Our picks for the top things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 1-4 includes an installation at Union Station, concert livestreams and a musical spin on Alice In Wonderland.
Here Again, At The Crossroads
Public health officials are once again discouraging non-essential trips outside the house, but if you have an essential reason to be at Union Station be sure to check out the Nia Centre’s new exhibition. The public art show (which is also viewable online) explores the Black experience in the current political moment, and features artist Jordan Sook’s 15-foot tall sculpture made of hats called Thank You For Keeping Us On Track. The work pays tribute to the Black Canadian train porters who formed the first Black railway union in North America in 1917.
Union Station or virtually here. Runs to May 31
Shan Vincent de Paul at the Drake Hotel
City Hall’s Spotlight series is back this week with rapper Shan Vincent de Paul, who was in last year’s Sound of Toronto feature. He’ll be playing live from the Drake Underground.
April 1 at 8 pm. Free. Watch on Facebook.
Sacred Music For A Sacred Space
The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s virtual concert of choral music by Bach, Schubert and Brahms includes a solo dance work created and performed by Citadel + Compagnie’s Laurence Lemieux and filmed by Jeremy Mimnagh.
April 2 at 8 pm. citadelcie.com
Holly Cole Live From Under The Neon Palms
The El Mocambo is back in full swing (virtually) and it will be the picturesque backdrop for this pre-recorded concert from Canadian jazz singer Holly Cole. It’s streaming free in a whole bunch of places: El Mocambo’s website, jazz.fm, Le Festival International de Jazz de Montreal’s Facebook, and Cole’s Facebook, where she’ll chat with fans directly during the show. (Sounds like you should choose the last one).
April 2 at 8 pm. Free. Links above.
Canadian Film Festival
The annual festival returns to Super Channel Fuse for a second year. Features will screen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9 pm, with selections of short films each Saturday at noon. Highlights from this weekend’s lineup include Andrew C’s White Elephant (April 2), a teen drama about racial divides in 1996 Scarborough and Vanya Rose’s Woman In Car (April 3), a psychological thriller about a woman who becomes obsessed with her son’s new fiancée.
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 17 on Super Channel Fuse. Complete schedule here.
Alice In Wonderland
Soulpepper presents Bad Hats Theatre’s contemporary musical spin on Lewis Carroll children’s classic, with music by Landon Doak and Victor Pokinko and a new adaptation by Fiona Sauder. $20.
April 3-18, various 1 and 7 pm. soulpepper.ca