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28 things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 27 to 29

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Ainsley Smith Apr 27, 2018 5:00 am 1,657

Well Toronto, you made it to the weekend.

And it looks like we’re actually going to have some nice weather to look forward to.

If you want something to do, that doesn’t involve sitting on a patio, we’ve rounded up a range of events happening throughout the city all weekend long.

Enjoy!

April 27

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Digifest 2018

What: This digital festival brings together tech leaders and innovators in the world of media and gaming to Toronto for multiple days of programming, activities, and discussions.

When: Now until April 28
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive
Admission: Tickets range from $25 to $100

Cityscapes: Skylines, Skyscrapers, and the CN Tower

What: If you’re in the market for some new art or you’re just in the mood to check out an incredible exhibit, the Twist Gallery newest exhibit is a must-see. From iconic landmarks to cozy side streets, this show will allow you to explore the city from all angles.

When: Now until April 28
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Twist Gallery, 1100 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

FLOOR’D

What: Toronto’s only vernacular jazz dance company, Holla Jazz, is presenting its first full-length work FLOORD this week. Drawing inspiration from Katrina Hazard-Gordon’s renowned book, Jookin: The Rise of Social Dance Formations in African-American Culture, FLOOR’D is a soulful performance of dance, live music, and raw energy.

When: Now until April 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street
Admission: Tickets are available online and are $25 to $30

Samtack Warehouse Sale

What: Are you in the market for a new flatscreen TV? Maybe you need a new washer and dryer. Whatever home electronics you have on your shopping list you’ll find it at the Samtack Warehouse Sale. Here you’ll find brand name electronics, furniture, and more on sale at unbeatable discount prices.

When: Now until April 29 (Every weekend in April)
Time: Fridays, 12 pm to 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 1100 Rodick Road, Markham
Admission: Free

Cheesecake on a stick

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Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop Up

What: The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick is popping up on Queen West for a delicious run.

When: Now until May 4
Time: All day
Where: 420 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Oh Henry! 4:25 Pop Up

What: Still have the munchies? If so, head over to this awesome Oh Henry! pop-up where you can chill with the dudes from Epic Meal Time, try a delicious new Oh Henry! chocolate bar and take a quiz to discover your munchies personality.

When: Now until May 5
Time: Monday  to Thursday, 4:25 pm to 8 pm; Friday, 4:25 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 12 pm to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: 55 Kensington Avenue
Admission: Free

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

What: Infinity Mirrors, the dazzling world of Yayoi Kusama is now open at the AGO. During this exhibit, visitors have the opportunity to experience six of Kusama’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments at once.

When: Now until May 27
Time: 10:30 am to 9 pm
Where: 
The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317, Dundas Street West
Admission: Tickets available online only through the AGO for $30 per person

What: Toronto-born artist Anthony Ricciardi, whose noteworthy style incorporates layers of colours, imagery and text, now has his first-ever floating gallery featuring his one-of-a-kind masterpieces on display in Yorkville Village.

When: Now until May 29
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where:
 Toronto’s Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road
Admission: Free

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HotDocs

What: North America’s largest documentary festival returns to Toronto this month bringing an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences.

When: Now until May 6
Time: Various screenings each day
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Admission: Tickets start at $21.24

Picnic in the Cemetery

What: At Picnic in the Cemetery, which happens to be inspired by Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery, guests will enjoy a combination of classical music written by contemporary composer and artist Njo Kong Kie. Kong Ki’s music has since been interwoven with performance and visual arts elements, creating a distinctive chamber concert meets performance art hybrid.

When: Now until May 6
Time: Performance times vary by day
Where: Canadian Stage (Berkeley), 26 Berkeley Street
Admission: Tickets range from $35 to $69

Yoko Ono: The Riverbed

What: This weekend, you’re invited to experience Yoko Ono’s latest art installation, The Riverbed, at the Gardiner Museum. The Riverbed invites visitors to collaborate with the artist, the museum, and each other, through everyday action and contemplation.

When: Now until June 3
Time: All day
Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: Starts at $15 for adults

Baha’s Samosa Pop-Up

What: Eat some samosas! Drink some beers! This afternoon at Left Field promises lots of beer-friendly bites.

When: April 27
Time: 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

Spring Fridays

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ROM Spring Fridays

What: Tonight is the final night to check out Spring Fridays, a weekly event where guests can roam the galleries and collections for a discounted price. Plus, if you really feel like making it an evening, all ages are invited to head up to the ROM’s c5 lounge for drinks, snacks, live performances, and an incredible view of the Toronto skyline.

