Things You Should Do! April Edition

By The FLIPsters

We all know April showers bring May flowers…but what else does April bring? The FLIPsters have researched all the best Things You Should Do in April and are ‘showering’ you with the wealth!

AGO Creative Minds: Salman Rushdie, Andrea Fraser, Charles Officer and Iskwé 
April 4 at Massey Hall
Moderated by CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti, Creative Minds will return to the AGO with Salman Rushdie, Andrea Fraser, Charles Officer, and Iskwé as they discuss and debate the role of art in distinguishing right from wrong, and to consider how notions of truth are related to broader social, economic, political and intellectual forces.

Photo of Diana Bentley, Robert Persichini and Vivien Endicott-Douglas by Dahlia Katz

Category E 
April 8 – 29 at Coal Mine Theatre
Coal Mine Theatre closes their 2017/2018 season with the highly praised horror-comedy CATEGORY E. Two subjects imprisoned in a human test lab are joined by a third. Under constant surveillance by The Eye – a futuristic, multinational corporation dedicated to manufacturing the best products money can buy – the three roommates undergo sickening experiments in the name of consumer satisfaction. They make the best of their horrifying circumstances by telling each other tall-tales, spying on the neighbours, and trying to finish a seventeen-year-old crossword puzzle. Will they survive? Or will they kill each other first?


Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo
April 14-15 at Evergreen Brick Works
We’ve found something that will definitely be your cup of tea (or coffee)! The Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo brings a mix of coffee and tea culture with free samples, new recipes to discover, coffee beans and tea leaves to buy, while watching local talent and tasting international flavours.


Toronto Raptors in the Playoffs!
NBA Playoffs Begin April 14 schedule TBA
On March 8th, in a nail biter of an OT win over the Detroit Pistons, our Toronto Raptors secured their playoff spot, a whole six weeks before the playoffs even began. For reasons beyond us, our neighbours to the south are paying very little attention to our boys. Well they better be ready to hear our national anthem right until the end of the playoffs AND see the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, which is awarded to the champs of the NBA, on Canadian soil. WE THE NORTH.



Why Not Theatre presents The RISER Project 2018
April 15-24 at The Theatre Centre, BMO Incubator
The fifth edition of RISER 2018 begins with Mr. Truth, an off-the-beaten-sketch-comedy-path parody created and performed by Lauren Gillis and Alaine Hutton; and Tell Me What It’s Called, an experimental exploration and collective creation directed by Ximena Huizi.  Continuing in May,  RISER also presents speaking of sneaking, a contemporary, cultural remix of two traditions created and performed by daniel jelani ellis, directed by d’bi.young anitafrika and choreographed by Brian Solomon; and Everything I Couldn’t Tell You, an Indigenous technological tearjerker written by Jeff D’Hondt and directed by Erin Brandenburg.


National Canadian Film Day
April 18
Reel Canada presents the 5th National Canadian Film Day with this years spotlight films celebrating the accomplishments of women in film – both on the screen and behind the camera. A few of our favourites being highlighted include Away from Her, The Breadwinner and Double Happiness. A very exciting presentation this year is the 700 free screenings of Best Picture winner at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards, Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke.


Prairie Nurse

April 21 – May 13 at Factory
Love is blind in Saskatchewan – so blind you can get confused with who you are in love. Factory concludes its 2017/2018 season with PRAIRIE NURSE, in which two young nurses, just off the plane from the Philippines, arrive at a rural hospital in Arborfield. No one can tell the two nurses apart including the lab technician who falls in love with one of them but accidentally courts them both.  Inspired by the playwright’s mother and the legacy she and others with similar experiences have contributed to the fabric of Canada.


Earth Day Celebration
April 22, all over the world!
Celebrated in over 192 countries across our sweet planet, Earth Day 2018’s focus is “End Plastic Pollution.” This campaign intends to provide information to as many people as possible about the dangers of plastic while changing attitudes and habits. Take public transit to one of these events across the GTA:  Scavenger Hunt at Morningside Library, Downsview Park Earth Day Festival and Community Clean Up Days.


An Evening with Steve Martin with host Rick Mercer
April 23 at Roy Thompson Hall
Rick Mercer sits down with the iconic renaissance man, Steve Martin to discuss his incredible career.  From stand up, sketch, acting, writing, and playing the banjo, this guy has graced us with his quirky smile and lovable characters for over 40 years. Don’t miss out on your chance to meet the man himself as he will be signing books, records and CDs!


Photo of Daniel Brooks by Matt Reznek

40 Days and 40 Nights

April 25 – May 6 at The Theatre Centre
Sanskrit has 96 words for love.  English has one. Armed with the magical poetry of Persian poet Hafez, the musings of French philosopher Alain Badiou, and impossible questions, two lovers on a spiritual quest  challenge themselves to live for 40 days and 40 nights making all choices based in Love. Mysterious, symbolic, and intimate, the couple is transformed through ceremony, tenderness, wisdom, and the sheer force of love itself.  Written, Performed and Created   by Daniel Brooks and Kim Collier, with Consulting Director and Dramaturg Jennifer Tarver.

Hot Docs Film Festival Celebrates 25 years 

April 26 – May 6
There is a LOT to choose from at the Hot Docs Film Festival this year! A few of the FLIPsters personal picks include: Mr Rogers film “Won’t You Be My Neighbour”, IMAX film “The Trolley”, “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man,” and  “Love, Gilda” – See you there!



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