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Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 4–6

Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of April 4–6
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In this edition of The Weekender, a massive pillow fight, a festival of silent film and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.

FIGHT

Pillow Fight Toronto 2014 (FREE!) The annual Newmindspace pillow fight returns. Hundreds of participants will gather in Nathan Phillips Square to beat the stuffing out of one another with pillows from home, in celebration of International Pillow Fight Day. The theme of this year’s brawl is “superheroes versus villains,” and costumes are encouraged. But take note: feather pillows are banned (they make a mess). Apr. 5. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, facebook.com

ART

Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty The AGO’s new exhibition pairs the first-ever Canadian display of the work of Francis Bacon with some of the gallery’s own collection of sculptures by Henry Moore. Our preview is here. Apr. 5–July 20. $25 (includes general admission). The Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W, ago.net

AWARDS

Feminist Porn Awards
For the ninth time, local feminist sex shop Good For Her will be handing out awards to the makers of skin flicks that are both good and good for you. The ceremony is open to all, but don’t bring the kids. Apr. 4. Tickets $25 advance, $30 door. Capitol Event Theatre, 2492 Yonge St., goodforher.com

FILM

Toronto Silent Film Festival There’s way more to silent film than Charlie Chaplin, and this annual festival aims to prove it (though of course, Mr. Chaplin is on the program, too). This weekend’s screenings include F. W. Murnau’s City Girl, with live musical accompaniment by Fern Lindzon. Until April 8. Tickets $15–$20. Various venues, torontosilentfilmfestival.com

SALE

The Old Book and Paper Show Anyone who loves old-book smell will be in heaven at this event, where the items for sale are expected to include everything from antique pulp fiction to historical deeds and land grants. Apr. 6. Admission $8. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., antiqueshowscanada.com 

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