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The top weekend events in Toronto: May 1-3 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will get your mind off of your humdrum office existence and allow you to explore the city in the midst of its spring rebirth. There's more photography shows than you could ever hope to attend, a massive food truck fest in Hamilton, documentaries galore, and even a Kpop convention. Forget about work. Forever.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto May 1-3, 2015.

Contact Festival (May)
Beginning on May 1 and covering more or less the whole month of May (depending on the gallery), Contact Photography Festival is the largest photography in the world, which is pretty impressive even if only a fraction of it will interest most. Galleries great and small participate, with the opening at MOCCA as a highlight every year. Check out our full preview here.


Sew Hungry (May 1, Hamilton)
"Hamilton isn't Toronto," you say, but then a kind friend gives you a ride to one of spring's most delicious food truck fests.

Tranzac Spring Feast (May 3, The Tranzac)
This fundraiser dinner for the Tranzac, an integral artist run cultural space / concert venue / library / studio / non profit in the Annex, will feature dinner by chef Emily Zimmerman plus a huge line up of entertainment - and you get to say you supported the arts without breaking the bank (tickets are $20-25).


CMW (May 1-10)
Canadian Music Week is back with The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joey Bada$$, Death Cab For Cutie, Alvvays, Billy Talent, Metz and hundreds more playing in venues across the city. The main thing is the music industry conference, but there are film and comedy components, and the Indies Music Awards. See our full preview here. MF

Kpop Convention (May 2, Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
Kpop fans already have May 2nd burned into their calendars. The inaugural one day convention of all things Korean pop music will be headlined by boy band NU'EST, with panels, games and activities, dance workshops, merchandise vendors, fanclub booths, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more. MF


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, and see our preview of must-sees here.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival (April 30 - May 10)
As if one film fest wasn't enough, you're also going to be scouring the listings of the annual Jewish Film Fest this weekend. The multi-venue fest has a ton of screenings and events planned over the next 11 days - check it all out here.

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.


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.

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.


Inland (May 2-3, 99 Sudbury)
After a strong debut last fall, the Canadian fashion fair is back at 99 Sudbury May 2 and 3. No crocheted stuffed animals here - just sleek, sharp pieces from 80 Canadian fashion designers that would be at home next to any designer finds. NM

Spring Mirvish Village Sidewalk Sale Fest (May 2)
Head to Markham St. & Lennox St. in Mirvish Village for everything from vintage clothes to books to lampshades as some try to de-hoard while others search for treasures. Of course there will be good eats, plus live entertainment.

For more events this weekend click on over to our Events section. Have an event you'd like to plug? Submit it for free using this form.

Contributions by Shazia Khan, Matt Forsythe, Ben Boles, Liora Ipsum, Ben Johnson, Sima Sahar, Zerehi, Natalia Manzocco

Photo by Jesse Milns

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