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May 22, 2015

Upcoming Events/Consumer Shows

The Future of Festivals Toronto

Our new (and improved) website has hit some roadblocks and has been delayed going live. In the meantime, we're continuing to update listings/events when they become available.

Changes:
Yorkville Exotic Car Show, normally on Fathers Day, is not on this year but will be back in 2016. Waterloo Air Show will no longer be held. Toronto Fall Home Show is now in Oct. The Delicious Food Show is now called the Toronto Food & Wine Show, it also changed its venue/month.

Listings will also be mentioned on facebook and via Twitter.


The Totally British Festival

May 16-17, 2015

A weekend packed with brilliantly British entertainment for all the family.

SATURDAY: Nostalgia Day with memories, music, dance, laughter featuring Tom Jones Tribute, Morris Dancers, Concert Band British Invasion, Pipe and Drums Band, a British Classic Car Display.

SUNDAY: Family Day with lots of fun for ALL the family, including Punch and Judy show, British Invasion Band, Competitions and Prizes for the kids, and lots more!!


Toronto Trek for Teens Day

May 23, 2015: 10am-11pm

Trek for Teens logoThe Trek for Teens Foundation is holding its annual Trek for Teens Day Event. They are a student-run charitable project dedicated to helping raise awareness and funds with regards to the problem of youth homelessness. Events and Activities on the day include:

*All teams must register by April 16 in order to compete. Come out to support homeless youth! All proceeds will go to Covenant House Toronto, Horizons for Youth, and Youth Without Shelter.


T.O. Webfest

May 23-24, 2015

A weekend festival celebrating web content production from Canada and around the world. Saturday: Industry day conference panels, exploring new trends in digital content and consumption, sustainable models built by digital content companies as well as new tech in narratives from 360 cameras to drones; Sunday: Creator-focused panels look at incubators, accelerators and resources for independent creators, and animation for the web.

Workshops covering VFX on a budget, audience outreach, crowdfunding, and new tools for digital producers. Several screening blocks showcasing episodes of 53 officially-selected webseries (FREE for all audiences to attend). Pass is required for the awards ceremony on the evening of May 23.


Midnight MRKT

May 29, 2015: 9:00pm - 1:00am

It's the last Midnight MRKT before their summer break. Enjoy the best local retailers, street food, craft cocktails and DJs Toronto has to offer. "SHOP LATE. SHOP LOCAL". It's $5 at the door, CASH is king. Johnny Hockin will be spinning on their last night.


Symphony in the Gardens

Jun 9-Aug 25, 2015: 7:30-10:00 pm

Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion.

Casa Loma Summer Symphony Series poster

Enjoy stunning views of the city, majestic castle and the beautiful estate gardens while listening to the Toronto Concert Orchestra under the stars.
Doors open at 5:00 pm and the Castle open late until 10:00 pm on Tuesdays.
Passes are available online and are the best value ($150 for all 12 performances). General Admission tickets are available for single night admissions.


Ontario Craft Beer Week

Jun 12-21, 2015

Ontario Craft Beer Week logo Ontario Craft Beer Week is a province-wide celebration that helps promote the local craft beer producers in Ontario. There will be over 30 craft brewers taking part in this celebration and 150+ events held throughout Ontario.

Many of the events during the Ontario Craft Beer Week will be hosted by pubs, restaurants and other venues and it all begins on Fathers' Day...another reason to celebrate!


The Stop’s Night Market

Jun 16-17, 2015

The Stop Community Food Centre’s most popular fundraising event has a new venue, in past years it was behind Honest Ed's. This foodie event brings together creatives from Toronto’s culinary, design, performance, and graphic arts sectors to celebrate diversity, community, and the power of food.
Tickets: $100 (includes all food AND drink) are on sale now via their website/Ticketbreak (quite a jump from last year's $65!).

This year’s event will feature more than 60 of Toronto’s best chefs and more than 30 unique food carts, each created by local design teams.


Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk 5K

Jun 21, 2015: 8:30am-12pm

Register and join us on Father’s Day for our Third Annual Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk 5K. Have fun walking or running our 5K, 3K or 1K family friendly course in downtown Toronto.

poster for the Princess Margaret run/walk

Get ready for lots of entertainment throughout our route, accompanied with a post-race celebration and hot breakfast. Kids are free!

