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Need a shot of heat in this cold weather? You can’t do better than the sizzling three-week Rhubarb Festival, celebrating its 31st anniversary with new works by d’bi.young, Ryan G. Hinds, Birdtown and Swanville, Jordan Tannahill, Lindsey Clark and others. (Buddies in Bad Times, from February 10, 416-975-8555.)


Not all fairy tales are for kids, as Theatre Smith-Gilmour proves in GRIMM too, a piece of absurdist theatre based on tales dug up by the Brothers Grimm. (Factory Studio from February 19, 416-504-9971).

Get a dark laugh on these dark winter days at Assassins, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical look at the men and women who tried – some successfully – to off presidents of the United States. (Theatre Centre, from February 4,

If you want to attend a winter wedding, try the excellent Convergence Theatre, which offers a mazel-tov with Yichud (Seclusion), in which the audience are the guests at the Orthodox union of Rachel and Chaim. (Theatre Passe Muraille, from February 6, 416-504-7529).

On the dance front, innovative choreographers Denise Fujiwara and Susie Burpee burn up the floor with a double bill at the Enwave Theatre (from March 4, 416-973-4000).

And any season that features new work by Peggy Baker and Christopher House is exciting. Baker combines science and art in confluence (from February 24 at the Enwave), and House’s new piece, Pteros Tactics, looks at eros and desire – fitting for its post-Valentine’s slot beginning February 16 (Fleck Dance Theatre). 416-973-4000 (both shows).

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