Music, magic and multiculturalism move through the city this weekend as many of Toronto’s adored annual festivals take flight.
Friday: Karen Robinson stars under the stars in The Tempest (photo by Chris Gallow).
Friday, June 26
Surrender to Shakespeare’s lyrical soliloquies in The Tempest during CanStage TD Dream in High Park, where the mystical tale is told in the open air.
Spend an enchanted evening with saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins as he launches the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
Head to the lakeshore for the opening reception of nine new art exhibits at the York Quay Centre—pursue painting, pottery, photography and more!
Saturday: A fragment from the Book of War is part of the ROM's Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition (image courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority).
Saturday, June 27
Discover the link between the ancient and modern world by viewing the Royal Ontario Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, Dead Sea Scrolls: Words That Changed the World.
Adhere to your appetite of jazz and drinks at popular pub Dominion on Queen, featuring a performance this evening by the York Jazz Ensemble.
Celebrate unique customs with the Multicultural Festival at the Children’s Peace Theatre with face painting, henna tattoos and traditional cuisine.
Delight in the diversity of the Distillery Historic District as you wander its cobbled streets during the Toronto City Roots Festival.
Sunday: Revel at the Pride Parade (photo by Kevin Lam).
Sunday, June 28
Rise and shine at Le Petit Dejeuner—Belgian waffles are lightly dusted with icing sugar and glazed in golden maple syrup.
Partake in the pageantry of the Pride Parade, ending this year’s fabulous festival of frivolity and family fun.
Immerse yourself in the infectious, spirited soul of lauded Louisianan Buckwheat Zydeco at Nathan Phillips Square, part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.