Although the G20 summit may disrupt your ability to move around the downtown core, Toronto can still grab your attention with theatrical productions, festivals and more. If you plan your route carefully, you’ll find it’s easy to enjoy an entertaining array of events!
Friday: Jeff Irving is one of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.
Friday, June 25
Settle comfortably onto the rolling hills of Toronto’s largest park for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet, this summer’s Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park production. This play-within-a-play adaptation retells the romantic tragedy of the Capulets and Montagues with iPods and travel bags commandeered by a acting troupe stranded outside a Verona train station.
Take in the city’s many colours as Pride Toronto kicks off its week-long celebration of sexual diversity and identity with a 30th-anniversary launch party at Woody’s bar.
If you’re anxious to avoid the downtown detours, head west to Sherway Gardens, a mall decked with skylights and more than 200 shops and services. Yorkdale Shopping Centre—easily accessible at the north end of the University subway line—is another grand-scale retail destination with 250-plus stores and dining options like Moxie’s Classic Grill, Milestones Grill & Bar or the family-friendly Amazonian experience of the Rainforest Café.
Saturday: André Rieu strikes up the band
Saturday, June 26
Delight in a heartening musical experience with André Rieu performs live at the Air Canada Centre with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. You’ll be humming and clapping along as the renowned violinist makes classical music that’s accessible and unforgettable.
Explore Chinese history at the Royal Ontario Museum,which displays the famed terracotta warriors of Emperor Ying Zheng for the first time ever in Canada. This landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 stunningly preserved artifacts, including 10 full-sized warrior figures, from one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries.
Take a break from World Cup action to cheer on this city’s professional soccer team, Toronto FC, as it takes to the BMO Field pitch for an evening draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Sunday: Harry Connick Jr. sings his hits
Sunday, June 27
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is now in full swing—with more than 350 concerts at 40-plus venues through to July 4. Tonight sees celebrated crooner Harry Connick Jr. take to the Canon Theatre stage.
See lions and tigers and bears—and then touch live stingrays, sharks and horseshoe crabs—with a family visit to the perennially popular Toronto Zoo.
Seize one last chance to save at the Summer Designer Sale, which features the latest fashions priced at 40 to 90 per cent off retail. The sale is on at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill, but for brands like Lacoste, Diesel, and Rock and Republic—and to avoid the congested G20 summit zones—it’s worth the short drive north