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The 19 Best Events Across Canada This May

From an outdoor music festival to a conference on the future of innovation, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax have a lot to offer this month.

Montréal - YUL

Food

Mandy's

Mandy’s

The cheery new addition to this small Montreal chain adds a wine list by Nora Gray’s Ryan Gray to its selection of gourmet salads (the Habibi with tumeric tahini dressing is a favourite).

423, rue Saint-Nicolas, mandys.ca

 

LOV

Photo: Patricia Brochu

LOV

Veg out all day at this bright and breezy spot in Old Montreal. Get started with parsnip, poached pear and arugula toast, or end the evening with a kale mac ’n’ cheese and a celeriac steak.

464, rue McGill, lov.com

 

Kampai Garden

Photo: Jade Wulfraat

Kampai Garden

Thanks to 400-plus plants, a lush canopy overhead and Antonio Park’s menu – the namesake platter, with crisp salads, peanut-and-chili tofu, marinated veggies and a trio of dressings is a standout – this Shaughnessy Village venture is anything but garden-variety.

1616, rue Sainte-Catherine O, kampaigarden.com

Books

Metro Montreal, Station Fabre

Artist Jesse Riviere captured the spectrum of the city’s 68 vibrant subway stations, including Fabre, in his 2016 book Metro Montreal. (Photo: Jesse Riviere)

Metro Montreal

Get a glimpse of Montreal’s underground with artist Jesse Riviere’s Metro Montreal, a visual catalogue of the city’s colourful transit system.

$60, metromtl.squarespace.com

Culture

C2 Montréal

C2 Montréal

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak predicts the future of innovation, GE’s CMO Linda Boff decodes digital risk-taking and polymath industrial designer Karim Rashid riffs on interconnectivity at this year’s edition of the three-day conference. Expand both your business knowledge and your professional network alongside 6,000 other attendees at Arsenal, a shipyard turned art venue, and don’t miss C2’s first-ever forum on artificial intelligence.

May 24–26
Arsenal 2020, rue William, c2montreal.com

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ

Shopping

Bespoke Lipstick

Photo: Bite Beauty

Bespoke Lipstick

Treat a one-of-a-kind mom to a private colour-creation session with Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab Artists (available any time, no need to pre-book). She’ll go home with two fully customized lipsticks, made from ingredients safe enough to eat, and a lip-kit loot bag.

$150 for Bespoke Lipstick package, bitebeauty.com

 

Cookie Balls

Photo: Tonya Papanikolov

Cookie Balls

With flavours like key lime pie, cookie dough and chocolate, holistic nutritionist Kate Taylor Martin’s bite-size treats are deceptively healthy. Pick up a box of 16 at her popular Summerhill Nutbar Superfood Snack Café.

$45 per box of 16, nutbar.co

 

Hand-blended Perfume

Photo: Ryan Faist

Hand-blended Perfume

From Madagascan bean pods to Turkish roses and Laotian tree resins, the essential oils for Lost & Found Apothecary’s four scents are sourced across the world, then handcrafted by fragrance-maker Sasha Tong.

$46 each, lostandfoundapothecary.com

Entertainment

CBC Music Festival

Photo: Pascal Chiarello

CBC Music Festival

Serena Ryder and YouTube darlings Walk Off the Earth co-headline the fifth edition of CBC’s annual all-ages, all-Canadian outdoor music fest at Echo Beach, on Ontario Place’s sand-covered East Island. Pro tip: Swap your sneakers for flip-flops (yours to keep) for $5 at Guest Services’ shoe check.

May 27
Echo Beach, ticketmaster.ca

Vancouver - YVR

Food

Ice-Fried Yogurt

Photo: On Yogurt

Ice-Fried Yogurt

Yaletown’s On Yogurt flash-freezes housemade froyo and yogurt-based gelato in flavours like Earl Grey and purple yam, before scraping it into rolls topped with mochi, milk cubes and more.

95 Smithe St., onyogurt.com

 

Rainbow Bagels

Rainbow Bagels

Rosemary Rocksalt’s Instagram-famous orange-raspberry bagels are a psychedelic treat – bonus points for ordering yours smeared with Creamsicle-flavoured cream cheese and rainbow sprinkles.

Multiple locations, rosemaryrocksalt.com

 

Churro Fries

Photo: Tessa Garcia

Churro Fries

Popular pop-up Hugo’s Churros settles down in Surrey, where it will serve up fry-size churros and mini-marshmallows doused in La Lechera sweetened condensed milk and Nutella sauce.

19181 Fraser hwy., Surrey, hugoschurros.com

Outing

V2V Empress

V2V Empress

Get ferried away (with service to and from Victoria) on a 254-seat luxury catamaran emblazoned with Kwakwaka’wakw artist William Cook’s orca design. Book a Royal Class seat and tuck into a three-course, Vancouver Island meal (with B.C. wines to boot) during the three-hour trip across the Strait of Georgia.

v2vvacations.com

Shopping

Reigning Champ

Reigning Champ

This season, the Vancouver sportswear label smells like team spirit, collaborating with brands like Mitchell & Ness for their throwback NBA All-Star collection (pictured) and sports mag Victory Journal for ring-spun tees with a winning message.

2119 W. 4th Ave., reigningchamp.com

Halifax - YHZ

Entertainment

I Love the ’90s Tour

Photo: Janette Beckman/Contributor

I Love the ’90s Tour

Get ready to shoop, shoop ba-doop to chart-toppers performed by R&B, hip hop and rap all-stars including Salt-N-Pepa, Biz Markie and All-4-One.

May 24
Scotiabank Centre, ilovethe90stour.com

 

With Glowing Hearts: A Celebration of Canadian Music

With Glowing Hearts: A Celebration of Canadian Music

Bedford Brass Quintet’s ode to the country’s upcoming 150th samples folk, pop and classic Canadiana, including the major falls and the minor lifts of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” in an all-brass rendition.

May 12
Rockingham United Church, glowinghearts.eventbrite.ca

 

Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour

Photo: Rob McDougall

Riverdance 20th Anniversary World Tour

Feel the beat of Celtic instruments like the bodhrán drum while the iconic Irish dance crew steps it up with nods to flamenco, Russian folk dance and tap.

May 26–28
Scotiabank Centre, ticketatlantic.com

Outing

Discovery Centre

Photo: Aaron McKenzie Fraser

Discovery Centre

The kid-favourite science centre recently upgraded to a sprawling waterfront facility with three floors of hands-on exhibits and programs. Head to the Innovation Lab for coding and circuitry workshops, then catch a live star show in the region’s first immersive dome theatre.

1215 Lower Water St., thediscoverycentre.ca

Shopping

The Girl From Away

Photo: Aaron McKenzie Fraser

The Girl From Away

Show some East Coast pride with this line of tank tops, prints, totes and stationery by Nadyne Kasta, based in Ketch Harbour (30 minutes south of Halifax). For something with more cross-country appeal, grab a tote honouring Joni, Neil, Leonard and the gang, or the practically un-Canadian Sex, Drugs & Lobster Rolls T-shirt (a bestseller, obviously).

Select items available at Inkwell Boutique
2011 Brunswick St., thegirlfromaway.com

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