Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (July 20-26)

T&T Waterfront Night Market - Photo Courtesy of WNM website

T&T Waterfront Night Market – Photo Courtesy of WNM website

Lots of fests are in Toronto this weekend, from food fests, streetfests, Jazzfest, BrazilFest to Caribana and Summerlicious.  There’s something for everyone on the schedule:

T&T Waterfront Night Market (July 20-22) brings its flavor to the waterfront. You’ll be treated to a multi-cultural culinary experience including Asian-themed “street food”, live-music, entertainment, arts and crafts. (Free Admission)

Beaches International Jazz Festival celebrates with concerts all weekend-long in the beaches at various locations: Woodbine Park, KEW Gardens, Beach Boardwalk Stages and StreetFest. (Free)

Big on Bloor shuts down traffic on Bloor (from Dufferin to Lansdown) for a street festival (July 21-22). Activities include live music, dance performances and more than 200 arts, craft, vendors and information tables. (Free)

BrazilFest takes place this Saturday, July 22, noon to 10pm, at Earlscourt Park (St Clair & Caledonia). There will be Brazilian beats, dancing and a taste of Brazil.  Here’s a list of performers. (Free)

Hot & Spicy Food Festival celebrates 15 years this weekend at the Harbourfront Centre. The festival invites you to “sample hot and spicy food and artistic expression from some of the most fascinating cultures on our planet”. (Free)

Continuing this week: 

  • Caribana is on until August 7 with hundreds of Caribbean-inspired events, outdoor concerts, parties and a parade on August 4th from Exhibition Place across to Lakeshore Boulevard. (some free events, some paid)
  • Summerlicious spreads all over the city, bringing you three-course fine-dining deals at more than 180 top restaurants: Lunches 15-25$ and Dinner 25-45$. (on until July 22)
  • Open Roof Festival presents outdoor film screenings, live music and great food. You can catch it Thursday nights, until August 23rd at Amsterdam Brewery. (Tickets 15$, available online)
  • Shakespeare in High Park, presented by Canadian Stage features Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park. Performances are on Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm (until Sept 2). Doors open at 6pm. (Pay What You Can / 20$ Suggested Donation/ Free for Children)
  • Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is on at the AGO until August 26th. According to the AGO, “this exhibition offers a rare perspective on the life and work of this iconic artist: his own”. Over 147 pieces from Pablo Picasso’s own collection are displayed, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. They have been touring the world as the Musee has been undergoing renovation. 

Music in the City:  Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: Coldplay (July 23 & 24) at the ACC; Sam Roberts Band at Echo Beach (July 26); Lyle Lovett at the Roy Thomson Hall (July 26)

Have a great week!

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