In the Spotlight, May 13
Join us for the 17th annual Doors Open Toronto!
May 28, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Presented by Great Gulf
This event offers free and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. More than 30 of this year's buildings are participating for the first time.
The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of "Re-used, Re-visited and Revised" explores the adaptive repurposing of buildings throughout Toronto's architectural history.
For the first-time ever, Doors Open Toronto will feature a keynote speaker – acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. With over 3,000 designs in production and more than 300 awards, Rashid is regarded as one of the most prolific designers of his generation. More details about this event will be announced in May.
Other exciting elements offered this year are the themed walking tours sponsored by the Carpenters' Union and activities at City Hall. The tours and the City Hall activities will delve into the stories, histories and rebirth of a variety of Toronto's neighbourhoods.
The popular OpenInsights speaker series returns as well, covering current topics in design, architecture and the revitalization of Toronto.
Doors Open Toronto is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with community partners.
For more information about Doors Open Toronto, visit our website.
Three evenings of food, fun and your favourite canadian cookbook authors
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 5.30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Meet Mairlyn Smith, author of "Homegrown", and sample recipes from the book. Have your cookbook signed, and enter to win one of two great prizes.
Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 5.30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Meet Derek Dammann and Chris Johns, authors of "True North", and sample recipes from the book. Have your cookbook signed, and enter to win one of two great prizes.
Location: Hudson's Bay Queen Street, 176 Yonge St., 7th floor
To Do in Downtown Yonge
Join the Fraternal Order of Eagles!
Join the Fraternal Order of Eagles this summer as they hold free Saturday afternoon Darts, Shuffleboard & Pool games!
Help them kick off the summer fun on Saturday, May 28th with a buffet dinner followed by karaoke!
For details, please call: 416-597-0242.
momondays Toronto May 30, 2016
May 30, 2016
05:30 PM EDT - 9:30 PM EDT
Host: Michel Neray
MOMONDAYS TORONTO SUPPORTS JP'S TEAM IN MAY!
If you've been to momondays in the past bunch of months, you may have heard Jean-Paul Bedard share his story of sexual abuse, alcoholism, recovery and elite running. JP won the 2015 "Golden Shoe Award" as Canadian Runner of the Year. "JP's Team" is a community of athletes and altruists working together to raise funds and awareness for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. When you check out during your ticket purchase this month, you'll have the opportunity to donate to JP's team. Feel free to donate $1 or $2... or $100 or $200!
Learn more about JP's Team: http://www.runjprun.com/jps-team.html
Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation, and drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays!
Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!
Remember to like the new momondays Toronto Facebook fan page and subscribe to events! https://www.facebook.com/momondays.toronto/events
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door
Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/
Music Mondays - A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity
Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Season!
Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience.
Please join us for this, our 25th Anniversary Season. Bring your lunch – and a friend – every Monday at 12:15pm from May through the end of August.
May 16, 2016
Su Jeon Higuera, piano
Join us at midday for an intriguing program of “Night Music.” Acclaimed by the Winnipeg Free Press as a “dynamo pianist”, Dr. Su Jeon Higuera, a graduate of The Juilliard School, l’Université de Montréal and The Glenn Gould School performs works by Heather Schmidt, Grieg, Chopin and the ever popular Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata.
May 25, 2016
One of Schubert’s most popular pieces of chamber music, his “Trout” Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 will be featured by well-known Toronto performers Mary Kenedi, piano; Valerie Sylvester, violin; Sheila Smyth, viola; Susan Naccache, cello; and Neal Evans, double bass.
May 30, 2016
Ashes of Soldiers
With forthcoming tour dates across Canada and in Europe, a third commission and premiere in two years, and an ambitious new project to perform the five “Benny Goodman” concertos over the next three years, Michael Westwood is a highly sought after soloist and chamber musician. He is joined by soprano Kripa Nageshwar and pianist Chad Heltzel performing works by Mahler, Vaughan Williams, and Ashes of Soldiers by Collin Eatock.
For more information please visit: http://www.musicmondays.ca/currentseason.html
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00
Location: The Church of the Holy Trinity, 10 Trinity Square Toronto, ON M5G 1B1
Massey Hall presents Lunchtime Live!
