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April is nearly upon us, and there are a whole bunch of festivals and events coming to downtown Toronto to celebrate the Spring!

Whether you’re here for a film festival, to jam out, or to get nerdy (possibly while jamming out), there’s something for you this month. We’ve rounded up five of our most anticipated April events below to help you plan out your visit to downtown Toronto!

Hot Docs Film Festival

When: April 15th – May 5th, 2024
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Immerse yourself in the captivating world of documentary filmmaking with Hot Docs – North America’s largest documentary festival – held annually in downtown Toronto. Hot Docs showcases a diverse range of thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe, covering a wide array of topics, from social justice issues to environmental concerns and beyond. As one of Toronto’s premier cultural events, Hot Docs draws filmmakers, industry professionals, and documentary enthusiasts alike to its screenings, panels, and special events.

Photo credit: https://hotdocs.ca/about
Photo credit: https://hotdocs.ca/about

For visitors staying at the Pantages Hotel in downtown Toronto, attending Hot Docs is a must-do experience. Located less than a 20-minute drive away from the main festival venue, Pantages offers a convenient and luxurious home base for exploring everything that Hot Docs (and Toronto) has to offer.

Whether you’re a seasoned documentary aficionado or simply curious about the power of non-fiction storytelling, Hot Docs offers something for everyone. From inspiring tales of human resilience to eye-opening explorations of our planet’s natural wonders, each film leaves a lasting impression, sparking meaningful conversations and fostering a deeper understanding of the world around us.

As you navigate the bustling streets of downtown Toronto during your visit, take advantage of the Pantages Hotel’s prime location to explore the city’s vibrant cultural scene, renowned dining establishments, and iconic landmarks. After a day of film screenings and exploration, unwind in the comfort of your stylish accommodations at the Pantages Hotel, where personalized service and modern amenities await.

Be sure to follow Hot Docs on Instagram @hotdocs_ to see the latest releases and new showings!

Toronto Food & Drink Fest

When: April 5th – 7th, 2024
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Indulge your taste buds and explore the culinary delights of Toronto at the annual Toronto Food & Drink Festival, a gastronomic extravaganza that celebrates the city’s vibrant food scene. This renowned festival brings together top chefs, restaurants, breweries, and wineries from across the region to showcase their finest creations.

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

Visitors to the festival can embark on a culinary journey, sampling an array of mouthwatering dishes, craft beverages, and delectable treats. From gourmet street food to haute cuisine, there’s something to satisfy every palate and culinary craving.

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

In addition to tasting stations and food vendors, the festival also features live cooking demonstrations, interactive workshops, and chef competitions, providing attendees with opportunities to learn from culinary experts and immerse themselves in the art of cooking and mixology. Whether you’re a foodie looking to discover the latest culinary trends or simply a lover of good food and drinks, the Toronto Food & Drink Festival promises a memorable and delicious experience that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Don’t miss your chance to indulge in the flavours of Toronto at this year’s Toronto Food & Drink Festival. Book your stay at the Pantages Hotel and savour the best of the city’s culinary delights!

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

Photo credit: @tofoodanddrinkfest on Instagram

Check out the Food & Drink Festival’s Instagram @tofoodanddrinkfest for announcements and year-round pop-up events!

RuPaul: House of Hidden Meanings Lecture Series & Book Tour

When: April 3rd, 2024
Where: Danforth Music Hall

RuPaul Andre Charles, the iconic drag queen, singer, and television personality, has captivated audiences worldwide with his larger-than-life persona and message of self-love and acceptance. Born in San Diego, California, RuPaul’s journey to stardom began in the vibrant club scene of New York City in the 1980s, where he quickly rose to prominence as a fixture in the underground drag community. His breakout hit single “Supermodel (You Better Work)” catapulted him to mainstream success in the early 1990s, but you probably know him best today as the host of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Photo credit: @rupaulofficial on Instagram

Photo credit: @rupaulofficial on Instagram

His latest endeavour, “RuPaul: The House of Hidden Meanings,” promises to offer readers a glimpse into his fascinating life journey and the wisdom he’s gained along the way. Join us in welcoming RuPaul to Toronto for his book tour, where he’ll undoubtedly continue to inspire and empower audiences with his infectious charisma and boundless creativity.

Photo credit: @rupaulofficial on Instagram

Photo credit: @rupaulofficial on Instagram

Follow @rupaulofficial on Instagram for new show announcements and other fabulous updates!

We can’t wait to welcome you to Pantages Hotel, where you can enjoy your time in the heart of Toronto in comfort, all while attending some of the hottest entertainment and events in the country!

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