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Weekend events in Toronto: March 22-24, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this March 22-24, 2013.

Earth Hour
As everyone on the planet unplugs, so do musicians performing at the Roncesvalles Village Earth Hour concert. Celebrating the electricity-free hour, CBC host Garvia Bailey welcomes the Roncesvalles community to listen to acoustic sets by musicians Andrew Huang, Lucas Stagg Band and Liam Titcomb as well as a performance by the Etobicoke School of the Arts show choir SPLASH. Supporting the Earth Hour cause, attendees are encourage to bring their own lantern or light source to light up the streets without relying on the planet.
Roncesvalles Village (Wright Avenue at Roncesvalles Avenue), March 23, 2013, 8PM Free

Lights Out with Mill Street Brewery
Brewers are even getting in on the Earth Hour action--Mill Street Brew Pub will turn off the lights for an hour-long candlelit event this Saturday in observance of Earth Hour. The 60-minute dark spell will also constitute the launch of Pint for the Planet, in which 50 cents from each sale of Mill Street pints sold at participating venues across Canada will go toward Earth Day Canada until April 22nd. Swing by the flagship location in the Distillery District for a pint in the dark with strangers.
Mill Street Brew Pub (21 Tank House Lane), March 23, 2013, 8:30PM Free


Parkdale Yard Sale
36 Chambers Collective is spring-cleaning and that means a yard sale for all of Parkdale to peruse. Welcoming other local businesses like Goodfellas Gallery and Noble Street Antiques, the sale will feature the goods priced to sell (and trust us, there will be a lot of worthwhile art pieces and antiques going for much less than they should). Outsiders are welcome to rent space at the sale for $25 (tables not provided). The event is free but get ready to do some bargaining.
1266 Queen Street West, March 24, 2013, Free


CMW Crawl with Papermaps and Tin Star Orphans
An independently organized Canadian Music Week party crawl is happening this Saturday night with shows by Papermaps and Tin Star Orphans. Beginning at 11PM at Rancho Relaxo with a show by Papermaps, the crowd will hang out for just over two hours before heading around the corner to El Mocambo, where Tin Star Orphans will play a 1:30AM set. Tickets are available through the CMW website at a price of $10 per show.
Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street) and El Mocambo (464 Spadina Avenue), March 23, 2013, 11PM $10

For additional CMW picks, check out our festival preview.

And for more music listings, check out our This Week in Music, March Concerts.

Toronto Events


Toronto Music Video Fest
Toronto Music Video Fest wraps up all the year's best new music videos in one Friday night at temple. Projecting videos inside a Bathurst Street temple, TMVF focuses on the best in artistic concept and quality from international and local musicians. Get yourself a music education and a $4 Amsterdam beer while watching the year's best in audio visuals.
918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst Street), March 22, 2013, 8PM $10

Hot Docs 20
Hot Docs is 20 years old and to celebrate it's coming-of-age, the festival will be showing 20 documentaries over the next month in the lead up to this year's festival. Beginning this weekend with films like Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media and Chasing Ice, there will be several screenings of multiple films each week until the 20th on April 24th, an audience choice. Each screening is $11 but passes are available for $55.
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), March 24-April 24, 2013, screening times vary, $11

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.


Degrassi Junior High Edition: True Stories, Made Up Plays
True Stories, Made Up Plays usually involves people telling their embarrassing, heartwrenching or most ridiculous stories while improv artists pantomime them in the funniest of ways. This Friday night, however, TS/MUP is heading in a different direction. Storytellers will tell the stories of their favourite moments from Degrassi Junior High while the Degrassi Junior High Players improv team reenacts the scenes. Considering how ridiculous the storylines of DJH were, this ought to be uproariously funny. (Special request from this blogger: the one where Wheels ran away to Port Hope and showed us the danger in hitchhiking.)
Rustic Owl (993 Bloor Street West), March 22, 2013, Free

For more comedy listings, check out our This Week in Comedy post.


10th Toronto Timeraiser
Timeraising is a community-focused art show fueling sales of pieces with participation. A silent auction in which bidders offer volunteer hours in exchange for their "purchase," Timeraiser generates sales for artists while giving back to the community. Toronto's tenth event using this methodologytakes place this Friday evening at Artscape Wychwood Barns with a goal of raising 10,000 volunteer hours and supporting 30 non-profit organizations. The cost of admission goes directly to the participating artists and you'll only have to work for what you bid on!
Artscape Wychwood Barns (76 Wychwood Avenue), March 22, 2013, 7PM $20



Chocolate Making Workshop
Whether you're a budding chocolatier or just have a serious sweet tooth, Hart House is hosting a Chocolate Making Workshop with Chocolate Tales. Learning how to create your own chocolate from the bean, this hands-on workshop will create offer participants instruction on how to create Belgian chocolate, truffles, molded chocolates, fondant and more with the help of expert instructors. The course costs $82 but if you register through Hart House's eventbrite page, you can get 45% with the code COCOA2013.
Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), March 23, 2013, 3PM $82

For more food listings, check out our weekly Toronto Food Events post.


Rigorous Mess Vintage Pop-Up Shop
Vintage shop Rigorous Mess is cleaning out their stock by hosting a pop-up shop at 451 Christie all weekend long. Offering 40% off winter clothing and showcasing jewelry by NATIONAL & re:claim, this tiny vintage boutique is pricing everything to sell. Food, art and music will all be a part of the event, which is open Saturday and Sunday from noon until early evening. Clean up their store by adding more of a mess to your own.
451 Christie Street, March 23-24, 2013, 12PM Free

Thomas Bálint Fall 13
With modern takes on classic style, designer Thomas Bálint premieres its Fall 2013 collection at Toronto Fashion Week this Friday night. Open to the public, this show will feature the newest designs available in the Queen West boutique by lead designer Michael Thomas Bálint. To confirm attendance to the show, e-mail Seating is limited so once the tent reaches capacity, there will be a $25 charge to enter.
World MasterCard Toronto Fashion Week, David Pecault Square (221 King Street West), March 22, 2013, 5PM $25

For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


Gwen Powers
When an charming and intelligent teenager with sex appeal exercises her powers of persuasian on her young teacher who is struggling to become an adult, power dynamics shift and trouble follows. In Zachary Florence's Gwen Powers, relationship boundaries and authorities will be called into question as Sofia Banzhaf and Jonah Hundert portray Gwen Powers and her teacher, Jeff. The play opens this Friday night for a two-week engagement. Tickets are available through the Theatre Passe Muraille box office.
Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), March 22-April 6, 2013, 7:30PM $25 general, $15 artist/student

For more theatre listings, check out our This Week in Theatre post.

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