What we're about

If you want to get out and see/ do/ taste new things, explore arts and culture in Toronto, learn, meet new people and have fun, then this is the group for you. Adults/ single/ married/ any gender/ background/ religion are all welcome. We'll often see/ do something and talk about it after, over a meal. I'll do my best to find interesting events at the best prices. Most events will be on weekends, with occasional evenings during the week night, dictated by that event. You can look forward to a curated list of diverse, easy events that are well-organized with a friendly and caring host, and come away enjoying the time and possibly making a new friend.

We will go to art galleries, museums, theatres, see/hear live music such as jazz, pop, symphony and opera, ballet, movies, Toronto International Film Festival, walks, dances, astronomy events, Christmas markets, try new and established restaurants, high tea, and in the summer, cruises, trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake and Stratford.

During our home stay, events will be posted more frequently, will generally be international, free, online, and we will sometimes have the opportunity to participate in live ones. We'll also virtually travel to international famous sites, cities and countries.

I hope you will join us.

Upcoming events (5)

Live Free: REGISTER ROM Photography with Purpose + Wildlife Photographer Images

Important: Please REGISTER when you sign up to reserve your spot in advance and ensure the company sends you the link on time. You are 100% responsible for registering in advance of RSVPs closing and obtaining access/ the link to the event, and must direct all questions to the company.

On Wed. Mar. 3rd, let's watch the ROM's Curator Conversation on More than a Pretty Picture: Photography with a Purpose, followed by a Q&A. Join Canadian photographer and Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020/21 finalist Andrew Wright in conversation with ROM’s Burton Lim on the importance of wildlife and environmental journalism in how we see our world. You will also be able to submit your questions in advance and although the ROM is currently closed, if you venture out after lockdown, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit that opened late Nov/20, will run until May 2/21. Interestingly, I was going to post an event on this, so after the Curators Conversation, there will be some images that are part of the Exhibit under the Signing up Section. Bonus: just released Feb 3, Travel Photographer of the Year images will also be shared. Note: you will need the ability to stream and to register in advance.

Speakers:
Burton Lim, Assistant Curator of Mammalogy at the ROM.
He curated the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the museum. He received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Toronto and has conducted fieldwork in 28 countries primarily in tropical regions. His research interests are in the biodiversity and evolution of mammals with a specialization in bats. To document the diversity of bats, he does macrophotography in the field to zoom into fine details of the faces to help in species identification. His photos have been used in scientific papers, books, and magazine articles.

Andrew Wright
He is an adjunct professor at Canada's Simon Fraser University, exploring climate change solutions. He is involved in a range of conservation endeavours and is a conservation photographer. He has produced two books, Emeralds at the Edge and Faltering Light, both arguing for increased conservation in British Columbia. A third, Preventing Extinctions, will be available soon. He has produced two photography exhibits Wondrous and Groundtruth that have been shown at the Beauty Biodiversity Museum and Science World.

ROM
Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.

Signing up:
- Simply RSVP Yes and register at https://www.rom.on.ca/en/whats-on/more-than-a-pretty-picture-photography-with-a-purpose?utm_source=programs&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=promo-WPY2021
- Select Public RSVP for free and click Add to Cart
- Click Checkout and complete the transaction
- The ROM will send you a ZOOM link 24-48 hours prior to start time
- At 4pm, click on the link provided
- After the talk, view the exhibit at the Natural History Museum at https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/gallery
- View 2020 winners at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2020/oct/14/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year-2020-winners-in-pictures
- The best of at https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2021/jan/02/the-best-of-the-2020-wildlife-photography-awards
- Travel photographer of the year info.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/amp/travel-photographer-2020-scli-intl/index.html and
https://www.tpoty.com/2020-winners/
- Length: 1.5 hours
- Enjoy and please post your thoughts after!
You can submit questions in advance to [masked] with the subject line "Curator Conversations March 3 Q&A"

RSVPs close 2 days prior to ensure you get the link on time. Cancellations after may result in a No Show.

