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What to Do in Toronto in June

As summer finally arrives and schools let out, many Torontonians are left wondering what fun events lie ahead and how they can entertain their families over summer vacation. The summer months are brimming with possibilities, and June is loaded with exciting activities and events that are sure to be a hit for everyone.

Brunch Fest

“There’s no denying our love affair with Brunch. It’s like breakfast without the alarm clock. It’s like lunch without having to go back to work. It truly is a magnificent mash-up of meals.” Join TasteToronto for a “one-of-a-kind social experience celebrating everyone’s favourite weekend ritual.” Visitors can expect the following at Brunch Fest:

  • Toronto’s Top Brunch Eats
  • Specialty Cocktails featuring Bud Light Radler
  • Freshly Brewed Coffee and Cold Brew
  • Classic Caesar Bar including Bud Light Chelada
  • Fresh Bagels and Smoked Salmon, Eggs Benedict, and Everything Brunch
  •  Waffles and Pancakes, Crispy Bacon, Smoothie Bowls, and Cold Pressed Juices
  • The Best Way to Experience Toronto’s Famous Brunch Scene

Brunch Fest will be held from Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd, and the event will feature the following vendors: Bacon Nation, Bobbie Sue’s Mac & Cheese, Craig’s Cookies, Fonda Lola, Fully Loaded T.O., Heirloom, Kathi Roll Express, La Novela, Lisa Marie, Parts & Labour, Revitasize, Rosen’s Cinnamon Buns, Spin Toronto, Starving Artist, The Porch, and Toastee.

The event is open to everyone 19 and older, and valid identification is required. Tickets are available online, with each ticket designated for a specific day and time of entry. Re-entry is prohibited without procuring an additional ticket. For additional questions, check out the website’s FAQs.

Corno & Warhol

C9 Art presents Corno & Warhol, “a vibrant Pop Art exhibition celebrating the influence of Andy Warhol on Canadian artist Corno.” The exhibition will be open from May 24th through July 7th, and it will feature Corno originals and prints, as well as one of the largest collections of original Andy Warhol posters from 1962 to 1987. The following are gallery hours:

  • Monday: By appointment
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: By appointment

Casa Loma: Escape Series

Casa Loma: Escape Series is open now through June 30th and offers a unique experience for guests. “The Casa Loma Escape Series launched in August 2015 as the country’s first and only theatrical escape game.” The game features live actors, full sound, and set design for a unique, immersive game experience. “Set in Toronto’s darling landmark, Casa Loma, you’ll discover a world you never knew!”

Tickets can be purchased online, and groups can enjoy exclusive access to a game by purchasing all available tickets for the designated date and time. For more information, such as ages and cancellations, check out the website’s FAQs. Choose from the following games when purchasing your tickets.

  • King of the Bootleggers – In 1920’s Toronto, prohibition is at its peak, and at the top of the bootlegging empire sits notorious gangster Rocco Perri. Guests join in on the action and immerse themselves in the world of moonshine and speakeasies. “Someone’s squealed to the cops, and within the hour they’ll be on their way to raid the joint. Wil you and your team be pinched or become the new Kings and Queens of the Bootleggers?
  • Escape from the Tower – “The year is 1941. You and your team have been recruited to an undercover Anti-Submarine Detection Research Center in the tower of Casa Loma. You must find the coordinates of the enemy’s U-boats and communicate their location to our allies.” With only 60 minutes to complete the mission, will you escape the tower? Note: Escape from the Tower requires a great deal of stair-climbing, so it is recommended that comfortable shoes be worn, and another game may be better suited for those with physical limitations.
  • Station M – This game unfolds in the post-World War II era and involves Station M, the codename for a secret manufacturing facility that produced gadgets and covert material for the British Security Coordination. “The war is over, the fascists in Europe have lost, and it’s time for celebration in Toronto; or so it would seem. Deep beneath the gothic exterior of Casa Loma, there lies a secret.” You and your team stumble upon the soon-to-be decommissioned Station M and find yourselves on one last mission. “Be careful who you trust, and make sure you have an escape plan.”

 

Fast in the 6

This event will be held on June 1st at Nathan Phillips Square. Join your fellow Torontonians for a one-of-a-kind event celebrating the city’s diversity through the tradition of breaking a fast, which is common in many cultures worldwide. The event is led by Toronto philanthropists Dany and Lisa Assaf, and its message is one of “Diversity. Unity. Prosperity.” The event offers a variety of entertainment and food, as well as a spectacular firework show on the Square. Performances include a wide range of talented artists, musicians, and stand-up comedians. Toronto Raptors host Mark Strong will be hosting, and Mayor John Tory and Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland will be in attendance as well.

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

The Inside Out LGBT Film Festival will take place from May 24th through June 3rd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. “Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production, and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races, and abilities.”

 

Jewish Music Week

Jewish Music Week in Toronto is an exciting week of concerts, recitals, and musical events throughout the GTA.” The festival celebrates Jewish music and contributions to genres of music not typically considered Jewish. Daytime events are free, while Gala Evening Concerts benefit Toronto synagogues and local charities. “With performances all over town, you won’t have to travel far to enjoy a spectacular musical event. Join us – as a volunteer, a donor, or a member of our audience. Jewish Music Week in Toronto has something for everyone!” The festival will be held from May 27th through June 3rd.

A student art contest was recently held in honour of Jewish Music Week. The theme of the contest was “Jewish Music and My Family.” The artwork submitted to the contest was amazing, and winners were announced on the Jewish Music Week website.

Pride Month

Celebrate pride month this June with a wide range of events and activities. Tapestry Opera presents: Tap This! Concerts are held June 7th through 9th at the Ernest Balmer Studio in the Distillery District. Kosher meals will be served at a Pride Shabbat Dinner on Friday, June 8th. Break out the swimsuits and head out for the Cabana Pool Party on Thursday, June 14th. ROM Friday Night Live will be back for its 13th season, and the Royal Ontario Museum will be transformed for a spectacular pride Toronto cultural event on June 15th. Pride festivals and more will be held the weekend of June 22nd – 24th. More events and information can be found here.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

“In 2016, the American-born ReelAbilities Film Festival crossed the border and launched in Toronto, Ontario, making this the first official international chapter of RAFF. At RAFFTO, we are proud to showcase Canadian and International shorts, features, and documentaries about deaf and disability cultures and by filmmakers and actors with disabilities and/or who are deaf.” The ReelAbilities Film Festival will be held from May 29th through June 4th. Check online for more information, including a list of films appearing at this year’s festival.

The World of the Fatimids

“The World of the Fatimids bears witness to a remarkable dynasty that built one of the world’s oldest universities, compiled one of its greatest libraries, and fostered a flowering of the arts and sciences. At its height in the 10th and 11th centuries, the Fatimids established one of the greatest civilizations in the world, influencing knowledge and culture throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Near East.” The exhibition will be held at Aga Khan Museum now through July 2nd.

 

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