416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Apr.12 – Apr.14)

Art ExpoThe weekend is here again. Did everyone survive the ice storm? If you’re looking for something to help take your mind off this disappointing weather, I have plans for you. Here are my TOP5 things not to miss this weekend in Toronto.

Toronto Art Expo – If you’re looking for that special art piece or want learn about the art world and chat with the artists come down to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend. The Toronto Art Expo bills itself as the premier art and cultural event of the spring and the largest gathering of Canadian and international artists in Toronto. Featured at the expo is world-renowned artist Estefania Valls Urquijo of Guatemala. Other artists include mixed-media painter Julia Hacker, three dimensional artist Debbie Ebanks-Schlums and woodworker Paul Lemiski.

TIFF Kids Film FestTIFF Kids International Film Festival – This annual festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox is the best of children’s cinema with over 100 features and shorts from over 40 countries, as well as live music, activities and showcases. Opening night on Friday includes a free pizza party. TIFF does a great job introducing kids to the world of film, so if you’re looking for something a little different from the usual movie day, you’ll enjoy this as much as your kids.

Toronto Indie Arts Market – This Saturday, The Gladstone Hotel will be filled with over 50 artisans showcasing their arts and crafts, food, music and fashion. Items up for sale include screen-printed textiles from Prints & Needles, jewellery and accessories from Limberlina, handmade stationary from Emily Taylor and more. Two dollars from every admission is donated to Food Share, a non-profit local organization advocating sustainable healthy produce for all. This is a great local event so come out and support and maybe indulge in a bit of shopping.

Green LivingThe Green Living Show – Visit this eco-conscious mecca at the Direct Energy Centre in Exhibition Place this weekend. With hundreds of green vendors and exhibitors alongside world class speakers discussing innovation and sustainability, the Green Living Show is North America’s largest consumer show dedicated to workable solutions for leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

Lou Dawg’s Turns 4! – If you live or work in the King West neighbourhood you know Lou Dawg’s for it’s authentic southern sandwiches like the Pulled Pork Sandwich or the Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich. These guys know BBQ. So if you’re a fan or want to become one, celebrate something great and head over to Lou Dawg’s this Sunday night for their 4th Anniversary Party. Featuring live music, free jambalaya, bottles of Jack, and more, this event will party the night away in true Southern style. You might just have to call in “sick” Monday…shhhh…I won’t tell.

 

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