August 14th-18th SummerWorks Performance Festival @ various locations. Widely recognized as one of the most important platforms for launching new work in Canada, SummerWorks is continuously re-imagining and innovating the possibilities of performance – how it is created, presented, and experienced.
August 15th-18th Manifesto @ various locations. Manifesto returns for a 13th year with a series of events, live performances, and panel discussions led by music industry professionals. This year, Dreamville signee Ari Lennox will headline the live show at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday.
August 16th-18th Woodstock Revisited @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Hot Docs Cinema celebrates Woodstock’s 50th anniversary with three days of peace, love, and music on the big screen! $13 tickets and $40 passes (includes entry to all eight films) available online.
August 16th-September 2nd Canadian National Exhibition @ Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto’s annual end-of-summer fair returns for two-and-a-half weeks of entertainment, concerts, food, shopping, rides, games, air shows, and lots more.
August 17th-18th Wavelength Summer Music & Arts Festival @ Stackt Market, 28 Bathurst St. Wavelength Music presents two magical days of musical and artistic discovery and escape inside the walls of shipping containers that make up Stackt. Enjoy performances Milk & Bone, Afrotronix, Cadence Weapon, and more + comedy and art installations. $25 in advance, $35 at the door.
August 17th-18th Pan American Food & Music Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Yonge St. A celebration of flavours, music, and dance bringing together the 41 countries that make up the American continent. With 20 chefs, 40 performances, and over 600 artists on stage, there’s something for everyone at the Pan American Food and Music Festival. Runs 11-10:30 pm Saturday and 11-8 pm Sunday.
August 17th-18th Toronto Chinatown Festival @ Spadina Ave. between St. Andrew & Sullivan St. Now in its 19th year, the Toronto Chinatown Festival brings together 80 vendors showcasing Asian culture and communal diversity, performances on two stages, and interactive activities where visitors can learn more about Toronto Chinatown and Chinese culture. Runs 12-11 pm Saturday and 11-8 pm Sunday.
6:45 pm Heat Wave: Jaws @ Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Heat Wave, a lineup of the greatest summer movies ever made, continues at the Revue with a screening of Stephen Spielberg’s 1975 thriller Jaws. The film will be introduced by Norm Wilner and Paul Lee. $12-15 advance tickets available online.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: Late Night @ The Lower Junction, 181 Sterling Rd. Open Roof presents a screening of the Sundance hit Late Night, written by and starring Mindy Kaling + a live musical performance by Sam Drysdale. $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.
10 pm Wipe Out @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. Punk, psych, surf, and good times with DJ Luke Harley.
8 pm Boyband Trivia Night @ H Bar, 859 Queen St. W. Think you know your BSB from your *NSYNC? Are your CD collections made up of 98% boybands? Come test your knowledge (and sing along to some bops) at Boyband Trivia! No cover, teams of 2-6, round prizes, and a grand prize of a $50 bar tab.
8 pm Indie Fridays: Korea Town Acid, Myst Milano, DJ NDN @ 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 performances by free-form beat manipulator Korea Town Acid, Blk riot grrrl rapper Myst Milano, and DJ NDN (a.k.a. Ian Campeau, co-founder and former member of A Tribe Called Red). Until 11 pm.
10 pm Wild Wild Party @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. All-vinyl 45 RPM 1950s-60s rock ‘n’ soul dance party with DJ Derek B. Garage! RnB! Beat! Fuzz! Hipshakers! Free before 11 pm, $5 after.
10 pm Shadows of Motown @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. DJs Well Said, Slater, and Ty play the biggest and best Motown, doo-wop, and booty shakin’ hits. Free entry and $4 drinks before 11 pm.
10 pm Stereo Ferment @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. DJ Oreku spins global grooves and afrobeat.
10 pm Jennifer Loveless / Korea Town Acid / Venusinfoil @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Toronto native Jennifer Loveless is a diverse selector whose sets balance innovation and nostalgia in a way that draws and maintains a diverse dance floor. She’ll be joined by Korea Town Acid, who will deliver pallet of eclecticism of moody yet experimental left-field house and techno and IDM and intriguing dance music, and Venusinfoil, who has a passion for hard yet experimental techno. $10 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Decade: A 1995-2005 Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. Get out your butterfly clips and studded belts, and relive your best life at Decade! Anthems from 1995-2005 all night. $10.
10 pm Whas Good @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Good vibes dance party. Old school to new school hip-hop, R&B, soul, reggae, and dancehall.
10 pm 80s Mixtape Dance Party @ Stones Place, 1255 Queen St. W. All ’80s pop, rock, new wave, and synthpop with DJ Blush. $5.
10 pm DJ Granny Pantys @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. A night of rock, psych, post-punk, and oddities with Granny Pantys.