Support and raise funds for any area of cancer research, clinic, lab or patient care programs at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


Cultura Festival

Jul 3-24, 2014: Fridays 6-11pm

Cultura is a free weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food and film. A festival that seeks to reflect the rich diversity of Toronto in a communal celebration, Cultura features unique performers and artists, international street food, creative and interactive art installations, and evening film screenings (approx 9:30 pm) under the stars in Mel Lastman Square; North York's expansive outdoor amphitheatre. See you on the Square - every Friday Night in July!

Movie Schedule:

  • July 3: TBA
  • July 10: TBA
  • July 17: TBA
  • July 24: TBA

There's also a lunch hour program (11:30–1:30), with entertainment, food vendors and other special programming.


LEGO Fan Expo

Jul 4-5, 2015: 10am–3pm

Ontario Brick Builders presents... Brickfête 2015: 14,000 sq ft of LEGO creations built by hobbyists. Parking is FREE!

What will you see? Unique and detailed builds including...

  • City Layouts with powered Trains
  • Space, Star Wars & Scifi Creations
  • Pirates, Steampunk and Vikings
  • Art, Architecture & Design
  • LEGO Robots & Mindstorms Creations
  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles
  • Historical Buildings and Castles
  • Mosaics & Sculptures and so much more...

Beach Volleyball - Heatwave Tournament

Jul 11-12, 2015

This weekend event is FREE to watch. Once there, you can spend as little or as much time as you want watching the many competitors and once you've watched enough, you can stroll along the boardwalk to The Beaches main area. Money raised will go to a worthy cause - Sick Kids Foundation.

Times: 9am - 5pm (2-Day & 1-Day Tournaments) approx

If you are interested in participating, you will find all the details/fees on their website.


Night it Up!

Jul 24-26, 2015

This is an outdoor night market (orig. called “Toronto Night Market” and “Asian Night Market”). The market features over 100 food and merchandise vendors selling street cuisine and trinkets – similar to an authentic night market in Asia.

If you enjoy authentic Asian street food, including the infamous stinky tofu (the unofficial national snack food of Taiwan), this Foodie Event is for you! Whilst enjoying the tastes of the market, there is a huge stage that will feature performances e.g., bands, dance groups and a variety of other musical entertainment.

Fri: July 24 (7pm-Midnight) | Sat: July 25 (2pm-Midnight) | Sun: July 26 (2-8pm)


Summer Friday Fan Festivals

Select dates in July/Aug (see below)

Love baseball? Better still...love Toronto's Blue Jays? If so, you'll want to hang out at the Rogers Centre on July 17, 31 and/or August 14, 28 for the Bacardi Summer Friday Fan Festivals. If you're in the area, or attending the game, go early and have some fun!

Blue Jays logo for Fan Festival Fridays

Live entertainment, special guests, interactive games and the opportunity to win some prizes will all be happening outside Gates 10 & 11 up until first pitch (7:07pm). If you're 19+, there's gonna be free samples of Bacardi products too.


Fan Expo Canada™

Sept 3-6, 2015

Fan Expo LogoFan Expo Canada™ is some times referred to as the Comic Con of Canada. In past years, there's been over 700 exhibitors covering 400,000 sq ft or more! Fan Expo Canada™ combines the best of gaming, horror, comics, science fiction and anime under one roof and is the largest event of its kind in Canada, and one of the largest in the world!


Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance

Sept 12-13, 2015

Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community presents the 2nd annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

picture of Cobble beach and golf course

On Saturday, the Participant tour will take place in Grey County. Sunday, the Concours will be held on the 18th fairway of Cobble Beach, this extraordinary bayside course will play host to a rich assortment of international automobiles and distinguished guests.


Toronto Food & Wine Show (orig. The Delicious Food Show)

Sept 18-20, 2015

The Delicious Food Show has changed its name - now the Toronto Food & Wine Show. It also appears to have changed its venue - was in Direct Energy Building but now held at the Evergreen Brick Works. This will be the inaugural debut of this show. Details are still to be announced.

The Delicious Show was one of my favs to attend. Hoping it maintains it's attraction with its new concept.


