Of course, I did make the hard decisions and narrowed the list down, so here are the events I'm most excited for this week:
FILM: Hot Docs
This is by far my favourite film festival of them all and Toronto has some damn good film festivals, so I don't say that lightly. TIFF is the one everyone talks about, but Hot Docs is its less glamourous but more interesting little sister. You probably won't see many celebs during Hot Docs, but you will see truthful, heart-wrenching, inspiring, beautiful films about real, incredible, strong people.
Where: Various venues across the city
When: April 24 - May 4th
FASHION: FAT Arts & Fashion Week
Another underdog that shouldn't be, FAT is a fashion week for the rest of us. While Toronto has its standard Fashion Week affair that brings out the snooty fashionistas in town, FAT is a much more liberal, creative, interesting event. Models of all shapes and sizes and designers who are doing something different make this my favourite fashion event of the year.
Where: Daniels Spectrum
When: April 22 - 26, 7pm
FOOD: Bond Affair Dinner Series
While tickets to this event run for $200 a piece and you may not be able to attend just on a whim, it comes at a high price because it is black tie affair. A four-course dinner menu, open bar, and a secret location you would NEVER normally be able to eat at (including a tour of the building) make it something to consider saving up for. I hear this round may be taking place at The Royal Conservatory, which would be an incredible place to eat a gourmet dinner.
Where: Secret location revealed two days prior to event
When: April 25th, 7pm
ART: PULP Paper Art Party
The perfect combination of art and music, PULP's annual art party features The Lemon Bucket Orkestra playing among 25 installations and furniture made of reclaimed materials, creating an interactive paper playground in The Great Hall.
Where: The Great Hall
When: April 25th, 9pm
MUSIC: Mardi Gras: New Orleans Jazz
There really is no better excuse to go to the Symphony than when it's being taken over by authentic New Orleans Jazz musicians. With Byron Stripling on horn and vocals, Bobby Floyd on organ and Bob Breithaupt on drums, all the Big Easy classics, including “Bourbon Street Parade,” “Battle Hymn Of The Republic,” and “What A Wonderful World,” will come to life here in Hogtown.
Where: Roy Thomson Hall
When: April 22, 8pm & April 23rd 2pm & 8pm