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 Co-Werk @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party concept inspired by collaboration. No openers; no headliners; no set times – just a rotating crew of DJs keeping the vibes fresh and the energy high all night with a mix of hip-hop, house, reggae, club, and classics. $10.
10 am Toronto Flower Market @ CAMH (outdoors), 1001 Queen St. W. Now in its seventh year, the Toronto Flower Market celebrates local growers, florists, craftspeople, and gardeners! Featuring over a dozen vendors to admire and take home gorgeous blooms from. Until 3 pm.
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.
11 am The Leslieville Flea @ The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane. A curated flea market featuring vendors selling vintage, salvaged, upcycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles, and more. Bargains, rare finds, and one-of-a-kind pieces at every market! Until 6 pm.
6 pm Sunnyside 21: Episode 07 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside celebrates its 21st season of summer music events under the sun, moon, and stars! This week’s headliner is NYC house legend Joaquin “Joe” Claussell, with support from Garage 416, Touch, NuFunk, and Lovebrigade. $37.11 advance tickets available online.
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.
10 pm Moon Hop @ Lucky Shrike, 850 Dundas St. W. Move and groove to the finest ska, reggae, and rocksteady all night long!
10 pm Shaolin State Of Mind: Nas + Wu-Tang Clan Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s is throwing a party dedicated to these OG legends of rap! They’ll be spinning Nas and Wu-Tang Clan all night plus other ill tracks of the era. $5 advance tickets available online.
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 Get It Together @ The Boat, 158 Augusta Ave. Kensington Market’s open format dance party welcoming all genres, all styles, and all people. Selections by Mikey McFly.
10 pm It’s All Good @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. Join resident VJs General Eclectic and Mike Luke as they take you on a journey through the 1990s, from Biggie to Bjork, Nirvana to No Doubt, Destiny’s Child to Daft Punk, TLC to ATCQ, Eminem to En Vogue, Mariah Carey to Massive Attack, Portishead to Pavement, Spice Girls to Stereolab, and much more! $10.
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! $10.
10 pm I Think I’m Making A Comeback Dance Party @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Watu playing the most danceable psych, soul, classic pop, and guilty pleasures.
10 pm Link Up @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. DJ Kid Ka$h spinning the best in top 40, hip-hop, RnB, soca, and reggaeton. Tunes for all headtops.
10:30 pm Back In The Day @ Revival, 783 College St. A tribute to ’90s and ’00s old school hip-hop, R&B, dance, house, reggae, and pop with DJs Mensa, R2, and J-Class. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for bottle service inquiries and guest list.
11 pm Fancy Footwork @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. Fancy Footwork returns with special guest Birthday Boy and Frederick The Great alongside resident Kill Them With Colour playing the best in indie dance, nu disco, future funk, and more. $10. RSVP here for line bypass before midnight.
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 Open Streets TO @ Bloor & Yonge St. Open Streets closes a stretch of Bloor and Yonge Streets to motorized vehicles and opens them to people on foot, bikes, rollerblades, wheelchairs, skateboards, and more. The route will be filled with participative, interactive activities like exercise and dance classes, art-making, installations, workshops, performances, street games, water stations, obstacle courses, and neighbourhood tours! Until 2 pm.
10 am The Trinity Bellwoods Flea @ The Great Hall (lower level), 1087 Queen St. W. The Trinity Bellwoods Flea celebrates the end of summer and their five-year anniversary! Meet many of the new faces who have joined the market and some of the regulars who have been here since the beginning. Four-legged friends welcome! Until 5 pm.
12 pm College Park Flea Market & Festival @ College Park, 420 Yonge St. The Downtown Yonge BIA and Leslieville flea host the very first College Park Flea Market and Festival at the newly opened College Park! Featuring vintage and handcrafted goods, music, and kids activities. Until 7 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 Future Peers (3 pm), Jackie (4 pm), and Petra Glynt (5 pm). Until 9 pm.
2 pm True Crime Podcasts: Live in Toronto @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Enjoy some of your favourite podcasters live in action with special guests, panel discussions, an interactive Q&A, and meet and greet. Featuring Already Gone, Canadian True Crime Podcast, The Generation Why Podcast, Nighttime Podcast, and The Trail Went Cold. $26.84 tickets available online.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Gattaca @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor St. W. Toronto Outdoor Picture Show continues its “Dynamic Duos” series at Christie Pits Film Festival with the 1997 sci-fi thriller Gattaca, in which eugenics reigns supreme as prospective parents select their children based on the best possible combination of hereditary traits. It will screen with She Stoops to Conquer, Toronto director Zachary Russell’s delightfully twisted gender-queered take on a rom-com meet-cute. Films at sundown (8:30 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards by El Trompo, The Pop Stand, 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.
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.
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