Rally to legalize pot and fire up a spliff on April 20.
Join your fellow marijuana lovers, legalization supporters, medical marijuana users and regular potheads for the 420 Rally on Sunday (April 20) at Yonge-Dundas Square. The hashmob for legalization starts at noon, and everyone's encouraged to burn one down. Jam band Must Stash Hat provide funky, danceable beats at 12:40 pm, followed by a speech from mayoral candidate Matt Mernagh of Mernahuana Zone fame. Comedian Mike Rita takes the stage at 2:20 pm, and then at 4:20 pm... well, you know what to do. The cloud starts to form at noon and dissipates by 6 pm. Free. Full schedule at 420rally.ca/toronto.
Rock out for women's spaces
You get a double bang for your buck at the Girls Just Want To Have Punk event, a funder for two excellent women's organizations. For more than three decades Sistering (sistering.org) has provided services to homeless and marginalized women while working to change the social conditions that put women at risk. Girls Rock Camp (girlsrocktoronto.org) empowers girls to play instruments and start their own bands. Both groups benefit from this all-ages show featuring music by Unfinished Business, SuperLion, Beaver Slap and others. Friday (April 18) from 7 pm, at Smiling Buddha, 961 College. $10-$12. 416-516-2531.
Free the animals
Calling all student activists. Newbies and professional protesters can chow down on some vegan delights, discuss People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' campaigns and work at the Peta2 Experience. Speakers include Chris Cooney and Jon Tedd, makers of the YouTube show Cooking With The Vegan Zombie. And Esther the Wonder Pig's owner, Steve Jenkins, talks about owning the hog and how she's changed his life and could change yours. Saturday (April 19). 11 am to 4 pm. $5. Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View. Register at peta2.com/p2x.