Toronto Hit List: Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Big Primpin’, With It, Indonesian Street Festival & more!

July 31st-August 15th HorseCapades @ CNE Horse Palace (Exhibition Place), 15 Nova Scotia Ave. Marking the unofficial start to the CNE, HorseCapades is designed to introduce the young and the young at heart to the magical world of horses. Enjoy interactive, educational games and activities, learn about a horse’s nutrition and grooming, and meet a variety of horses. Open 11-2 pm daily (closed August 3rd).

August 1st-3rd Toronto Caribbean Carnival @ various locations. Toronto’s annual celebration of Caribbean arts and culture returns! The 52nd edition of Caribana will feature more floats, music, celebrities, and fun than ever before.

August 2nd-5th Toronto Food Truck Festival @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. Enjoy eats from some of the city’s top food trucks, live eating challenges, and more at the Toronto Food Truck Festival. Admission is free and there’s something for everyone (including vegetarian, vegan, Halal, and gluten-free options)!

WEDNESDAY

6:45 pm Summer of ’89: Steel Magnolias with We Really Like Her @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Join We Really Like Her – a podcast about women in film hosted by Emily Gagne and Danita Steinberg – for a screening of the 1989 film Steel Magnolias, starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, and Darryl Hannah. $12-15 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Open Roof Festival: Long Shot @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of Jonathan Levine’s new comedy Long Shot, which follows free-spirited journalist Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) as he reconnects with his childhood crush Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron), a powerhouse diplomat preparing to make a run for the presidency + a live musical performance by Ghost Cavern. $15.75 advance tickets available online.

7 pm Music Bingo @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. A FREE weekly event combining the love of music with the traditional bingo format. Each player receives a Music Bingo card which consists of an assortment of songs. Instead of calling out numbers, they play the music! Singing along encouraged.

8 pm Drake Trivia @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. Teams of four or less put their random knowledge to the test as hosts Megan Griffith-Greene and Jeromy Lloyd fire off questions ranging from sporting records and celebrity scandals to geographic discoveries and culinary lingo. $2 to participate. Email host@thedrakehotel.ca or show up early to reserve a spot.

THURSDAY

6 pm “a window is also a field” Opening Reception @ Patel Gallery, 1151 Queen St. E. Patel Gallery presents “a window is also a field,” Tessar Lo’s solo exhibition of multivalent encounters subject to time and place. Until 9 pm. Exhibition runs through August 25th.

10 pm Psychedelic Soul Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ D.B. Bux plays the best soul, funk, psych, and classic disco tracks all night long.

FRIDAY

8 pm Indie Fridays: Caribbean Acoustic Ensemble, Carol Brown, Moses Revolution @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Indie Fridays is back for another season of free outdoor concerts featuring some of the city’s emerging artists. This week, enjoy beautiful beats by the Caribbean Acoustic Ensemble, Jamaican-Canadian reggae singer Carol Brown with Reggaddiction, and the Moses Revolution lead by Calypso and Soca musician Anthony Mose Lewis. Until 11 pm.

9:30 pm Jerk: Rave All Night Caribana Edition @ 888 Yonge St. Jerk returns with a night of Caribbean, South American, Brazilian, New York underground, and global bangers you’ve never heard. Sounds by Shaka Lion (Lisbon), Foreigner (Los Angeles) Mistervacation (New York), and Bambii (Toronto). Free chicken, snacks, and surprises for early attendees. $10 before 2 am, $15 after.

10 pm Big Primpin’: Caribana Release @ ROUND Venue, 152-A Augusta Ave. Big Primpin’ celebrates Caribana! Featuring DJs Blackcat, Craig Dominic, and special gest Chanlmarshl playing tunes for LGBTQ+ people and their guests + a performance by Jada Hudson. $10 before midnight, more after.

10 pm Boosie Fade @ The Shop, 1566 Queen St. W. The boys of Boosie Fade are back at the Shop with another jam featuring the latest and greatest in hip-hop, including Lil Uzi Vert, Megan Thee Stallion, Tierra Whack, Lizzo feat. Missy Elliott, Dave & Burna Boy, Future, Polo G, BbyMutha, Maxo Kream, and Nipsey Hussle. $10.

10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Groove to rhythms and various electronica from around the globe with DJ Oreku.

10 pm Rhythm & Booze @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. R&B, soul, funk, and disco from the ’60s to ’00s with DJ Blush. $5.

10 pm Millennial Falcon @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. A solid 2000s-now party hosted by Yacht Rock DJs Keith and Shandy. All the best bangers of the new millennium! Free before 11 pm.

10 pm Tutti Frutti Apocalypse @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Nora Noise spins from primitive rock ‘n’ roll to garage, psych to power pop, punk rock to glam, and old school hip-hop to soul.

10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.

10 pm Get Lucky @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Bangs & Blush is keeping you up all night to get lucky with top 40 pop and hip-hop! $10.

10 pm Wax Candy Disco Party @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. DJ Efsharp and Cyclist serve up platters of the sweetest soulful, refreshing, and uplifting disco in one of the best sounding rooms in the city. $10.

10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Drake Lounge, 1150 Queen St. W. Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of funk, jazz, soul, boogie, rare groove, reggae, gospel, proto-house! It’s an evening of tuneful transcendence, supplied by residents Patchouli Brothers. $10.

11 pm Kuruza @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Kuruza is more than a party; it’s an experience, a vibe, the urge to do whatever that makes your soul happy. Afro-inspired sounds selected by Kuruza’s collective of DJs + special guests Illdorado and MG all the way from Paris. $10.

