Friday, April 29
If you weren’t invited to Westminster Abbey for the regal wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William but still want to celebrate the affair in style, the Fairmont Royal York Hotel‘s Library Bar hosts the early-morning telecast. Starting at 5 a.m., a traditional English breakfast will be served—with tea, of course.
They’ve skated the world, now the Stars on Ice are lacing up to bring their spectacular show back to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Catch such figure skating champions as Kurt Browning and Joannie Rochette—as well as 2010 Olympic ice dancing gold-medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir—as they perform their signature routines.
Stroll through the historic Distillery Historic District’s weekly Art Market, which features a range of local exhibitors selling artwork and crafts—from paintings and prints to ceramics and fibre art. You might also find a treasure amongst the jewellery, photography and clothing on sale at the Case Goods Warehouse, which hosts an Open Studios event in conjunction with the main market.
Saturday, April 30
The renowned Hot Docs festival is now in full swing, presenting almost 200 of the world’s best contemporary non-fiction films. Today’s lineup includes such lauded documentaries as Wiebo’s War, which tells the story of oil activists in Alberta, and Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop.
Mixed martial arts arrives in Toronto as the UFC debuts to a sold-out Rogers Centre crowd. For those without a ticket to see Canada’s Georges St-Pierre defend his title, but who still want a piece of the action, the UFC Fan Expo takes over the Direct Energy Centre. Fans can meet fighters, participate in demos and browse the gear. (Or, on Sunday, visit The Bay‘s Queen Street location between noon and 2 p.m. for an autograph session with former champ Randy Couture.)
Examine the nature of forgiveness at a performance of The Monument, a drama presented by Rwanda’s Isoko Theatre at Harbourfront Centre. Developed by Canadian playwright Colleen Wagner, this award-winning story of a young soldier convicted of war crimes is told through an electrifying performance of theatre, song and African drumming.
Sunday, May 1
The annually anticipated Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival officially opens today with exhibitions at more than 200 venues throughout the city. This year’s theme focuses on the concept of gestalt—how our senses apprehend form as a whole—and the ever-shifting dynamics between subjects and settings, humanity and nature, or, as the festival puts it, “figure and ground.” Be sure to check out the festival hub at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Discover a fresh new sound when alternative rock duo The Kills perform tonight at the Sound Academy. They’ll be showcasing a mix of not-so-old favourites and new tracks from their recent album, Blood Pressures. Cold Cave and The Entrance Band open.
The puck drops on the pavement at the Danforth Charity Road Hockey Challenge and Spring Fair, which proceeds all afternoon between Ellerbeck to Jackman roads. Cheer on the 24 teams battling to become this year’s champions. In between the action, visitors can peruse various food and clothing vendors and be entertained by local bands.