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April 24, 2014

Toronto Festivals & Events

There's not much happening this weekend in the city festival-wise but there's In the Soil Arts Festival in St. Catharines. Both Stratford & Shaw Festivals kick off this month.

The ever popular Hot Docs Film Festival begins this week for all you avid movie buffs.

ROM Friday Night Live

Fridays, May 2-Jun 27 (7-11pm)

ROM's "FNLs" is always a big hit with foodies and promises to offer bigger and bolder experiences!

For $12 (Adults), $10 (Students) and Members Free, you will be dancing, celebrating and exploring the Museum in a way you'd never imagine. There will also be themed Events throughout the Museum on the night. Drink and food tickets available onsite and Don't forget your ID as it's an ADULT ONLY event!

  • May 2: Party of the Century
  • May 9: Photo Flash
  • May 16: May Two Four Cottage at the ROM
  • May 23: Museum Confidential
  • May 30: Strictly Forbidden
  • June 6: Beats
  • June 13: Indigenous Now
  • June 20: Sun Burn
  • June 27: ROM Proud

For details of what Food Trucks will be there on the night, you can check here. Tickets are available NOW! They usually sell out so it would be good to take advantage of the Early Bird option.

Brewer's Backyard

Since the city decided to revive the old brick works (Evergreen Brick Works) on Bayview Avenue, it has become a very popular venue for some amazing events.

Not only is there a farmers market on Saturdays but many culinary & beer events are held there too. One that you could check out is organized by the Brewer’s Backyard, usually held on long weekends throughout the year and a must for the beer lover in you!

Dates are:

  • May 19: Victoria Day (Monday)
  • Jul 1 : Canada Day (Monday)
  • Oct 13: Thanksgiving (Monday)

All of the above-mentioned events are usually held in the Koerner Gardens and run Noon-6pm (but times could change, so please check ahead). Admission is FREE and there is a FREE shuttle bus from the parkette just north of Broadway Subway Station.

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™– 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 that’s 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 ’n’ 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 Lagoon’s 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 18