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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: April 2015 Archives

What's On: Community theatre, theatre for young people and more

There are many stage productions taking place in venues across the city -- from community theatre in the church to a play about cyber-bullying at Young People's Theatre. Here are the details:

The Vicar of Dibley
Apr 23 to Apr 25
Jubilee United Church

Theatre Columbus has a mandate to "create, through a collaborative process, new and original Canadian plays that combine a physical theatre tradition with social and personal issues relevant to our time and place." The company has collaborated with local church ministers in the city for a special fundraising show to benefit its Play Development Program. The show is adapted from the hit BBC show about the kerfuffle caused by a new female vicar in a small British town.

For more information on the performance, check out the Theatre Columbus website.

Manaveli Arangdal: Festival of Theatre
Apr 26
Flato Markham Theatre

Like many immigrant communities, theatre provides the Sri Lankan Tamil community in the city a platform to raise cultural awareness and engage in social debate. This year's festival looks at issues of gender and violences, and the expectations around the role of women in society.

For more information, check out the Manaveli Arangdal Facebook page.

Apr 21 to May 8
Young People's Theatre

The plot of the play reads as if it's taken right from the headlines. A photo of a young woman passed out at a party with the word 'slut' written on her face goes viral, and a bunch of young people are questioned about their role in the situation. Playwright Dave Deveau says he wanted to look at the psychologically of kids who have grown up with the internet and their online interactions.

For more information, check out the Young People's Theatre website.

Books and Brunch
Apr 26 (10 AM)
King Edward Hotel

This edition of the popular series run by Ben McNally books includes former CBC producer Peter Kavanagh who has written a critically-lauded memoir called The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times.

For more information, check out the Ben McNally website.


What's On: Rediscover Emily Carr and more...

There's a chance to rediscover the works of Emily Carr at the AGO. And that's just one one of the many events going on in the city this weekend:

From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia
Apr 11 to Aug 9

Rediscover the works of Canadian artist and author Emily Carr at this retrospective. It's a reflection of Carr's fascination with the Pacific Northwest, and her encounters with the indigenous peoples and the awe-inspiring landscape of British Columbia.

For more information, check out the AGO website.

Love Art Fair
Apr 17 to Apr 19
Heritage Court, Direct Energy Centre

A sister fair to the global Affordable Art Fair, this exhibition hopes to provide an inviting atmosphere to appreciate and possibly purchase art. With art work ranging from $100 to $10,000, there might well be something in your budget. There are also free activities for adults and kids.

For more information, check out the Love Art Fair website.

City of Craft Spring Sale
Apr 18
Theatre Centre

One of the many signs of spring in the city -- crafters coming out of their cocoons! This is a wonderful showcase of the fine work produced by local talent.

For more information, check out the City of Craft Facebook page.

Earth Day Weekend
Apr 18 to Apr 19
Evergreen Brick Works

"Explore the spring sights, sounds and wildlife at Evergreen Brick Works and Toronto's Don Valley," they say. Activities include a spring community clothing swap, a community tree planting and getting your bike ready to hit the streets.

For more information, check out the Evergreen Brick Works website.

Spring Clean Up
Apr 18 (10 AM to 12 PM)
Todmorden Mills

Help clean up a historic site! Wear appropriate clothing; gloves will be provided.

For more information, call 416-423-1504.

ReBash Wedding Show
Apr 18
918 Bathurst

Those planning spring weddings or any type of "bash" would do well to swing by this alternative wedding show. Full of local handmade, vintage and gently used items, the event also benefits local charity Second Harvest.

For more information, check out the ReBash website.

Just for Cats Festival 2015
Apr 17
TIFF Bell Lightbox

If you're one of those netizens who loves clicking on cat videos, here's a festival for you. Organizers promise "a brand-new edition of furry frolics -- complete with a red-carpet walk and bona fide felines in attendance!" The latter is part of a cat adopt-athon.

For more information, check out the TIFF website.

Hope Changes Everything: Liberia Now
Apr 19 (3:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
Trinity St. Paul's Church

This benefit concert for former child soldiers features performances by Lillian Allen, Waleed Abdulhamid and the Inshallah Choir among others.

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


What's On: Spotlight on South Africa and more

A series of shows at Canadian Stage is shining a spotlight on South Africa, ranging from theatre to dance. And that's just one of the events worth checking out this weekend:

Spotlight South Africa
Apr 8 to Apr 25
Berkeley Theatre

Canadian Stage organized this series to mark the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Nelson Mandela, and a tribute to the mastery and vitality of artists from South Africa. This weekend, you can watch The Meal, a powerhouse dance performance by Mamela Nyamza, who takes on what it means to be an African dancer and a woman. Also on stage, the play Nongogo, a love-story set against the turbulent 1950's.

For more information, check out the Canadian Stage website.

Taming of the Shrew
Apr 9 to Apr 12
The Monarch Tavern

Shakespeare Bash'd proposes to share their love for the bard by taking the show outside the proscenium stage and infusing the lines with their own experiences. Something about this modern approach to the plays works, evident by the immense popularity of their version of The Taming of the Shrew when it first staged in 2013.

For more information, check out the Shakespeare Bash'd website.

Boston Marriage
Apr 7 to Apr 26
Campbell House Museum

It's said that a "Boston Marriage" used to be a New England term used to describe two women living together, independent of financial support from a man. The show centres around two women. The plot thickens when a third woman joins the scene.

For more information, check out the Headstrong Collective website.

Spur Festival
Apr 9 to Apr 12
Various Location

A festival dedicated to discussing politics, arts and ideas, Spur brings together a range of speakers including Guy Standing, Henry Giroux and James Bartleman.

For more information on the line-up, check out the Spur Festival website.

Songkran Festival
Apr 12
Nana (785 Queen Street W)

A little water never hurt anyone. A lot more water can be fun! Enjoy a meal and an indoor water fight to celebrate the Thai New Year.

For more information, check out the Nana website.

In Concert: The Big Sound
Apr 10
The Mod Club

They call themselves Toronto's largest soul band, minus the corning wedding-band vibes.

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