5 ways to combat Reading Week boredom
Toronto band, Hooded Fang, performs Thursday February 20 at The Drake.
1. Go get your warm fuzzies by visiting the new polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo
This past Saturday, the polar bear cub made it’s first public debut at the Toronto Zoo. The cub became famous with a string of YouTube videos, which garnered six million hits. The videos documented the cub’s first steps, first bath and first time playing in the snow; however, the cub wasn’t shown to the public until now.
2. Celebrate The Drake’s tenth birthday
A Queen West feature since 2004, The Drake is celebrating ten years this week with a number of community and culture events. On Tuesday February 18, Los Angeles band, Together Pangea plays at 8pm. Wednesday will see a super-sized trivia event occur, with prizes for both winners and losers! Or just kill it on Thursday night and attend the main event: there will be performance artists protecting a giant cake, a digital illustrator, and a performance by Canadian band, Hooded Fang.
3. Heat up with Bloor-Yorkville’s Ice Fest
The Bloor-Yorkville Icefest is coming back to Toronto for the ninth time. Ideal viewing in this frigid weather, the Ice Fest features ice sculptures and numerous events. Using 35 000 pounds of ice, artists compete to win a prize for the best sculpture. The display theme is “Heat Wave,” an ironic subject in this Toronto winter. Public viewers can also vote for their favourite sculptures and can enjoy watching street performers. Ice Fest runs February 22-23.
4. Watch the Olympics
As of February 17, Canada had a total of 15 medals in the Sochi Olympic games. Some highlights of the last few days include Dominique Maltais’ silver medal in women’s snowboard cross. Also, Calgary skier, Jan Hudec, who couldn’t walk a month ago due to knee surgery, now has won a bronze medal in men’s super-G, tying with American veteran Bode Miller. Torontonian ice-skater, Patrick Chan, won second place in men’s ice-skating short program.
Exciting events coming up this week are Ladies Giant Slalom on February 18, Cross country ski sprints on February 19, and Men’s Ice hockey final on Saturday February 22.
5. And a last resort… Robarts has extended hours
Since reading week is technically meant for students to catch up on work, Robarts has extended hours. The library will be open from Monday-Thursday 24 hours a day, and from 8:30am - 11pm on Friday, 9am - 10pm on Saturday, and 10am - 8:30am on Sunday.
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