Spring is here, Toronto! Now get outside

Now that Toronto has de-thawed and the temperature is mostly above 0 degrees, it’s time to plan our social life post-hibernation. Being cooped up for three solid months gives you a lot of time to daydream about what you want to do when Springtime comes. Toronto has it’s share of great and unique activities, and being Canada’s largest city really helps draw events on a national scale. Here are some that I am really looking forward to checking out this Spring:

One of a Kind Spring Show – March 25-29

Showcases arts, crafts and all things beautiful, and even has a dedicated Etsy section with a few of their popular artisans. I am looking forward to finding some unique artwork (for my gallery wall of course) and presents for a few friends on my list.

Toronto Arts and Fashion Week (FAT) – April 21-25

Featuring fashion designers, artists and performers, the event focusses on the alternative side of fashion and pushes the boundaries of conventional style.

Hot Docs Film Festival – April 23 – May 3

This famous Canadian International Film Festival is showing 210 films this year, including the high-profile feature on cyberbullying, Nowhere to Hide: The Rehtaeh Parsons Story.


OCAD University 100th Graduate Exhibition – April 29 – May 3

Over 600 students from the undergrad and graduate programs at OCAD showcase their final thesis works to the public. Including programs such as Drawing & Painting, Industrial Design and Sculpture/ Installation, I’m sure the final projects are nothing short of amazing.

Canadian Music Week – May 1-10

With over 1000 artists and 60 venues, this is a great way to experience and support Canadian music. This year’s lineup includes Death Cab for a Cutie, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Billy Talent and more.

Doors Open Toronto – May 23

Gives the public the rare opportunity to look behind the doors of 150 architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings across the city. 


Ontario Craft Beer Week – June 12-21

I am personally extra excited about this event, and I plan on buying a few tickets ahead of time. Events are located at breweries, pubs, restaurants and include tastings and food pairings with Ontario’s favourite beers. It is a great way to try beer from breweries you may not have heard about before.

(Image Sources:  Sam Javanrouh, Flickr | Bark, Flickr | Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr)


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