Somehow we are in the last full weekend of May, maybe it was the long weekend? Or maybe time is just constantly flying. Either way, it’s the weekend! Here’s some things going on around the city – it’s supposed to be a nice one!
Do: It’s Doors Open Toronto this weekend, which means more than 155 buildings across the city will be offering free access to explore these significant buildings. The theme this year is Secrets and Spirits which will look at secret spaces, stories of mysteries or spirit sightings at 80 locations. The website has lots of detailed information of what is happening, where and when. And did I mention it was free?
See: The 24th annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival began yesterday and runs until June 1st. The film festival takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with shows taking place throughout the week. Tickets for individual shows are available or you can purchase a 8-pack for $91.
Eat: Last night I went to Gluten Freedom Week‘s Launch Party where I got to meet the lovely blogger behind GlutenFreedomTO. She’s responsible for pulling together this awesome event for celiacs/gluten-intolerant/hungry people. Starting Sunday, 20 restaurants throughout the city will offer a gluten-free fixed-menu, think the -licious events, there’s a wide range of options from cuban to middle eastern to italian and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Call the restaurants to make reservations and check out the wonderful sponsors that are making this event happen.
Drink: Homeruns for Horizons will be on this Saturday, at Trinity Bellwoods, from 10am-7pm. This event is raising money for Horizons for Youth a community organization that helps homeless and at-risk youth become contributing community members. This charity softball tournament will also have music, prizes, food and drinks (of course) for sale. As always, love enjoying beverages for a good cause, here’s your chance.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
The Friday song this week is inspired by a song I heard on the radio this morning – I totally thought this song was by O-Town… I don’t know why.
Yay! It’s Frrrriiiiiiiiddaaaay! Of a long weekend, which makes it an even better Friday. Although it’s a little dreary out, this is the first “long weekend of the summer” and there’s lots to do in the city. The weather is also supposed to get better throughout the the weekend so here’s a few ideas in case you haven’t made plans yet.
Do: It’s a long weekend and that means the Brewer’s Backyard is back at the Evergreen Brick Works. This is their annual Queen Victoria’s Secret event which means most of the details are under wraps until the day-of but there will be beer and food to be enjoyed. The admission to the event is free, it runs from 11am-4pm and is all ages. Plus, the weather is supposed to be best on Monday, get out and enjoy!
See: It’s cherry blossom time at High Park. Although this horrible winter wrecked havoc on most of the plants throughout the city, the blossoms have started blooming and although they don’t have as many buds as in previous years, they are expected to last throughout the long weekend. The blossoms really mean warmer weather is coming but this beauty won’t last long.
Eat: It’s the 50th anniversary of Canada’s coffee shop and they’re celebrating by giving away birthday cake donuts. I’m a huge fan of donuts so I may even test my patience and try to get one of these limited edition donuts. They’ll be giving them away tomorrow, while supplies last.
Drink: The season’s first Toronto Underground Market is this Saturday at their new home at 99 Sudbury. Tickets are still available online and are $15 plus fees, they are $22 at the door. There will be a large selection of food and the event is also licensed and 19+. The new venue is part indoors, part outdoors so best to dress in layers to stay comfortable.
My Friday song is care of Dead Penny – it’s their cover to Ignition. Have a great weekend!
Last week I had a post about kickstarter for a short film called “sinkers“. The kickstarter is to raise money for just about every aspect of the film’s production and there’s still time to help support the campaign.
Another great way you can help support the campaign is by attending their drinkstarter. On Tuesday, May 20th, the Monarch Tavern on Clinton will host a drinkstarter for this campaign.
What’s a drinkstarter? On that night, between 7pm-2am, a dollar from every drink sold will go towards the “sinkers” campaign. As probably mentioned in the past, I am a huge fan of drinking with purpose, it just makes it that much more fun and this is a great (and easy) way to help get this local movie made. Tuesday is also Vinyl Nite at the Monarch Tavern, you can bring your favourite LPs and they’ll play it, a whole side at a time, you even get a discount on your pint if you bring one. Otherwise, you can just enjoy the vinyl and drink for a good cause.
If you can’t make it, you can still help fund this campaign until next weekend.
It’s no secret that I love Toronto and the local events, food, beverages and art that this city has to offer. I truly believe that this is a city that comes alive in the summer, the beautiful weather makes Toronto to to get ouside. CraveTO will provide the opportunity for Torontonians to celebrate the “official launch to patio season”. The event will have a variety of local food, local drinks and local DJs and here’s what I’m looking forward to.
