Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 7–9

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of February 7–9

Casting Shadows, by Course, is one of many conceptual toys now on display at the Design Exchange. (Image: Courtesy of the artist) Casting Shadows, by Course, is one of many conceptual toys now on display at the Design Exchange. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)
 

In this edition of The Weekender, a Valentine’s-themed high tea, an exhibition of conceptual toys and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend.

DISCUSSION

Robyn Doolittle Speaks
The recent release of Crazy Town, Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle’s book about the Rob Ford crack scandal, has turned her into something of a local celebrity. At this talk, titled “My Portrait of Rob Ford, the Ford Family, and a City Caught in an Astonishing Scandal,” she’ll discuss her time on the city hall beat. Feb. 7. Tickets $30 (includes a copy of Crazy Town). Desautels Hall, Rotman School of Management, 105 St. George St., rotman.utoronto.ca

HIGH TEA

Sweetheart High Tea
Bring loved ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the stately 19th-century Gibson House in a right-proper manner: by sipping tea and noshing on delicate sandwiches. Feb. 9. Tickets $30. Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St., toronto.ca

FUNDRAISER

Motionball Gala
Supporting the Special Olympics, the annual Motionball Gala will be co-hosted this year by Carmen Electra. There will be an Under Armour fashion show, plus performances from the likes of DJ Skratch Bastid. Feb. 7. Tickets $150 (open bar). Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Rd., toronto.motionball.com

ART

This Is Not A Toy
This exhibition, guest-curated by Pharrell Williams, deals with conceptual toys—in other words, toylike art objects made for adult collectors. Expect to see gigantic plush sculptures, miniature figurines and a variety of other bizarre and intriguing things. (Here’s a preview.) Until May 19. Tickets $18.90. Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., dx.org

THEATRE

360 Screenings Presents: Love
Using film and live theatre, 360 Screenings will bring a celebration of love to a heritage building somewhere downtown. The exact location won’t be revealed until 24 hours before the event. Feb. 7–8. General Admission tickets $60; Under 30 tickets $40. Location unknown, 360screenings.com