Toronto’s warm weather is here to stay, so it’s officially time to play. With a slew of new things to do around the city, ranging from the visual arts to the edible ones, the Ontario capital promises a seasonal forecast of fun.
Taste spring at the Shangri-La
Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s heralded restaurant, Bosk, has developed a new spring menu to excite taste buds over three courses ($75), four courses ($85) or a chef’s menu ($115) featuring the first crops and produce of the season. From famed Nova Scotia scallops to wild B.C. halibut, Saint-Canut pork shoulder and Brome Lake duck, Canada’s best ingredients shine here this season.
Get in on the sports action
With the Toronto Blue Jays’ baseball season in full force and the Toronto Raptors still playing in the NBA postseason, it’s an exciting time to catch a game at the Rogers Centre or Air Canada Centre, respectively.
If you’re hard-pressed to snag a ticket, head to Real Sports Bar & Grill, The Loose Moose or Wayne Gretzky’s (the Oasis Rooftop Taqueria just reopened for the season) and you’re certain not to be disappointed. Just make sure you wear the right colors.
Show your artsy side
From June 10 to 26, Luminato Festival takes over the city for a celebration of the arts. The collection of creativity is dedicated to showcasing the best in performance and visual art, music, theater, dance, magic and more. With free and ticketed events, this year’s festival will feature nearly 100 new commissioned works, and more than 3,000 performances with 11,000 artists from more than 40 countries.
The featured events include The James Plays Trilogy, billed as “Scotland’s answer to Game of Thrones” (June 16 to 26); the long-anticipated reunion of dance company The Holy Body Tattoo and post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor in monumental (June 14 and 15); and a re-creation of Judy Garland’s iconic 1961 Carnegie Hall show by Canadian singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright in Rufus Does Judy (June 23 and 24).
CN Tower turns 40
Celebrating its 40th year (and, possibly, its rejuvenated interest thanks to its placement on the cover of Toronto native Drake’s new album Views) after opening in 1976, the CN Tower is planning a show-stopping celebration on June 26. While details for commemorating the milestone were still being put together at press time, one thing we do know for sure is that the landmark’s thrilling EdgeWalk at the CN Tower has reopened for the season.
And speaking of views, the one you see while being harnessed nearly 1,700 feet above the city is something you’ll never forget.