The first day of Spring has come and gone, and mother nature has left us hanging, wondering if the sun will ever stay out for more than just a day or two. That being said, the current weather conditions are in no way dampening the city’s spirits. This month, the food and art circles are flourishing with a slew of happenings, a welcome replacement to warm our spirits and tantalize our taste buds. So instead of focusing on the gloom, busy yourself with some of these events, and before you know it, your winter coat will be forgotten in a box underneath your bed.
Take a look at what to do in Toronto this month below.
A Night in the Mediterranean Secret Garden
What: A taste of the Mediterranean coast right here in Toronto on a secret winterized patio at Bar Reyna. Get whisked away and trick yourself into thinking you’re by the ocean with Chef Omar’s creative 5-course menu. We’re talkin’ Lamb Tartare, Grape Leaf Wrapped Salmon, Saffron Panna Cotta and more. Tickets are going for $70 per person, which includes drinks (3 glasses of wine to be exact) and tips – WORTH IT! See the full menu here.
The Vibe: Exotic, charming and very, very delicious.
AGO First Thursday: Mobilize
What: You know the drill… An awesome and cultured party at the AGO celebrating the first Thursday of the month, because why the hell not? This month’s theme is focused on a shifting world and mobilizing ourselves towards an unseen goal. Performances include Torontos DJ Yung Bambii, artists projects by dancer-choreographer Zoja Smutny, as well as hands-on collective art projects, and pop-up talks. And (of course) there will be lots of food and drink.
The Vibe: The most cultured Thursday of the month.
Coffee and Tea Expo
What: Your hunt for the city’s best coffee ends here. This two-day festival takes place at 99 Sudbury and will feature not only 30 of Toronto’s favourite coffee and tea vendors, but a panel of experts coming together choose Toronto’s Best Cup of Coffee, a battle between 5 of the city’s best indie cafes. Oh, and there’ll be a ton of samples too! Tickets for a half-day are just $15.
The Vibe: The buzziest crowd of caffeine-lovers you ever did see.
The Green Living Show
What: Canada’s largest healthy living show is back for its 11th year of all things green and sustainable. Taste the best in local food and wine, discover thousands of eco-friendly products, drive the latest green cars, experience interactive exhibits, listen to inspirational speakers and more! Adult tickets cost $12 and include a FREE sample ticket to the gourmet food and wine pavilion (enough said).
The Vibe: Almost too suave and stylish to be sustainable.
South East Asian Brunch at Hawker Bar
What: Spice things up and jolt your senses with the spicy, sour, sweet, and salty flavours of South East Asia! Hawker Bar is doing a very unique and special brunch with menu items like Chicken and Shrimp Laksa Katong, Sausage and Egg Breakfast Dumplings and more. You’ll be swooning over every last bite… and the price: $35 per person which includes gratuity and drinks!
The Vibe: Not your average breakfast.
Songkran Street Food Party
What: A food-filled celebration marking the anniversary of Soi Thai Street Food and also coincidentally, the Thai New Year! How does Thailand get down for the New Year? Lots of food and a massive water fight… no, really! Upon entry ($60 per person), you’ll receive a water pistol to use after gorging on Thai street-style food and bottomless Thai Sangria. Take a look at the full menu here, and by look we mean read while drooling.
The Vibe: The wettest dinner party of the year.
Gladstone Grow Op
What: An interactive art and design exhibit at the Gladstone Hotel that cultivates ideas across multiple disciplines, examining how humans and other species live, grow and change. If you like art that makes you think or are secretly a die-hard Earth lover living under the disguise of an urbanite, then this event is for you. Urban and wild themes will unite as one. Grab tickets here.
The Vibe: The only grow-op (without weed) that you’ll want to visit.
What: Canada’s largest on and off screen showcase of innovative contemporary art, featuring eight days of screenings, events, performances and exhibitions. This year’s festival will include a total of 48 on screen films, 12 off screen exhibits, and four large image projects. In other words, prepare to feast your eyes on plenty of engaging vanguard projects across a multitude of media art platforms. Grab tickets here.
The Vibe: A haven for film and art buffs.
ARTBOX Food and Art Gala
What: Overlook Toronto and the lake as you enjoy unique art, food and wine, along with good music because a dinner party isn’t a party without some good tunes. $40 tickets include two drinks and a selection of canapes which will be served all night long. And of course, we can’t forget the art… shop affordable and unique pieces when you need a break from drinking, eating and/or schmoozing.
The Vibe: Fine ass food with a fine ass view.
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2017
April 27 – May 7
What: We the North don’t just like hockey and poutine – we’re a sucker for good films too! Case in point: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival running from April 27th to May 7th. Choose from a dizzying array of 200+ films from across the globe, screening at a number of different venues across Toronto. Stay tuned for our favourite film picks coming soon or head here for more information/ticket pricing.
The Vibe: Intriguing and easy on the eyes.
Machine Age Massive at the AGO
What: Cyborgs. Eerily life-like robots. Computers with a vendetta. Sound like your jam? Then don your best rendition of futuristic fashion and head out to the Machine Age Massive at the AGO. A contemporary party celebrating science fiction – but no robot vs. human casualties here – just signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, DJs, a dance floor and immersive art installations that are a depiction of machine and robot fantasies.
The Vibe: A mechanical night of wonder.
Did we miss any of the top things to do this month in Toronto? Which events are you planning on going to? Let Vv Magazine know in the comment section or by tweeting us at @ViewtheVibe.