Free events in Toronto: April 14-20, 2014
Free 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.
365 Days of African Liberation Film Series
On Mondays from April 7 to 28, the 365 Days of African Liberation Film Series will show a total of four films: Black Power Mix Tape, United States of Africa: Beyond Hip Hop, Mama Africa, and Fela NYC: Fresh From Africa. April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28, 6pm, Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre (38 Regent St.).
Bunner's Cookbook Launch Party
Junction vegan bakery Bunners is launching a cookbook Tuesday night. There will be free arcade games and plenty of eats on hand. I'm wary to believe that this bakery would give their delicious secrets away even for money, but their loss might just be your gain. (Cookbooks themselves aren't free, by the way/obviously.) Tuesday, April 15, 6pm, Get Well (1181 Dundas St. West).
Omhouse / Suno Deko / Anamai / Julie Byrne
Holy Oak is a lovely place to spend the evening even if hot toddy season is over (is it ever over?), and this PWYC show featuring Omhouse, Suno Deko (Atlanta), ANAMAI (Anna of HSY), and Julie Byrne (Seattle) will complete the atmosphere. Bring some change for the jar. Wednesday, April 16, 9pm, Holy Oak (1241 Bloor St. West).
Augmented Cinema Film Festival 3
Feast your eyes on the weird and wonderful this week courtesy of the OCAD University community. A huge list of filmmakers and animators, emerging artists, and designers are screening their work at the Royal. Get there early to grab your seat. Thursday, April 17, 6:30pm, The Royal Cinema (608 College St.).
Southern Souls Screening
Southern Souls film bands. A lot of bands, all around Ontario - artists filmed have included Austra, Whitehorse, Young Galaxy, and July Talk. This will mark their first screening after five years of hard work. This will also be one of the last shows at Oz (sadface sadface sadface). Saturday, April 19, 9pm, Oz Studios (134 Ossington Ave.).
Record Store Day at Sonic Boom
Record Store Day means free concerts! Sonic Boom usually has the best lineup going, and this year it looks like they'll do it again along with Chart Attack, who've been posting some thoughtful stuff lately. Unfinished Business, DIANA, Greys, The Bicycles, HSY, and PS I Love You are playing. Saturday, April 19, 1-7pm, Sonic Boom (Annex) (782 Bathurst St.).
Free Cupcake Decorating and Easter Bunny Photos
Eglinton Square is about to make your "creepy photo with Easter Bunny taken as an adult" dreams come true. We all harbour these dreams. Cupcake sugar rushes make these dreams even stranger. Saturday, April 19, 1-4pm, Eglinton Square Shopping Centre (1-70 Eglinton Sq.).
Telephone Maison Cassette Release
What better way to spend a Sunday than at the Tranzac celebrating the newest Arachnidiscs tape with some outsider electro? As always at the Tranzac, come prepared to drop some ha'pennies in the hat. A Sacred Cloud (Montreal) and Zoo Owl will open for Téléphone Maison (Montreal). Sunday, April 20, 9:30pm, Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.).
Sontag Shogun, Blevin Blectum and Khora
This PWYC show on Easter Sunday is also more than deserving of a mention. Toronto drone/ambient/electro-acoustic soundscaper Khora (Constellation Records) will be joined by Brooklyn's Sontag Shogun and "avant-IDM queen" Blevin Blectum. Dream out in the east end, then donate what you can to the touring artists. Sunday, April 20, 8pm, Gerrard Art Space (1390 Gerrard St. East).
Also, check out these regular free events in Toronto
- Elvis Mondays at the Drake
- Art Gallery of Ontario free evening, Wednesday, 6-8:30pm.
- IFOA Weekly, free for supporters, students, & youth under 26, Wednesday, Harbourfront Centre
- Skin of My Nuts Comedy Show, Thursday, Sonic Espresso Bar
- CINSSU's Free Friday Film Screenings
- Canadian Opera Company's Free Concerts series
- While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always PWYC (but is closed until May 2014).
- The ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) offers discounted tickets on Fridays ($10).
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