Great weekend ahead and if you’re staying in Toronto, you’ll have plenty of options to keep you busy. It’s a week of festivals ~ and whether you’re into art, short films or nature, I’m sure you’ll find at least one to explore.
Luminato, Toronto’s Festival of Arts and Creativity is here until June 17th, celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, film, magic, and more. As 2012 marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, Luminato highlights include a luminous large-scale art installation, entitled The Encampment at Fort York National Historic Site (June 8-24) and Laura’s Cow, the world premiere of a new family opera about the iconic Canadian heroine Laura Secord (June 6-10) at Enwave Theatre.
Other Luminato Picks include four-act opera Einstein on the Beach (June 8-10) and ///Reply\\\, a street-art installation along Parliament Street, between Dundas & Wellesley (June 8-17). Click here for the Luminato full schedule. Download the Luminato 2012 Mobile App.
Village Day street fest at Yonge and Lawrence on Saturday, June 9th with live-music, a BBQ, free caricatures, street performers, balloons, facepainting, buskers, magicians, Kid Zone play areas, jumping castles and mini-golf. Here’s a Village Day Activity Map. (All events free, except for BBQ)
- Toronto Tree Festival celebrations will be underway on Saturday, June 9th at Centre Island. Events include guided walking/cycling tours as well as a tram tour, tree-planting, tree-climbing and rescue demos. (Festival admission is Free; ferry fees apply)
Continuing this week:
- The 18th Annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 5-10) continues this week, showcasing 244 films from 35 countries. This year’s festival received a record-breaking 4768 submissions from 113 countries. This included 797 Canadian submissions, out of which 66 films were selected. Try to catch: International Comedy: Laughter Without Borders (June 9th at CN Tower) and Festival Award Winners (June 10th at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema). Click here for locations and the full festival schedule. (Tickets $10)
- 10 minutes to spare? InspiraTo Festival offers collections of 10 minute-plays this week (until June 10th). Plays are seen in groupings of 6-8 in one show. Showtimes are listed here and plays are being held at Toronto’s Alumnae Theatre Mainstage. (Tickets: 12$)
- Get your drink on at The Drinks Show (June 8 & 9 @6pm-1am) which returns to 99 Sudbury, where they will introduce some of the newest and trendiest cocktails in town, mixed up by professional mixologists. Add the hottest house, dance and hip-hop music to the mix, along with events (including: challenges, contests, swag & photo ops) and you got a party. (Tickets: 23$ online/ 30$ at door)
- Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is on at the AGO until August 26th. According to the AGO, “this exhibition offers a rare perspective on the life and work of this iconic artist: his own”. Over 147 pieces from Pablo Picasso’s own collection are displayed, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. They have been touring the world as the Musee has been undergoing renovation.
Enjoy your week!