Article by Kate Robertson, WeedMaps
Toronto’s public-facing cannabis scene exploded in the years leading up to legalization. First came the unlicensed dispensary rush, and now, just maybe in time for 4/20 — the first in the post-prohibition era — the city of more than 2.7 million people could have more than one licensed brick-and-mortar cannabis store open for business.
Things to do in Toronto on 4/20
4/20 Toronto at Woodbine Park
The organizers of Toronto’s largest 4/20 celebration have finally settled on a venue — Woodbine Park, in the city’s east end, will host the annual smoke-out. They said that after negotiating with local enforcement to move the event from Yonge-Dundas Square in the downtown core, they were given permission to host vendors.
“We still do not have a permit, but Toronto police and the City of Toronto have assured us if we move the event, we can have a stage, live music, vendors,” organizers wrote in a Facebook post. “This 420 Toronto, [there] will be a free Farmers Market. Bring your own tent, table, and clean up after yourself.”
- 1695 Queen St. East
- 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
19th Annual Hotbox 420 Block Party
Toronto’s vapor lounges — none of which have consumption licenses yet either — will be hosting their own 4/20 celebrations, too. In Kensington Market, Abi Roach’s newly trademarked Hotbox will have its 19th annual 4/20 block party, with outdoor “pot-io,” vendors and music.
- 204 Augusta Ave.
- 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
4/20 Comedy Festival (various venues)
It’s also the third annual 4/20 Comedy Festival from April 19 to 21 at four venues: Comedy Bar, Underground Cafe, Rivoli, and Bad Dog Theatre. This year’s lineup is stacked with a queer showcase with Aba Amuquandoh and Ashley Cooper and improv at Bad Dog.
- Comedy Bar (945 Bloor St. West), Underground Cafe (670 Queen St. East), Rivoli (334 Queen St. West) and Bad Dog Theatre (875 Bloor St. West)
- April 19-21, 8 p.m. to late
- Price: $10 – $30
There are also a ton of smaller 4/20 gatherings being planned for niche communities: feed your soul with metal at Duffy’s Tavern in Bloordale for Varius’s first show, or make your one-hitter at Mud Makers ceramics studio on Sterling Road in workshops planned for April 19, 20, and 21, 2019.