By Lori Bosworth
For many, the beginning of May signals the unofficial start of the summer. I happily go along with that theory. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto from May 1-3, 2015, we’ve rounded up some options for you. Keep in mind that the Gardiner Expressway is closed from Carlaw Avenue to Hwy 427 from Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8 p.m. to Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 6 a.m.
American Idiot at the Lower Ossington Theatre
The musical adaptation of Green Day’s rock opera, American Idiot, opens at the Lower Ossington Theatre on May 1, 2015. The story follows three young men, two of whom flee their family homes in suburbia while the other remains behind to work things out with his pregnant girlfriend. Enjoy “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and “American Idiot.” Tickets are $49.99-$59.99 and can be purchased online.
The SheDot Festival, a festival that exclusively showcases female comedians, takes place April 30 – May 3, 2015 at the Comedy Bar and the Danforth Music Hall. Female comedians will be performing stand up, sketch, improv, storytelling and workshops. Headliner Margaret Cho performs on May 3, 2015 at the Danforth Music Hall. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Comedy Bar and are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Dundas West and Ossington Food Tour
Savour Toronto hosts the Dundas West and Ossington Food Tour takes guests on a tasting tour of the neighbourhood on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tour includes six tastings from local specialty food shops, bakeries, eateries and sit-down restaurants. Cost is $75 plus HST and includes one alcoholic drink. Maximum of 12 people.
John Mellencamp at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
John Mellencamp plays two shows at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 1, 2015 and Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Mellencamp will be showcasing his latest CD, Plain Spoken, as well as his past hits. Tickets are $58, $100, $153, $197, $200 and $209 and can be purchased online.
The Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon takes place Sunday, May 3, 2015 with the marathon beginning at 7:30 a.m. and the half marathon beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Mel Lastman Square and ending at Ontario Place. Registration fees for marathon are $110-$130, half marathon run/walk $90-$110 and 5k run/walk $55-$70.
The Hot Docs Film Festival continues in Toronto to May 3, 2015. Documentary screenings takes place at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Isabel Bader Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre 7 and Hart House Theatre. Tickets are $15.04 for each documentary and can be purchased online.
Spring Beach Studio Tour
Head down to the Beaches and check out the offerings of 25 artists at 14 locations in the neighbourhood. You’ll find jewellery, paintings, ceramics, printmaking, glass art, fashion, photography, metal art, wood, sculpture and handmade dolls at the artists’ studios. The tour takes place May 1, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday May 2, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. See Beach Studio guide for artist locations.