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                                                                                                                                 ROM:  Big

   The newest installation in the Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume on Level 4 in the Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, BIG is exclusively drawn from the ROM's collection of nearly 50,000 textiles and costumes. Showcasing 40 artifacts from around the world, this unique exhibition includes objects assuming their BIG status in a myriad of ways. With some objects publicly displayed for the first time, the installation offers a fresh, new way of exploring the ROM's renowned collections.
  "This installation highlights objects that, in one way or another, are BIG," states Dr. Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Curator in the ROM's World Cultures department. She continues, "BIG is not just about size. Even the smallest textile can have BIG personal, social, and cultural value that shifts according to context. BIG brilliantly looks at the meaning of textiles and fashions from around the globe and across time. We look forward to illustrating for our visitors that less can most definitely be more."
  A recent acquisition, and now a highlight of the Museum's permanent collection and this exhibition, Passage #5was designed by John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture. Specially commissioned by the ROM and made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust, this dramatic coat-dress was inspired by fashion illustrator René Gruau's drawings of the 1940s and 1950s and is a 21st century reworking of Dior's 1947 New Look. Passage #5 was a highlight of Dior's Spring 2011 collection.
  Other exhibition highlights representing the breadth of the ROM's international collections include a Pre-Columbian Peruvian feather cape dated to 1000 -1476 AD; an Indonesian bark cloth wrapper; and spectacular textiles created for Exposition Internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes - the BIG Art Deco exhibition held in Paris, 1925. Textiles from Albania, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United Kingdom, and USA, vibrantly demonstrate the exhibition's BIG global scope. In addition to Galliano for Dior, contemporary fashions by leading designers Martin Margiela, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Tam, and Tom Ford for Yves St Laurent are among the other BIG names on display.

On Now Until Sept. 2013   Patricia Harris Gallery of Textiles & Costume, Level 4 in the Museum's Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, 100 Queens Park


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                                                                                                  Toronto Festival of Clowns

   Everyone's favourite misfits are back to shake things up in Toronto for a week this spring with the eighth annual Toronto Festival of Clowns. Torontonian's will get a rare opportunity to see some of the best clowns, bouffon artists, physical theatre performers, vaudevillians and dancers the world has to offer.
Due to the popularity of the 2012 installment, the festival has expanded to include an additional night of performances and a second location, giving audiences even more opportunity to catch the imaginative, outlandish, peculiar and hilarious performances.
  This year, the Toronto Festival of Clowns is putting the spotlight on the many styles that make up the world of clowning, with performances by acclaimed dancers Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan, a silent film offering from 2011 Festival favourites Keystone Theatre, and the world premiere of a new neo-bouffon play from mother-daughter team Michele Smith and Nina Gilmour, to name a few.
  Over 100 performers will shock and delight audiences in both full length productions and cabaret performances

May 29 - June 2   Pia Bouman Studio Theatre, 6 Noble St. and Unit 102, 376 Dufferin St.   |   Tickets: $15 available at the door. For more information,
please click here


                                                                                                  Waterfront Blues Festival

   Annual three day festival held in the Beaches neighbourhood blending great live music with great barbeque and outdoor beer gardens.
  This year's performers include; Jon Knight & Soulstack, Chuck Johnson's Big Bad Blues Band, The 24th Street Wailers, Scott McCord & The Bonafide Truth, Alexis P. Suter Band, Fathead, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Morgan Davis, Paul Reddick, and Deanna Bogart.

May 31 - June 2   The Bandshell at Woodbine Park (right across Lakeshore from the beaches of Ashbridges Bay)  |   Admission: Absolutely FREE


                                                                                                                        Ride for Heart

   This annual fundraiser in aid of The Heart And Stroke Foundation offers cyclists a rare once a year opportunity to cycle the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway which are closed to vehicles for the 75 km. marathon (shorter routes of 25 and 50 km. utilizing the Don Valley Parkway are also available)

Sun. June 2   6:45 AM – noon  Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway  |  For further information and sign-up forms,
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                                                                                          The Annual Thrill Of The Ascot

   Royal Ascot Hospitality for Best Buddies Canada at the 7th Annual - "Thrill of Ascot!". Experience a Saturday afternoon like no other from an exclusive & luxurious tent right on the race track! Savour a delicious gourmet buffet & Champagne reception, and enjoy the races from private track-side viewing & live auction, plus free valet parking & a private betting cage!
  Friends & supporters of Best Buddies Canada come together for this fashion-filled event, featuring specially designed Ascot-inspired fascinators, plus special guests: 2013 Honorary Chair Bernadette Morra, Editor-In-Chief of FASHION Magazine and the bright & breezy soprano vocals of Barbara Lica & VIP guests make for an enjoyable luncheon celebration!
  Over the past six years, the event has raised more than $600,000 to support the one-to-one friendship program for people with intellectual disabilities and student volunteers.
  Best Buddies Canada helps provide meaningful friendships for people with intellectual disabilities and student volunteers. Students and people with intellectual disabilities are matched in one-to-one friendships and spend time going for pizza, shooting hoops or simply enjoying the company of a friend. Today, there are more than 250 chapters in elementary, high schools, universities, and colleges across the country.
  For more information about Best Buddies, or ticket information for the Thrill of Ascot,
please click here
  Dress code: Ascot Elegant: Gentlemen "jackets please" & ladies - your most elegant + fabulous hats welcome"

June 8    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Woodbine Race Track, Toronto - 555 Rexdale Blvd in the Private Trackside Pavillion   |   Admission: individual tickets: $150… half-table of four: $600... full-table of eight: $1,200   Phone: 416 531-0003   To reserve Tickets online
please click here  or contact or 


