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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: May 2013 Archives

Explore the city -- outdoors and indoors!

Toronto Urbanist Mystery Tour
Jun 1 and Jun 2
Various Locations

What better way to enjoy a respite from the rain that hit the outdoors. And if it's raining, just slap on your wellies! Ontario Walks leads two hikes across some of the city's green spaces. These walks are three hours or more long. So go well-shod.

For more information, check out the Ontario Walks website.

Hidden Gardens and Private Spaces
June 2
Various Locations

This annual self-guided tour, using the map on the ticket, brings visitors along the streets of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District and through quiet back lanes or tree-lined streets to hidden alcoves of greenery. Check out the 10 private gardens on views, and chat with the people behind them.

For more information, check out the Cabbagetown Preservation Association website.

Critical Mass Ride
May 31
Bloor and Spadina

Join in one of the many events celebrating Bike Month! Gather at Bloor and Spadina at 6 PM, and ride away.

For more information, check out the Bike Month website.

Toronto Festival of Clowns
May 29 to Jun 2
Pia Bouman School

Clowning is so much more than donning a red nose and juggling. Check out feats of physical theatre and performance at this annual festival which includes full length shows, triple bills and cabarets. For instance, Red Nose District is described as a search for a clown co-host that mixes up Survivor, Hunger Games and Fear Factor.

For more information, check out the Toronto Festival of Clowns website.

InspiraTO Festival
May 30 to Jun 8
Alumnae Theatre

This festival offers an innovative approach to the ten-minute play format. This season there are four distinct shows, with 6 ten-minute plays in each show. Each show addresses a creative challenge; RedShow - plays with the opening line, "I see a rabbit"; BlueShow - plays where one of the characters must leave home; OrangeShow - plays thattake place in a tunnel; YellowShow - plays where "rope" is an integral part of the play.

For more information, check out the InspiraTO Festival website.

Horse Day
Jun 1
Horse Palace, Exhibition Place

Horse Day is a free, one-day, public event designed to educate people of all ages about horses and provides visitors with the opportunity to experience horses up close and personal. Horse Day includes educational stations, riding and driving demonstrations and information displays.

For more information, check out the Ontario Equestrian Foundation website.

Burger Day
Jun 2
Artscape Wychwood Barns

This is a finale to a week-long celebration of the almighty burger in its many guises. 67 burger joints will come together and offer up slider versions of their Burger Week burgers for up to 10,000 guests to enjoy. There will be other sweets and treats available to accompany the burgers, entertainment of all kinds, including a designated kids area with musical and craft entertainment, a beer tent with live music, and much more!

For more information, check out the Artscape Wychwood Barns website.

Performing Diaspora: The History of Urban Music in Toronto
Jun 1
York University

This full-day conference will include the work of academics and journalists,
who will discuss how the culture and genre of Rap music has developed
since the late 1980s. Panelists include: Maestro, Michie Mee, Master T, Dane-o, Motion, DJ Mel Boogie, DJ X, Dalton Higgins, Chris Jackson, and Mindbender.

For more information, check out the Performing Diaspora website.

In Concert: Ayah
May 31
The Pilot Tavern

The Toronto Palestine Film Festival kicks off its festival later this year with a concert tonight featuring Palestinian-Canadian songstress Ayah.


Craving Toronto and more

May 25
Evergreen Brick Works

The latest in the city's celebration of foodie-ness (yes, I made up that word!) has been put together by three friends who love street food, craft beer and underground music. Be sure to get there early and have plenty of change at hand as you dance from food truck to craft beer stalls. They even have complimentary shuttle buses to the venue!

For more information, check out the CraveTo website.

Urban Spring Mushroom Forage
May 25
Don Valley

Discover the joys of foraging while exploring the Don Valley in search of wild mushrooms and edible plants. An expert guide will share his many years of knowledge and point out interesting plants and animals (maybe) as you hunt for these gourmet treasures.

For more information, check out organizer The Culinary Adventure Company website.

Family Nature Walk: Savannah in the City
May 25
High Park Nature Centre

Walk through an endangered ecosystem right here in Toronto - Black Oak Savannah. Enjoy the tall grasses, old oaks and diverse wildlife that thrive on these sandy soils. We will help the Savannah by planting native seeds.

For more information, check out the High Park Nature Centre website.

Bugs and Blooms
May 25
Humber Arboretum

Join the Etobicoke master gardeners at the Humber Arboretum during Doors Open Toronto! Knowledgeable guides will lead walking tours throughout the gardens and woodlot pointing out the many bugs and blooms visible at this time of the year. Is that a Bug!!! Come find out if it's a good bug or a bad one.

For more information, check out the Humber Arboretum website.

Danforth Blooms
May 25
Danforth BIA

Wanted: Good homes for hundreds of Danforth Hyacinth bulbs. The Danforth Business Improvement Area (BIA) is celebrating spring by giving away Hyacinth bulbs, Danforth BIA leaf bags, spring water and select discounts at local businesses.

For more information, check out the Danforth BIA website.

Iranian Heritage Day
May 25 to May 26

The Third Annual Iranian Heritage Day proudly presents a cultural mosaic of Iranian classical, folklore, popular and contemporary music, dance and art including the Baarbad Ensemble, the Niaz dance group and more. This year will feature two electrifying premiere music and dance showcases called The Flight of Poupak and Longing for Freedom.

For more information, check out the Iranian Heritage Day website.

Inside Out Festival
May 23 to Jun 2
TIFF Bell LightBox

The largest of its kind in Canada, Inside Out is Toronto's LGBT film festival and brings to screen some of the best offerings in queer cinema from Canada and around the world.

For the schedule, check out the Inside Out Film Festival website.

Pedestrian Sundays
May 26
Kensington Market

They close off the streets to vehicular trafiic! Assorted celebrations ensue.

For more information, check out the Pedestrian Sunday website.

More Than Just a Yardage Sale
May 24 to May 25
Textile Museum of Canada

Bargain-hunting fibre addicts will descend on the TMC for the annual More Than Just A Yardage Sale. Created and run by the Museum's volunteers, the sale is a bonanza for textile aficionados and a major fundraiser for the Museum. Shoppers will have their pick of an eclectic mix that includes yardages, yarns, patterns, quilt fabrics, notions and crafts.

For more information, check out the Textile Museum of Canada website.

In Concert: Desi Fest
May 25 to May 26
Yonge-Dundas Square

The square will turn into a celebration of South Asian music from the city and beyond. And they even have a Bollywood screening! Check out recent film Dabbangg 2 on a really big screen.

For more information, check out the Desi Fest website.


Victoria Day Events

For a list of the various Victoria Day activities happening in the city -- from splash pads, the Riverdale Farm, the Toronto and the grand finale fireworks -- check out the City of Toronto website.