The Big Five: April 17-19
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The Big Five: April 17-19

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.

Photo courtesy of TIFF.

1) Just For Cats Festival
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W)

April 17, 7:00 p.m., 9:15 p.m.
Rush tickets available. More info here.

In case you had any doubts over the cat’s rightful domain as Internet lifeblood, TIFF Bell Lightbox is hosting its Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Film Festival that promises to be, more or less, exactly what it sounds like. In a valiant act of interspecies peacekeeping, Deadmau5 will be in attendance for a special red-carpet adopt-a-thon hosted by the Toronto Humane Society before the 7 p.m. screening.

2) The 10th Anniversary Feminist Porn Awards Gala
The Capitol Event Theatre (2492 Yonge St) 

April 17, General Doors 8:00 p.m.
$30 in advance/ $40 at the door (cash only). Purchase tickets here. Sliding scale tickets available in store at Good For Her.

A night of “smart smut, amazing performances, gorgeous and talented filmmakers, performers, directors and a room full of folks who really enjoy well made feminist porn,” put together by the education-focused sex store, Good for Her.

3) Shameless Food Issue Launch
D-Beatstro (1292 Bloor St)

April 17, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
All ages. $5 admission (comes with a free issue of the magazine). Free for teens.

A party to celebrate the feminist teen magazine’s latest issue, featuring DJ Zehra and snacks, plus a food demo courtesy of D-Beatstro and free treats from Sweets From the Earth, Bunner’s Bakery, and Tori’s Bakeshop.

4) City of Craft Spring!


The Theatre Centre (1115 Queen St W)

April 18, 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Admission is $1, and kids 12 and under get in free.

“Buy local” is this biannual bazaar of Toronto-made wares, featuring goods by The Workroom, Old Weston, Coriander Girl, Effie Watt Photography, and more studios and makers.

5) Late-Night Burgers and Boring Machines!
Eglinton and Allen Road
April 19, 2:00 a.m.
Free!

Construction crews are moving the boring machines responsible for digging the tunnel for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT at 2am on Sunday morning (or Saturday night, if you prefer). A group of local city enthusiasts, led by Toronto cheerleader Dave Meslin, are gathering to eat late-night burgers at the Vesta Diner at Bathurst and Dupont before heading off to Eglinton and the Allen to watch the machines’ journey in action. All are invited to join in this likely once-in-a-lifetime giant, super-huge machine migration observation.

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