MULTI-DAY EVENTS

NOW sur­veys T.O.’s di­verse sum­mer fes­ti­vals from North By North­east to Pride to Summerworks

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - Com­piled by LESLEY McAL­LIS­TER

june

PER­FORM­ING ARTS FES­TI­VAL El­e­men­tary and high school bands, choirs and dance groups per­form. Free w/ ad­mis­sion ($10-$15). On­tario Place, 955 Lakeshore W. www.on­tar­i­o­place.ca.

June 6 to 24

NORTH BY NORTH­EAST FILM FES­TI­VAL Screen­ing of films where mu­sic is the star, in­clud­ing Ta­pes­try Goes West, Mix Tape and The Ra­mones And I. Screen­ing w/ $24 wrist­band, con­fer­ence pass $99 pass. Var­i­ous cine­mas. www.nxne. com/filmfest.

June 9 to 12

NORTH BY NORTH­EAST MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Three nights, 31 clubs, 400 bands. Var­i­ous venues. $24 all-ac­cess wrist­band. 416-870-8000, www. nxne.com.

June 9 to 11

DIS­TILLERY DIS­TRICT BLUES FES­TI­VAL Blues take to the cob­bled streets and pa­tios of the dis­trict. Free. 55 Mill. www.thedis­tillery­dis­trict.com.

June 10 to 12

SEXY PRIDE Fes­ti­val of queer per­for­mance. Bud­dies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander. 416975-8555. www.bud­diesin­bad­times.com.

June 14 to 25

WORLD­WIDE SHORT FILM FES­TI­VAL Shorts from Canada and 25 other coun­tries and a sym­po­sium. $8.50-$20, passes $60-$100. 416-4451446 ext 815, www.world­wideshort­film­fest. com.

June 14 to 19

BAR­BA­DOS ON THE WA­TER Mu­sic by the Mighty Gabby, Su­san MacIn­tosh, NEWA, John King, Trevor Wal­cott and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

June 17 to 19

TASTE OF LIT­TLE ITALY Sam­ple more than 20 bands per­form­ing on street cor­ners, plus Ital­ian foods and bev­er­ages. Free. Col­lege btwn Eu­clid and Shaw. www.tas­te­oflit­tleitaly.com.

June 17 to 19

BE­YOND OUR ROOTS Latin Amer­i­can fes­ti­val of mu­sic, dance, video, spo­ken word and DJs. $8, three-day pass $15. Drake Ho­tel, 1150 Queen W. 416-531-4052.

June 20 to 22

CAR­A­VAN Pavil­ions show­case global cul­tures, dance, mu­sic, cui­sine and arts. Pass­ports from $35. Downsview Park, Keele and Shep­pard. 416-856-6482, www.car­a­van-org.com.

June 21 to July 4

PRIDE WEEK Par­ties, theatre, cabaret, com­edy, art, mu­sic, beer gar­dens, a fam­ily day, the Dyke March, Pride Pa­rade and more. www.pridetoronto.com.

June 21 to 26

COOKING FIRE THEATRE FES­TI­VAL Out­door per­for­mances cel­e­brat­ing theatre, mu­sic, food and public space. Pwyc ($10 sugg). Duf­ferin Grove Park, Duf­ferin S of Bloor. www.duf­fer­in­park.ca/arts/the­atre­fes­ti­val2005.html.

June 22 to 26

ALOUD Lit­er­ary fes­ti­val for young peo­ple with read­ings and sign­ings by Con­nie Kal­dor, Sheree Fitch, Clem Mar­tini and oth­ers. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.read­ings.org.

June 24 to 26

DOWN­TOWN JAZZ FES­TI­VAL Mu­sic from around the globe, a youth stage, work­shops and more. Some events free. Nathan Phillips Square and other venues. www.toron­to­jazz.com.

June 24 to July 3

DRAGON BOAT RACE FES­TI­VAL Races, mul­ti­cul­tural mu­sic and dance, arts, food and more. Daily from 8 am. Free. Cen­tre Is­land. 416-5951739, www.toron­to­drag­onboat.com.

