The Big Five: May 1-3
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The Big Five: May 1-3

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.

A Greenwood Coxwell Jane's Walk from 2009  Photo courtesy of Portraits of Toronto from the Torontoist Flickr pool

A Greenwood-Coxwell Jane’s Walk from 2009. Photo courtesy of Portraits of Toronto from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

CONTACT 2015 Launch Party
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (952 Queen St. W.)
May 1, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free.

CONTACT 2015 kicks off with opening receptions for “Part Picture,” and “Past Picture: Photography and the Chemistry of Intention.” The public installation “Demolition Site,” by Jihyun Jung, will also be on view in the MOCCA courtyard.

May Day 2015: Toronto’s 10th Annual May Day of Action Rally and March
Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) 

May 1, 5:00 p.m.

Every year on May 1st, grassroots organizations in Toronto rally and march to mark International Worker’s Day in support of migrant and worker’s rights and Indigenous people’s struggles. This year’s march will end at St. James Park, with performances to follow. More info at

Jane’s Walk
Various Locations and times from May 1 to May 3. 

Over 175 free guided tours in neighbourhoods across the city mark the official start of Toronto Spring. Check out our helpful guide here, or visit the official Jane’s Walk site to know where to start.

Authors for Indies Day

Another Story Bookshop (315 Roncesvalles Ave.)
A Novel Spot Bookshop (270 The Kingsway)
Bakka Phoenix (84 Harbord St.)
Book City (2354 Bloor St. W.; 348 Danforth Ave.; 1430 Yonge St.; 1950 Queen St. E.)
Eat Your Words (778 Annette St.)
Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore (1915 Queen St. E.)
Glad Day Bookshop (598 Yonge St.)
Mabel’s Fables Bookstore (662 Mount Pleasant Rd.)
Type Books (883 Queen St. W.)
University of Toronto Bookstore (214 College St.)

May 2, all day. Free to attend, though obviously you’ll have to pay for store merchandise. (Sorry.)

In case you’ve never seen the cinematic classic that is You’ve Got Mail, let it be known that independent bookstores have the odds stacked against them when it comes to making a financial go in the book biz. And, if you’re someone who patronizes one of Toronto’s many fine independent bookstores, you’ll know that they’re a treasure worth celebrating (and spending money at). Authors for Indies is a day devoted to celebrating the humble indie bookseller, pairing CanLit authors with bookstores for a day of in-person interactions with patrons and a few limited edition literary goodies.

From Toronto to Baltimore, Black Lives Matter 
Toronto Police Headquarters (40 College St. W.)
May 2, 5:00 p.m. Free.

On May 2nd, Black Lives Matter chapters, supporters, activists and allies across North America will rally at Toronto Police Headquarters to demand justice for Freddie Gray, who died while in police custody in Baltimore last month. The rally will also protest carding practices by Toronto police.