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Weekend Planner: April 14–15, 2012

This weekend, put away the instruments and get ready to sing commando at an a cappella festival; learn new ways to build a green economy; geek out at the Wizard World comic convention; author Christopher Moore has a book signing for his latest release; and much more.

Get ready for the next instalment of Happy Endings—the rave your weekends have been missing. Photo courtesy of Happy Endings.

SONG: Imagine yourself spinning on the top of a mountain in Austria. The camera pans across, the opening credits finish, your vocals chords open up and “The Hiiiiiiiilllls…”—ok, you get the picture. SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival is an a cappella experience that invites artists from far and wide to embrace their inner Julie Andrews. This first-of-its-kind festival features over 60 events (including performances and classes) and promises to fill the air with the sounds of singing. Friday to Sunday, Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), times vary, FREE.

ENVIRONMENT: With all the advancements we’ve made in the past ten years alone, it’s pretty embarrassing that we’re still stalling when it comes to taking proper care of the planet. The Green Living Show seeks to provide possible solutions to our environmental woes with new products, ideas, and lifestyles to help fuel a greener economy. Potential program highlight: Das Haus—an exhibition that touts solar technologies (among others) as applied to home construction. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Boulevard), Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m., $15.

COMIC-CON: Millions of Whedonites will be making the pilgrimage to see The Cabin in the Woods this weekend, but why stop there when you can see a full-sized replication of the cabin and collect oodles of swag at this weekend’s comic convention? Toronto Comic Con Wizard World brings together sci-fi actors, comic creators, artists, cosplayers, and much more at an event where you can embrace your inner geek along with everybody else. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (255 Front Street West), Saturday and Sunday, ticket prices vary.

BOOKS: Admit it. Like many North American bookworms, you rushed out, bought, and burned through last week’s huge release of Fifty Shades of Grey. If you’re looking for something to tide you over until the next installments come out, you might consider picking up Sacre Blue: A Comedy d’Art, by the hugely popular Christopher Moore (author of A Dirty Job and You Suck). And while you’re at it, you can even get the book signed and meet the author. Chapters (142 John Street), Saturday, 2 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the summertime is something of a tradition for anyone undertaking this production. In anticipation of The Dream Project’s summer a cappella musical adaptation of this play, the troupe is inviting you to a special sneak peek at the music being created for their production—and then you can stretch your vocals by singing Shakespeare on the subway ride all the way home. The Papermill Theatre (67 Pottery Road), Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10.

DANCE: Performance company inDANCE returns—this time with productions called Quicksand (a contemporary work) and Nine (a classical Indian bharatanatyam piece), both choreographed by Hari Krishan and rooted, we are told, in love, fear, and humour. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay W.), Saturday, 8 p.m., ticket prices vary.

MUSIC: Searching for a rave to unleash your weekend animal? Feel the beat with the next iteration of Happy Endings—an underground dance event with music ranging from house to techno to soca, featuring acclaimed German band, Schlachthofbronx, a DJ set from Bonjay, and much more. Also, the family that runs the place will be serving dim sum all night long. Now that’s what we call a party. Dim Sum King (421 Dundas Street West), Saturday, 10 p.m., $10.

CABARET: End your weekend in the most exquisite way possible with an evening of songs, laughs, and cocktails. An Exquisite Cabaret features a massive lineup which includes Bryce Kulak, Ted Dykstra, Suzie McNeil, secret special guests, and much more. The event is also a fundraiser for The Theatre Department’s upcoming production—so you can feel good about spending lotsa money at the cash bar. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), Sunday, 8 p.m., $12.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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