August 2nd-6th Toronto Caribbean Carnival @ various locations. An annual celebration of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry attracting millions from around the world.
August 3rd-6th Toronto Food Truck Festival @ Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. The Toronto Food Truck Festival is back for another year, serving up some real must-eats! Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best local talent, participate in their live-eating challenges, and enjoy a cold beer. As always, admission is free.
7 pm Open Roof Festival: Game Night with Terrell Morris @ Lower Junction, 158 Sterling Rd. Toronto artist Terrell Morris sets off the evening, followed by a screening of the Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams-led dark comedy Game Night. $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 Dog Bowl Science Night @ Trinity Bellwoods Park (Dog Bowl), 790 Queen St. W. Listen to local scientists share their stories and expertise about space science. Curated by Solar System Social. Free and family-friendly! (Rain date: August 2nd).
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 email@example.com or show up early to reserve a spot.
5 pm Reclaiming Artifacts Opening @ Gardiner Museum, 111 Queens Park. Explore the “discovery” of artifacts found during the construction of a condo in the year 2050. With support from Art Starts, design researchers Calla Lee and Prateeksha Singh collaborated with youth artists from Lawrence Heights to create these fictional clay artifacts, resulting in a multimedia exhibition that meditates on the neighborhood’s ongoing revitalization. Until 8 pm. Exhibition runs through August 6th.
7 pm Free Outdoor Movies: Roman Holiday @ Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Ave. Pack your favourite blanket and join Toronto Outdoor Picture Show for alfresco movies and an unbeatable view of Toronto’s skyline! This week’s screening is Roman Holiday, which features Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning first feature film role + the short film Long Branch. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 7 pm onwards, featuring The Arepa Republic, The Pop Stand, and popcorn at the festival canteen at 7 pm; films at sundown (9 pm). BYOBlanket and chairs. Free/PWYC ($10 suggested).
7 pm Hart House Craft Beer Festival @ Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle. Intimate, under the stars and surrounded by the history and grandeur of Hart House, the Hart House Craft Beer Festival invites you to have fun with friends, debate your favourite beer discoveries, and dig in to their always-legendary unlimited BBQ feast. Tickets are $49 (+HST) for adults or $43 (+HST) for students with valid ID.
7 pm Get School’d: Digital Marketing 101 For Creatives @ The Gladstone Hotel Melody Bar, 1214 Queen St. W. Tara Wilkins, director of marketing and sales at Camp Tech, teaches you the tricks and tools to effectively market yourself as a Creative (and most importantly, your work) online. Discover strategies for building your online presence, promoting your work, and attracting the right kind of opportunities. $10.
7 pm Pop Culture Trivia @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. A trivia night with the emphasis on entertainment (movies, TV, music). This is the payoff for all the television you’ve been watching. Prizes and cheap drinks all night!
10 pm Loose Fit @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. Kick-ass monthly featuring Britpop, New York noise, psychedelic, and good vibrations.
5 pm Bambii & Red Bull Music Present: Jerk @ Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Jerk is back, and this time it’s a block party! Featuring Junglepussy (New York), Manara (London), Tygapaw (New York), Paul Souljoyce (Berlin), and Bambii (Toronto) blessing you with the most diverse club sounds + free jerk chicken while supplies last. $5 with RSVP, $15 at the door.
6:30 pm 12 Beers of Summer @ The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. Grab your best (worst) Hawaiian shirt, your flip flops, and those spare rainbow neck garlands—it’s beer sampling time! The Gladstone has invited down 12 breweries so you can sample the best of local lagers, perfect pilsners, seasonal successes, and forever favourites. Tickets are $35 and include three hours of dancing and beer sampling.
8 pm Indie Fridays: Fujahtive & Sattalites @ Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. Yonge-Dundas Square hosts 10 weeks of performances from Canada’s brightest artists! This week opens with Sattalites, keeping the night cool as an island breeze. The Juno-nominated, eight-piece band Fujahtive finishes off the evening, accompanied by frequent collaborator RaLion, known for his powerful and poetic showmanship. Until 11 pm.
8 pm Black Gold Presents: Bloodlight & Bami @ The Royal Cinema, 608 College St. Celebrating the best of black cinema and its icons from then ’til now, Black Gold invites you to join them for a screening of Sophie Fiennes’ stunning Grace Jones documentary, Bloodlight & Bami. $13.19 advance tickets available online.
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 millenium! Free before 11 pm.
10 pm Love Below @ Bambi’s, 1265 Dundas St. W. Throbbing music made by machines (and people) moving in slow motion. Quiet storm meets storm rave. Andrew Ross on the buttons, with a live set by The Beat Escape. $5 before midnight, more after.
10 pm Where Does This Disco? @ Farside, 600 Gerrard St. E. Fun, silly, and strange pop transmissions received from an alternate-dimension Earth. Mutant disco, Italo, electronic indie pop, psych-pop, and unusual cover versions selected by DJ Digits.
10 pm Lazy Susans @ The Ossington, 63 Ossington Ave. Spinning hip-hop, RnB, soul, rap, trap, and dirty south.
10 pm Global Boogie Banquet @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. Music from around the globe with DJ Oreku. Afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and more.
