Of potential interest to the Southern Ontario folks...
For the animals:
OPIRG and BARC (Brock Animal Rights) are hosting a poetry reading / film screening event on March 29, 6-9 pm at OPIRG's downtown info shop, 10 Summer Street, St. Catharines. Poet James Strecker will be reading from his collection Beside the Hemlock Garden: On Life and Rights followed by a screening of the film Peaceable Kingdom by Tribe of Heart. Free event, everyone welcome, free vegan snacks provided.
Cats for convicts: not pet cats in the jail but a feral cat colony on Bath correctional institute property. Apparently the human–cat relationships involved here may be good for the inmates and for the cats. Read more (and/or sign a petition to keep the cats there).
And for the music:
In the mood for some theatrical, humorous but very frostbitten and grim black metal this weekend? The Iron Maiden of black metal - Immortal - hit the Opera House in Toronto on Saturday night, March 27.
And a pre-party of sorts: A FISTFUL OF METAL w/ DJ Miss Barbrafisch spinning all extreme metal all night, Friday, March 26 at Disgraceland, 965 Bloor St W of Ossington – "9pm till they kick us out!"
And if you want to start your weekend partying on Thursday, Nunslaughter and a bunch of other bands take over Sneaky Dee's Thursday night, March 25.
Plus Unearth close out the month at the Opera House on March 31.
If Hamilton's more your scene and you want to engage in a little community support, checkout Deathpoint, Subliminal Hate Machine, Aarsonist, and Rigorous Obliteration at Club Absinthe on March 26. The show (in collaboration with Social Service Worker students from Mohawk College) is a fundraiser for the It's My Dream scholarship program run through the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
And two more for my list (but far from the only events packed into the last week of March):
SONS OF BUTCHER CD Release Party with Paradox Hotel at Casbah in Hamilton, March 26 at 9 pm.
THE CREEPSHOW with The Barettas, Super Villains Exhumed, Die Standing, also at Casbah, March 31 starting at 8 pm.