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The top weekend events in Toronto: April 10 - 12 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will hold up even if the predicted sunshine falls through. As always you can feast on food and the arts, with everything from the Images Festival through to Spice World and pancake-topia. Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto April 10-12, 2015.

The Toronto Food & Drink Market (April 10-12, The Direct Energy Centre)
This show is devoted to eating, drinking, shopping and learning with advertising master classes, a farmers market and a food truck alley featuring local favourites like Buster's Sea Cove, The Food Dudes, and Fidel Gastro. Single day admission is $12 online or $15 at the door, sampling tickets will be sold 20 at a time for $1 each. LI

FILM

Images Festival (April 9-18)
Images may be the world's most wide-reaching film and media event. The experimental finds a home here with screenings, installations, performance, art exhibits, and more. Check out their website for programming, and don't miss Chinatown Happenings and The Influence of Anxiety - recent works by Toronto artists.

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.

Bulletproof (April 12, KITCH)
Video Vengeance is celebrating their 15th screening with 1988 cult action classic Bulletproof. There will be a raffle!

PARTY & DANCE

Jose Marquez (April 11, Remix Lounge)
Uma Nota and Solid Garage team up to bring Los Angeles soulful house producer/DJ Jose Marquez. Expect lots of organic Afro-Latin percussion, dubbed out vocals, and moody jazz chords. There will also be some live Brazilian samba, courtesy of Batucada Carioca. 10pm, $10.

FOOD & DRINK

Spice World Film Screening and Junk Food Extravaganza (April 10, Videofag)
This sleepover-style screening is PWYC - if you don't have cash the pure spirit of Baby Spice will let you in for whatever half pence or whatever you've got. Bring spicy or sweet snacks, dress as your favourite gal, and tell the promoters not to bother bringing sheet music - everyone knows the lyrics to "Spice Up Your Life."

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show (April 11, Opera House)
The camp continues on Saturday in Toronto with the return of all-you-can-eat pancakes, live body painting and art battles, performance, booze, and visual art. It's only $5.

Songkran (April 11, Various)
Celebrate the Thai New Year with Songkran fests hosted by Toronto's top Thai restaurants. Pai hosts a northern Thai food market and water fight on April 12, where Chef Nuit will create special dishes using rare imported ingredients. $55 includes four food tickets and a water gun. Nana also celebrates with a water fight and AYCE menu over four sessions on the same day for $40. LI

ART

art shows spring Toronto

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."

LIVE MUSIC

Screaming Females (April 10, Silver Dollar)
New Jersey trio Screaming Females have kind of sneakily become one of the best rock bands around over their decade-long existence, helmed by frontwoman Marissa Paternoste's raucous screams (band name is apt) and mind-blowing guitar solos. This cheapy gig at the Silver Dollar, on the heels of new album Rose Mountain, is a very economical way to get your face melted on a Friday night. SK

SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE

Wychwood Vintage Clothing Show (April 12, Wychwood Barns)
Head to St Clair West to look through the wares of thirty vintage dealers from Toronto, Montreal, and more. It's $8 to get in, but that perfect pearl collar will last a lifetime.

COMEDY

A Mr. Show Marathon (April 11, Smiling Buddha)
This tribute to David Cross and Bob Odenkirk runs from 11:30 - 4pm on Saturday. There will be a best sketch round up at the end, and, most exciting of all: you get to vote on which episodes are screened here.

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Contributions by Shazia Khan, Ben Boles, Liora Ipsum

Photo of Fidel Gastros from Toronto Food Trucks


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