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This weekend in Toronto: a celebration of records, a show about everything that is green, a sweat-free marathon, The Sadies performing in the Stacks, a musical book-launch event, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! rocks Toronto, a multicultural Easter party, and Diddy is back in action.
SALE: Sharpen those claws, discophiles, because Record Store Day is here. On Saturday, at no fewer than 16 record stores across the city, get ready to duke it out over your favourite 12 inch. Started in 2007, Record Store Day brings together independent stores and artists to celebrate the art of music. The highlight of the day is the release of special vinyl and CDs as well as promotional products. Check with your local store to see how they’ll be celebrating. Multiple locations, Saturday, FREE (unless you want to buy something).
EVENT: The Green Living Show is on this weekend featuring more than 400 exhibitors and numerous workshops and activities. Some of the highlights include the Canadian Environmental Media Awards and an eco fashion show featuring Canadian designers. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Boulevard), Saturday 10 a.m.–9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., $12 or FREE when you bring e-waste to recycle at the show.
ARTS: Does the thought of participating in a marathon make your knees ache? Then the Off–Bathurst Theatre District has the type of marathon just for you. The organizers claim it is “the only marathon that won’t make you break a sweat.” Taking place on Saturday, the event features three plays—The Last 15 Seconds, Night, and After Akhmatova—in one day along the Off–Bathurst Theatre District Corridor. Tickets are available online. Event begins at Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), Saturday 1:30 p.m., $90.
MUSIC: The Toronto Public Library’s Make Some Noise concert series kicks off 2011 with The Sadies—Live in the Stacks this Saturday. The local indie band was a shortlisted nominee for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize for its album Darker Circles. The Make Some Noise series brings the library’s collection of celebrated local artists to life in library branches across the city with free performances. Toronto Reference Library Atrium (789 Yonge Street), Saturday 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: What’s better than one book launch you ask? Well, the answer is three book launches combined with a musical tribute bringing together a group of acclaimed Toronto musicians. The featured books include The Words to the Songs of Michael Hurley, C’est la guerre–early writings, and Holy Moly. There will be musical performances by Sandro Perri, Evening Hymns, Bry Webb & Jennifer Castle, Lisa Bozikovic, Charms, the Weather Station, Gabe Levine, Tradition, Fleshtone Aura, Matt ‘Doc’ Dunn, and the Canada Goose Band. Two sets of music will pay homage to Michael Hurley, the eccentric songwriter also known as Doc Snock, named “one of the elusive masters of American Folk” by Billboard. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), Saturday 8 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! is rolling into town on Saturday with GOBBLE GOBBLE and Rich Aucoin. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt! is known for its live shows featuring props, dancing, costumes, and general mayhem. Advance tickets available at Rotate This and Soundscapes. Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture (167 Augusta Avenue) Saturday 8 p.m., $10.
EVENT: Toronto’s multicultural spirit is celebrated at the Community Folk Art Council’s free Easter Around the World event. The event showcases Easter celebrations and traditions from 15 countries and communities. Activities include egg painting demonstrations, and food and gifts will be available for purchase. Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West), Sunday 12–5 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Diddy–Dirty Money—no, it’s not another name change from Sean Combs, but rather a new group made up of Combs and female duo Dirty Money—make its only Canadian stop at Kool Haus on Sunday night. Combs’ first album in almost five years—and the group’s debut—has received some positive reviews for what Diddy himself is calling “train music.” Tickets are available online. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East), Sunday 9 p.m., $49.95.