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Weekend events in Toronto April 29-May 1 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will fill your schedule with documentaries, photography exhibits and parties. Hot Docs and CONTACT are kicking off and you can check out the many films and shows on deck for the upcoming weeks. If you want to escape the art world, head to the ROM for the first Friday Night Live event of the season.

For more events this weekend click on over to our events section.


Hopsin (April 29)
California-based Hopsin is hitting the Danforth Music Hall this Friday to showcase his latest and greatest. Tickets are still available, but you'll want to snatch them up quick.

Little York Festival (May 1)
The inaugural Little York Festival is happening this Sunday at the Tranzac Club. The aim of the event is to bring together the city's varied folk and roots musicians for an event like none other. You can expect plenty of workshops, concerts and dancing.

Opera Peep Show (April 28-30)
Four Toronto indie opera companies are coming together at the end of the month to host the Opera Peep Show at the Campbell House Museum. The choose-your-own-adventure type experience involves audience members selecting different opera scenes off a menu and then paying a fee to enter already in-progress shows happening in various rooms around the museum.

6 Cent Concert (May 1)
Head to Ryerson this Sunday so see DJ Esco - Future's official DJ - live, along with a surprise special guest (fingers crossed that Drake returns to the campus). Unfortunately - and expectedly - tickets to this budget-friendly concert have sold out, so you'll have to try and bribe your way in. May the odds be ever in your favour.


Hot Docs (April 28-May 8)
The annual documentary festival is the largest of its kind in North America. Not sure what to see? Check out our list of can't miss flicks at this year's festival. Also, CMW has teamed up with Hot Docs to screen a few music-oriented movies. This weekend catch Strike a Pose, Madonna: Truth or Dare and Hip-Hop Evolution.


DXPresents: PlastiScene (April 29)
Hit the DX on Friday to see plastic installations by Canadian artists. Aside from some pretty stellar works of art, you can spend the night getting down on the dancefloor - DJ Rocker Dave will be spinning vinyl.

Contact Photography Festival (May 1-31)
Contact Photography Festival stretches across the entire month of May, bringing out the best of the best in international photography. This year there will be 20 free public installations and more than 200 events, all featuring works from Canadian and international artists and photographers. We round-up our must-seek exhibits here.


13th Annual East Coast Charity Ball (April 30)
This Saturday, the Design Exchange is being transformed into the biggest East Coast Kitchen Party to hit the city. What should you expect? Music by Signal Hill, Alexander Keith's and authentic Halifax donairs courtesty of Tony's Donair & Pizza.

Gluten Free Garage (May 1)
Toronto's pop-up marketplace devoted to gluten-free eating kicks off Celiac Awareness Month on May 1 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Billed as a one-stop shopping and sampling event, expect to find 65-plus exhibitors, guest speakers, food trucks and beer and cider tastings. Tickets are on sale now for $11.50.


Celebrate 10 Years of Type Books (April 30)
Toronto's most beloved independent bookstore, Type Books, is celebrating its tenth year in action this Saturday. Head there to catch a bit of storytelling or to get book recommendations from local writers like Aisha Sasha John and Howard Akler.


Digifest (April 28-30)
Digifest is taking over the Corus Quay building this weekend to showcase the latest and greatest advances in digital media, art, design and technology. Following the formula of year's past, the event will boast international speakers, interactive installations collaborative workshops and more.


A Video Dance Party: School Daze (April 29)
If you miss the days of Much Music Video Dance parties, head to the Garrison this Friday. The bar will be playing all your favourite hits from 1997 to 2009 accompanied by video projections and special guests. You may want to whip out your old burnt CDs in preparation.

BEYviews: A Beyonce & Drake Dance Party (April 29)
Want to get in on another tribute dance party? Last weekend Queen B released Lemonade and this weekend Drake is releasing Views, so expect an evening stacked with hits.

Friday Night Live #ROMink (April 29)
Friday Night Live returns on April 29 for its spring session. The season's kickoff bash syncs up with the current tattoo exhibition, #ROMink, so all you body art lovers are in luck. Tickets fo the event are a mere $15, making them less expensive than most bashes coming to town this spring.

Factory Art Party (April 30)
If you didn't get your fill of warehouse bashes when the House of Vans took over the space on Dupont earlier this month, hit up this party on Saturday. You'll find Dj's, group painting, social sculpture, food, and live painting. All proceeds will go to support Blank Canvases, so you'll also be doing some good.

NULOVE (April 30)
NULOVE is bringing yoga, dancing, live music, meditation, art and more to the Dovercourt House on Saturday. If you want to get in on all the evening's events, you'll want to arrive before the yoga session kicks off at 8:00 p.m.

Prince Tribute: Retro Guilty Pleasures (April 29)
The Velvet Underground will be playing songs from all of Prince's albums and projecting his videos around the club.

When Doves Cry: A Prince Tribute Party (May 1)
The Drake Hotel is honouring the High Priest of Pop with a bash celebrating his lifelong career. Expect to hear "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss," "Batdance" and "Cream" accompanied by curated visuals. Costumes are encouraged, so dust off your purple suit.


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.

Annual Yard Sale @ Dundas and Carlaw (April 30)
Every year Dundas and Carlaw throws a garage sale, bringing the neighbourhood together to sell unwanted items and mingle. Expect to find a ton of vintage duds and items plus BBQ fare served up by the restaurant.

Spring Clothing Swap (April 30)
Head to the Junction City Music Hall on Saturday to swap in your old duds for some fresh finds while sipping on cocktails. The event will run you a mere $5 plus a bag of clothes for trading.

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Photo of the Gluten Free Garage by Jesse Milns.

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