The food line up is quite impressive, with 15 food vendors participating. I know for sure that I will be eating perogies that night. I love perogies and even the Spicy Pierogi‘s original looks amazing, it has a lager cheese sauce! I also love roasted corn so I’m excited to try Mr. Corn – they roast their corn and cover it in a bunch of different topics. The Sweet Sammies also look so amazing. They’re homemade ice cream sandwiches, everything on their menu looks so good, I’m excited to see what they offer at the event. I know for sure I’ll be trying out more things at the event but those are the ones I will be sure to cross off my list.
As for the beers, they’ve got five breweries in attendance. I usually like to try something new at festivals, something I wouldn’t be able to get otherwise or may not be ready to commit to yet but I’ve tried at least something from everyone at the festival so the beer will be a surprise. I’ll take surprise beer any day of the week.
There will also be 3 local DJs in attendance, Amber Long, Mike Glee and Esther Benoit. They’ll ensure the party vibe is in place throughout this delicious event.
The event is May 30th, from 5pm-11pm – a nice after work event. It’s taking place at the beautiful Wychwood Barns near Christie and St. Clair. Tickets are $16.75 and you can earn a 5% discount by sharing on social media. I’m looking forward to this tasty event!
Today is apparently going to be the warmest day of the year “so far”, it’s very exciting. Hopefully you’ll be able to get outside and enjoy the weekend! Here’s some ideas on what’s going on this weekend.
Do: With the warmer weather comes beautiful plants and flowers and this weekend will be the first Toronto Flower Market of the year. This is a great opportunity to fill your home with beautiful new flowers or get something special for mom. It takes place at 1056 Queen St W tomorrow from 10am-3pm.
See: Canadian Music Week ends tomorrow but there’s still plenty of shows to see throughout the city. The vary in price, some of the showcases are even free. It’s a great way to discover new, Canadian talent. The CMW site has lots of information to help you find the perfect show for your weekend.
Eat: Tomorrow is the annual M&M meat shops charity BBQ in support of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. For a minimum donation of $3, you get a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips. Their goal is to raise $1,000,000. This is a great foundation helping people living with these diseases. I know a number of people affected by both Crohn’s and Colitis and hope everyone will hit up their local M&M meat shops tomorrow between 10am-4pm.
Drink: The Gladstone host monthly TV Trivia, usually on a night through the week but the month is special. They’re hosting a special 90210 trivia in honour of Jason Priestly’s new memoir, which will be used for some of the prizes. There is also drink specials and prizes for people who dress up. It starts at 8pm but always best to get there early when it comes to trivia, some people are intense!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and to the mamas out there, I hope you have a great mother’s day!
You may remember a few months ago when I learned that “Bach is the New Black” when my friend and I attended a Tafelmusik’s Tafelscene concert. Tafelscene is Tafelmusik for people under 35, a way for the next generation to enjoy beautiful classical music. My friend and I had a great time, the music was absolutely remarkable so I’m so excited that Tafelmusik is expanding this program with “Baroque and Beer”.
This event will bring Tafelmusik to the Tranzac Club on May 15th. This smaller venue will allow the audience to experience baroque music as it was intended, in a small, party-like atmosphere. Tafelscene wants to break down the barrier between musician and audience and the Tranzac club is the perfect venue for this. The evening will feature Vivaldi’s Spring and Summer from The Four Seasons. The event is only $20 if you purchase in tickets in advance or $25 at the door and that includes two beer samples courtesy of McAuslan Brewery. Doors open at 8pm and music starts at 9pm
And now, for the giveaway! Tafelmusik has graciously provided two tickets for my one of my fabulous readers. This giveaway is for people that can make it to the event in Toronto on May 15th. Good luck!
Happy new month everyone! I have been informed that it is May, although I’m not sure if Mother Nature got the memo. Here’s a few ideas for this weekend in a rainy Toronto.
Do: This weekend, Jane’s Walks will be taking over the city despite the rain. These walks are happening throughout the city and are volunteer led. They’re a great way to explore a neighbourhood, meet you neighbours and learn something new about your community. The walks are on varying topics and are of various lengths, so check the site to find the one that fits your schedule. You can also text JANE to 45678 to donate $10 to this volunteer run organization.
See: I don’t know if you heard but the Raptors are in the playoffs 😉If you’re not crowd-adverse, head down to Maple Leaf Square or “Jurassic Park” as it’s being called these days (oh and I wish it would stay that way) to watch our Raptors take on the Nets. The Raptors will be handing out ponchos, just in case it rains, and you can watch the game on the big screens outside the ACC with hundreds of people. You may even see them take the series tonight.
