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20 Best Things to Eat, See and Do Across Canada This June

From Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada to local Pride parties, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa have a lot to offer this month.

Montréal - YUL


Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada

Photo: Glenn Dunbar (Lance Stroll); Zak Mauger (Formula 1)

Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada

The city’s most hyped annual sporting event is in its 50th year, and there’s more than the anniversary to celebrate. For the first time since Jacques Villeneuve’s 2006 retirement, there’s a Canadian on the grid: 18-year-old Lance Stroll (picture). Here’s hoping there’s no place like home for the Montreal-born Williams Martini recruit.

June 9–11
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve,


Les FrancoFolies

Photo: Raphaël Ouellet

Les FrancoFolies

Singer-songwriter Safia Nolin performs folk songs from her debut LP, the Polaris-nominated Limoilou, as well as her takes on eight Quebec classics from Reprises Vol. 1. Opener Parisian chanteuse Blondino sets the tone with her introspective spare-pop sound.

June 8–18
Safia Nolin: June 17 at Théâtre Maisonneuve,


Festival Mural

Festival Mural

The city is planning its own homage to Leonard Cohen on Crescent Street, but in the meantime, Mural is doing its bit: The nine-floor Cooper Building, on the Main south of Avenue Duluth, will be painted in the Montreal icon’s image during the street-art festival’s fifth edition.

June 8–18
Boulevard Saint-Laurent,


Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Photo: Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Saxophonist, composer and bandleader Shabaka Hutchings brings spiritual jazz to the Gesù with Shabaka and the Ancestors’ The Wisdom of Elders, an Afrofuturist album composed as a nine-part psalm.

June 29–July 8
Shabaka and the Ancestors: June 29 at Gesù,

Toronto - YYZ + YTZ



Photo: Justin Aranha

Better Basics

From the apartment-style decor to the Saturday morning cartoons, shopping at meanswear spot Kotn is like pilfering from the condo – and closet – of an impeccably cool friend. Cover your ethically produced Egyptian-cotton bases with the Weekend Kit: sweats, briefs, tees and a knapsack.

754 Queen St. W.,



Photo: Eva Lampert


Parkdale’s vegan invasion may soon rename the ’hood! The buzz began last year with all-veg comfort-food joint Doomie’s. Now there’s The Imperative, a more-hipster-than-hippy cruelty-free lifestyle boutique full of tees, bags and skin care. Watch for three new vegan eateries opening soon.

Doomie’s, 1263 Queen St. W.
The Imperative, 1332 Queen St. W



Photo: Wilson Models

Drag Ball

Fresh off season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag-queen stars Peppermint and Trinity Taylor hold court all night long at Fly 2.0, with music by the Fit boys, during what promises to be one of the fiercest Pride parties all month.

June 21
Fly 2.0,


Green Space Festival

Photo: Spencer Xion

Green Space Festival

Party for a cause – the 519, Canada’s largest LGBTQ community centre – among the trees with a world-class lineup of DJs and performers, including Joey Negro, Ultra Naté, DJ Vibe and Horse Meat Disco.

June 22–25
Various locations,


Pride Parade

Photo: Shawn Goldberg

Pride Parade

The 37th edition of Toronto Pride closes its month-long festivities with a parade of love and inclusivity – crazy costumes, colourful floats and music guaranteed.

June 25, 2 p.m.
Starting on Church St. at Bloor St. E.,

Vancouver - YVR


Faculty Brewing Co.; Luppolo Brewing Co.

Photo: Alison Page (Faculty Brewing Co.); Terumi Squibb (Luppolo Brewing Co.)

New Brews

The city’s creative brewmasters are keeping the microbrewery scene fresh – and, lately, sweet. In contrast to last summer’s sours, juicy IPAs with fruity notes (dubbed “sessionable” for the ease of drinking more than one) are 2017’s leaders. Tap into the trend with Faculty Brewing Co.’s Cashmere pale ale, with notes of mango, or a pint of Luppolo Brewing Co.’s peachy Double IPA.

Faculty Brewing Co., 1830 Ontario St.,
Luppolo Brewing Co., 1123 Venables St.,


Strathcona Stockings

Strathcona Stockings

Vancouver artist Ryley O’Byrne converts her paintings, drawings, collages and photographs into brightly patterned socks, crepe-de-Chine sleep masks and pure-silk leisure wear.

Available at One of a Few
354 Water St.,


The Sleep Shirt

Photo: Jennilee Marigomen

The Sleep Shirt

A 19th-century men’s chemise inspired Alexandra Suhner Isenberg’s line of traditional his-and-hers nightshirts. Summer tip: The lighter-weight styles double as beachwear.

Available at Charlie & Lee
223 Union St.,


Dear Bowie

Photo: Saad Al-Hakkak

Dear Bowie

Skirt the rules in a robe chic enough to wear out. Super-slinky dressing gowns crafted from soft silk or easy-care modal are the heart of sisters Heidi and Jennifer Murphy’s luxe loungewear collection.

Available at Simons
1060 Park Royal South,


Monet’s Secret Garden

Photo: Bridgeman Giraudon/Press

Monet’s Secret Garden

Immerse yourself in the most comprehensive exhibition of Claude Monet’s work in Canada in over 20 years, then check out photographer Stephen Shore’s Giverny Portfolio, shot in Monet’s gardens, for a nice contemporary contrast.

June 24–October 1
Vancouver Art Gallery,

Ottawa - YOW


National Gallery of Canada

Photo: Prudence Heward, Rollande

National Gallery of Canada

The Canadian art wing’s transformation into the Canadian and Indigenous Galleries opens with Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967 on June 15 (with free admission that day).

380 Sussex Dr.,


Canadian Museum of Nature

Photo: Wayne Broomfield

Canadian Museum of Nature

Explore the flora, fauna and indigenous cultures of the North, past and present, in the 8,000-square-foot Canada Goose Arctic Gallery from June 21.

240 McLeod St.,


Canadian Museum of History

Photo: Canadian Museum of History

Canadian Museum of History

July 1 is a fitting debut for the Canadian History Hall, housing the most extensive national-history exhibition (spanning 15,000 years) ever produced.

100, rue Laurier, Gatineau, Quebec,


Goods in Byward Market

Photo: Goods

Mix Master

Raise a glass to summer refreshments: Stock up on small-producer mixers and pantry provisions at Goods in Byward Market. Steep loose-leaf Sloane teas, then pour over ice and sweeten with Split Tree Cocktail Co.’s Ottawa-made ginger-vanilla syrup. Or swap in Prince Edward County-based distillers Kinsip’s house bitters for Angostura in your next round of old-fashioneds or champagne cocktails.

201 Dalhousie St.,


National Gallery of Canada

Photo: Ed Ellis

And Scene!

The National Arts Centre brings 1,000 Canadian artists from every discipline, including dance, culinary arts, circus and film, to the capital for Canada Scene’s month-long sesquicentennial celebration. Yellowknife musician and actor – and recent Juno winner – Tiffany Ayalik stars in Café Daughter, a one-woman show by Kenneth T. Williams that contemplates mixed heritage and the hierarchies of racism (June 16–18).

June 15–July 23
NAC Studio,



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