meetings • benefits festivals • expos • sports etc.
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Thursday, August 17 Benefits
Friends oF the tpl, south chApter – AnnuAl cleArAnce used book sAle Cash only, all proceeds support Toronto Public Library programs. Aug 17-19, Thu 9:30 am-7 pm, Fri 9 am-7 pm, Sat 9 am-4 pm. Free admission, all items 10-50 cents. Beeton Hall. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-397-5948, email@example.com.
AFricAn FAshion week toronto Runs to Aug 20. 7-11 pm. $30. Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park. 647-622-8973, afwt.ca. AFter work At the gArdiner Outdoor and indoor Community Arts Space programming. 5-8 pm. Free. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 111 Queens Park. gardinermuseum.on.ca. An insider’s tour oF the toronto islAnd community Learn about the community’s 150-year-old history. Tue, Thu & Sat 11:30 am to end of Sep. $20. See website for details. facebook.com/walkwardsisland. rArt in phin pArk Family-friendly art making. Mon-Thu, 11 am-3 pm to Aug 31. Free. Phin Avenue Parkette, 115 Condor. 416-4692878, thepocket.ca/events/art-in-phin-park. beAtlemAniA: toronto’s love AFFAir Walking tour with author Piers Hemmingsen. 6:30 pm. $20. Pre-register. Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton. heritagetoronto.org. cycle toronto rides the city 101: bike tour #3 Guided bike tour (14km). 6-8 pm. Free. Meeting point near King E & Sherbourne. Preregister. cycleto.ca. diy brew Discussion about making your own brew. 7 pm. Free. Karma Food Co-op, 739 Palmerston. bit.ly/2uiwInf. something new grows here Create new pebble mosaic artwork for Bell Manor Park. Aug 17 & 18, noon-3 pm. Free. Bell Manor Park, 1 Bayside Lane. artsintheparksto.org. world Fitness expo Workout/food demos, talks, vendors & celebrity appearances. Aug 16-20, Expo Hall Aug 18-19. $20 & up. Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Bldg, 222 Bremner Blvd. worldfitnessexpo.com.
Friday, August 18
rcelebrAte diversity Kids’ activities, performances and sampling food from local restaurants. 4:30-7:30 pm. Free. Delta Family Resource Centre, 2972 Islington. 416-747-1172. 5queer gAme night w/ toronto gAymers 7-10:30 pm. $6. Death in Venice Gelato, 536 Queen W. firstname.lastname@example.org. show love block pArty Outdoor BBQ, board games, arts & crafts and a DJ spinning the best summertime jams. 2-7 pm. Free. Regent Park, 620 Dundas E. danielsspectrum.ca. stArt ypA: breAking breAd reception Sample breads and side dishes of our diverse community. 7 pm. Free. Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston. startypa.org. wAterFront ArcAde Video games are projected on a big screen for people to watch and play at this interactive installation. 8-10 pm. Free. Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside. facebook.com/events/473261203050156.