Toronto Beer Week

Sept 18-26, 2015

Toronto Beer Week is a week where a number of events, dedicated to craft beer, are held to celebrate this segment of the beer industry. The many events will include beer dinners, cask beer tastings, brewing demonstrations, homebrew contests and much more, all of which you can check out via their calendar


Canada's Baking and Sweets Show

Sept 25-29, 2015

Baking and Sweets Show logoCanada's Baking and Sweets Show is a one-of-a-kind event catering to baking and confectionary enthusiasts and everybody with a taste for the sweeter side of life. Discover a cornucopia of cakes, cupcakes,chocolate, desserts, coffee/tea the latest in baking supplies, all under one roof!


Toronto Fall Home Show

Oct 1-4, 2015

Toronto’s largest Fall Home Show features innovative products, new ideas and great deals. With more than 300 renovation and home décor specialists, offering advice, solutions and inspiration for a wide array of home renovation and décor projects for your home.


CreativFestival

Oct 15-17, 2015

Creativ Festival is Canada’s largest mixed media diy consumer show dedicated to the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, spinning, weaving, felting, quilting, crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, crafting and other fibre, textile, needle and paper arts!

There are also hands-on workshops and seminars for all skill levels and creative interests. A star-studded line up of designers, artisans and industry experts. A great place to pick up insider tips and trade secrets.


Toronto International Bicycle Show: Blow Out Sale

Oct 17, 2015 (10am-5pm)

Looking for a bike, accessories to your bike. Well, here's your chance to maybe get a steal of a deal! The Toronto International Bicycle Show holds a once-a-year, 7-hour sales blitz and this year at the Direct Energy Centre, East Annex, Hall F, Door 33, North entrance next to Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place. You can maybe find that bike you've always wanted and be ready for the 2015 season.

Be prepared for large line-ups as this is a very popular day!

Admission: $5.00. Children 5 and under are free. If you have any questions, or need more information, you can contact: Josie Graziosi (416) 363-1292


Restaurants for Change

Oct 21, 2015

On October 21, participating restaurants in Canadian cities will join together in donating the proceeds from one dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada. Funds raised will support local Community Food Centres and other partners to offer programs that bring people together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food for all. Details are still to be announced.


Feature Contemporary Art Fair

Oct 22-25, 2015

Feature* is expanding this year with more exhibits on the first and second floors of the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre and will welcome 30 galleries. Details still to be announced.

* Feature: a focused showcase dedicated to leading contemporary art The Contemporary Art Galleries Association (AGAC)


The Everything to do with Sex Show

Oct 23-25, 2015

The Toronto Everything To Do With Sex Show is an exciting 3-day consumer adult event geared towards anyone looking to spice up their life! If you want to see seminars, stage shows, celebrities, erotic art, the dungeon, and more, this is the perfect expo for you! Every year new elements are added to the show so there is always something for our returning attendees.


Toronto International Art Fair

Oct 23-26, 2015

Art Toronto is Canada’s only modern & contemporary international art fair. It is the most important visual arts event in Canada attracting over 18,000 visitors to view and purchase art, and the place to network with a diverse and well-connected group of art enthusiasts.


Toronto Zombie Walk

Oct 24, 2015

They will meet at Nathan Phillips Square at NOON and begin their walk of terror at 3pm. Vendors will also be there at the Square where the walk starts and finishes. Attendees will be in the area before and after the walk.

Expect a horde of approximately 10,000 zombies, as well as a large crowd of living participants in the afternoon’s activies!

Website


One of a Kind Christmas Show

Nov 6-Dec 26, 2015

The One of a Kind Christmas Show is Canada’s best show and sale of works by over 400+ artisans, designers and craftspeople who create a vast array of original Canadian handmade items such as gourmet food, screen-printed textiles, contemporary ceramics, natural beauty products and on-trend fashion, jewellery and accessories.


Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo

Nov 8, 2015

Immigrant Women's Small Business logoThe Immigrant Women’s Small Business Expo is the only event of its kind that will give you access to network with leading small business exhibitors and learn from experts in the industry!

This event is catered specifically to women and especially immigrant women who are in various stages of business development. You will meet and network with entrepreneurs from all industries, of various ages and walks of life.