Toronto is buzzing with all things art and culture, and there’s a new pop-up, thought-provoking exhibit, mind-blowing performance or unique event going on at any moment.

Toronto’s renowned museums, incredible theatres, wide-ranging music festivals, pop-ups, public installations and underground art scene inspire travellers and locals alike – all year round. Here are ten inspiring reasons to visit soon – from the mainstream to the underground.

1. Experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS, Cabinet of Curiosities 

Born and bred in Canada, Cirque du Soleil has flourished into the largest theatrical producer in the world. From April 14 to July 10, 2022, Cirque du Soleil returns to Toronto with KURIOS at Ontario Place. Get ready for “a world of curiosities to unravel” during this thrilling performance.

2. Discover Toronto’s most intimate venues through Artery

Back in the day, folks often gathered in someone’s home for an up-close-and-personal performance of theatre, music and more. Artery brings back that sense of intimacy and connection to art, artists and local communities by turning living rooms, backyards, rooftops and various other unique spots in the city into pop-up performance spaces. Check out a show, make new friends and experience Toronto as a local would.

3. Immerse yourself in the artworks of Klimt

Extended by popular demand, Immersive Klimt: Revolution is a mesmerizing experience you don't want to miss. Works from rebel artist, Gustav Klimt, are brought to life within this digitally created exhibit. Prepare to be swept away by Klimt’s use of vibrant colours, shapes and patterns. 

4. “Play” your part with Outside The March’s participatory Theatre

One of Canada’s leading immersive theatre companies, Outside The March, performs unconventional theatre in unconventional spots that often involve audience participation. Previous experiences include performing in kindergarten classrooms, parading with Queen Elizabeth in Toronto’s Greek neighbourhood, taking over churches and exploring the Royal Alexandra Theatre. 

Its current production of Gillian Clark’s Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus showcases an interactive theatre experience. The story depicts a fated collision of Greek and GREASE mythology, unfolding simultaneously in two locations.

5. Experience Broadway at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre

The critically acclaimed hit Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is making its way to Toronto. Experience the Wizarding World, new adventures, a new generation of wizards and returning characters in this magical show.

6. See Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room - Let's Survive Forever exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

The AGO is one of Toronto’s most architecturally admired structures, last renovated by famed architect Frank Gehry. It is one of the largest galleries in North America with a collection that includes close to 95,000 works. The Infinity Mirrored Room - Let’s Survive Forever exhibit provides audiences with a look into artist Kusama’s groundbreaking vision of infinity.

7. Check out impressive collections at The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

If you are searching for more magic, check the ROM’s newest exhibit Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature. Dive into this fantastical exhibit and explore how magical creatures link to the remarkable animals for our own world.

8. Enjoy an enchanting symphony at Casa Loma 

This summer Casa Loma has introduced ‘Symphony in the Gardens’ which will run Monday evenings from June 6 to September 5, 2022. Under the direction of Maestro Paolo Busato, the Casa Loma Symphony Orchestra will feature a variety of music from Abba to Disney. Check out the concert schedule and prepare for a magnificent performance.

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9. Step beneath the highway to explore The Bentway’s myriad of offerings

The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that transforms the 1.75 kilometres beneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering space. Check out activities and events year-round: public markets, art exhibitions, festivals, theatre, free musical performances, communal dinners, yoga classes and more.

10. Experience an intimate (and secret) Sofar Sounds concert

Sofar Sounds is a global network of artists that puts on intimate performances in unconventional venues around the city. The venue for each performance is secret; attendees will be emailed the location on the day of the event.