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Weekend events in Toronto May 6-8 2016

Weekend events in Toronto will have you hitting up shows in the name of Canadian Music Week. There are dozens of bands playing all over town this weekend, so choose wisely. Once you've gotten your fill of concerts, scope out what this year's OCAD grads have to offer at GradEx. Exhibits range from printmaking to environmental design.

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

MUSIC

Canadian Music Week (May 2-8)
CMW is already in full swing and will wrap this Sunday. Top-notch homegrown and international artists, like Eagles of Death Metal, Dilly Dally and Tegan and Sara, will be hitting stages all over the city - from Lee's Palace to Massey Hall. If you're in the market for more than music, there will be comedy shows and movies on all week, as well.

Skepta (May 6)
2015 was a big year for UK hip-hop. Seemingly out of nowhere, grime artists like Skepta and Stormzy burst into the North-American market with their witty lyrics and punchy deliveries. Skepta is definitely a pioneer in this new frontier of grime, forming a tight relationship with Drake that helped elevate the genre to new levels. This will be a high-energy concert.

Dilly Dally (May 7)
The first time I heard Dilly Dally's debut album Sore, it was like a breath of fresh air. Look for a wild and sweaty show, and get ready to be amazed by lead singer Katie Monks voice and guitar work.

FILM

Hot Docs (April 28-May 8)
If you reserve your Netflix account for David Attenborough-narrated flicks and Cowspiracy-like educational movies, Hot Docs is the place to be this spring. The international documentary festival is the largest of its kind in North America and shows over 200 films from Canada and around the world to massive audiences.

FOOD & DRINK

Asia Food Fest (April 29-May 15)
More than 60 Asian restaurants from across Toronto and the GTA are participating in this 'Licious-like prix-fixe promotion happening between April 29 and May 15. Look forward to set menus priced between $10 and $45 per person at restaurants including KaKa All You Can Eat, Kingyo Izakaya, Jatajuk and many more.

Cinco de Mayo at Steam Whistle (May 6)
Steam Whistle is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a day late with a bash at the brewery. Expect to find pilsner, tequila, margaritas, quesadillas, pi単atas and more. Feel free to drink a little more than you did on Thursday if your office is closed on weekends.

Veggielicious (May 6-22)
If you're sad because your vegetarian or vegan diet held you back from embracing the wonders of Summerlicious and Winterlicious, this is the event for you. Veggielicious is a two-week foodie celebration that features plant-based prix-fixe meals and deals at restaurants across the city.

ART

Contact Photography Festival (May 1-31)
The Contact Photography Festival stretches across the entire month of May, bringing out the best of the best in international photography. This year there are 20 free public installations and more than 200 events, all featuring works from Canadian and international artists and photographers.

GradEx 101 (May 4-8)
In its 101st year, GradEx will be a five-day exhibition across the OCAD University campus. Over 900 young artists and designers will showcase their work, including thesis work by graduating students. Over 18 different programs' work will be representing including photography, material art & design, printmaking, illustration and environmental design.

ENTERTAINMENT

Pages UnBound Festival (May 5-8)
Get your fill of lit events at Pages UnBound before it shuts down on May 8. Notable events on tap for this weekend include BURST: New Voices in Canadian Literature, Work and Visual Language.

Blossom and Bloom (May 6-7)
The newly renovated West Wing and Oak Room of Union Station will be transformed into a floral wonderland for May 6 and 7. While you'll have to shell out some cash if you want to purchase any flora or fauna, there will be live music, a complimentary henna station and large scale sculpture flower garden which you can enjoy for free.

Dan and Phil: The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire (May 7-8)
YouTube's golden boys Dan Howell and Phil Lester are hitting the Sony Centre on May 7 and 8 for their joint show, The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire. The two U.K.-based web personalities are known for their lol-worthy vlogs, challenges and sketches and have garnered millions of views for their online antics. Expect to see all that brought to life when they hit the stage.

FASHION & DESIGN

INLAND (May 6-8)
See what contemporary Canadian fashion, apparel and accessory brands have to offer this weekend at Queen Richmond Centre West. Over 65 vendors will be selling their wares, including Coup de Tete, Mary Young, November Lark and many 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.

Photo of Cinco de Mayo celebrations via Steam Whistle.

With contributions by Adam Pugsley and Liora Ipsum.


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