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Hot Docs

Hot Docs, Toronto’s Other International Film Festival, is Back for its 20th Year


Hot Docs brings the world's most incisive films to Toronto (photo: Joseph Michael Photography)

Hot Docs brings the world’s most incisive films to Toronto (photo: Joseph Michael Photography)

APRIL 25 TO MAY 5  North America’s largest and most renowned documentary film festival, Hot Docs grows exponentially more popular every year. The 20th edition of the event is set to screen more than 180 thought-provoking flicks that are sure to elicit a range of emotions and trigger innumerable conversations. Alongside the slate of new works is a special presentation of movies by the festival’s 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award recipient, Les Blank, whose 35-plus films are known for poetically exploring American life and culture. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema and other venues, $6.20 to $14.60 per film; call 416-637-5150 or visit hotdocs.ca for a complete film schedule and to purchase tickets.  —Macrina Smart

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.  (more…)

Hot Date: Reel Life at Hot Docs

You're sure to give Hot Docs a standing ovation (photo by T. Andrew Morton)

APRIL 26 TO MAY 6 North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs, has been bringing head-scratching, nail-biting and heart-warming movies to the masses since 1993. Last year saw the festival break attendance records; the 2012 installment is anticipated to be equally successful, with more than 150 of the best homegrown and international non-fiction films presented at the festival’s newly refurbished headquarters, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. Renovations to this repertory-cinema staple include updates to the sound system, facade and lobby. Various venues; call 416-637-5150 or click here for schedule and ticket information.

Hot Date: Edifying Flicks at Hot Docs

Terence Macartney-Filgate

APRIL 28 TO MAY 8 It’s not just the Toronto International Film Festival that makes this city a top spot for movies. Hot Docs stages North America’s largest documentary film festival with more than 170 pictures from over 30 countries—including this year’s showcase nation, Italy. Among other programming is a series focusing on the “most overlooked and underappreciated” documentaries from the past decade, as well as tributes to Canadian filmmakers Terence Macartney-Filgate and Alan Zweig. Various venues, $14 per screening or $5 after 11 p.m.; call 416-637-5150 or visit here to buy.