Spur Festival

Photo by Dylan Hewitt.

Photo by Dylan Hewitt.

  • All day

Taking place in five Canadian cities for the second time, The Spur Festival brings together thinkers, innovators, and academic and creative types for a series of lectures, meetings, and performances on “nationally relevant and locally nuanced” ideas. Here in Toronto from April 3 to April 6, the festival will include noted lawyer Michael Geist on free speech, an urban planning panel moderated by Shawn Micallef, talks by author Cecil Foster and photojournalists Rita Leistner and Mike Kamber, and much more. Many of the events, including the opening and closing parties, are free; a few have ticket prices ranging from $10 to $30. For full details, visit the festival’s website.

Details: Spur Festival

Chamber Films: The Cinema of Matías Piñeiro

Still from Viola.

Still from Viola.

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • 6:30 p.m.

“I think of them as chamber films,” Matías Piñeiro says of the four intimate and beautifully crafted films that make up an intensive TIFF Cinematheque program called Divertimentos: The Films of Matías Piñeiro, running from April 3 to April 6 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Speaking to us over the phone ahead of the retrospective, which spans his still early but already accomplished career, the 32-year-old Argentine filmmaker seemed pleased with the title that programmer Brad Deane selected, which suggests something musical and modest—a host of informal ensemble pieces.

Details: Chamber Films: The Cinema of Matías Piñeiro

West Wing Trivia Night

The cast of The West Wing. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

The cast of The West Wing. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. Television.

  • Office Pub (117 John Street)
  • 8 p.m.

To distract from Toronto’s management headaches, we suggest spending an evening straining your brain over another country’s politics. Gather your TV-obsessed friends, and head out to West Wing Trivia Night. Prepare for at least two rounds of questions, focusing mostly on seasons one through four of the series.

Details: West Wing Trivia Night

Toronto Silent Film Festival

  • Multiple venues
  • 8 p.m.

Let’s be honest: you can’t call yourself a true film buff unless you’ve seen the classics—by which we mean those that came before the “talkies.” If you need a quick catch-up course, you’re in luck—the Toronto Silent Film Festival is taking over various theatres across the city for six straight days. One film will be showcased per day, and paired with live and improvised music. Even if you’re familiar with The Wind (1928), City Girl (1930), The Circus (1928), Seven Years Bad Luck (1921), The Last Command (1928), or every Charlie Chaplin film, you’ve never seen them quite like this!

Details: Toronto Silent Film Festival

The Sufferettes

The Sufferettes. Photo by Karl Ang.

The Sufferettes. Photo by Karl Ang.

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 10 p.m.

Improv comedy duo The Sufferettes haven’t been able to perform together in Toronto for a while now. Oh, they’ve been touring overseas plenty, but Becky Johnson and Kayla Lorette have been individually busy when both have been home. So when a late-night slot recently opened up at Comedy Bar, the two jumped at it. There are no special guests planned, nor is there any special theme—just two very talented comediennes doing their thing for a hometown crowd.

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Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City