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The top weekend events in Toronto: May 22-24 2015

Weekend events in Toronto will have you nerding out when Anime North rolls into town this Friday. Gather up your cosplay gear and get geeky with hundreds of anime enthusiasts. If that's not your scene, Doors Open Toronto is also on tap. Take a peek inside some of Toronto's normally closed-off buildings and battle with other photographers to take the best pics.

Here are my picks for the top events happening in Toronto May 22-24, 2015.

FOOD & DRINK

Andean Flavours Culinary Tasting & Pisco Experience (May 22)
Andean Flavours is a must for Toronto foodies. The event brings together the flavours of Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile and Ecuador and pairs them with Molecular Mixology cocktails.

CraveTO (May 22)
Head to The Burroughs and get ready for a night of street eats, craft beer and live DJs as CraveTO hosts one of the biggest food-oriented parties in town. Best of all, all the food and drinks on offer are under the $6 mark.

MUSIC

Monster Rock Orchestra (May 22)
Ever wanted to hear "Livin' On A Prayer" played by a symphony orchestra? Now's your chance. Orchestra musicians will be playing all your favourite rock hits from Bon Jovi to Guns N' Roses this Friday at Dundas Square.

Raekwon at The Phoenix (May 22)
Less than a month after the release of his sixth solo full length, Fly International Luxurious Art, Wu-Tang member and Ice H20 Records label founder Raekwon hits the Phoenix this month. MKN

CBCMusic.ca Festival (May 23)
CBCMusic.ca is hosting a one-day music fest at Echo Beach this Saturday and the lineup is pretty impressive. Headliners include Bahamas, Patrick Watson, Coeur de Pirate and other indie icons.

MOVIES

Inside Out (May 21-31)
While Inside Out make a name for themselves with screenings year round, film lovers know the best time for queer cinema in the city is during the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, marking its 25th anniversary this spring. Watch the trailer here. AJ

Cool as Ice (May 24)
Too broke to take your date to the movies? Head to the west end to see Vanilla Ice flex his acting muscles on the silver screen. Cold as Ice may be the cheesiest movie ever, but who cares when you don't have to drop a dime?

ENTERTAINMENT

Anime North (May 22-24)
The vendors, speakers, performers, and stars are the glitz of Anime North (shout out especially to all the local talent) but it's truly the geeky fans and the devoted cosplayers who make it one of the year's best spectacles and fan gatherings. AJ

Doors Open (May 23-24)
You know the deal: Toronto's historical or otherwise closed-access buildings will open the doors to the public. Ready your neck for looking up, and don't forget to bring a DSLR or you'll feel left out. AJ

Christie Pits Art Festival and Butterfly Block Party (May 24)
This Sunday Christie Pits is buzzing with events. The park is hosting the Christie Pits Art Festival and Butterfly Block Party at the same time. There will be a BBQ, baked goods, and much more to look forward to.

SHOPPING

Yard Sale for the Cure (May 23)
Shop for a cause this Saturday when Yard Sale for the Cure takes over Trinity Bellwoods. Peruse the park to find some second-hand treasures and make everything old new again.

TD Echo Beach Spring Market (May 24)
The TD Echo Beach Spring Market is the Junction's only flea market this summer (off-site as it is). Head there to find some cool vintage pieces, crafts and clothing.

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Contributions by Aubrey Jax and M.K. Newton


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