Notable Now Toronto: February 14, 2014

Family Day
Date: Feb. 17   
Location: Ontario  

Valentine’s Day and Family Day fall on the same weekend. Coincidence? We think not. If you’re not busy making babies you should probably spend time with your own. There’s plenty to do throughout the city with several museums and art galleries operating as well as the Toronto Zoo. There are also markets, family skates, and, you know, a lot of other family-related activities. Remember to be nice.

The Drake
Date: Feb. 20     
Location: The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W

It’s hard to believe, but the now iconic cultural mainstay on Queen W is celebrating its first decade with a whole bunch of deals, events, contests, and one heck of a birthday bash. Their classic burger will only cost you a 10-spot all week long, there’ll be a cocktail masterclass with a Drake bartender, and a chance to win tickets to their big 10-year anniversary sleepover party next Thursday. PJs not included.

Winter Folk
Date: Feb. 14-16     
Location: Various

As the festival says, ‘150 Artists on 5 Stages for 3 Days of Blues and Roots’. You’ll find the best urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots music being played in four different bars along The Danforth all weekend long in a combination of both paid and free concerts. If you own a banjo (or secretly kind of just wish you did), this is exactly where you’ll want to be this weekend.

Date: Feb. 13-16
Location: Various

If folk isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. Toronto’s longest running underground music forum turns 14 this year. There’s no need to worry about adolescence, though; the genre-smashing concerts you’ll find at the Wavelength Music Festival are definitely all grown up. Previous Canadian talent that’s played the festival includes Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Feist, and Grimes. So ya, if you’re into new Canadian music, this is a can’t-miss.  

Date: Feb. 22-23     
Location: Yorkville

The ninth annual Bloor-Yorkville IceFest is bringing a heat wave to town. Yes, you read that right. 20,000 lbs. of ice will be transformed into all things tropical, including palm trees, a surfer in a barrel wave, flowers, dolphins, a smiling sun on the beach, and a tikki hut. There’ll also be ice-carving competitions and demos to take in, though we suggest you leave your chainsaw at home unless you really know what you’re doing.

Auto Show
Date: Feb. 14-23
Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre 

Whether you live for horsepower or you just like the shiny red ones, Canada’s biggest and best Auto Show is a must-attend event every year. Covering over 600,000 square feet, you’ll find interactive displays, huge giveaways, and new cars galore. There’ll also be exotic cars, muscle cars, and the latest technology available for your own sweet chariot. Wait, did we mention cars? 

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Photo courtesy The Drake Hotel