Well, well, April in Toronto is shaping up to be a lot of fun, especially if you’re young and/or a lover of this great land! We have three events taking place that’ll put smiles on the faces of plenty of people. There’s a film festival curated just for children, a new production of a Canadian classic, and the chance to really get into the spirit of easter. Book your stay at the Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel and you’ll be supremely located to enjoy the best of spring in Toronto as you stay in a room that is high in comfort and extensive in amenities.
Films for kids
The TIFF Kids International Film Festival is going to be a special festival. How could it not be? This is a festival that’s dedicated to delivering the best movies for kids to enjoy, from all time classics to the latest and best films. They’ll make the kids laugh, cry, and think as they’re transported around the world (they’ll be films from more than forty counties) right in Toronto. The festival takes place from April 7 - 23 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Head down to Centreville Amusement Park for a weekend of EGGstravaganza fun from April 14 - 16. This is Toronto’s largest easter egg hunt that’ll have your children reeling with delight. And when they’re not searching for eggs, they’ll be able to take part in other farm fun, such as feeding animals!
A Canadian classic
What better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday than by reliving the tale of Louis Riel? Join the all Canadian cast of the Canadian Opera Company from April 20 - May 13 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and enjoy an opera that captures the spirit of Canada.
Toronto is a hub for excitement of all shapes and sizes, from sporting events, to comedy shows, to culinary events, to art shows, to craft markets, and of course, concerts! Each month, our beautiful Ontario city hosts a long list of big name performers representing a range of genres and sounds, and this March is no exception to that rule!
Over the course of this month, Toronto will host a number of awesome concerts, with a particular focus on the indie genre. Without further ado, here a handful of indie shows we recommend checking out in Toronto this March!
Mother Mother | March 11
On March 11, Canada’s own indie rock stars Mother Mother will be making their way through town. The band will be taking the stage at historic Massey Hall with songs like Bit By Bit, Monkey Tree and Hay Loft. Tickets to this show, which start at $71, can be purchased here. Enjoy!
The Flaming Lips | March 13
Two days after Mother Mother rocks the roof off Massey Hall, indie rock legends The Flaming Lips will be taking the stage at Rebel (Formerly Known as Sound Academy). The band behind songs like Do You Realise, She Don’t Use Jelly and the fantastically titled Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part 1, The Flaming Lips will be taking the stage at 7:00. Get your tickets here.
Wilco | March 16
On March 16, another staple of the indie rock genre will be stopping in Toronto—Wilco! The band behind songs like Impossible Germany, California Stars, and I Am Trying to Break Your Heart, Wilco will be taking the stage at Massey Hall. Get your tickets, which start at as little $39, by clicking here!
This March, Toronto is an indie music lover’s dream! To enjoy any of the concerts listed above, simply book a room at our centrally located Toronto hotel today! We look forward to the city making your visit a special one.
As one of the World’s great cities, Toronto has more than your average number of ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14. Whatever your joint passions are, there’s sure to be something in the city that can help you both feel happy and in love on the most romantic day of the year. Take a look at some our recommendations below, or go your one way! This city is romantic whatever you do. And it’ll be even more romantic when you’re staying at Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel, which is perfectly located and has everything you need for a relaxing and romantic stay.
Back with Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen’s death was one of many low moments in 2016, but his words live on, and boy are they beautiful. You can enjoy a romantic and celebrate the recently departed singer songwriter at Bampot Bohemian House on February 14. Split into two parts, one a video installation and the other - the highlight - performances of his music and poetry, it promises to be a really special night for fans of his the great man.
Toronto Zoo Romance
You might think of the zoo as being romantic, but then you’ve never been to Toronto Zoo around Valentine’s Day, have you? This year, the zoo will be hosting two ‘Love at the Zoo’ events, on February 11 and February 14. During the event you’ll learn about the funny and awkward courting misadventures of the animals in the zoo, as well as enjoying a romantic meal and an encounter with a special animal.
A Night at the Theatre
There’s also the opportunity an all fun night in Toronto on February 14. If that sounds appealing, how about the smash hit musical The Bodyguard? It’s opening on February 11, so just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Christmas is nearly upon us, and there are few things more fun to do at this time of the year than heading the theatre. Toronto’s top class arts scene provides plenty of opportunities for families and culture vultures to get their fill this festive season, with three great shows taking place this December. Some are classic, some are thoughtful, and some are all out fun. Which will you choose? Book your stay at the Ramada Plaza Toronto Hotel and you’ll be right in the mix of cultural Toronto.
Join a star studded cast for a night of musical hilarity at the Elgin Theatre, where Sleeping Beauty will be playing until January 7. Family shows are a tradition at the Elgin and this, the 21st annual show, promises to be as much fun as ever before! This is billed as being suitable for kids from 9 to 93, so pack all the family together and head down for a night of musical, festive goodness.
A Christmas Carol
Soulpepper’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a Toronto tradition. Taking place from now until December 24 at the Young Centre For The Performing Arts, the classic tale follows evil old Ebeneezer Scrooge as - with the help of a few spirits - he learns the true meaning of the Christmas period. Funny, traditional, and heartwarming, it’s everything that a Christmas story should be.
Come From Away
Come From Away is a new musical from Canadian playwrights Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The show, which is making its Canadian debut, follows the lives of those stranded following the cancellation of flights on September 11, 2011 - and the Newfoundland locals who take them in. A story of hope and human kindness, it’s perfect material for a festive outing.
There’s plenty to keep visitors to Toronto busy and entertained this November, with three great festivals taking place at venues in the city and beyond. Discover all about Canada’s thriving agricultural scene, see some of the latest and best films, and get it to the Christmas spirit. Whether you attend one, two, or all three of the festivals listed below, you’ll be well positioned when you book a stay at the Ramada Plaza Toronto hotel. All our rooms feature free Wi-Fi, a 40” LCD TV, and a bathrobe, so you can feel right at home, away from home.
Hamilton Film Festival
Take a drive to Hamilton - just an hour from Toronto - between November 5 and December 13 and catch some of the best films around. The festival features full length films, documentaries, shorts, and animated movies that total more than 150 in all. Of these, nearly a third were filmed in Hamilton! Check out the full schedule here
- we’re sure they’ll be a film that captures your interest!
The annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair returns to Toronto from November 4 - 13, and will celebrate all their is to love about agricultural life, including fresh food and equestrian competitions. Head down to get your fill and learn a thing or two about where your food comes from. You may even be inspired to try growing your own produce at home!
Cavalcade of Lights
There’s going to be plenty of fun Christmas events coming up over the next 8 weeks, but it all begins with the Cavalcade of Lights. This event, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, takes place on November 26 and includes the lighting of the city’s christmas tree, live performances, singalongs, and plenty of yuletide goodness. Takes place at Toronto City Hall from 7pm.
The 2016 MLB season is in full swing, which means visitors to Toronto have plenty of exciting Toronto Blue Jays home games to look forward to. All of those home games go down at the beautiful Rogers Centre,