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Last year’s Earth Hour. Photo by Remi Carreiro/Torontoist.
This weekend in Toronto: un festival du film français, a vintage super-sale, an hour of energy-conserving darkness, an extended retro dance party, Drake hosts the Juno Awards, and the National Theatre of the World tackles Sam Shepard.
FILM: This weekend, Toronto’s Francophone film festival Cinéfranco kicks off its fourteenth year by moving to its new home at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. This year’s lineup runs the gamut of genres, including comedies like Yves Simoneau’s spy farce, L’Appât (Sunday 6 p.m.); Éric Besnard’s jungle adventure, In Gold We Trust (Saturday 8:30 p.m.); and Dany Papineau’s Canadian road film, 2 Frogs in the West (Saturday 3:30 p.m.). Over the weekend the festival’s documentary programming will be screened at the NFB (150 John Street) for the reduced price of $8 per ticket, and includes Jérémie Fazel’s Kigali Jerusalem (Saturday 4:30 p.m.), which reflects on the pilgrimages of young Rwandans and Israelis to keep the memories of their respective genocides alive. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), various times, $8–$12.
SALE: The 107 Shaw Gallery holds its monthly vintage sale, The Chosen Ones, this weekend, offering up all manner of retro options for the springtime warmth that we keep assuring ourselves is on its way. Vendors bringing their wares to the tables this time around include 69 Vintage, Bridge and Bardot, and Leilanni Land, among many others. Très chic. 107 Shaw Gallery (107 Shaw Street), Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
EARTH HOUR: Earth Hour, also known as those profound sixty minutes a year the world sets aside to think about energy consumption, is upon us. We’ve expressed our reservations before, but given that our energy usage last year only dropped a measly 10%—down 5% from the previous year—it’s pretty clear that Toronto has a thing or two to think about on the subject. This year while you’re sitting in darkness with your electronics unplugged, think about how many devices need to be switched back on when the hour is up. Or if you’d like to get out of the house, both Parkdale (beginning at Parkdale Library) and Roncesvalles (beginning at Queen and Roncesvalles) will be holding free candlelight neighbourhood walks to celebrate the event. Everywhere, Saturday 8:30 p.m, FREE.
PARTY: Sixties pop-and-soul party Shake a Tail has long been a favourite spot to get sweaty on the dance floor in Toronto, even since its recent migration from Clinton’s Tavern to Sneaky Dee’s. This week, for reasons as yet unknown, the party has extended its licence and now invites groove-shakers to do the twist into the wee hours. Remember to hydrate well, hep cats. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), Saturday 11 p.m.–4:30 a.m., $5.
MUSIC: There’s been a lot of chatter about the Juno Awards taking their fortieth anniversary as an opportunity to connect with a new generation of music, and with twenty-four-year-old Degrassi alum and and hip hop superstar Drake set to host, it’s easy to understand why. Coupled with the numerous musical events around town as lead-up, the Junos are making quite the splash as they hit middle age. If watching the ceremony from your own couch doesn’t quite cut it, tickets are still available starting at fifty-five bucks. Now if we could only figure out who these “Arcade Fire” people are… Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street), Sunday 8 p.m., $55–$230.
COMEDY: The gritty theatrical style of playwright Sam Shepard serves as the inspiration for this month’s Impromptu Splendor, which sees improv masters the National Theatre of the World plucking an original play from thin air. Joined by actor Tony Nappo—no stranger to grim material given his run in the Saw franchise—the team will spin audience suggestions into comedic gold before your very eyes. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), Sunday 9 p.m., $12.