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UPCOMING EVENTS

Toronto’s waterfront is always full of activities to make your experience here special. From large festivals and events, to arts and cultural programming, to community activations, there’s something to excite everyone. Make sure to check back regularly as we are continuously sharing information on what’s new!

ON NOW – MAY 31, 2022

Explore the world through the eyes of the legendary Frida Kahlo – a brilliant, uncompromising painter who created some of the history’s most iconic artwork. The groundbreaking team behind the smash hit Immersive Van Gogh now turn their eye for innovation towards the work of a woman who boldly told the story of her life in brushstrokes.

ON NOW – MAY 30, 2022

Be immersed in 600,000 cubic feet of stunning projection animating the masters’ oeuvre and illuminating the mind of the genius. Wander through giant projections that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and colour as you have never experienced them.

ON NOW – MAY 30, 2022

From the streets of Imperial Vienna to the natural world of water lilies, vibrant blooms and mermaids, to his acclaimed Golden Phase, lose yourself in the vivid imagery and bold colours of Immersive Klimt!

MAY 1 – SEPTEMBER 6, 2022

Since 2019, Toronto-based artists Vid Ingelevics and Ryan Walker have documented the transformation of the Port Lands Flood Protection Project, one of the most ambitious civil works projects in North America. Part of the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, their third series of photographs capturing the removal of buildings for the Don River river excavation titled, How To Build A River, documents how this soil removal made way for the river to be constructed using bio-engineering practices. The photographs will be displayed publicly on wooden structures along the Villiers Street median to be observed and enjoyed by all.

MAY 20 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2022

The Art & Water music series occurs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 6-9pm. Check out a dockside performance series bringing together musicians, artists, comedians, poets, dancers and more for an intimate outdoor productions.

MAY 21 – SEPTEMBER 2022

This summer, the Power Plant Art Gallery will exhibit Brazilian contemporary artist Paulo Nazareth’s The Red Inside, in partnership with the Waterfront BIA. The exhibit will showcase the artist’s journey through the route of the Underground Railroad: a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States in the early to mid-nineteenth century that provided an escape to enslaved African Americans, spanning from New Orleans to Toronto. Originally installed at the Rockefeller Center in New York City, this exhibition will be on display outdoors in locations from Sugar Beach to the Power Plant.

MAY 26 – AUGUST 21, 2022

This summer, The Bentway invites you to see the streets of Toronto anew. Through a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, public conversations, and community celebrations, we ask: How can we learn from, and take to, the street? What do we borrow from these spaces, and what do we offer back to them? How do we capture this collective moment to re-imagine our streets as public spaces for all? Come join us at street level for STREET: A summer of public art featuring installations, performance, and interchange.

JUNE 2, 4 + 5, 2022

The love, betrayal and revenge of real people stretched to the limits of human feeling by real life. Intense and beautiful music. This new production will remember that between 1951 and 1961, more than 300,000 Italians emigrated to Canada, primarily from the South of Italy, many of whom settled in ‘Little Italy’ on College St. 

JUNE 4, 2022

Marking the closing of the 2022 festival, the Toronto Biennial of Art presents a newly commissioned site-specific work by artist Judy Chicago. This one-of-a-kind Smoke Sculpture™ will be visible from the shore of Lake Ontario, as a series of environmentally safe, non-toxic coloured smokes are released from a barge. For this one-time performance, the public is invited to gather at the waterfront to see the lake and sky transformed.

JUNE 11, 18 + 25

“Two x 30” is a series of thirty duet performances in summer 2022, exploring the inextricable link between our collective unconscious patterns of movement and our environment.  Walking past each other on the sidewalk develops into an intricate physical conversation, highlighting the beautiful complexity of human interaction and communication. 

JUNE 25-26, 2022

International Sensation and Toolroom record label owner Mark Knight headlines the debut festival in 2022. Not to be missed, international star Ultra Naté, will be performing her smash hit “Free” alongside other dance floor hits that will be sure to keep you dancing. Warming things up are some of Toronto’s top Dj’s and producers, Ticky Ty, Simon Jain and Cozmic Cat!

JULY – AUGUST, 2022

The experience will showcase never-before-seen Marley photographs and memorabilia, while immersing you in a journey through his life, passions, influences, and enduring legacy.

Venture through the One Love Forest, visit the Soul Shakedown Studio and delve into the multi-sensory experience celebrating one of the world’s most beloved and unifying musical figures.

JULY 23 – SEPTEMBER 10, 2022

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting thousands of people to Brooklyn, Manhattan, Jersey City, Los Angeles and Miami each weekend to eat from dozens of local vendors. This summer, Smorgasburg will launch the first-ever international weekly market in Toronto.

Smorgasburg Toronto will launch July 23 on the waterfront for eight Saturdays (through Sept. 10), located at 7 Queens Quay East, at the foot of Yonge Street from 11am – 6pm.

Harbour Square Temporary Floating Art: TBD

JULY – SEPTEMBER 2022

Part of Waterfront Toronto’s Temporary Public Art Program, Harbour Square’s floating temporary art returns this summer as a striking, thought-provoking public art installation that continues to bring interest and diversity to the waterfront and across the city. The initiative is meant to engage a greater diversity of artistic voices to help reimagine and shift our relationship to and understanding of our landscape and shoreline. More details to be announced.

SEPTEMBER 17-18, 2022

The Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF) is an annual summer event that provides on-land and on-water programming with the goal of promoting Toronto as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food, nautical programs and entertainment, the festival has something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes a fleet of majestic tall ships to Toronto.

2022

As the next official artist-in-residence, interdisciplinary Canadian artist Lisa Hirmer will focus her challenge exploring the critical theme of climate change. Hirmer plans to plumb the depths of these inquiries through a series of three temporary installations and performances between late spring and fall this year, that will write new meanings on the waterfront.

ON NOW – 2022

A year-long initiative led by Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre fostering cultural exchange between the Nordic Region and Canada. Working with partners across Canada, Nordic Bridges will present multidisciplinary contemporary art, culture, and ideas throughout 2022.

ON NOW – 2022

Love Letters is a 150-foot visual record of experiences that speaks through pattern, text and audio to detail how we come to know and understand love in all of its layers of complexity.