June 19-28: Luminato Festival 

On June 1, 2007, the first Luminato Festival event was launched with Pulse Front: Relational Architecture 12, a light installation commissioned from Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Festival supporters gathered along the harbourfront to witness the city skyline illuminated by the heart beats of the audience. Over four years in the making, Luminato Festival was ready to be unveiled to Toronto and the world.

Luminato Festival has become one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 66 new works of art, and featured 7,500 artists from 40 countries.

To September 3: Dancing on the Pier at Harbourfront Centre 

Every Thursday evening this summer, the Harbourfront Centre presents Dancing on the Pier, a participatory dance experience for singles, couples and families. The event transforms the waterfront into a pulsing dance floor alive with global rhythms and styles, where footloose participants of all ages can experience the joy of movement in the warm summer air.

Dance clubs and instructors are on hand to offer guidance, with live bands and musicians holding down the beat. This mutli-sensory experience is complemented by delectable aromas wafting from nearby World Cafe, a marketplace of culinary delights from around the world.

To September 12: Mythbusters: The Explosive Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre 

Answering the nagging questions you’ve always had about whether or not toast always lands butter side down or how much wind you need to blow down a house, the Mythbusters use fun experiments to answer these and a number of other questions. This exhibition features live demonstrations recreating some of the more popular myths tested, and a number of props and gadgets from the show are on display.

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The May 2015 real estate numbers are in from the Toronto Real Estate Board, and we're not at all surprised to find that market conditions are tighter than ever this spring, particularly in high-demand market segments. 

After several months of increases in both sales and prices, May saw a return to the pattern that drives price increases the most in the detached segment: a dip in sales for detached homes, driven in large part by a relative lack of listings. Fewer homes to purchase plus more buyers wanting to purchase equals a major price increase: detached homes in the GTA year-over-year were 14% more expensive on average than last May, with an almost 20% increase in the City of Toronto itself. 

Other segments weren't left out, however. Every single market segment, including condos, saw a year-over-year increase: condos posted a very respectable 5.5% overall rise in average price for the GTA. 

TREB Director of Market Analysis Jason Mercer puts it best: “Tight market conditions, especially for singles, semis and town homes in the GTA, have resulted in strong price growth regardless of the price metric being considered.  With no relief so far on the listings front, expect similar rates of price growth as we move through the remainder of 2015.  At this point, a number of months where listings growth outstrips sales growth would be required to satisfy pent-up demand."

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