Calendar of Korean Events in Toronto
Want to know what’s happening? Then you’ve come to the right place. We list all the Korean and Korean-Canadian events in Toronto we hear about here – whether it’s a festival, concert, film, party, book launch, or sports event. If it’s got a Korean connection, then we want you to know about it! Plus we’ll give you all the necessary info we can so you can attend the fun Korean events, including how much it costs (if it’s not free) and where to buy tickets. Check back regularly to stay in the know on Korean events in Toronto. You know we have you covered!
Time Renegades (시간이탈자)
- What: 1983: Ji-Hwan (Cho Jung-suk) is a music teacher and he is soon to wed his girlfriend Yoon-Jung (Lim Soo-jung). Yoon-Jung becomes involved in a case and Ji-Hwan attempts to protect her. 2015: Detective Gun-Woo (Lee Jin-wook) and Ji-Hwan happen to see their daily lives through their dreams. Gun-Woo learns about a case that took place in the past from Ji-Hwan. Gun-Woo also meets So-Eun (Lim Soo-Jung) and, together, they go after the case that took place in the past. [Synopsis from Cineplex’s website]
- Where: Cineplex Empress Walk
- When: Opens Friday, April 22nd **currently playing**
- How much: $7-14 depending on the day
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
- What: Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world. It runs from April 28 to May 8 this year.
- When: various screenings
- The Apology
- Sunday, May 1 @ 10:30 am @ TIFF Bell Lightbox
Sunday, May 8 @ 12:45 pm @ Isabel Bader Theatre
- Migrant Dreams
- Sun, May 1 @ 9:00 pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
Tue, May 3 @ 1:15 pm @ Scotiabank Theatre 3
Sun, May 8 @ 1:00 pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
- Under the Sun
- Sat, Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm @ Innis Town Hall
Sun, May 1 @ 4:00 pm @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Sat, May 7 @ 12:30 pm @ Scotiabank Theatre 14
- Why: The Apology focuses on three “comfort women”, each from a different country, to tell their story about trying to get an official apology from a reluctant Japanese government. Migrant Dreams talks about Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program, a dysfunctional system where unscrupulous brokers operate with impunity. Under the Sun is he year’s most unlikely collaboration-turned exposé, subtle but penetrating look at North Korea’s propaganda machine.
- How much: $15, tickets available online (click the individual films below to purchase tickets)
Canadian Music Week
- What: It’s Canada’s biggest new music festival and has been fun every time I’ve attended.
- Where: various venues in Toronto
- When: May 2-8, 2016; various times
- How much: various prices from single tickets to wristbands
Image courtesy of Hallyu North
Hallyu North 2016
- What: Canada’s largest Hallyu (한류) expo is hitting Toronto on May 6 & 7, 2016 at the Canadian Exhibition Place spreading over 150,000 square footage of epic times! Featured programming includes exclusive screenings from DramaFever, K-food mania from Asia Food Fest 2016, and much more! (description from Hallyu North)
- Where: Enercare Centre at the CNE (100 Princes’ Blvd #1)
- Why: SHINee is coming!! Dabit’s hosting and they’ve already released the names of several YouTube personalities that will be there. Tons of good reasons
- How much: $75 – $270 to see SHINee (online)
FMS Vol. 7 – The Barberettes in Toronto
- What: The Barberettes are back for two nights in Toronto (they have other dates in their North American tour as well). You won’t want to miss them!
- Where: Toronto Centre for the Arts – Studio Theatre
(5040 Yonge Street)
- When: Two nights!!
- Friday, May 13th @ 7:30 pm
- Saturday, May 14th @ 7:30 pm
- How much: $??? – more info coming Tuesday, April 26th when tickets go on sale
Image courtesy of Toronto Kpop Con
Toronto K-pop Con 2016
- What: The action-packed weekend will have panels, fun-filled games and activities, dance workshops, merchandise vendors, fanclub booths and more! There will also be a special Gala opening event and concert on the Friday night, and multiple ticketed concerts all weekend, including the Canada Dream Stage Concert on Sunday May 22 in the daytime. (description from Toronto K-pop Con)
- Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West)
- Fri May 20 – Gala + VIXX @ 7:00 pm
- Sat May 21 – GFRIEND @ 5:00 pm
Sat May 21 – GOT7 (1st show) @ 8:30 pm
- Sun May 22 – DAY6 @ 4:00 pm
Sun May 22 – GOT7 (2nd show) @ 8:30 pm
- Why: Great K-pop groups of course! So far VIXX, GOT7 and DAY6 have been announced, one more to come
- How much: $180 – $340 for VIXX, $180 – $300 for GOT7, $150-260 for DAY6, $110 – $240 for GFRIEND
- For more info: Check out their Facebook event page or Pop! Goes The World’s Facebook page to stay informed.
Phantom Detective (탐정 홍길동: 사라진 마을)
- What: The tale of a a private detective with a 99% success rate.
- Where: No details yet both probably one or both of Cineplex Empress Walk or Cineplex Yonge Dundas
- When: Opens Friday, May 20th
- Why: There’s not a lot of details yet but it sounds interesting (will update soon)
- How much: $7-14 depending on the day
Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF)
- What: A film festival devoted to Korean film.
- Where: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave, Toronto)
- When: More details coming soon.
- Why: Great Korean films of course! More details coming soon.
- How much: Various prices from single tickets to passes (more details coming soon)
Want your event listed? Please let us know!! Send an email to the editor at cindy@ATKmagazine.com about any Korean-related event, concert, film, performance or festival and we’ll add it to the calendar. Invite us to cover your event and we’ll help promote it too! ^^