I don’t know about you, but I felt like we went through one of Toronto’s worst springs this year, but the arrival of a summer where it’s not blazing hot already has me feeling pretty optimistic about the next couple of months.
Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Bryan Adams, Neil Young: next to hockey, music might be Canada’s greatest export. From coast to coast to coast, intimate venues with rich history showcase tomorrow’s stars and legendary acts from around the globe.
There are lots of ways to see the city and have a great night out on the town. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of what Toronto has to offer in terms of food and entertainment. Very few of those adventures compare to the night I enjoyed a few weeks ago though when Courvoisier took me and my wife out with a group of bloggers to enjoy an “Unforgettable Experience”.
This year I may not get to visit the Canadian National Exhibition as often as usual, but I’ve got a pretty good reason. My daughter was born just three weeks ago, and because my wife and I are kind of CNE fanatics, we decided we at least needed to make one trip with our little one to show her the sights and to have some food building treats.
Toronto’s streets will be flooded with movie lovers–and movie stars–this September as the 38th Toronto International Film Festival takes over the city from September 5 to 15, and today the festival has announced the full list of filmmakers and celebrities expected for all the red carpet events.
Toronto will host one of Canada’s ultimate geek-out events next week as Fan Expo 2013 brings thousands of fans–plus dozens of celebrities and hundreds of retailers–to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for four days of collectibles, signings, panels, and general nerding out.
The 135th Canadian National Exhibition kicked off today in Toronto, boasting some inventive (and decidedly delicious, but unhealthy) food, new rides, and a range of performers for everyone. This year’s CNE also welcomes a brand new add-on attraction with the launch of the new CNE Zipline that will whisk riders 1,100 feet over the midway for $30 a ride.
Canada has several festivals focusing on the big screen, but an absence of festivals celebrating television programming. That is about to change with the launch of the Canadian International Television Festival (CITF), the first of its kind in Canada.
Irony is not without a sense of humour, it seems, even if it’s kind of ruthless. Cocktails for Calgary was supposed to help raise money for victims of the Calgary floods tonight at the Drake Hotel in Toronto, but thanks to a storm–the likes of which the city has supposedly not seen since Hurricane Hazel in 1954–that fund raiser had to be cancelled, due to flooding.
Toronto’s Drake Hotel is popular with out of town visitors and renowned as an arts and entertainment destination, and this summer they’re trying to build on this by luring Toronto residents to escape in the city instead of heading to cottage country. The highlights at the Drake this summer are a menu featuring virgin cocktails, a lobster fest, as well as an art installation by Ron English.