Saturday, August 19
AFghAn summer melA Celebrate the 98th Independence Day of Afghanistan with music, face painting, kite flying, fashion show, food vendors & more. Noon-8 pm. $15. Bella Banquets & Gardens, 12700 Jane. 647-717-1259, facebook.com/events/892268580923349. rbutterFly FestivAl See monarch butterflies before they go to Mexico. Guided hikes, bike tours, kids’ activities, bird banding demo and more. 10 am-3 pm. Free. Tommy Thompson Park, foot of Leslie. butterflyfest.ca. christie pits riot commemorAtive bbq Family-friendly event to commemorate the uprising against racism and fascism 3-8 pm. Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor W. facebook.com/ events/1915561945325242. cityFest Live music from In My Coma, Secret Broadcast, Alexandria, Syrus, Andreas, Ben Challet (1-6 pm) and DJs Joe Ghost, Manzone & Strong, Danny D, 4KORNERS, Andy Warburton (6-11 pm) plus food trucks and activities at this outdoor party. 1-11 pm. Free. Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd. cityfest.ca. Figment Interactive art fest where the audience participates in the art. Kinetic sculptures, games, circus, performances and workshops. 10 am-9 pm. Free. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Pk. toronto.figmentproject.org. inorgAnic mArket electronic wAste collection Drop-off used electronics & help divert e-waste from landfills. Noon-4 pm. Free. Queen/Saulter Library, 765 Queen E. 416-7695625, inorganicmarket.ca. northern power summit Urban music conference featuring panels & TED-style talks. Noon-6 pm. $20-$40. Pre-register. Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen W. 416-569-5879, nps17.com. the o course Extreme obstacle course workout. Registration 8 am. Free. Allan Lamport Stadium, 1155 King W. theocourse.com. rebellious women: teA & mAtinee Historic presentation with playwright/actor Adrianna Prosser. Aug 19 & 26, 2 pm. $25. Pre-register. Gibson House, 5172 Yonge. 416-395-7432, email@example.com. sAlsA in the city squAre – toronto-cubA Friendship dAy Official greetings from the City, Cuban rhythms from Joaquín Núñez and Son Cuba, salsa dance lessons, Cuban food and displays. 4:30-7:30 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. goo.gl/aD774n. streetcAr hotels oF eAst-centrAl toronto (1911): somerset house to broAdview house Heritage bike/walk (8K). 2 pm. Free. Meet at Church & Carlton. 416-593-2656. toronto Flower mArket 10 am-3 pm. Free admission. Shaw Park at CAMH, 1001 Queen W. torontoflowermarket.ca. ukrAiniAn independence dAy celebrAtion Music & dance, food & drink, chess tournament, marketplace, kids’ activities and more. 10 am-11 pm. Free/pwyc. Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Rd. ucctoronto.ca. uncovering riverside Walking tour. 10:30 am. $10 sugg donation. Dark Horse Espresso, 682 Queen E. heritagetoronto.org. vegAn Food & drink FestivAl All the food & drinks are 100% vegan at this outdoor event. 11 am-7 pm. $15. Fort York Garrison Common, 250 Fort York. vegandrinkfest.com.
Sunday, August 20 Benefits
brogA, brunch & brews Outdoor yoga class, brunch and brew. 9:30 am-1 pm. $80 (benefit for Prostate Cancer). Mill Street Brew Pub, 21 Tankhouse Lane. brogabrunchbrews.com. Just For styles Retail crawl in the Queen West & King West neighbourhoods and afternoon reception. 1-5 pm. $50 min donation (Look Good Feel Better Charity). Pre-register. BrainStation HQ, 460 King W. justforstyles.ca. run For pAlestine – toronto run/wAlk 5K run/walk to support humanitarian projects. Registration 9 am, race starts 11 am, food trucks & entertainment in the park till 2 pm. $25-$45. Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, 1751 Lake Shore W. rfptoronto2017.eventbrite.com.
AFro-cAribbeAn FArmers’ mArket Cultural food & craft hub focused on providing culturally appropriate local food to those who don’t have access to affordable produce. Aug 20 & 27, 11 am-4 pm. Free. Toronto Plaza Hotel, 1677 Wilson. firstname.lastname@example.org. rcome pAint with me: Art in the pArk Create a nature-inspired painting to take home. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin Pk, south side. 416-312-6776. glAdstone summer FleA mArket Original items created by local makers. 10 am-4 pm. Free admission. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. facebook.com/gladstonehoteltoronto.
