events toronto april 2015

The top 10 events in Toronto for April 2015

The top events in Toronto this April will feed you, entertain you, inspire you with art and fashion, educate you through film, make you laugh, and lock you in a room with a bunch of strangers and no idea how to get out. Then, standing-room-only civic political events aside, there's also a huge escape room planned.

These are my picks for the top events in Toronto this April.

Images (April 9-18)
Toronto's Images Festival may be the world's most wide reaching film and media event. Much closer a bedfellow to art than a mega film fests like TIFF, the experimental finds a home here with feature and short screenings joined by installations, performance, art exhibits, and more.

Songkran (April 12, Various)
Celebrate the Thai New Year with Songkran festivals hosted by Toronto's top Thai restaurants. Pai hosts a northern Thai food market and water fight where Chef Nuit will create special dishes using rare imported ingredients. Nana also celebrates with a water fight and AYCE menu over four sessions on the same day. LI

The Betrayer's Banquet (April 17, Secret Location)
This theatrical dining event takes place on Friday, April 17 at an undisclosed location. Presented by the Classical Theatre Project and Original Content London, a banquet table will be set with exquisite dishes at one end, unpalatable dishes at the other, and a spectrum of dishes in between. Tickets are $190. LI

Love Art Fair (April 17-19, Direct Energy Centre)
Last year's inaugural Love Art Fair, Toronto's version of the Affordable Art Fair, was impressive, although it was a little dwarfed sectioned into a corner of the massive Direct Energy Centre. This year, find a huge array of galleries showing contemporary and commercial art in a set up that's better curated than the Artist Project and more relaxed settling than Art Toronto.

FAT (April 21-25, Daniels Spectrum)
Toronto Arts & Fashion Week is the badass, studded-leather jacket wearing French bulldog to Toronto Fashion Week's coiffed poodle. FAT's catwalks and photos ops aim to walk the cutting edge of fashion and art.

Hot Docs (April 23 - May 3)
North America's largest documentary film festival is back, and as always there are way too many films to chose from, especially since many of these docs are otherwise hard to find. From the political to the eclectic, find this year's program online here.

Kids in the Hall (April 23-26, Danforth Music Hall)
Kids in the Hall will begin their newest tour with not one, not two, not three, but four live gigs in Toronto. New and classic sketches will be performed by Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson.

Escape from the Bank (April 23, Great Hall)
Escape From The Bank, from the same people behind Real Escape Room T.O., will see Great Hall's Black Box Theatre transformed into a 1920s bank, with 120 participants locked inside. You and the rest of your team must beat the clock (and the other teams), find a secret document, and flee. NM

Music City Town Hall Meeting (April 25, The Garrison)
If you're at all embedded in the city's music scene, you've likely been curious all this "Music City" and Austin alliance stuff. April's public Music City Town Hall Meeting will let you not only hear more, but help shape the fledgling initiative. City officials including music sector development officer Mike Tanner will be in attendance.

GradEx 100 (April 29 - May 3, OCAD U)
It's year 100 for 2015 OCAD grads (sorry about the pressure, sensitive ones - you'll be fine!). Book at least an hour or two to wander through the hard work of OCAD's graduating classes and you'll spot names you've already noted around local galleries, as well as undiscovered talent.

Contributions by Liora Ipsum, Natalia Manzocco

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