416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Apr.26 – Apr.28)

Hot Docs FestIt’s been a good week. The weather is finally starting to turn around, in Toronto at least. Seems this weird season that I call Sprinter (Spring/Winter) is on its way out. The Leafs are going to the play-offs. What more can we ask for, Toronto? If you want to carry these positive vibes on into the weekend and haven’t made plans, I’ve got some ideas. If you’re looking to do something fun or different, here’s my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend.

Hot Docs Festival – North America’s largest documentary film festival is showing more than 170 films from more than 35 countries this year. Highlights include Sundance award-winners Blood Brother and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children, which follows former general and activist Roméo Dallaire in his crusade to end the use of child soldiers in war-ravaged regions around the world. The festival runs from April 25 to May 5 and tickets are $15 per film. For schedule and location check out the website.

Wedding CoWedding Co. Spring Show – If you’re planning a wedding but not into walking up and down a large convention centre disoriented and confused, the Wedding Co. show is for you.  The Wedding Co., local online magazine,  is all about the modern bride and groom, and fresh, creative wedding ideas. This Saturday it brings 40 artisans, bakers, florists, photographers and more to The Drake Hotel for an intimate one-stop-shop wedding show. The show runs from 10am to 4pm and tickets are $10.

The Baby Time Show – If you already planned the wedding and moving on to the next phase, make your way down to the International Centre for an opportunity to shop from over 250 manufacturers and retailers, and sit in on a variety of pregnancy and parenting seminars with experts. This year’s lineup includes Ann Douglas, the author of The Mother of all Pregnancy Books (and over 20 other titles), Lianne Phillipson-Webb, TV guest nutritionist for shows such as Cityline and Brian Russell, the provincial coordinator of Dad Central Ontario.

Creativ FestCreativ Festival – If you’re into browsing or buying hand-crafted items, your one-stop shop for knitting, quilting, beading and more is the Creativ Festival taking place this Friday and Saturday at the International Centre. It’s the perfect place for anybody who’s into needlework, sewing, paper crafts, embellishing and other types of creative crafts. Aside from the vendors, the Creativ Festival also features free seminars and workshops on making your own crafts, plus a personal appearance by DIY expert Wendy Russell. There will also be a raffle for door prizes. Advance tickets get you in early and qualify you to win a shopping spree.

The new and improved Gretzky’s – Check out the new and improved Gretzky’s Sports Bar and Restaurant this weekend for dinner and pints. The revamped menu is only part of the new parcel that also sees a new interior, tons of new screens to catch the game, and some awesome new memorabilia to check out. The Great One himself popped by recently to bask in the glory of the spot bearing his moniker. So if you’d rather put your tax refund into an RRSP rather than spending it on a ticket to the game, this is a great place to watch the Leafs beat the Habs.

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