With the days getting long and the evenings warm, Toronto becomes an even more exciting place to be. We prepared a short list of the most exciting events going on in the city in the upcoming weeks, and whether you’re into arts or great food, you will surely find your pick. Hope to see you around these!
Date: May 1 to May 31
Locations: Various locations in the city
Throughout May, Toronto becomes the capital of photography, as the city fills with large installations right on the street free for everyone to enjoy. In addition to this, many of the top cultural institutions including MOCCA, the ROM, the Gladstone and the Drake prepare special exhibits and events, featuring works from over 1,500 local and international artists. For the first time in the festival’s history, there is no unifying theme for the works, resulting in a great diversity of the exhibited works. Most of the exhibitions and events are free.
Date: May 1 to November 1
Location: Shaw Festival (Royal George Theater)
Peter and the Starcatcher, a delightful theatrical prequel to Peter Pan, comes to Toronto to entertain both young and old visitors. The play follows the adventures of a small orphan boy who finds a trunk carrying a magic stardust—one that allows him to fly or freeze in time and escape the creaking pirate ship. Get ready for two hours of music, beautiful scenes and exciting story-telling directed by Jackie Maxwell. The Broadway production of the play became a great hit and went on to harvest five Tony Awards. Ticket prices range from $36 to $130.
Date: May 22
Location: The Burroughes Building
CraveTO brings the best of Toronto’s lively dining movement to one place, celebrating top street food vendors and up-and-coming craft beer producers. Some of the participating restaurants and producers include Junked Food Co, Foodbenders, Muddy York and Nickel Brook. Besides excellent food and drinks, visitors can look forward to chill tunes provided by local DJs for the whole night. The event will also cover the rooftop of the building, providing an amazing view of Queen Street West. The entrance fee is $15 and all food and drinks offerings are $6 or less.
Date: May 23 to May 24
Location: Various locations in Toronto
This annual event originally started in France and from 2000 it has been happening in Toronto which was the first North American city keeping up this tradition. Over two million Torontonians have visited hundreds of places since then. During this week there’s a chance for public to visit 150 interesting buildings across the city.
There are walking tours featuring stories of local history, including the City TV and Omni building at Yonge & Dundas, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, The Daniels Spectrum and Toronto City Hall. The Bata Shoe Museum, Heliconian Hall, Pure Spirits Still House, Riverdale Farm and more buildings are participating for the first time this year.