Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 23–24

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of March 23–24

Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris (Image: David McClister)

In this edition of The Weekender: an Aboriginal hip-hop dance battle, a vintage pop-up shop and three more things to do in Toronto.

Canadian Music Week
The 31st annual showcase brings more than a thousands artists to sixty different venues across the city. Acts run the gamut from ultra famous (Rihanna) to quintessentially indie (Emma Louise). Check out comedy-folk rockers and facial hair aficionados The Beards and Icelandic rising star Söley. $10-$60 (wristband). March 19-24. Various locations,

Arigato, Tokyo
Director Brendan Healy and the team behind Blasted and The Maids brings Daniel MacIvor’s dark and poetic ode to love, longing, obsession and sex to the stage. $37. March 21—April 14. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555,

Beat Nation All Styles Dance Battle (FREE!)
The Power Plant is hosting a dance battle with dancers representing moments in Aboriginal and hip-hop dance to celebrate one of its current exhibitions “Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture.” After the first elimination round, 16 dance crews compete for a $1,000 cash prize in 2-on-2 battles and time rounds. March 22. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre. 231 Queens Quay W., 416 973-4000,

Rigorous Mess Vintage Pop-Up Shop
Rigorous Mess is slashing prices by 40 per cent for its winter stock at its monthly pop up. Special guests: jewelry vendor Reclaim and photographer Shane Fester. Also: free beer! March 23, 12-6pm, March 24. 451 Christie St.,

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell with Richard Thompson Electric Trio
Folk legend Emmylou Harris and Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell have been making music together since the 1970s. It took the long-time friends until now, though, to release their first album as a duet, Old Yellow Man. $50—$70. March 22. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255.