No. 2 Go to one of th­ese awe­some fes­ti­vals.

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CANADA DAY EX­TRAV­A­GANZA Cel­e­brate with the Sound­Clash Mu­sic Awards Showcase and per­for­mances by Maestro Fresh Wes, Vox Sam­bou and Dirty Dishes plus kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, fire­works and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, har­bourfront­cen­ Jun 27 to 29 & Jul 1

CHIN PIC­NIC An­nual mul­ti­cul­tural bash fea­tur­ing live mu­sic, folk­lore dance com­pe­ti­tion, a kids’ zone, fire­works and more. Daily from noon-11 pm. Free. Ex­hi­bi­tion Place. sco­tia­bankch­in­pic­ Jun 28 to Jul 1

DIG­I­TAL DREAMS MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Elec­tronic mu­sic by Tiësto, Deep Dish, Jus­tice, Lu­ciano and oth­ers. $99 and up. The Flats @ M.C. A. (On­tario Place), 909 Lake Shore W. dig­i­tal­dreams­ Jun 28 to 29 DOC NOW Doc­u­men­tary me­dia fes­ti­val show­cas­ing film, pho­tog­ra­phy and new me­dia by grad­u­at­ing stu­dents from Ry­er­son’s MFA pro­gram. doc­ To Jun 28

FE­MALE EYE FILM FES­TI­VAL Provoca­tive and con­tro­ver­sial shorts, doc­u­men­taries and fea­ture films as seen through the eyes of women direc­tors. Royal Cin­ema, 608 Col­lege. fe­maleeye­film­fes­ti­ Jun 18 to 22

FIELD TRIP MU­SIC & ARTS FES­TI­VAL Per­for­mances by Bro­ken So­cial Scene, Con­stan­tines, Gord Downie, In­ter­pol, the Kills, Chvrches, Half Moon Run, Aus­tra, Shad and oth­ers. $75, wknd pass $125. Fort York Common, Gar­ri­son off Fleet. field­ Jun 7 and 8

IN­SPI­RATO THE­ATRE FES­TI­VAL Per­for­mances of 10-minute plays by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional play­wrights. $15-$ 50. Alumna The­atre, 70 Berke­ley. the­atrein­spi­ To Jun 7

ITAL­IAN CON­TEM­PO­RARY FILM FES­TI­VAL Doc­u­men­taries, shorts, dra­mas and come­dies cel­e­brat­ing Ital­ian cul­ture and life­style. $10-$ 30. TIFF Bell Light­box, 350 King W. Jun 12 to 20

LU­MI­NATO The fes­ti­val of arts and cre­ativ­ity of­fers the­atre, mu­sic, films, dance, visual art, cabaret, lit­er­ary read­ings, in­stal­la­tions, magic shows, lec­tures, kids’ en­ter­tain­ment and more. Var­i­ous prices, many events free. lu­mi­natofes­ti­ Jun 6 to 15 MATECA ARTS FES­TI­VAL Com­mu­nity multi-arts cel­e­bra­tion, with per­for­mances by Ill Ski­ilz, Laura Fernán­dez, Beatriz Pichi Malen and many oth­ers. Free. U of T Vic­to­ria Col­lege, Bur­wash Quad, 91 Charles W. Jun 7 and 8

MUH­TADI IN­TER­NA­TIONAL DRUM­MING FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­bra­tion of the drum with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers, food and craft ven­dors, kids’ area and more. Free. Wood­bine Park, Lake Shore E and Coxwell. muh­ta­didrum­ Jun 7 and 8

NORTH BY NORTH­EAST MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL AND CON­FER­ENCE Per­for­mances by 950 bands in­clud­ing Calex­ico, So­cial Dis­tor­tion and Big Boi at venues across the city, plus com­edy shows, a film fes­ti­val, in­ter­ac­tive con­fer­ence and mu­sic biz con­fer­ence. Var­i­ous prices, wrist­bands/ passes; some free events. Jun 13 to 22

OPEN ROOF FES­TI­VAL Live mu­sic by in­die bands fol­lowed by a film screen­ing at sun­down ev­ery Thu. $15. 99 Sud­bury. open­rooffes­ti­ Jun 19 to Aug 14

REEL­HEART IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FILM FES­TI­VAL Showcase of work by emerg­ing and es­tab­lished in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers. $12, passes avail. Daniels Spec­trum, 585 Dundas E, and other venues. reel­ Jun 23 to 28

RIBFEST Ro­tary Club food fes­ti­val with en­ter­tain­ment, a mid­way, soc­cer games and more. 11 am-11 pm. Free ad­mis­sion. L’Amore­aux Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 2000 McNi­coll. canada­ Jun 28 to Jul 1

SCAR­BOR­OUGH FILM FES­TI­VAL Fea­ture films and shorts, see web­site for de­tails. $13-$20. Var­i­ous venues in Scar­bor­ough & East York. scar­bor­ough­film­fes­ti­ Jun 3 to 8

TASTE OF LIT­TLE ITALY Food sam­pling and mu­si­cal per­for­mances. Free. Col­lege be­tween Bathurst and Shaw. tas­te­oflit­ Jun 13 to 15

