Ivana Raca's namesake café is the perfect hump-day helper, serving up an exceptional seasonal menu and custom cocktails in a cozy, Bali-inspired Parkdale space. Our favourites: scallops and asparagus, mushroom risotto, and Nutella-topped treats. 1704 Queen St. W., 416-901-9951.

Blind Date

In this interactive show, the clown-nosed actor-playwright Rebecca Northan is stood up by her date at a Paris bistro. So she surveys the audience for someone to take his place, setting in motion an amusingly awkward and entirely improvised blind date. $55–$60. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman Ave., tarragontheatre.com.

Le Burger Week

The Montreal-based burger bonanza offers succulent selections, including W Burger Bar's sandwich, stuffed with mac and cheese and topped with hickory sticks, and Fresh's "The6ix" (vegan patty, pineapple, banana chillies, onion, lettuce, tomato). Prices vary. Leburgerweek.com.


Local writer-director Kyle Sawyer has created an indie flick about a philosophical homeless boxer who lives and trains in High Park as he prepares to face a formidable opponent. Free. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave., whoiscolthammer.com.

Hot and Spicy Food Festival

On the menu this year: searing specialties from across the globe, never-ending music and dance, and red-hot recipe demonstrations from Dragon Vikram Vij (his family's chicken curry) and Fidel Gastro phenom Matt Basille (lamb meatballs). Free admission; food prices vary. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, harbourfrontcentre.com.

The Tallest Man on Earth

For the first time ever, the Swedish singer-songwriter brings a backing band to the stage. He'll play songs from Dark Bird is Home, a lo-fi compilation of wistful acoustic ballads and Dylan-esque melodies. $39.50–$49.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., masseyhall.com.

Port Carling

Ian McGrenaghan and Colin Tooke, the duo behind the hip hop–blaring Parkdale taqueria Grand Electric, are transforming this classic cottage country destination into an edgy lakeside escape with their Muskoka taco hub and a newly opened boutique called Frankies Surf Club. Grand Electric Muskoka, 2 James Bartleman Way, Port Carling, grandelectricmuskoka.com.


What happened to Icarus after his wings melted off? This otherworldly Cirque du Soleil production follows the Greek hero's journey back from the bottom through amphibian-filled dreamscapes and synchronized stunts. $50–$120. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., cirquedusoleil.com.

Idina Menzel

The American actress-singer, best known for Frozen's ubiquitous anthem "Let It Go," showcases her vocal virtuosity in a concert of pop classics, original repertoire and favourites from Glee, Rent and Wicked. $63–$128. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E., sonycentre.ca.