toronto. If you are keeping track, the next long weekend is around a month away — Family Day is on Feb. 18.

Below are some events taking place in the city this weekend that embrace winter but also look ahead to warmer days ahead.

As you step into your serenity zone and plan your weekend, keep in mind that there will be a small service disruption on the TTC on Sunday. Subway service will start at noon on a portion of Line 1 between Osgoode and Bloor-Yonge stations due to track work.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Toronto Blue Jays Winter Fest
The ‘boys of summer’ will return to the Rogers Centre in the midst of winter for the second annual Toronto Blue Jays Winter Fest this weekend. The Jays decided to bring it back after the overwhelming fan response from last year’s event. This year’s Winter Fest will include appearances from select players, prospects, and alumni, as well as Sportsnet personalities. There will also be live entertainment, a Ferris wheel, a skating rink, and batting radar cages. Fans will receive a free Blue Jays toque upon entry. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for youth and seniors.

Women’s March
Organizers of Women March On: Toronto say they plan to take to the streets this Saturday to “bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto.” The march will begin at noon at Nathan Phillips Square. A lineup of speakers will address what the group says are “egregious cutbacks to government funding and civil rights made by the provincial government.” After the speeches, the demonstration will make its way north on University to Queen’s Park. Two accessible vehicles will be available to accommodate wheelchairs and people with other mobility issues.

Toronto Light Festival
Who says winter has to be dreary? The season can be full of light and optimism if you just give it a chance. Starting Saturday and until March 3, the city will be draped with light for the Toronto Light Festival. Lights will be on display on or next to 44 buildings around the city from sundown until 10 p.m. on some days and until 11 p.m. on other days. Can you just imagine how pretty the light show will be with snow on the ground? Now all we need is some snow.

Winterlicious reservations
It is cold outside but you can warm up with comfort food at one of the nearly 200 restaurants taking part in Winterlicious. The foodie event starts on January 25 but participating restaurants are already taking reservations. During the two-week food festival, foodies can opt for three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 or dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. This year, there will be several food experiences to enjoy, including Dinner with the Mackenzies at Mackenzie House, A Culinary Tour of Toronto at the Palais Royale, Afternoon Tea at Casa Loma, Savour St. Lawrence Market, St. Lawrence Market, and more.

Toronto RV Show & Sale
‘Tis the season to go shopping for new recreation vehicles with camping season not too far away. The Toronto RV Show will feature RV dealers, campgrounds, camping accessories, and educational seminars. The show takes place at the Toronto Congress Centre from Thursday to Sunday. Click here for ticket information.

Toronto Boat Show
North America’s largest indoor boat show returns to the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place on Friday. The Toronto Boat Show features a fleet of 1,200 boats of all sizes, as well as the latest in boating accessories available on the market. The event offers 250 free seminars and workshops over its 10-day span. Other highlights this year will include the Toronto Indoor Wakeboard Championships, and remote-controlled sailboats on the world’s largest indoor lake. The boat show takes place from from Jan. 18-27. Tickets are available online, or onsite at the show.

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