No fooling around
Join Women Improving Neighbourhoods (WIN) tomorrow night (Friday, April 1) at the Marquee Event Theatre (280 Coxwell) for community action at its best: their annual fundraising party. This year the April Fool's event features an entertaining lineup of men's and women's fashion shows, stand-up comedy and dancing until the wee hours. 7 pm. Call Heather at 416-466-7388 for $20 advance tickets, or pay $25 at the door.
Who says it needs to be a white wedding? Brides of colour can score invaluable tips on preparing for their big day at the second annual Jumping The Broom: The African Canadian Bridal Show at the Toronto Board of Trade (830 Dixon, Etobicoke) on Saturday and Sunday (April 2-3). Fashion shows by designers such as House of Lorraine, Ziba Lingerie, Therez Fleetwood, Cassandra Bromfield and Nigerian Fashions & Fabrics distributed by Soulful Brides will be presented at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door; two-for-one admission between 10 and 11 am. 10 am to 6 pm. 905-671-2624.
Bridesmaids can attest: fashionista brides-to-be can be, well, finicky, so if the bride you know is still looking to get connected with industry professionals, don't miss the Wedding Day Bridal Showcase , Sunday (April 3) at the très swank Graydon Hall Manor (185 Graydon Hall). There'll be hors d'oeuvres and live jazz, and seeing as admission is free, it won't cost you anything to indulge a burgeoning bridezilla even if she does throw a hissy. 1 to 6 pm. 416-364-9010, www.bridalshowcase.ca.
Get a good look at the future of Canadian clothing design at the Ryerson School of Fashion 's 55th annual Mass Exodus Fashion Show , entitled Metro . Showcasing the fresh creations of fourth-year fashion design students and produced entirely by third-year fashion communications students, the show is anything but amateur and a definite must-see if you're big on cementing those bragging rights (as in "I saw their show way, way back before they started designing for Balenciaga"). At the Ryerson Theatre (43 Gerrard East) Wednesday (April 6) at 12:30 and 7:30 pm (gala), and Thursday at 12:30 pm. For tickets ($10-$20), call 416-979-5000 ext 7301, or buy online at www.massexodus.ca or www. totix.ca.