rIndIa day FestIval 70th anniversary of independence celebration with grand parade, live music, art and more. Noon-10 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. facebook.com/events/1969660599924557. rJunctIon cIty WrestlIng Family-friendly live pro wrestling. Noon-6 pm, (shows at 2 & 4 pm). Free. Shacklands Brewing Co, 100 Symes. 416-570-5970, tinyurl.com/yc9a4vo5. MoMento By canoe: celeBratIng the rouge Canada 150 event with opportunities to paddle and learn about the unique history of Canada’s largest national urban park. 10 am-4 pm. Rouge Beach, 195 Rouge Hills. 416661-6600 ext 5639, toronto.ca/momento. My clothes, My World Fashion Takes Action workshop. Aug 20 & 26, 9:45 am-2:30 pm. $30. Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina. 289-387-1765, eventbrite.com/o/1628846668. PsychIc Brunch 14th annIversary Two 15-minute readings plus a $5 meal voucher & guaranteed prize in the raffle. 11 am-3 pm. $40 (benefits Rainbow Assoc of Canadian Artists) Cranberries, 601 Parliament. 416-9256330, psychicbrunch.ca. WoMen-IdentIFIed BIcycle rePaIr courses 5:30-8:30 pm. Free. Pre-register. Velotique, 1592 Queen E. velotique.com.
Monday, August 21
adventures In the 7th dIMensIon Talk by Jason Lotay. 6-7 pm. Free. Fields Institute, 222 College. 7thdimension.eventbrite.ca. astrology Walk Guided outdoor tour. Aug 21 & 28 from 7-10 pm. Pwyc. Meet at north side of wading pool. Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor W. 204-997-8002. cne – solar eclIPse vIeWIng U of T’s Dunlap Institute hosts a viewing event with eclipse safety glasses and solar telescopes. 10 am-5 pm. Included w/ CNE admission. Princess Margaret Fountain, near the Better Living Centre, 195 Princes’ Blvd. fb.com/dunlapinstitute. learnIng aBout volunteerIng Info session. 11 am. Free. Lillian H Smith Library, 239 College. RSVP 416-961-6888, volunteertoronto.ca.
Tuesday, August 22
FaMIly nature Walk – 13,000 years oF hIgh Park 1:30-3 pm. Free ($2-$5 sugg donation). High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge. 416-392-1748, highparknaturecentre.com. Photo and vIdeo uPloadIng Workshop, bring camera, patch cord & USB. 1-3 pm. Free. Pre-register. Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood N. 416-394-5247, tpl.ca.
Wednesday, August 23
Bat suPerPoWers Talk by Dan Riskin + guided Bat Walk. Adults & youth 10 & over. 7 pm. Free ($5 sugg). High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge. highparknaturecentre.com. suPPort grouP For sIngle, seParated & dIvorced dads Bi-weekly Q&A and conversation, women are welcome to attend. 7-9 pm. Free. Room A5. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth. 416-861-0626, father.org.
Thursday, August 24 Benefits
cureaPalooza Charity concert w/ folk band Birds of Bellwoods & Arkells. 7 pm. $100 (Canadian Cancer Society). Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne. ticketweb.ca. FashIon on yonge Runway shows by local retailers, pampering and treats from salons and restos. Runway shows at 6, 7 & 8 pm. $5, benefits Covenant House. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge. 416-597-0255, downtownyonge.com. goals to Beat Ms Meet Canadian soccer star Christine Sinclair at a funder for MS Society. 11:30 am-12:30 pm. $2 min donation. A&W Restaurant, 8 Mercer. burgerstobeatms.ca. toronto together: reFugee BeneFIt Concert with The Famly, Adam HG & others benefits Earth Refugee & Together Project. Doors 8 pm. $10. The Garrison, 1197 Dundas W. facebook.com/events/1711527605815901.
art sPIn Bicycle tour to see art projects in unusual city spaces. 5:30 pm, see website for meeting point & to register. $10. artspin.ca. BooMerang Bags toronto WorkshoP Make reusable bags to be distributed in the community. 7 pm. Free. Anarres Apothecary, 749 Dovercourt. 647-999-9565, eventbrite.ca. 5PrIde outsIde the vIllage: lgBtQ+ herItage CLGA and Heritage Toronto walking tour. 1:30-3 pm. $10 sugg donation. Yonge and King, NW corner. heritagetoronto.org.