                                                                                       Woofstock: A Festival For Dogs

   North America's largest outdoor festival for dogs and their two-footed companions, returns to Toronto's historic St. Lawrence Market Neighborhood. Quirky and fun, Woofstock is a free festive entertainment and consumer show.
  This exciting, expansive location drew 140,000 dog lovers and their canine companions from across North America. More than over 200 companies will be offering the latest in pooch food, fashion, furnishings and unique services that will provide everything that a cool canine would need to live well in this dog-eat-dog world.
  There will be zany contests that unleash the best that dogs of every size, breed and pedigree have to offer. Gregarious mutts can show off an amusing range of unique feats as they compete for the position of top dog in the Stupid Dog Trick Contest. The cutest and most handsome dogs will strut their stuff for the Ms. & Mr. Canine Canada Pageant.  Furry fashionistas will take to the runway, in the Old Navy Fashion Show. On Sunday, the "Rescue Me Walk-a-thon" cuts a path through Woofstock in support of Ontario Canine Rescue.
  Front Street will be closed to traffic for the party, from Jarvis Street to Scott Street (one block east of Yonge), along with adjacent side streets including St. James Cathedral Park and Berczy Park, which houses the Main Stage.

June 8  & June 9    from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM  Historic St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood  |  Admission is Free  For further details,
please click here


                                                                                              North By NorthEast Festival

   NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) announces the second wave of programming for the 19th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 10-16, 2013. Tickets are now available online at
  NXNE Music has confirmed that rock 'n' roll legends Social Distortion and Outkast rapper Big Boi will headline free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS).

   The NXNE Music line-up also includes performances at YDS and in the clubs by Toronto hardcore darlings Fucked Up , Montreal-based chanteuse Coeur De Pirate, hip hop duo Smif N' Wessun, genre-crossing experimentalists WHY?, San Francisco post-punkers The Soft Moon, British guitar band Peace, melodic punks White Lung, chillwave quartet DIANA, noise rock trio Nü Sensae, heavy psych group Destruction Unit, synth pop artists Majical Cloudz, pop shoegazers Still Corners , Copenhagen punk band Lower, electro-rockers Moon King, jazz-rock fusionists Lean Left featuring Andy Moor, Terrie Ex, Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love, and indie rockers Blinker the Star performing for the first time in ten years.
  For the current list of confirmed NXNE Music programming visit

  Previously announced acts for NXNE Music include The National , Joey Bada$$, Merchandise, Iceage, Mikal Cronin, Milk Music, Buke & Gase, Mickey Avalon, Supersuckers, Imperial State Electric and Genetic Control.
   The NXNE Spotlight Series will feature FLAG (original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena with Stephen Egerton performing The Music of Black Flag) at The Opera House on Friday, June 14.
will rock the Mod Club on Wednesday, June 12 and Millencolin will perform at The Phoenix on Saturday, June 15. To guarantee admission to any NXNE Spotlight Series show, fans must purchase tickets online at
 NXNE (NXNE Interactive) will present over 80 inspiring presentations and panels including Habits of Highly Effective YouTubers by Ipsa Desai of Google.
  Desai will highlight the most effective methods and techniques to build an audience on YouTube.
  Previously announced NXNEi presentations include How to Start and Grow a Unique Idea/Passion/Biz with Little to No Startup Money by Johnny Cupcakes and CineCoup: the trials and tribulations of launching a disruptive film start-up by J. Joly. Learn more at

June 11 - June 16  Various Venues throughout downtown, Yonge Dundas Square


                                                                                                                 Luminato Festival

   Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create.
  When the unexpected meets the transformative, that's a Luminato moment.
  For a complete rundown on the various events, exhibitions, concerts and activities,
please click here

June 14 - June 23  Various locations around the city    |    Admission:  A blend of free and ticketed events. See our link above for more information


                                                                                             The TD Toronto Jazz Festival

   Turn up the jazz and explore the TD Toronto Jazz Festival as it plays nonstop for 10 days, from June 20 – June 29. Uniting half a million fans at more than 60 locations across the city, the Festival is the ultimate destination for music lovers. Make the Festival your meeting place this summer and take in a breath of fresh jazz.
  More than 1,500 musicians will entertain in over 350 concerts this summer. Some of the confirmed names for the 27th edition include:

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY - Thursday, June 20  Massey Hall – Purchase tickets online or call 416.872.4255  Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 14, 2013

NIKKI YANOFSKY – Tuesday, June 25  Tickets on sale now at Koerner Hall – online or call 416.408.0208

100 Queen Street West - Concerts start at 8pm

Mavis Staples / Dr. John – Saturday, June 22, 2013
John McLaughlin & Fourth Dimension – Sunday, June 23, 2013
Bob James, David Sanborn featuring Steve Gadd – Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue – Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The James Hunter Six / Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Thursday, June 27, 2013
Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell – Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster or by calling 1.855.985.5000
For the full lineup of the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
please click here

June 20 - June 29     Nathan Phillips Square, Massey Hall, Koerner Hall, and Various locations acroos the downtown area.


                                                                    ACE Bakery Artisan Incubator Workshops

   Uncover the artisan techniques behind making deliciously smooth chocolate, amazingly fresh sausages, refreshingly authentic gelato and more at ACE Bakery's first ever Artisan Incubator. On June 21 and 22, learn from 20 of Canada's best artisans and nine most distinguished tastemakers in a series of workshops taking place around the GTA.
  The Artisan Incubator is a celebration of the joys of artisan food, the importance of local, sustainable food producers and the vital contributions artisan entrepreneurs make to communities across Canada.
  With 42 different sessions to choose from, discover how to make some of Canadians tastiest treasures.

June 21 & June 22    Various locations across Toronto   |   For a complete list of the workshops, dates, times and prices,
please click here


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