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Recommended Events for the week of May 26 – June 3, 2017

1. Inside Out LGBT Film Festival

May 25 – June 4, 2017

Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival showcases the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of 35 000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations, and parties that highlight more than 180 films and videos from Canada and around the world.

The films in this year’s Special Presentations program explore artistic expression, sexual identity, and courage as told through the stories of gay men destined for greatness.

The biographical drama Tom of Finland tells the true story of Tuoko Laaksonen, the World War II veteran who, through his stylized homoerotic art and desire for freedom of sexual expression, becomes one of the most celebrated leaders of the gay revolution.

Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall gives audiences the chance to get a special, insider’s look into the mind of Todrick Hall, one of the hardest working YouTube stars in the world. The documentary follows Todrick as he launches his most ambitious project yet, the original musical Straight Outta Oz. Through his songs and videos, Todrick tackles issues such as gun violence, police brutality, and his personal struggles with his relationships and identity as a gay black man.

To visit the event website, click here.

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto

2. Art Space Unveiling

Friday, May 26 (runs until July 2)

VIBE Arts, an award-winning charitable arts education organization and Scarborough Town Centre, are unveiling the 150+ Reasons We Love Canada project in acknowledgment of Canada’s 150 birthday.

The art space will reveal 60 awe-inspiring murals hand-painted by youth aged 9-29 from every Province and Territory expressing the spirit of Canada through their many unique perspectives.

The original murals will be installed in Toronto subway stations throughout July and August, with digital displays in 15 airports and on more than 300 PATTISON Outdoor billboards across Canada.

To visit the event website, click here.

Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive, Scarborough

3. Doors Open Toronto

Saturday & Sunday, May 27 &28

150 buildings will open their doors in honour of Canada’s 150th. Other event include free walking tours, a bustling world of activities at City Hall all, a music series, and a speaker series about Canadian architecture and women in architecture.

For a full list of buildings and programs, click here.

4. Woofstock – North America’s Largest Festival for Dogs

May 27 & 28 –11am – 6pm

Woofstock is a one-stop doggie shopping extravaganza, with all things canine! Free surf lessons, fashion shows with best costume and the crowning of Mr. & Ms. Canine Canada. The event has entertainment, contests and a consumer showcase. Vendors offer up the latest in canine fashions, furnishings, products and food.

New this year the Woofstock Games, an Olympic-style sporting event for dogs. Food trucks will be onsite or enjoy a Wooftini.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Dogs and children under 10 are free.

For tickets, click here.

Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto

5. Brides of Shabbat and Shavuot – Challah Cover Workshop with Artist in Resident Temma Gentles

Sunday, May 28, 10:15am – 12pm

Temple Sinai’s Artist in Residence Temma Gentles teaches participants how to make their very own challah “bridal” cover by using stencils. No art experience necessary. Members: $18, Non-Members: $25. For more information call the Temple Office at 416-487-4161 or email [email protected]

Temple Sinai Congregation, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto

6. Gluten Free Garage at Wychwood Barns

Sunday, May 28, 10:30am– 4:30pm

Toronto’s original and only pop-up gluten-free marketplace is a carefully curated space for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, placing quality and taste at the forefront.

More than 60 handpicked vendors will be on site as well as food trucks, live demonstrations and speakers, and Libations in the Courtyard for those who are 19+. $10.00

For more information click here.

Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto

7. Tikkun Leil Shavuot: All-Night Jewish Learning Festival

Tuesday, May 30, 8pm – to 8:30am

A FREE all-nighter event (with cheesecake!), Tikkun Leil Shavuot includes 50 sessions that reinterpret and reimagine traditional Jewish texts and open up new community conversations. Special programs for kids and teens.

Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

8. Ori Dagan & Friends

Wednesday, May 31, 6-8pm

Israeli born and Toronto raised award winning jazz artist Ori Dagan performs at 120 Diner. Ori has won several awards, such as “Best Jazz Vocals” at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards, and “Best Male Vocalist” in 2013 by NOW Magazine’s readers’ poll.

Ori has incorporated his Israeli tradition into a couple of his songs: Eretz Zavat Chalav, and Nu Az Ma? whose lyrics are in Hebrew.

His album Less Than Three, includes fresh takes on Elton John, Elvis Presley, Madonna and Frank Sinatra, as well as “Googleable,” his original love song to the search engine.

Pwyc, $10-$20 suggested. To visit Ori’s website, click here.

120 Diner, 120 Church, Toronto

9. Spring Harvest Celebration

Thursday, June 1 10am- 12pm, 7-9pm & Saturday, June 3

Temple Sinai and Darchei Noam support local farmers.
Meet at 10am to buy from local farmers. Later in the evening meet at Temple Sinai from 7-9pm to transform the bounty of fruits, vegetables and grains into delicious dishes. Also, enjoy the results at an enhanced Chevrat Torah Kiddush on Saturday, June 3. Come to one, two or all three events. Chevrat Torah service on Saturday, June 3 is co-sponsored by the Environment Committees of Temple Sinai and Darchei Noam.

Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, North York

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, North York

10. PA DAY: Touch a Truck and Captain Underpants

Friday, June 2, 10am – 2pm

On PA day, bring your kids to Pleasant Ridge Library for two exciting activities for kids.

See, touch and explore big trucks at the library. Meet the people who protect, serve and build our community.

Fans of Captain Underpants join in for fun activities based on Dav Pilkey’s popular book series in time for the arrival of the 3D animated movie opening next weekend.

For more information click here.

Pleasant Ridge Library, 300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue, Thornhill


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