Category: Events

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival 2018

Where: The Junction
When: June 23, 2018
Cost: Free

Details: Celebrate the longest day of sun in Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood. The Junction Summer Solstice is a chance for locals and visitors alike to explore everything this area has to offer. Features over 70 participating businesses from The Junction BIA, family fun activities, music, art, performances, food and drinks.

The biggest and most exciting change to the festival this year is the FULL ROAD CLOSURE. Dundas Street West will be pedestrian only from Indian Grove to Keele + Keele to High Park Avenue. Come stroll along the road and party in the street!

Trivia and comedy take the stage; enjoy some surprised guests and great entertainment. Here is the lineup for this year’s performers.

Music on The Solstice Stage
-Noon – Greilsammer
-2pm – Too Young To Go Steady
-4pm -Long Branch
– 9pm -In Drift
-10pm – JACELYN

Entertainment on The Solstice Stage
-3pm – Community Hour: Local dancers and student performers
-5pm – Trivia in The Junction: Two challenging Rounds
-7pm – Comedy in The Junction: Four hilarious comedians, hosted by Jordan Foiey

There will be a bigger play area for kids. Visit the Snug as a Bug Kids Zone to see the buskers, visit the LEGO Clubhouse, do any of the many craft activities, touch some ROM artifacts, and more.

This year’s festival marks the launch of Art in The Junction, a new neighbourhood-wide project bringing more art into local businesses.

More Info: @TorontoJunction

Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak at AGO

Kenojuak Ashevak, Luminous Char, 2008. Stonecut, stencil, Overall: 51.1 × 63.8 cm. Courtesy of Dorset Fine Arts. © Estate of Kenojuak Ashevak.

Where: Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St West
When: June 16 – August 12, 2018
Cost: This exhibition is included with general admission.

Details: This summer, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) welcomes Tunirrusiangit: Kenojuak Ashevak and Tim Pitsiulak, a unique celebration of two iconic Inuit artists as seen through the eyes of four contemporary Inuit curators. Opening in Toronto on June 16, 2018 the exhibition showcases over 100 works on paper by “the grandmother of Inuit art” Kenojuak Ashevak (1927–2013), and her nephew Tim Pitsiulak (1967–2016), one of the most sought-after contemporary Inuit artists in his lifetime.

Brought vividly to life by a team of Inuit artists and curators – including sculptor Koomuatuk Curley (based in Ottawa), writer and storyteller Taqralik Partridge (based in Kautokeino, Norway), curator Jocelyn Piirainen (based in Ottawa) and performer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (based in Iqaluit) – this exhibition marks a new type of curatorial collaboration for the AGO. The curatorial team of Inuit artists led this exhibition at every stage, developing new artworks as well as shaping everything from public programming to exhibition texts.

Kinngait’s most internationally acclaimed artist, Kenojuak Ashevak is renowned for her fluid graphic storytelling and keen design sensibility. Together with drawings by Tim Pitsiulak, whose signature approach reflected a deep appreciation that “art is part of everything,” the exhibition presents a dynamic vision of contemporary Inuit life – a vision reflected throughout the show in decisions by the curatorial team and expressed through their contributions and first person responses.

As a liaison between the AGO and the curatorial team, Piirainen was instrumental in ensuring the exhibition reflects the curatorial team’s perspective at every stage. An Inuk living in the south, she also contributed an essay, “Gracious Acceptance of Their Gifts,” to the exhibition catalogue, due out in June 2018.

More Info: @AGOToronto 

Spiders: Fear & Fascination at the ROM


ROM Wolf Spider (rabidosa santrita). Photo by Sean McCann

Where: Royal Ontario Museum, Garfield Weston Exhibition Hall, 100 Queens Park
When: June 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Cost: A separately ticketed exhibition. To purchases visit

Details: The ROM invites visitors to explore the hunting, burrowing, and weaving world of spiders at the North American debut of Spiders: Fear & Fascination. Featuring more than 400 live and preserved specimens, cutting-edge interactive experiences and new scientific discoveries, this awe-inspiring exhibition debunks myths about one of the most successful yet misunderstood animals on the planet.

The exhibition spins an immersive tale for visitors, revealing how this incredibly diverse group of animals has evolved and survived for over 300 million years, a time long before the dinosaurs. Real specimens, including 18 different types of live spiders and their relatives, plus interactive virtual elements let visitors get closer than ever to some of the over 48,000 known spider species, from the top ten local spiders to the world’s most venomous, like the Black Widow and Brown Recluse.

In the multi-faceted Spider Lab, trained ROM technicians – known as Spider Wranglers – will demonstrate live venom milking and engage visitors in hands-on learning activities with spider specimens. With the latest augmented reality and video projection technology, visitors of all ages will encounter virtual spiders as they explore the subterranean home of cave-dwelling spiders, compete in a mating dance ritual with a Peacock Spider and create their own animated arachnid. They will also witness live Tent-Web Weavers spinning webs above their heads in a dome spider sphere. The ROM’s presentation features inclusive design elements such as touchable models, video captioning and a described audio tour for an accessible exhibition experience.