Friday, August 25 Benefits
yyzIzzles- Mock sauna gallerIes Fundraiser to upgrade the venue’s heating and cooling system. 8 pm. $10. YYZ, 401 Richmond W, #140. 416-598-4546.
BraInstatIon deMo day Showcasing work by students. 5 pm. Free. RSVP. BrainStation HQ, 460 King W. brainstation.io. headache Health talk. 1 pm. Free. Pre-register. Toronto Western Hospital, 399 Bathurst. 416603-6475. taste oF WIlloWdale Block Party Celebration of diversity w/ authentic food, traditional performances & more. 5:30-8 pm. Free-$5. RSVP. Spring Garden Church, 112 Spring Garden. 416-221-8283, ow.ly/NN7R30eldFj.
Saturday, August 26 Benefits
toronto WoMen’s run serIes: 10k/5k Benefits the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.
8 am. $60-$65. Pre-register. Sunnybrook Park, 1132 Leslie. towomensruns.com. u In your eleMent concert Local artists perform, proceeds to youth shelter & food bank. 7 pm. $25. Fraternal Order of Eagles, 17 Elm. 416-627-0674, ubynicole.com.
arts Market: al Fresco In leslIevIlle With local artisans, charities, small businesses and musicians. 1-4 pm. Free. Leslieville Arts Market, 1114 Queen E. email@example.com. BroMPton urBan challenge Two wheeled scavenger hunt for prizes. Bring a team or join one. 10 am. $25. Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor W. 416-920-4933, goo.gl/13gAe9. caBBagetoWn: vIeW FroM the valley Historical walking tour. 1:30 pm. $10 sugg donation. Pre-register. Wellesley Park, 500 Wellesley E. 416-338-0684, heritagetoronto.org. clothIng rePaIrathon Volunteers mend clothes, max 2 items per person. 11 am-2 pm. Free. Regent Park Community Health Centre, 465 Dundas E. repairathon.com. coconut FestIval canada Info on the health benefits of coconuts with food, vendors, naturopaths, live entertainment and a kids’ cor-
ner. 10 am-7 pm. Free admission. David Pecaut Square, 215 King W. coconutfestival.ca. CounCil Fire Youth Pow wow Sacred gathering of Indigenous peoples with music, drumming, food, dance and storytelling. Noon-5 pm. Free. Regent Park, 620 Dundas E. facebook.com/Toronto.Council.Fire. international Modest Fashion & design Festival Exhibitors, runways shows, bazaar, entertainment & more. Women-only event. Noon-10 pm. $20-$40, access to bazaar free. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E. imfdf.ca. the leslieville Flea distillerY PoP-uP Vintage, salvaged and up-cycled goods plus furniture, antiques, collectibles and handcrafted items. 11 am-6 pm. Free admission. The Distillery District, 55 Mill. leslievilleflea.com. stePhenson Park tree tour & PiCniC Guided walk to learn about trees & tree care, followed by group mulching and community picnic. 11 am-2 pm. Free. Pre-register. Meet at the baseball diamond. Stephenson Park, 61 Stephenson. 416-413-9244, yourleaf.org. toronto Cider Festival Cider tasting, food pairings, live entertainment, contests and giveaways. $30 (11:30 am-4 pm and 6-10:30 pm), VIP $60 (5-10:30 pm). Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside. torontociderfestival.com. westwood sailing Club 50th anniversarY Celebration Celebrate with games, music, a BBQ & sailing. 4:30 pm, dinner 5:30 pm. Free, dinner $25-$30. Westwood Sailing Club, 12 Regatta. 416-461-0613, westwoodsailing.ca.
