Toronto Weekender: April 25 through 28, 2013

Escape the drudgery of the every day with a jam-packed weekend. It’s an exciting one coming up to be sure, so get your text-fingers ready to salute to your crew the hottest happenings on Toronto’s scene…

Everyone’s favourite harbinger of bunned-up goodness, Banh Mi Boys, has finally opened its much anticipated second location at Yonge and Gerrard. Pop on by for the famed Vietnamese sandwiches, kimchi fries, and other exotic treats you can’t find anywhere else. 

Tonight at Berkeley Church, travel to Prince Edward County without ever leaving the city. County in the City brings together some of Prince Edward County’s greatest wineries, who will be sampling over 50 different wines from this growing Ontario wine region. You can also try to buy wines (to be delivered to your home) that you otherwise would never get to sample.

Check out the new and improved Gretzky’s Friday night for dinner and pints. The revamped menu is only part of the new parcel that also sees a new interior, tons of new screens to catch whatever game interests ya, and some awesome new memorabilia to check out. The Great One himself popped by recently to bask in the glory of the spot bearing his moniker. 

Shop socially tonight at The Spoke Club during the 2nd Floor Style Market. Over 20 local designers will be showcasing their goods at this Spring fashion, beauty, and luxe lifestyle pop-up. Sip cocktails, peruse new finds, and take home something few others will ever be able to sport. 

Don’t let the name fool you: FAT is an acronym for Fashion. Art. Toronto. On through Saturday, FAT presents a platform for over 200 national and international fashion designers, visual artists, bands, performers, and the like to showcase their inventive and contemporary expressions of their medium. At various venues throughout the city, this is kind of like the alternative fashion week… with oh-so-much more! Catch a show before it’s gone for another year! 

Saturday night over at the Burroughes Building, the 3rd annual Our Future Without AIDS will be hosted by CANFAR’s Young Professional Council, raising awareness and support for AIDS research in Canada. Help paint a brighter future for generations to come at this cocktail chic event with food, drinks, music, art auction, and so much more.

Sunday tradition dictates that dim sum is a great Saturday night cure. We won’t argue, having taken to the Chinese delicacies more than once to get well again. Check out Sky Dragon in Chinatown for a bustling bevy of bright carts filled with amazing dim sum delights. 

Running through May 5, Hot Docs (the Canadian International Documentary Festival) is on for its 20th year. With most of the screenings taking place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Hot Docs showcases the best of the best of Canadian and International documentary features, providing a forum for the celebration of non-fiction film. Spend Sunday with a mix of worldly education and entertainment.

Top photo courtesy Banh Mi Boys