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The top weekend events in Toronto: April 17 - 19 2015

Weekend events in Toronto are a strange collection of the kitschy (a cat-video film fest), the culty (Record Store Day or Game of Thrones rave, anyone?), and the mystery-shrouded (you'll see). Then, there's boozy Shakespeare to wash it all down.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto April 17-19, 2015.

Rave of Thrones (April 17, the Phoenix)
Along with the Game of Thrones pop-up shop, the icing on the cake for fans of the HBO show will be a "rave" this Friday headlined by none other than Kristian Nairn, a.k.a Hodor. The venue will be divided into the seven "kingdoms" (White Harbour and Gulltown are already sold out) and costumes are "highly encouraged." DF

FOOD & DRINK

The Betrayer's Banquet (April 17, 18, Secret Location)
This theatrical dining event takes place 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

ART

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 an impressive showing, although it appeared a little dwarfed sectioned into a corner of the massive Direct Energy Centre. This year, see 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. Want to go for free? Follow this link and enter code BLOGTO for free general admission access.

MUSIC

Record Store Day (April 18)
Saturday is a holiday for music lovers, with in-store shows and special vinyl releases galore. Read our full preview of what to see and do here.

FILM

The Feminist Porn Awards (April 17, Capitol Event Theatre)
On Friday night the city will heat up as the Feminist Porn Awards celebrate a decade of award-bestowing in Toronto. They promise "smart smut" plus performances and filmmakers in attendance. It's 18+.

Just for Cats (April 17, TIFF)
TIFF's Just for Cats Festival is back with special guest Deadmau5 - yeah, the guy who named his car the Purrari. Co-presented by the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) and Temptations, Just for Cats is a fest for the best of international cat videos. There will be adoptable kitties on the red carpet. Read more here.

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.

COMEDY

Shakesbeer (April 18, Wychwood Barns)
Pie, pints, and the bard - the complete works of William Shakesbeer, I mean Shakespeare, will be performed twice in one evening. If you can only sit through one show, they understand.

SHOPPING & LIFESTYLE

City of Craft Spring (April 18, Theatre Centre)
This veteran craft fair is returning to the Theatre Centre on April 18. But if you think you've seen it all before, think again - the organizers are promising 70% of the vendors at the spring edition will be brand-new. NM

Bazaar of the Bizarre (April 19, Pia Bouman)
On April 19, lace up your six-inch black platform boots and head down to Pia Bouman Ballet School, where you can shop the works of Toronto's creepiest craftsfolk. This spring's theme: Circus Sideshow (there will be at least one spooky clown, I'm warning you now). NM

ACTIVISM

Toronto Day of Action to #StopC51 - Part 2 (April 18)
Following March's massive City Hall protest in Toronto, part two means gatherings will be going on city-wide (and Canada-wide). If you think Bill C-51 violates the rights of Canadians and you want to get involved, find the protest closest to you here.

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Contributions by Liora Ipsum, Derek Flack, Natalia Manzocco

Lead Image: Ed Kwon on Flickr


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