Five cool things to do this week (May 10 to 16)

Watch a much-anticipated movie, attend an event to raise awareness for Mental Health Week, and check out an a cappella performance.


Leonardo Di Caprio and Carey Mulligan in The Great Gatsby

1.  See The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, directed by the theatrical genius Baz Luhrmann (he skillfully adapted Romeo and Juliet and dazzled audiences with Moulin Rouge), hits the silver screen this weekend. Enter the world of fame, fortune, glitz and glam, as you follow the infamous fictitious lives of Nick Carraway, Daisy, and Jay Gatsby played by an A-list cast including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. Opens May 10.


2. Honour thy mother

Whether it be with a delicious, yet easy-to-make homemade brunch, a list of 50 reasons why you’re thankful she is your mother, or one of these great Mother’s Day gift ideas; this Sunday, make it about her. She deserves it.


3. Get vocal

Two weeks ago, NYC subway commuters caught an intimate a cappella performance by the charismatic crooner Michael Bublé as he busked the West 66th street subway stop. (Swoon!)  This weekend, ears in Toronto will be just as fortunate with a series of a cappella performances taking place at the Harbourfront as Toronto Sing Arts Fest takes the stage.  Inspired to sing? Us too. Thankfully there are a number of lady barbershop groups to join and all you have to do is show up in tune on a Tuesday!

May 9 – 12, Toronto Sing Arts Fest

A cappella rehearsals on Tuesdays:

Sea Belles, 7pm, Saint John, NB

Valley Voices, 7pm, Kentville, NS

Lionsgate Chorus, 7pm, Vancouver BC

Nickel City Sound, 6pm, Sudbury ON

Click here for more chapters/rehearsal times.


4. Raise awareness

This weekend marks the last few days of Mental Health Week. Join the fight to help raise awareness by attending a variety of cultural events that will inspire everything from creative thinking and full stomachs, to a lot of laughs. Top picks:  “Spring Forward, Recovery Through Art,” an exhibition of artwork by artists who have lived with mental illness; a BBQ and Dance sponsored by Apple; a night of comedy with Big Daddy Tazz & Guests, and a day of stress management sessions mixed with live entertainment and zumba at De-Stress Fest 2013.

May 10 – 31, Spring Forward, Recovery Through Art, Richmond BC

May 10, Big Daddy Tazz & Guests, Portage la Prairie MB

May 10, BBQ/DJ Dance, Ottawa ON

May 11, De-Stress Fest 2013, Edmonton AB


5. Get registered

After-school sports are not just for teenagers! Beach volleyball season is upon us, bringing a coastal vibe to major cities and small towns. And what better way to meet new people and work off the winter weight than over some friendly competition while soaking up some sun (SPF required), with your toes in the sand.

Registration now open:

Not So Pro Sports, Toronto ON

VBC Outdoor Leagues, BC

Halifax Sport and Social Club, Halifax NB

Club Montreal Sport and Social, Montreal QC