416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Mar.8 – Mar.9)

Home and GardenThe sun may not be shining just yet, but it’s above zero and that’s nothing to complain about. It’s been a while since the last 416 Weekend post. February was a busy month and my time management skills were not the best. But I’m back, folks! So if you’re up enjoying your first cup of coffee, here’s your morning read. This weekend is full of fun things and here are my TOP5.

International Home and Garden Show – The beginning of the growing season in Southern Ontario marks a great time to start planning for making your own garden bloom. A good way to start the planning process is by heading down to Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend. Along with all the products offered to help you design your home and garden, there are also seminars and expert advice letting you more accurately tailor the appearance of your home the way you imagine it, and maybe even offering a few tips you hadn’t considered.

ComiConComiCon – For many this is that time of year you’ve been dreaming of and anticipating by sewing elaborate costumes, and editing your drawing portfolio. For others it’s one of those weekends where you’re turning to your smart phone to try to figure out why everyone on the TTC is dressed up like a cartoon character. If you’re in the former group, look out for Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), IronE Singleton (The Walking Dead), Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Firefly), and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), who will all be at Metro Toronto Convention Centre at various times this weekend.

Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – During this ten-day festival starting this weekend, comedy fans can attend hilarious shows by Canadian sketch troupes like The Kids in the Hall and The Irrelevant Show. Aspiring comedians can also participate in workshops, including a sketch-comedy writing course with Kevin McDonald. Shows take place in various venues so check the website for schedule and tickets.

VolleyballEscape the Winter – If you’re really still stuck on the fact that it’s cold outside, I suggest you stay indoors – on the beach. Escape The Winter will be held at Beach Blast this Saturday and encourages you to participate in an indoor beach volleyball tournament in support of the MLSE Foundation. Don’t worry if your spike isn’t what it used to be – there’ll also be a bar and a dance party to redeem yourself.

If Walls Could Talk – A huge juried illustration-centric art exhibit with a focus on the experimental is open to the public starting this weekend in the 2nd Floor Gallery at the Gladstone Hotel. Artists include Beata Kruszynski, Betty Zhang, Jen Spinner & Hazel Eckert, Jennifer Ilett, Kat Gomboc & Rebecca Ladds, Kerry Zenter, Mike Ellis, Min Gyo (Daniel) Chung and many more. The show runs until March 30th, so if you can’t make it this weekend you have a month to stop in.

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