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The best things to do in Toronto on Easter weekend: April 14-17


Including stand-up Julie Kim, the return of Cirque du Soleil, Things Black Girls Say album taping and more


Julie Kim LIVE

Two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee Kim just finished touring with Crazy Rich Asians star Ronnie Chieng as his opening act, and she’s one of the writers for the upcoming Juno Awards, hosted by Simu Liu. So you won’t want to miss her two stand-up shows at Comedy Bar.

April 17 at 7 and 9 pm, at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor West). $25. comedybar.ca

Disarm, Defund, Dismantle: Police Abolition In Canada

Between the Lines Books and Another Story Bookshop present a virtual book launch hosted by El Jones and Desmond Cole featuring brief conversations with the book’s contributors.

April 14 at 7 pm. Free. Register on eventbrite.ca

KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque du Soleil brings back one of its most stunning shows, which last touched down here in 2014 and received rave reviews. Highlights include a jaw-dropping mid-air cycling routine and an aquatic contortion act.

April 14-July 17 at the Ontario Place Big Top (955 Lake Shore West). $80-$316. cirquedusoleil.com

Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios lifts off this weekend

Easter Fun Fest

This outdoor event just north of Toronto features a giant plush bunny, midway rides, inflatables, games, kids’ entertainers, food and more.

April 15-18, 10 am-6 pm, at Markham Fairgrounds (10801 McCowan). $20-$25. easterfunfest.com

Don Valley Girls

Why Not Theatre presents a mashup of Somali/Korean/Palestinian/Pakistani Canadian perspectives from women and non-binary folks in this sketch show, part of the RISER Project.

April 15-24 at the Theatre Centre (1115 Queen West). Pwyc $10-$30. theatrecentre.org

Things Black Girls Say: Album taping

Howl & Roar presents Zabrina Douglas recording her new album, with opener Brandon Ash-Mohammed and host Tamara Shevon.

April 15 and 16 at 7 pm, at Comedy Bar (945 Bloor West). $15-$20. comedybar.ca

You In Mind: The Robot Orchestra

The Robot Orchestra is a band of acoustic instruments being played by machines built using robotics parts and other moving electronic components.

April 16 at 8 pm at the Music Gallery (918 Bathurst). $5-$15. musicgallery.org

Photo by San Veliz

Nkasi Ogbonnah and Andrew Bushell return in Second City’s Welcome Back To The Future.

ONGOING

The Second City: Swipes Right

This 90-minute sketch show looks at love, dating, relationships and more.

Runs to May 1 at Comedy Bar Danforth (2800 Danforth). $28-$48. comedybar.ca.

The Second City: Welcome Back To The Future

The comedy institution’s latest features classic sketches, improv games and more. See review here.

Runs to May 1 at Comedy Bar Danforth (2800 Danforth). $30-$58. comedybar.ca.

The House Of Bernarda Alba

Aluna Theatre (with Modern Times Stage Company) presents Federico García Lorca’s final play, about an iron-willed mother of five daughters who decrees eight years of mourning following her husband’s death.

Runs to April 24 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander). $15-$30. alunatheatre.ca

BOUND – A Hybrid Opera Film

Against the Grain Theatre’s online presentation about the transformational experiences of four storytellers whose narratives are connected by themes of oppression, resilience and hope.

Runs to April 24. Free/pwyc. atgtheatre.com

The Antipodes

Coal Mine Theatre’s production of the 2017 Annie Baker play about stories and storytelling has become the month’s hottest ticket. Don’t miss it. See our 5N review here.

Runs to April 30 at Coal Mine Theatre (1454 Danforth). coalminetheatre.com

Immersive Frida Kahlo

Lighthouse Immersive presents an experiential art exhibition about the iconic Mexican artist.

Runs to May 29. From $39.99. Lighthouse Artspace Toronto, 1 Yonge. immersive-frida.com

Shary Boyle: Outside The Palace Of Me

Boyle presents her multi-sensory installation set to an interactive score.

Runs to May 15; artist tour 6 pm on Apr 19. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park). gardinermuseum.on.ca.

with files by Katarina Ristic

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