20 things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 28 - 30

Apr 27 2017, 3:00 am

Oh hey, sunshine! Welcome to the weekend in Toronto.

Head outside and check out these awesome events in and around the city this lovely weekend!

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Concrete Rush

Concrete Rush will test you with a short course urban obstacle challenge like no other. Over 12 challenging obstacles from a number of Canada’s Top Obstacle Series make up this 2 km course at Nathan Phillip’s Square in the heart of the City of Toronto.

Where:  Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West
When:  April 28 and 29

Cherry Blossoms in High Park

Cherry Blossoms Day will continue to bloom in High Park this weekend. Grab a picnic and take a stroll through one of Toronto’s favourite outdoor spaces. This natural spectacle is top quality free entertainment, so don’t miss out!

Where: High Park
When: April 28 to 30

Cold Brew Cocktail Week

Cold Brew Cocktail Week wants to convince you that booze and cold coffee go together better than peanut butter and chocolate. This is your chance to combine the booze and caffeine buzzes you love in new and innovate ways!

Where: Various locations
When: April 28 to 30

2017 Great North Battle

The Great North Battle returns for its 4th year at the iconic Lee’s Palace in Toronto. The Great North Battle will be a showcase of 50+ of the best artists in North America’s hip hop community over two nights of battles!

Where:  Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street
When:  April 28 and 30

Hot Docs Film Festival

The annual Hot Docs Film Festival is back again and promises to be better than ever. Fancy seeing the Whitney Houston documentary Can I Be Me? Or how about the much anticipated A Better Man? Produced by Sarah Polley, it’s a film that takes an in dept look at domestic violence. When all is said and done, there’s something for everyone at Hot Docs!

When: April 28 to May 7
Where: Various locations

Ron Sexsmith

Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith released his latest album The Last Rider this year. The St. Catherines’ native is taking the album on the road, with a stop in Toronto this weekend.

Where:  Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When:  April 28 at 7 pm

Scotiabank Photography Festival Opening Night

The Soctiabank Contact Photography Festival is back, and will be celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary. The largest photography festival in the world, this year’s event brings pieces that challenge notions of our country’s identity, and celebrate our ever-changing landscape. It sounds woke AF. Opening night will take place on April 28th at the Ryerson Image Centre.

When: Ryerson Image Centre
Where: April 28 at 7 pm

Classic Albums Live

Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them. Each season features four albums culled from the canon, brought to you live, note for note, cut for cut. Tonight’s focus is Elton John.

Where:  Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When:  April 28 at 8 pm

Climate March for The Planet, Animals, and People

Unite with Washington and the World to stand up for this beautiful Earth we call home.

Where:  10 Trinity Square
When:  April 29 at 10 am

Free Pie Day

On April 29, North Shore Pie Co. will be giving out free mini meat pies and cookies to celebrate the opening of their new location in Roncesvalles. There will be a pie eating contest and two lucky winners will win a free family sized meat pie!

Where:  43a Roncesvalles Ave
When:  April 29 at 11 am to 3 pm

Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Hockey Sweater

The beloved Canadian story The Hockey Sweater is brought to life through music in the TSO co-commissioned work of the same name. Just in time for the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, this charming winter classic, narrated by author Roch Carrier, will appeal to all budding hockey fans.

Where:  Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St
When:  April 29 at 2 pm

East Coast Charity Ball

The East Coast Charity Ball is East Coast Connected’s (ECC) flagship fundraising event in support of the IWK Foundation. The evening will include live entertainment and an auction with over 500 guests expected.

Where:  Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
When:  April 29 at 6 pm

Fantastic Funny Femmes – A Fundraiser for Mental Health Research

After a full day’s workshop benefiting mental health, a group of funny femmes will take to the stage in an improv show benefiting mental health research and treatment. Featuring all interested participants of the Fantastic Funny Femmes’ workshop.

Where:  The Social Capital, 154 Danforth Ave
When:  April 29 at 8 pm

Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada

Sharing Korean culture through traditional music, The Korean Traditional Music Association of Canada brings the richness of Korean traditional music to diverse audiences, connecting with other cultural music forms and enriching the Canadian music landscape.

Where:  180 Shaw Street
When:  April 29 at 8 pm


American ambient music producer Tycho received a Grammy nomination for his album Epoch. Known for his singles “Adrift,” and “Awake,” Tycho has also remixed tracks by Thievery Corporation and Death Cab for Cutie. Catch him in town this weekend.

Where: Massey Hall, 178 Victoria Street
When: April 29 at 8 pm

Wavelength: Del Bel

Wavelength Music Series, MRG Concerts Ontario presents Del Bel Record Release for “III”. The evening includes guests: Language Arts and Saxsyndrum.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
When: April 29 at 9 pm

TCBS Toronto Comic Book Show

The Toronto Comic Book Show (TCBS) has quickly become Ontario’s hottest pop-up comic book event and sale featuring the very best in Bronze Age, Silver Age, Golden Age and Modern books from publishers like Aspen, DC, Erie, IDW, Image, Marvel, Valliant and Wildstorm to name just a few. Tons of CGC and PGX graded comic books too!

Where: 1677 Wilson Avenue
When: April 30 at 10 am

Georgia O’Keefe at The AGO

The name Georgia O’Keefe is synonymous with American Modernism.  now you have a chance to see her masterpieces IRL at the Art Gallery of Ontario!

Where: The Art Gallery of Ontario
When: Now until July 30

Yoga UNTAPPED Spring Session

Bring your mat and join Steam Whistle for a morning yoga session at the brewery located in the historic John St. Roundhouse. 100% of proceeds will be donated to the The Ontario Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Where: The Roundhouse, 255 Bremner Blvd
When: April 30 at 10 am

Etobicoke-Lakeshore Interfaith Festival

This interfaith festival is open to all and will showcase some of the cultural achievements of our city’s different traditions. Come and enjoy an afternoon of food, song, dance and entertainment from many of the world’s great faith traditions.

Where: Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, 40 Titan
When: April 30 at 2 pm