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The top 5 free events in Toronto: April 27 - May 3 2015

Free events in Toronto this week will overwhelm with Free Comic Book Day, the opening of the Contact Photography Festival, and, naturally, a Smiling Buddha film screening. You can also learn more about the city with Jane's Walk, see the grand opening of both the new Gallery TPW and the Chester Station art kiosk, plus Analogue's Women in Rock exhibit.

Here's what to do to in Toronto this week if you've read all your comic books into unsaleable condition.

Watchers (April 29, Magpie)
Wednesday is National Canadian Film Day, and at 7:30pm Magpie's cult series VCR Meltdown will celebrate with 1988's The Watchers - co-staring Corey Haim and a cool dog - with producer and screenwriter Damian Lee in attendance. There will be free popcorn.

Contact Festival (May)
Beginning on May 1 and covering more or less the whole month of May, depending on the venue, the Contact Photography Festival is the largest photography event of its kind in the world, which is pretty impressive even if only a fraction of it will interest most. Galleries big and small participate. Check out our preview here.

Free Comic Book Day (May 2)
Yes, it's a thing: unlike RDS, on Free Comic Book Day the releases themselves are free to take. Many shops will have in-store events too, including Dr.Comics. (For more free events for comic fans, hit up Pope Hats #4's launch at The Central and TCAF).

Star Wars Day 2015: Empire Strikes Back Screening (May 2, Smiling Buddha)
Of course, a Smiling Buddha event is on here (how was that 5,000 person attending screening last Saturday?) In preparation for May the Fourth, Empire Strikes Back will be screened for free at 2pm. Don't freak out, only 39 people are currently attending on Facebook.

Authors For Indies Day (May 2, Type Books)
At Type on West Queen West this Saturday, 17 authors will be working as "guest book sellers," sharing recommendations and more. Check out the list here, or just pop in for something to read while you're hanging out at the park.

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.

AGO 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).

Aga Khan Free Evening (Wednesday, Aga Khan Museum)
The brand new Aga Khan Museum for Islamic art has launched Free Wednesdays from 4-8pm.

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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Photo: Watchers, Seekers, Keepers at Contact: Vanley Burke, Siffa Sound System, Handsworth Park, 1983, Courtesy of the artist

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