Things to do in Toronto this weekend: May 6-8

Including Jane's Walk, CONTACT and Storytelling Festivals, a new Guillaume Côté dance and the final performances for Soulpepper's Pipeline

Jane’s Walk Toronto Festival

Now that the weather’s warming up, the timing is perfect for the annual festival of guided in-person walks through Toronto’s neighbourhoods. This year’s fest includes movie screenings and panel discussions, and there are virtual activities like the Scarborough Bingo game and a local music history podcast. Some walks have attendance limits and require pre-registration.

May 6-8. Free. Various locations around the city.

CONTACT Photography Festival

CONTACT, the true cultural sign that spring is here in Toronto, continues all this month. Canadian and international artists present works at over 140 exhibitions, site-specific installations and commissioned projects.

Through May 31 across the city.

Toronto International Storytelling Festival

The 43rd edition of the beloved and diverse festival that includes traditional tales, personal true stories and poetry kicks off this weekend. The fest includes both in-person and online events, so there’s something for everyone.

May 6 to 15 at the Tranzac (292 Brunswick) and online. Various prices.

Photo by Sasha Onyshchenko


Dancer/choreographer Guillaume Côté (Frame By Frame, Le Petit Prince) presents the Toronto premiere of his new contemporary dance creation that explores forced displacement and the human need to control and transform beauty.

May 5 to 7 at the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front East). $49-$109.

A Northern Lights Dream

After being delayed because of the pandemic, Michael Rose’s operetta inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream gets a staging by Toronto Operetta Theatre.

May 5 to 7 at the Jane Mallett (27 Front East). $29-$49.

The Great Divide

Alix Sobler’s award-winning play about the 1911 fire at New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women, receives its Canadian premiere with a cast that includes Mairi Babb, Darrin Baker and Sarah Gibbons.

Runs to May 15 at the Greenwin Theatre, Meridian Arts Centre (5040 Yonge). $30.09-$87.59.

Photo by Dahlia Katz


This riveting production of Dominique Morisseau’s drama about race, class, education and opportunity finishes its run at Soulpepper’s Young Centre this weekend. See review here.

Runs to May 8 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House). $25-$98.

High Tea Cinema: Pride And Prejudice

Celebrate Mother’s Day by taking in Joe Wright’s beautiful adaptation of the Jane Austen classic starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Tea and a scone are included with tickets!

May 8 at 1 pm. $11.50. Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen East.

– with files from Katarina Ristic


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