The Big Five: June 19-21
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The Big Five: June 19-21

Every Friday, Torontoist provides a not-so-scientific roundup of the best people, places and things to check out over the weekend. The result: The Big Five.

Christie Pits photo by swampr0se, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

Christie Pits photo by swampr0se, from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

June’s Homegrown Pizza in the Park
Christie Pits Park Pizza Oven (Toward the centre of the park, near the intersection of Bloor Street West and Crawford Street)
June 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Five bucks gets you two slices of pizza, served by a Homegrown Park Ranger and cooked up by Chef Rocco and team Pizzeria Libretto, plus grilled fresh asparagus. Proceeds go towards green projects through the Homegrown National Park Project.

This year’s pizza nights will be sponsored by Alex Beauregard-Freeman Real Estate Ltd., with veggies from Fresh City Farms and healthy drinks from Genuine Health. And, naturally, there will be music.

(Note: Show up early before the food sells out!)

Power Plant’s Summer 2015 Opening Party
The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (231 Queens Quay West)
June 19, 8:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

A free party to celebrate the opening of the Power Plant’s Summer 2015 exhibitions, plus a first glance at commissioned works by Bik Van deer Pol, YES! Association/Föreningen JA!, Tercerunquinto, and a collaborative project by Nadia Belerique, Lili Huston-Herterich and Laurie Kang.

The Junction Summer Solstice Festival
The Junction (Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue)
June 20, 12:00 p.m.

Celebrate DIY culture, urban interventions, and a love for art, design, food and music. Day to night enjoy family friendly shows and workshops, take a spin on a ferris wheel or stick around for a late night projection show. Either way you can’t go wrong by making your way to #JunctionTO

First Story Toronto Tours
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)

June 20, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

From June 20–26, First Story Toronto leads a series of walking, biking and bus tours connecting the Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site to the Live Art Festival at Underpass Park. Register for tours and download the app at

Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow
For York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard)
June 21, 12:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow-Wow is held to recognize National Aboriginal Day, this solstice event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, giveaway, kids area, and craft vendors. Seven Aboriginal drum groups will be on hand, including host drum Smoke Trail Singers and co-host drum Eagle Flight Singers. Over 100 traditional dancers are expected to participate including head dancers Stephanie Pangowish and Lee Benson.

The day begins with a sunrise ceremony and will end with a gala concert. The Grand Entry takes place at 12:00 noon, with traditional dancing and drumming until 4:30 pm.