Weekend events in Toronto: April 13-15
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Watch for it here on Fridays around midday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this weekend, April 13-15, 2012.
2012 Wizard World Comicon
Get those beards grown and cloaks ready, because it's time for the Wizard World Comicon. This event celebrates the best in comics, video games, television and much more, with special guests set to include Mike Deodato Jr., "Jock," John McRea, Tyler Kirkham and Arthur Suydam and more! Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, April 14 at 10 a.m. - April 15 at 6 p.m., Tickets start at $25.
Green Living Show 2012
This three-day event is Mecca for anyone who wants to get sustainable and do their part for the earth. There will be a plethora of demonstrations and products available to educate and help people make their lives as green as possible. Direct Energy Centre, 100 Princes' Boulevard, April 13 at 10 a.m. - April 15 at 6 p.m., $15.
Absolutely Vintage Show and Sale
For those dying to be donned in new vintage duds, this sale, hosted by Gadabout, shouldn't be missed. Clothing from the 1890s to the 1970s will be on sale, along with jewelry, fabric and much more. Maple Cottage, 62 Laing Street, April 14, 10 a.m. - 5p.m., Free.
La Carnita presents UNO: The Art Show
Art and Mexican food together at last, in an evening designed to tantalize all of the senses. La Carnita is hosting an event with over 20 street artists displaying their work, including Mike Giant and Sam Flores, sets by a variety of DJs, and traditional Mexican cuisine served up by La Carnita. Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, April 13, 7 p.m. - 2 a.m., Free.
For the lowdown on other upcoming food events, check out This Week in Food.
Design Hope Toronto's 7th Annual Art Auction
Buying art never feels better than when the proceeds are going to a good cause. This annual events supports the homeless in Toronto and features the one-of-a-kind work of local artists, entertainment and inexpensive food. St. John's Parish Hall, 186 Cowan Avenue, April 13, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., Free.
Gerrard Art Space's Inaugural Show
A new gallery featuring the art work of Max MacDonald is opens this weekend runs until the end of the month. Gerrard Art Space is a membership based artist's collection open in in the heart of Little India. Don't miss the opening reception of this gallery. Gerrard Art Space, 1390 Gerrard St E, April 14, 2 p.m.
Oversized Games Night at MOCCA
Advertised as the "adult Chuck E Cheese in empty Art Museum" night on their Facebook page... We don't know if there is much more to say. Except the fact that there is going to be a two-storey tall video game. To the adults that are still kids at heart, this is your night. Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen St W, April 14, 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. $40 tickets, buy them here.
SPORT & PLAY
Toronto Roller Derby Presents: Season 6 Bout 3
It's going to be an evening of bumps and scrapes as the ladies of Toronto Roller Derby battle it out in the third event of the season. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets and chairs and set-up shop beside the track, right within until-you-lose-your-voice cheering distance. The Bunker, 40 Carl Hall Road, April 14, 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., $14.
Consider buying your tickets early for this one. What is sure to be a busy, if not sold out show, Cancer Bats are playing in Toronto this Saturday at the Horseshoe Tavern. See all you metal dudes there! Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, April 14, 9 p.m. Tickets $18 at the door.
WhipperSnapper presents Japanther, Boys Who Say No, Absolutely Free
Enjoy some good music and give money to a good cause. Whippersnapper gallery is having a rock out fundraiser tonight featuring Japanther, Boys Who Say No and Absolutely Free (formerly DD/MM/YYYY). All proceeds go towards the gallery's Arts, Music and Culture Festival. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St W, April 13, 10 p.m. Tickets available at Soundscapes, Rotate This and Whippersnapper for $12 (more at the door).
TWM: The FOlK, Lakes of Canada, Rebel Rebel, Coppleganger @ Rancho
A decent line up for the price we'd say. Coplleganger are playing with The Folk, Lakes of Canada, and Rebel Rebel at Rancho on Saturday night. If you are into indie-pop-rock, then this night is for you. Rancho Relaxo, 300 College, April 14, doors open at 9 p.m., music starts at 9:45. $6.
SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival
There is a first for everything. The very first a cappella music festival is happening this weekend with performances by The Nylons, Swingle Singers and the New York Voices. There is also going to be singing workshops (for those who have ever dreamt of taking centre stage) and interactive sessions with performers. Many events free, more information here. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, April 13 - 15, headliner concerts $28 - $40.
The 25th Annual Images Festival
The Image Festival is the largest multi-day event in North America that celebrates the best in experimental and independent moving image culture. Screenings will happen at various theatres and venues across the city, showcasing the best of the best on screen and live talent. For a full line-up, check here. Various locations, April 12-21.
The Sudden Impulse Film Festival Awards
The first annual Sudden Impulse Film Festival Awards is this weekend. It will be a celebration of short films and music videos created by local talent. Projection Booth, 1035 Gerrard St E, April 14, 8:30 p.m., $10 cover.
For more film recommendations, check out This Week in Rep Cinema.
Open House for Glad Day Bookshop
Glad Day Bookshop will be open after hours for an evening celebrating the quirkier side of the literary world. There will be performances all night, including a burlesque strip tease by Boylesque's Mickey D Liscious and literary drag by Britney Sparkles. Definitely a bit different than a typical day at your local library branch. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge Street, April 14, 7:30 p.m., Free.
The Woolgatherer + Candy Pop-Up Shop
Get a sneak preview of the shop and interactive installation paying tribute to William Mastrosimone's play The Woolgatherer. Pop-Up Shop, 3087 Dundas St W, April 14, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
School is in session this weekend. Well, this isn't your average class but sounds like an interesting one if you aspire to be the next Jenna Marbles. YouTube School will provide insights on how viewership is accrued with input from producers who have leveraged its reach. Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Ave, April 15, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Titanic Afternoon Tea
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic by enjoying tea and treats inspired from the original menu. Reservations required (416.971.9666) it's $75 per person (...when did tea get so expensive?) but you get to take home a commemorative plate by Royal Doulton. Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas St. Yorkville, April 15, 2 p.m., $75.
Friday the 13th Dance Party
In the spirit of Friday the 13th, Pinball Cafe is having a all ages "zombie groovy dance party" with DJ MattRRR spinning. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door. The Pinball Cafe, 1662 Queen St W, April 13, 7 pm - midnight.
Other parties on our radar:
- FUCK IT at Clintons!
- Dirty Talk: The Adult Fantasy Adventure
- 90s Party: $100 Costume Contest
- Happy ending
White Out Cancer Fundrasing Party
"Whiting out" cancer is the idea behind this fundraiser party. Proceeds from the party will be donated in support of Princess Margaret Hospital and Cancer Research. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tip: don't show up wearing black. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1078 Queen St W, April 13, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., $25.
Lead photo by Christian Bobak / second photo by *Lemur* in the blogTO Flickr pool
Writing by Mariam Matti and Roxanne Hathway-Baxter