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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: March 2014 Archives

Observing Earth Hour and other things to do this weekend

Like many cities across the world, Toronto will turn off the lights for an hour on Saturday. Here are some candle-lit activities, and other events to check out in the city this weekend:

Earth Hour Concerts
29 March
Various Locations

There will be many intimate and interactive concerts taking place through city cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Check out this list of concerts for a performance close to you.

6th Annual Earth Hour Candlelight Walk
29 March
Meeting Point: Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas Street)

To start the walk at 8 PM, join your neighbours at 7:45 PM at historic Lambton House. Enjoy a guided walk along the historic Humber River and stay for refreshments. Remember to bring your own candle or lantern.

For more information, check out the Green 13 website.

Toronto Storytelling Festival
28 March to 6 April
Various Locations

The festival was launched on April 1, 1979, and has become one of North America's biggest urban celebrations of traditional and contemporary storytelling.

For a list of events taking place across the city including the opening night 1001 Friday Nights of Storytelling, There's Something Queer in the Air and Tales of Transplants, check out the Toronto Storytelling Festival website.

Water Docs Film Festival
21 March to 29 March

A documentary film festival about all things water, Water Docs presents features and shorts, discussions with special guests and filmmakers, and opportunities to take action to protect water. The festival informs, educates and activates audiences about water and water issues.

For more information, check out the Water Docs Film Festival website.

Toronto Hispano American Film Festival
26 March to 30 March
Bloor Cinema

In its fourteenth year, this festival aims to promote Hispanic-American culture in Canada. Films screening this weekend include La Juala de Oro, about three teenagers who three teenagers who escape from Guatemala to US, via Mexico.

For more information, check out the Toronto Hispano American Film Festival.

Cinéfranco: Franco International Film Festival
28 March to 6 April
The Royal

Anticipated by French cinema lovers in the city, this film festival opens with Moroccan Gigolos this year. Director Ismaël Saidi will be in attendance for a Q&A session after the screening. All films are screened in their original language with English subtitles.

For a line-up of films, check out the Cinéfranco website.

Body Percussion Festival
28 March to 30 March
Harbourfront Centre (Studio Theatre)

See and hear the surprising and exhilarating possibilities of bare feet, shoes soled with rubber, wood or metal, bells around the ankles, hand-clapping and body-slapping, and utterances of voice and breath. Even finger-snapping is raised to a spectacular art form.

For more information, check out Harbourfront Centre website.

In Concert: La Firma Santana
29 March
Kool Haus

Born in Colombia, now living in Toronto La Firma Santana opens the concert for Puerto Rican reggaeton artist J Alvarez.

For more information, check out the Kool Haus website.


Mosaic Storytelling Festival and more to do this weekend

In a city as diverse as Toronto, there are stories from many different traditions being passed on. Here's more about a festival that explores stories from around the world, and other events to check out this weekend:

Mosaic Storytelling Festival
Last Date: Mar 23
St. David's Anglican Church, parish hall (Opposite Donlands subway station)

The Open Door East End Arts Collective and St. David's Anglican Church celebrate the diversity and creativity of our rich East End neighbourhood - and our world - through five afternoons of storytelling with tellers and tales from all across the globe. The last session features Aubrey Davis, and his bottomless yarns that wonder if god eats bagels or can a button save a town?

For more information, check out the St. David's Anglican Church website.

Toronto Nepali Film Festival
Mar 21 to Mar 22
Carlton Cinema/Innis Town Hall

This annual celebration of films from Nepal includes Soongawa, Nepal's submission to this year's Oscars in the foreign language category. The film looks at the romance between two young women in Kathmandu, who must battle societal constraints.

For more information, check out the Toronto Nepali Film Festival website.

2014 Canadian Film Fest
Mar 20 to Mar 22
Royal Cinema

By exclusively featuring Canadian films, this festival's goal is to provide filmmakers with valuable showcasing and networking opportunities and to offer the public homegrown productions to view and enjoy.

For more information, check out the 2014 Canadian Film Fest website.

