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Bruce Cockburn

Weekend Roundup: Best Bets for April 15 to 17

Friday, April 15
Ottawa musician Bruce Cockburn is at the National Arts Centre to support the release of his 31st studio album Small Source of Comfort. Boasting chart toppers like “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “People See Through You,” folk music and rock and roll lovers won’t want to miss this Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee’s adventurous songs of romance, protest, spiritual discovery, and humour.

Junkyard Symphony uses everyday items as instruments.

The entire family will love Earth Day Activities, on offer at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. In anticipation for the big day on April 22, drop by the the museum this Friday to make stamp art from reusable household items, create haute couture newspaper fashions, and groove to the beats of the Junkyard Symphony. The theme is green; join in the fun to celebrate our planet.

Saturday, April 16
The Mammoth Used Book Sale is back at the Nepean Sportsplex! This special event offers more than 20,000 books and audiovisual materials for children and adults. With most paperbacks at $1 and hardcovers at $2, you’ll be sure to find the perfect addition to your library. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, April 8th to 10th

Friday: Marvel at the Harlem Globetrotters' amazing basketball skills

Friday, April 8
For more than 84 years, the Harlem Globetrotters have dazzled fans of sports and showmanship around the world, even presidents and popes. This weekend, they’re dusting off their best moves for three shows at the Rogers Centre: tonight at 7:30 p.m., and tomorrow (April 9) at 2 and 7 p.m.

Kicking off another spring is the Total Health Convention and Exhibition, taking place this weekend at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and featuring more than 200 exhibitors. Attendees can also hear from 60-plus speakers on topics like “The Ancient Healing Art of Ayurvedic” or “Health Effects of Genetically Modified Foods.” Don’t miss the gourmet organic café or the spa oasis!

Learn about and celebrate the traditions of First Nations peoples at Survival of the Indigenous Spirit. The fundraiser will take place at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall offers talks by Anishnabe spiritual leader Dave Courchene and Survivorman Les Stroud. Proceeds support the Vision Quest & Makoose Ka Win project.

Saturday: Kids will enjoy seeing Bugs "conduct" the orchestra

Saturday, April 9
Bring the kids to a classical concert they may actually enjoy, as the Sony Centre and Warner Bros. presents Bugs Bunny at the Symphony. Two showings (at 2 and 7 p.m.) feature the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performing live while Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and other classic cartoons are projected on the big screen.

Massey Hall welcomes a Canadian music legend tonight, as iconic singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn plays songs from his latest studio album, Small Source of Comfort, and, possibly such past hits as “Lovers in a Dangerous Time.”

Starting today, Veggielicious takes place at more than 20 restaurants and bakeries across Toronto. Specials on vegan dishes or prix fixe menus are on offer at establishments such as Bunner’s Bake Shop—where you can get a Veggielicious Snack Pack for $7.50—and Live Organic Food Bar, where for $25 you can experience a three-course 100 per cent vegan meal.

Sunday: Colborne Lodge offers family Fun (photo by Bobolink)

Sunday, April 10
Get a head start on all the family fun at Easter Traditions at Colborne Lodge, taking place from noon to 4 p.m. Kids and families can tour High Park’s historic Colborne Lodge while they learn and participate in 19th-century Easter traditions like dyeing and hunting for eggs.

For old and young alike, stamp collectors will enjoy spending the day at the National Postage Stamp Show at Exhibition Place’s Queen Elizabeth Building. Check out the North Toronto Stamp Club’s annual show, meet with dealers from across Canada, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., and participate in prize draws.

Three exciting Asian-inspired exhibitions beckon visitors to the Textile Museum of Canada: Beauty Born of Use: Natural Rainwear from China and Japan showcases the historical use of natural elements like straw, bark, vines, and seaweed to create waterproof and eco-friendly clothing; artist Kai Chan’s A Spider’s Logic brings together common household items reminiscent of his Chinese upbringing to create nature-inspired elements; and, new to the museum, Silk Oasis on the Silk Road: Bukhara displays a collection of ikats and silks from Central Asia’s textile- and history-rich Silk Road.

Luminato Logbook, Day Six

If imagination is the core of the soul, then Toronto’s spirit is strong indeed, and on full display during Luminato. This annual celebration of arts and creativity brings to the city an international array of theatrical and dance performances, world-music concerts, visual art displays, literary events and much more—all of which you can read about here daily. Expand your horizons and imagine new heights; for 10 days in Toronto, anything is possible.

TODAY’S TOP TICKETS

Bruce Cockburn plays his hits with friends at Massey Hall

NATION’S PRIDE Massey Hall once again hosts Luminato’s Canadian Songbook, a multi-artist showcase of this country’s most storied popular music. This year, Bruce Cockburn gets the tribute treatment: the legendary songwriter takes the stage to survey his hits with such friends as Hawksley Workman, Colin Linden and others. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 7:30 p.m., $55 to $85.

NOVEL STANDPOINT Just as global affairs can be dictated by geographic concerns, so are the interactions of Canadians influenced by sense of place. As such, the meaning of East/West in Canadian Fiction is always a hot topic amongst local literati. A coast-to-coast quartet of writers—including Edmonton’s Lynn Coady and Newfoundland-born Michael Winter—refreshes the debate. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St., 7 p.m., free.

MORE MUST-SEE SHOWS

>> Pay tribute to Luminato co-founder David Pecaut, who succumbed to cancer last December, by viewing the Atom Egoyan–curated film installation Solar Breath (Northern Caryatids)/Light Air. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., free.

>> Experience a candy-coloured wonderland in the heart of Toronto: Miami-based art collective FriendsWithYou transforms the city centre into a “Rainbow City” with bouncing castles, giant totems and all-around warm feelings for its Wish Come True Festival. Queen’s Park, Queen’s Park Crescent and Wellesley Street, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., free.

>> He was only 12 when he hatched his dream of becoming a fashion designer; now Canadian Mark Fast’s knitwear is known the world over. A Luminato-exclusive showcase of his couture is now on display. Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St., all day, free.

>> Step on to a 30-foot Chinese junk and reflect upon life aboard the uncaptained Ship O’ Fools. Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen Street West and Strachan Avenue, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., free.

>>The delicate subject of Rights in the Arts—artists’ rights and intellectual property—is explored by Erika Batdorf (One Pure Longing), Anthony Black (Homage) and magician David Ben. Roots (2nd floor), 100 Bloor St. W., 12:30 p.m., free.

>> Three points of view merge in The Africa Trilogy, an East-meets-West exploration that unites playwrights, directors and performers who ask: How do we see each other? Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 7 p.m., $30 to $45.

>> Celebrated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright achieves something stunning with his opera, Prima Donna, the spellbinding story of an aging soprano who ponders a return to the stage. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St., 7:30 p.m., $50 to $200.

>> Audience members—along with real-life gamers and game designers—help bring the theatrical production Best Before to life with the help of representative avatars. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., 8 p.m., $35.

Purchase Luminato tickets daily at the T.O. Tix booth, located at Yonge-Dundas Square.