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Kew Gardens

Hot Shopping: Hit the Beach for the Arts and Crafts Expo

Ceramics by Blackbird Pottery are among the many artisan-made items for sale at the Beaches Arts and Crafts Show

JUNE 9 & 10 Take a break from downtown’s hustle to the discover fine artisan wares at this year’s Beaches Arts and Crafts Show. The outdoor showcase in The Beach community—yes, it’s just steps from the actual beachfront along Lake Ontario—features original handcrafted products by 150 Canadian artists, craftspeople and designers, including Alicia Wishart and her whimsical paintings, and April Gates, who makes gorgeous household ceramics under the moniker Blackbird Pottery. Now in its 28th year, the event offers a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air, explore one of Toronto’s signature neighbourhoods and pick up some lovely jewellery, art, ceramics, apparel, gourmet food and much more. Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E, free admission; call 1-888-773-4444 or visit here for more information.

 

Hot Date: Jazz in the East End

JULY 15 TO 24 Summer in this city wouldn’t be complete without the Beaches International Jazz Festival. With Lake Ontario as its backdrop, this annual event features tons of free music, a street party and much more. Featured performers include Carole Pope, Terry Gillespie and Andy Kim. Woodbine Park, Kew Gardens and surrounding area, free; call 416-410-8809 or click here for more information.

Hot Date: Jazz on the Beach

Jane Bunnett performs July 25 at the Beaches International Jazz Festival

JULY 16 TO 25 Sway to jazz or swing your hips in rhythm with Latin music at the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival. The 10-day event draws more than 50 acts performing big band, Dixieland, Afro-Cuban, funk, soul and R&B tunes along Queen Street East, while main stages at Woodbine Park and Kew Gardens host larger shows. Jay Douglas & The All-Stars hit the Woodbine Park stage on July 16 at 9 p.m., while soprano saxophonist Jane Bunnett—along with Johnny Sansone and Madagascar Slim—bring Afro-Cuban and blues  sounds to Kew Gardens on July 25 at 5 p.m. Queen Street East, between Woodbine and Beech avenues, free; call 416-698-2152 or visit here for a complete schedule.