April is kind of like Xmas for cannabists in Canada.
From 4/20 festivities across the nation to the grand opening of retail stores in Ontario, there’s no shortage of cannabis-friendly events on the calendar.
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When: Apr. 7, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: 336 East First Avenue #202, Vancouver
This meditation and cannabis-education workshop will cover the basics of cannabis and mindfulness meditation. Participants will be guided through a series of gentle and tender meditation practice focused on breath work and self-awareness. Tickets are $15.
When: Apr. 13, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Victoria, TBD via invite
Hiiighvibes hosts this tea social showcasing beautiful products from creators, influencers and artisans. Tickets start at $55 and the event location will be emailed out to ticket holders 24-48 hrs. in advance of the event.
When: Apr. 13, 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: The Soul Center, 4919 49 St. Unit 111, Red Deer
This Ellementa Women’s Wellness Gathering explores how cannabis interacts with your body and brain and how to incorporate micro-dosing when facing stressors head-on. Tickets are $15.
When: April 16, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Tokyo Smoke, 1205 1 Street Southwest, Calgary
Tokyo Smoke hosts this free event zeroing in on all things terpenes. The Calgary coffee shop bills the workshop as a chance to “learn about the olfactory system and how our sense of smell relates to the brain, and how it all comes full circle when selecting the right cannabis varietal.”
When: Apr. 18-20
Where: County Line Saloon, 1825 50 St. SE., Calgary
Returning in a haze of smoke for its third year, this three-day festival celebrates 420 culture with a solid lineup of local and international talent. On the bill: Crobot, The Grudge, Valley of The Sun, Buffalo Bud Buster, Great Electric Quest, and more. Tickets are $69.
When: Apr. 27-28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre, 7515 118 Avenue Northwest, Edmonton
Join industry leaders from across Canada for this interactive forum aimed at educating on the latest technology, research, and benefits of cannabis. Tickets are $10
When: Apr. 18, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: 55B Goulet St., Winnipeg
Curious about cannabis? Tokyo Smoke hosts this free one-hour session at its Dominion Centre store location.
When: Apr. 19, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: X’Cuse’, 551 Sargent Ave., Winnipeg
Celebrate the night before 4/20 with legendary deejay, DJ Spray spinning 420-friendly hip-hop and reggae all night. Admission is $10.
When: Apr. 23-25
Where: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg
Featuring speakers from Health Canada and bringing together leaders from across the Canadian cannabis industry, this summit aims to set the standards and establish the Canadian Cannabis industry as a world leader in quality and innovation. Tickets are $475.
When: Apr. 24, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Toronto “YMCA Centre, Grosvenor Room, 20 Grosvenor St., Toronto
Cannabis is legal, but is it safe to use? Join the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario for a frank and open panel discussion. The event is free to attend and will feature speakers; Erin Boudreau, Policy and Community Engagement, Schizophrenia Society of Ontario, Dr. Suzanne Archie, Cleghorn Early Intervention in Psychosis Program, and Jordana Rovet, Skylark Children Youth & Families.
When: Wednesday, Apr. 3, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: The Good Grass, 575 Danforth Ave., Toronto
Get growing with Matt Mernagh of the Ganja School. The expert grower leads a two-hour session on covering the basics of growing your own cannabis at home. Must be 19+ to attend. Entry costs $20.
When: Apr. 3, 7 p.m.-8:30 pm
Where: Plant Alchemy, 446 King Road, Richmond Hill
At the second in a series of six free lectures by Grassroots, you’ll learn how to transplant seedlings to mid-pots, which nutrients and lighting to use for vegetative cycles, pinching and the FIM method, with demonstrations by experienced growers.
When: Apr. 4, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Where: MaRS Discovery District, Auditorium, 101 College St., Toronto
Join industry leaders and scientists for an afternoon of panels and lightning talks on the technology and business of cannabis—from research to commercialization. The free event also features a keynote presentation from Guy Chamberlain, CEO and Chief Scientific Officer at Tetra Bio-Pharma.
When: Apr. 9, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Where: Toronto Soho House, 2nd Floor 192 Adelaide St. W., Toronto ON
The Bigwin Group hosts this panel discussion featuring five cannabis leaders on “how to inspire, acquire, and retain talent for the next wave of cannabis.”
When: Apr. 18, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. W., Toronto
There should be no short of laughs, but there might be low on seats. The DOPE Cannabis Comedy Festival promises some of Toronto’s top comics, headlined by Yuk Yuk’s Danny Martinello. Tickets range from $14.99-$24.99.
When: Apr. 19-21
Where: Toronto venues including Comedy Bar, The Underground, Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, The Rivoli
The third edition of the 420 Comedy Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Taking place at four major Toronto venues, expect a lineup packed with dozens of top comedians including Keith Pedro, Phil Luzi, Chanty Marostica and Adrienne Fish. They’re funny even if you’re not under the influence. Tickets range from $10-$20.
When: April 19 and 20, 10 p.m.
Where: Coyotes Lounge & Nightclub, 37 Beech St., Sudbury
Sudbury Burlesque brings a late night comedic cannabis-themed event featuring surf music, rock ‘n roll, bartop burlesque, and more! Celebrate all that’s wonderful, weird, and wacky about weed! Also on the bill are one of Sudbury’s favourite hard-hitting bands, Supertoke. Tickets are $25.
When: Apr. 19, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Where: Grand Gerrard Theatre, 1035 Gerrard St. E., Toronto
Join comedians Mike Rita and friends on the eve of Canada’s first legal 4/20! Ticketholders can not only get a headstart on celebrating the big day, they’ll also receive an advance copy of the comedy album ‘Pot Comic’ which is set to be released the following day. Tickets are $20.
When: Apr. 25-27
Where: Toronto, ON “The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga Public Expo
The industry expo brings together cannabis professionals from across the globe for an event featuring high profile celebrity speakers like Montel Williams, Ricki Lake, and Steve Rollins. The expo bills itself as a “buffet of best-business practices and opportunities to source, shop, network and grow.” Ticket packages range from $50-$599.
When: Sunday, Apr. 28, 11 a.m. to noon
Where: The Good Grass, 575 Danforth Ave., Toronto
This one-hour vape and yoga session is held on the last Sunday of every month. Billed as a way to tap into your inner Buddha and be one with your body and mind in these exclusive yoga sessions cost $10 to attend. BYOW, vapes provided.
When: Apr. 6, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Formerly Attica Furnishings, 1566 Barrington Street, Halifax
The East Coast’s leading alt-weekly hosts this series of informative sessions talking terpenes, home-growing, craft cannabis, and more! Included in the $40 is access to all the speaker sessions, a swag bag, and a chance to experience brand activations from 10 Canadian cannabis brands.