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Recommended Events for the week of May 12 – 19, 2017

1. The Bookshelf – Where Readers Meet Authors

Saturday, May 13, 9am – 2pm (readings between 10am-1:30pm)

In the heart of Newmarket, as the residents start to stir, Canadian authors will gather at the community centre. From heart pulling romance and outlandish laughter, to black holes destroying spaceships and dwarfs battling elves, to crime and sacrifice, every genre has a place. The book fair is part of Newmarket’s farmers’ market.

Please visit The Bookshelf website.

200 Doug Duncan Drive, Newmarket (in the community centre)

2. Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour or Culinary Tour

If your mom loves chocolate, Tasty Tours are offering the perfect gift for Mother’s Day. Their Mother’s Day Chocolate Tour will spend the afternoon visiting some of Toronto’s finest eateries, where participants can sample delicious chocolates and chocolatey treats. There will also be a chocolate making demonstration by an award-winning chocolatier.

Saturday, May 13. 1 – 4pm

Tickets priced at $39.00 for adults and $25.00 for kids.

Tasty Tours is offering a Mother’s Day Tour where mothers will be pampered on a culinary trip around the world – without having to leave Toronto. Participants will savour the colourful flavours and stories of Kensington Market, including a special dish created just for the tour. There will be samples at each location as well as discounts at select merchants.

Sunday, May 14, 11:30am-2pm

Tickets priced at $49.00 for adults and $35.00 for kids.

For tickets click here.

3. Spring Into Parkdale & Parkdale Flea

May 13 & 14, 11am – 6pm

Spring into Parkdale is a one day street festival n conjunction with the two-day Parkdale Flea. On Saturday, local vendors will be setting up their goods outdoors, there will be live music and a crafty zone for kids. On both days, during the Parkdale Flea, guests are invited to pick out unique Mother’s Day gifts and bring their family, friends and four-legged furry friends. The Parkdale Flea mascot, Koji will be on site.

Antique, vintage, collectibles, designer objects, local artisans, crafts, food and drink and more.

Queen Street between Roncesvalles and Dufferin.

4. Toronto Comic Arts Festival

May 13 & 14, 2017

Saturday – 9am – 5pm
Sunday – 10am – 5pm

The two-day Toronto Comic Arts Festival returns to Toronto this May, taking over the Toronto Reference Library and surrounding Bloor/Yonge neighbourhood. The festival is a celebration of comics and graphic novels with vendors featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Readings, interviews, panels, art installations, and workshops are also planned for the festival.

Featured guests include Ngozi Ukazu, Isabelle Arsenault, Gengoroh Tagame, Katherine Collins, Jillian Tamaki, Scott Westerfeld and more. Free to attend.

For more information click here.

Schwartz/Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan

5. Mayfair in Rosedale Park

Friday, May 12, 5 – 9pm & Saturday, May 13, 9am – 5pm

Exciting carnival rides, great bands, midway games for kids with great prizes, face painting, track and field, fish pond, candy floss, popcorn, bingo, and more.
Kids dress up for the “Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday” parade and competition. Come dressed up in costume on Saturday at 8:15 am (see web site for parade map). Prizes for costumes.

Adults can relax at the outdoor pub with live music and BBQ. Free admission to the fair grounds. Free bike valet parking. Tickets for all rides and attractions can be purchased at the event.

For more information click here.

Rosedale Park, East of Mt Pleasant Rd and north of Roxborough Dr

6. Mother’s Day at the Bata Shoe Museum

Sunday, May 14, 1 – 3pm

The Bata Shoe Museum (BSM) has a fun-filled afternoon of art activities and discovery planned for Mother’s Day. From 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., guest can participate in crafts such as clog decorating, a special activity in the galleries and scratch paper art. These crafts may just be the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Perfect for parents and grandparents with children ages 3 and up. $10 per person.

For tickets click here.

7. Hebrew Institute Enrichment: Designing and Crafting Zionism

Sunday, May 14, 2 – 3pm

A lecture with Sharoni Sibony What does a Hebrew room look like? In 1906, the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem tried to shape an answer to this question but sometimes failed to convince Jewish consumers of their vision. Will they convince you? $5

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

8. ReelAbilities Film Festival

May 11-18, 2017

The second annual ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) is the largest festival of its kind in Canada showcasing disability and Deaf cultures through film. Presented by the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, this year’s festival showcases 17 films, including Canadian and international premieres.

From an intimate glimpse into the world’s only ballet school for the blind in Looking at the Stars, to a dramatic comedy about disability and sexuality in Sanctuary, to a documentary called My Life in the City about how adults with intellectual disabilities are left out of conversations about city building, this powerful lineup of films will impact and inspire audiences.

Films are screened at various locations across the GTA. For tickets click here.

9. Vaughan International Film Festival

May 15 – 18, 2017

Film screenings, after-parties, industry seminars, VFF Award Show and more. Screenings $8-$12.

For more information click here.

Colossus Vaughan Cinemas 3555 Highway 7 W, Vaughan

10. ROMWalks – Heart of Toronto

Wednesday, May 17, 6 – 8pm

ROMWalks are back for the season. Discover the newly refurbished, dynamic 50-year old Nathan Phillips Square abutted by two extraordinary City Halls, and view nearby historic buildings. Hear about the civic, political and legal challenges spanning two centuries. Walk is free and goes rain or shine. No registration required.

ROMWalks are guided walking tours given by ROM volunteers on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons from May to October. The walks encompass diverse aspects of Toronto’s vibrant neighbourhoods including history, architecture, arts of all varieties, education and more.

Visit the event website.

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West (front doors of Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square – look for the purple umbrella)

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