Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 31–February 2

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of January 31–February 2

A young Ichimaru playing the samisen. (Image: Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria)

In this edition of The Weekender, a frigid bike ride, a kimono exhibit and three other things to do in Toronto this weekend. 


Toronto Tea Festival
Tea aficionados can sample unique flavours and learn from industry experts during this two-day festival. Over 37 exhibitors will be participating, including King’s Zen Tea, Rosedale Wellness Centre and Flowers to Fragrance. Feb. 1–2. Tickets $15, or $25 for a two-day pass. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., 


Coldest Day of The Year Ride (FREE!)
For the fearless few who don’t mind the frigid temperatures, this group bike ride starts at Queen’s Park and winds its way to Dufferin Grove Park, where participants will be rewarded with a bonfire and hot chocolate. Feb. 1. Free. Queen’s Park at Hoskin Ave.,


From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru
This new exhibit at the Textile Museum of Canada allows visitors to delve into the personal wardrobe of Ichimaru, one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century. Her luxurious kimonos were hand-crafted. Until May 25. General admission $15. Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Ave.,


The Great Digital Film Festival
Film buffs can catch their favourites on the big screen during this week-long festival. Movies featured include Battlestar Galactica, The Avengers, Flash Gordon, and Iron Man. Jan. 31–Feb. 6. Tickets $6. Scotiabank Theatre, 295 Richmond St. W.,


Gary Shteyngart with Ian Brown (FREE!)
The best-selling author Gary Shteyngart (known for his dystopian romance Super Sad True Love Story, and for his complicated views on Canadian fiction) will chat with the Globe and Mail’s Ian Brown about his new memoir, Little Failure. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance. Arrive early for guaranteed entry and the best seats. Jan. 31. Free. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.,