Sunday, August 27
battle roCk: luCha libre roCk ConCert Mexican Wrestling infused with live rock bands and burlesque dancing. 5 pm. $20. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor W. luchainthe6.com. bellwoods Flea Art, baked goods, clothing & fashionfrom local vendors. Kids/pets welcome. Noon-6 pm. Free admission. May Cafe, 876 Dundas W. fb.com/bellwoodsflea. berCzY Park tree tour & adoPt-a-tree ProjeCt Guided tour 2-3:30 pm. Free. Meet at the water fountain. Berczy Park, 35 Wellington E. RSVP: 416-413-9244, yourleaf.org. downsview Park nature ConneCtion Explore the overlooked crevices of the park and its miniature world. 2-4 pm. Free. Pre-register. Downsview Park, 70 Canuck. 416-952-2160, eventbrite.ca/e/35356889408. eastern swansea: CountrY in the CitY Heritage Toronto walking tour. 1:30 pm. $10 sugg donation. Runnymede Library, 2178 Bloor W. 416-338-0684, heritagetoronto.org. the eCo liFestYle Market – suMMer edition Local, handcrafted, eco-friendly, sustainable and wellness vendors. 10 am-5 pm. Free admission. The Great Hall, 1087 Queen W. facebook.com/events/1938087843088384. halo halo FiliPino Food Festival Arts and cultural festival with dancing, games, food, live music and more. 10 am-6 pm. Free. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie. facebook.com/events/305148893279158. high Park invasive sPeCies reMoval Help weed and monitor the growth of native plants. 10:30 am. Free. Grenadier Cafe, 200 Parkside. highparknature.org. kensington Flea Market Handmade goods, vintage clothing, records and up-cycled items. Noon-7 pm. Free. 214 Augusta, rear courtyard. firstname.lastname@example.org. nookFlea 2.0 Neighbourhood family-friendly fun, shopping, activities, music and more. 11 am-5 pm. Free. Meet in ValuMart parking lot. 985 Woodbine. thenooks.ca. Pedestrian sundaYs in kensington Market Monthly celebration of car-free streets for people with music, street theatre, local vendors and more. Noon-7 pm. Free. Augusta south of College. kensingtonmarketbia.com. Yoga at sPadina MuseuM Gentle Hatha, all levels welcome. 2 pm. Pwyc (benefits the museum, RSVP required). Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd. 416-392-6910.
Monday, August 28
rkids’ Choir CaMP For ages 6-16, open to children of all denominations. Aug 28-Sep 1, 9 am-5 pm. Free (includes lunch). Pre-register. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale. 416488-7884, email@example.com.
Tuesday, August 29
the CYberseCuritY roadshow Workshop. 1:30 pm. Free. Pre-register. Ridout & Maybee LLP, 250 University, 5th fl. eventbrite. ca/e/36585932509. the gnostiC gosPel oF MarY Magdalene Lecture. 7 pm. Free. Pre-register. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, centre. firstname.lastname@example.org. MindFulness and zen Meditation All levels welcome. 6-8 pm. Free. Pre-register. Centre Place, 320 Richmond E #101. 647-348-7755, email@example.com.
Wednesday, August 30
6 waYs volunteering Can helP You Find work Info session. 6 pm. Free. Pre-register. 519 Church Street Community Centre. 416961-6888, volunteertoronto.ca. Createinto Gathering of creative developers, designers, hackers, makers and more. Doors 7 pm. Free. Handlebar, 159 Augusta. 647-7487433, thehandlebar.ca. it’s Cool... it’s CeltiC... it’s Ceilidh! All-ages dance lesson. 7 pm. Free. S. Walter Stewart Library, 170 Memorial Park. 416-396-3975. uke Can sing Workshop/jam session. 7-8:30 pm. Free. Pre-register. Corktown Common, 155 Bayview. waterfrontoronto.ca.
upcoming Thursday, August 31
FaMilY bat walk Listen for ultrasonic calls and explore the park’s mysterious bat population. 8-9 pm. Free ($2-$5 sugg donation). High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge. 416392-1748, highparknaturecentre.com.