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Weekend Planner: April 7–8, 2012

This weekend, get in the mood for the upcoming NHL playoffs with a huge hockey tournament; two plays at the Harbourfront Centre explore the idea of war; put on your finest vintage for an Easter parade; and lots more!

Ajax & Little Iliad, a double dose of contemporary plays, wraps up this weekend. Photo courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.

HOCKEY: Ah, the Leafs. Never the bride, always a… actually, no that analogy won’t work here. For those of you who can’t get enough hockey (even though we’re on the cusp of playoffs season) don’t miss out on this weekend’s Hockey Summit of the Arts, a gathering of amateur teams. The tournament features a whopping 64 games as well as the Exclaim! Hootenanny at El Mocambo. Westwood Arena (90 Woodbine Downs) and De LaSalle College (131 Farnham Avenue), Friday to Sunday, times vary, FREE.

THEATRE: It’s two plays for the price of one! Ajax & Little Iliad are companion works that explore what the promotional materials call the “theatre of war.” Little Iliad features a Skype-like encounter between two friends (one of whom is about to go off to war), while Ajax presents a series of letters addressed to the doomed hero. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay W.), Saturday and Sunday, times vary, $35.

BOOK LAUNCH: Tired of going to book releases where all they serve is wine and cheese? Well, here’s one that’ll turn the heat up a few notches. How To Be Kinkier, by “Morpheous,” is launching with an appropriately (or inappropriately?) naughty party. There’ll be models, spicy stage shows, and a fully equipped, monitored dungeon. Revival (783 College Street), Saturday, 8 p.m., $15.

MUSIC: Don’t miss this night of sweet beats. The Return of BAILE FUNK vs KUDURO features the Miami-Bass influenced Baile Funk as well as beats of Angolan origin from Kuduro. Bunda Lounge (1108 Dundas Street W.), Saturday, 10 p.m., $5.

MUSIC: With the summer music festival season just on the horizon, many great artists are beginning to emerge from hibernation. Acclaimed electronic musician Sandro Perri is one of them. He’ll be stopping by Holy Oak for a DJ set that includes some of his favourite rock, Kraut and Prog. Holy Oak Cafe, (1241 Bloor Street W.), Saturday, 10 p.m., PWYC.

PARADE: One only has so many opportunities to dress in his or her vintage finest and frolic throughout the city. The Vintage Easter Parade tries to resurrect the idea that the holy spirit of classic clothing flows through all of us and should be on display as often as possible. Also, at the end of the parade (which is 2.8 km long, so do wear at least a pair of running shoes) there’ll be crêpes, live music, and dancing. Meet at 765B Yonge Street, Sunday, 1:30 p.m., FREE.


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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