June 25 and 26

SCREAM LIT­ER­ARY FES­TI­VAL The 13th an­nual fes­ti­val of lit­er­ary hap­pen­ings runs at venues across the city, cul­mi­nat­ing in the Jul 11 Scream In High park (free). www.the­scream.ca.

June 29 to July 11

july

EX­TRAV­A­GANZA: A FEAST FOR THE SENSES Mu­sic by Mara­catu Nunca Antes, Ba Cis­soko, Dona Rosa, Ojos de Brujo and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

July 1 to 3

FRINGE THEATRE FES­TI­VAL In­de­pen­dent theatre by 138 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists in­clud­ing TJ Dawe and Ni­cola Gunn, Kid­svenue shows,

play­writ­ing con­test, talk show and more. $10 or less per show, passes $40-$90. 416-9661062, www.fringe­toronto.com.

July 6 to 17

BEATS, BREAKS & CUL­TURE Elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val with Quantic Soul Orches­tra and Plat­inum Pied Pipers, a dance mu­sic flick and break­danc­ing com­pe­ti­tions. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

July 8 to 10

CEL­E­BRATE TORONTO STREET FEST Mu­sic, street theatre, cir­cus arts, dance and more shake up the city’s main in­ter­sec­tions. Yonge at Dun­das, St Clair, Eglin­ton and Lawrence. Free. 416-3380338, www.toronto.ca/spe­cial_events.

July 8 to 10

CORSO ITALIA Cel­e­bra­tion of all things Ital­ian with bands, food sampling and street per­form­ers. Free. St Clair btwn Lansdowne and West­mount. www.torontofi­esta.com.

July 8 to 10

THE INDYWarm- ups, car races, par­ties, spe­cial guests and more hit the tar­mac. De­tails www. mol­sonindy.com.

July 8 to 10

AFRO­FEST African mu­sic and dance with Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, King Men­sah, Al­lakomi and more. Free. Queen’s Park. 416-469-5336, www. afro­fest.org.

July 9 and 10

SMALL WORLD MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Con­certs by Oliver Mtukudzi, Nar­cotango and Niyaz. $15$30. Var­i­ous venues. www.small­world­mu­sic. com.

July 13 to 17 FRIENDLY SPIKE ARTS AND IN­FOR­MA­TION FES­TI­VAL OF HU­MAN RIGHTS AND WRONGS Cabarets, mu­sic, tours and more. Var­i­ous down­town venues. 416-516-4740.

July 14 to 17

ALL OVER THE MAP Fes­ti­val of global sounds with Daara J, Ti­nari­wen, Eliana Cuevas, Funkadesi and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

July 15 to 17

BEACHES IN­TER­NA­TIONAL JAZZ FES­TI­VAL Jazz, blues, world beat and Latin bands and street per­form­ers. Free. Kew Gar­dens, Queen and Lee. www.beach­es­jazz.com.

July 15 to 24

BEACHES PARTI GRAS Mardi gras-style street party. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 55 Mill. Free. www.thedis­tillery­dis­trict.com.

July 15 to 17

FOL­SOM FAIR NORTH Leather and fetish fes­ti­val has a kinky car­ni­val, bondage show, en­ter­tain­ment, DJs and a mar­ket­place. Allen Gar­dens

(Jarvis and Church, $5) and area clubs. www. fol­som­fairnorth.com.

July 15 to 17

SALSA ON ST CLAIR FES­TI­VAL Latin cul­ture cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic, danc­ing, ar­ti­sans and food. Free. St Clair btwn Wi­nona and Christie. 416419-9953.

July 15 and 16

CARIB­ANA North Amer­ica’s largest Caribbean street fes­ti­val comes to town, with steel band and cos­tume com­pe­ti­tions, pa­rades, a kids’ show, out­door con­certs and more. www.carib­ana.com

July 15 to Au­gust 1

DIM SUM Fes­ti­val of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cul­ture has mu­sic by Jin Tha and Kid Koala, dance, plus read­ings by Chi­nese-Canadian au­thors and play­wrights. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

July 22 to 24

TORONTO IN­TER­NA­TIONAL CIR­CUS FES­TI­VAL Com­edy, ac­ro­bat­ics, stilt­walk­ers, mimes, fire eaters, mu­si­cians and more from Cen­tral Asia, Africa, Canada and the U.S. $35, adv $25. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 55 Mill, and Yonge-Dun­das Square. www.TOCir­cusFes­ti­val.com.

