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5 things to do this weekend: Cat film fest, Shakespeare with beer, and tidying parks

CityNews | posted Friday, Apr 17th, 2015

April 17-19, 2015

Just for Cats Festival: Light sabre cats. Cats in boxes. Cats on parade. This feline film festival boasts the best from the wide world of Internet cat videos. Screenings will be preceded by a Toronto Humane Society adopt-a-thon, so you don’t have to show up cat in hand. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. Friday, 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. (Adopt-a-thon starts at 5:30 p.m.). $22.75, VIP: $100. justforcats.ca

Bellwoods Flea: Nothing says spring like a browsing through a neighborhood flea market. Bellwoods Flea’s season kicks off on Saturday with jewellery, home decor, and other trinkets on display from local vendors. #Hashtag Gallery and Magpie Taproom, 801 and 831 Dundas St. W. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. facebook.com/bellwoodsflea

Great Cloth Diaper Change: Baby caregivers will roll up their sleeves and ready their diaper pins as they join a global effort to set a new world record for the most babies changed into reusable cloth diapers at once. The previous record of 8,459 was set last year. Diaper-eez, 2309 Bloor St. W. Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. diaper-eez.com

ShakesBeer: The complete works of Shakespeare (Abridged): What’s the best way to watch a three-man cast perform 37 plays in 75 minutes? With a beer in hand, of course. For the third year in a row, The Classical Theatre Project mounts this comprehensive show and local breweries offer up suds to help the sonnets go down smoothly. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. $49-$79. shakesbeer.ca

Clean Toronto Together 2015: Get your local park spic and span for the upcoming green season by joining one of the more than 150 park cleanups across the city. Various locations. Saturday and Sunday, various times. Free. parkpeople.ca

5 things to do this weekend: Poetry, Irish guitarists and silent film

Marcia Chen | posted Friday, Apr 10th, 2015

April 10-12, 2015

Shakespeare in Action: Kids play drama games and explore plays like Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream through magic, witches and swordplay. Various Toronto Public Library branches. Sunday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. shakespeareinaction.org

African dance workshops: Addy Medjo teaches traditional and fusion styles, with drummer Walter Maclean. COBA, 585 Dundas St. E., Suite 130. Sunday, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $20. facebook.com

Impolite Company: A revival of a poetry salon series, in honour of National Poetry Month, with an open mic and potluck dinner. Food and Poetry is the theme. 1-473 Palmerston Blvd. Friday, 7 p.m. Free.facebook.com

Dublin Guitar Quartet: The visiting Irish ensemble wraps up the Mooredale Concert Series with foot-tapping music from far-flung locales, including Cuba, Romania and South Africa. They play a shorter Music & Truffles concert at 1:15 p.m. geared to a younger crowd. Walter Hall, University of Toronto, 80 Queens Park. Sunday, 3:15 p.m. $13-$30. mooredaleconcerts.com

Toronto Silent Film Festival: “Moving pictures” from the Roaring ‘20s and beyond, accompanied by live musicians on piano and the Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. Friday-Tuesday. Various venues. $8-$20.torontosilentfilmfestival.com

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Easter weekend: what’s open and closed

CityNews | posted Thursday, Apr 2nd, 2015

Easter weekend is right around the corner and before you hop out of the house take a look at our list to see what doors will be opened or closed.

What’s open:

  • Eaton Centre is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, regular hours on Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday
  • Pacific Mall will be open both Monday and Easter Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Ontario Science Centre, the Toronto Zoo, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum and Ripley’s Aquarium are all open for the entire weekend with regular hours of operation
  • TTC will have holiday service on Friday and regular service all weekend
  • GO Transit will be operating on a their weekend schedule on Friday and will run on regular schedules on both Sunday and Monday
  • The Bay (at Queen and Bay) will be open on Friday and Sunday from 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Cineplex Movie Theaters are open regular hours
  • Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens is open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Sunday

What’s closed:

  • Square One, Vaughan Mills, Sherway Gardens, Fairview and Yorkdale shopping centres will be closed on Easter Sunday and on Good Friday
  • Toronto Public Library branches are all closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday
  • LCBO is closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday. More than 295 LCBO stores will open on Monday but with modified hours, click here to check your local store hours
  • Beer Stores is closed Friday and Sunday and will have regular hours on Saturday and Monday
  • No mail delivery on Good Friday and Easter Monday
  • Government offices, including municipal buildings like Toronto City Hall, are closed Friday-Monday
  • Banks will be closed Friday-Sunday, and will resume service on Monday
  • Most grocery stores will be closed on Sunday
  • Art Gallery of Ontario will be closed on Monday. The Art Rentals and Sales will be closed on Friday and Saturday but regular hours of operation of the gallery

