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Contact Photography | Until Tuesday May 31 | Hours | Phone 416-539-9595

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival is held every month of May and features some 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers. They exhibit at more than 175 venues throughout the GTA. The Festival is devoted to celebrating and fostering the art and the profession of photography, through a diverse range of programmes.

The Festival is committed to advancing knowledge, creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art | Until Monday September 5 | Royal Ontario Museum | Hours

A cultural tradition worldwide, the legacy of tattooing is common among most cultures. During the Age of Discovery, European travellers in Asia, Oceania, and the Americas "rediscovered" tattoos, which then became popular among sailors and adventurers, and later associated with the fringes of society.

This exhibition presents the multifaceted world of tattooing and its more than 5,000 year-old history. It offers a unique approach to understanding this ancient practice, tracing its histories and meanings, as well as profiling the revival of this global phenomenon of body art. It showcases a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world. This exhibition was developed and produced by the Musée des Arts Premiers du Quai Branly (Paris).

Le Petit Prince | From Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 12 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts | Phone 416-345-9595

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella has enthralled and touched millions of readers since it was published in 1943. Principal Dancer and Choreographic Associate Guillaume Côté has adapted Le Petit Prince as his first full-length ballet. Working with renowned theatre/opera/ballet designer Michael Levine, with an original score by Kevin Lau, Côté brings to choreographic life the story of the aviator who encounters in the desert the enigmatic Little Prince and learns of his travels through the universe and of the wondrous, perplexing and illuminating people he has met.

As visionary a work as the book it is based on, the ballet presents for audiences young and old a portrait of humanity in all its wisdom, folly and mystery.

Ride for Heart | Sunday June 5 | Hours

The Becel Heart & Stroke’s Ride for Heart starts at the Exhibition Place Gate at 8:00am and brings together 14,000 riders of all ages and levels. Ride up and down the Don Valley Parkway without a motorized vehicle in sight. Riders are asked to get at least $100 in sponsorship for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Three loops are offered: 25kms, 50, and 75. It’s a popular event and last year’s Ride sold out.

North By Northeast Music & Film Festival | From Wednesday June 15 to Sunday June 19 | Yonge-Dundas Square | Hours | Phone 416-863-6963

North by Northeast (or NXNE) is an annual music and arts festival held each June in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The festival’s main focus has always been live music, but it also includes a film festival, a comedy festival, art components, and a digital interactive media conference.

Each year, NXNE Music presents hundreds of bands from Canada, the United States and all over the world at over 50 Toronto music venues. Most venues host six bands a night (from 9 p.m. onward). The festival takes over Toronto’s downtown core, with many venues grouped along Queen Street West, College Street, and the Bloor Street Annex.

Giselle | From Wednesday June 15 to Sunday June 19 | Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts | Phone 416-345-9595

Giselle has been in the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada since the 1950s and has always been one of the signature works exemplifying the company’s deep and rich classical legacy. The title role has been a touchstone and one of the great dramatic challenges for generations of ballerinas, partly for the technical demands it poses, but also for the intensity and depth of emotional commitment it requires. In addition to the attraction of its principal roles, the female Corps de Ballet features prominently, too, with the spectral diagonal procession of the Wilis remaining one of the most famous, haunting and moodily evocative images in all of ballet.

5K Downtown Rat Race | Thursday June 16 | Toronto City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square | Hours | Phone 416-777-2001

Several thousand downtown office workers take to the street at 7:30pm for the Scotiabank Rat Race in support of the United Way. United Way Toronto is a charity working to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for everyone in our city. Working in partnership with others, the United Way mobilize people and resources to address the root causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better. Established in 1956, the United Way supports agencies that provide services to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Toronto Waterfront 10K Run | Saturday June 25 | Hours

The race starts at 7:30am on University Avenue north of Queen Street and ends on the Lakeshore Boulevard at Strachan Avenue. The run is part of the Canada Running Series

The event also acts as a fundraiser for Red Shelter. For over 30 years The Red Door Family Shelter has been on the front lines of delivering support services to women and children fleeing violence, refugees, and homeless families in Toronto and the GTA.

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