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The top 10 events in Toronto for March 2015

The top events in Toronto this March feature the first annual Sushi Fest, but we're still curious about how the clicking of the chopsticks will go down March 5-6. If you want to dance and you can still walk after St Patrick's Day, don't forget Bassweek; if you want to laugh, there's the Sketch Comedy Fest. Film Fans can also look forward to the Reel Artists Film Fest and I for Iran.

From comic conventions to cocktail showdowns, here are my picks for March's top events.

Vintage Clothing & Antique Show (March 7-8, Exhibition Place)
Want to "shop like it's 1969"? The Toronto Vintage Clothing Show and the Toronto Antique & Vintage Market are both included with admission to The Queen Elizabeth Building, so you can grab a vintage designer handbag and a tastefully weathered hook to hang it on.

New Ideas Festival (March 11-29, Alumnae Theatre Studio)
This juried theatre fest runs for three weeks, with the program of new and experimental plays and performances changing each week. There will also be PWYC weekend readings on stage each Saturday at noon.

Sound Image Photo Show (March 12-29, Analogue Gallery)
This voter-curated exhibit shows submissions from Toronto's best music photographers. The opening is March 12 at the Queen Street gallery from 6-10pm. Full disclosure: our own music photogs' works make an appearance every year.

7th Annual Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off (March 15, Daniel's Spectrum)
Over 40 of Toronto's best vegan bakers are busy preparing for the annual east side showdown, including last year's winner Through Being Cool. Admission buys you at least two sampling plates. Check out our slideshow of goodies from last year here.

ComicCon (March 20-22, Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Hobby Star's Toronto Comicon is baby brother to Fan Expo, but it's one of the year's biggest fan events. The schedule is TBA, but eager geeks should expect entertainment, vendors, speakers, and much more.

Curryfest (March 22, 2nd Floor Events)
Toronto's first Curry Fest comes from the same folks behind Yum Cha. Find authentic dishes rooted in Southern and South East Asian cuisines, along with variations popularized in the UK - plus some modern interpretations from Toronto chefs experimenting outside of their comfort zones. LI

Fashion Week Fall and Winter (March 23 - 27, David Pecaut Square)
It's easy to forget Fashion Week, and hard to imagine wanting to check out designers' fall and winter wear just as the city begins to warm up. But the perfectly coiffed will be at David Pecaut Square, and we'll be there to street style them. The cycle of life goes on. See our guide to doing Fashion Week without an invite here.

The 2015 Canadian Film Fest (March 25 - 28, The Royal)
Not every Canadian filmmaker can be a Xavier Dolan or David Cronenberg and have their films easily shown in theatres. Thankfully we have the good people at CFF to make sure a wide range of Canadian filmmakers get the chance to have their films -- usually low-budget features and shorts -- get the chance to be seen, enjoyed, and loved. AH

Old Book and Paper Show (March 29, Wychwood Barns)
If you missed the Antique Book Show and the Postcard Show, Wychwood Barns will combine some diamonds in the rough from both worlds. Hit up one of Toronto's best markets for old tomes, vintage ephemera, and oddities.

Made with Love (March 30, Liberty Grand)
March is a month of delicious battles: a few weeks after the vegan bake-off, watch the city's bartenders showdown at Made with Love's cocktail championship. No matter how you feel about the word "mixologist," there's no denying these barkeeps know their dainty craft. Check out the participating bartenders here and peek at our slideshow from last year here.

What did I miss? Leave the March events you're looking forward to in the comments.

Contributions by Alexander Huls, Natalia Manzocco

Photo of Made with Love by Jesse Milns


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