Wednesday, 31 May 2017




It’s June and summer has finally reached the 6ix! I love summer because it’s a season when we get together with others to enjoy time off, delicious food, and the glorious, sunny weather. June is also Pride Month in Toronto, giving us an extra reason to celebrate love, equality and creativity with friends and family. The events highlighted in this column are ways we can reconnect with friends while also meeting new people in the city. Featured in this article are events hosted by the Toronto Ward Museum, where fellow student Susan Jama is interning, Halton Heritage Services, where Julia Zungri and Sarah Rolko are completing internships, the Gardiner Museum, where Kara Isozaki is an intern, and Open Studio, where yours truly is completing an internship!

1. St. Lawrence Market BBQ and Concert in the Park

Ushering in June with a BBQ! Source
What better way to kick-start the summer than with a large BBQ! The St. Lawrence BBQ Market takes place on the first day of June, coinciding with the annual Music in St. James Park concerts. For the past six years, the St. Lawrence Market Business Improvement Area, a non-profit organization, has hosted outdoor concerts every Thursday in the summer. For the first summer concert of the year, merchants from the St. Lawrence Market will prepare a special barbecue meal. Enjoy gourmet sausages, rotisserie chicken and corn on the cob while listening to the special concert performance by Lemon Bucket Orkestra. For more information on the event and vendors visit St.Lawrence Market's website and Old Town Toronto

Where: St. James Park, located at King and Jarvis

When: Thursday, June 1st, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost: Tickets for BBQ in the Park are sold on the day of the event at St. James Park. Guests can purchase 4 food items for $10 or 2 food items for $5 (accepts cash only)

2. Library Book Sale at S. Walter Stewart Public Library
June is also a great time to begin a summer reading list! Join other bookworms and head to the Library Book Sale at the S.Walter Stewart Library. Bring a bag with you and take home new finds and treasured classics, or purchase a bag at the library and fill it! Proceeds support the Youth Advisory Group’s New Garden at S. Walter Stewart. For more information, you can call the branch at 416-396-3975.

Where: 170 Memorial Park Ave, East York, ON M4J 2K5

When: Saturday, June 3rd , 9:00am – 1:00 pm

Cost: Hard covers, Graphic Novel & Large Paperbacks: $1 each OR 3 for $2

Paperbacks, magazines, Children’s Books, Comics: 50¢ each OR 3 for $1

Videos, DVDs & CDs : $2 each OR 3 for $5

Buy a library bag and fill it! $10

In honour of Canada 150, The Toronto Ward Museum is hosting Not Just Numbers. This is an interactive mystery game where diverse members of the community are invited to discover the people behind the data that make up the Canadian census. Participants can examine newspapers, scrutinize old photographs, analyze maps and more clues to piece together stories and narratives which solve the mystery of Canadians living during the Second World War. The event featured takes place in Kingston, but these games will take place across Canada! For more information, visit Not Just Numbers

Where: Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Isabel Turner branch, 935 Gardiners Rd, Kingston, ON K7M 9A9

When: Saturday, June 10th, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Cost: Free! For tickets, click here

4. .Exhibition Opening of Oakville: 190 Years in the Making and Mayor's Historic Picnic

Celebrate Canada’s 150th as well as Oakville’s 190th with a picnic and official exhibition opening set up by Halton Heritage Services the Oakville Historical Society, which focuses on how Oakville's industry contributed to its growth and development as a town. After exploring the exhibition, enjoy the Oakville Mayor’s Annual Historic picnic on the Lakeside Park, which will feature live band music, prizes, and parades. The exhibition runs for a year, and can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4:30 pm and the third Sunday afternoon of each month (the opening times of the Oakville Historical Society). For more information on the event, visit: Oakville Annual Mayor's Picnic

Where: The exhibition is held at the Oakville Historical Society building, located at 110 King St, Oakville, ON L6J 1B1.

The picnic takes place at Lakeside Park, 2 Navy St, Oakville, ON L6J 2Y5

When: Sunday, June 11th , 12:00 – 4:30pm.

Cost: Free!

