Easter Weekend events in Toronto for 2015
Easter Weekend events in Toronto will supply the warm fuzzies you no longer get from plush Easter rabbit toys (or maybe not, I don't know you) via soothing beer, a feathery pillow fight, cozy vintage parties, and tummy-warming food - not to mention crowded dance parties and live music shows.
Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto April 3-5, 2015.
The Brewer's Backyard Great Friday (April 3, Evergreen Brick Works)
International Man of Beer Mystery Cass Enright's long-weekend, family-friendly, and free beer events are an excellent opportunity to learn about, try, and meet the people behind the best beer Ontario has to offer--paired with local food vendors in the relaxed setting of the Evergreen Brick Works. BJ
CREATING DISCOMFORT IN PIGEONS
Pillow Fight at City Hall (April 4, Nathan Phillips Square)
While Rob Ford was in power, the Nathan Phillips Square version of this mass pillow fight seemed suspiciously light hearted considering the foolishness going on inside. This year the pillows will smash on slightly more optimistic times - and it looks to be bigger than ever. Feathers will fly.
FOOD & DRINK
Feast in the East (April 4, Jam Factory)
Head to Jam Factory's east end warehouse for this month's edition of food and music. On the bill are Picastro, Charles Spearin's Roadside Silhouettes, Isla Craig, and A. Minster. Your ticket includes a southern dinner by Stephanie Fielding and Heather Rule.
Nature Abstracted (Nicholas Metivier Gallery, April 2-25)
Edward Burtynsky and David Shapiro will join forces in April. Burtynsky's stunning photos from five-year-long project Water are a "natural" (sorry) fit with David Shapiro's textured works on paper.
Souther Salazar - Attic Transmissions (March 28 - April 25, Narwhal)
No surprise to see Narwhal's Roncesvalles Village gallery on this list - the Magic Pony affiliate have been knocking it out of the park. American artist Souther Salazar's charming and whimsical paintings and drawings in this Toronto exhibit were inspired by his time living in a "scrapper's attic."
PARTY & DANCE
XXYYXX (April 3, the Hoxton)
Florida electronic producer XXYYXX started getting attention for his hazy, deconstructed R&B when he was still too young to drink in Ontario, and now boasts a solid following for his idiosyncratic take on dreamy hip hop rhythms and futuristic breaks.10 pm, $20. BB
aluCine Latin Film and Media Arts Festival (April 2-16)
aluCine Latin Film and Media Arts Festival is turning 15 years old this year, and they're celebrating their Quincea単era with screenings at Jackman Hall, CineCycle, and Wychwood Barns. Check out the programming on their website.
Jean-Paul Kelly: A Minimal Difference (April 5, TIFF)
Here's an intriguing free screening at TIFF: a program of the work of Toronto documentary and journalism obsessed artist Jean-Paul Kelly. The truth is out there - but is it possible to reproduce?
Saukrates (April 5, Revival)
Legendary rap pioneer Saukrates appears in our top Toronto rappers and top rap album lists. His relevance is carrying on with a new record that's earned a 2015 Best Rap Recording JUNO nomination. Don't miss this chance to see him live an at Revival. M
SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE
Mad Men - End of an Era ( April 4, Piston)
Drink and party to celebrate Mad Men's final episodes in the best way possible: with Toronto Vintage Society and WITH IT Record Dance Party. There will be vintage everything from cocktails to decor, and if you arrive in costume it's $8 ($10 otherwise).
Contributions by Ben Boles, Derek Flack, Ben Johnson, Markit
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