5 things to do this weekend: Downtown record show, Faulty Towers, Easter egg hunts

CityNews | posted Saturday, Mar 28th, 2015

March 27-29, 2015

We begin with a pair of worthwhile weekend events for movie buffs.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Toronto’s Bloor Hot Docs Cinema will be showing Canadian films focusing on the Rockies region. Each screening is made up of five to eight short films, all between five and 50 minutes long. Click here for a full list of films being shown. Tickets are $25. Showings from Friday night through Sunday afternoon.TorontoBanffFilmFest.org

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival: The TIFF Bell Lightbox will play host to eight films that highlight human rights crises in Canada and abroad. All screenings include introductory remarks by specialists on the themes at hand. Click here for a full list of films being shown. Tickets are $13 for general admission, $10.50 for students and seniors, and $9 for children. ff.hrw.org/toronto

Faulty Towers, The Dining Experience: Looking for dinner and a show? Why not both at once? In an homage to the John Cleese and Connie Booth classic British comedy Fawlty Towers, the audience at the Sony Centre is treated to a three-course meal by the actors … who only have one-third of the show scripted. That leads to plenty of madcap improv and hopefully, there will be a clever Canadian moose in attendance. Click here for showtimes and the menu. Tickets range from $77.20 to $151.19. sonycentre.ca

Easter egg hunts: For those looking for some of the best games of seasonal hide-and-seek, on Saturday you can head to the Sanderson branch of the Toronto Public Library at 10:30 a.m. for its annual hunt. While the event is free, families are asked to provide their own baskets or bags for the eggs. torontopubliclibrary.ca

On Sunday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., head to Colborne Lodge at High Park for their annual Easter egg hunt. The cost is $3 for the hunt and $1 for egg dyeing. toronto.ca

Toronto Downtown Record Show: A different type of hunt, but no less rewarding … albeit for a slightly older crowd. For an entry fee of $5 you can peruse the stacks upon stacks of vinyl albums and CDs for rare and sought-after musical artifacts. The Record Guys will also be in attendance to offer free appraisals of anything you might have and are curious of the (non-sentimental) value. The show is at Estonian House at 958 Danforth Ave. on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Warning: You might end up buying a copy of the Three EPs by The Beta Band. therecordguys.com

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5 things to do this weekend: Comicon, Curryfest and Quad City Chaos

CityNews | posted Friday, Mar 20th, 2015

March 20-22, 2015

Toronto ComiCon: The ultimate comic book, gaming, and pop culture fan convention is back. You can snap photos with your favourite superheroes and villains and shop at over 100 unique retailers. Celebrity guests include The Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman, Star Trek’s Terry Farrell and Charmed star, Shannen Doherty, to name a few. Sat & Sun. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building. 222 Bremner Boulevard. http://www.comicontoronto.com/

Curryfest: Winter may be winding down, but there’s still a chill in the air. So why not spice things up at Toronto’s first Curryfest? You’ll dine on traditional Southern and South East Asian dishes, as well as modern local recipes that will tantalize your taste buds. Sunday. 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 2nd Floor Events, 461 King St. West. $10.https://www.universe.com/

Quad City Chaos: Roller derby fans will have plenty of action to absorb with six WFTDA-sanctioned games from four top-40 teams, plus three B team games. The headlining double-header on Saturday features Boston vs. Steel City at 5 p.m. followed by Rideau Valley vs Toronto at 7 p.m. Sat & Sun. The Bunker 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3. Day passes are $20 at the door or $30 for a weekend pass. http://torontorollerderby.com/

Motorcycle Spring Show: You can cruise down memory lane at the Bikes of the Century display, ogle one of Canada’s largest custom bike showcases or meet Kim “Tig” Coates from Sons of Anarchy at this two-day event focused on any and everything to do with motorcycle culture. Sat.& Sun. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Toronto International Centre, 6900 Airport Rd. http://motorcyclespringshow.com/

Canada Blooms: What better way to ring in spring than with a dash of colour and fragrance? Canada Blooms celebrates all aspects of horticulture and connects people to the joys of nature. March 13-22. Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd.http://canadablooms.com/

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Dog alerts owner to 2-alarm fire at Ulster and Bathurst

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

A dog is being credited for waking its owner when a two-alarm fire broke out on Ulster Street, just east of Bathurst Street, on Monday morning.