July 22 to 24

HOT & SPICY FOOD FES­TI­VAL Mu­sic by the Last Po­ets and Cha­ranga Cake­walk, chefs com­pe­ti­tion and Caribbean food. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

July 29 to Au­gust 1

IRIE MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Mu­sic, dance, arts and cul­ture. 10 am-8 pm. Free w/ ad­mis­sion ($15). On­tario Place, 955 Lakeshore W. www.on­tar­i­o­place.com.

July 30 to Au­gust 1

au­gust

MASALA! MEHNDI! MASTI! South Asian arts fes­ti­val of mu­sic by Aditya Verma, So­hail Rana and oth­ers plus dance. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

Au­gust 3 to 7

SUMMERWORKS Ju­ried theatre fes­ti­val of more than 40 plays in­clud­ing works by Hannah Moscov­itch, Sonja Mills and Nor­man Ye­ung. $10, 7 plays $50. Fac­tory Theatre (125 Bathurst), Theatre Passe Mu­raille (16 Ry­er­son). 416-410-1048, www.summerworks.ca.

Au­gust 4 to 14

FES­TI­VAL OF BEER Talks on brew­ing his­tory, live mu­sic, sampling, grilling demos and more. $25. Fort York, 100 Gar­ri­son. 416-392-6907,

www.beer­fes­ti­val.ca.

Au­gust 5 to 7

FRAN­CO­PHONIE EN FÊTE Cel­e­bra­tion of On­tario’s French lan­guage, cul­ture and mu­sic. 10 am-8 pm. Free w/ ad­mis­sion ($15). On­tario Place, 955 Lakeshore W. www.on­tar­i­o­place.com.

Au­gust 5 to 7

TASTE OF THE DAN­FORTH Foodie fes­ti­val closes the street for tast­ings and street en­ter­tain­ment. Free ad­mis­sion. Dan­forth E of Broad­view. www.tas­te­ofthedan­forth.com.

Au­gust 5 to 7

WAKE­STOCK Ac­tion sports and mu­sic fes­ti­val fea­tur­ing wake­board­ing, skate­board­ing, MBX, FMX and live bands. Cen­tre Is­land. www.wake­stock.com.

Au­gust 11 to 16

T.O. TWANG Billy Joe Shaver, the Derail­ers, the Sadies and oth­ers per­form. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

Au­gust 12 to 14

fFIDA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DANCE FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­brat­ing the chore­og­ra­pher’s and per­former’s art. Prices tba. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 55 Mill. www. ffida.org.

Au­gust 10 to 21 JAM­BOREE TORONTO IN­TER­NA­TIONAL IM­PROV FES­TI­VAL Com­edy fes­ti­val show­cases tal­ent from across the coun­try and the U.S., plus panel dis­cus­sions with im­pro­vi­sors/au­thors, work­shops and more. Var­i­ous prices and lo­ca­tions. www.toron­toim­provfest.com.

Au­gust 15 to 21

EAST COAST RHYTHMS Fes­ti­val of At­lantic Canada’s cul­ture with Mo­cean Dance, Gordie Samp­son and oth­ers. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

Au­gust 19 to 21

OUT­DOOR ART EX­HI­BI­TION Ju­ried show of paint­ing, drawing, sculp­ture, glass art and more. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 55 Mill. www.thedis­tillery­dis­trict.com.

Au­gust 20 and 21

BUSKERFEST Street theatre with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ac­ro­bats, break-dancers, per­cus­sion­ists, sculp­ture clowns, fire per­form­ers and more. Pwyc. St Lawrence Mar­ket neigh­bour­hood, Front and Jarvis. 416-964-9095. www. toron­to­busker­fest.com.

Au­gust 25 to 28

KICK UP YOUR HEELS Dance fes­ti­val with Kar­di­nal Off­ishall, Reg­gae­ton, Swamperella and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.

Au­gust 26 to 28

Pride Week, June 21

Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, Au­gust 3 Carib­ana, July 15

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