May 16, 2016
A Toronto native, a l l i e draws from the diversity of her early life growing up in the heart of downtown, and gradually created a world all her own through her idiosyncratic approach to songwriting. Inspired by the vintage sounds of classic soul crooners like Otis Redding and Etta James, but equally infatuated with experimental artists like Flying Lotus and Little Dragon, her unique sound evokes both past and future.
a l l i e - Official Site
May 30, 2016
Ojibway singer-songwriter Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. His songs are inspired by his memories of those trapline sounds, by great songwriters, and by the timeless hymns of celebration and lamentation on his reserve. His gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, but tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. Nick's deeply personal lyrics are inspired by the lives of people in his community, events in the world around him, and his Aboriginal heritage and resonate with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.
Nick Sherman - Official Site
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.
Live From City Hall
As part of the City of Toronto's continuing commitment to create more live music opportunities for our city's vibrant and varied talent, the Economic Development and Culture and Facilities Management divisions - with support from TD Bank - have launched Live from City Hall, a new evening concert series held in the first-floor rotunda of one of Toronto's most iconic buildings.
Each Live from City Hall performance will showcase sets by two different local artists, celebrating the original sounds of Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. These free admission performances take place twice per month on Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Performances - City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda
May 26, 2016
Runaway Angel - 5 p.m.
Successful solo artists in their own rights, Cadence Grace, Ann Chaplin and Stacey Zegers never imagined that their collected talents as Runaway Angel would catapult them to the next level. In their short time together, they've received four Country Music of Ontario Award nominations and were named one of "Ontario's Hot Country Acts to Watch" by the Toronto Star. They'll be releasing of their debut album on April 22nd and have festival bookings lined up for throughout the summer.
Visit the trio's website
Johnson Crook - 6 p.m.
Johnson Crook is a heart throbbin', boot stompin' alt-country band made up of singer-songwriter Noel Johnson, his good friend and bassist Jared Craig, and brothers Trevor and Nathan Crook. Johnson Crooks' songwriting is rustic, catchy and heartfelt - drawing inspiration from Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Elliott Brood - while they're live shows consist of Canadiana hand clappers, rootsy ballads and everything in between. They recorded an EP earlier this year and will be hitting the road shortly on a full summer tour.
Mackenzie House Events
Historic Baking Workshop - Temperance and Tea - May 14
Temperance and Tea - Historic Baking Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
The idea of limiting and controlling the amount of alcohol sold and consumed dates back well before the Prohibition Movement of the 1920s. Try your hand at Victorian Temperance-era Tea recipes like Raspberry Vinegar (for drinking, not for your salad!), Victoria Sandwiches, Temperance Cake and other appropriate treats. Learn about the development of the Temperance movement and participate in a mock Temperance Meeting in Mrs. Mackenzie's parlour. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
$25 plus tax. Contact us at email@example.com or call 416-392-6915 for further details.
Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf - May 28 & 29
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last admission: 4:30 p.m.
Mackenzie House participates in this city-wide celebration of Toronto’s architectural heritage. Admission is FREE.
Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse
Turban Up 2016
Come out and enjoy a day full of cultural festivities, learning about the Sikh community in the diverse GTA and breaking down barriers. See how you look in a turban, enjoy a community kitchen meal which is integral to the Sikh Culture. Watch a martial arts demonstration and enjoy art created by Indo-Canadian youth focusing on the integration of cultures in Canada. All for the price of your time.
Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre Events
Public Tours - Every Thursday and Saturday
Guided tours of this National Historic Site and the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, recount the history and restoration of the complex. Visit the original and new lobbies, the elegant Elgin Theatre, the unique and resplendent Winter Garden Theatre and samples from the world’s largest collection of vaudeville scenery. As well, a backstage exhibit housing the Winter Garden’s original Simplex Silent Film Projector and a dressing room containing artifacts from the time period are on view.
When: Thursdays at 5 p.m. (90-minutes); Saturdays at 11 a.m. (90-minutes)
Dates: May 14, 19, 21, 26
Cost: Adults: $12, Students and Seniors: $10 (includes HST) Cash only | No reservations required.
Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
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