Your "Toronto: You Belong Here" to-do list this weekend: historic tours, live jazz, great family theatre|
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Building on the momentum of last weekend's highly successful Victoria Day
festivities, Toronto has yet another special weekend to offer residents and
visitors alike. From Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, May 25 there will be a
number of exciting events taking place in Toronto, including the Distillery
Jazz Festival, Doors Open Toronto, the Milk International Children's Festival
of the Arts and the Alton Towers Street Festival.
Following are details on this weekend's highlights. For a complete event
listing, visit http://www.toronto.ca.
Doors Open Toronto
See Toronto like you've never seen it before. This Saturday and Sunday, Toronto
will open its doors to more than 130,000 people, as 135 buildings of
architectural and historical significance - many of which are not normally open
to the public - welcome visitors. Admission is free. Across the city, building
owners, businesses and other organizations will offer free guided tours of
their landmark buildings in an effort to heighten awareness and generate
excitement and pride about Toronto's history and diversity.
New to this year's tour are the Distillery Historic District, formerly known as
the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, The Carlu, the stunning restoration of the
Eaton Auditorium and Round Room in College Park, and Regent Park, Canada's
largest and oldest social housing project.
No tickets or pre-registration are required to participate in Doors Open
Toronto, just bring your comfortable walking shoes. A complete program guide is
available at the Toronto Star's Web site, www.thestar.com/doorsopentoronto.
The Distillery Jazz Festival
The Distillery Jazz Festival kicks off this Thursday, May 22 and runs through
Sunday, June 1. Highlights from this weekend's line up include the music of
improv legend Barre Phillips (Friday, May 23), the danceable funk of NOJO9 and
MC Phatt Al (Saturday, May 24) and the acoustic jazz groove of Vincent Wolfe.
Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances are free and feature family
entertainment, including Bebop for Babies (May 23 and 24) and Astrogroove (May
The Distillery Jazz Festival is the first major public event to take place at
the Distillery Historic District, Toronto's new centre for arts, culture and
entertainment. Built around the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery, the
Distillery District is located in downtown Toronto between Parliament and
Cherry Streets, south of Front Street. For more information, visit www.distilleryjazz.com.
Milk International Children's Festival of the Arts
Presented by Harbourfront Centre, the 21st annual Milk International Children's
Festival of the Arts showcases some of the world's finest theatre, music and
dance for young people. Performances will take place throughout Harbourfront in
the Brigantine Room, du Maurier Theatre Centre, Lakeside Terrace, Premiere
Dance Theatre, Concert Stage and Studio Theatre.
This weekend marks the closing weekend of the eight-day festival. Saturday and
Sunday's performances run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and include such performances
as Spirit of the Land, a sing-a-long with Alyson and Michael from CBC's
top-rated "Get Set for Life" (all ages); A Strange Man, a story about being
different told in rap rhythm to the sound of a gigantic sousaphone (ages 6-10);
and Living Memory, a visually stunning tale of an old woman's journey through
life. For more information or to order tickets contact the Harbourfront Centre
box office at (416) 973-4000 or visit www.harbourfront.on.ca/milk.
Alton Towers Street Festival
Saturday, May 24 from 3 to 10 p.m. in front of the Goldhawk Library and Park at
295 Alton Towers Circle (west of McCowan). The Festival brings community and
businesses together to reflect the great shopping, dining and lifestyle of this
vibrant and friendly neighbourhood. Activities include stage entertainment with
dancing and performances by local community organizations, clowns, a dunk tank,
face painting, prizes, zoo animals and lots of refreshments.
Additionally, many local restaurants will provide great discounts throughout
the day. The evening will end with a Fireworks Show in Goldhawk Park.