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.