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Weekend Roundup: April 27 to 29

Friday: the Red Hot Chili Peppers play the Air Canada Centre

Friday, April 27
Seemingly ageless rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers swing into Toronto for two shows as part of their I’m With You world tour. The multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning band famous for songs like “Scar Tissue,” “By the Way” and “Under the Bridge” play the Air Canada Centre tonight and tomorrow.

Sultry jazz-soul vocalist Kellylee Evans offers an intimate concert at Glenn Gould Studio. The Torontonian continues to promote her recent Juno Award-winning album Nina, a tribute to legendary singer Nina Simone.

Covering the walls of Gallery 44 tonight and through the weekend are incredible photographic works by local artists—the gallery’s Photopia 2012 event is a great opportunity to add some affordable art to your own collection. 

Saturday: Itzhak Perlman performs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, April 28
Roy Thomson Hall is sure to be a buzz this evening, as legendary violin soloist Itzhak Perlman conducts and performs with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Included in the program are a TSO rendition of Mozart’s overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 (with Perlman holding the baton) and Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins, featuring Perlman and TSO music director Peter Oundjian.

Over the past four days Fashion Art Toronto’s Arts and Fashion Week has presented a variety of shows and events focusing on various “fashion scapes”—land, body, city and future. The fest wraps up today with a Fashion Market, where you can pick up great new finds from FAT’s collection, featuring pieces by Natasha Sakhuja, WallacePlayford and more!

Tonight is your last chance to take in the stage adaptation of Marina Nemat’s bestselling memoir Prisoner of Tehran at Theatre Passe Muraille. Telling the true story of Nemat’s imprisonment, sentencing to death, and, ultimately, escape from Iran, it’s an extraordinary story of survival and hope.

Sunday: See Cheryl Dunn's "NJ Fans 2" and many other photos at MOCCA

Sunday, April 29
Though the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival doesn’t officially start until May 1, its primary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art are already open. This year’s shows use photos to contemplate the idea of “public”—the places and spaces in which we act, and how images can influence issues of common interest.

There’s nothing better than spending a lazy Sunday afternoon than catching the latest flick. That said, there’s no reason to turn off your brain. The just-opened 2012 edition of Hot Docs offers a huge lineup of thought-provoking international documentaries playing throughout the city. Some of today’s screenings include the North American premiere of The Reluctant Revolutionary—the story of a tour guide and a journalist during the January 2011 uprising in Yemen’s capital—and Big Easy Express, which follows three bands as they tour six cities on a train.

The Toronto Consort is dedicated to performing excellent renditions of medieval, renaissance and early baroque music. Today the ensemble offers a performance titled The Original Carmina Burana—a collection of medieval songs dating from the 13th and 14th centuries. These tunes are songs of love, springtime, drinking songs, and lively dance numbers through the Consort’s voices and accompanied by fiddle, recorder, lute and harp.


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