This weekend you’ll find something to do in Toronto, even if you’re not looking. There is so much going on:
Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off today and will continue on until Canada Day. 10 days of jazz, over 1500 musicians, 350 performances at close to 40 venues across Toronto. The heart of the festival is at Metro Square. Some of the headliners include Janelle Monae (June 22), The Shuffle Demons (June 22), Mike Stern (June 24), Natalie Cole (June 25), George Benson (June 26), Ziggy Marley (June 27), Trombone Shorty (June 27), and Esperanza Spalding (June 28). A list of all the artists performing can be found here along with the calendar of events. (Some free events, some paid)
- Pride Week is also just starting June 22 and goes on until July 1. Here’s the Gay Guide to the events going on throughout the city. You can check out the calendar of events here. (Some free events, some paid)
- Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival is on this weekend, June 23 & 24th at Toronto Centre Island. A great family event that everyone can enjoy. Between 180-200 Dragon Boat teams will be racing. There will also be multicultural display booths open, a food court and a cultural show with performances throughout the weekend. Canadian Diabetes Association will be the sole beneficiary for this event.
- The Steampunk Street Fair will be taking place for the very first time at Campbell House on June 23rd (11am-5pm). Steampunk celebrates the Victorian-era mechanical style, and includes science fiction, alternative history and fantasy. The fair will feature everything steampunk, from shopping and live entertainment to food.
- Head to Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday, June 24th to catch The Queen’s Plate. It is noted as “the first jewel in Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing and the longest continuously run stakes race in North America”. The RCMP Musical Ride will be performing.
- The 30th edition of Franco-Fete, Toronto’s International Francophone Festival makes its way to Harbourfront this weekend (June 22-24). It’s your chance to discover more about French culture and celebrate “La Francophonie”. Check out their program for the weekend. (Free)
Continuing this week:
- Craft Beer Week, a festival of Ontario’s independent craft brewers, continues its celebration of local beer with events throughout the province (June 17-24th). Click here for events.
- The Waterfront Festival runs until Sunday, June 24 on land and water from HTO Park to Sugar Beach (off Queen’s Quay, from Spadina to Jarvis). Some of the scheduled events include Saltscapes (food festival and live entertainment), The Wharf (folklore and history), Treasure Cache (a hunt for hidden trinkets) and Sugar Beach (BBQ, Watershow, cake decorating demos). (Free)
- Buddies in Bad Time Theatre is proud to bring you Queer Pride, a local festival of queer comedy, theatre, music and parties. Here’s their full schedule of events that go on until July 1.
- 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.
Music in the City: Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Sarah McLachlin at (June 22) and Aerosmith (June 27) at Molson Ampitheatre. And as mentioned earlier, the Toronto Jazz Festival is the big attraction this week (June 22-July 1) featuring Natalie Cole, Ziggy Marley, Trombone Shorty and so many other big names.
Hope you stay cool from the summer heat. Enjoy your week!