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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: May 2014 Archives

What's On: How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

How do you survive a zombie apocalypse? And why do you need to know? Read on to check out what's going in the city this weekend:

May 31
Alpha Obstacle Training/Molson Pier

5K + 13 Obstacles + 1000 Zombies. Need we say more? Sign up to run like a survivor or infect like a zombie. Have fun, get fit and raise awareness and funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Youth in Motion.

For more information, check out the Ready.Set.DIE! website.

Capital One Race for Kids™
May 31
Start Point: Nathan Phillips Square

Capital One Race for Kids™ is an urban adventure race where you get to compete in a team of four in a race to the finish line, completing 10 challenges along the way. An Adventure right in Toronto! Your participation will help support over 28,000 youths and allow us to deliver programs and services aimed at providing opportunities for youths right in your own community.

For more information, check out the Capital One Race for Kids™ website.

Rung Festival
May 31 - June 1

Rung brings you a line up of exotic performances and exhibits showcasing a variety of dance forms, instrumental performances, traditional crafts, workshops, documentary films plus interactive games and activities for kids. Last but not least, the delicious South Asian menu at the ROM Café!

For more information, check out the Rung Festival website.

Toronto Korean Film Festival
May 30 - May 31
Jackman Hall/AGO

Among other offerings, check out the feature film Broken on offer this weekend. The cold body of middle school student Su-jin is found at an abandoned public bathhouse. Her father, Sang-hyeon, refuses to stay helpless in the face of his daughter's death. He sets out in rage to find and kill those who were responsible; and hot on his own trail is officer Eok-gwan, the same detective in charge of Su-jin's case.

For more information on the festival, check out the Toronto Korean Film Festival website.

Festival of Social Innovation
May 31
CSI Annex (720 Bathurst St.)

Ten years ago, a group of intrepid entrepreneurs bucked convention and opened the Centre for Social Innovation - one of the first coworking spaces in the world! It started with 14 founding tenants and they now have 700 projects that make CSI their home in three Toronto locations and one in NYC. So what does 10 years of social innovation look like? Join in to see for yourself.

For more information, check out the Centre for Social Innovation Facebook page.

InspiraTO Festival
May 29 to June 7
Alumnae Theatre

Canada's largest ten-minute play festival will showcase the best ten-minute plays from around the globe, and feature local playwrights with 25 ten-minute plays set to take on Toronto. What makes the festival truly distinct is its curated approach to theater.

For more information, check out the InspiraTO Festival website.

In Concert: Honey Jam Audition
June 1 (2 PM)
Mod Club

Do you have what it takes? They're searching the country for female artists, ages 14-25, representing pop, hip hop, jazz, soca, r&b, gospel, rock, dancehall, blues, alternative, opera, country - all styles of music! Admission is $10.00 for everyone - spectators and artists. They STRONGLY suggest you arrive by 1:00pm to register as there are a limited number of audition spots.

For more information, check out the Honey Jam website.


What's On: East End Performance Crawl and more

A series of theatrical performances has taken over Queen Street East! And that's just one of the many events to check out in the city this weekend:

East End Performance Crawl
May 21 - June 1
Various Locations

The organizers call it "a theatrical love-letter to Toronto's East End." A solo performance festival, a series of site-specific theatre installations and a community 'Doors Open' event all in one! The East End Performance CRAWL celebrates the wealth of unique and vibrant independent businesses and community spaces in the Leslieville / Riverdale area. Over the 12 days of the CRAWL, the Festival's 14 neighbourhood locations will be home to 23 different theatrical experiences created by leading solo artists from all over North America.

For more information, check out Crow's Theatre website.

Toronto TImeraiser
May 24
The Powerplant Art Gallery

Timeraiser is a volunteer matching and silent art auction evening with a twist- rather than bid money on artwork, participants bid volunteer hours. Throughout the evening participants meet with nonprofit organizations to find available volunteer opportunities that meet their needs. Once matches are made, the bidding can begin. Winning bidders have 12 months to complete their pledge in order to bring the artwork home as a reminder of their goodwill.

