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Live performances, incredible exhibits and cool pop-ups are happening all over Toronto this time of year. Here are just a few of the many you don't want to miss.

Please note that many venues and attractions have closed and events have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 precautions. Please check individual websites for more details.

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Canadian Music Week | May 19 to May 23, 2020

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is one of the premier entertainment events in North America. A wide variety of musicians and bands from different music genres will be performing at music venues across the city. This year’s lineup includes Corb Lund, Pussy Riot, EMF, Jesus Jones, Jim Bob and more! For tickets visit here.

Musicians and band performing at Danforth Music Hall
Canadian Music Week lineup includes EMF, Jesus Jones + Jim Bob

Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival

North America’s largest documentary festival, Hot Docs returns for another year of outstanding films from across the globe. The films are shown at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and other downtown venues. Along with screenings, there are also conference sessions, market events and services for documentary practitioners such as the Hot Docs Forum and The Doc Shop.

Performing Arts

The Mirvish Productions, Come From Away The 2019/20 Mirvish Theatre season kicks off with the continuation of the award-winning production, Come From Away, which continues at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Additional highlights for Mirvish Productions include:
  • The Simon & Garfunkel Story is touring North America! The show runs from May 26 to June 7, 2020 at CAA Theatre.
  • From the creators of Les Misérables, comes an acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon. The show is running from May 5 to May 24, 2020 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
  • The Toronto premiere of Indecent takes the stage from May 5 to May 24, 2020 at CAA Theatre.
  • Come From Away will run to May 31, 2020 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Overlooking the audience at The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) highlights include:

  • TSO presents an assortment of classic standards by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra in Frank & Ella from May 26 to May 27, 2020.
  • Part of the Star Wars film concert series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens -In Concert will be on from May 7 to May 9, 2020.
  • Conducted by former TSO Music Director, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lisiecki Plays Beethoven’s Emperor is on from April 1 to April 5, 2020.

Canadian Stage

Canadian Stage’s 2019/20 season opens with the world premiere of How to Fail as a Popstar, written and performed by Canadian musician, writer, and visual artist, Vivek Shraya, February 18 to March 1, 2020, and September 17 to 29. Additional highlights for Canadian Stage include:
  • The world premiere of Kelly v. Kelly runs from May 15 to June 7, 2020.
  • One of the world’s most celebrated dancers and choreographers at The National Ballet of Canada Guillaume Côté stars in Crypto from April 22 to 26, 2020.
  • Award-winning playwright Susanna Fournier presents Always Still the Dawn from April 7 to April 26, 2020.

Galleries & Museums

A couple walking in front of the Aga Khan museum

Aga Khan Museum

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From | March 10 to April 19, 2020

The Aga Khan Museum has partnered with the Luciano Benetton Foundation’s Imago Mundi, dedicated to fostering dialogue and understanding between cultures and communities, is jointly creating a travelling exhibition entitled Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From.

The Exterior of the Art Gallery Of Ontario (AGO) at night

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period | June 27 to September 20, 2020

A major exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso will be coming to the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)! Picasso: Painting the Blue Period will feature paintings, sculpture and works on paper that captured and probed modern life and its many discontents. The exhibition will combine art history and cutting-edge science to reveal new insights into the artist’s working method and sources.

Illusions: The Art of Magic | February 22 to May 17, 2020

At the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Illusions: The Art of Magic will transport you back to the time of the Golden Age of Magic when death-defying tricks, daring escapes and colourful personas turned performers like The Incomparable Albini and Harry Houndini into world-famous celebrities.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) | Hush Sky Murmur Hole | February 6 to April 12, 2020

Canadian artist Megan Rooney’s first solo exhibition in Canada, Hush Sky Murmur Hole will transform a floor of the museum by enveloping it in a large-scale mural, making use of all original walls. It will become home to characters and scenarios composed from ubiquitous household materials, found objects and stuffed fabrics and paint.

Ryerson Image Centre (RIC)

A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic | January 22 to April 5, 2020

Visit the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) to see A Handful of Dust: From the Cosmic to the Domestic, a selection of modern and contemporary images from the last 100 years, focusing on the visual representation of dust in photography, both as an element of the everyday and as poetic allegory.

Outside the Royal Ontario Museum at night
Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives. New Discoveries | May 16 to September 7, 2020

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and uncover the secrets of six mummified individuals from ancient Egypt in this compelling exhibition. Using the latest technology explore how these people lived along the Nile and what happened to them after they died.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic | March 7 to August 3, 2020

Step into the Hundred Acre Wood at the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic exhibit at the ROM featuring interactive activities and larger-than-life environments, original sketches, manuscripts, letters, photographs and memorabilia. Learn how a black bear from White River, Ontario, inspired A.A Milne to write stories about the much-loved and yellow-furred bear.

Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches | November 16, 2019 toMarch 22, 2020

Discover the fascinating science lurking beneath the surface of history’s most enduring legends at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) with Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches. Vampire bats and birds, live leeches and lampreys, and more of nature’s most bloodthirsty animals star in this ROM-original exhibition.

Pop-Ups

Moms in the 6ix Mother’s Day Market

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? Visit this pop up shop for ideas featuring 30+ artisans, mompreneurs and more! The event is open on May 3, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Casa Das Beiras.

SPRING POP UP

Ring in Spring early!

Toronto Art Crawl presents SPRING POP UP, taking place at Stackt Market on April 5, 2020. Shop for original art, fashion, jewelry, home décor, vintage, photography, body care and more from 60 local artists and designers.