24 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, June 8

Jun 8 2019, 1:37 am

Saturday is finally here.

Which means there’s no better time to head outside and enjoy all the great events happening throughout the city.

From a naked bike ride to a mouthwatering mac and cheese festival, here are the top 24 events happening in the city today.

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Canadian Sport Film Fest


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What: Now in its 11th year, the Canadian Sport Film Festival brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world. CSFF also works to showcase international films and filmmakers not typically screened or widely available.

When: On now until June 8
Time: Varies by screening
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West
 $15 for adults

MICHELLE ROSS Jewellery Pop Up at SOUVENIR Studios

What: You can check out the shop’s brand new collection, LAGOM, which is a curated selection of brass and sterling silver jewellery this weekend. Originally sculpted in wax, this collection takes a material that is rigid in nature and creates a sense of fluidity while showing the marks of creation and process on each one of a kind piece. Lagom will be showcased alongside Surai Collection favourites and a selection of easy summer silk dresses.

When: On now until June 9
Time: Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: 1232 College Street
Price: Free to attend

Mac and Cheese Festival

What: North America’s largest Mac and Cheese-focused food festival is returning to Toronto this week. Get ready to try concoctions created by celebrity chefs, talented cooks, and innovative entrepreneurs all weekend long.

When: On now until June 9
Where: Roundhouse Park, Toronto
Price: Free admission

Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo 2019

What: The Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo is back in the city for its first stop in Toronto since the legalization of adult-use recreational pot. As always, the event will be offering wall to wall opportunities to meet and learn from those working in the new industry. The event is geared towards everyone from patients to consumers, industry professionals, and investors. It’s set to feature over exhibitors from around the world, informed speakers, as well as representatives from major companies across the country.

When: On now until June 9
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, 255 Front St
Price: Tickets start at $25 for the weekend and go as high as $550 for Business Conference tickets.

NXNE 2019


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What: Canada’s premier music and gaming festival, NXNE, is returning to the city for ten days starting this week. From June 7 to 16, festival goers can look forward to more curator and club shows, and an extended festival village that will include four stages for live performances. This year’s ‘Club Land’ and ‘Festival Village’ will offer guests an impressive mixture of globally recognized and emerging hip-hop, indie rock, and pop performers at 20 of the top music venues in the city.

When: On now until June 16
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Wristbands cost $29


What: The 13th annual Luminato Festival returns to Toronto this week. From June 7 to 23, the multi-arts and multi-platform event will take over the city for 17 days of free and ticketed programming. From a larger-than-life mirrored maze and provocative new work by one of Canada’s most renowned puppet masters to a massive choral event along Toronto’s waterfront and the North American premiere of a reimagined dance classic, Luminato will host over 165 Canadian and international artists.

When: On now until June 23
Time: Varies by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by event

Pehr Pop-up

What: Pehr, which is known for its modern and ethically made baby and kids goods is hostings its first-ever pop-up this month where you can shop for the newest Pehr collections of baby, kids décor, bedding, storage, apparel, and accessories.

When: June 8 through June 30
Time: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; 10 am to 6 pm; Wednesdays, 10 am to 8 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am to 4 pm

Union Summer Market

What: The open-air market situated on the doorstep of Toronto’s Union Station will be returning to the city this week. The outdoor marketplace promises to “showcase the best of Toronto’s eclectic culture, talent and spirit with a curated mix of local food vendors and entertainment.”

When: On now until August 3
Time: 5:30 am to 12:45 am
Where: Union Station – 65 Front Street West
Price: Entry is free

This is Eye Candy


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What: This is Eye Candy is Toronto’s latest Instagram pop-up experience. Tucked away on Queen Street, you’ll find 12 unique rooms, each offering a new immersive experience. From a luxury jet to a cherry blossom forest, there’s a room to pique everyone’s interest.

When: On now
Time: 11 am to 10 pm
322 1/2 Queen Street West
Price: $20, during the hours of 5 pm till 10 pm; $15, during the hours of 11 am till 4 pm

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What: Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum. Called Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai’s ceramic works while highlighting “urgent global issues.”

When: On now until June 9
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park
Admission: $15 for adults

The Funhouse

What: Queen Street West is about to get a brand new immersive installation. And it’s going to be a houseful of fun. Toronto-based art collective Mondo Forma and Universal Music Canada are bringing The Funhouse to downtown. The immersive, experiential art maze, inspired by music and created in collaboration with some of Toronto’s most exciting artists, and will open this Saturday.

When: On now through to September
Time: Doors open at 10 am
101 Lisgar Street
Price: $28 general admission

Summer in the Parks

What: This summer, head to Bloor-Yorkville and snag a seat by the ‘big rock and enjoy some incredible live music that ranges from jazz to traditional Cuban and Greek and Celtic.

