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5 Things to Do in Toronto This May

From genre-defying performances to new French fare, discover the top activities in Toronto this month.


I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

Photo: Mikael Aldo

I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron

This song cycle sets the poetry of Xu Lizhi, a factory worker in Shenzhen who passed away in 2014, to the melodies of Toronto composer Njo Kong Kie.

May 16–26,

All of Us

Photo: Paul McGrath

All of Us

Perhaps the most Canadian dance production in recent memory, this touring show by the Alberta Ballet is based on the music of the Tragically Hip.

May 30–June 1,


Beautiful Man

Photo: Brett Donahue

Beautiful Man

Factory Theatre’s incisive satire critiques gendered media representations by flipping the script: In this play, women hold the power and men are on display.

May 4–26,


Hopson Grace

Photo: Hopson Grace

Apartment Therapy

Filled with covetable objects like chefs’ knives with Indian rosewood handles from David Mellor and cozy Alonpi cashmere throws, the revamped second floor of Rosedale decor mecca Hopson Grace is pretty much the flat of your dreams.

Food & Drink

Laissez Faire

Photo: Neil Austen

French Connection

There’s much to recommend at Laissez Faire, a spiffy new King Street West spot with a French farmhouse vibe: fantastic bread, a coffered ceiling, the ’gram-worthy Watermelon Picanté, which pairs fresh watermelon juice with a tequila-and-jalapeño-goosed kick. However, we’re especially partial to their playful takes on Gallic classics, like beet tartare with pickled fennel and duck confit offset by herbaceous romaine.