Toronto International Tap Dance Festival
At Harbourfront Centre, June 2 – 4
The inaugural festival is presented by Toffan Rhythm Projects and Harbourfront Centre and plays host to masterclasses, panel discussions and performances of the tapitty-tap-tap variety. Headliners include Heather Cornell and Ted Louis Levy. The local tap scene will shine at the Sunday night Jam with a night of open tap improvisation and live music hosted by Rhythm & Sound.
Chris Gethard: Beautiful/Anywhere Tour
At The Royal Theatre, June 8
Our favourite comedy presenter, Empire Comedy Live, is at it again! Named one of Rolling Stone’s funniest people right now, comedian Chris Gethard brings his podcast Beautiful/Anonymous back to Toronto is his Beautiful/Anywhere tour. The evening begins with hilarious standup by Chris and friends, followed by a live phone-in show just like his podcast!
Ontario Craft Beer Week
At various locations, June 10 – 18
Celebrate and drink, drink, drink Ontario beers! OCB events will be held across the province at breweries, restaurants, pubs and event venues. The fest kicks off at Yonge-Dundas Square with Griffin Session, a beer lovers heaven. Food, entertainment and beeeeeerz!!
Cavalia presents Odysseo
Under the White Big Top next to the Hershey Centre in Mississauga
June 21 – July 16
65 magnificent horses and 48 talented riders, acrobats, stilt walkers, aerialists, and musicians—this is Odysseo. A true revolution in live entertainment, Odysseo is the world’s largest touring production performed in the largest touring tent. Breathtaking visual effects including a state-of-the art 780 square metre projection screen, a three-story mountain, and a real lake conjure the most beautiful landscapes from around the world. Plus, did we mention the amazing horses?
National Aboriginal Day
At various locations, June 21
On the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, we celebrate the heritage and achievements of the people of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities. Fort York will once again play host to the Annual Traditional Pow Wow, hosted by Na-Me-Res followed by the Indigenous Arts Festival that runs until June 25th. This free family event allows you to engage with traditional and contemporary music, storytelling, dance and, most importantly, the food of our Indigenous communities.
Flo & Joan Send Off Show (And Party)
At Bad Dog Theatre, June 22
Our favourite British imports are heading back across the pond to the UK. Send them off in style, or sort of style, at Bad Dog Theatre. Laugh, cry in your beer and say goodbye to the ladies.
Contact Dance International Film Festival
At various locations, June 28 – July 2
Contact Dance is a form of performance where dancers become perpetual motion machines creating improvised stories through the movement of their bodies. The Festival features live performances, workshops, jams and most notably, films from 16 countries by 39 filmmakers with 143 dancers in locations including forests, subway stations and museums. This is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection.
At Various locations, June 1-25
Celebrate the incredible diversity of our city with people from all over the world as we unite and empower our diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Pride Month in Toronto is a celebration of and a tribute to those who paved the crooked road for sexual equality, and to those who continue to walk it today.
At Lamport Stadium (aka The Den), various dates
The Toronto Wolfpack is Canada’s first professional rugby team and first transatlantic major professional sports team. Set to take the English Rugby Football League by storm, three of our players have already been disciplined for fighting in the home opener at Lamport Stadium. But, we are currently undefeated so this should prove to be an exciting team to watch.
Bonus: For those rainy binge watching days some of our favourite Netflix shows are back too! Catch up with House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Master of None, Grace and Frankie and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.