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April 01, 2015

Toronto Festivals & Events

Changes

Festivals Toronto website is in the midst of getting a facelift and hopes to be live early 2015 with a new look.

In the meantime, festivals for the period January-March of this year are listed. Listings for the remainder of the year will be found on the new version of the site.

Listings will also be mentioned on our Facebook page and via Twitter.


Early Easter Activities

High Park: Colborne Lodge

Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday), 11am-3pm: Very Popular!
Take your Easter basket and join in this annual community event held on the grounds of Colborne Lodge. Children enjoy egg hunts and colour eggs using natural dyes inside historic Colborne Lodge.
$3 for egg hunts and $1 for egg dyeing. Registration not required.

Todmorden

Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm: Easter Egg Painting (A Family Workshop) for kids 6 years+.
Learn this ancient art form. Create your own personalized pysanky (Easter eggs) using traditional wax resist techniques.
Pre-registration is required: Adults: $10; Children: $5 (plus tax)


Save on Attractions

We all look for a deal, especially if you're visiting as a family. The following are just some ways of catching a deal when in Toronto (or other cities in Canada):

  • Buytopia: offers really good discounts on many events that are held in Toronto and other Canadian cities.
  • Travelzoo: offers discounts on many attractions, events, hotels, etc. in Toronto and Canada.
  • City Pass: (not to be confused with the City Passports) offers discounted admission to five of Toronto's main tourist attractions including CN Tower
  • Ticketmaster: 2 for 1 ticket deals as well as discounts on other events! Again, worth checking out regularly.

  • City Passports offers booklet of discounts and usually sells out quickly, so keep in mind for future visits to the city (Toronto is still to be offered).

Always check these and other sites like them to find a better deal or a discount. It's worth the extra time to save the extra $$!


Theatre

Apr 8-12, 2015: Heretic. Soup Can Theatre is proud to present the premiere of Heretic; a theatrical retelling of the story of Joan of Arc from critically acclaimed actor/director Sarah Thorpe - 7 performances only!

Was Joan of Arc a holy vessel or the victim of vivid hallucinations? A headstrong warrior or a delusional young woman elevated by the hope of a nation? Heretic explores these complex facets, illuminating the iconic character in a way that has never been seen before.

Where: lemonTree {studio} Theatre – 58 Stewart St (just south of King & Bathurst) [map]
Tickets: $15-$22, or in person at the venue starting 1 hr before show time.


CBCMusic.ca Festival

The CBC music festival is returning to Toronto on Saturday, May 23, 2015: 3:30 pm and if you have young children, you can take them along as there will be ctivities and entertainment to keep them busy (incl. Kids' CBC crafts & Mamma Yamma).

It's going to be held at Echo Beach (909 Lake Shore Blvd. W. - Rain or Shine!) and the tickets are quite reasonably priced - GA$39.50 (+fees) with kids 12 and under, getting in FREE!

It's going to be an all-Canadian lineup including: Patrick Watson, Bahamas, Coeur de pirate, Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett Emergency, Tanika Charles, Lindi Ortega, the Strumbellas, Fred Penner.

Tickets are available NOW via Ticketmaster but if you'd like to save on the fees, you can also pick them up at Rotate This (801 Queen St. W., Toronto - map) and Soundscapes (572 College St, Toronto - map).


Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Sept 2-6, 2015: Cirque is back in Toronto but not in their usual Grande Chapeau. Instead, their show is being held in the Air Canada Centre. There are 2 shows each date: - except for Sept 2-3 where there's only the 7:30 pm show.

Tickets are on sale NOW

"The word Varekai means "wherever" in the Romany language of the gypsies the universal wanderers. This production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to the infinite passion of those whose quest takes them along the path that leads to Varekai."


Live Comedy

FREE live comedy shows - now you can't beat that can you?! The Comedy Cabaret is a monthly show of Stand-Up Comedy held at The Charlotte Room (19 Charlotte St) on the last Monday of every month (8-9:30pm). You can reserve your seat by booking online via Uniiverse (or just show up).


Ripleys Aquarium of Canada

The newest addition to Toronto's tourist attractions is open for business! The aquarium finally opened its doors to the public on Oct 16 and already has been experiencing an overwhelming demand for its tickets online. It's open 365 days of the year and the times vary during the week.

picture of the aquarium building

The 135,000 sq. foot (12,500 sq. metre) interactive attraction will showcase more than 16,000 marine animals and over 450 species. Features:

Jelly Fish Exhibit

Planet Jellies

Dangerous Lagoon’s underwater tunnel showcasing Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, and Sawfish

Touch pools with Horseshoe Crabs, Stingrays, and Bamboo Sharks

Rare and unique lobsters, daily live dive shows and more!

It's situated right at the bottom of the CN Tower at 288 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto. You can purchase your tickets online or at the door. They also offer passes but these aren't available online. Prices are as follows:
Adult: $29.98
Youth (ages 6- 13): $19.98
Child (ages 3-5): $9.98
Senior (+ 65): $19.98
*Kids under 2 yrs: complimentary with adult guardian.


LEGOLAND® - Adult Nights

LEGOLAND® is, of course, a fantastic place to take your kids! But, you gotta know that if you're an adult, you MUST be accompanied by a child otherwise you will NOT be allowed to enter. For this reason, they hold "Adult Nights" - always on a Wednesday. More information


Yonge/Dundas Square

picture of Yonge and Dundas SquareYonge & Dundas Square is a place where you can experience Free live music, Free movies (during the summer), many FREE events. Or you can just hang out in one of the central spots for people to gather as there is outdoor seating available.

Better still, if you're from out of town, need quick access to online info, especially to help you find your way quickly around Toronto, you will appreciate the FREE Wi-Fi offered by Yonge & Dundas Square, compliments of Wireless Toronto. You can also pick up your concert or show tickets from the "TO Tix" booth which is partly covered from the 'elements'.


PATH Information

PDF map of Toronto's underground Pathway through the downtown coreI am keeping this information on the front page as I believe it's definitely worth checking out, especially when weather's not so good. Now in the Guiness World Record book, this underground heaven is busy throughout the year.

During the summer, using the PATH is a great way to keep cool whilst checking out the numerous stores hidden under the downtown core of Toronto and during the winter, you stay warm and dry. And if you're in the downtown core (financial district at King/Bay area) and it appears to be kinda quiet on the streets during the week, just head underground and you'll find everyone there.

Remember, if you feel lost (and it's so easy to do on the PATH! - just ask, hopefully you'll ask a local!!