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February 01, 2015

Upcoming Events/Consumer Shows

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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.


Gallery City

Jan - March 25, 2015

Gallery City is a collaboration between the York-Eglinton Business Improvement Area and Hogtown Mascots. Under the artistic direction of John Kernaghan, Gallery City harnesses the talents of local artists in order to beautify the windows of neighbourhood storefronts.

gallery city poster

This year we invite you to “CELEBRATE UNITY IN TORONTO” with another exciting exhibition of themed window installations showcasing several locations in the area. An opportunity to showcase the work of local artists as a unique walking tour attraction.


Sweet Symphony

Feb 1 & 8, 2015: 1:30-4:00pm

As part of Winterlicious, Casa Loma's Sweet Symphony offers an elegant Sunday afternoon of delectables and music in the one-of-a-kind historic setting of Casa Loma.

Guests will have their pick from an exquisite selection of pastry chef's miniature pastries and sweets including chocolate cheesecake lollipops, orange ricotta cannelloni, French macaroons, Meyer lemon and raspberry tarts and chocolate hazelnut éclairs, along with coffees and teas as well as enjoy performances from the Casa Loma Quartet in the conservatory.


Kuumba

Feb 6-8, 2015

Kuumba is one of Toronto’s longest-running festivals celebrating Black History Month.

Explore the idea of black identity, legacy and the Canadian connection to the Civil Rights Movement. It showcases the vitality of Toronto’s African and Caribbean communities through music, comedy, dance, film, family activities and more. Reflect, explore and celebrate.


UntappedTO

Feb 12, 2015: 7:00-10:00 pm

The inaugural #CraftBeer festival that brings a selection of craft brewers from around the GTA for you to sample, learn about, and get to know their beers.

Admission includes an event mug plus 2 tokens. Additional tokens: $2/token. Food, raffle and beer (4oz) can be purchased using the tokens. There's also live entertainment and arcade games.


The Harlem Globetrotters 2015 World Tour

Feb 14, 2015: 2:00 & 7:00 pm

picture of Harlem GlobetrottersThe Harlem Globetrotters are BACK in Toronto and on St. Valentine's Day!

With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Special priced tickets are available (for a limited time) by TravelZoo for both shows.


Family Day Weekend/Family Day (Mon, Feb 16)

Family Fun Fest [Toronto]

Feb 14-16, 2015

Downsview Park transforms into a large INDOOR FUN Zone just for Family Day weekend! Family Fun Fest features an indoor amusement park with over 20 rides, activities and attractions including Kiddie Rides, Jumping Castles, Giant Slides, Interactive Games, Fun Foods, Arcade and Carnival Games. Strolling entertainers also make appearances daily.

Family day weekend stage includes Interactive Stage show guaranteed to get your kids smiling, laughing and dancing too. Featuring interactive performances by the world renowned “Doo Doo the Clown” and “The Trevor Show”.

SPECIAL ticket price offered via TravelZoo for a limited time - 50% off admission - best hurry cos they may 'sell out' at these prices


Kids-Fest [Hamilton]

Feb 14-16, 2015

picture of inflatable rideHamilton Kids-Fest offers great Family Day weekend fun - 80,000+ square feet of inflatables, shows, shopping, laughs & museum fun!

Canada's largest indoor inflatable festival returns on Family Day Weekend! Blown up and ready for play will be some of North America's largest indoor inflatable rides. Kids will jump, bounce, slide, crawl and laugh their way through the day. All this, in addition to shows, interactive activities, games, crafts, character meet-and-greets, full access to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and more! Geared toward children 12 and under, this weekend will be chalked full of entertainment!

FREE Parking is included with your admission


Family Day ~ Toronto’s Waterfront

Feb 16: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Looking for something to do on Family Day? Join the Waterfront BIA for FREE Family Day fun for kids of all ages at Family Day on Toronto’s Waterfront. Highlights include:

  • Guided tours of the Museum of Inuit Art at 10:30am, 11:30am and 4:30pm
  • Woofjocks Canine All Stars will be doing demos of today’s most popular canine sports in PawsWay at 12:00pm, 1:30pm and 3:30pm
  • Magic shows by Pockets and Bilboa the clowns in PawsWay
  • Pet themed face painting by Ester in PawsWay
  • FREE Pizza at Bar Milano in Queen’s Quay Terminal from noon-6pm
  • Bring your own insulated travel mug and enjoy a tasty variety of FREE complimentary hot beverages

Waterfront logo for Family Day


Cabbagetown Family Day Festival

Feb 16: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The inaugural Cabbagetown Family Day Festival, produced by The Cabbagetown BIA, will be bringing families together in celebration of the long holiday weekend.

