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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.

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