It’s hot in the city and we’re loving it! We’re taking advantage of every outdoor market, event and fair this month right across the city. Here are just a few that have caught our attention.
UNION SUMMER at Union Station: July 1 to August 19. Presented by TD, this food market hosts some of the city’s most exciting and eclectic assortment of vendors including Amano Pasta, The Carbon Bar, Union Chicken, WVRST, Mean Bao and more. There will also be a variety of live music & dance performances, movie screenings in the programming. Great place for people watching.
ROM SUMMER FRIDAYS: July 6 to September 21, enjoy discounted admission from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and roam the galleries and check out the latest exhibitions. Gain exclusive access to the c5 Lounge until 10 pm for drinks , snacks and live performances. www.rom.on.ca
SUMMER WEDNESDAYS at Evergreen Brick Works: begins July 4 and runs through to August 19, 2018
Grab your friends and family and visit this beautiful urban park on Wednesday evenings form 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy local food, drink and local guests chefs joining Forno Cultura at the wood-fired oven. Live music on various dates, yoga on the Terrace and of course, enjoy the outdoors. www.evergreen.ca
TORONTO OUTDOOR ART FAIR: July 6 to 8. Nathan Phillips Square
Over 350 established and emerging Canadian artists will be exhibiting at this year’s outdoor art fair. Painters, photographers, sculptors, 2D and 3D works, crafts, digital media and mixed media are all well represented in this juried exhibition. www.torontooutdoor.art
TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL: July 4 to 15, various locations.
One of the most important theatre festivals in the country celebrates 30 years this summer. The Festival features a stellar line up of shows by many of Canada’s most well respected theatre artists. There are 159 shows at 43 venues across the city. Find original musical theatre productions, dozens of politically driven works and of course wacky, wild and bizarre shows that only Fringe artists could conceptualize and produce. This year, the Festival will also feature KIDSFEST, 8 shows for young audiences. www.fringetoronto.com
Blooms x Brunch at FIGO with Tonic Blooms: July 15th
Linger on FIGO’s patio for a luxe offering like no other. Partnering with popular Tonic Blooms flower boutique, guests are offered to make their own DIY bouquet, or replicate the gorgeous flower creations concocted by Tonic Bloom’s master florist. Celebrate your petal power with a custom FIGO ‘in bloom’ cocktail.
Book at FIGO and check out www.TonicBlooms.com for inspo.
SUMMERLICIOUS: July 6 to 22. Over 200 restaurants participating.
It’s the perfect time to revisit or discover a new restaurant in the city with this annual foodie event. Restaurants across the city are offering special lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus. Some of our favourites include Cafe Boulud (Four Seasons), Auberge du Pommier, Amano Pasta, Canoe, Copetin, FIGO, Los Colibris, Museum Tavern, ONE Restaurant, Pukka, Ufficio, Weslodge, and AGO Bistro. www.toronto.ca
SUMMER IN JAPAN series at TIFF Bell Lightbox: starts July 5
Fan of Japanese cinema? This series celebrates the arts, culture and storytellers of this beautiful country. From Samurai epics to family dramas, haunting ghost stories to contemporary crime thrillers. We already have our eyes set on the 1953 film Tokyo Story (July 6) about an elderly couple who journeys to Tokyo to visit their children, and are confronted by their offspring’s indifference,ingratitude, and self absorption. Other screenings include Rashomon, The Makioka Sisters, Elegant Beast, and Seven Samurai. www.tiff.net
WESTWOOD: Punk, Icon, Activist documentary at Hot Docs Cinema at 506 Bloor Street West and TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West (opens June 29) and has a one week engagement.
For fans of documentaries, fashion’s favourite rebel designer Dame Vivienne Westwood is the subject in this first feature doc from Lorna Tucker. Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. With exclusive, and unprecedented access, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist encompasses her life, fashion, activism, and cultural importance. It’s a journey from her childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. www. hotdocscinema.ca www.tiff.net
WICKED: Ed Mirvish Theatre until August 5.
WICKED is one of the most popular family musicals. This Broadway sensation takes us to the Land of OZ before Dorothy and Toto. Storyline centres around the unlikely friendship between Glinda, The Good Witch ,and Elphaba, The Bad Witch. The production is wickedly funny with unforgettable tunes for all ages. www.mirvish.com
CITE: at The Bentway.
This summer long celebration (kicking off June 30) of skateboard arts and culture also is the officially opening of the Skate trail. CITE is an art installation/skatepark featuring Semblance, skateable sculptures conceived and constructed by Build for Bokma, which created a 3D terrain for boarders to ride on. Open weekend (June 30-July 1) will also include DJ sets and live music performances, live graffiti demos, skate demos, tricks showcase, open sakes and meet and greets. Other weekends throughout the summer include a variety of workshops including learn to skate clinics, designing skateboards as well as a speaker series. The Trail will be open daily from 10 am to 9 pm. www.thebentway.ca
LUCID SUMMER SAMPLE SALE: July 5, 12-8pm, Erin Tracy Studio at 1179 King Street West, Suite 018
Lucid Communications will be hosting a mega summer sample sale at Erin tracy’s Liberty Village studio. be prepared to shop till you drop with products form Province Apothecary, basd body care, Stray & Wander, Erin Tracy Bridal and Fine Jewellery, Yoga Culture, Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics, DaLish Cosmetics, Fiola Jewelry and many more. The Simple Kitchen will be on site serving up nourishing food. 20% of the proceeds will go to Second Harvest. www. second harvest.ca
J-TOWN SUMMER FESTIVAL: July 28 at 3160 Steeles Ave. East in Markham.
Celebrate the arts, culture, and food of the Japan at this 5th annual Summer Festival . Martial arts demonstrations, games, and much more is happening.
CINEPLEX BEAT THE HEAT FAMILY FAVOURITES: various dates and locations
Cineplex invites families to cool off this summer with a refreshing line up of family friendly films screening every Saturday with specially priced matinees ($2.99 per person) all summer long. Including Despicable Me 3, Captain Underpants, The Greatest Showman, The Princess Bride, Peter Rabbit and more. Also, Family Favourite matinees on Wednesday has portion of the ticket sales go towards supporting WE Charity. Full details cineplex.com/events/familyfavourites
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS at Downsview Park: July 6, July 27
This outdoor movie program screens a great selection of family-friendly films at the Park’s outdoor football field. Bring a blanket or your lawn chairs and watch the screen under the starry skies. Films kick off at 9 pm. Admission and parking are free. Full details www.downsviewpark.ca