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April 20, 2014

Upcoming Events/Consumer Shows 2014

Updated: Apr 19 The following are just some of the many Events & Consumer Shows being held in Toronto, but are well worth going to see. Please remember to always check their website or call ahead as details may have changed since published here.


Easter EGGstravaganza

Apr 18-20, 2014: 11am-5pm

Centreville is open for Easter! Join Beasley Bear and the Easter Bunny at Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm for Toronto's LARGEST Easter egg hunt! Highlights:

  • Selection of rides &games
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre will be there
  • Music, face painting, bouncing castle
  • TWO egg-collecting events (The Hunt and The Scramble) and more!

EGGstravaganza logo

Easter Egg-stravaganza Baskets are available to purchase online ($2) with your ticket or at the Cystic Fibrosis Canada Easter basket decorating station on the island.

Spring Fling

Apr 18-20, 2014: Noon-5pm

Celebrate the arrival of spring with three family-friendly, fun-filled days of music, dance and hands-on activities at Harbourfront Centre. Highlights:

  • Discovery Garden
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Song and Dance Workshop
  • Morro and Jasp
  • Storytelling with Heather Whaley
  • Ultimutts Dog Show and more!

Toronto Easter Parade

Apr 20, 2014

This is a yearly event that attracts thousands to see the Easter Bunny. It starts at 2:00 pm. The route is along Queen Street East (aka The Beaches) beginning at Munro Park and ends at Woodbine Avenue.

This parade is designed for the kids' and is just as popular as the Santa Claus parade. There'll be lots of candy and chocolates handed out along the parade route. It will last approximately 2 hours. Happens rain or shine, so dress appropriately and go early if you'd like a good spot - parents...you know what to do! ;)

Tip: Take TTC as parking will be very hard to find in the area! You have several options: SB buses from Coxwell, Woodbine or Main subway stations or the Queen St streetcar (EB).


Muhtadi International Drumming Festival XV Benefit

Apr 25, 2014: 6.30pm-Midnight

picture of Joaquin Nunez HidalgoThe 19+ Benefit will be an eclectic and energetic night of dancing and World Beat to raise funds for the 15th Annual Muhtadi International Drumming Festival.

There will be 5 distinct Drumming Groups taking you from Traditional West African to Afro’ Brazilian Samba Reggae Percussion. Beyond Sound Empijah, Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo featuring Dyalis Machado Migeles, Maracatu Mar Aberto, T.Dot Batu, Muhtadi & The World Drummers.

Performances are followed by dancing showcasing sets featuring the distinct signature sounds of DJ MISS BOOM spinning afro beat, soca and chutney mixtures and Selectors Patrick Roots and DJ Chocolate. Go early for the a complimentary Salsa Lesson when the doors open at 6:30pm.

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Apr 26, 2014: 11am-7pm

A full day of dance classes open to everyone. Class schedule and registration posted on the Trade School Toronto website. Some of the highlights: Line dancing (Bobby Chong from Toronto Wranglers); Hip hop (Alan Faigal, Culture Shock Canada); International folk dancing (Riki Adivi) and more!


Apr 28, 2014: 6:30pm

Cava logoCava is delighted to welcome Murray McDonald, chef of Newfoundland’s award winning Fogo Island Inn for “MC²”, in a collaboration with Chris McDonald exploring the historical intersection of Iberia and Newfoundland.

Originally from Newfoundland, Chef Murray has returned to his home province after developing his culinary skills in China, New Zealand, Mexico and Bermuda. Now residing and working at the remote outport of Fogo Island, Chef Murray is dedicated to supporting local talent and showcasing local ingredients, foraged, fished and farmed on Fogo Island.

Foodies! Join the two McDonalds for this unique six course collaborative dinner including innovative beverage pairings. It will be an evening to remember.

Rip The Runway - Kiddies Edition

Aug 1, 2014: 6-9pm

link to Rip the Runway posterJust days before Caribana in Toronto, the kid and teen models of Biancas Academy will be walking on the runway! This is a kid-friendly event, with live dancers, tons of giveaways and FREE food!

All fashion models are between ages 4-16 yrs old. Doors open at 6pm   ||   Show starts at 7pm. There'll also be live Soca Music! This event also raises money for families in need in Toronto.