Eat/Drink: Looking to get out of town this weekend? I don’t blame you, I’m pretty sure every major road is going to be closed… but I digress. This weekend is the Niagara Food and Wine Expo. I went to the TFWE in November and had a great time. Tickets can be purchased online or onsite and sample tickets are a dollar each, they recommend about $20 per person for sampling, depending on how hungry or thirsty you are. 😉
Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope it’s a great one. Also, don’t forget, Mother’s Day is a week away – so maybe get your shopping done this weekend instead of fighting crowds next
And now for my Friday song, I had something else in mind but I feel like I need to share Drake for good karma! #WeTheNorth
Happy Friday! Hope you all had a nice week and none of you get blown away by the Wizard of Oz like winds out there.
Here’s a few things going on in the city this weekend.
Do: The Green Living show is taking place this weekend at the direct energy centre. The show will have a variety of exhibitors from food to transportation to fashion and more. There will also be presentations throughout the show focused on food, fitness, health and home. The show runs until Sunday.
See:Hot Docs starts this weekend (and runs until May 4th. As always there are a ton of amazing documentaries screening. Films are being shown throughout downtown including the Hot Docs cinema on Bloor. There are so many films to choose from, there’s certainly one for everyone. Regular tickets are $14.60 and it is also possible to purchase 10 and 20 packs.
Eat/Drink: Do you like to drink for a good cause? I know I do! Tonight at the Gladstone, they’re hosting the F*CK WINTER, LET’S DANCE! event in support of the LGBT Yoth Line. This charity supports the LGBT Youth Line, a toll-free peer-support line for the LGBT community under 26 years old. The party starts at 9:30pm and goes until last call. Drink for a great cause! Don’t feel like cooking? I mean, it’s Friday! Hit up the Melody Bar before hand, I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had there in the past.
Have a great weekend.
Inspired by another blogpost I saw this week, NSYNC is my song of the week!
It’s the weekend! A long one at that (and for some a super long weekend) so even though the weekend has technically begun there is still plenty of time to make plans. Here’s some ideas if you’re not sure what to do.
Do: If Easter means eating as much sugar as humaly possible, Tasty Tours has you covered this weekend. They have a few different tours going on, two sweets tours on Sunday with space still available (there is a chocolate tour tomorrow that currently has a waitlist). If you’re looking to indulge your sweet tooth while finding some new local shops, this tour is for you.
See: Didn’t get tickets to the playoff game but still want to watch the Raptors ‘defend the north‘ as they start their series against the Nets? Well you can head down to the Square outside of the ACC tomorrow (and all the games throughout the playoffs) and watch it on the big screens. This is an all-ages event so everyone is welcome to go down and watch your Raptors try for victory.
Eat: Many people will be enjoying brunch for Easter Sunday this weekend and because I can’t choose one restaurant – it just seems unfair, I’m going to suggest the blogTO’s list. They have found the places open and offering what I assume will be delicious brunch on Sunday. Some places are taking reservations (usually unheard of for brunch) so best to try otherwise I expect you’ll be waiting a long time.
Drink: Did you forget that almost everything was closed today? Don’t worry, it does happen. And as such, you don’t have any beer to enjoy on your Friday off? Well not to worry, Amsterdam Brewery (maker of one of my favourite beers) has you covered! Both of their retail locations are open today, the one in Leaside until 9pm and the Brewhouse is open until 11pm to allow you to save the day – with beer of course.
Wow, we’re into April. It finally seems to have stopped snowing, Spring may actually be coming. Sunday is supposed to be wonderful.
Do: Although the game is sold out for tonight but it is the home opening weekend and there are still tickets available for this weekend. The jays coming back really make me believe that summer is coming, despite the gloomy weather I know sunny days are coming around the corner. If you are heading down tomorrow or Sunday, keep in mind Union Station is closed all weekend.
See: The ReelWorld Film Festival is taking place this weekend and next weekend at theatres in Toronto and Markham. These films showcase the talents of artists from diverse communities and backgrounds. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.
Eat: The Good Food & Drink Festival is happening this weekend at the Direct Energy Centre. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door, which includes a show bag and a Govino wine glass. Sample tickets are $20 for 20 tickets which can be used for drinks and some food vendors. There will be a food truck alley and a variety of on-stage demos, check the site for details.
Drink: Steam Whistle will have a season opener party happening at the brewery all weekend long, including tonight until 11pm (perfect if you weren’t able to get tickets to the game). Caplansky’s Food Truck and Hot Bunzz will be on sight as well as a DJ Fields McQueen and of course, the $4 beers. Should be a great event to celebrate that summer is actually coming.
Whatever you do this weekend, I hope you have a great time!