A painting exhibition that seeks to spark a conversation around mental illness is just one of many events to choose from this weekend, May 3-4.
May 1-8 Milk Glass Co. (1247 Dundas St. W)
According to the artist Sana Ahmed-Brian, "this exhibition is a culmination of my thoughts, my artwork and my deep desire to create more awareness about mental illness ... [I]t was when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder that I was confronted with one of the biggest dilemmas of my life: how to talk about an issue that is stigmatized in most communities, misunderstood by many, and even demonized by some."
For more information, check out the Colourful Dichotomy website.
Art of the Danforth
May 2-10 Various Locations
This is a free public art event in East Danforth. Its goals are two-fold: to unify and give voice to the cultural diversity found along the Danforth, and to showcase the artistic talent found in and beyond the community. Events this weekend include Good Yarns: Trading Post, a Jane's Walk called Hidden in Plain Sight and an installation party.
For information on the lineup of events, check out the Art of Danforth website.
May 2-4 Various Locations
Toronto is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable, innovative, and competitive cities in the world by just about everyone. So is it any surprise that Jane's Walk originated here in Toronto, a city of many distinct neighbourhoods and a diverse cultural mix? Or that last year there were over 150 walks offered by Torontonians?
For more information on the walks on offer, check out the Jane's Walk website.
May 4 Various Locations
Every year over 40,000 Canadians in more than 160 communities across our country lace up at the MS Walk to raise vital funds for people living with multiple sclerosis. This family-oriented, community-supported event offers walking routes of varying lengths — including a wheelchair-accessible route — and features start/finish line activities such as inspiring words from MS Ambassadors (people living with MS), entertainment, team awards and more.
For more information on the locations, check out the MS Walk website.
Walk So Kids Can Talk
May 4 Woodbine Park
The Walk benefits the 6.5 million kids, teens, and young adults in Canada between the ages of five and 20, ensuring they have continued access to a trusted source of immediate, non-judgmental, anonymous and professional counselling support through Kids Help Phone. All of the money raised goes toward ensuring Kids Help Phone can continue to provide its day-and-night counselling service to young people in communities across Canada.
For more information, check out the Walk So Kids Can Talk website.
May 1-15 Various Locations
This year's multidisciplinary program features visual arts exhibits, film screenings, dance performances, community panels and workshops.
For more information, check out the Mayworks website.
In Concert: Los Caballeros del Son
Sundays The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave.
The band's creator Jay Danley has been part of the Latin music scene in the city for close to 20 years, and was the founding member of bands such as Klave y Kongo and Son Ache.
For more information, check out the Los Caballeros del Son Facebook page.