Things to do in Toronto this weekend: April 29-May 1

Including the Hot Docs Festival, Olivia Rodrigo concert, Finnish Deaf rapper Signmark and new David Yee play

Hot Docs Festival

The festival of Canadian and international documentaries kicks off this weekend with Jennifer Baichwal’s Into The Weeds, about a man taking on agrochemical giant Monsanto. Other big-buzz docs to look for include The Kids In The Hall: Comedy Punks, TikTok, Boom. and This House, directed by recent Rising Canadian Screen Star Miryam Charles.

April 28 to May 8, various times, Hot Docs Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Varsity and streaming. $19-$22, passes available.

Among Men

Governor General’s Award-winning playwright David Yee premieres his new play about the friendship between iconic Canadian poets Al Purdy and Milton Acorn.

April 28 to May 15 at the Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst). Pay-what-you-can-afford (up to $60).


Olivia Rodrigo performs two sold-out shows at Massey Hall.

Olivia Rodrigo

The recent multiple Grammy Award winner and High School Musical alumna brings her catchy breakup anthems to two sold-out shows at Massey Hall.

April 29-30 at Massey Hall (178 Victoria). 8 pm. Sold out.

One Night With Signmark

The hugely charismatic Finnish Deaf rapper performs as part of Harbourfront Centre’s Nordic Bridges series and the CoMotion Festival.

April 29 at 8 pm. Harbourfront Centre Theatre (235 Queens Quay West). Pay-what-you-wish, $15-$60. 416-973-4000,

Canadian Independent Bookstore Day

Support local bookstores and check out their giveaways, discounts, exclusive products, author events and more. Check out our 2021 story about Canadian Independent Bookstore Day for more details. And click on CIBD’s map to find independent Canadian bookstores near you.

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Yom HaShoah Commemoration: Songs Of The Sabbath

In honour of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Frank Flynn discusses his historical fiction novel set in Toronto and Germany during World War II. Virtual event.

April 28 at 1:30 pm on Zoom. $5.

Aïda Muluneh: Water Life

The Ethiopian-born artist’s vibrant photographs address the impact of living without access to clean water on local women and girls, while drawing attention to other communities around the world suffering from water scarcity. The exhibit is presented in partnership with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

April 27-Sep 25 at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre). Free.

– with files by Katarina Ristic


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