Things You Should Do!


The month of May gives us Cinco De Mayo, the Victoria Day long weekend, AND these great Things You Should Do!

Photo of Peter Tosh by Diane Liverpool



CONTACT Photography Festival
On now at various locations
A full month of photo exhibits, workshops and events across the city, this year’s CONTACT focuses on Canadian installations including:  Ears, Eyes, Voice: Black Canadian Photojournalists 1970s-1990s featuring  the work of  Jules Elder, Eddie Grant, Diane Liverpool, Al Peabody, and Jim Russell at BAND Gallery; Taxi Drivers of Toronto by documentary photographer VanderSpek at Daniel’s Spectrum; and It’s All Happening So Fast – A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment featuring historical photographs of idyllic landscapes by William Notman and Alexander Henderson, contemporary photographs of active radar stations in Labrador and Nunavut by Donovan Wylie and Margo Pfeiff, and a series of Slogans for the Twenty-First Century by Douglas Coupland, from which the exhibition title is inspired, at the Art Museum U of T.


Photo of David Coomber and Tim Post by Seanna Kennedy

It’s All Tru
May 3-14 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Kurt and Travis are a perfect gay couple—a young prince charming and a charming silver fox—whose marriage is threatened by the appearance of a sexy street boy named Gideon. Did Gideon have condomless sex with Travis? Did Travis take his PrEP? It’s All Tru  – A Play About AIDS is Sky Gilbert’s newest work, steeped in sex, love, jealousy, and pharmaceuticals.



We’re Funny That Way Festival
May 3-6 at Alumnae Theatre
The legendary performance festival We’re Funny That Way returns after a five year hiatus. Hilariousness will ensue with the likes of Lea Delaria, Stephen Wallem and Sam Jay. Proceeds from the Festival will go to the We’re Funny That Way Foundation, which will make their charitable donation to Toby’s Place to help create a new safe space for LGBTQ+ Youth in Scarborough, Ontario.



Trinity-Bellwoods Farmer’s Market

Farmers’ Markets begin!
Beginning May 9th at various locations
HOORAY!! It’s the start of the Farmer’s Market season!  The first three kicking it all off are Trinity Bellwoods, Davisville Village and Ryerson University. Get your fresh fruits and veggies and baked goods and jams and crafts and more and more and more.




Photo courtesy of Eifman Ballet

Red Giselle
May 11 -13 at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Show One Productions presents Red Giselle choreographer Boris Eifman’s  love letter to one of the greatest Russian ballerinas of all time, Olga Spessivtseva. She became famous dancing Giselle but was  fated to the same tragic end due to mental illness.  A seminal work of Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg, Vogue called Red Giselle “exuberant theatricality, boldly expressive movement and extraordinary dancing.


Canada: The Thinking Man’s America

Begins May 15 at Second City
The Second City Toronto Touring Company’s presents Canada: The Thinking Man’s America, Monday nights  on the Mainstage.  A Canada 150 celebration, the show presents favourite archival sketches from Canadian comedic icons while also poking fun at  Canadian clichés.  See website for additional dates.


RuPaul’s Drag Race –
Queens Werq The World 2017 Tour

May 26 at Danforth Music Hall
“We’re born naked, and the rest is drag.” – RuPaul

The all-star queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race present their hilarious hi-jinks at the Danforth Music Hall hosted by Bianca Del Rio with performances by Alyssa Edwards, Alaska Thunderf**k, Detox, Kim Chi, Shangela and Season 9 star Valentina!


Noor Cultural Centre

Doors Open Toronto

May 27 & 28 at various locations
Think of this weekend as snooping in someone else’s space! You know you love it.  Check out the Horse Palace, the Red Path Sugar building and the Noor Cultural Centre.


Savour Toronto
Check website for dates and times
Literally savour
Toronto through these curated food tours including Le Tour de Cafe – Coffee Appreciation & Sweet Indulgence, the Kensington Krawl, and Best of the West – Eat Your Way Along Dundas West & Ossington. Yummy.





Yonge-Dundas Square
Check site for details
Winter is over and YDS is ready to welcome you back to the heart of the city. The fountains are on and Lunchtime Live starts on May 15 with The Command Sisters. YDS will also host the Northern Heat Rib series May 18-21; the best BBQ in Canada, craft beer and carnival games. Welcome back Summer!


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