Easter Events Toronto 2012

Easter Weekend Events in Toronto 2012

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 on this Easter weekend, April 6-8, 2012.

PARADE

Beaches Easter Parade
The highlights of this, the 46th Toronto Easter Parade, will no doubt be the vintage streetcars and the presence of Mayor Ford. In the same place! Throw in the Easter Bunny, a whole bunch of other floats, and as many as 50,000 spectators and you got yourself the marquee family event this weekend. Just make sure RoFo doesn't peg you candy.
Starts at Neville Park at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 and will run until 4 p.m.

Vintage Easter Parade in Toronto
West-siders are also doing an Easter Parade. Come dressed in your finest vintage attire for this smaller affair that starts in the Yonge and Bloor area and travels to Christie Pitts. Meeting at 765B Yonge St. April 8, Starts at 1:45 p.m. Free.

FILM

Filmmaking: An Introduction
This workshop is meant to help beginners interested in starting a career in filmmaking. Documentary filmmaker Chanda Chevannes will be on hand for discussion on the process of making film. Richmond Hill Public Library, 1 Atkinson Street, Room B, April 7, 1:30 p.m. Free. Register here.

For more film listings and recommendations, check out This Week in Film and what's happening in Rep Cinema.

FAMILY

Tartan Day - The Big Dance
Since it's April, put some spring in your step (see what I did there?) at Tartan Day. It's a fun event for the whole family, and you don't have to be an expert fling-er to attend. There will be demonstrations by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and The Nancy Richards School of Highland Dancers. All proceeds will be donated to the Sick Kids Foundation. Fairmont Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street, April 6, 8 p.m., $20.

Keep Toronto Reading: Spin your City with Art Garbage!
Children are invited to create spinning art that reflects the city. This is part of Toronto Public Library's festival, Keep Toronto Reading, that is happening throughout the month of April. More events here. 1432 Gerrard Street E, April 7, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Pre-registered required: 416-393-7717.

MUSIC

Feast in the East 12
Take a trip to the East end for this monthly event that features free food (yellow curry & a sprouted salad to be exact!), art installations and live music. There will be performances by Steve Kado, Nifty, Blame Face and Thighs as well as installations by Dmitry Bondarenko & Friends. Dickens Street Theatre, 35 Dickens Street, April 7, 2 p.m., $7 adv/$10 door.

For other concerts, check out our weekly Hot Ticket.

TOUR
Settling in the City Walking Tour
Here's one for those history buffs who've exhausted our History of Toronto in photos posts. Starting at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, the tour winds through Corktown and gives a fascinating history of one of Toronto's oldest neighbourhoods. Burn off some Easter dinner calories and learn about the city of yesteryear at the same time! Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity Street, April 7, 11:00 a.m., $10 adults/$8 students.

Kensington Market Sweet Tour
No shortage of sugar-induced events this Easter. Take a sweet tour of Kensington Market on Sunday and we literally mean sweet. Participants will get to sample chocolate and churros during this guided tour of Kensington. Butterfly Bakery, 492 Dundas St W, April 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., $30 adults/$10 for kids ages 7-12, free for kids under 7.

FOOD

Cupcakes

Cupcake Couture
Here's your chance to learn how to bake red velvet, buttermilk chocolate, and coconut cupcakes... Is your mouth watering yet? The Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts is having a baking and decorating class this weekend. Come prepared with a apron, 9" rolling pin and 4.5" spatula! 868 Eglinton Ave, April 7, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Call 416.440.0333 to register.

Check out This Week in Food for loads of other upcoming events.

LIT

A Morning with Mo Willems
New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, Mo Willems will be in Toronto to present the new instalment in his Pigeon series, The Duckling Gets A Cookie?! A book signing and Q&A will follow. Nancy's Auditorium, 87 Elm Street, April 7, 11 a.m.

ART

Toronto Watercolour Society Art Exhibition
This event ends on Sunday, don't miss a chance to see artwork from one of Toronto's well-known art societies. It's a free exhibition presented by City of Toronto Museums. Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, to April 8, noon to 4 p.m. Free.

SPORT & PLAY

Pillow Fight Toronto

Toronto Classic Canadian Table Hockey Championships
It's the take on the forever Canadian game, for those who don't have great balance on the ice. Hosted by the Toronto Marlies, this event will bring together table hockey aficionados from all over the GTA for a day of fun and sore wrists. Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princess Avenue, April 7, 10:30 a.m., $40 (includes a ticket to a Marlies game)

Exclaim! Hockey Summit of the Arts and Exclaim! Hootenanny
Although team registration has closed for this yearly event, it doesn't mean spectators aren't welcome! Local teams will be playing in this event hosted by the Hockey Association of the Arts, an organization with roots in arts as well as sports. For those who are more into partying and concerts than hockey, there's the Exclaim! Hootenanny happening at El Mocambo all weekend, featuring many live acts. For a full line-up, check here. Westwood Arena, 90 Woodbine Downs Boulevard, April 6-8, Free.
El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, April 6 at 10 p.m. to April 8 at 1 a.m.

Pillow Fight Toronto
Don't be surprised if you walk by Yonge-Dundas square this Saturday and see feathers around. Newmindspace has organized a pillow fight and with over 500 people expected to attend, we are sure you'll re-live some childhood memories. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street E, April 7, 8 p.m. Free.

Plan your weekend accordingly, here's what's open and closed Easter weekend.

Writing by Mariam Matti and Roxanne Hathway-Baxter

Photos by BruceK, Jesse Milns, and Kevin Lam


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