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April 18, 2014

Toronto Festivals & Events

Easter/Long Weekend

Easter bunniesCan you belive it's Easter already? It seemed to be so late this year but it's upon us already. Here in Canada we get the Friday off as a public holiday. So the usual closings will be in effect.

EGGstravaganza is back at Centreville (very popular), Spring Fling at the Harbourfront and the ever popular Easter Parade is on at the Beaches on Sunday. Details of these can be found in the Events section.

BroadFish (Saturday) - Part of the HATCH series at the Harbourfront

For those who are up and coming musicians/band, you may be interested in competing in Harbourfront's Soundclash Awards. You'll find all the information HERE.

Film Festivals

  • Images Festival
  • TIFF Kids (used to be Sprockets)

Details on the above can be found HERE.

Record Store Day

Record Store Day logoRecord Store Day will be held on Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 in Toronto, and by the looks of the map on their website, it's also in the USA too.

Wanna know the stores that are participating? Here's the LIST for Canada and you will see, there's plenty stores in Toronto participating.

Why so special? It's a day where all of the independently-owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl/CD releases/promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the USA/other countries make special appearances and performances.

You can check their website for the list of special releases as well as the latest news as to what's happening on the day!

Ongoing Events

WORLDSTAGE [Feb-May, 2014]: The 2014 season features performances from the most innovative and visionary national and international artists in the live performing arts. More Information

HATCH [Apr-May, 2014]: For the 10th anniversary of HATCH, Harbourfront Centre's annual performing arts residency, four projects have been selected that mine the fertile territory at the edge of performance and online technology. More Information

KURIOS™Ė Cabinet of Curiosities

Cirque de Soleil returns to Toronto with another amazing show at the end of this summer. For the moment, the show will run from August 28-September 28, 2014 under the Grand Chapiteau at The Port Lands [map].

Cirque de Soleil's logo for Kurios The tickets range from $60-$160 with a VIP experience $285. With this venue (a large blue/yellow striped tent), there's not a bad seat in it, but the higher up you go the more you will see. The stage is round and open so you don't really need to buy the tickets facing the 'stage entrance' (usually the most expensive) to enjoy a Cirque de Soleil show at this venue. It's relatively small and you will be amazed at how intimate the setting is for such a grand show.

What's the show about? Cirque's website states: "Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place thatís as beautiful as it is mysterious."

As you can see, the video isn't really giving away too much but whatever it promises to be, it's a Cirque de Soleil show and shouldn't be disappointing.
Tickets are on sale now.


Any of you rugby fans? Well, once again, we get to host another International match in Toronto. Rugby Canada will be playing against Scotland at BMO Field, Exhibition Place on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 2pm. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or at the gate. Ticket prices range from $24.50-$212.75 (fees incl.).

LEGOLAND® - Adult Nights

LEGOLAND® is, of course, a fantastic place to take your kids! But, you gotta know that if you're an adult, you MUST be accompanied by a child otherwise you will NOT be allowed to enter. For this reason, they hold "Adult Nights" - always on a Wednesday. More information

Country 'n' Western Bars in Toronto

Picture of cowboy boots and hatYep, you read that right.. Toronto is now home to not just one, but TWO 'saloons'. They not only serve up excellent eats but are bringing some good up-and-coming Country artists to Toronto.

If you want to pull out and dust off your boots, just head on down to either the Rock íní Horse Saloon (250 Adelaide St. W., above Adelaide Hall) in the Entertainment District Downtown OR over to the Boots & Bourbon Saloon (725 Queen St E) in Riverside (East Toronto).

Both have those infamous Mechanical Bulls and will not disappoint even the hardcore country guy or gal... Yeee Hawww!!

Ripleys Aquarium of Canada

The newest addition to Toronto's tourist attractions is open for business! The aquarium finally opened its doors to the public on Oct 16 and already has been experiencing an overwhelming demand for its tickets online. It's open 365 days of the year and the times vary during the week.

picture of the aquarium building

The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) interactive attraction will showcase more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Features:

  • Jelly Fish Exhibit
  • Planet Jellies
  • Dangerous Lagoonís underwater tunnel showcasing Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, and Sawfish
  • Touch pools with Horseshoe Crabs, Stingrays, and Bamboo Sharks
  • Rare and unique lobsters, daily live dive shows and more!

It's situated right at the bottom of the CN Tower at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door. They also offer passes but these aren't available online. Prices are as follows:
Adult: $29.98
Youth (ages 6- 13): $19.98
Child (ages 3-5): $9.98 Senior (+ 65): $19.98
*Kids under 2 yrs: complimentary with adult guardian.

Yonge/Dundas Square

picture of Yonge and Dundas Square lit up at night during ChristmasYonge & Dundas Square is a place where you can experience Free live music, Free movies (during the summer), many FREE events. Or you can just hang out in one of the central spots for people to gather as there is outdoor seating available.

Better still, if you're from out of town, need quick access to online info, especially to help you find your way quickly around Toronto, you will appreciate the FREE Wi-Fi offered by Yonge & Dundas Square, compliments of Wireless Toronto. You can also pick up your concert or show tickets from the "TO Tix" booth which is partly covered from the 'elements'.

PATH Information

PDF map of Toronto's underground Pathway through the downtown coreI am keeping this information on the front page as I believe it's definitely worth checking out, especially when weather's not so good. Now in the Guiness World Record book, this underground heaven is busy throughout the year.

During the summer, using the PATH is a great way to keep cool whilst checking out the numerous stores hidden under the downtown core of Toronto and during the winter, you stay warm and dry. And if you're in the downtown core (financial district at King/Bay area) and it appears to be kinda quiet on the streets during the week, just head underground and you'll find everyone there.

Remember, if you feel lost (and it's so easy to do on the PATH! - just ask, hopefully you'll ask a local!!

Updated: Apr 17