Each year Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, presents a selection of more than 200 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe to an audience of 180,000. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals. Over the years, Hot Docs’ education programs have grown exponentially, positively impacting over 78,000 of youth across Ontario each year.
Infinity is a difficult concept to grasp, but it is easy to contemplate when you step inside one of artist Yayoi Kusama’s iconic Infinity Mirror Rooms in the exhibition of her Infinity Mirrors. The exhibition of this contemporary Japanese artist’s significant 65-year career shows the evolution of her immersive, multi-reflective installations, in which she invites you to share in her unique vision. Visitors can immerse themselves in six of these kaleidoscopic environments where they are endlessly reflected within fantastic landscapes. The 88-year-old artist continues to work at a brisk pace in her Tokyo studio.
The show also makes room for Kusama’s mesmerizing and intimate drawings, her early Infinity Net paintings in which nets organically expand along the surface of a canvas like cell formations, and her surreal sculptural objects. These key works join more than 90 works on view, including large and vibrant paintings, sculptures, works on paper, as well as rare archival materials.
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.
The Marathon draws upwards of 2,500 participants in a downhill course that is fast and scenic, starting from Mel Lastman Square in North York and finishing at Ontario Place. The course is fast and is a good springboard to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
There is also a half-marathon, a 5K run and a 5K walk.
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, with 1,000 showcasing bands at more than 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre.
The run is a fundraiser for "Camp Ooch". Camp Oochigeas provides fun and meaningful experiences to approximately 1000 kids with and affected by childhood cancer and their families each year. Programs are offered at no cost to their families.