The Artfest at the Distillery ran on May 20-22. It was a cold and overcast day when I went, so I did not stay for very long. There were very talented vendors selling their creations that included paintings, jewelry, handmade soaps, clothing, wood art and more. One of the vendors was given out free tastes of exotic cured meats like buffalo, camel, and kangaroo. I tried the spicy kangaroo….very unique tasting. I popped into the onsite Mill St. retail store to warm up and enjoy some free shot glass size beer samples.
Next Free event at the Distillery: Fall Fine Art and Craft Show on September 1-4, 2017
★ ★☆☆☆ (Free scale: Free to walk around and free beer samples)
The Great Hall
This year was the 18th year that Toronto has hosted Doors Open. It ran on May 27 & May 28. It is a great opportunity to free and rare access to over 150 buildings of architecturally, historically, or culturally interests. I went on Saturday only but started late in the day, and since the event closes by 5pm, I was only able to visit a hand full of buildings. My tour included The Great Hall, CAMH, Campbell House and Osgoode Hall. The best plan of action is to get the event guide in The Toronto Star a week before the event to help plan your excursion. You can also pick up a copy of the guide at each location. I didn’t really have a game plan, so I started along Queen St. West and made my way towards downtown. Plus it helps to start early, doors open at 10:00 and some of the popular buildings have line ups.
Graffiti Alley is located actually in an alleyway that runs along Rush Street (south of Queen St. West) between Spadina Avenue and Portland Street. I was really impressed the with the different graffiti designs. Its a great place to take pictures, as many people were doing just that. The only downfall was the faint smell of urine, hence it being an alleyway. But it was worth it.
Trinity Bellwoods Park is one of my favourite inner city parks. It is a popular picnic spot in Toronto, located on Queen St. West and Strachan Ave. The day that I went was the first really warm day of May, reaching a high of 28 degrees. I picked up some food fromMcDonald’s (I had some coupons) and cider (on sale) from the nearby LCBO for my own little picnic. It was fun to sit back, enjoy the sun and people watch. If you don’t want to picnic, you can go for a stroll, bike ride or skate board.
May 27-28: Doors Open 2017
“The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28, 2017, offering free and rare access to 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city”.
News release: Doors Open Toronto unveils exciting program for May 27 and 28
Read my post of the Door Open 2017 event