The Big Five: March 13-15
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The Big Five: March 13-15

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Purple Rain screenshot courtesy of Bloor Hot Docs.

1) Purple Rain
Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West)

March 14, 9:30 p.m.
$17 includes a non-member screening, bottle of Steam Whistle beer, and large popcorn. More info here.

For the second year in a row, Prince fans convene for this 80s cult classic featuring the man in purple himself. Set against the subculture of the thriving Minneapolis music scene, Prince plays a struggling musician who tries to deal with his hatred for his father as he falls in love with a beautiful aspiring singer. (Co-presented by NxNE.)

2) Toronto Day of Action Against Bill C-51


Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West)

March 14 at 12:00 p.m.
Free

Toronto responds to the nationwide call to protest Bill C-51 on March 14, a piece of legislation that would allow for increased government surveillance. Following an opening ceremony and speakers including the likes of NDP MPs Peggy Nash and Andrew Cash, those gathered will march to the CSIS Toronto offices at Front and John Streets.

3) Walter Scott Artist Talk
OCAD University (100 McCaul Street), Room 230.

March 14, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Free

Hosted by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCAD U, Scott’s ongoing comic book series, Wendy, follows the fictional narrative of a young woman living in an urban centre, whose dreams of contemporary art stardom are perpetually derailed. He has self-published Wendy in ‘zine form, as well as a full-length graphic novel, with Koyama Press. He has also produced special editions of Wendy for Art Metropole in Toronto, and a Japanese language edition for the Koganecho Bazaar 2014, in Yokohama Japan. Recent exhibitions include Mood Valleys, Shudder Gallery, Vancouver, 2012; and Pre-Existing Work, Macaulay and Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, 2015.

4) 2nd Annual Spring Equinox Festival


CSI Annex (720 Bathurst Street)

March 14 at 11:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Featuring a boutique market stocked full of arts, crafts, and foodstuffs plus live music, and all sorts of family-friendly activities, the Bachehaye Famil Collective’s second-annual Persian equinox celebration promises something for everyone in the household to enjoy.

5) St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Begins at Bloor and St. George
March 15, Noon.
Free! (Donations of non-perishable food items for the Daily Bread Food Bank are, however, welcome.)

Floats! Bands! Dancers! Parade season kicks off with a green-tinted bang.

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