Planning on spending a few days in Toronto this summer … wondering what to do?  Here’s a starter…  many are FREE and they’re all so easy to get to from downtown Les Amis.


June 18-29th Toronto Jazz



The Toronto Jazz Festival has presented some of the biggest names in jazz, 1,500 musicians performing 350+ concerts in just 12 days. The Festival is yours to discover. Let the music be your playground this summer, minutes by foot from Les Amis



July 1-12 Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival

  Ticketed.  Over 155 stage productions … dramas, musicals, comedies.  Discover the magic of theatre and enjoy discussing the productions over breakfast at Les Amis.



July 18th-19th – Festival of India

Free. Starts with a colourful parade down Yonge Street from Bloor to Harbourfront (from our downtown B&B you just have to cut through the parkette on Granby and you are there). Ends up in a two day celebration of music, dance and spirituality on Centre Island.  Find out more at



July 11th – 13th Waterfront Outdoor Blues Festival 


Free…you’ll hear the best in Blues.  View the stellar line-up of musicians at



July 18th – 20th Honda Indy

Free and ticketed events. 

One of the biggest race events in North America featuring one of the fastest racing series on the planet.  Celebrity athletes, live entertainment.  See all the details at


July 23rd -25th Beaches Jazz Festival

Free live jazz on every street corner, in the restaurants  and at the bandshell in the park.  It’s one of Toronto’s favourite music festivals with big bands, Dixie, Swing, Post-bop, Afro-Cuban and more. Easily accessible by streetcar from Les Amis.


July 2nd-9th Salsa on St Clair

Free … live music, dance and Salsa lessons … more details at


August 1st Caribbean Carnival Gala Parade

 … Free.  An explosion of colour, music, cuisine, visual and performing arts,  The parade is the culmination of weeks of celebration, it all starts July 7th.


August 8th – 16th Rogers Cup …

Ticketed., A must event for tennis fans.



August 8th – 10th Taste of the Danforth


Brings the best Greek cuisine this side of the Atlantic  from  local restaurants out on to the street … Greek music, dance and tons of fun.



August 21st – Sept. 7th Canadian National Exhibition


 a Canadian tradition since 1879 and known to all as “The Ex”. A gigantic midway, irresistible junk food, horse shows,  dog shows, it so much fun and the best way to end summer. Easy to get to by streetcar from Les Amis.



August 27th-30th Buskerfest


Free … comedy, spontaneity and a dash of the unbelievable hits downtown Yonge Street from College to Queen.  Just up the street from our downtown B&B.


September 10th -20th


The Toronto International Film Festival will be held September 10 to 20, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. According to TIFF, it is the “leading public film festival in the world, screening more…