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Shakespeare at College Park. Photo courtesy of Urban Bard.
CONFERENCE: Ever wonder if you can do it? Well, you can. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre says so, via this weekend’s You Can Do It! Conference and Workshop. All Oprah’s friends are here: Worthy-woman Marianne Williamson, psychic Colette Baron-Reid, and mantra-chanting Louise L. Hay (‘cause Torontoist loves itself and deserves love). There are also book-signing events, CDs and DVDs for sale (of course), and exhibits offering crystals and massages (just go with it). The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West), Pre-conference workshops start Friday at 10 a.m., ends Sunday at 6:30 p.m., $35–$275.
SHOP: Or for those more interested in shop therapy, the Leslieville Stomp, now it its second year, is back. Businesses along Queen East, Dundas East, and Eastern Avenue are teaming up and opening their doors to sell you things at bargain prices. Goes ‘round the clock from now until Saturday, when the Leslievillers will be lugging trash (or is that treasure?) from their basements for yard and garage sales all day. Bring your cash, your pet, and your appetite. Leslieville, 4 p.m., FREE.
DRINK: Get prepped for this summer’s BeerFest with a little pre-drinking at C’est What. They’re celebrating the sunshine with their annual Sprint Festival of Craft Breweries. That’s right, beer snobs, forty different samplin’ brews include Amsterdam, Black Oak, Durham, F&M, Great Lakes, Mill Street, Nickel Brook, and more. And just when things couldn’t get awesomer, they’re all modestly priced at a buck a beer. Cheers! C’est What (67 Front Street East), doors at 5 p.m., $1.
THEATRE: It’s outdoor theatre season again, so get started early with Urban Bard’s Twelfth Night, where actors will be doing what they will at the rarely-used courtyard behind College Park. If you’re an English major like the rest of us, you know the story: Viola’s a situational cross-dresser who crushes on Orsino, who has a serious unrequited love for Olivia, who falls for Viola. Luckily, before things get weird, Viola’s hunky male twin shows up just in time for everybody to get a date. College Park Courtyard (444 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation $10).
PARTY: The Centre for Social Innovation is way more fun than it sounds—and to prove it, cynics, they’re throwing the Party to End All Parties at their new Annex building. Rumour is it’s an incredible space—or at least will be; this is one of those rare but rockin’ pre-renovation parties where anything goes. There will be DJs, dance-offs, and surprise activities, but mostly you can mingle and party with Toronto innovators and compare zany ideas. Make a friend or two and you might be invited to their other events—they do talks, films, and workshops, and the food’s good too. Centre for Social Innovation (720 Bathurst), doors open at 8 p.m., $8 here (more at the door).
MUSIC: The Toronto Reference Library just got a little cooler by hosting a free (cooler still), all-ages (slightly less cool) concert featuring Toronto hardcores Fucked Up and alt-country group One Hundred Dollars. It’s all for Toronto Public Library’s Make Some Noise campaign, promoting music across ninety-nine libraries in the city—welcoming rockers amidst pervs and bookworms to the stacks. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 8–11 p.m., FREE.