Free events in Toronto this week might treat you better than the pranks that Wednesday brings. Jokes may be free, but every rubber spider has a price tag. You can also play brand new video games, combine your love of art and skateboarding, search for truth in film, and, best of all, hit strangers with large objects and get away with it.
Here's what to do to forget you live in a windowless cement bunker in Toronto this week.
Jet Fuel 23rd Birthday Party (April 1, Jet Fuel)
Amid all the disappointments (and reliefs) of April Fool's Day, you can rely on free beer at Jet Fuel on Parliament Street - they're celebrating the very serious 23rd anniversary of the opening of their doors. The event starts at 8pm, and if you arrive after the beer runs out you might just be an April Fool.
The Youth Are Revolting! (April 2, The Gladstone)
This skateboard art show and auction opens Thursday at the Gladstone, and includes decks and art by Juliana Neufeld, Sammy Rawal, Zanette Singh, Waybad,Maylee Todd, Ilana Van Zyl, Barbie's Basement Jewelry, Lukas Toane, Amanda B, Mary Tremonte. Syrus Marcus Ware, and many more. The show is up until April 12th.
5th Annual Level Up Showcase (April 2, Design Exchange)
Over 2,000 gamers and gawkers are expected at this year's showcase of student-designed video games at Design Exchange. Will the pug game be there? Someone please tell me.
Pillow Fight at City Hall (April 4, Nathan Phillips Square)
While Rob Ford was in power, the Nathan Phillips Square version of this mass pillow fight seemed suspiciously light hearted considering the foolishness going on inside. This year, may the feathers fly on more optimistic times - it looks to be bigger than ever.
Jean-Paul Kelly: A Minimal Difference (April 5, TIFF)
Here's an intriguing free screening at TIFF: a program of the work of Toronto documentary and journalism obsessed artist Jean-Paul Kelly. The truth is out there - but is it possible to reproduce?
Also check out these regular free events
Elvis Mondays (Mondays, The Drake)
Toronto's longest running indie showcase, William New's free show has put thousands of bands on stage. It's at the Drake Underground every Monday.
Free Nights at the Horseshoe (Monday/Tuesday, The Horseshoe)
The Legendary Horseshoe has a storied history, and hosts free indie rock shows in the early week with Shoeless Mondays and Dave Bookman's Nu Music Night on Tuesdays.
Canadian Opera Company (Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre)
September through to early June, catch free classical shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts "most Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon, and some Wednesdays at noon or 5:30 p.m."
MOCCA (Tuesday - Sunday)
While nearly all art galleries in the city are free to enter, it's worth noting The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is always PWYC.
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by Aubrey Jax via blogTO