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Free events in Toronto: April 14-20, 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 13, 2014

Free events in TorontoFree events in Toronto this week get a little creepy, what with the freebie Easter bunny photoshoots and all. The week should also have music lovers feeling overwhelmed, between Record Store Day, Southern Souls' first screening, and a sea of by-donation holiday weekend concerts.

Here's where to take a nice photo to send home to the prairies in Toronto this week.

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Weekend events in Toronto: April 11-13, 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 11, 2014

Weekend events TorontoWeekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this April 11-13, 2014.

Songkran
Songkran is a Thai New Year tradition that involves people getting wet en masse: water will be poured and clothes will be soaked in celebration. Maha Songkran is Sunday, April 13 this year - a.k.a. the day and night are equal lengths. The New Year itself will fall on April 15, but that's after all the fun has already gone down. The ritual of cleansing bad vibes and starting fresh will involve a heated tent at Khao San Road for the pouring of the water (a dry bag for items like cellphone will be supplied for each guest). No water guns are allowed, but there will be a raffle for one lone gun (good luck). La Carnita, Come and Get It, Ardor Bistro and more will make sure you're well-fed. Saturday, April 12, 8pm, Khao San Road (326 Adelaide St. West).

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Toronto punk labels take on Rob Ford

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 10, 2014

This Aint Ford FestWhile the odd anti-Rob Ford song has come up, Toronto's punk and hardcore scenes have been largely silent about municipal politics (and various national issues, cough cough). Cynicism over how a song could stop Ford Nation is well-founded, especially as the Brothers Ford do seem like an unstoppable force - but artists ignoring a mayor who looks on arts and culture with scorn, who's alienated the LGBT community, and who reduces citizenship to the act of paying taxes suggest questionable motives (punk is experiencing a commercial resurgence in Toronto, if it ever faded).

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Today in Toronto: Images, BikeRackTO, Yonge Street, Vanessa Maltese, Cod Bless, Deadhead, AGO Massive

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 10, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto the Images Fest kicks off its 27th year of bringing installations, performances, and screenings of experimental shorts and features together for ten days of avant-garde fun (but not too much fun). Check out our must-sees here. The fest begins with a screening of From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf. Meanwhile Black Cat Gallery (formerly 2186) will present a collection of Toronto cyclists gettin' nude(ish) with their bikes. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Today in Toronto: MakeWorks Launch, Picastro, Army of Darkness, Rosehound Apparel Pop Up, The National

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 9, 2014

Today in TorontoToday in Toronto, MakeWorks is launching a 10,000-square-foot shared work space in a restored factory in College West. The open house is free from 4-7pm, then the launch party with Skratch Bastid starts at 7pm ($10). Picastro will release their new LP You at Cinecycle as Wavelength hosts music, film screenings, $5 Steam Whistle, popcorn, and more to celebrate the band's long and winding career. Read our interview with Picastro here. For more events, click on over to our events section.

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Cardboard beach coming to King West for Luminato

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 8, 2014

Luminato 2014If you live or work downtown and fantasize about running away (but not too far away) to catch some rays, art will have your back this June. The 2014 Luminato Festival will install a fully licensed temporary beach at their hub at David Pecaut Square from June 6-15, where the world's largest disco ball hung last year.

The catch? Unlike Toronto's admittedly decent existing beaches, this "oasis" will be entirely made of cardboard. Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros are pulling our leg with their Cardboard Beach installation - but a beach party is still a beach party, even if it's smack between King West and the Financial District and the huts, chairs, cabanas, umbrellas are all made of cardboard. The real downside? Organizers want you to wear flip flops. Ew.

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