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The top 5 free events in Toronto: March 16 - 22 2015

Free events in Toronto this week will let you dance the Carleton, watch volcanic dances at the AGO, and finally allow you to let go of that copy of Dancing Gourmet. You can also see raunchy punk covers in the Junction, attend the official release party for Madonna's new disc, and catch an opening at Gallery TPW.

Here's what to do when you get bored of Comicon costume spotting in Toronto this week.

Fresh Prince Marathon (March 16, Smiling Buddha)
Which Fresh Prince episodes will be screening for free in Toronto this week? Find out on Monday (no, not on Carlton). If they're not your favourites, you can dance away your disappointment at the Carleton dance off afterward. Bring some fresh change, it's PWYC.

Silke Otto-Knapp - Land lies in water (March 18, AGO)
The AGO's free every Wednesday evening, yeah, but this week is special as you can catch the public opening of LA watercolour painter Silke Otto-Knapp's Land lies in water exhibit. At 7pm, see a traditional hula Kahiko dance telling stories of Hawaiian volcano goddesses in Walker Court.

Shelf Life (March 19-29, Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone)
Carbon Paper is about to pull off a huge undertaking: this super cool pop up library will feature a huge collection of all-Canadian publications and magazines, with a stacked schedule of events. The opening is Thursday, March 19.

Dames Making Games with Merritt Kopas (March 19, Ryerson Transmedia Zone)
Toronto feminist org Dames Making Games are hosting a gaming workshop totally free of charge on Thursday evening - all you need is a laptop or tablet, and they'll get you started, or help you along the way. Don't forget to register first.

Free Cookbook Swap (March 21, The Kitchen Library)
You've learned to live thrifty, so you've at least attempted to learn to cook. On Saturday, bring all those books that never really made you love lentils to this free swap.

Also check out these regular free events

Elvis Mondays (Mondays, The Drake)
Toronto's longest running indie showcase, William New's free show has put thousands of bands on stage. It's at the Drake Underground every Monday.

Free Nights at the Horseshoe (Monday/Tuesday, The Horseshoe)
The Legendary Horseshoe has a storied history, and hosts free indie rock shows in the early week with Shoeless Mondays and Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night on Tuesdays.

Free Evening (Wednesday, AGO)
The Art Gallery of Ontario's free evening runs from 6-8:30pm. It can be a little crowded, but sometimes the people watching is as good as the art (sometimes).

CINSSU's Free Friday Films (Fridays)
The Innis Town Hall is back with free movies every Friday. Follow the Cinema Studies Student Union or check out our event section.

Canadian Opera Company (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre)
September through to early June, catch free classical shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts "most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m."

MOCCA (Tuesday - Sunday)
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.

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