10 pm Girl & Boy 90s Dance Party @ Clinton’s, 693 Bloor St. W. A pulsating dance party playing all your favourite 90s and early 2K hits. Hip-hop, R&B, pop, and dance music all night long. $5 with student ID, $10 without.
10 pm Friends @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. DJ Stew Innes and friends spin rap, R&B, and dancehall.
10 pm Beam Me Up Disco @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. 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 and Cyclist. $10.
10:30 pm Big Primpin’: Stack Up @ Miss Thing’s, 1279 Queen St. W. Stack Up your long weekend with DJs Sammy Rawal and Tam Ika spinning hip-hop and hot times for LGBT people and their guests! For line bypass, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $7 before 11:30 pm, $10 after.
11 pm Y2K: A Millennium Dance Party @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A party devoted to the best jams of the early-to-mid 2000s. Guilty pleasures, one hit wonders, chart toppers, and everything in between! $10.
10 am Really Really Free Market @ Campbell Park, 225 Campbell Ave. Everything is free. No money. No swapping. (You don’t have to bring anything, but if you’d like to bring items to give away, do so before 3 pm. Must be clean and in working condition. No big items.) Until 4 pm.
8:45 pm The Wiz Screening @ Aga Khan Park, 77 Wynford Dr. Ease on Down the Yellow Brick Road to a FREE outdoor screening of The Wiz as part of the Aga Khan Museum’s Dancing in the Park series. Directed by Sidney Lume and starring Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, and a twenty-year-old Michael Jackson, The Wiz tells the story of Dorothy (Ross), a Harlem schoolteacher who is miraculously whisked away to the magical realm of Oz.
10 pm With It @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ’60s mod, soul, R&B, R&R, garage, and psych record dance party with DJ Nico + special guest DJ Decibel of the band The Mean and Juicebox indie party! Sponsored by Kops Records and Ben Sherman. $10.
10 pm Pay Day @ The Shop under Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen St. W. DJs Stew Innes and Big Runt play hip-hop, RnB, and party jams. $5.
10 pm Lucky Bitches @ The Ossington, 61 Ossington Ave. West side’s longest running glam-positive, dance party, blowout spectacular! Party jams and freedom.
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! $5 with student ID, $10 without.
9 pm Faded @ The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. Family Business presents a night of your favourite hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tunes. DJs FBomb and Ry-Fi will keep you wildin’ all night long with classics and new bangers.
10 pm Künst Kids Presents: Gay’s Anatomy @ The Beaver, 1192 Queen St. W. A celebration of queer expression, drag, art, and love! Featuring performances by Grimm Fierce and Kurt Cumstain, with DJ Allysin Chaynes on the decks. $5.
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 Guilty Pleasures Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Dance the night away to the songs you love to love and love to hate! Plenty of Miley, Britney, BSB, One Direction, and anything else your heart desires. $5 advance tickets available online.
11 pm Punany @ Luanda House, 974 Bloor St. W. The RUDE Collective, Yes Yes Y’all, and Ragga NYC are teaming up to throw the biggest, duttiest, wildest, skin-out Caribbean bashment! Featuring DJs Blackcat, Nino Brown, Neon Christina, and Chanlmarshl playing soca, dancehall, reggae, reggaeton, and baile favela. Free fried plantains and Jamaican beef patties. $10 before 1 am $15 after.
11 pm Never Forgive Action @ The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. A monthly dance party spinning quality hip-hop and R&B anthems from the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, and beyond. With DJs Numeric and Dalia + host More or Les. $10.
10 am Ontario Vintage Market @ Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Shop from a selection of vintage design, art, and antiques. Until 3 pm.
2 pm Graffiti Alley Block Party @ Graffiti Alley (south of Queen St. W. from Augusta to Portland St.). Layers of Rush Lane transforms the laneways of Toronto’s famed Graffiti Alley into a vibrant destination with live music, DJs, dance, food, giant games, ping pong, VR stations, and a cash bar featuring beer from Steam Whistle Brewing and wine from Charles Smith Wine. Until 8 pm.
5 pm Sunnyside 20: Episode 005 @ Sunnyside Pavilion & Cafe, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Sunnyside is back for its 20th season of summer music events under the sun, moon and stars! Their fifth performer of the season is Leon Vynehall, an artist of distinct talent, critically acclaimed for his music productions and DJing. With support from Ali Black, Andy Capp, and Korea Town Acid. $30 (plus HST) tickets available online.
6 pm Christie Pits Film Festival: Amélie @ Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. Witness Paris metamorphosed into a childlike fantasy of simple pleasures, delicious mystery, and quirky characters in the 2001 film Amélie. Rounding out the evening are Cheese and I Am Not A Weird Person, two Toronto-set short films that similarly portray women armed with wit and determination. Films at sundown (9 pm); eats and treats from 6 pm onwards. 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 Saturday Night Fever: Disco Dance Party @ Sneaky Dee’s, 431 College St. Sneaky Dee’s has got a fever! A Saturday Night Fever, that is. And there’s only one cure: the grooviest dance party in town featuring all your favourite disco hits. $5 advance tickets available online.
10 pm DJ Crunch Bandicut @ Swan Dive, 1631 Dundas St. W. DJ Crunch Bandicut is gonna make you shake your tail to nothing but the best rock ‘n’ roll of all time
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