I didn't get out nearly enough in March, but it looks like Spring might finally be here to stay and it's time to get out of the house. (How many times have I said that this year?) Here are my top picks for local April events.
Northern Narratives (Ongoing until May)
April is a beautiful month to take a drive north of the city and enjoy some nature along the way. Stop in at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection just a little north of Woodbridge to take in Northern Narratives. Until May 17, the McMichael gallery is showcasing the art of the Arctic in their exhibit Northern Narratives. Featuring works by Inuit artists and members of the Group of Seven, this show offers a look into diverse cultural and artistic interpretations of our great white north. For tickets click here.
Spotlight South Africa (April 8-25)
This theatre festival presented by Canadian Stage brings six South African productions to Toronto stages in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's liberation. It's a truly unique opportunity to see some of South Africa's best contemporary theatre. For details and tickets click here.
The Art of Being Alone (April 11)
If you're a fan of independent theatre, then I've got the show for you to see this month: The Art of Being Alone presented by emerging theatre company Moose & Moa. Written and performed by National Theatre School graduate Stephan Garneau-Monten, The Art of Being Alone takes a humorous look at love and heartbreak. For details click here.
The Last Poet Standing (April 12)
The Toronto Poetry Slam finals are this weekend, but there are plenty more ways to enjoy some spoken word. If you like your poetry served alongside a little competition then check out The Last Poet Standing Poetry Competition. Sixteen slam poets will face off and, at the end of the evening, the winner will walk away with $500. For details click here.
Hot Docs Film Festival (April 23-May 3)
Hot Docs is Canada's ultimate documentary film festival featuring both short and feature films. With hundreds of films to chose from there is sure to be something for everyone. The festival's ten days are also packed full of interviews and discussions with festival filmmakers so make sure to check out the schedule for special events. For details click here.
There you have my top five events for this month. And don't forget to check out the final edition of the CHR4Women Benefit Concert Series. This month's concert features Georgian Bay, Crooked House Road, and Horsey Craze and all proceeds go to The Stop Community Food Centre. To get the full scoop click here.