When: On now through September 7 (Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Time: Fridays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Saturdays, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; Sundays (only in July and August), 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Village of Yorkville Park, Bellair and Cumberland streets
Price: Free

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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What: The Evergreen Brick Works Saturday market has grown to become the largest farmers’ market in Toronto. Here you’ll find a wide variety of local and seasonal food from local farmers and producers.

When: June 8
Time: 8 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest

What: Back for another year, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest boasts 150,000 butter tarts of all sizes and flavours for sale from over 60 butter tart makers, as well as a marketplace populated with bakers and artisans.

When: June 8
Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 King Street, Midland, Ontario
Price: Admission is free

Dundas West Fest 2019

What: Dundas West Fest kicks off the evening of June 7 with a night market of over 40 licensed patios, and local and international music, and continues on June 8 with food, games, vendors, arts, music, and dance. While you’re there, make sure to check out some of the amazing local vendors like Original Genes.

When: June  8
Time: 10 am to 12 am
Where: Dundas Street West
Price: Free to attend

Kensington Market Flea

What: Starting this Saturday, the weekly Kensington Market Flea kicks off. During the market, visitors will see plenty of independent vendors and artisans from across the city. You can check out plenty of handmade items, art, vintage clothing, records, and other locally designed goods.

When: June 8
Time:  11 am to 6 pm
Where: 214 Augusta Ave, the rear outdoor area of El Gordo Foods
Price: Free to attend


desiFEST is back for its 11th year (desiFEST/ Facebook)

desiFEST is back for its 11th year (desiFEST/ Facebook)

What: Get your bhangra moves ready because desiFEST is back for its 13th year at Yonge-Dundas Square. Canada’s premier South Asian urban music festival is a free event that will feature a collection of artists from Canada, Pakistan, India, Pakistan, Australia, and Singapore.

When: June 8
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

FREE Crazy Crepes

What: Crazy Crepe, known for their Japanese-style crepes originating in Harajuku, is opening its first Toronto location at Church and Carlton on June 7. And to celebrate their grand opening, the eatery will be offering free Strawberry Cream Crepes to the first 100 customers to visit on June 7 and 8.

When: June 8
Time: From noon
Where: 366 Church Street
Price: Free

Toronto Harbourfront Centre sparkles with Windex

What: To celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8, Windex has partnered with local non-profit, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, to create an ocean-plastic-themed activation outside of the Harbourfront Centre.

When: June 8
Time: From 1 pm to 10 pm
Where:  Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to check out

Baro VCP Rich Brunch

What: King Street hotspot Baro is hosting an exclusive Veuve Clicquot Yelloweek party this Saturday. Come discover the brunch reinterpreted by Veuve Clicquot during the Yelloweek.

When: June 8
Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Baro, 485 King Street West
Price: Veuve Clicquot Rich $ 22, Veuve Clicquot Brut $ 20 glass

World Naked Bike Ride Toronto

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What: The annual World Naked Bike Ride returns to Toronto this June and will be rolling through downtown on June 8, giving you the perfect excuse to strip down. Each year, World Naked Bike Ride protests car culture, the pollution cars make and use of non-renewable energy like oil.

When: June 8
 1 pm to 6 pm
Where: It starts at Coronation Park (by the waterfront at the centre of the park; at the big Canadian flagpole.)
Price: Free

Sunnyside 21 – Episode 3

What: You can celebrate the 21st season of summer music and events at Sunnyside Pavilion. Come and enjoy an evening filled with good music, people, and vibes.

When: June 8
Time: 6 pm
Where: Sunnyside Pavilion, 1755 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: $30

Veuve Clicquot Yelloweek at Wildflower Nightclub

What: Calling all party people, Wildflower is hosting a Veuve party this Saturday evening that you won’t want to miss.

When: June 8
Time: 10:30 pm to 2 am
Where: 560, Wellington Street
Price: Reserve your table here

Lovers and Other Strangers: Improvised

What: Lovers and Other Strangers aired nightly on CHFI 98.1 in the ’90s. It had inspirational readings, soft rock and synthesizers. This weekend, you can see some of Toronto’s funniest comedians improvise a set based on this emotional radio show. This month features Mark Shyzer, Rebecca Payne, Alex Kolanko, Zohaib Khan, Chelsea Larkin, Daphney Joseph, Liz Johnston, Ajahnis Charley, Andrew Bushell, and Rosh Abdullah.

When: June 8
Time: 11 pm to 12 am
Where: Bad Dog Comedy Theatre
Price: $10

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