5. Summer Exhibition Openings at Open Studio Artist-Run Centre  

Saimaiyu Akesuk, Qaumajaq (Fly), 2014, stonecut & stencil, 94.8 x 62cm, featured in the main Open Studio Gallery. Source.
On June 16th, Open Studio, an artist-run studio and gallery, is introducing three new art exhibitions for the summer. Learn about the artistic practice of printmaking, meet artists that specialize in the skill, and enjoy the colourful pieces that will be displayed in Open Studio’s three galleries. The Member’s Gallery features the work of Toronto-based artist Jennie Suddick, the Prints Sales Gallery highlights the Kandinsky-inspired work of Walter Procska, and the main gallery showcases the work of Innuit artist Saimaiyu Akesuk. Curated by Nancy Campbell, this exhibition highlights Akesuk’s work created in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, between 2013-2015. Refreshments and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit upcoming exhibitions at Open Studio

Where: Open Studio, 401 Richmond St., Suite 104, Toronto ON. M5V 3A8

When: Friday, June 16th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost: Free!

6.  Father's Day Weekend at the Taste of Toronto

The Taste of Toronto is the perfect opportunity to get a group of friends together or to treat Dad to foodie-inspired Father’s Day weekend! Fort York National Historic Site will turn into a culinary paradise where one can sip and sample some of the signature dishes created by Toronto’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants. While enjoying gourmet grub, chefs will also put on demonstrations and teach the tricks of the trade in hands-on workshops.

Some of the chefs participating in Taste of Toronto 2017 are Sylvain Assie (Café Boulud), Rob Gentile (Bar Buca) are Sonia Mondino (Pray Tell), Ted Corrado and Alexandra Feswick (The Drake).

For further information, visit

Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Rd. Toronto ON M5V 3K9

When: Taste of Toronto features six sessions from June 15th – 18th

Thursday, 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Friday, 11:30am – 4:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Saturday, 11:30am – 4:00pm; 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: Thursday and Friday sessions = $17.00 each

Saturday and Sunday sessions = $21.00 each

Youth (13-17) Price for all sessions = $10.00 each

Free entry on-site for children 12 and under

Prices are inclusive of HST but exclude service charges. Get tickets here

7. Explore the relationship between literature and design at the 2nd Annual Toronto Art Book Fair

The Toronto Art Book Fair (TOABF) is a public event taking place from June 15th – 18th at the cultural hub, Artscape Youngplace. View the work of hundreds of Canadian and international artists, writers and designers, three exhibitions, book launches and workshops. This is the second year that the TOABF will take place, providing a platform for small presses, independent publishers and contemporary art galleries to showcase their work. Programming for TOABF 2017 will explore the theme Artists' Books x Archives x Alternative Narratives. For more information and to view a list of participating galleries, visit:

Where: Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

When: Opening Night Party - Thursday, June 15th 6pm - 10pm

Fair Hours:

Friday, June 16th 12pm - 8pm

Saturday, June 17th 12pm - 8pm

Sunday, June 18th 12pm - 7pm

Cost: Free!

8. See and be seen at the SMASH: Voyeur*ish Party at the Gardiner Museum
The Gardiner Museum is hosting one of the coolest arts events of the year! The SMASH: Voyeurish Party is art-directed by Toronto-based artist and photographer Justin Broadbent, and aims to give participants an immersive contemporary art experience inspired by Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst and Banksy. The event features installations from local artists, such as Robin Clason, music by DJ Killa Kels, and is catered by Adrian Niman and Matt Blondin of Food Dudes and Southbrook Vineyards.

Where: The Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C7

When: Thursday, June 22nd , 8:00pm

Cost: $125 per ticket; if you are a “Young Patrons” member at the Gardiner Museum, you receive a complementary ticket to the event. Get your ticket here

9. End off the month of June by celebrating Pride!
June 2017 is Toronto’s second annual Pride Month, culminating with the 37th annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25th. During the final week of June, explore Toronto’s "Village", the area surrounding Church and Wellesley known as the historic home for Toronto’s LGBTQ community. Many restaurants and bars on these streets are holding special events for Pride. A few exciting places to checkout on Church Street are The Churchmouse & Firkin (475 Church Street) or Crews & Tangos (508 Church Street).

When: Pride Week is the last week in June, with the Pride Parade taking place at 2pm on Sunday, June 25th

Where: Various locations at Church and Wellesley street. Check Pride Events to stay updated on different venues and restaurants hosting events. The Pride Parade on Sunday begins on Bloor and Church Streets, South on Yonge Street to Yonge-Dundas Square.

Cost: Prices vary depending on the venue. The parade is free!

Whether you’re meeting new people at summer parties or catching up with old friends over coffee, I hope your June is filled with quality time connecting with others and celebrating love.


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