The event features

  • An ice sculptures stroll throughout the Cabbagetown BIA area
  • Horse and carriage rides
  • Toronto All Star Big Band
  • An ice skating showcase by Glisse on Ice
  • Buskers
  • Food, music, and more!

Visit Cabbagetown and experience the charm, charisma and local culture this area of Toronto has to offer. Guaranteed fun for the whole family!


Heatfest

Feb 16: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

A celebration of great Canadian comfort food!

Heatfest logo

Warm yourself up with soups, stews, sauces, curries, jerks, gravies, and more! A Winter gathering of some of the city’s most delicious Food Trucks and ‘Heatfest Specials’ at Distillery District restaurants, which also includes a full day of fun fitness and dance activities to help you keep warm and stay active.


The Brewer’s Backyard: Winter Hibeernation

Feb 16, 2015: Noon–5pm

The Brewer’s Backyard offers craft beers from Indie Alehouse, Great Lakes Brewery and Beau’s All-Natural Brewing, as well as food from Urban Carnivore and Sugar Pie Honey Bunch. It's open to all ages, but you must be 19 (with ID) to enjoy a brewski!


Winter Stations

Feb 16 - Mar 20, 2015

Monday blues may be sinking in but this may cheer you up somewhat - Winter Stations - a totally unique initiative set to transform the city’s east beaches this winter from desolate to vibrant.

This February, Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood will be infused with colour and vibrancy by a series of one-off art installations for the inaugural Winter Stations competition. Artists, designers and architects will transform the utilitarian lifeguard stations along the east beaches into wintertime public art, aiming to celebrate one of the city’s most underappreciated and underused winterscapes.

lifeguard station on Toronto's Beaches in east end of the city

Launched by RAW Design, Ferris + Associates and Curio, Toronto’s Winter Stations design competition received over 200 submissions from around the world. The winning submissions will be built along Kew, Scarborough and Balmy Beaches in the heart of the Beach community, broadly located south of Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues.

Location: The Beaches, Queen St East (between Woodbine & Victoria Park)


Recipe For Change

Feb 26, 2015

This is definitely one for the Foodie in you. Details of this event can be found Here


Happy Birthday Toronto – Celebrating 181 Years

Mar 6, 2015: 8:30 pm - 2:00 am

Toronto celebrating 181 years logoJoin the party - looking back and celebrating Toronto’s past, and down the track to our promising future together! Entertainment will include:

  • 8:30pm: Gallery Reception, Hors D'oeuvres, Silent Auction
  • 9:30pm: Live Band, The Digs
  • 10:30pm: ElectroSwing
  • 12:00am: Galactic Scoundrels
  • Complimentary Vodka Sampling courtesy of Slava Vodka
  • Photography Presentation by Thank You Toronto
  • Live Body Painting by Liquid Imprints

Dress code in effect: Cocktail Attire, Dancing Shoes! Tickets can also be purchased at Soundscapes, 572 College St West, Toronto


Toronto International Bicycle Show

Mar 6-8, 2015

The largest bicycle consumer show in the world continues to be popular.

This year’s show includes a line-up of thrilling, world-class competitions and hands-on activities. Plus, the most up-to-date displays of new bicycles, accessories and apparel from over 150 of the top cycling manufacturers, distributors, retailers, touring companies and cycling clubs.


Disney on Ice: Frozen

March 18-22, 2015

Thumbnail of poster of Disney's FrozenThe heartwarming, Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into Toronto. You'll be magically whisked away into the wintery world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including "Let It Go."

Join royal sisters Elsa and Anna, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all!


Toronto ComiCon

Mar 20-22, 2015

Fan Expo Canada presents Toronto ComiCon. This is a 3-day event where you line-up to meet your favourite artists, writers & illustrators, attend workshops and Q&As and lots more. This show is very popular so expect long queues and go prepared for such.

Tips:

  • Wear comfortable footwear
  • CASH wins - ATMs always have huge line-ups
  • If allowed - take Water
  • Pack food if you can
  • Plan who you want to see and where they are
  • If you can, take something to sit on when in line
  • And... most of all, take lots of patience.

With Google searches, you can get a lot more tips from those who have braved the crowds and enjoy going to this kind of show. If you go... good luck and enjoy!