Lee said she heard her dog whimpering as he does when it’s raining, but the sound Lee and her dog were hearing wasn’t rain.

“I opened my eyes and my whole apartment was glowing yellow. And then I looked out the sliding door and the flames were licking the deck,” Lee said.

“I grabbed my dog, put my coat on, and ran out the house.”ulster-fire-dog

The fire broke out just before 5:30 a.m. in a two-car garage and spread to a nearby house. It was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., Toronto Fire platoon chief Colin Reid said.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known. The garage appeared to be empty at the time the blaze broke out.

Bathurst was closed in both directions.

St. Clair streetcars were unable to start regular service. Shuttle buses are running. Also, the 511 Bathurst streetcar is diverting both ways via Dundas.

All the occupants of the house were able to escape without any help from fire crews, Reid said.

Three people were treated on scene by paramedics.

5 things to do this weekend and next week: March break edition

Patricia D'Cunha | posted Friday, Mar 13th, 2015

March 13-20, 2015

Memorable Munsch: Parents, re-live the magic of Robert Munsch, and let your child see how imagination and creativity can create classic stories like Alligator Baby and Put Me in a Book. Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, 4950 Yonge St. On now until March 29 with special times March 16-20. Admission: $16 per person.

Futurology at the ROM: Step into the future by exploring 21st-century technology and science adventures. Children can help museum staff create future exhibits, build a city of the future, learn how the ROM salvaged an endangered Blue Whale that washed ashore in Newfoundland, and more. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. March 14-22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities included with admission. rom.on.ca

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival: Although there is snow in the forecast next week, don’t let that dampen your spring mood! Tap into some fun with maple syrup demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, pancake meals, taffy making, and more. Kortright Centre for Conservation and Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), and Terra Cotta Conservation Area (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). On now until April 6. Admission: ticket prices vary.maplesyrupfest.com

Sherlock Holmes mystery: Something is amiss in the village. A “tricky thief” is on the loose. Put on your detective hat and help Sherlock and Watson search for clues and investigate them to solve this mystery. Black Creek Pioneer Village. March 16-22. Included with regular admission. blackcreek.ca

Nature camps: Before the invention of the smartphone, remember how much fun it was to go outside and be at one with nature? Now, your child can experience some of that magic too at various day camps: track and identify animal footprints, go on a scavenger hunt, check out a meat-eating plant, get the scoop on rock formation, and dabble in some nature experiments. Toronto Botanical Garden, 777 Lawrence Ave. E. March 16-20. Prices available per day or the week. torontobotanicalgarden.ca

Click here for a list of more March break events.

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5 Things to do this weekend: International Women’s Day, vintage clothes, and a bike show

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Mar 7th, 2015

Bodies of Light: In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Tangled Art + Disability charity is presenting a day of discussion and short films created by women with disabilities. Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. Saturday, panel discussions 3:30-5 p.m., film screenings 6-8 p.m. Panel discussions: free; Film screenings: $10 general admission, $5 for people with disabilities, free for personal support workers. tangledarts.org

Origami world record attempt: The University of Toronto origami club is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest display of origami flowers, with donations going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Medical Science Building, 1 King College Circle. Friday, 12-4 p.m. Free. utfold.com

Toronto Vintage Clothing Show: Browse the racks for unique finds at the largest vintage clothing show in Canada. Major vintage retailers, including the Carole Tanenbaum Vintage Collection, will be on hand. Queen Elizabeth Building, 190 Princes’ Blvd. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10. torontovintageclothingshow.ca

Toronto International Bike Show: It may not feel like it right now, but cycling season is on its way. Get a peek at the latest rides and maybe score some deals the semi-annual show. Better Living Centre at Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Blvd. Friday 12-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $10-$40. bicycleshowtoronto.com

International Women’s Day: Women and supporters of women will gather Saturday to celebrate International Women’s Day with a rally, march, and fair. OISE Building, 252 Bloor St. W. Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Free. iwdtoronto.ca

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