BEERS & BOOKS WITH TEVA HARRISON Meet the authors, read books, drink beer. Join Zoe Whittall, the author of The Best Kind of People, House of Anansi Press and Henderson Brewing Co. while they chat beer, books and Toronto from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy chats with authors, hosting audience Q&A, debates and more. Wednesday. Free. Beer and book special: $20. Henderson Brewing Co., 128A Sterling Rd. THE BREWER’S BACKYARD: GOOD FRIDAY WILL BE A “GREAT FRIDAY” Come from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. to welcome seven breweries from across Ontario, pouring delicious beers from Indie Ale House, Sweetgrass Brewing Co., Big Rig, Collective Arts, Muddy York, 5 Paddles and Red Thread. They will be accompanied by a tasty food lineup with Meltdown Cheesery, FeasTO, Heirloom, Delite Bite and BeaverTails. There will be a First Call special with all beers $1 off for the first hour. Kick off spring in style. Friday. Free. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK(CMW) Now in its 35th year, this event is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. This festival spans 5 nights of performances, over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. W. Expect to see Earl Sweatshirt, Wolf Parade, Good Charlotte, Hollerado, Charlotte Day Wilson, Melissa Etheridge, High Valley, Weaves, Chaz Bundick and others. Tuesday until April 23. Various locations. Cmw.net. CANFILMDAY: THE SKIN WE’RE IN Regent Park Film Festival celebrates National Canadian Film Day 150, a massive one-day celebration of Canadian cinema in honour of our nation’s sesquicentennial. Watch The The Skin We’re In, as acclaimed journalist Desmond Cole explores what it is to be black in 21st century Canada. Do Black Lives Matter Here? Following the screening, join in a discussion with Desmond Cole and Charles Officer, moderated by Lu Asfaha. How do we leverage for ourselves strength, power and inspiration from his story? Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Cineplex Yonge & Dundas, 10 Dundas St. E. BOOKTHUG SPRING 2017 LAUNCH PARTY BookThug invites you to celebrate the launch of the Spring 2017 season! Featuring readings by Jennifer LoveGrove ( Beautiful Children with Pet Foxes), Marianne Apostolides ( Deep Salt Water), Christine McNair ( Charm), Stephen Cain ( False Friends), Erin Robingsong ( Rag Cosmology) and Bertrand Laverdure with Oana Avasilichioaei ( Readopolis). Today from 7-11 p.m. Free. Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. W. CRIMSON WAVE COMEDY It’s a super fun night of feminist friendly, LGBTQ positive and zero rape joke laughs. So you should come. Comedians/best friends/ podcasters Jess Beaulieu and Natalie Norman co-host this hilarious weekly stand-up show. Sunday at 9:30 p.m. $5. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA is Toronto’s largest Easter egg hunt presented by the Lindt Gold Bunny. Get your face fancifully painted, feed some farm animals at Far Enough Farm and top it all off by taking part in Toronto’s largest Easter egg hunt. Collect brightly coloured eggs hidden throughout Centreville and Far Enough Farm to redeem them for amazing prizes. Purchase online and ferry over to the island for free. Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $15. Centreville Centre Island, Toronto Islands. EMERGENCE: A NIGHT OF CULINARY AND COMMUNITY ARTS This fundraising event showcases current work and future promise of young creatives from culinary to community arts. Guests will sip Ontario wine, beer and cider, explore “local goes global” flavours, speak with emerging chefs, artists, dancers, musicians and other makers from diverse backgrounds. They will savour the wisdom shared by our first Green Thumbs Award of Distinction recipient, Mark Cullen. Today at 6:30-9 p.m. $10-$55. Regent Park Community Food Centre, 40 Oak St. FASHION ART TORONTO(FAT) is an arts and fashion week that celebrates contemporary art and design through runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits and art installations. This is an annual multi-arts event featuring 200 Canadian and International fashion designers and artists. Come to the official launch party this Friday taking place at Offsite (867 Dundas St. W.) and enjoy a night of dancing, socializing and mingling with fashion designers, artists, models, stylists, friends and fashionistas. Tuesday until April 22. $15-$95 for all 5 days. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS ECUMENICAL WALK ON THE DANFORTH Five congregations are taking part in a walk on the Danforth (between Jackman Avenue/Chester Avenue and Pape Avenue), from church to church, as a group, following the stations of the Cross. Starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 12:30 p.m. Friday. Free. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. GOOD FRIDAY WALK FOR JUSTICE The walk begins and ends at the Church of the Holy Trinity and the crowd moves as a procession to stations around the city within walking distance, each set with a different aspect of the theme. At the end of the walk back at the church there is a short reflection followed by a light meal of soup and bread. Everyone is welcome. Friday 2-5 p.m. By donation. Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square. TIFF KIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL celebrates its 20th anniversary as one of the world’s most important cinematic events for film lovers aged 3 to 13. There is a diverse selection featuring over 160 films from over 40 countries and plenty of special events planned to encourage children to express their creativity. TORONTO COLD READS(TCR) April showers bring . . . stupendous scripts?!? New original scripts are read “cold” by talented actors for a supportive audience. All are welcome. Scripts by the following playwrights and/or screenwriters will be featured at this Sunday’s Cold Reads:
Buying the Farm by Shelley Hoffman and Stephen Sparks, Doula by Liane Balaban,
Ill Conceived by Lawrence Aronovitch and Writer’s Challenge by Jamie Johnson. Sunday 8-10 p.m. PWYC. Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth.