8 fantastic things to do in Toronto this week: June 20-26


This week in Toronto is all about great music and great food. From jazz to rock, there’s something for almost every musical preference. And foodies will love that we’re not just getting one, but of them festivals celebrating Asian cuisine.

Shop local and support small businesses during Pride StreetFair, then see jaw-dropping installations by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

It’s shaping up to be a colorful week ahead.

Discover a Filipino food festival

What: Enjoy a weekend of delights at the Pinoy Night Market. In addition to popular Filipino street food, some highlights include an epic Kamayan feast for $50 per person, art, and live music.

When: June 24 to 26

Time: Friday 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 4 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Downtown Scarborough, 500 Progress Avenue

Price: $9.62, tickets available here

See Michael Bolton and Kenny G in concert

What: Expect an evening to remember as music legends Michael Bolton and Kenny G take the stage at Roy Thomson Hall for ‘Restoring Hope: An Evening of Song and Strength’. The concert will be presented by Chai Lifeline Canada, which supports “children and families affected by illness and loss.”

When: June 20

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street

Price: From $85

Enter an overflow room

What: Prepare to be amazed by “Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever” by Yayoi Kusama. The contemporary Japanese artist is renowned for her stunning installations of mirrors, lights and playful prints.

When: Opening June 14

Time: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday closed

Where: OGA, 317 Dundas Street West

Price: $25

Watch Dave Matthews Band live

What: Formed in Virginia in 1991, the Grammy-winning Dave Matthews Band bring their rock vibe to Toronto. The band is known for their one-off gigs and 90s hits such as “Crash into Me”, “Ants Marching” and “The Space Between”.

When: June 22

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore Boulevard West

Price: From $77

Go to a street fair

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What: Check out the vendors, artisans and various community organizations at Pride StreetFair, taking place in Church Street and Wellesley. There will also be a Wellness Zone, an Art Zone and a Food Zone, so be sure to try the delicious treats.

When: June 24 to 26

Time: Friday 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 12 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Festival Grounds, Church Street and Wellesley

Rock out with Our Lady Peace

What: Get ready to rock! Popular for hits like ‘Somewhere Out There’ and ‘Superman’s Dead’, Canadian band Our Lady Peace will make a splash at Massey Hall this Friday.

When: June 24

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Massey Room

Price: From $71.64

Taste Asian cuisine

What: With hundreds of vendors participating this year, you can expect a dizzying array of street food during Taste of Asia, as well as live performances and ceremonies that will also be streamed live.

When: June 24 to 26

Time: Friday 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Kennedy and Steeles Road

Price: FREE ENTRANCE

Go to a jazz concert or several

What: Jazz fans will be busy! The TD Toronto Jazz Fest returns for the 35th year with a star-studded lineup featuring artists such as Gregory Porter, The Girls of Illighadad, Michael Kaeshammer and Smokey Robinson. Don’t miss the free performances by Cory Henry Trio and Amber Mark.

When: June 24 to July 3

Where: Various places

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