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Le Méridien King Edward Hotel

Hot Date: Woofstock Promises a Barking Good Time

JUNE 9 & 10 The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood goes to the dogs this month as Woofstock returns for a weekend of canine frivolity. North America’s largest outdoor festival for dog lovers, the event features more than 250 vendors of pooch paraphernalia marking their territory with everything from toys and clothing to food and furnishings. And there’s even more for your four-legged friends: hounds in haute couture can strut down the dogwalk or perform their “stupid dog tricks” for a chance to win prizes, while registered participants—outfitted in posh attire, of course—can enjoy a Doggy Diamond Jubilee high tea in the King Edward Hotel’s Windsor Ballroom. Along Front Street East, between Yonge and Jarvis streets, free admission; call 416-234-9663 or visit here for more information.

Weekend Roundup, June 4 to 6

This weekend, feast your eyes on some exceptional artistic showcases and don’t miss a ton of fun festivals.

Friday: The National Ballet of Canada dances the West Side Story Suite (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Friday, June 4
Reflect upon the media’s influence over our understanding of history, images and identity at the debut of Monitors, an exhibition by Steve Lyons and Susan Lakin at Gallery 44. The show opens at 6 p.m., with an artist’s talk at 6:30.

Celebrate a timeless story of star-crossed lovers, presented through music and movement in Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite. The National Ballet of Canada performs the graceful yet powerful work at the Four Seasons Centre, complemented by Robbins’ Opus 19/Dreamer and an untitled world-premiere piece by Finnish choreographer Jorma Elo.

Sing along with Sugarland, the dynamic country music duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush. They take to the Molson Amphitheatre stage tonight, with special guests George Canyon, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Make a day of it by exploring Ontario Place before the concert starts.

Saturday: Fenulla Jiwani looks for love in 30 Dates

Saturday, June 5
An artistic opportunity beckons this weekend as the Riverdale Art Walk returns. See works by more than 100 local artists in this charming neighbourhood—both at the outdoor show at Jimmie Simpson Park and at studios in the area.

Witness 35-year-old Priti struggle through a string of bad dates in an attempt to end her singledom in the hilarious play 30 Dates. Local playwright and actor Fenulla Jiwani stars in this feel-good show at Berkeley Street Theatre.

Music is a lovely way to end the day at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. Tonight, the United Sounds Project presents a host of local performers, including Antonitas D’Havila, one of the world’s most unique gypsy flamenco guitarists.

Sunday: Witness a cutesy pooch parade (photo by E3000)

Sunday, June 6
Try seeing movies in a new light; don’t miss the final day of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, which offers internationally produced short films that run the gamut from celebrity shorts and animated tales to documentaries and music videos.

Head out to a different kind of festival at Woodbine Park, where you can snack on scintillating barbecued fare while bopping to live music. The weekend-long Waterfront Blues Festival continues today with performances by likes of Blackburn and the Canadian debut of the Alexis P. Suter Band.

Travelling can really make you miss your dog, or make you wish you had one (you know, to keep you company as you explore the vast city). Take solace in the surreal sight of 60 dogs dressed like your favourite celebrities as they trod Le Méridien King Edward Hotel’s red carpet for the launch of Woofstock, North America’s largest dog festival.

A Sip in T(ea).O.

Tradition and indulgence combine in the elegant Victorian ritual of afternoon tea, where finger sandwiches, sweets and scones accompany a steaming pot of earl grey—or rooibos, lapsang souchong, sencha, or one of the hundreds of other distinct tea varieties grown throughout the world. In Toronto, any number of exceptional spots offer this upper-crust custom, with a few unique twists to enhance the experience. Discover Where‘s five favourites by clicking on the images below.