The weather is warming, spring is firmly upon us, and there's no shortage of events to check out in the city this May. Emerge from your winter's hibernation with a full head of steam by checking out our list of fun events happening in Toronto this month.
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1. ScotiaBank Contact Photography Festival - May 1-31
The annual festival of contemporary photography will showcase the work of over 1500 artists through exhibitions and scheduled events throughout the city. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the confederation, this year's festival will explore the country of Canada itself and all that its glimmering landscapes consist of.
Documentaries, artist talks, portraiture and more can be found throughout the city. The event is so big in scale that it's best to visit their website directly for a more detailed listing of events that you might be interested in. Regardless, you'll want to make the trek to one of the exhibitions in order to take advantage of this unique celebration.
2. Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Beethoven At Roy Thomson Hall!
Drift away to a time of the musical past as TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis replicates Beethoven's genius with his rendition of Symphony 7. Two-hour performances on May 26-28 also feature a Norwegian concerto and a piece from the American Impressionist movement. Tickets start at just $40 and can be purchased right here
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3. Visit the Toronto Islands!
Escape the city without even leaving by hopping on a ferry and heading to the Toronto Islands for a day. Just a quick boat trip from downtown Toronto, the Islands offer something for people of all ages. Click here
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Bring the kids to Centre Island to get lost in the William Meany Maze, a reproduction of an original maze that once inhabited the island. Later, pop over to the Centreville Theme Park to check out a slew of classic adventure park rides, including the famed Mine Coaster and Bumble Bee rides.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, an electric music festival, and the artists studio space at Gibraltar Point provide plenty of entertainment for older crowds.
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4. Catch A Blue Jays Game!
The month of May brings two sizable home stands for your lovable boys in blue. The Blue Jays look to leverage their talented roster and turn around a slow start by beating up on the Indians, Mariners, Braves, Rangers, and Reds in the friendly confines of Rogers Centre. Find and book cheap parking ahead of time to save a few dollars during your trip to the ballpark.
5. Father John Misty Rocks The Royal Alexandra Theatre: May 6, .
American singer-songwriter Father John Misty graces the newly renovated Royal Alexandra Theatre for two nights this May as he promotes his upcoming album "Pure Comedy". The former Fleet Foxes drummer's lyrical creativity and smooth vocals will have the crowd swooning! Add this event to your calendar for a refreshing cultural experience, and check out some of his music below:
6. Take In A Concert At The Harbourfront Centre!
Venture down to the Harbourfront Centre to welcome in the warm weather with a show along the waterfront! The venue hosts a number of acts throughout the month, including folk-artist Steve Earle from May 11-13. Also of significance is the Barbardos on the Water Festival, a three-day event from that celebrates Barbadian heritage with island themed music from a few notable names.
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7. Hockey Hall of Fame - Centennial Exhibit
The Toronto Maple Leafs' group of young talent put up a valiant effort in a first-round series loss to the Washington Capitals in the NHL Playoffs. Still haven't had enough hockey? Come down to the Hockey Hall of Fame to see 100 years of NHL history on display at the Centennial Exhibit. This limited-time display features rare memorabilia from some of hockey's greatest moments throughout the years.
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