What’s a four letter word that spells fun? JUNE! So check out these Things You Should Do!
Indigenous Fashion Week
now until June 3 at Harbourfront Centre
The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto showcases some of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous fashion, textiles and crafts from Canada, the US and Greenland. Live runway shows taking place during the festival are inspired by the phases of the moon, and a Trade & Consumer Marketplace showcases over 40 exhibitors. Be a part of what is sure to become a Toronto Fashion staple event!
June 1 – 30 at various locations
On June 1 the city raised the Rainbow Flag and Trans* Flag as a proclamation to the start of Pride Month in Toronto. The theme this year is 35 Years of AIDS Activism focusing on the stories of resistance, loss, and pain. On June 19, an AIDS Candlelight Vigil will be held at Barbara Hall Park; a place to come together, talk about the people we love and have loved, and honour those we’ve lost. Pride is always meant to be a celebration, so our picks for not-to-miss-events include: Showtunes Karaoke! (June 11 at Second City) gives you the opportunity to sing your signature Broadway tune on a stage; Night at the Aqueerium (June 22 at Ripley’s Aquarium) where you can party with DJ Cozmic Cat, DJ Lucie Tic and all of the creatures under the sea; and the cherry on top—a weekend of full of parades! June 22-24 are the Trans March, Dyke Parade, and Pride Parade. Stand loud and proud!
June 6 – 24 at various locations
Toronto’s international arts festival, Luminato, is dedicated to performance, media and visual arts across traditional art forms. This year we are very excited for two events in particular: Out the Window, running from June 19-24 at Harbourfront Centre. In August 2000, Liza Balkan witnessed the beating death of a man during an altercation with Toronto police. Balkan kept careful track of the aftermath, then turned her own account, along with court transcripts and audio, video, and text derived from interviews with top lawyers from both sides of the bench, into a verbatim-style script directed by Sarah Garton Stanley. The result is a rousing theatrical forum investigating a highly charged and provocative subject. AND, Amal Clooney in Conversation with by Nick Clooney, June 22 at Roy Thompson Hall! The renowned international human rights lawyer joins her father-in-law, veteran journalist Nick Clooney, for a rare public appearance to discuss the pressing human rights issues we are dealing with today. Nick’s close personal relationship with his daughter-in-law is sure to make the audience feel like we are sitting around the Clooney dinner table talking about the world and how each of us are going to fix it.
15th Anniversary Block Party
June 8 at Yonge-Dundas Square
Be there and be anything but square for the 15th Anniversary Block Party at Yonge-Dundas Square! Come to the ‘Heart of the City’ for an all-day celebration hosted by Much and E! Host Tyrone Edwards, and featuring a headline set from rock darlings The New Pornographers. This party is also the kick-off to YDS’s programming for the summer including Yoga Mondays, City Cinema: Rockumentaries, and Indie Fridays.
June 9 at Budweiser Stage
Who knew you could love Jack White more than you already do…but you can! He has made this show PHONE-FREE!!! Now you can watch the show with your eyes and not be blocked by the folks in front of you as they film and take photos. Enjoy Jack belt out the tunes as you shake your booty. We know a FLIPster who’s pretty excited for this show (HINT: It’s Damien!)
Nincom2oop Album Launch/35th B-Day Party for Hunter Collins
June 13 at TallBoys
Turning 35 AND releasing a new comedy album is more than enough reason for comedian Hunter Collins to throw a party! PWYC admission includes a free download card of Nincom2oop and a “semi-voluntary” stand-up show by the entire cast of Nincom2oop (whose pets are being held hostage)! Come check out Aisha Brown, Nick Beaton, Ian Gordon, Jackie Pirico, Nitish Sakhuja, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Barry Taylor, Jeff Paul and the birthday boy himself, Hunter Collins.
The Sorority: Pledge Tour
June 14 at Adelaide Hall
After rappers pHoenix Pagliacci, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Haviah Mighty found themselves at a rap cypher for an International Women’s Day event, the four women decided to form The Sorority. They “manage to not only revive the spirit of hip-hop but also bring back femininity and solidarity amongst women in a historically male-dominated arena.” (CBC Arts). A unique live performance that mixes the new with the old with respect for the greats while blazing their own trail. A must-see show!
Taste of Little Italy
June 15 – 17 on College Street
Taste of Little Italy invites you to eat slowly, sip slowly, and go slowly, while enjoying their unique neighbourhood where every visitor is considered a guest of the family. Music from around the world will entertain you as you savour a drink and indulge in the restaurants and street kiosks that will leave you sated. Turn off your phone and take a moment to sloooooow down.
June 16 – 17 at Ontario Science Centre
Every Girl Can Be a Hero! What started out as a Sailor Moon Celebration has turned into a convention dedicated to all strong female characters and magical girls. Pretty Heroes includes a craft zone, panels, Cosplay, Disney karaoke and, of course, LOTS of Sailor Moon stuff. You can also watch episodes of some of the coolest anime, play some video games, and then show off your cosplay and dance up a storm with all of your new friends.
Ribfests are back!
Bring on the meat!
The Beaches Rib & Craft Beer Fest
June 16 – 18 at Woodbine Park
Reasons to go:
1. It’s Father’s Day Weekend so bring your Pops!
2. It is part of the Northern Heat Rib Series of Festivals so YUM!
3. The Ribbers include: Kentucky Smokehouse, Camp 31, New York BBQ, Hoggs Gone Wild, Uncle Sams, Oak & Barrel, Louisiana BBQ, Sticky Fingers
June 29 – July 2 at Etobicoke Centennial Park
Reasons to go:
1. It’s Canada Day Weekend so it’s a long weekend, wooooo!
2. It’s going green with more details to come so…wooooo!
3. It’s volunteer driven and all proceeds go to the Rotary Club of Etobicoke to support local causes and also select international programs so, woooooooooooooo!
June 24 at Christie Pits
Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: Cinematic Cities series brings classic films to city parks and to close out Pride Month they will be screening the campy, awesome and original Hairspray (1988) from queer auteur John Waters. Thirty years ago this cult classic introduced us to the “pleasantly plump” Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore. She is determined to win herself a spot on the local dance TV Show and won’t let being bullied stop her! This film was ahead of its time for tackling race relations and body positivity. Bring your blanket and some snacks and settle in for some ‘Divine’ fun!