16 things to do in Toronto today: Saturday, May 11

May 11 2019, 12:38 am

The work week has finally come to an end, so you better be in the mood to let loose and have some fun.

And while checking out the cherry blossoms throughout the city will definitely be a popular past time this weekend, there are still plenty of other fun options to enjoy.

From an epic party with the city’s top chefs to the official kick off of the Toronto Flower Market, here are 16 events worth checking out this Saturday.

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Mejuri Walk-Out


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What:¬†If you‚Äôre still thinking about what to get your mom for Mothers‚Äô Day, Toronto-based jewellery brand, Mejuri, is holding a special ‚Äėwalk-out‚Äô this weekend. This means customers are able to walk out of the Toronto showroom with their purchase. With Mejuri being a direct to consumer, digitally-native brand, leaving with your purchase is not a regular occurrence-perfect for last-minute shoppers. And if you really want to win this Mother‚Äôs Day, book a personal styling appointment for you and mom. See your favourite pieces, styling advice and get your fingers sized all while sipping on champagne. Book yours,¬†here.

When: On now until May 11
Time: Monday to Friday, from 12 pm to 8 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Mejuri Toronto Showroom, 906 Dundas Street West

The Tastemaker Tour

What: If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens when the top chefs in Toronto get together and throw a massive party, this is it. Back for its second year, the Tastemaker Tour will feature one-off chef collaborations, never-before-seen menus, live music and DJs, over 30 restaurants and producers to sample, and intimate access to party with Toronto’s top chefs, all in one place

When: On now until May 12
Where:¬†Evergreen Brick Works ‚ÄĒ 550 Bayview Avenue
Price:¬†Starting at $45 ‚ÄĒ¬†Tickets available via the website

Canadian Music Week

What: Now in its 38th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music.

When: On now until May 12
Time: Varies by day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Varies by the show

Toronto Jewish Film Festival

What: The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (TJFF), showcases the best feature films, documentaries and shorts from Canada and around the world, on themes of Jewish culture and identity.  TJFF heightens awareness of Jewish and cultural diversity around the world to audiences of all cultural backgrounds, and presents films in their original languages, with subtitles, in an effort to break down racial, cultural and religious barriers and stereotypes.

When: On now until May 12
Time: Screenings vary by day
Where: Multiple venues
Price: From $15

This is Tiffany T Experience


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What:¬†Shoppers and Instagram fans alike need to check out North America‚Äôs first Tiffany Infinity Mirrors-inspired pop-up space. The ‚ÄúThis is Tiffany T‚ÄĚ experience features reflective surfaces and showcases the infinitely brilliant world of Tiff.

When: On now until May 15
Time: Mall hours vary by day
Where: Yordale Shopping Centre, 3401 Dufferin Street
Admission: Free to attend

CONTACT Photography Festival

What: Back for another year is the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the largest annual photography event in the world, which showcases works from hundreds of photographers at locations all over the city.

When: On now until May 31
Time: All day
Where: Venues throughout the city
Price: Free

HideSeek pop-up Toronto

What: You can awaken your inner child at Toronto’s brand new and unforgettable pop-up, HideSeek this spring. Occupying a 7,000-sq-ft vacant retail space in the Dundas West neighbourhood, the pop-up invites you to escape reality and relive the days of childhood. Explore multi-sensory elements throughout the space and marvel at epic floor-to-ceiling installations.

When: On now until June 2
Time: Thursday and Friday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where:¬†Dundas West neighbourhood ‚ÄĒ 1305 Dundas Street West
Price:¬†$25 (plus taxes and service fees) ‚ÄĒ Tickets available¬†online

Ai Weiwei: Unbroken

What:¬†Ai Weiwei, one of the world‚Äôs¬†most influential living artists¬†and human rights activists, is bringing a collection of his ceramic works to Toronto‚Äôs Gardiner Museum.¬†Called¬†Unbroken, the exhibit will present an array of Ai‚Äôs ceramic works while highlighting ‚Äúurgent global issues.‚ÄĚ

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

Anthony Ricciardi DREAM SPACE Exhibit


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What:¬†DREAM SPACE is a 2,500-sq-ft immersive pop-up museum featuring Ricciardi‚Äôs original canvas work and sculpture series. The gallery acts as an entry point to a ‚Äúsecret and hidden‚ÄĚ pop-up experience filled with 15 large-scale interactive installations and multi-sensory immersive spaces inspired by Ricciardi‚Äôs creations, including a pool of gold coins. Visitors will also have the chance to take one of Ricciardi‚Äôs pieces home with prices starting at $100, up to $7,000.

When: Open now until July
Time: Mall hours vary by day
Where: Yorkdale Mall. 3401 Dufferin Street
Admission: Admission to the gallery is free with a $15 admission fee to access the pop-up art installation and immersive space

Evergreen Brick Works Saturday Markets

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: May 11
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue
Price: Admission is free

Toronto Comic Arts Festival

What: This two-day exhibition is a celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators and features hundreds of comic creators from around the world.

When: May 11 and 12
Time: Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Price: Free to attend

Toronto Flower Market

What: Now in its seventh year, the Flower Market will kick off the season just in time for Mother’s Day weekend on May 11. This season’s vendors are prepped and ready to share all of their locally grown spring blooms such as daffodils, hyacinth, muscari, ranunculus, and oh so many tulips. Plus, there will be seedlings and spring bulbs for planting in home gardens.

When: Kicks off Saturday, May 11
10 am to 3 pm
Where: CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West
Admission: Free

Parkdale Flea


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What: Parkdale Flea Market aims to bring together some of the best and most unique products that Toronto has to offer. Featuring vendors ranging from antiques, vintage, collectibles, local Artisans, and designers.

When: May 11
Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Northern Contemporary Gallery, 1605 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

Spring Into Parkdale

What: The seventh annual outdoor street festival promises over 100 vendors, live entertainment, and free family-friendly activities in addition to a massive night market showcasing local chefs and more.

When: May 11
Time: 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Parkdale Village, along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Ave to Dufferin Street
Price: Admission is free, but you’ll have to pay for food dishes

Toronto Pug Grumble

What: Bring your pugs to the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park this Sunday for a Toronto Pug Grumble. Get ready for lots of snorting, rolling, and grumbling.

When: May 11
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl, 790 Queen Street West
Price: Free

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. Featuring Callum Wratten, Rebecca Payne, D.J. Mausner, Zohaib Khan, Tom Hearn, Antony Hall, Kyah Green, Coko Galore, Ajahnis Charley, and Rosh Abdullah.

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

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