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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: April 2014 Archives

Reconsidering paper and more in the city this weekend

A paper art party that asks us to reconsider this everyday product is just one of the many events to check out in the city this weekend:

PULP: Paper Art Party
April 25
The Great Hall

PULP: paper art party 2014 is a fundraiser designed to examine the current lifecycle of paper and investigate alternatives use. It's an evening combining installation art, live music, dancing, and conversation. Inside a unique two-story space, artists will introduce guests to sustainable design through reclaimed material installations in an exciting social setting. .. PULP is a party, but it's about more than just partying.

For more information, check out the PULP website.

Shakesbeers Shakedown
April 25
The May Bar (876 Dundas St. W)

Six theater companies are getting together to best each other in a battle of the Bard and Beer! All proceeds go towards the company's Julius Caesar Project, taking place in women's shelters and drop-ins around Toronto this summer.

For more information, check out the Spur-Of-The-Moment Shakespeare Facebook page.

City of Craft: Spring Sale
April 26 (11 AM to 6 PM)
Trinity St. Paul's United Church

City of Craft is both an alliance of community arts organizers that present and support local crafty activities and Toronto's largest independently run juried craft sale featuring craft-based installations, free workshops, and craft-related programming in local businesses and galleries.

For more information, check out the City of Craft website.

5th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
April 27
Trinity St. Paul's United Church

This is a faith neutral, faith friendly (and atheist friendly!) urban ritual hosted by Trinity St. Paul's United Church. The purpose of the Blessing is to have fun, celebrate cycling and share in a moment of silence for cyclists whose lives have been lost in the past year.

For more information, check out the Trinity St. Paul's website.

Spring Into Parkdale Festival
April 26 (10 Am to 6 PM)

There's so much to do at the second annual spring ritual celebrating the Parkdale neighbourhood. It's all designed to get you to re-explore, re-discover and support all that Parkdale Village has to offer. As you stroll the strip, be sure to stop by Triller Avenue, Sorauren Avenue, Cowan Avenue & Dufferin Street for free attractions.

For more information on participating stores and other attractions, check out the Parkdale BIA website.

Dance! Dance! Dance!
April 26
Ralph Thornton Centre (765 Queen St. E)

Trade School Toronto is an alternative learning project that runs on a barter system. Pay for a class with a barter item (like food, supplies or help) that your teacher requests! Try a beginner's dance class tomorrow from hip hop, salsa, Bollywood and many more!
Learn some new moves without feeling a little awkward on the dance floor.

For more information, check out the Trade School Toronto website.

Hot Docs Talk: Docs Change People. People Change the World.
April 25
TIFF Bell Lightbox

Films, especially documentaries, can have an immense impact on a viewer's knowledge and beliefs. How does this really work? Imagine if we could measure how our opinions and actions are being influenced by what we watch.

For more information, check out the Hot Docs website.

In Concert: KC Roberts and the Live Revolution
April 25
The Mod Club

Parkdale Funk 2: SIDES CD Release Party! Need we say more?!

For more information, check out the KC Roberts and Live Revolution website.


Easter weekend in the city...

There are many Easter "eggstravaganzas" in the city to check out this long weekend. And those aren't the only spring celebrations:

Celebrate Easter
19, 20 and 21 April
Toronto Zoo

Spring has sprung at the Toronto Zoo, and it's the place to be this Easter Weekend! Crafts, colouring, egg-ducational activities and giant panda mascots dressed in their Easter best! What is Easter without eggs? Visit one of many free Daily Keeper Talks to experience egg-citing enrichment, plus keep your eyes peeled for festive eggs in various animal exhibits.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zoo website.

Easter Eggstravaganza
18 April to 20 April
Centre Island

Join Beasley Bear and the Easter Bunny at Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm for Toronto's LARGEST Easter egg hunt!

For more information, check out the Centre Island website.

Easter Traditions
19 April to 20 April (12-4 PM)
Colborne Lodge

Visit inside Colborne Lodge and learn about 19th-century Easter traditions. Families will tour the museum and spot eggs hidden in the restored rooms. Children dye their own eggs using natural dyes.

For more information, check out the City of Toronto website.

Easter Parade
20 April

The parade has been declared a no politicians zone this year. It begins at 2:00 pm sharp and runs for approximately two hours. The parade starts on Queen Street at Munro Park
and will proceed west along Queen Street ending at Woodbine Ave.

