Spring is in the air and, just like the rest of us, artists and performers are ready to come out of winter hibernation too.
Here are some of the more interesting things happening in the city from now until May:
March 26-April 3
Francophone films hit up Toronto at Cinefranco, a film festival devoted to showcasing international Francophone cinema. This year marks the 13th anniversary of the festival and viewings will be held at the AMC Yonge & Dundas cinema.
The classic story comes to the Canon Theatre with American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks playing the role of Teen Angel in his Broadway debut role. Expect to hear all the classic songs and to see some great costumes in a show that is sure to be as exciting as greased lightnin.’
Harry Potter: The Exhibition
April 9-Aug. 22
Potterites rejoice! Your favourite wizard is getting his own exposition at the Ontario Science Centre complete with a look at 200 costumes and props from the films and an interactive area for people to get in on the fun. Pulling out a Mandrake root or test out your Quidditch skills by tossing a quaffle — cheating with magic is certainly encouraged.
The host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson comes to Massey Hall for a round of his edgy yet intellectual stand-up comedy. If you haven’t seen his show because it airs past your bedtime, rest assured Ferguson is a very funny guy famous for his tightly scripted, themed monologues that have made him a hit with viewers.
The GTA transforms into an outdoor art gallery during Contact Toronto, the city’s annual celebration of photography and image-making. Expect more than 500 artists from around the world to participate at more than 200 venues across the city.
Doors Open Toronto
More than 150 buildings open their doors across Toronto for free access to the public on the weekend of Doors Open Toronto. Participating buildings all have architectural, cultural, historical or social significance and the event is a great chance to get into many of the city’s best museums for free. See what the next generation of would-be lawyers are up to at York University’s Osgoode Hall, find out how beer is brewed at the Steam Whistle Brewery downtown or gaze with wonder upon the Swaminarayan Mandir Marble Temple in the northwest corner of the city.