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Weekend events in Toronto April 8-10 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will have you eating spicy food, watching films or taking in some live music. With options as diverse as Iggy Pop and Curryfest there's bound to be something happening that's up your alley.

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


Gin Wigmore (April 8)
New Zealand singer-songwriter Gin Wigmore will be taking the stage at Velvet Underground this Friday. Fingers crossed she sings "Hey Ho" so that we can all mentally relive the season six finale of Weeds.

Junior Boys (April 9)
Junior Boys are an electronic pop group from Hamilton, Ontario, who make some extremely dance-friendly tunes. Their last album, Big Black Coat, was extremely well received by critics and fans alike. Oh yeah, and fellow Canadian synth enthusiast Jessy Lanza is opening up for them. Sounds like a good night to me.

Iggy Pop (April 9)
The punk legends' surprise garage-influenced collab with Josh Homme, Post Pop Depression, is hitting the road, with all the studio contributors (Homme, Dean Fertita and Matt Helders) in tow.


Toronto Food + Drink Market (April 8-10)
From April 8 to 10, the Enercare Centre will be home to this food, wine and hospitality event that'll offer tutored tastings, demos, a food truck alley and an abundance of sampling opportunities.

Curryfest (April 9)
Spicy foods will heat things up at the Aga Khan Museum on Saturday. General admission is $10 and includes free access to the museum after hours (6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.), not to mention the chance to taste dishes from Rickshaw Bar, Pai, Bombay Street Food Co. and more.

Songkran (April 10-11)
Party like it's 2559 and ring in the Thai New Year at Nana. The restaurant will hold three sessions on Sunday, April 10, as well as one more on the evening of Monday, April 11. Tickets are $40 and include all-you-can-eat food, and of course, the annual water fight!


Bloor Hot Docs Cinema: CLUELESS Quote-Along (April 8)
Embrace your inner valley girl and hit up Bloor Hot Docs for a Clueless quote-along. Bonus points if you dress as Cher, Dionne or Tai.

Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (April 8-10)
The Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival spotlights the top horror, fantasy and sci-fi films from around the world from both seasoned veterans and novice filmmakers. The event will feature a melange of short films, music videos and feature-length flicks, so you've got options.

Brew and View: Mama Mia (April 9)
Come Saturday, The Randolph Theatre will be filled with Mama Mia! fans, ABBA lovers and Meryl Streep enthusiasts. Sip on ice cold brews as you watch Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and, of course, Meryl belt out hits by Stockholm's hottest pop group.

Screen Queens presents: Death Becomes Her (April 10)
If you didn't get enough Meryl at Saturday night's Mama Mia! extravaganza, head to The Royal Cinema for a screening of Death Becomes Her. Expect drunk commentary, special guests, performances, drinking games and plenty of surprises.


The Toronto Storytelling Festival (April 1-10)
The Toronto Storytelling Festival is coming to a close this Sunday, so now's the time to catch a performance or two. This weekend there will be events at the Harbourfront Centre, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Aga Khan Museum and more.

Tim McCready's House Party: 159 Manning at the Gladstone Hotel (April 8)
As many seasoned Toronto partygoers know, 159 Manning throws one hell of a rager. Well, good news, for one night only Tim McCready is ditching his sweet party pad and bringing an epic bash to the Gladstone. Expect tall boys, finger foods, live music and all the house party shenanigans you could ever dream of.

Rex Manning Day (April 8)
For those who have no idea what I'm talking about, this blessed day celebrates the fictional star Rex Manning from the cult flick Empire Records. If you want to get in on the action head to The Grand Trunk or 3030 Dundas West - they're throwing bashes in celebration.

XO vs OVO (April 9)
If there's one thing us Torontonians love, it's our homegrown artists -- especially The Weeknd and Drake. This Saturday celebrate Drizzy and Abel by heading to Studio Bar for a bash featuring their greatest hits.


Race Roster Spring Run Off (April 9)
Formerly Harry's Spring Run-Off, the run remains relatively unchanged, the 8K or 5K route still cuts through the rolling hills of High Park, which makes for quick leg-burner. Maple syrup prizes make victory even sweeter.

MEC Toronto Race Two (April 10)
MEC hosts a bounty of runs throughout the city, with race number two taking over the waterfront, featuring routes from 5-15K in length.


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.

The recurring night market is returning to 2nd Floor Events for its spring edition. As per usual, you'll find local, independent retailers and street food vendors selling everything from eco-friendly paper goods to handcrafted jewellery. To make shopping more interesting there will be plenty of boozy drinks on hand and DJs spinning all night.

Wychwood Vintage Clothing Show (April 10)
If you're a fan of all things vintage, you'll want to hit up Artscape Wychwood Barns this Sunday. You'll get the chance to check out (and buy) retro clothing, handbags, jewelry and more.

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.

With contributions by Adam Pugsley, Shazia Khan, Libby Roach and Liora Ipsum.

Photo of a previous 159 Manning house party by Matt Forsythe.

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