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Featured Events & Exhibitions

The energy amps up in Toronto in the summer with headline acts filling venues and festivals in full swing. Take advantage of long, sultry days in the city.

Here are just a few of the many big events coming up and for a full range of goings on, check out our calendar of Toronto events.

Summerlicious

July 7 to 23

A gastronomic celebration with three-course, prix-fixe menus by the finest chefs in the city.

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Beaches International Jazz Festival

July 7 to 30

Each summer this musical feast transforms the lakeside neighbourhood with multiple stages and events.

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Caribbean Carnival

July 11 to August 7

It’s the 50th anniversary of this celebration of all things Caribbean. Jump up!

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Toronto Summer Music Festival

July 13 to August 5

Celebrating Canada’s 150th, the festival explores the music of Canada and features the very best of this country’s classical performers.

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Taste of the Danforth

August 11 to 13

Be Greek for a day! Join in the street-level fun at this uber-popular food fest.

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Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

August 18 to September 4

Full of traditional fair favourites and new-fangled fun, everybody must go to The Ex!

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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.

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McMichael Gallery

Group of Seven Guitar Project

May 6 to October 29, 2017.

Eight masterwork guitars will take over the length of McMichael’s most honourable spaces. Commissioned from seven world-renowned Canadian guitar makers, including Toronto luthier, Linda Manzer, each guitar pays homage to a particular Group of Seven member and Tom Thomson. Presented in the round, viewers will be able to walk around and explore the beautiful landscapes rendered in wood and inlay, hosted by the musical instruments.

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Ontario Science Centre

Wildlife Rescue: Stories of Survival

May 18 to September 4, 2017.

Witness the rescue and recovery efforts of people who dedicate their lives to saving animals. This wildly interactive exhibition showcases the innovative ways used to capture, raise and release endangered animals – from seabirds to turtles and orangutans to pandas – and send them back to the wild.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story

March 11 to September 4, 2017.

Get up close to one of the world’s most mysterious – and largest – animals on the planet in this ROM original exhibition. Follow the 2014 story of the blue whales that captured the hearts of a nation.

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Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Centennial Exhibit

March 10 to December 31, 2017.

A must-see for every hockey fan, the NHL Centennial Exhibit is an immersive tribute to 100 years of NHL hockey, highlighting some of the most memorable players and moments in league history.

Artifacts on display include the stick used by Wayne Gretzky to score his NHL single-season record 92nd goal, the gloves worn by Sidney Crosby to capture the 2009 Stanley Cup and Gordie Howe’s 700th-goal puck. Plus, on display for the first time in the last quarter century, is the original Minute Book of the National Hockey League – the only behind-the-scenes account of hockey’s forefathers and their task in shaping the NHL from its inception in 1917.

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Aga Khan Museum

Here: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists

July 22, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

In celebration of Canada’s 150 years as a nation, encounter Museum-wide installations of video, textiles, painting and sculpture that convey the diverse identities of more than 20 artists. Whether Canadian-born or naturalized, permanent residents or ex-pats, these artists carry experiences from multiple geographies and generations, from neighbours old and new.

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