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The top weekend events in Toronto: March 13 - 15 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will march to the pace of your rising heart rate as your dreams of geo-tribal print bralets and baggy camouflage shorts (please no) inch closer. Whether you're exploring vegan goodies, dancing to a five hour DJ set, pre-drinking for St Paddy's, or protesting anti-terrorism bills, enjoy your reunion with your leather jacket.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto March 13-15, 2015.

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.

ST PATRICK'S DAY

St. Patrick's Day at Amsterdam Brewhouse
On Saturday hit Amsterdam Brewhouse from 11am-2am for live music, DJs, pancake breakfasts and, naturally, lots of beer. For the ballers, there's the option to reserve $550.00 VIP seating, which includes bypassing the line, take-home growlers, and a "bag of swag." Watch out for more St. Patrick's Day events in our guide. BJ

ART

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Art Spiegelman Retrospective (until March 15, AGO)
Pulitzer winner and one of the Time's 100 Most Influential People, the Maus cartoonist's work is a thrill to see in person. The brilliant AGO exhibit is on until March 15, and includes original drawings and rarely seen works from Spiegelman's career. The show ends this Sunday. Read our review here.

Photopia (March 13-21, Gallery 44)
One of the most exciting photo shows in Toronto is back: at Gallery 44's yearly fundraiser is back see works by photographers including Tobi Asmoucha, Marc Audette, Sally Ayre, Marco Buonocore, Jamie Campbell, Alice Dixon, Pete Doherty, Brendan George Ko, Jennifer Long, and more. The opening is Friday, March 13.

Sunday Scene: Felix Kalmenson (March 15, Power Plant)
The Power Plant Gallery's Sunday Scene series brings dynamic artists to the Harbourfront. This edition features Toronto's Felix Kalmenson, currently showing A Year in Revenue at Pari Nadimi Gallery. Kalmenson "explores the mediation of histories and ongoing narratives by state, institutional and corporate bodies."

PARTY & DANCE

Len Faki (March 14, Ryze)
Berlin's notoriously debauched techno palace Berghain is considered by many to be the top underground club in the world right now, so there's lots of anticipation for the Toronto appearance of one of their longtime resident DJs Len Faki. With releases on labels like Ostgut Ton, Figure, and Podium, Faki is almost as well respected for his productions as for his epic DJ sets. 10 pm, $25. BB

AndrĂŠs (Wrongbar, March 14)
Dez AndrĂŠs is known to some for his work as the former DJ for underground hip-hop legends Slum Village, but to others for the gritty Detroit house he's released on Moodymann's Mahogani label. As you might guess from the background, his DJ sets bounce around freely between those approaches, as well as dipping deeply into his collection of rare soul and disco classics. 10 pm, $25. BB

FILM

To Be Takei (March 14, Carlton Cinema)
Exciting stuff for Star Trek fans: Carlton Cinema is screening 2014 documentary To Be Takei for free on Saturday night. The eccentric actor played USS Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu, but the story doesn't end there.

I for Iran (TIFF, until April 3)
At TIFF, the I for Iran series, curated by Iranian filmmakers, is screening a can't-miss retrospective until until April 3rd. Films this weekend include The Runner, Water, Wind, Dust, A Simple Event, and Downpour. Check out the programming here.

Purple Rain (March 14, Bloor Cinema)
Dress as yourself, still crushed that Prince didn't show. Doors open at 8:30pm, with the screening at 9:30pm.

LIVE MUSIC

Long Winter 13 (March 13, The Great Hall)
13, 13... good thing there's no 13 o'clock (quiet, military time) or we'd all burst into fiery figures, all named Damien, writhing in a line of blood, a long line, but at least it's not that cold outside any more. Elsa, Hank, Dreamsploitation, Not Of, Panic, Dirty Frigs, Fake Palms, and more will perform at the last LW of the season.

The Lanka Suite (March 14, Music Gallery)
The Music Gallery is hailing this as the climax of what's been an eclectic and, honestly, commendable season of live music. Tova Kardonne's The Lanka Suite will wind through polyrhythmic takes on on Balkan, jazz, and more. The Thing Is, GREX & Jane Bunnett, and Khora open.

SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE

Canada Blooms (March 13-22, Direct Energy Centre)
Allow me to be a little meta: I just typed "Canada Bloods" up there. Dark world. The Canada Blooms Flower & Garden Festival will return at Exhibition, just as you start to think about your garden (or that little box by the window that used to contain life). You have two weeks to get your horticulture on.

Parkdale Flea (March 15, Goodfellas)
As the weather warms up this round of Parkdale's dainty ol' flea market extra-encourages you to bring you dog - partially because those neighbourhood dog sweaters will be on site.

THEATRE & PERFORMANCE

Abyss (Tarragon Mainspace, February 3 - March 15)
This thriller tracks the disappearance of Karla Richter, a 24 year old who vanishes on her way to the grocery store. Set in the European underworld, the play is at once a mystery and an exploration of the psyche of those who live amidst war. This, the English premiere of Maria Milisavljevic's Abyss, is directed by Richard Rose. KB

ACTIVISM

Toronto Day of Action Against Bill C-51 (March 14, Nathan Phillips Square)
If you're unhappy about Bill C-51, you're not alone. The anti-terrorism bill has been widely criticized for violating Canada's Charter Rights and targeting opposing voices in the national landscape. The protest at City Hall starts is at noon.

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Contributions by Liora Ipsum, Keith Bennie, Ben Boles, Derek Flack, Ben Johnson

Photo by Jimmy Lu


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