The Toronto International Boat Show enthralls maritime enthusiasts and novices alike with more than 1,000 sailboats, canoes, kayaks, and cruisers on display and a plethora of attractions. Requiring six days of construction, an indoor lake grants attendees free inflatable and paddleboat rides atop more than one million gallons of Lake Ontario water. Five thousand gallons of water and native aquatic Ontarian critters occupy the 40-foot long Great Canadian Fish Tank, and Duma, a 6-year-old Jack Russell terrier, enchants onlookers by waterskiing, steering a boat, and emitting a series of sacred barks that summon Poseidon from the rippling waves below. Seafarers such as Zac Sunderland, the youngest person to circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean solo at age 16, discuss their travels and experiences at more than 140 enrapturing seminars. Toronto International Boat Show’s Discover Boating Centre stays staffed throughout the event’s duration with experts that can help spectators traverse their way through the show, answer boating-related queries, and dispense tips on which brand of pipe cleaners makes the most convincing catfish masks.
X92.9 flexes a muscular mix of alternative-rock legends and tomorrow’s darlings as this summer’s outdoor X-FEST Calgary fills historic Fort Calgary with good vibrations. This year’s lineup springs from the earth like a talented series of Whac-a-Mole, featuring Jane’s Addiction. Recharged, regroomed, and sporting their first new album in years, Perry Farrell and the crew rock and rampage like veteran teenagers. Returning to Calgary to thank fans and get their toothbrush back, Weezer take the fest by the scruff of its neck and stroke its chin, eliciting audiences to purr along to their deep bowl of hits. X-FEST also features appearances by warhorse punkers Social Distortion, bounding enthusiasts House of Pain, and throbbing adventurists AWOLNATION. A slew of prime Canadian rockers is also on hand to charm attendees, including The Rural Alberta Advantage and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.
As residents of one of North America’s most diverse cities, Torontonians are steeped in the traditions of a globe’s worth of cultures. Perhaps nowhere is that multifaceted heritage more obvious than in the wealth of teashops in and around the city. So it is no surprise that the Toronto Tea Festival attracts experts from all over the country to discuss and serve Indian, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese tea in a soothing, informative environment. In addition to learning about tea’s numerous varieties and the specific health benefits of each, visitors can sample and purchase tea ranging from traditional varieties to contemporary blends, and they can pick up tea-ware for brewing and drinking. The festival celebrates tea-related art as well, with live classical music, presentations from ceramicists, and plentiful opportunities to practice tea etiquette, such as sipping tea with your pinkie finger in your neighbour’s cup.
Sprawling in the shadow of the CN Tower, Rogers Centre hosts home-game match-ups for the Toronto Blue Jays and Argonauts, as well as a range of special events ranging from concerts to family festivals and trade shows. Up to 50,000 seats have hosted revellers at more than 2,000 events since the venue's opening, including recent guest games from the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Regular one-hour tours lead visitors under the domed stadium's fully retractable roof as guides explain how the enclosed or open-air space changes configuration for sports games, concerts, and slumber parties. Press boxes, luxury audience suites, and hundreds of rows of arena seating look out across the field to 110-foot-wide LED video boards, which project graphic displays in up to 4.3 trillion colours.
The Royal Ontario Museum is among the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. By combining universal cultures and natural history into one museum, the ROM aims to engage its audiences from across the globe in the relationship between nature and humanity. This fundamental link is explored through the museum's many collections and programs, offering a wide breadth of experience in both areas.
2014 also marks 100 years since the ROM's momentous opening, and the museum is planning a year-long anniversary celebration of both its legacy and its potential going forward. The ROM will kick off another century of lively, relevant content and programming to build a community among future generations of visitors who pass through its halls.