Exclusive to the ROM’s presentation, the exhibition explores the significance of spiders in traditional and popular art and culture. From Indigenous crafts and textiles to the first edition Spider-Man comic book, visitors will learn more about why spiders are central to storytelling across cultures and time.

Associated Programming & Events
-Through a Web Darkly: Sex and Death in the World of Spiders with arachnid behaviourist Dr. Maydianne Andrade. ROM Speaks, June 19, 2018.
-#FNLROM: Arachnophile, a spectacular spider-themed party that includes complimentary exhibition access. Friday Night Live, June 29, 2018.
-Spider Silk: A Golden Opportunity with Simon Peers, designer of the rare spider silk cape. ROM Connects, July 6, 2018.

More Info: #ROMSpiders @ROMtoronto

Unbound – Nuit Rose Festival 2018


Toronto Neighbourhoods West Queen West, University & College, Church-Wellesley Village
When: June 13-16, 2018
Cost: Free

Details: Nuit Rose is back for its fifth annual festival of queer art and performance. Taking the theme Unbound, this year’s festival features art that crosses borders, both real and imagined. The 2018 festival takes place over five nights in June, with programming across Toronto neighbourhoods, including West Queen West, University & College, and the Church-Wellesley Village.

Festival attendees can expect transformational encounters with art that breaks barriers and challenges limitations. As always, Nuit Rose activates Toronto neighbourhoods with provocative, cutting-edge contemporary art by diverse artists, presented at indoor and outdoor venues across the city. Expect Unbound installations, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and performances of music, poetry, theatre and dance by talented LGBTQ+ creators from Toronto and beyond.

To date, the festival has presented 250+ artists and projects from Canada, the US, Mexico, Jamaica, Italy and Spain. Nuit Rose highlights new and diverse queer voices in the arts, offering a space to emerging and established artists, and bringing these exceptional artists to the community. Nuit Rose Unbound promises to be the biggest showcase yet!

Key Dates:
June 13, 7pm to 10pm: Opening Reception
This year, Nuit Rose returns to Artscape Youngplace with a major group exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, video and sculpture. Musical and DJ performances will activate our FREE opening night.

June 16, 7pm to late: Festival & Art Crawl
Various venues across West Queen West, University & College, and the Church-Wellesley Village. Look for your free Festival Guide in the Village or visit for detailed program info.

June 16, 9pm to 11pm: Light Parade
The public  Light Parade begins at Alexander St. Parkette, adjacent to Buddies in Bad Times, and ends at Barbara Hall Park, with live entertainment and parade closing ceremonies. Everyone is encouraged to participate with a light-emitting costume or object. This year’s theme is Unbound and we will be offering prizes for Best Costume.

June 14-16: Pop Up Art Bar at 562 Church St (formerly Slack’s) featuring local DJs, art installations, entertainment, and Unbound dance parties:

-Tapette w/ DJ Phil Villeneuve – June 14 – 10pm to 2am
-FEMMETOPIA – June 15 – 10pm to 2am
-Nuit Rose Performers & Special Guest DJ – June 16 – 7pm – 2am

More Info: @NuitRoseTO

15th Anniversary Block Party at Yonge-Dundas Square

The New Pornographers. Photo by Jenny Jimenez

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: June 8 from 12 noon – 11pm
Cost: Free admission

Details: Come to the ‘Heart of the City’ on Friday, June 8, 2018 for an all-day celebration hosted by Much and E! Host Tyrone Edwards, and featuring a headline set from rock darlings The New Pornographers. Everyone is invited!

Since opening in 2003, Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) has been a community hub where Torontonians and visitors to the city from all walks of life gather. Whether it’s enjoying the serenity of the fountains, a rocking night out, or participating in an exciting range of free public events, the people light up the Square.

The Block Party begins at noon on Friday, June 8 with Toronto’s House of Virtual Reality taking street art to the next level with live demonstrations of virtual painting, using the square’s new digital signs as a canvas. YDS partner OUTFRONT Media will present surprise performances throughout the day, and treats, sweets and drinks will be available from the onsite food trucks.

The night will be bright with the presence of Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, beginning at 6pm. The party continues all evening with live performances to be capped with a performance by iconic Canadian rockers The New Pornographers. Opening acts include Toronto’s indie-rock gentlemen Secret Broadcast and dreamy synth pop duo Featurette.

The 15th anniversary of YDS comes with some exciting programming announcements for the summer. Fan favourites like free movies and indie concerts will make a comeback, with some fresh new activities being added to the slate. And as always, wifi at YDS is free.

More Info:  @ydsquare  #ydsquare

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