Art of the Danforth

May 2-11, 2014

Art of the Danforth logoIn its first year, this event takes on the structure of a festival in order to transform, engage, uncover and discover the possible roles and functions of an artist in a diverse and changing community.

Expect a large number of public art projects, workshops, Art in Stores interventions & research. Details are still to be finalized, so please check their website for the latest.

ProfTalks Lectures

May 4, 2014

Ten award-winning Canadian and American professors present their very best lectures on literature, history, music, art, science, economics and more - all in just one day!

pictures of the professors participating

Times: 9:30am-4:15pm
Register: $179 with promo code TORONTO179.

Canadian Music Week

May 6-10, 2014

Canadian Music Week has over 800 artists filling over 60 venues to mark another installment of Canadas largest new music festival. From tomorrow's emerging artists to todays hottest concert hit-makers, you'll find them here.

All CMF showcase performances are accessible to holders with a festival wristband. Entry to all shows is subject to capacity. Shows are 19 and over unless otherwise stated.

NEW this year - CMW Concert Lottery - a new program that offers wristband holders the chance to guarantee your spot at some of the larger shows during the festival. The Concert Lottery will be announced via CMW’s social platforms: Twitter, Facebook and the CMW website along with an RSVP link for fans to follow. Lottery concerts include:

  • May 6: The 1975
  • May 7: Canadian Radio Music Awards
  • May 9: City and Colour
  • May 10: Owen Pallett
  • May 10: MASTODON
  • May 10: Neko Case

OUR TIME: Worlds to Change. Worlds to Win [A Pride Concert]

May 10, 2014

Singing Out is the largest community chorus in Toronto. They promote pride both in who they are and in their musical excellence.

Their Spring concert will showcase familiar songs like Because by the Beatles and Bridge over Troubled Water, but there will also be a few songs that promote pride. Their common goal is belonging and their Spring Concert titled "Our Time" is a perfect opener for World Pride 2014.

Terroir Hospitality Symposium

May 12, 2014

Canada’s leading hospitality industry symposium, Terroir brings together influential chefs, food & wine experts, restaurateurs and global influencers in gastronomy.

If you're interested, you can read more HERE.
#Foodie Event

Empty Bowls

May 21, 2014: 5-7:30pm

Foodie event: Choose a bowl, and savour sumptuous soups by some of Toronto's famed chefs, hand-picked by Chef Jamie Kennedy. All proceeds benefit Anishnawbe Health Toronto, an aboriginal community-based health centre.

Tickets go on sale March 3, 2014 at 10:00am. This is a popular event, so there is a strict limit of 4 tickets per person.

Italian Walk of Fame

May 28, 2014

The Italian Walk of Fame is located in the heart of downtown Toronto's "Little Italy" (College St, just west of Bathurst). The 'Walk' celebrates extraordinary achievements/contributions of Italians, both locally and globally. There is also the red carpet star unveiling ceremonies later in the year.

Funny Girls & Dynamic Divas

May 29, 2014

Sistering’s signature fundraising event and a highlight of the year. Featuring some of Canada’s top female comedians and musicians, this event is not-to-be missed.

  • When: Thursday, May 29
  • Where: Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East
  • Tickets: TBA

Enjoy a fabulous evening filled with laughter, music and delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts! An exciting silent auction and raffle, featuring lifestyle packages and prizes will add to the fun-filled evening.



May 30, 2014

It's back! After a successful first year last year, CraveTO once again is offering a fantastic gastro night for Foodies. It's at a different venue this year, but it will definitely be a night for you to remember. Interested? Read more...

Toronto Plays

Jun 5, 2014

Toronto Play is back! Enjoy drinks, dancing, Vegas-themed games, prizes and more for one of Toronto’s most PLAYFUL events on the charity scene.

Toronto Plays logo

All proceeds from the event are donated to Right to Play (which uses the transformative power of sport & play to educate and empower children facing adversity).

Yorkville Exotic Car Show

Jun 15, 2014: Noon-5pm

Make your Dad happy on Fathers' Day! Walk the red carpet with over 150 beautiful examples of classic and exotic cars, including Porcshe, Aston Martin, Jaguar and more.

