MONDAY MAY 2nd – SUNDAY MAY 8th
PHOTOGRAPHY | CONTACT Photography Festival
May 1st – 31st, 2016
Each May, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival transforms Toronto into a photo-lover’s dream. From street installations to gallery exhibitions, CONTACT connects people and images in new, surprising way. Check out their Festival Planner to make the most of ths month-long festival.
MUSIC | Canadian Music Week
May 2nd – 8th, 2016
Canadian Music Week 2016 is finally here. This music festival and industry conference celebrates the best in Canadian music; the concert line-up is packed with brilliant shows that you won’t want to miss.
THEATRE | PostSecret: The Show
May 3rd – 8th, 2016
The online sensation, PostSecret.com, hits the Toronto stage with PostSecret: The Show. Experience crowd-sourced secrets – often sad, racy, or funny – brought to life. It’s guaranteed to be a visual, auditory, and emotional journey; get ready to laugh, cry, and cringe.
ART | OCADU GradEx
May 4th – 8th, 2016
OCAD’s graduate exhibition is back for its 101st year; now’s your chance to check out the work of over 900 talented young artists and designers.
FASHION | Made Inland
May 6th – May 8th, 2016
Ditch that fast fashion habit and head to Made Inland. Held in the stunning QRC West in the heart of Toronto’s fashion district, here’s your chance to shop (and mingle with) over 60 Canadian designers.
WALKING TOUR | Jane’s Walk
May 6th – May 8th, 2016
Celebrate your love of Toronto with Jane’s Walk – informative, quirky, and unique citizen-led walks – held in memory of urbanist and activist, Jane Jacobs. There’s a walk for everyone: brush up on the city’s culinary scene; explore Toronto’s artistic past; discover the history of Toronto’s pride movement, and more.
MARKET | Blossom and Bloom
May 6th – May 7th, 2016
Head to Union Station to stock up on all your floral needs – from bouquets and expert advice, to floral crown workshops and a complimentary henna station – at Blossom and Bloom 2016. Pro Tip: this is the perfect chance to pick up something in time for Mother’s Day…
MONDAY MAY 9th – SUNDAY MAY 15th
FOOD | Veggielicious
May 6th – May 22nd, 2016
Celebrate all things vegan and delicious with Veggielicious: 16 days of prix-fixe vegan menus from restaurants, bakeries, and cafés across the GTA.
FILM & BOOKS | TIFF’s Books on Film: Cheryl Strayed and Wild
Monday, May 9th, 2016
As part of their ‘Books on Film‘ series, head to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, as acclaimed writer, Cheryl Strayed, reflects on Jean-Marc Vallée’s film adaptation of her best-selling 2012 memoir, Wild.
OUTDOORS | Spring Plant Sale
May 13th – May 15th, 2016
Get everything you need to make your garden grow from those in the know at the Spring Plant Sale at Toronto Botanical Garden. From perennials, to vegetables, to succulents and vines – you’ll find everything you need (plus expert advice).
MUSIC | Peter and the Wolf
Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Toronto Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Magic Circle Mime Company for a family performance of the beloved musical tale, ‘Peter and the Wolf.’ Watch – and listen – as musicians and the conductor’s assistant work to outwit that pesky wolf.
HISTORY | The Etiquette of Downton Abbey
Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Channel your inner Lady Mary or Matthew Crawley at ‘Toronto’s Downton Abbey‘ – Spadina Museum – and brush up on your 1920s etiquette on this tour which takes you everywhere from the simple servant’s quarters, to opulent drawing rooms.
MONDAY MAY 16th – SUNDAY MAY 22nd
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Outside Looking In, a Canada-wide program, gives Indigenous youth and their communities the chance to engage in long-term education through dance. Catch their ultimate performance at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Arts.
FOOD & DRINK | Brewers Plate Toronto
Wednesday, May 18th
Enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll celebration of food and beer as the best in both businesses come together for a night of music, gourmet eats and libations for Brewers Plate Toronto.
MUSIC | Kpop Con
May 20th – May 22nd, 2016
Korean pop lovers, gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for Kpop Con 2016 – part concert, part convention, part fan-meets – you won’t want to miss out on this massive celebration of all things Kpop.
ART | Artfest Toronto’s Spring Art & Craft Show
May 21st – 23rd, 2016
What better way to spend the long weekend than surrounded by art in Toronto’s historic Distillery District? Stroll through the cobblestone lanes and celebrate painting, photography, fine craft, sculpture, and live music from Toronto’s top artists at Artfest Toronto’s Spring Show.
FOOD | Halal Food Fest
May 21st – May 22nd, 2016
From cooking demos, to performances, and samples galore, make your way to the Halal Food Fest for a fun – and delicious – way to spend your weekend.
DRINK | Toronto’s Festival of Beer: Spring Sessions
May 21st – May 22nd, 2016
This May Two-Four, skip the crowds in cottage country, and have a staycation with Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Expect your favourite brewers – including Great Lakes Brewing, Granville Island, and Beau’s – and bites while you booze.
MONDAY MAY 23rd – SUNDAY MAY 29th
ART | ¡Viva Mexico! Clothing & Culture
May 9th – May 23rd, 2016
Explore the evolution of Mexican fashion – and history – through over 150 textiles on display at the ROM this May with ¡Viva México! Clothing & Culture. From entire costume ensembles, to embroidery, beadwork, and more, take a peek into one of the largest collections of Mexican textiles in the world.