Karaoke Swan Song
Mar 22
Gladstone Hotel

They say it's like singing in the shower, minus the nudity! And with applause! Sadly, this tradition that's been going on for 15 years (!?) comes to an end this weekend. So go and belt out those power notes in a Whitney tune.

For more information on Karaoke's Swan Song, check out the Gladstone Hotel website.

Annual Sale
Mar 22 to Mar 25
Balfour Books

It's the Annual Sale at Balfour Books, where the best used books in a Toronto are sold. Art, Literature, Cooking, Children's, all for great prices.

For more information, check out the Balfour Books Facebook page.

2014 Courage Canada Blind Hockey Tournament
Mar 21 to Mar 23
Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens

How do the blind play hockey? Find out at the largest ever blind hockey tournament featuring 65 of blind hockey's best.

For more information, check out the Courage Canada website.

India Vs. Pakistan T-20 Cricket World Cup
Mar 21 (9:30 AM)
The Office Pub

Need I say more?!

For more information, check out The Office Pub Facebook page.

In Concert: The Big Sound
Mar 21
Adelaide Hall

The show celebrates the golden soul era of Motown.

For more information, check out The Big Sound Facebook page.


St. Paddy's Day and other festivities in the city this weekend

St. Patrick's Day is just one of the many cultural celebrations happening in the city this weekend.

Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade
Mar 16
Starting Point: Bloor and St. George

The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 12:00 noon with the procession starting from Bloor and St. George (near old U of T Varsity Stadium). The Parade will continue along Bloor Street down Yonge and finishes on Queen Street at Nathan Philips Square. Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor will be the Grand Marshal for the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The 27-year-old Irish boxer is the current Irish, European, World and Olympic Champion.

For more information, check out the Toronto St. Patrick Day Parade website.

St. Patrick's Day
Mar 16
Tollkeeper's Cottage

Hear about the Irish toll-keepers who worked at the tollgate in the 19th century. After seeing our little museum, and partaking of homemade Irish Soda Bread and tea, who knows? You might spot a leprechaun, or even speak a little Blarney! It's the day before St. Paddy's Day, but he wouldn't mind an early cup of tea.

For more information, check out the Tollkeeper's Cottage website.

Ukrainian Easter Egg Workshop
Mar 15
St. Vladimir Institute

Learn how to make beautiful pysanky - Easter eggs in the traditional Ukrainian style. Wow your friends with your skills and beautiful creations. Experienced instructors will guide you through all the steps of transforming a plain egg into a work of art. There will also be plenty of helpers on hand to give tips and extra support.

For more information, check out the St. Vladimir Institute Facebook page.

The Art of Revolution
Mar 14 onwards
St. Vladimir Institute

The exhibit focusing on the recent dramatic events in Ukraine has two parts. The first showcases posters from that appeared in Kyiv's Independence Square. The second is a display of Canadian photojournalist Marta Iwanek's photos and videos from Euromaidan.

For more information, check out the St. Vladimir Institute Facebook page.

Pages Festival + Conference
Mar 13 to Mar 15
Various Locations

The Pages Festival + Conference embraces new technology and is proud to present the first of multiple mixed media events that will combine the finest contemporary Canadian writers with practitioners from digital media and other art forms.

For more information, check out the Pages Festival + Conference website.

2014 Kalanidhi Festival
Mar 13 to Mar 16
Harbourfront Centre

Artistic Director Sudha Khandwani presents a range of contemporary Indian dance
from around the world, including programming from Canadian companies.

For more information, check out the Kalanidhi Fine Arts website.

Seedy Saturday
Mar 15
Scadding Court

Purchase heirloom seeds, and the stories behind them!

For more information, check out the Toronto Seed Library website.

Bollywood Dance Canada: The Competition
Mar 15
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Bollywood Dance Canada is a Bollywood Filmi-Fusion Dance Competition. The Competition will be comprised of dance teams from all over Canada and the USA dancing to predominantly Bollywood-Filmi music and their choice of Fusion music. Participants showcase all types of South Asian dance forms as well as Western dance forms like hip-hop, jazz, and salsa to name a few.

For more information, check out the Bollywood Dance Canada website.