Canada Turns 150
The Toronto region will be celebrating this milestone all year long, with the biggest events on and around July 1, 2017, Canada’s birthday. Watch for special Canadian programming by cultural presenters like TIFF Bell Lightbox and the 21 C Music Festival. Events like the Redpath Waterfront Festival will be making an extra big splash this year. Read more about Canada 150 events.
The 2016–17 National Hockey League season marks the 100th anniversary of Toronto’s beloved Maple Leafs and the NHL. This year will be full of special hockey moments commemorating great plays and players of the past, leading up to the club’s 100th birthday on December 19, 2017. And the Hockey Hall of Fame is the place to be as it stages exhibitions all year long featuring unique memorabilia, like the gloves worn by Sidney Crosby to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup.
January 27 to February 9, 2017
With 200 restaurants taking part, this is your chance to try out that place you’ve been hearing so much about or take in an out-of-the-way gem. In addition to prix fixe menus, you can experience mouthwatering culinary events like cooking classes, dinner theatre, tastings and intimate chef dinners, all at Winterlicious.
Musical Theatre Blockbuster
February 11 to May 14, 2017
The smash hit musical direct from London’s West End, The Bodyguard, is headed to Toronto. Based on the 1992 film written by acclaimed screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and adapted by Academy Award®-winner Alexander Dinelaris, this thrilling and moving production is a must-see.
Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story
March 11 to September 4, 2017
Blue whales are the largest animals that have ever lived and the Royal Ontario Museum is offering a rare opportunity to view and learn about this endangered species of marine mammals. After a Blue Whale washed ashore in 2014, a team from the ROM travelled to Newfoundland to salvage it, which has led to Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story.
Major Retrospective at the AGO: Georgia O’Keeffe
April 22 to July 30, 2017
Making its only stop in North America, Georgia O’Keeffe is the largest retrospective of this pioneering American artist ever mounted in Canada. Featuring over 80 works, this revealing exhibition charts six decades in the career of one of America’s most celebrated painters. (Pictured: Georgia O’Keeffe / Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932 / oil on canvas / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.)
June 14 to 24, 2017
Adventurous art in adventurous places is the hallmark of the annual Luminato Festival. The ten-day global multi-arts festival dedicated to performance, visual art, music, theatre and dance, features international and local artists. The program for 2017 promises to be as cutting-edge as ever, so check for details in the coming weeks.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 11 to August 7, 2017
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Toronto Caribbean Carnival expects one million revelers for the Grand Parade, which honours the Afro-Caribbean diaspora and is the largest event of its kind in North America.
North American Indigenous Games
July 16 to 23, 2017
Immerse yourself in a spectacular display of sport and culture when the North American Indigenous Games comes to Central Canada for the first time in its 27-year history. The NAIG offers 14 sport categories for indigenous youth from Canada and the U.S., along with a cultural component that shines a spotlight on North American indigenous arts, culture, language and entertainment.
Toronto International Film Festival
September 7 to 17, 2017
The biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet, TIFF energizes Toronto every year with world premieres, galas, shmoozes and parties. Whether you’re a cinephile or just love to see the celebs, TIFF is the place to be.
September 23 to 30, 2017
Invictus is Latin for unconquered. And as Prince Harry, who established the Games in 2014 said, “These Games shine a spotlight on the unconquerable character of servicemen and women and their families. They have been about teammates choosing to cross the line together. These Games have been a display of the very best of the human spirit.” In September 2017 in Toronto expect 550 competitors from 17 countries demonstrating the true spirit of invictus. Read more about the Invictus Games.
Toronto continues to grow at an astounding rate and breathtaking changes are taking place across the city. Examples include Ontario Place, which is in the midst of a multi-year redevelopment with a new urban park and waterfront trail opening in 2017 and The Bentway project which is transforming a stretch of land beneath the elevated Gardiner Expressway into an artful pedestrian passageway. The beloved TORONTO sign is still ready and waiting in front of City Hall for your selfie, this year with a shiny new red maple leaf added in honour of Canada’s 150th.