Summer is almost here. We can just taste the dripping ice cream! And with our summer months we like to take in as much as possible in the city. Whether your planning to visit Toronto or you’re a local looking for a few ideas, there’s plenty happening! Here is what’s worth visiting in the coming months.
TASTEMAKER TORONTO opens May 18 and 19 at Evergreen Brick Works:
Calling all foodies! This incredible immersive food festival brings together Toronto’s finest chefs, restaurants, and food and drink artisans to showcase the best of the best. Sample many fine foods and take part in the various workshops and events happening throughout the weekend. Some of the chefs participating include Rob Gentile (Buca Osteria & Enoteca), Patrick Kriss (Alo), Grant van Gameron (Bar Isabel, Bar Raval), Victor Barry (Piano Piano, Cafe Cancan), Alida Solomon (Tutti Matti), Elia Herrera (Los Colibris), Ivana Raca (Resto Boemo) and Brad Smith, Trevor Lui (Kanpai Snack Bar), Devan Rajkumar (Loch & Quay) and more.
DOORS OPEN TORONTO opens May 26 and 27 various locations:
This year’s DOORS OPEN TORONTO will shine a spotlight on the city’s film and television industry. We strongly advise to map out some points of interest and spend the weekend exploring – be also open to stumbling across a hidden gem. So many stories worth sharing. We also have our eye on Union Station during the weekend event. It served as a backdrop to music videos such as Arkell’s Knocking at the Door, and Oscar-winning film, Chicago! As part of the weekend long celebration, you’l also find a special ‘Union Draws’ event — a sketch class led by OCAD University instructors, helping participants to capture one of Canada’s best examples of Beaux-Arts architecture inside the Great Hall. Sessions are free to the public but register online to secure your spot. Artists’ materials will be provided. Go to www.torontounion.ca for more details.
PRINCESS OF WALES THEATRE 25TH ANNIVERSARY open house May 26 at 300 King Street West:
Can you believe it’s been 25 years since this beautiful theatre opened it’s doors? The musical was the Canadian Premiere of Miss Saigon. On Saturday, May 26, the Theatre will host a free open house including a display of memorabilia from the construction and opening of the site. Official cake-cutting ceremony at 10 am. Free access to tour public areas. More details at www.mirvish.com
WOOFSTOCK opens May 26 & 27 at Woodbine Park (1695 Queen Street East):
Considered North America’s largest festival for Dogs, this 15th annual edition is going to the the largest “pawty” yet! Over 200 exhibitors to check out and lots of entertainment including a Canine show, Doga (Yoga for Dogs), furry celebrity appearances, Puppy Prowl (new), and even a Kitty Korner (new) for those who have both dogs and cats. Upwards of 100,000 dog lovers and furry friends attended last year. Ticket prices and more details available at www.woofstock.ca
LUMINATO FESTIVAL opens June 6 to 24 various locations:
Take in the many performance arts events happening across the city in theatres, parks and public spaces. This Festival has become of of the country’s most celebrated arts festivals. This year brings thought provoking discussions with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as well as entertaining and awe-inspiring theatrical presentations like “At the Illusionist’s Table” with acclaimed Scottish illusionist Scott Silven who hosts an intimate evening of fine dining with illusion. Some free events as well as ticketed. Go to luminatofestival.com for more details.
60 YEARS MADE IN ITALY opens at Yorkville Village:
Kicking off Italian Heritage Month, Yorkville Village brings this world renowned fashion and design exhibition in partnership with The Consulate General of Italy and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura. Open to the public and free of charge during the month of June. The travelling exhibit pays homage to the sartorial leaders of Italian design, including fashion houses Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Valentino, Moschino, Versace, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and more. A selection of historical garnets and iconic couture creations will be on display along side photos, sketches and memorable pieces worn in films and on the red carpet. This exhibition has already shown in Paris, Rome, Hong Kong Dubai and other internationally cities. Go to www.yorkvillevillage.com for more details.
MANOLO BLAHNIK: THE ART OF SHOES opens at The Bata Shoe Museum:
Officially opened is Manolo Blahnik’s stunning retrospective, the Art of Shoes. For over 45 years, Blahnik has created shoes that are often seen as works of art. Today is is one of the most influential and iconic designers in the world. This is the final, and only North American venue to showcase this travelling exhibition. Previous stops include Milan, Saint Petersburg, Prague and Madrid. Go to www.batashoemuseum.ca for more details.
IRIS VAN HERPEN: TRANSFORMING FASHION opens at the Royal Ontario Museum on June 2:
Looking beyond fashion and explore design, art, and technology in this exhibition that features the work of this Dutch designer and couturier’s collections between 2008-2015. Known to push boundaries her designs have earned international acclaim. From metal umbrella ribs and magnets to collaborating with leading architects, engineers and scientists, van Herpen creates extraordinary new shapes using innovative materials. This exhibition complements the immersive installation Philip Beesley: Transforming Spaces. Go to www.rom.on.ca for more details.
THE ART OF BANKSY opens at 213 Sterling Rd. on June 13:
This unauthorized exhibition will make it’s North American premiere here in Toronto. Featuring more than 80 works by the mysterious British street graffiti artist, it’s considered to be the largest Banksy exhibit. We’re hoping it lives up to the hype and if there will be a gift shop. Presale of tickets are now available through LiveNation.
SPIDERS: FEAR & FASCINATION opens at the Royal Ontario Museum on June 16:
These creepy crawlies – we either love them or terrified of them. Visitors to the ROM are invited to explore the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of spires at the North American debut of this new exhibition. Featuring more than 400 live and preserved specimens, cutting-edge interactive experiences, and new scientific discover, this awe-inspiring exhibition debunks myths about one of the most misunderstood animals on the planet. This is spiders like you’ve never seen before. The exhibition investigates how silk, venom, movement, vision and vibrations have enabled these animals to thrive over millions of years and in every corner of the globe. Visit the Spider Lab, where trained ROM technicians will demonstrate live venom milking and offer hands-on learning in activities. The ROM will also explore the significance of spiders in traditional and popular art and culture. From Indigenous crafts and texts to the first edition Spider-Man comic book., you’ll learn about why spiders are central to storytelling. Go to www.rom.on.ca for more details.
POPNOLOGY opens at the Ontario Science Centre on May 19:
Geeks are way cooler and here’s a chance to explore how pop culture inspires how we connect, move, play, live and work. How have books, movies, and games inspired some of the world’s greatest technology innovations? Here you can get hands-on experiences and test drive all sorts of fun robotics. Take your pic with the DeLorean time machine too! The exhibition will offer four areas to explore and learn what’s next! Go to www.ontariosciencecentre.ca for more details.
TD TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL opens June 22 to July 1:
Experience the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians in intimate settings and larger venues downtown and Festival hub centred in the Yorkville area. Over 1500 musicians will be performing at 40 locations. This 30+ year Festival offers a range of styles of music. Headline acts include Herbie Hancock, Seal, Holly Cole, Gregory Porter.