News: Word Festival, Body Blitz Reviewed & Cahoots News

BUILDING TOMORROW: Corktown’s “crane city” in the West Don Lands. Construction on the Pan Am Games Athletes Village continues. Photo by Dan Philips.

With wet winter weather taking the reins, it’s a good week to take in a stage show. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts in the Distillery kicks off the Word Festival on Wednesday, December 12, with a series of performances, readings and other events dedicated to celebrating the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. The festival includes Soulpepper’s production of A Christmas Carol, which scored a four-star review from Torontoist last week.

BlogTO’s Robyn Urback took a dip at Body Blitz East, one of Corktown’s newest businesses. The verdict? A positive review of this one-of-a-kind spa experience. Check out Body Blitz’s website for details on all their services.

Cahoots Theatre, another Corktown arts & culture staple, has released their Fall 2012 newsletter. Highlights include details about Yoga classes offered at their theatre space this month and other company updates.

BlogTO put together a list of the Top 10 venues for live music in the East End. Making the list, of course, was Corktown’s own Dominion on Queen.

In Distillery District news, GotStyle has just opened their doors, stocking its 6,700 square foot space with fashions for both men and women. In addition, the Christmas Market rolls on—last week, revellers attempted to break a world record for the largest group of holiday carol singers. They didn’t quite meet the mark, but there’s always next year.

On Thursday, December 13, history buffs should head over to the Parliament Interpretive Centre at 265 Front Street East for “A Matter of Marching”, an “accessible, hands-on exploration of the British infantryman’s uniform and equipment at the time of the War of 1812.” The event is free – click to see the details.

On Sunday, December 16, our friends at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse are hosting a celebration marking the birthday of Jane Austen. Might be a good opportunity to meet mysterious, brooding men. There’s a full day of programming available – visit the website to check out all the details.

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