Here are the Toronto arts and culture events we’re looking forward to this week, from a drag queen storytime to a women-led film festival to outdoor performances.
Fay and Fluffy: The Fabulous Book About Families Launch Party
Two of our favourite drag queens are launching their new book with an all-ages celebration at The 519! On July 25, join Fay and Fluffy for a storytime reading of The Fabulous Book About Families—an interactive picture book in which Fay and Fluffy explore the many ways to be a family, introducing readers to different and inclusive family dynamics. Plus, stay for giveaways, a photobooth, and more family-friendly activities! More info here.
Female Eye Film Festival
The Female Eye Film Festival returns from July 26-30 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, with a stellar lineup of women-directed films from around the world. From documentaries to features to shorts, this year’s films dive into a range of compelling themes such as sexual rights and liberty, violence against women, intergenerational families, love, and identity. See our full guide to the festival here.
Black Women In Leadership: Living Library
Connect with some of the incredible leaders featured in the Black Women in Leadership exhibition at this community event on July 27. On display until August at the City of Toronto Archives, this powerful photography exhibit celebrates contributions from more than 40 Black women leaders across sectors who have led change in their communities and paved the way for future leaders. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in conversations with some of the women featured in the exhibit, including Charmaine Gooden, Judy Brooks, Aina-Nia Ayo’dele, Chris Leonard and Mabinti Dennis. Tickets are available here.
Summer Music in the Garden: Lori Cullen
If you have yet to make a trip to Harbourfront Centre this summer, this is your chance! As part of their free Summer Music in the Garden programming, watch JUNO-nominated singer-songwriter Lori Cullen perform a rich set infused with folk and jazz. Her set will include songs from her latest album, BLOOD WONDER, which tells the story of Cullen’s intimate journey of motherhood. Take in this intimate performance and enjoy a relaxing summer evening in a picturesque waterfront garden. More info here.
BlackPOP! Invites Black artists in Toronto to disrupt and redefine the artistic style of “pop art”. Curated by Imani Dominique, BlackPOP! Features the work of emerging and mid-career artists, exploring themes such as joy, culture, identity, justice, celebrity, and commercial consumption. Running until August 17, the exhibition will also include interactive installations, where local artists and community members can participate or share their work. Head over to stackt market on July 27 for a colourful opening event filled with music + art. More info here.
ROM After Dark: Liberty
This month’s edition of ROM After Dark is a joyous celebration of Black culture in Canada. On Friday, July 28, join this after-hours party at the ROM, featuring local performers, a troupe of models in gorgeous Carnival costumes, a Caribana-inspired dance workshop and more. Visitors will also have access to all of the ROM’s current exhibits, so you can explore the museum to round out this vibrant evening. Tickets are available here.
Dusk Dances: Moving Parts
Dusk Dances, one of Toronto’s beloved outdoor dance festivals, returns to Withrow Park from July 30-August 6, with a range of unforgettable performances, all taking place at sunset. From contemporary dance to traditional forms, the festival celebrates the beauty of nature and the power of dance. Denise Fujiwara’s Moving Parts will take audiences on a journey through the many facets of human emotion and experience, complete with high-spirited choreography and captivating music. More info here.