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Celebrate the arrival of April this weekend with all kinds of fun

SAMANTHA KNIGHT AND PATRICIA D'CUNHA | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

We made it to April, thank goodness. And now, we can just count down the days to patio weather.

As you celebrate the month’s arrival, below are some events to help you plan the weekend. Keep in mind that a portion of Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) will be shut down for TTC work.


Pillow Fight Toronto 2017
Grab your pillows and teddy bears for the city’s annual International Pillow Fight Day celebration.

Massive pillow fights will take place around the world on Saturday, and Toronto’s edition will be held at Nathan Phillips Square from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The rules: bring a soft, feather-free pillow; swing lightly; don’t swing at people without pillows or with cameras; and remove your glasses beforehand. Pajamas are welcome – pillows can be left in donation boxes after the fight.

Water Docs Film Festival
Take a trip into the deep blue this weekend at the Water Docs Film Festival.

2017 Water Docs Film Festival Teaser Trailer from Water Docs on Vimeo.

The environmental film fest celebrates all things water. Guests can enjoy features and shorts, take part in lively discussions with filmmakers and guest speakers, and learn about water issues.

The festival runs at three locations in the city: OISE at 252 Bloor St. W., Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema at 506 Bloor St. W., and the Centre for Social Innovation-Annex at 720 Bathurst St.

One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale
Discover the best in Canadian handmade goods at the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale.

The show is in its 39th year and runs through Sunday at Enercare Centre. One of a Kind features over 800 artisans, designers and craftspeople, selling handmade goods including food items, décor and dining, fashion, accessories, art, children’s clothing and toys.

Whimsical Wonderland 2017
Bring out your inner Alice this Saturday at Whimsical Wonderland 2017. Students of the Special Event Management program at George Brown College are running the family-friendly event.

Whimsical Wonderland features a magician, petting zoo, crafts and other entertaining activities. Guests can participate in a silent auction, supporting Kids Help Phone and the George Brown Foundation.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at George Brown College on King Street West.

Toronto Storytelling Festival
For 38 years, the festival revives the storytelling tradition that permeated communities since the dawn of time. That was when people actually spoke face-to-face with each other instead of hiding behind their smartphones.

Over 10 days, more than 80 storytellers will share their tales through words and song at more than 95 events. Click here for the schedule.

TTC closure

Partial subway shutdown
If you are trying to get to Union Station this weekend, you will get off one stop before and just walk.

Subways won’t be running on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. Andrew and King stations this weekend due to track work. Trains will be turning back at King and St. Andrew stations.

Shuttle buses won’t be used, but Wheel-Trans buses will be available upon request.


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