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Five things to do in Toronto this weekend, March 21 to 23


National Ballet of Canada fans will remember the company's charismatic former dancer Rex Harrington, perhaps associating him with Onegin 's eponymous hero, a role he filled so well. Or maybe they associate the role with current principal dancer Aleksandar Antonijevic, who retires at the end of this season after 23 years. But you know what? It is just as likely that anyone who takes in the John Cranko creation will come away with full respect for the full company, as the ensemble as a whole has been known to shine just as much as the stars in this tragic love story. To March 23. $25 to $184. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-345-9595.

Sheila Jordan

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A versatile musician and improviser, Sheila Jordan's nimble vocalese and sense of humour make up for a voice that is probably less sweet or acrobatic than others. Not that the 85-year-old jazz singer and ambassador needs to make up for much, mind you. She released her groundbreaking debut album Portait of Sheila on the Blue Note label in 1962, and few studies or artists have ever aged so well. To March 22, $30 (also, March 23, 2 to 6 p.m., vocal workshop, $30 to $75). Chalkers Pub Billiards & Bistro, 247 Marlee Ave., 416-789-2531 or


Here we have the world premiere of Denise Fujiwara's new work, Eunoia, an adaptation of Griffin Poetry Prize-winner Christian Bok's book-long poem in which each chapter is limited to the use of a single vowel. The celebrated choreographer Ms. Fujiwara follows the conceit, applying similar constraints onto her dance-making. Given her reputation for unrestrained creations, the results will be intriguing and witty, you know it. To March 22, 8 p.m. $39. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000,

Canada Blooms

This winter was so long that Punxsutawney Phil received death threats. Thankfully spring has sprung, marking the arrival of many good things including an annual flora-based fandango, once again held in conjunction with the National Home Show. This year's spotlight is on a new coastal touring route in Ireland, dubbed the Wild Atlantic Way. The hope is that if you can't have the luck of the Irish, you can at least have its natural greenery. To March 23, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). $13 to $17 (includes same-day admission to National Home Show). Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Blvd.,

Big Girl Panties

Sandra Shamas believes in Freedom 55, yet she is hardly retiring. The whip-smart comedian, famous for her one-woman show My Boyfriend's Back and There's Gonna Be Laundry, has reached double-nickel status, an age she sees as a fresh start. Expect this work-in-progress act to be candid and unflinching. She's always game to speak about undergarments or other delicate subjects, as there are no such things as unmentionables to her. To April 6, Thursdays to Sundays, 8 p.m. $20 to $25 (advance seats sold out; same-day standing-room tickets on sale at noon). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555.

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