- What's Up Toronto? June 1-8 -

It's hard to believe, with the winter we've had, that June is just around the corner! Here are four events coming up this week to kick-start your summer:

June 1: Burger Day

Every year I look forward to The Grid's Burger Week where participating restaurants offer a special $5 burger. Burger Week (happening right now!) always culminates in Burger Day: "the ultimate burger fest". This year, participating restaurants will come together at Fort York to cook up their unique version of everyone's favourite BBQ food. At just $3 a slider, burger enthusiasts can sample as much as their stomachs can hold without breaking the bank. This food festival is also good for the conscience: a portion of the proceeds will go the Stop Community Food Centre.

Admission: $20 (kids 12 & under FREE)

The Details: http://burgerweek.ca/burger-week/day/ 

June 6: Intermission 

Intermission is a cultural event series presented by Canadian Stage. The doors of 26 Berekley Street open at 8pm and the party get's started! June's installment will feature electronic-pop music by MALOO (Maylee Todd) and jazz remixes by Jesse Futerman. Partygoers can chow down on snacks by TOL Fillipino Gastro Fare. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Check out these photo's from last month's Intermission:

intermission vol.1
intermission vol.1

Details: https://www.canadianstage.com/online/intermission

June 6: SummerWorks Lauch Party

Theatre fans will have a tough choice to make because the SummerWorks Launch Party is also happening on June 6th. SummerWorks is Toronto's juried summer theatre festival which encourages the creative exploration of Canadian plays. To celebrate the announcement of this year's festival lineup, SummerWorks is throwing a party at the Campbell House featuring live performances and plenty of food and drink. It's also your first chance to check out which plays you'll want to see at this year's festival. (For those of you who are more into music than theatre, SummerWorks also features a smaller Music Series, to be announced at the party.) Tickets are Pay What You Can!


Details: http://summerworks.ca/2013/2014-summerworks-launch-party/

June 7&8: Field Trip

Field Trip, the outdoor concert series inaugurated last year to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Arts&Crafts record label has turned into an two-day festival that's so much more than just a concert. The Field Trip Experience (as they call it) features: over 20 food trucks; family friendly activities like face painting and a bouncy castle; food & drink contests (with prizes!); and shopping pop-ups from The Drake General Store and Etsy. The Fort York grounds will also host visual art installations and an autograph tent where festival-goers can meet some of their favourite musicians. Headlining this year are Interpol, The Kills, (June 7) and the label's gold star band Broken Social Scene (June 8). But from what I'm hearing on the streets, most Torontonians are gearing up for the Scottish electronic band Chvrches (June 8). 


Details: www.fieldtriplife.com 

So there's your start to the summer. What events are you looking forward to this week? Let me know in the comments!