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12 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, March 23

Ainsley Smith Mar 22, 2019 5:00 am

The weekend continues!

Bundle up, grab a friend or two and check out some of the awesome events happening throughout the city today, including an end of winter craft beer party, comedy shows, fun movie screenings and more.

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The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

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What: Star Wars fans can experience the scope and grandeur of The Empire Strikes Back like never before with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performing the timeless music by Oscar-winning composer John Williams live to the films.

When: On now until March 23
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Roy Thompson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street
Admission: Tickets range from $50.90 to $126.75

Starbucks Pop-Up Bean N’ Brew

What: If you want to learn how to make barista-worthy coffee at home, you need to check out Starbucks’ pop-up Bean N’ Brew event. Here, guests can explore an immersive coffee experience that will engage their five senses, as well as enjoy samples, learn coffee brewing tips from Starbucks Coffee Masters, discover coffee trends, elevate their at-home coffee ritual, and more. For those unable to attend, Starbucks Premium Select Collection is available to purchase in grocery stores.

When: Now until March 24
Time: RSVP here to reserve your time slot
Where: 20 Givins Street, Toronto
Price: Free to attend

Water Docs Film Festival 2019

What: Water Docs is a film festival about all things water. Come and enjoy feature and short films, live Q&A sessions with filmmakers, artists, activists, and speakers.

When: On now until March 24
Time: Screenings vary by day
Where: Hod Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Price: Festival pass starts at $40

Myseum: Intersections

What: The 2019 exhibition, revisits and re-imagines the dominant narratives that shape our understanding of the city through a festival of collaborative exhibits and events. This exhibition will explore lost or hidden Toronto stories that have been paved over and forgotten, and how we can reclaim those histories.

When: On now until March 31
Time: Varies by event
Where: Venues throughout the city
Admission: Free

Winter Stations 2019

Winter Stations


What: Winter Stations returns for its fifth year, welcoming international designers to bring public art installations to The Beaches. The installations, which run from February 18 until April 1, will be temporary structures that will be able to withstand our rigours winter weather.

When: Now until April 1
Time: All day
Where: Woodbine Beach, 1675 Lake Shore Blvd. East
Price: Admission is free

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”

When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults


What: Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring as you enjoy some delicious craft beer, hockey, poutine, games and Beavertails. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you ask us.

When: March 23
Time: 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: Black Lab Brewing, 818 Eastern Avenue
Admission: No cover

The Healing Session – Meditation, Reiki and Sound Healing

What: Join Cassidy from Just Be Meditation for an opening meditation, followed by a sound therapy session led by Alexandria Santaguida (TOA), during which hands-on Reiki healing will be offered. Get ready to receive the beautiful healing sounds of the crystal singing bowls. Together with Alexandria’s voice, you will be brought into a state of pure bliss and deep relaxation. She will guide the class through gentle yogic movements and meditation, before resting in savasana to the sound of Alexandria’s vocals and crystal singing bowls.

When: March 23
Time: 3 pm to 5 pm
Where: lululemon – 318 Queen Street West
Tickets: $35, available online

Common Goods Pop-Up & Party


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What: This Saturday you can shop local and support a number of local small businesses at the Common Goods pop-up. In addition to shopping, there will be music makeup and hair demos, live painting and more.

When: March 23
Time: 3 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1 Delisle Avenue
Admission: $5

Pulp Fiction

What: You can watch hitmen Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega, two hitmen, as they set out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace on the big screen this evening.

When: March 23
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cinesphere, 909 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $15

Drunken Cinema: BAD BOYS

What: Come and hang with Miami’s police department (Revue Cinema) and participate in an interactive movie drinking game for 1995’s hit buddy cop action comedy, Bad Boys.

When: March 23
Time: Doors open at 9 pm
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue

Best Of: A stand-up comedy showcase

What: If you’re in the mood to get your laugh on, Comedy Bar is hosting Best Of this evening, featuring the up and comers of the Toronto comedy scene. Featuring: Elisabeth Bailey, Olivia Collict, Jacob Balshin, Grace Mcclure, Olivia Stadler.

When: March 23
Time: 10 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Price: $12

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