Live Free: REGISTER - Virtual tour of Iceland

Online event

Important: Please REGISTER when you sign up to reserve your spot in advance and ensure the company sends you the link on time. You are 100% responsible for registering in advance of RSVPs closing and obtaining access/ the link to the event, and must direct all questions to the company.

On Wed. Mar 3rd, virtually travel to Iceland and escape to the land of the midnight sun. Tour Director Dustin Yuill will take you to all the wonders from the bottom left corner of Iceland - the Capital Region of Reykjavik, via the Golden Circle and round to the Blue Lagoon at the very end of the Island. On the way you'll take in glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, shifting tectonic plates, black sand beaches, and a whole lot more. I highly recommend Iceland due to the interesting landscape, and if you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience, snorkel between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates where they come above ground in Thingivillir. Thanks to Girl Travel Tours for organizing and while the tour is free, tips are appreciated. Note: you will need the ability to stream.

Signing-up:
- Simply RSVP Yes
- Register using the Online Event link (located underneath the Event Date)
- Girl Travel will send you a confirmation email with your personal link to the event
- at 5pm, click on your personal link to join the tour
- Enjoy and please post your thoughts after!
Any questions on registrations or links can be addressed to [masked]

Tips are appreciated at https://www.girltraveltours.com/tip-the-tour-director - thanks.

RSVPs will close 30 mins prior and cancellations after may result in a No Show.

When you RSVP 'Yes', you agree to Experience Toronto's guidelines https://www.meetup.com/ExperienceToronto/pages/29717710/Group_Guidelines/and liability waiver https://www.meetup.com/ExperienceToronto/pages/29706584/Waiver_of_Liability/

Live Free: REGISTER - Explore the Australian Wilderness in Sydney - Australia

Important: Please REGISTER when you sign up to reserve your spot in advance, for this new tour that was released yesterday. You are 100% responsible for registering in advance of RSVPs closing and obtaining access/ the link to the event, and must direct all questions to the company.

On Wed. Mar. 3rd, let's immerse ourselves in the Australian wilderness in the hidden and stunning natural environment in Sydney. Explore the hidden natural treasures in the valleys that surround Sydney. Learn about native plants and animals, discover amazing sculptured cliffs and caves that locals don’t know about! There are no people where we will be virtually travelling, just plants and animals in a beautiful and dramatic landscape. Note: you will need the ability to stream and to register in advance to reserve your spot.

Tour guide Matt
He is a born and bred Sydney local, passionate about Australia's natural landscapes, flora and fauna. He has spent his life discovering and sharing the hidden jewels in the bushland of Sydney. Having hitchhiked around Australia as a teen for 14 months, with a 30-year career as a video producer and documentary maker, he knows a lot about the land down under. Now, a full-time professional nature and wildlife tour guide, Matt is the real deal and will have you laughing along your whole trip.

After a tour with Matt, many describe their experience as akin to travelling with a long-lost Australian cousin.

These tours are offered on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour. Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

Virtualtrips
It started as a way for co-founders John and Liam to keep exploring new places. As avid travellers themselves, they wanted to help people stay connected with the world and for those in the travel industry to continue doing what they love. They believe that travel is an incredibly important way to break down cultural barriers and understand the world through other people’s eyes. They also recognize it is often a privilege reserved for the few. For many people, hopping on a plane half-way around the world is out of reach and comes with serious consequences for our planet’s health.

Signing-up:
- Simply RSVP Yes and book your spot at https://www.virtualtrips.io/tours/explore-the-australian-wilderness and select the Mar 3rd date
- if this is the first time, you will be asked to verify your email, and will need to complete this to receive the confirmation email
- VirtualTrips will send you a confirmation email with the link to join the tour
- VirtualTrips will send an email reminder 1 hour prior with the link to join
- at 9pm, click on the link provided/ login to your account, select this tour, then click on Join Now
- Length: 60 mins
- Enjoy and please post your thoughts after the tour

RSVPs close 3 days prior to ensure you get a spot; cancellations after may result in a No Show.

