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What’s New in Toronto?

With Toronto being ranked one of the most 2SLGBTQ+ friendly cities in the world, its vibrant community is busy year round, with events and activities that embrace arts and culture, sports and recreation, creativity and community no matter what season you’re visiting.

Nestled conveniently at Front, Spadina, and Wellington, The Well officially opened its doors November 23, 2023, offering a plethora of experiences for both locals and visitors alike. With over a decade in the making, The Well transformed 7.7 acres of Toronto’s King West area into a vibrant, European-inspired urban oasis. Comprising seven mixed-use towers, the complex revolves around a lively pedestrian and retail space, serving as the heart of the development, in addition to exciting dining experiences and stunning architectural design throughout. Plus, for those with furry companions, The Well embraces a pet-friendly ethos, complete with designated areas and easy access to green spaces.

Experience the allure of Nobu, making its Canadian debut in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District late 2024. Rising 45 stories above, Nobu Hotel Toronto integrates luxury living, dining, and hospitality. With its panoramic views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline, Nobu offers a unique blend of modern luxury and Japanese tradition. This urban resort features a private hotel lounge, wellness facility, and the highly anticipated 15,000 sq ft Nobu restaurant, promising an unforgettable experience.

Step into the enchanting world of recently opened and/ore, where culinary creativity and imaginative design collide. Led by Chef Missy Hui, and/ore presents modern Canadian cuisine in two distinctive dining spaces. From its dramatic underground design to its provocative ambiance, and/ore is unlike any other restaurant in Toronto's bustling West Queen West area. Indulge in culinary delights while immersed in an atmosphere that is sure to thrill and delight.

Celebrate diversity and inclusion at Toronto's Pride Festival, a vibrant showcase of 2SLGBTQ+ pride and culture from June 28th to June 30th. The iconic Pride Parade takes place on June 30th and winds through the streets, culminating in a celebratory array of floats, costumes, and performances at Yonge-Dundas Square. From drag queens to dancehall performances, Pride Toronto offers a month-long celebration of love, acceptance, and community.

Join the largest and longest-running queer theatre in the world, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, in celebrating their 45th anniversary season with a dynamic lineup of productions and programming. From reviving queer classics to showcasing emerging talent, Buddies offers a platform for creative expression and community exchange. Experience the vibrant spirit of Toronto's queer arts scene at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

Discover wellness at Alter, Toronto's latest destination for hot and cold therapy. With a spacious sauna, ice baths, breathwork classes, and cozy lounge spaces, Alter aims to enhance everyday lives through holistic wellness practices. Step into a welcoming environment focused on community and self-care at Alter.

Experience the magic of theatre at Mirvish Theatre, where seven captivating productions await in the 2024-25 season. From beloved classics like Disney's The Lion King and Mamma Mia! to new hits from London and New York, Mirvish Theatre promises a season filled with entertainment and wonder for audiences of all ages.

For more recommendations on other 2SLGBTQ+ friendly places to visit in Toronto, please visit Destination Toronto’s Itineraries and Travel Tips for 2SLGBTQ+ Visitors.

Photo Credit: The Well by RioCan


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