When: April 27
Time: 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Royal Ontario Museum
Admission: Adults are $12

Toronto Underwear Run and Dance Party

What: After a successful Undie Run at the University of British Columbia, Jacques Martiquet, founder of Party4Health, is on his way to Toronto this week with the noblest of missions: to throw a giant underwear run in the downtown core.

When: April 27
Time: 7 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
Admission: Free

Camila Cabello in Concert

What: The Havana singer will be in town Friday night as part of her Never Be The Same tour. There are still some last minute tickets available and start at $64.

When: April 27
Time: 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Sony Centre for Performing Arts,
Admission: Tickets start at $64

Contact Festival Launch Party

What: This Friday, come celebrate the launch of this year’s Contact Festival and the opening of the exhibitions Scotiabank Photography Award: Shelley Niro, Nadia Myre – Acts That Fade Away, Scott Benesiinaabandan – newlandia: debaabaminaagwad, Ryan Walker- Voices in the Wilderness and Maximum Exposure 23.

When: April 27
Time: 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Ryerson Image Centre, 33 Gould Street
Admission: Free

NULOVE Full Moon

NULOVE: Full Moon Party

What: This Friday, NULOVE is hosting a full moon celebration, complete with all the yoga, meditation, music, and good vibes. Don’t forget to wear all white so you can glow like the moon.

When: April 27
Time: 7:45 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Jam Factory, 2 Matilda Street
Admission: $20 no yoga, $35 full event

INLAND Canadian Designer Pop-Up

What: Treat yourself to some locally made fashion this weekend at INLAND, Toronto’s premier shopping event featuring 70 fashion, apparel and accessory brands from across the country.

When: April 27 & 28
Time: Friday, 3 pm to 9 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: QRC West, 134 Peter Street
Admission: Free

Maximum Exposure

What: This year-end exhibition showcases the work of artists from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts.

When: April 27 to May 6
Time: All day
Where: Ryerson School of Image Arts, 122 Bond Street
Admission: Free

A Forest of Canoes at The Bentway

What: A Forest of Canoes by Dana Claxton, is a site-specific installation set up throughout The Bentway and is co-commissioned with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and curated by Bonnie Rubenstein. The installation highlights the iconic role and symbolism of the canoe in Canadian, Metis, and Indigenous histories.

When: April 27 to August 31
Time: All day
Where: The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.
Admission: Free

disco soup

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Disco Soup

What: Slow Food Toronto celebrates World Disco Soup Day 2018 with a pop-up disco party where you dance and fight food waste by making and eating soup from ingredients that would otherwise be discarded.

When: April 28
Time: 3:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: Free

Hit The Floor Toronto

What: Hit The Floor, one of the largest multi-style dance competitions in the world, returns to Toronto this weekend for its second edition. Hit the Floor attract 8,000 spectators and feature 1,500 dancers from over 45 dance schools from across Canada and Kenya.

When: April 28 & 29
Time: All day
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West
Admission: $15 to access two full days of competitions

Canada’s Wonderland

What: Canada’s Wonderland is opening its doors for the season on Sunday. The massive amusement park is introducing two new rides to kick off its 2018 season, along with an expanded play and splash area, making the park a must-visit spot for thrill seekers of all ages.

When: April 29
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
Admission: Starting at $39.99

Dipped Donut Pop-Up

What: Doughnuts in a brewery! This sweet event is all about deep-fried pastries and beers!

When: April 29
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive
Admission: Free

Dipped Donuts

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Veg Spring Market

What: Celebrate spring awakening at the Veg Spring Market, featuring over 50 local businesses and a day full of educational workshops and delicious food vendors.

When: April 29
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: $5

Makeology Spring Craft Market

What: This April, Makeology is hosting a Spring Craft Market, where you can shop for goods made by local artisans and crafts-people. From home decor and food to beauty and fashion, there’s something for everyone to discover at this market.

When: April 29
Time: 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West, Hamilton
Admission: Children 12 and under are free, adults are $3

Southern Brunch

What: Pitmaster Jason Rees’ previews a brand new smoke-infused that promises to be so much more than chicken n’ waffles… though you might even get some of those too.

When: April 29
Time: 1 pm
Where: Earlscourt BBQ, 1278 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Admission: TBA

#TorontoStrong Vigil

What: The City of Toronto is hosting a #TorontoStrong vigil this Sunday evening in support of all those who have been affected by the uncomprehensible van attack that claimed the lives of 10 innocent pedestrians and injured 14 others.

When: April 29
Time: 7 pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
Admission: This event is free and everyone is encouraged to attend

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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