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Things to Do in Toronto: Shows & Events in June 2016


Le Petit Prince is a new work commissioned by The National Ballet of Canada. (credit: Barbara Cole)

JUNE 1 TO JULY 3  Pride Toronto commemorates two monumental firsts this year: a 30-day celebration of diversity with the kick off of Pride Month beginning on June 1, and for the first time in Canadian history, when a sitting prime minister, Justin Trudeau, marches in the Pride Parade on July 3 joined by Ontario Premiere Kathleen Wynne and Toronto mayor John Tory. All month long, some of the city’s leading cultural organizations, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Harbourfront Centre, host a variety of events in conjunction with Pride Month.

JUNE 3  National Doughnut Day means that a visit to Jelly Modern Doughnuts is a must for gourmet goodies in such flavours as maple bacon and s’mores.

JUNE 4 AND 5  Head to Historic Fort York and Garrison Common for Field Trip, a two-day, family-friendly event, featuring live concerts, art displays, comedy acts, a marketplace and lots of food. Among the scheduled performers are The National, Basia Bulat, Jazz Cartier, Robyn, Kalle Mattson and Brave Shores among others.

JUNE 6  Arlene Dickinson, an entrepreneur, author and television personality who is best known as a former member of the CBC television show Dragon’s Den, speaks about her life as a single mother and how she became one of the most successful businesswomen in Canada as part of the Unique Lives & Experiences series.

JUNE 4 TO 12  For the first time in 10 years, the National Ballet of Canada has commissioned a new work from an all-Canadian creative team that includes the company’s principal dancer and associate choreographer, Guillaume Côté, with an original score by Kevin Lau. Côté’s first full-length work, Le Petit Prince, is based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s popular novella about a young boy who has fallen to earth and his encounter with a stranded pilot.

JUNE 9  Chart–topping country singer Kenny Chesney hits the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre stage.

JUNE 10 TO 19  Several dozen craft breweries take part in Ontario Craft Beer Week, including Left Field Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Grand River Brewing, Oast House Brewers, Black Oak Brewing Co. and Wellington Brewery among others. Take part in a range of events including tutored tastings, and “meet the makers” tours among other events.

JUNE 11  Defence attorneys Dean Strang and Jerry Buting, who became household names following the Netflix release of Making a Murderer, are in conversation about the Steve Avery case profiled in the show as well as the American justice system.

The inflatable church at Bestival is one of the trademark attractions

JUNE 11 AND 12  Direct from the U.K., Bestival returns for a second year with an eclectic assortment of events along with live music and DJs. The inflatable church is a signature attraction, as is the colourful Bollywood arena, or join the costume party or ride the Day of the Dead cocktail bus.

TO JUNE 12  This is your last chance to catch Forever Plaid, a nostalgic musical comedy featuring hit songs from the 1950s.

JUNE 13  Folksy British rockers Mumford & Sons, known for such songs as “I Will Wait” and “Babel,” hit the stage with special guests Raury.

JUNE 14  Neuroscientist and best-selling author Lisa Genova shares her inspiration behind Still Alice, as a family member witnessing her own grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

JUNE 15  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, whose Grammy–nominated “Same Love” became an anthem for gay and lesbian rights, are on their This Unruly Mess I’ve Made world tour.

JUNE 15  For one night, Second City hosts Showtunes Karaoke. Hosted by Jennifer Walls and Nug Nahrgang, this interactive evening encourages guests to perform their favourite Broadway standards and new classics.

JUNE 15 AND 16  Catch Tony Award–winning actor and singer Mandy Patinkin in Concert for two nights only. His Dress Casual performance features songs by Irving Berlin, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter and Harry Chapin among others.

JUNE 15 TO 19  The National Ballet of Canada presents one of the most classic works from its repertoire, Giselle, a tragic love story about a heartbroken young girl whose love ultimately saves the object of her desires.

JUNE 16 TO 18  Head down to Sugar Beach for the Wine and Spirit Festival, a three-day event with live entertainment, wine and beer pairing seminars, and of course, lots of wine, beer, cider and spirit vendors showcasing their best vintages and brews.

JUNE 18  The city’s major league soccer team, the Toronto FC, face off on the BMO Field pitch against the LA Galaxy.

JUNE 18  The Long Island Medium herself, Theresa Caputo, shares stories about her unique ability to talk to deceased spirits.

JUNE 19  English singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding, best known for such radio-friendly songs as “Lights” and “I Need Your Love” headlines the Air Canada Centre stage as part of her Delirium World Tour.

JUNE 21  Singer and songwriter Paul Simon, one half of the famed Simon & Garfunkel, performs hit songs from his extensive career in an intimate concert.

The Dixie Chicks are on their summer MMXVI tour

JUNE 21 AND 22  Country trio Natalie Maines, Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire of the Dixie Chicks make a stop at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre during their world tour with special guests Anderson East and Josh Herbert.

JUNE 22  Actor, comedian, author and musician Steve Martin is in conversation with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator Andrew Hunter in the lead up to the July 1 opening of a new exhibit about Group of Seven member Lawren S. Harris, which is curated by Martin.

JUNE 23 TO 25  The Second City and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra team up for a night of laughs and music. Comedian Colin Mochrie hosts the improv comedy troupe for three nights of sketch comedy, improv and songs about the symphony, complimented by a live score.

JUNE 23 TO 26  A star-studded line up of chefs, including Michael Hunter (Antler), Anthony Rose (Fat Pasha), David Lee (Nota Bene), Ted Corrado (The Drake) and Elia Herrera (Los Colibris) among others, take part in the ultimate summer foodie event, Taste of Toronto. Catch live cooking demonstrations, take part in hands-on cooking classes, and of course, sample lots of sweet and savoury cuisine.

JUNE 24 TO JULY 3  For 10 days every summer, some of the best swing, blues, big band, bossa nova and Dixieland musicians descend upon stages across the city for the annual TD Toronto Jazz Festival. This year marks the event’s 30th anniversary, and among the 1,500-plus performers celebrating this milestone are trumpet sensation Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, Grammy Award–winning Gregory Porter and pianist and composer Chick Corea.

JUNE 24  Juno Award–winning Canadian crooner Sarah McLachlan performs as part of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival line up.

JUNE 29  Sting and Peter Gabriel team up for their Rock Paper Scissors tour at the Air Canada Centre.

JUNE 30  Award–winning folk singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie performs songs from her expansive career as well as music from her 2015 Polaris Music Prize–winning album.

JUNE 30 TO JULY 3  The Toronto Blue Jays kick off a four-series game against the Cleveland Indians at the Rogers Centre.

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