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Weekend events in Toronto April 22-24 2016

Weekend events in Toronto celebrate Earth Day and Toronto's vibrant art scene. The Gladstone has been transformed into an eco-friendly wonderland in the name of Grow Op, George Brown's Waterfront Campus will be taken over by animators for TAAFI, and the Opera House is hosting its Pancakes & Booze Art Show.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Images Festival (April 14-23)
Toronto's annual experimental film and media event has brought a bevy of short screenings, installations, performances, art exhibits and more to local galleries across the city. This weekend you can catch events like the MICE Launch Party, Earwitness by Eve Egoyan, We Only Guarantee the Dinosaurs and the Closing Night Party.

Gladstone Grow Op 2016 (April 21-24)
Head to the Gladstone for an exhibition built to "reframe our understanding of the shifting boundaries between urban and wild, culture and nature." You'll get to check out over 30 installations, including the Toronto Flower Market's daffodil canopy and Michael Rennick's woodland sculptures.

Wildest Dreams: A Taylor Swift Dance Party (April 22)
Once again, Taylor Swift is taking over Toronto this weekend without even setting foot in the GTA. Studio Bar is throwing yet another tribute dance party dedicating to the reigning Queen of Pop, so gather your squad and snap up some tix. Expect to hear Swifty's greatest hits, with bangers from her "Teardrops on My Guitar" era and her current "Bad Blood" phase.

Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) (April 22-24)
For three days George Brown College's Waterfront Campus will be transformed into a hub for animation lovers. The event will host over 30 exhibitors and industry-professional speakers who will be sharing tips and tricks of the trade.

ART

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show (April 22)
Breakfast food and booze are a magical combination. Top that with an art show and you've got all the makings of a good time. After taking advantage of the pancake bar, check out the exhibition (DJs and installations will not be in short supply).

PARANORMAL

Spring Psychic Fair Toronto
Get ready to expand your mind at the Spring Psychic Fair, where you'll encounter palm readers, UFO abductees, and generally people with a sixth sense. Enter with an open mind, and you might find that some of it all more intriguing than merely entertaining.

SHOPPING

Vitaly Pop-Up Shop + Sample Sale (March 8-June 1)
The fifth-annual Vitaly Pop-Up Shop has been open for the latter half of March and will be going strong until the beginning of June. It's taken over The Accessory Bar's old space at 350 Yonge Street and filled it with discounted accessories, clothing and watches.

La Playa Pop-Up Shop (April 1-30)
La Playa Pop-Up Shop will help you prepare for the impending days of beach bumming and rooftop tanning. Melmira is bringing high-end designer beachwear pieces from its home at Yonge and Lawrence to 12 Ossington Avenue for a month-long pop-up running seven days a week. Expect to find labels like Cool Change and Josa at 40% off.

Gladstone Flea Goes Green (April 23)
In honour of Earth Day the Gladstone Flea will be selling goods from local, ethical and environmentally sustainable makers. Vendors include Toronto Bee Rescue, Citchen Candle Co., Samyoga, Foxglove Apothecary and more.

FILM

Drunk Feminist Films Presents: Spice World (April 22)
Dust off your platform shoes, fill your purse with Chupa Chups and get ready to spice up your life. Drunk Feminist Films is screening Spice World and providing their own boozy commentary on the flick. Bonus points if your come dressed as Posh, Baby, Scary, Sporty or Ginger.

Brew & View: Chicago Sing-a-long (April 23)
Another week, another Brew & View. The Randolph Theatre is back at it again this week, and this time it's playing Chicago. Sip on ice cold brews as you watch RenĂŠe Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones belt out musical numbers.

EARTH DAY

Earth Day (April 22)
While you could easily spend Friday throwing back beers in anticipation on a night out, why not get a little eco-friendly for a few hours instead? April 22 marks Earth Day and Torontonians are celebrating by congregating in Nathan Phillips Square. The group will also be marching the streets and picking up trash to keep our city clean and green.

Earth Ball (April 22)
For all you environmentally conscious partygoers, there's the Earth Ball. Get philanthropic at the Mill Street Beer Hall while sampling local eats by chef Michael Stadtlander, networking, and celebrating the year's environmental achievements. On top of that there will be a silent auction, eco gift bags up for grabs and more. Tickets cost $150.

Earth Day film screening: Hadwin's Judgement (April 22)
Head to the Bloor/Gladstone Library on Earth Day for a screening of Hadwin's Judgement. The movie chronicles a logging engineer/survivalist's attempt to stop the destruction of a rainforest.

UNACTO Earth Day Reflections on COP21: A Call to Think Globally and Act Locally (April 23)
Want to learn a thing or two about climate change? Head to Hart House on April 23.The UNACTO Earth Day event spotlights leaders from the government, local community, academic and private sectors. It will feature an exhibit of art and environmental initiatives, a keynote, and panel discussions.

Earth Day Ravine Clean Up (April 24)
While art shows and swap events may be entertaining, sometimes you've got to put in a little elbow grease to see results. Give back to Mother Nature by helping with the Glen Stewart Ravine Clean Up on April 24.

Downsview Park Earth Day Tree Planting (April 24)
Get your hands dirty and join Toronto's amateur arborists at Downsview Park for a day of tree planting. A drop-in campfire with marshmallows and a self-guided park tour brochure will be available while supplies last. If you're feeling even more charitable, bring along a non-perishable food item as a donation in support of the North York Harvest Food Bank.

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Photo of a previous Pancakes & Booze art show.


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