For more information, check out the Toronto Beaches Lion website.

Toronto Passion Play
18 April to 20 April
Queensway Church

The Toronto Passion Play has been running for over 20 years. This dramatic and dynamic Easter musical theatrical production is put together by a cast and crew of volunteers.

For more information, check out the Christian Performing Arts website.

Good Friday Procession
18 April
Starting Point: St. Francis Church of Assisi

The procession starts at 3 PM at Grace St and Mansfield Ave, through Little Portugal and Little Italy.

For more information, check out the St. Francis Church of Assisi website.

Good Friday Walk for Justice
18 April
Starting Point: St. Trinity Church

Human trafficking, the potential for environmental devastation from the oil industry and the plight of homeless persons will be held up in this year's walk.

For more information, check out the Good Friday Walk for Justice website.

Spring Fling
18 April to 20 April
Harbourfront Centre

Celebrate the arrival of spring with three family-friendly, fun-filled days of music, dance and hands-on activities. Beloved clown duo Morro and Jasp return with a new adventure -- they're going green!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

StoryMob at TIFF Kids
19 April
TIFF Bell Lightbox

StoryMobs are where great kids' books meet flash-mobs, gathering over 100 kids and adults together to bring favourite stories to life using colourful costumes, musical instruments, and easy-to-learn choreography. After a craft session for making props and reading of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a special screening of the movie will follow.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Creative Science Sunday
20 April
Ontario Science Centre

Make paper jewellery this weekend. Use your design and engineering skills to create new structures which transform paper into beautiful accessories.

For more information, check out the Ontario Science Centre website.

In Concert: Jonita Gandhi
19 April
Rose Theatre, Brampton

As part of the Small World Asian Music series, catch rising star Jonita Gandhi on her triumphant return home. This gifted, locally-raised singer has established her name as one to watch in Bollywood and beyond, taking her career to new heights on her recent sojourn to India. She was featured on the title track of superstar Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Express, the biggest-grossing Bollywood film of all, which brought her to a world-wide audience.

For more information, check out the Small World Music website.


Noon hour concerts, cherry blossom and more spring in the city!

Spring splendour is unfurling in the city in many different ways. Music, nature and lots of art are some of the ways to enjoy all its glory:

Noon Hour Concerts (Spring)
Fridays - Until 30 May
St. Andrew's Church

The performers include an invigorating mix of graduate students, young professionals, and career musicians. Many recitals will feature the church's rare and wonderful Bosendorfer Imperial Piano. This piano, acquired by St. Andrew's in 2011, was the last piano played by Canadian jazz legend Oscar Peterson in a public performance.

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

Family Nature Walk
12 April
High Park Nature Centre

After such an intense winter join us as we search for signs of spring! Listen for the birds returning, Look for waking bugs and investigate promising leaf buds. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family! No pre-registration necessary.

For more information, check out the High Park Nature Centre website.

Seed Starting, Growing & Saving for Beginners
12 April
Annette Branch (TPL)

A free workshop, garden fair and spring seed exchange. Bring your seeds to share or borrow some from the Toronto Seed Library.

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

Chinese Cultural Heritage Weekend
12 April to 13 April

Enjoy a full day of Chinese cultural celebration with live music and dance performances, shopping, dining and more! Activities include interactive workshops aimed to bring China's rich history to life and kids crafts ranging from making your own Chinese lantern or folding fan.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

Paprika Festival
7 April to 12 April
Theatre Passe Muraille

Paprika is youth-led performing arts festival celebrating young artists as they create original performances under the guidance of professional artistic mentors. Performances include original plays, collective creations and dance performances. There are also free staged readings of new scripts by playwrights in residence.

For more information, check out the Paprika Festival website.

Toronto Art Expo
10 April to 13 April
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

With thousands of works to choose from, the Expo is the art fair for all budgets, from the first time buyer to the seasoned investment collector, both personal and corporate, featuring rare pieces from International art styles and traditions representing leading world trends in contemporary art.

For more information, check out the Toronto Art Expo website.

Relive Prom
April 12
The Burroughes

Perhaps you had an awesome prom and do want to relive it. Or maybe you had an awful experience and would like a do-over. Either way, check out this event featuring a 10-piece Motown band The Intentions, playing music rocking from the 50's right through the 90's. There will be a photo booth to capture the magical moments and a prize for best dressed Prom Queen or King.

For more information, check out the Relive Prom! website.