SATURDAY

11 am Kensington Flea @ 214 Augusta Ave. Kensington Flea features a diversity of independent artisans and vendors from across the city and beyond! Wares on offer include handmade crafts, jewelry, and other artisanal goods. Until 6 pm. Runs every Saturday through September 7th.

8 pm BBC Night Market @ 15 Saskatchewan Rd. Spend your Saturday evenings on 40,000 square feet of stunning outdoor patio space with a full 360-degree view of Toronto’s skyline. The BBC Night Market will bring together a rotating list of top food vendors from across Toronto and the GTA along with a rotating list of food trucks from Food Truck’n Friday. Guests can grab a spot at one of the many tables throughout the space or pre-book a poolside private cabana to enjoy starry nights with friends.

9 pm Deep&Disco @ WAYLA Bar, 996 Queen St. E. Disco, funk, and house music played by DJs Marrs Barrs, Big Fun (Joe Navarro and Chico U), Andy Roberts, and Iced Misto. $5 before 11 pm, $15 after.

10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, beat, surf, and funk record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest Brian Everett (Knockout, Emerald City Soul Club). Sponsored by Kops Records. $10.

10 pm Saturday Night Jukebox Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. Sweat it out to the sweet sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll and soul music! DJ Blush plays pop, rock, and soul from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. $10.

10 pm PPParty @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Why all the the P? ’Cuz this party is golden! 24 Karat hits from all decades. $5.

10 pm Worst Behavior @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. This Saturday, be on your worst behavior. Bangs & Blush play past and present bangers all night long from Drake, The Weeknd, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nelly, TLC, Missy Elliott, and more! $10.

10 pm Queer Slowdance: Endless Summer Nights Edition @ Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd. With a lending library of designated dancers for all the wallflowers, and a dance card-booklet to set up dances in advance (should you choose to), Toronto Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long! (Except for the occasional intermission when they play the fastest songs they can find.) Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic. Fabulous and inspired attire, while desired, is not required, but feel free to wear stuff suited for the surf and sand. $10.

10 pm Lemonade Views: Drake & Beyoncé Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s celebrates Drake and Beyoncé with music from the two iconic artists all night, with some other hip-hop, pop and R&B bangers thrown into the mix too. $5 advance tickets available online.

10 pm The Groove @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Motown, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll with Brother Wayne. Dust off your dancing shoes and get your groove on!

10 pm Whatever You Like Feat. Sgt Garbage @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. All hits, all night with spicy DJs that’ll really get you moving and shaking. It’s the good stuff – the prom that never was!

11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. DJs Numeric and Dalia spins quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. $10.

SUNDAY

9 am Sunnyside Sunday Market @ Great Lakes Brewery, 30 Queen Elizabeth Blvd. A new farmers market is coming to Etobicoke this summer! Each Sunday, enjoy the sunshine and brews while you shop local Ontario farmer stands and crafty booths. Until 2 pm.

10 am Indonesian Street Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and Toronto’s Indonesian community invite you to enjoy a day of authentic Indonesian food along with multifarious dances and music from across the country’s 17,000 islands! Explore further a country in which arts and culture are intertwined with rich artistic traditions from 300 different ethnic tribes. Until 6 pm.

12 pm Sunday Social @ The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd. Join The Bentway every Sunday afternoon this summer and listen to the city’s hottest musical acts on the Exclaim! Stage while enjoying cold drinks on a covered patio. This week’s performers are Adria Kain (4 pm and Bonjay (5 pm). Until 9 pm.

12 pm Taste of India Food Festival @ Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. A free family event featuring various Indian vendors and entertainment, including Bollywood-style dances, classical temple dances, bhangra, music, and a live DJ to rock the square. Until 10 pm.

5 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 06 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! Victor Calderone (NYC) and Hito (Japan) headline this edition, with support from Jonathan Coe, U.N.I., and Vanessa Alvarado. $35-40 advance tickets available online.

6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Sense & Sensibility @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with Ang Lee’s 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. It will screen with Toronto filmmaker Erik Anderson’s satirical documentary-style short Scenes From Another Marriage. Films at sundown (8:45 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by El Trompo Movil and popcorn at the festival canteen. BYOBlanket. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).

7 pm Brass Facts Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Test your knowledge and win prizes! Hosted by Famous Kirk Hero. Until 10 pm.

8 pm Nite Comfort @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. The ongoing search for genre-defying, boundary-pushing music, and other hidden gems in the heart of the city. This edition features Laura Swankey and Blunt Chunks (Caitlin Woelfle-O’Brien), two solo performers using their voices as instruments; meshing and layering them with electronics to create beautiful and urgent soundscapes. PWYC.

10 pm Sinful Sundays Burlesque @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. Come be entertained at this weekly “temple of tease,” where you’ll find a fresh lineup of burlesque entertainers, drag, and variety acts. Free entry; tipping encouraged.

10 pm All Vinyl Everything @ The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W. In the spirit of Carnival weekend in Toronto, All Vinyl Everything returns with a massive lineup for your listening pleasure. Along with residents Mista Jiggz and DJ Agile, Slingshot from the world famous King Turbo Sound is blessing the decks with a classic reggae and soca set. Free entry with RSVP.

10 pm Love Shack @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ DangerCat playing all the best rock and roll, indie, garage, surf, and new wave hits all night.

~ For event submissions, email Caitlyn Holroyd at caitlyn_holroyd@hotmail.com

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