With Bloor-Yorkville area being one of Toronto`s most celebrated neighbourhood of style and culture offering a unique blend of designer boutiques, fashionable restaurants, plush hotels and world class galleries, there's also something for Mum to do!

Bloor Street will be closed to traffic between Avenue Road and Bay Street for the entire day to host this event.

Ontario Craft Beer Week

Jun 15-21, 2014

Ontario Craft Beer Week logo Ontario Craft Beer Week is a province-wide celebration that helps promote the local craft beer producers in Ontario. There will be over 30 craft brewers taking part in this celebration and 150+ events held throughout Ontario.

Many of the events during the Ontario Craft Beer Week will be hosted by pubs, restaurants and other venues and it all begins on Fathers' Day...another reason to celebrate!

The Stop's Night Market

Jun 17-18, 2014

The Stop’s Night Market is a mash–up of the best of Toronto’s street food and art, and offers Torontonians a unique chance to experience Honest Ed’s iconic space like they’ve never seen it before.

The Stop’s Night Market transforms the alley/parking lot into a tantalizing feast for the senses, featuring over 60 chefs and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers. [TTC: Bathurst Station/Bathurst street]

Details are still to be announced

The Journey to Conquer Cancer 2014

Jun 22, 2014

newParticipants can Run or walk in support of any area of cancer research, clinic, lab or patient care programs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. As you weave your way past the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre we recognize the groups and individuals that support the journey.

Our family-friendly route offers 5km, 3km and 1km options allowing everyone to BE A PART OF THE JOURNEY! The Journey takes place on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

Waterloo Air Show  •Out of Town•

Jun 28-29, 2014

Kick-start your summer by experiencing amazing aerial displays at the 2014 Waterloo Air Show. Aviation is showcased both in the air and on the ground. Highlighting the show will be spectacular displays by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, Canada’s CF-18 Demonstration Team, daring aerobatics, warbirds and more.

This 2-day family event is complemented by a Static Display -- additional aircraft parked for the weekend allowing people to see them up close, take photos, and speak to the pilots.

For additional entertainment, there will be displays, vendors, a kids amusement area, interactive family activities, performer autographs, food, a beer garden and more. Bring your chairs & cameras out to the Region of Waterloo International Airport and let your wings soar!

Times: Gates open 10am - 5pm. Air Show Insiders (sign up on website) get in at 9am! Air Show begins at 1pm until approx 4pm
Where: Region of Waterloo International Airport, 4881 Fountain Street North, Breslau
Parking: FREE on-site parking
Tickets:  TBA


Jul 4-25, 2014: Fridays 6-11pm

Cultura is a free weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food and film. A festival that seeks to reflect the rich diversity of Toronto in a communal celebration, Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food, creative and interactive art installations, and evening film screenings under the stars in Mel Lastman Square; North York's expansive outdoor amphitheatre. See you on the Square - every Friday Night in July!

Rose Summer Theatre

Jul-Aug, 2014

Brampton: This summer, variety is the name of the game. There's comedy, drama and song! Every Wednesday not only offers a splendid production. More Information

Mad Pride Toronto

Jul 5-14, 2014

Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labeled “mentally ill”, and those in solidarity with them.

Mad Pride is about:

  • remembering and participating in mad history
  • challenging discrimination
  • advocating for rights
  • affirming mad identities
  • developing and empowering mad communities
  • having fun!

"Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration!"

Beach Volleyball - Heatwave Tournament

Jul 12-13, 2014

This weekend event is FREE to watch. Once there you can spend as little or as much time as you want watching the many competitors and once you've watched enough, you can stroll along the boardwalk to The Beaches main area. Money raised will go to a worthy cause - Sick Kids Foundation.

Times: 9am - 5pm (2-Day & 1-Day Tournaments) approx

If you are interested in participating, you will find all the details/fees on their website.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 15-Sept 1, 2014

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is an 'end of summer' celebration held at Exhibition Place. Once you've paid the entrance fee, all entertainment is free. But in order to go on the amusement rides, you must have the RAD pass (includes admission AND rides).

The Midway

Details are still to be announced.

Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance  •Out of Town•

Sept 13-14, 2014

Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community presents the 2nd annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

picture of Cobble beach and golf course

On Saturday, the Participant tour will take place in Grey County. Sunday, the Concours will be held on the 18th fairway of Cobble Beach, this extraordinary bayside course will play host to a rich assortment of international automobiles and distinguished guests.

  • Venue: Cobble Beach, Georgian Bay
  • Tickets: TBA

Social Media Week Toronto

Sept 22-26, 2014

Details still to be announced.


Consumer/Trade Shows

The Original Baby Soiree

Apr 27, 2014: 10am-6pm

The curated + themed experience is sure to have something to delight and inspire everyone who attends - Not your typical mass-expo event - it's actually a themed/interactive event to inspire & celebrate Moms and your little ones.

At this show, 500+ Moms will be able to browse and shop for the finest essentials for their modern parenting lifestyle while being treated to gourmet food stations, entertainment and inspiration boards. Meet, mingle and learn from industry experts, get inspired and celebrate life in a family-friendly stylish venue. Highlights:

  • Mini Consultations
  • Live Entertainment
  • Delicious Gourmet Treats & Sweets
  • A Moveable Feast: Food Trucks & Tented Bistro
  • The FIRST LIVE inspiration board—for celebrations/birthday parties
  • Complimentary mini consultations with event planners & food stylists

The Original Wedding Soiree

Apr 27, 2014: 10am-6pm

The original curated and themed wedding showcase for the chic and modern clientele, featuring installations + vignettes, providing lots of ideas for the 'bride-to-be'. Highlights:

  • Local Wedding Library
  • Mini Consultations
  • Live Inspiration Installations
  • Fashion Vignette
  • Live Entertainment

Digital Media Summit

May 7, 2014

As part of the Canadian Music Week, the Digital Media Summit is a social media and interactive marketing conference bringing together the worlds of social media and interactive marketing to bring digital branding to the forefront and examine successful engagement strategies for brands, business and media as well as "why" people use social networks.

LEGO Fan Expo

Jul 19-20, 2014

Ontario Brick Builders presents... Brickfête 2014: 14,000 sq ft of LEGO creations built by hobbyists.

What will you see? Unique and detailed builds including...

  • LEGO Robots & Mindstorms Creations
  • City Layouts with powered Trains
  • Space, Star Wars & Scifi Creations
  • Art, Architecture & Design
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Historical Buildings and Castles
  • Pirates, Steampunk and Vikings
  • Mosaics & Sculptures and so much more...

All made with millions of LEGO bricks ... by hobbyists from across Canada and the USA.


Fan Expo Canada™

Aug 28-31, 2014

Fan Expo LogoFan Expo Canada™ is some times referred to as the Comic Con of Canada. In past years, there's been over 700 exhibitors covering 400,000 sq ft or more! Fan Expo Canada™ combines the best of gaming, horror, comics, science fiction and anime under one roof and is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in the world!

Hotel specials for the fan expo are still to be announced. Other details are still to be announced as well as ticket information. Those will be posted once they become available.

Toronto Fall Home Show

Sept 18-21, 2014

The show features over 300 renovation and home décor specialists offering advice, solutions and inspiration for a wide array of home renovation and décor projects.

Show highlights

Still to be announced

The Everything to do with Sex Show

Oct 24-26, 2014

The Toronto Everything To Do With Sex Show is an exciting 3-day consumer adult event geared towards anyone looking to spice up their life!

If you want to see seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, the dungeon, and more, this is the perfect expo for you! Every year new elements are added to the show so there is always something for our returning attendees.

Single Day: $22.50 (online) / $25 (at the door)
Weekend Pass: $30 (online) / $35 (at the door)

Fri: 3pm-12am / Sat: 11am-12am / Sun: 11am-6pm

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Nov 20-23, 2014

Sample over 1,800 wines, beers and spirits alongside gourmet cuisine. The Expo embraces the style and sophistication of a cocktail party paired with unprecedented educational opportunities and compelling feature areas. Sample tickets are additional and available onsite.

GA: Fri & Sun $TBA / Sat $TBA
VIP: VIP Preview Evening [Thurs] $TBA
Times: Thurs: 6-10pm [VIP Preview Evening]
Fri: 2-10pm
Sat: Noon-10pm
Sun: Noon-6pm