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Pride, Pools and Ice Pops: 13 Things to Experience in Canada This Month

From readings at Drag Queen Story Time in Toronto to Vancouver's splashy outdoor pools, here's what's new and noteworthy across the country in June.

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ


Showtunes Karaoke

Photo: Pride Toronto

Showtunes Karaoke

From Broadway standards to Hamilton anthems to the complete Sondheim catalogue, everything’s fair game (and accompanied by a live band) at this Second City event.

June 11


Fay and Fluffy

Photo: David Hawe

Drag Queen Story Time

Let Fay and Fluffy, two performers and experienced educators, delight the kids with their tall tales (and not a shady read in sight).

10 a.m. Walter Stewart Library, and 2 p.m., Church Street for Pride, June 23


Nuit Rose

Photo: Adam Zivo

Nuit Rose

This city-wide festival of queer art and performance celebrates its fifth anniversary with dozens of free events, plus a pop-up art bar, a lantern-making workshop and a light parade.

June 13–16


Frame by Frame

Photo: David Leclerc

Jeté All Day

Director Robert Lepage and choreographer and National Ballet principal dancer Guillaume Côté shake up the stage in Frame by Frame, a new postmodern ballet based on the work of filmmaker Norman McLaren.

June 1–10

Food & Drink

Paris Paris

Photo: Luke Truman

Wine Not?

At Paris Paris, the newest venture from the folks behind pizza fave Superpoint, come for the cheese, charcuterie and smoked duck breast, but stay for the wine list as long as the Champs-Élysées (with a focus on natural and biodynamic wines). Don’t leave without snagging one of the freshly made sourdough loaves.

Vancouver - YVR


Vancouver Youth Choir

High Note

The Vancouver Youth Choir closes out its season with an annual summer concert at the 91-year-old St. Andrew’s- Wesley Church. Joining them this year is the brand new VYC Tiny, an impossibly adorable choir made up of very keen singers from kindergarten to grade 2.

June 9


Kitsilano Pool

Photo: AllTravel/Alamy Stock Photo

Kitsilano Pool

Go for: the view. Fresh off a $3.3-million renovation, Vancouver’s only saltwater pool is perched on the edge of Kitsilano Beach, so you can keep both the mountains and the city in your sights.

2305 Cornwall ave.


Second Beach Pool

Second Beach Pool

Go for: a workout. This Stanley Park pool has separated lap lanes, so you can work up an appetite and then grill lunch at one of the nearby barbecues.

Stanley park drive


Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

Hillcrest Aquatic Centre

Go for: family fun. This indoor-outdoor complex has an embarrassment of water riches, with an outdoor pool, a shallow pool, a lengths pool, a diving pool, a hot tub and a lazy river.

4575 Clancy Loranger Way

Food & Drink


Photo: Page and Paper

Eat and Rum

A bit of Havana in the heart of Mount Pleasant, Tocador offers rotating punches and original Cuban-inspired cocktails like the Cigar Festival (smoked bourbon, mulled bitters, Ardbeg mist and maple syrup). Soak up the drinks with – what else? – a hand-pressed Cubano with smoked ham to sate carnivores, or braised jackfruit for veggies.

Montréal - YUL


Judith & Charles

Photo: Judith & Charles

Setting Up Shop

After moving out of Maison Ogilvy, Judith & Charles has opened a flagship on Rue de la Montagne – the brand’s first stand-alone store in its hometown. Swing by for effortless work staples like shift dresses, structured blazers and perfectly tailored pants.


Mount Royal

Photo: Joanne Levesque

Royal Treatment

The much-loved Mount Royal is packed with family-friendly activities. Rent a rowboat for a lazy spin around Beaver Lake, or join a three-hour walking tour from one summit to another, heading from the mountain to downtown’s Place Ville-Marie to learn about flora, fauna and the park’s history. On June 17, contemporary ballet dancers from Compagnie Kunal Ranchod kick off a monthly series of performances held in Mount Royal Chalet.

Food & Drink


Photo: NXT LVL

Pop it Like it’s Hot

Old Montreal’s Lapop provides treats-on-sticks for every craving. There are vegan-friendly ice pops made with mango and watermelon, and chocolate-dipped waffles with tons of toppings for sweet tooths. And for the rest of us: sangria, margarita and mojito boozipops.

438, rue Saint-François-Xavier