Your first weekend of summer is here!
Head outside and check out all the events taking place in and around our beautiful city.
What: Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Japanese Film Festival showcases the finest Japanese films that have been recognized for excellence by Japanese audiences and critics, international film festival audiences and the Japanese Film Academy.
When: Now until June 28, 1 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
What: Now in its 11th year, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over David Pecaut Square for its run of free outdoor programming this June.
When: Now until June 25
Where: David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West
What: The TD Irie Music Festival has been held since 2002 in collaboration with the Toronto Urban Music Festival. Irie offers Toronto some awesome reggae, world music and gospel.
When: June 24
Where: Mississauga Celebration Square
What: This weekend only, you can witness the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance theatre for the first time ever in Canada. The country’s greatest hip hop crew’s along with international groups from South Africa, South Korea, and the UK will stomp the stage.
When: June 24 to 25, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Sony Centre, 1 Front Street East
What: At NXNE, not only will you find thirty acts that span multiple genres, added perks include midway rides, carnival games, food trucks, art installations and goodness-packed food trucks.
When: June 24 to 25
Where: 51 Commissioners Street
What: Montreal-based pianist Jean-Michel Blais and genre-defying, Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver will be performing this Saturday at the Great Hall as part of Luminato Festival. The show will feature a blend of trance yet beautiful tracks – definitely, a great way to wrap up the festival.
When: June 24, 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West
What: Whatever flavour of jazz you enjoy, you’ll find it at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival this summer! Performers include Joss Stone, Aretha Franklin, and Mavis Staples to name a few. Make sure to view the festival website to find where your favourite musicians are performing and ticket prices!
When: June 24 to July 2
Where: Venues throughout the city
What: Say hello to the new season with a full day of music, art, outdoor patios and shopping.
When: June 24, 12 pm to 12 am
Where: The Junction
What: Sample dairy-free cheese, listen to talks from vegan entrepreneurs, and partake in cooking demos that go beyond your typical cheese platters at this festival featuring dairy-free cheese and plenty of day drinking.
When: June 24, 12:30 pm to 7 pm
Where: 101 Lisgar Street
What: The Drake will be hosting a block party celebrating the intersection of high art and street culture, led by UK-based Australian artist Shaun Gladwell (former pro skater) with a live performance of his critically acclaimed film Skateboarders VS Minimalism.
When: June 24, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Drake Commissary, 128 Sterling Rd
What: The massive celebration of Filipino culture promises a full day packed full of food, entertainment for all ages, and shopping. Tickets cost $15.
When: June 24, 8 am to 10 pm
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Hall A, 255 Front Street West
What: Homegrown talent, The Arkells (who are multi-Juno winners) and July Talk hit the breezy Budweiser Stage for an evening of crowd-swaying rock.
When: June 24, 6 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West
What: Step back in time to the roaring twenties, dust off your best Daisy Buchanan-inspired frocks, and head to Toronto’s very own Spadina Museum for its annual Gatsby Garden Party where Champagne and boozy cocktails will be flowing in full force. You can expect to enjoy live jazz music, dancing, croquet, and of course plenty of costumes. Guests are invited to dress up in full Gatsby attire from flapper dresses to feathered hats — with prizes available for the best costume.
When: June 24, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens, 285 Spadina Road