When you RSVP 'Yes', you agree to Experience Toronto's guidelines https://www.meetup.com/ExperienceToronto/pages/29717710/Group_Guidelines/and liability waiver https://www.meetup.com/ExperienceToronto/pages/29706584/Waiver_of_Liability

Live Free: REGISTER - Frozen Obsession Documentary on the Canadian Arctic + Q&A

Important: Please REGISTER when you sign up to reserve your spot in advance and ensure the company sends you the links on time. You will receive the link to view the documentary on your own at 4pm, and a separate link to join the live Q&A at 5pm. You are 100% responsible for registering in advance of RSVPs closing and obtaining access/ the link to the event, and must direct all questions to the company.

On Thur. Mar. 4th, join the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the Northwest Passage Project for a screening and discussion of the Frozen Obsession documentary about the Canadian Arctic. The discussion will cover the impacts of a warming Canadian Arctic, and the next generation of climate scientists. Note: You will need the ability to stream and must register to get separate links to the documentary and the Q&A in advance.

Nowhere are the consequences of a warming climate more pronounced and observable than in the polar regions of our planet. Frozen Obsession follows the 18-day, 2,000-mile Northwest Passage Project expedition through the extreme and stunningly beautiful Canadian Arctic Archipelago aboard the Swedish research icebreaker Oden, in search of clues to understanding the effects of climate change.

For centuries, sailors were obsessed with finding a path across the mostly frozen arctic. Now, scientists are racing to understand a warming Arctic, and how these environmental changes will affect all of Earth’s inhabitants. During the expedition, the team studies water chemistry, microbiology, birds and mammals, and physical oceanography—all in radical transition due to a changing Arctic climate. In addition to documenting at-sea research, Frozen Obsession explores the rich cultural heritage and natural history of the region, visiting an Inuit community to see firsthand how the Arctic's indigenous people are coping with climate change; the graves from the doomed 19th century Franklin sailing expedition; and an inlet filled with white beluga whales. The film also witnesses the exhilarating, life-changing experiences of the students on this expedition, who represent the next generation of scientists and decision makers who will surely make a difference in the world.

The virtual discussion will take place with the filmmaker and co-principal investigator David Clark, two oceanographers from the expedition Brice Loose and Donglai Gong, and one of the undergraduate students aboard the vessel, Korenna Estes, moderated by NMNH ocean educator Meaghan Cuddy.

NMNH
It is dedicated to maintaining and preserving the world’s most extensive collection of natural history specimens and human artifacts. It fosters significant scientific research and produces educational programs and exhibitions that present the work of its scientists to the public. Museum research addresses current topics, such as biological diversity, global climate change, molecular systematics for enhancing the understanding of the relationship between living things, ecosystem modeling, and the documentation and preservation of human cultural heritages.

Signing-up:
- Simply RSVP Yes and register at http://naturalhistory.si.edu/events/natural-history-big-screen-frozen-obsession
- Scroll down and click on the Sign-up URL link and for State, pick N/A
- The National History Museum will send you a confirmation email with your personal zoom link to the Q&A at 5pm
- Th Museum will send you a separate email with your own personal link and password to see the movie in advance
- At 4pm, click on the link to view the movie (1 hr)
- At 5pm, click on the zoom link for the Q&A
- Length: 2 hrs
- Enjoy and please post your thoughts after!
Any questions about the event can be addressed to [masked]

RSVPs close 2 days prior to ensure you get the link on time; cancellations after may result in a No Show.

When you RSVP 'Yes', you agree to Experience Toronto's guidelines https://www.meetup.com/ExperienceToronto/pages/29717710/Group_Guidelines/

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