Toronto never falls short of arts and culture related programs. There are theatre programs, film festivals, public art initiatives and more! Step outside and learn lessons from over six generations with Generation Women or engage in the rom-com renaissance with Tessa Bailey and Yulin Kuang. The city is your oyster and we got you covered. Just peek at our compilation of this week’s Best Bets below.


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Generation Women

At this seasonal live show, six storytellers come together to share original stories. Six storytellers across six generations blend lively literary salons and hand down wisdom from community elders. For this year’s theme, showrunners are combining wit and wisdom for all ages under the title ‘Spring Forward.’ Join the showrunners for a matriarchal campfire that shares stories of transformation and renewal.For this April, expect a multigenerational line-up (including SheDoesTheCity founder Jen McNeely!) to dig deep and be amazed by these heartfelt stories. More info.

When: April 16

Where: The Lounge at Live Nation Canada 


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Romance Novel Night with Tessa Bailey and Yulin Kuang 

If you’ve been anywhere on social media, you may be familiar with the rom-com renaissance that is upon pop culture. What better way to spend an evening than with two of the leading authors keeping love alive in the twenty-first century! #1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey (It Happened One Summer, Hook Line, and Sinker), and talented screenwriter Yulin Kuang (People We Meet on Vacation, How to End a Love Story) take the Hot Docs stage in Toronto for a night of conversation, hosted by SheDoesTheCity Books Editor Ameema Saeed! This is an evening for lovers and beating hearts for book lovers and hopeless romantics. More info.

When: April 16 

Where: Hot Docs Cinema


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CanFilmDay Events

National Canadian Film Day (CanFilmDay) is a massive, coast-to-coast celebration of Canadian cinema on April 17! This year’s theme isFilms That A.I Could Never Make, reaffirming that no algorithm can embody the essence of a Canadian film. If you are unable to attend in-person screenings, selected films will be available from the comfort of your homes! CanFilmDay is your day to connect to cultures across the country and bring people together. More info.

When: April 17

Where: Select Theatres


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Art Gems

This will be an inspiring and impactful evening for the city’s art-curious. Proceeds from this event will support Creative Works Studio, a community-based program offering healing and recovery through art.  It is dedicated to supporting individuals with mental health challenges through the power of art and occupational therapy. There will be pieces from renowned artists up for auction to offer crucial support for those navigating mental challenges.. More info.

When: April 18

Where: The Carlu


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ROM After Dark: Earth Folk

This is your chance to enjoy a folk festival with no camping required right from the comfort of Toronto. Enjoy a night of green-themed programming, laid-back hangs, and acoustic jams. Expect a night of earth-themed activities including entertaining and educational programs led by Dr. Soren Brothers, the ROM’s first-ever curator of climate change. There will be an immersive sound bath experience in Philosopher’s Gallery where you can find a soothing experience for your ears. There will be performances from John Muirhead, The Fugitives, and DJ Swee. So come on out and celebrate Earth Day at the ROM with your friends! More info.

When: April 19

Where: ROM 

The Tortured Poets Department Inspired Paint Party

Embrace your inner Swiftie and join this paint party to unleash your creativity with fellow art enthusiasts. This fun-filled event will draw inspiration from the tortured poets of the past while listening to Taylor’s new album! All supplies will be provided and the works will combine painting and collages for attendees. Just bring your passion and pent up emotions for an evening of creation. More info.

When: April 20

Where: STACKT Market


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Tap into your wellness era and delight yourself in the latest skincare, beauty, and makeup products to enhance your natural glow. Explore everything related to health from the newest products to yoga, energy-healing meditations and more. This extraordinary event celebrates the harmony of inner and outer beauty in Toronto. Gather your friends and take a look at unique vendors, plus enjoy live performances, networking, cocktails, gift bags, and much more. Surround yourself with good energy and prepare for a night to elevate your well-being. More info.

When: April 21

Where: SPACE on King


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Aliya Kanani: Wine +Yoga (a work in progress show)

Take a seat and listen to award-winning comedian and Canadian Academy Award-nominated actress Aliya Kanani on her colourful journey of self-reflection. After a few days in a Scottish hospital in the middle of her first Edinburgh Fringe, Aliya was forced to ask herself some tough questions such as “What is the meaning of life?: and “Is it supposed to be that colour?” Set on a mission to find answers, she began her journey in India with a yoga master for 37 days. This show balances comedy and life lessons with a hint of existential crises somewhere in the middle. More info.

When: April 21

Where: The Assembly Theatre


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Last week of Lumière

This is your last chance to visit the imaginative public art initiative from Ontario-based artists from all artistic streams! This free outdoor light-based exhibition welcomes visitors to connect through light and discovery in Toronto. It will be open for all ages to experience the magic and allure of 17 unique light installations to explore how light connects people, the environment, and different aspects of our lives. More info.

When: March 12 – April 20

Where: Trillium Park, Ontario Place