Events Toronto City Guide: June 2014

There are so many incredible events coming up in and around the city of Toronto. Get ready and mark your calendars for some fun times as we usher in the summer months!

Toronto TasteTORONTO TASTE June 8, one of Toronto’s first culinary events that supports the Second Harvest food rescue program since 1985 is an event you don’t want to miss! Indulge in 70 amazing gourmet food and beverage stations. Mix and mingle with the city’s most notable chefs including Bob Blumer; Tyler Shedden, Cafe Boulud; David Lee, The Carbon Bar; Mark McEwan, The McEwan Group; Marc Thuet, Petit Thuet, Damon Campbell, Bosk. The event will take place Lakeside, Corus Quay.

Courtesy of Luminator: Sketch-Model-Nufonia Image 3 KK_eventLUMINATO June 6-15 is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival. Now in it’s 8th year, the Festival has become one of North America’s leading arts festivals. For 10 days, Luminato transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundres of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, film and more. Many events are free (unless otherwise stated). The Slaight Music Series on the Luminato Lounge Stage at the Festival Hub (David Pecaut Square) hosts many performances including Eva Avila, More or Les, Digging Roots, Quique Escamilla, The Arsenals and many more. The NFB features Munro Ferguson’s latest 3D animated short, Minotaur, featuring original music by Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer, Kid Koala with its world premiere during the Festival. Kid Koala will also kick off the premiere with a performance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall Live performance will follow. After the screening, join Kid Koala and Mark Ferguson for a Q&A. Visit for complete listing of events…and there are TONS!

film_feast_21-372x186Niagara Integrated Film Festival – June 19-22, Niagara Wine Region (just within an hour’s drive from the city) will transform into a world-class destination of food, wine and films in this spectacular new Film Festival. Take part in a Filmalicious event as some of the most well-known vineyards and Canada’s most talented chefs host “dinner and movie” events. On our radar is the pairing of the World Premiere of RESTRUNG by local filmmaker Mike Enns and a fabulous dinner with Trius Winery at Hillebrand. For more info visit 

Redpath Waterfront Festival June 20-22. Kick off summer with the family! Check out the 2014 Flyboard North American Championships, 2014 DockDogs World Qualifying Championships, EMERGE Artists Showcase, Kids Zone and more! From Spadina to Sherbourne Common.



Farmer’s Markets at David Pecault Square – since 2006, local farmers have offered up fresh produce, baked goods and artisan food items to the downtown core. The Metro Hall Farmers’ Market happens every Thursday from May 31 to October 25, 2014.

Yorkville’s 5th Annual Exotic Car Show June 15, 2014: What’s become a Father’s Day tradition in the city…luxury and performance car lovers can check out the impressive line up along the “mink mile.” See over 120 cars including Ferraris, Labourghinis, Porsches, Corvettes and more. Admission is free. Event is in support of Prostate Cancer Canada.

Photo courtesy of Yorkville Exotic Car Show

Field Trip with musical acts, food trucks, artisans and more! On June 7th and 8th, the event will take over Fort York and Garrison Common that will also include the ETSY Marketplace, a mixology competition, artist installations, an on-site barber shop and manicures by Pinky’s Nails, all at Arts & Crafts second annual music festival.  Performers will include Interpol, Broken Social Scene, Constantines, A Tribe Called Red, Chvrches, Gord Downie and The Sadies.

TSO concerts – on June 14th the TSO will host their annual late night concert and Tailgate party which is always a fun kick-off to summer. Tailgate features an outdoor parking lot party food truck fare and of course, a night of beautiful music. TSO is also hosting a free outdoor concert in David Pecaut Square as part of the upcoming Luminato Festival. This year’s programme will be in celebration of the upcoming Pan AM games with each composer representing a different pan-American country details here

Leather by Izzy Camilleri. Photo Courtesy of the Royal Ontario MuseumFashion Follows Form: Designs for Sitting is a revolutionary exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum making fashion truly accessible. Opening on June 21 the exhibit will feature fashions from internationally acclaimed, Toronto-based designer Izzy Camilleri’s IZ Adaptive collection. The exhibition showcases Camilleri’s innovative, fashionable designs that are among the first in the world created exclusively to meet the needs of women and men who use wheelchairs.

10370817_461515807316174_839988176719772620_nModern Man: Official Event for Men over 2500 dudes are expected to descend on this highly anticipated fun event catering to the guys only. On July 11th, get ready to drink, eat, party, interact and engage with some of the most noteworthy brands with live entertainment. Dubbed as the “ultimate boys’ night out,” guys can expect to kick off their summer in style. The event will be held at Roy Thomson Hall. Advance ticket price $40 before July 1st.

AGO First Thursdays – The Art Gallery of Ontario throws a wicked good party for the 19+ set every first thursday of every month. On June 5th, musical guest Sloan will keep the AGO up late celebrating its collection of Canadian Art. Pop-up art interventions, art-making and interactive performances are dispersed in the gallery space with artists Chris Flanagan, Bonnie Devine, Derek Liddington and Katie Bethune-Leamen. Party starts at 8pm and continues until 12 am. And what do we love? The chance to see the AGO at night is very cool. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. 

TD Toronto Jazz Festival is a city favourite for the past 27 years. From June 19-28, international and emerging jazz musicians will delight music lovers at various venues. Keith Jarrett will perform a rare solo performance on June 25 at Roy Thomson Hall while R&B vocalist Chaka Khan kicks off the festivities on June 18th at the Sony Centre. There are more than 350 concerts across 50+ locations.

Digital Dream Fest - TiestoDigital Dreams Festival takes place at the end of the month with over 90 DJs. June 28-29, at The Flats (Ontario Place). Considered the largest electronic music festival in Canada festival goers can expect to see Tiesto, Luciano, Noisia, Andy Moor and many more. Download the app from the App Store and Google play for up-to-date information.


1400864349609BigPigTO is a new summer food festival  that kicks off in the city on June 1st and runs until July 31st. Celebrate Hogtown’s affection for all things pork. More than 30 popular pig-centred local eateries and pubs, from Smoque N Bones, Fancy Franks and Hogtown Pub & Oysters to Irish Embassy, Hey Meatball and Lisa Marie, are uniting to celebrate Toronto’s hoofed history by offering amazing deals on popular food and drink items throughout June and July. Some of the city’s favourite food trucks, like Hogtown Smoke and Stoke Stack Barbeque, will also be on board. Spot the Big Pig stickers and mention it when ordering to get access to amazing deals. BONUS! Snap a photo of your experience and share it on social media using #BigPigTO to win prizes. 







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