This weekend, Record Store Day incites musical fun all over the city; stretch your legs for the CN Tower Climb; it's poet versus poet in a slam competition; get your bike blessed; and much more.
RECORD STORE DAY: Ah, the record—that piece of musical history that refuses to die. But that’s definitely not a bad thing. The annual Record Store Day seeks to celebrate vinyl, CDs, and physical musical products in all their glory with the help of artists (who will be releasing special material for the occasion) and stores (who will be hosting their own in-store events). To help get you started, there’s an insane line-up at Sonic Boom, including Born Ruffians, Plants and Animals, Army Girls, The Darcys, and more. Click here to see which other Toronto record shops are participating. Saturday, FREE.
CN TOWER CLIMB: How often do you get to brag to your friends about scaling the world’s former tallest free-standing structure? And for a good cause! Though it may seem daunting, the 22nd Annual CN Tower Climb for WWF Canada really isn’t that difficult if you keep a steady pace. We’ve seen little kids make the climb in twelve minutes. CN Tower (301 Front Street West), Saturday, 6–10 a.m., register here.
CRAFTS: We all love rummaging through craft shows for hidden treasures, and with warmer weather upon us, there’ll certainly be plenty of shows to hit up. Case in point: the City of Craft Spring edition, a giant craft show with over 40 vendors. Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., $1.
POETRY: If you’re in the mood to watch some verses get dunked like MJ, then don’t miss the Last Poet Standing—a poetry slam, arena-type competition that pits poets in head-to-head battles. Besides bragging rights, the event has a $500 prize purse and will feature host Dwayne Morgan as well as a variety of guest judges (Kardinal Offishall!). The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $20 advance, $25 door.
MUSIC: The Images Festival closes with a bang, bringing the audience a night of both film and music to celebrate the end of its 25th year. The Closing Night Gala features The Sounds of Silence (classic sci-fi films by Jean Painlevá) which will be live-soundtracked by acclaimed rock band Yo La Tengo. How cool is that? Mantler will also open. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), Saturday, 8 p.m., $30.
BIKE BLESSINGS: “And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to park their cars in the bike lane and treat cyclists with disrespect.” Though this quote—half-cribbed from the bible via Pulp Fiction—unfortunately isn’t real, the the Third Annual Blessing of Bicycles is. Get your bike blessed in a real church, by a real priest. There will also be free bike repairs by the Bike Pirates. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church & Centre for Faith (427 Bloor Street West), Sunday, 12:15–1:30 p.m., FREE.
SAD BRIDE CABARET: Did your wedding suck? Would you like a do-over? Come on out to the Sad Bride Cabaret. In addition to being a night of music, poetry, and comedy, the event is also an excuse to bust out your old wedding gown, tux, or any dressy attire to help get you back into the mood. Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas Street West), Sunday, 7 p.m., $10.
TOGA CABARET: On the flip-side of bride bashes, everyone loves toga parties. If you’ve still got yours stored where you left it after your last frat party, it’s time to break it out for Soup Can Theatre’s Toga Party Cabaret. The night features a wild variety of Toronto performers, including magicians, musicians, comedians, burlesque dancers, artists, and more. There will also be a toga costume contest and lots of goodies given away via raffle. Thank Zeus! Sunday, Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC ($10 suggested donation).
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