Two Big Film Festivals
Toronto is renowned for its film festivals – with September’s star-studded TIFF drawing the most attention – but cutting-edge, curated festivals can be found all year-round. April 7 to 23 sees TIFF Kids International Film Festival screening a plethora of family-friendly flicks plus activation areas for hands-on fun. Then Hot Docs Festival takes over the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in mid-town Toronto, from April 27 to May 7 with the best in documentary film making from around the world.
Unique Shopping and Crafting
If you’re a fan of distinctive, handmade items, One of a Kind Spring Show & Sale should be on your shopping list. This massive show, held semi-annually in Toronto (it happens again in the fall), showcases hundreds of artisans and their wares from March 29 to April 2. If you prefer to do it yourself, Creativ Festival is bursting at the seams with fibres, fabrics, yarns, beads and more, April 28 and 29.
Music Festivals and Concerts
The unofficial launch to Toronto’s jam-packed music festival season is Canadian Music Week. Part tradeshow, part conference, part festival and all music, this year’s event is hosted by Paul Shaffer and runs from April 18 to 23. For a complete change of pace, there will be many concerts around the Easter holiday including Tafelmusik’s Bach presentation April 5 to 9 and Mendelssohn’s beautiful Sacred Music for a Sacred Space on April 12 and 14.
Major League Sports
Sports fans are spoiled for choice as a confluence of pro sports happens this time of year. The boys of summer are back on April 11 with the much-anticipated Jays home opener and the Toronto FC “Dawn of the Reds” returns March 31. There’s also exciting end of season play by the Raptors and Leafs and Toronto’s newest pro sports team, The Wolfpack”].
April/Easter Long Weekend
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, there are plenty of things to do April 14 to 16. Don your Easter bonnets – and your running shoes – and head to the picturesque Beaches neighbourhood for its annual Fun Run followed by the Easter Parade. For non-Easter events, try a food tour of the eclectic Kensington neighbourhood with Savour Toronto or the storied St. Lawrence Market with Culinary Adventures. Or see the hit show Book of Mormon before it closes on April 16.