For more information, check out the Timeraiser website.

Greater Good Gala
May 23
The Burroughes

Go for a live art/design auction, stay for the epic party -- all for the greater good. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. All profits raised will benefit the great works of St. Felix Centre and the vulnerable communities it serves.

For more information on the event, check out the Greater Good Gala event page.

InsideOut Festival
May 22 to June 1
Tiff Bell Lightbox

Films playing at this Toronto LGBT festival this weekend include The Last One, ascinating and heartfelt documentary that examines the rise of HIV/AIDS in the United States through the legacy of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and The Names Project Foundation, and Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, close friend Michele Josue’'s intensely personal film that provides intimate insights into the real person behind the heartbreaking headlines.

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

Writers from the Underground
May 24
Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen St. E)

Look for appearances by acclaimed authors Lillian Allen, David Bezmozgis, Wayson Choy, Karen Connelly, Anthony De Sa, Marina Nemat, Shyam Selvadurai, Ann Shin, Antanas Sileika, Farzana Doctor, as well as a roster of writers from Diaspora Dialogues' mentorship programs. They'll read excerpts from their works, as well as selections of works that have been censored or banned, both at home and abroad, and speak about underground writing.

For more information, check out the Diaspora Dialogues website.

In Concert: Chilly Gonzalez
May 23
Koerner Hall

The musical genius performs as part of 21C Music Festival. "In this festival of newly minted music, today's most fearless musicians and composers bring us fresh new sounds and ideas," says the Royal Conservatory.

For more information, check out the Royal Conservatory website.


What's On: Rock.Paper.Sistahz Festival and more

Rock.Paper.Sistahz Festival has been the springboard for numerous award-winning new works over the past 12 years. The festivals takes to the stage again this weekend, featuring old voices and new. And that's just one of the events to check out this weekend:

Rock.Paper.Sistahz Festival
May 17 - May 18
Aki Studio Theatre/Ada Slaight Hall

rock.paper.sistahz' first marathon of theatre+ features trey anthony's Black Mothers Don't Say I Love You, Ngozi Paul's The 1st Time Project and Catherine Hernandez' I Cannot Lie to the Stars that Made Me among other performances. There's also a late night dance party with DJ L'Oqenz, pancake breakfast with b current Artistic Directors, and storytelling for children with Lillian Allen.

For more information, check out the b current website.

Wee Festival
May 12 - May 19
Various Locations

Whether it is a stimulating journey through colours and the senses performed for babies and toddlers (In Black & White, a Yellow Line - Teatro do Biombo, Portugal) or a playful procrastination for toddlers Bedtime - Katarsis Theatre and Education, Spain), each show has been created with the emotional and social developmental needs and interests of young children. Other featured productions for under 5's include H2O, a breathtaking performance installation from Germany's Helios Theatre. Many shows are sold out.

For more information, check out the Wee Festival website.

Toronto International Circus Festival
May 17 - May 19
Harbourfront Centre

Experience the magic of the circus this Victoria Day weekend. Discover acrobats and jugglers, comedians and clowns. Take a turn at tumbling and tour the site aboard the HarbourKIDS Express. This weekend is all about you, so bring your sense of adventure!

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Superfan ComicCon
May 17 to May 19
Better Living Centre

Lois Lane! The Hulk (the original one)! Need we say more?! also everything from comic retailers to anime vendors, local and international artists, memorabilia, toys, collectibles, crafts, movies, apparel, video games, kids toys, and so much more! This friends and family event will feature a huge Cosplay gathering with hundreds of true fans dressed as their favourite characters.

For more information, check out the Superfan ComicCom website.

2014 Canadian Sport Film Festival
May 16 - May 18
TIFF Bell LightBox

This festival brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world. CSFF filmgoers are exposed to the stories beyond the scoreboard, behind the camera and told with a critical lens.

For more information, check out the Canadian Sport Film Festival website.

In Concert: Mickey Singh
May 17
Mod Club

Current South Asian singer sensation Mickey Singh performs at the official after party.

For more information, check out the PIFF|IFFSA website.