Well, the long weekend is officially over. It’s never easy to get back into the swing of things after a holiday, but the warm weather and plethora of things to do this week in Toronto will hopefully make it a little less painful. There are so many things to look forward to over the next few days, including a film festival, concerts on the river, and a deadmau5 show. Without further delay, let’s dive right in!
Here are 10 of the best things to do this week in Toronto.
Canada’s premier 2SLGBTQ+ film festival returns for in-person and virtual screenings this week. For almost 30 years, this event has brought together people of all ages, races and abilities in celebration of Canadian-made queer film. Year after year, the festival engages in challenging attitudes and changing lives through stories told on-screen. A can’t-miss festival for film buffs, community members, and allies alike.
Where: In-person & virtual
When: May 26-June 5, 2022
After a long hiatus, Cirque du Soleil has finally brought its iconic Big Top back to Toronto for a breathtaking performance. This Victoria Day, the city will be treated to Cirque du Soleil’s most critically acclaimed show, called KURIOS — Cabinet of Curiosities. The performers will take the stage at Ontario Place for a “mind-boggling” limited series of shows that combine acrobatics with art, poetry, and humour.
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Blvd W
When: Until July 17, 2022
We hope you’re hungry, Toronto! A brand new Asian night market called Superfresh has taken over the Annex with 4,000 square feet of delicious eats, live entertainment, and special surprises.
Superfresh showcases “Asian-led and owned businesses across the city combining food, drinks, live entertainment, a bodega and other planned secret events under one roof—making it the ultimate experience, no matter what time of day you decide to stop by,” the description says.
Where: 384 Bloor St W
When: Opens 12 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays
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Live music is back in a big way here in Toronto and what better way to kick off music festival season than with an epic DJ show? This Canadian EDM producer has been an icon since the 2010s, so for those of us who have been listening to Deadmau5 since the “Ghosts n’ Stuff” era, this isn’t one to miss.
When: May 27, 2022
Boating, music, warm nights — put ’em all together and you have what might just be the coolest live concert experience Toronto has to offer. Music on the River is a concert series right on the Humber River and you’ll get to paddle your way to the show. Your ticket comes with a boat rental, paddle, lifejackets, access to the show, and a glowstick to wave along with the music.
Where: Humber River Paddling Centre, 9 Old Mill Rd
When: Beginning on May 27, 2022
Photography enthusiasts, this one’s for you. Starting this Sunday, May 1, Canadian and international artists will showcase their work through exhibitions, installations, and commissioned projects at museums, galleries, and public spaces across Toronto. You’ll get to discover both acclaimed and emerging artists, documentary photographers, and photojournalists at this annual event.
Where: Various locations
When: Until May 31, 2022
Toronto’s waterfront has released its jam-packed summer programming and kicking things off is Canada’s first and only floating arts and culture festival running until September 5. “Performances will bring together songwriters, musicians, and other artists from all walks of life to deliver art and culture into the daily lives of Torontonians,” the description says. It’s a good time!
Where: 585 Queens Quay West & 1 Queens Quay West
When: Until September 5, 2022
Fans of Princess Diana can experience a photography and art exhibit in Toronto this month. Princess Diana: Accredited Access Exhibition will be at Casa Loma until June 12. According to the iconic castle, this is a first-ever walk-thru documentary, and it tells the untold story of how the Princess changed the world.
Where: Casa Loma
When: Until June 12
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Nightly fireworks are back in Niagara Falls, just in time for spring and summer! Fireworks shows will light up the skies above the majestic Falls EVERY NIGHT at 10 p.m. until October 10.
Where: Niagara Falls
When: Every night at 10 p.m.
A mystical cocktail experience called The Wizard’s Den is happening at a secret location this month that will put your spell-casting and sorcery skills to the test. “Get ready to unleash your inner magical being as you brew potions, cast spells, and drink more mead than you can shake a wand at,” says the description. You’ll get to create a variety of concoctions for good and evil with the help of a potions master in your 90-minute session.
Where: Secret location
When: May 4-29, 2022