TORONTO AN­I­MA­TION ARTS FES­TI­VAL IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Screen­ings of the best of an­i­ma­tion arts from Canada and around the world plus mas­ter­classes, kids’ work­shops, film­maker Q&As and more. Corus Quay (25 Dock­side), George Brown Water­front (51 Dock­side). Jun 13 to 16

TORONTO JA­PANESE FILM FES­TI­VAL Screen­ings of the finest in Ja­panese cin­ema. $12, passes $ 45-$90. Ja­panese Cana­dian Cul­tural Cen­tre, 6 Gara­mond.­to­jff. Jun 12 to 27

TORONTO JAZZ FES­TI­VAL Main­stage per­for­mances by Melissa Etheridge & Deb­o­rah Cox, David Clayton-Thomas, Robert Ran­dolph Fam­ily Band and oth­ers, club se­ries and free shows. Var­i­ous prices and venues around the city. toron­to­ Jun 19 to 28

TORONTO RAW/VE­GAN FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­bra­tion of healthy, cru­elty-free, ecofriendly green liv­ing with en­ter­tain­ment,

speak­ers, work­shops, food demos, sam­pling and more. Sat 10 am- 8 pm, Sun 10 am- 4 pm. Free. 918 Bathurst Cen­tre. toron­torawve­g­an­fes­ti­ Jun 7 and 8

TORONTO TANGO FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­bra­tion of Ar­gen­tine tango with par­ties, per­for­mances, work­shops and more. $10-$ 30 (work­shops ex­tra). Lithua­nian House, 1573 Bloor W. toron­totan­gofes­ti­ Jun 12 to 15

TORONTO WINE & SPIRIT FES­TI­VAL Demos and sam­ples from winer­ies, brew­eries and dis­til­leries. $ 30, adv $ 21.50. Sugar Beach, 25 Dock­side. wine­and­spir­it­fes­ti­ Jun 19 to 21

WATER­FRONT FES­TI­VAL Fly­board cham­pi­onships, Dock­Dogs ca­nine per­form­ers, en­ter­tain­ment, a wine and spirit fes­ti­val, and more. Along Queens Quay. towa­ter­front­ Jun 20 to 22

WORLD PRIDE 2014 The LGBTTIQQ2SA fes­ti­val fea­tures en­ter­tain­ment on out­door stages, the Pride Pa­rade and Dyke March, par­ties, art ex­hibits, the­atre, com­edy, fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties and much more. world­ Jun 20 to 29


AFRO­FEST Mu­sic Africa’s out­door mu­sic and cul­ture fes­ti­val fea­tures live mu­sic, dance, an African mar­ket­place, food and craft ven­dors, artis­tic dis­plays, mu­sic work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties for youth and kids. Free. Wood­bine Park, Lake Shore at Coxwell. mu­si­ Jul 5 and 6

BEACHES IN­TER­NA­TIONAL JAZZ FES­TI­VAL Con­certs by jazz artists Brown­man Elec­tryc Trio, Paul James, Samba Squad, Tram­pled Un­der Foot and many oth­ers. Free. Wood­bine Park (Lake Shore and Coxwell) and venues along Queen E. beach­es­ Jul 18 to 27

BIG ON BLOOR Car-free street fes­ti­val with mu­si­cal per­for­mances, dancers, strolling buskers, sto­ry­telling, art, ven­dors and more. Free. Bloor from Duf­ferin to Lans­downe. Jul 19 to 20

CARIBBEAN CAR­NI­VAL TORONTO An­nual sum­mer cel­e­bra­tion of all things Caribbean, fea­tur­ing ca­lypso and soca mu­sic, the King and Queen of the Bands com­pe­ti­tion, Ju­nior Car­ni­val, live mu­sic and the an­nual pa­rade along the lakeshore. Var­i­ous prices, many events free. toron­to­caribbean­car­ni­ Jul 8 to Aug 3

CHINA NOW Fes­ti­val of Chi­nese arts and cul­ture with per­for­mances, food, ac­tiv­i­ties and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, har­bourfront­cen­ Jul 9 to 13

CUL­TURA FES­TI­VAL Live mu­sic, out­door films, buskers and more ev­ery Fri in Jul 6-11 pm. Free. Mel Last­man Square, 5100 Yonge. cul­tur­afes­ti­ Jul 4 to 25

FES­TI­VAL OF IN­DIA A pa­rade down Yonge to Queens Quay is fol­lowed by per­for­mances, yoga, a veg­e­tar­ian feast, South Asian bazaar, mu­sic, dance and more on Cen­tre Is­land. Free. fes­ti­val­ Jul 12 and 13

FIG­MENT ARTS FES­TI­VAL Fam­ily arts fes­ti­val with in­ter­ac­tive sculp­tures, per­for­mances, the­atre art, in­stal­la­tions and more. Sat 10 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am- 6 pm Free. Olympic Is­land, Toronto Is­lands. toronto.fig­ment­pro­ Jul 26 and 27

HABARI AFRICA FES­TI­VAL Mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary mu­sic and cul­tural fes­ti­val with live per­for­mances, African food and more. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, har­bourfront­cen­ Jul 18 to 20

THE FRINGE Toronto’s in­die the­atre fes­ti­val fea­tures plays, dance works, sketch com­edy, solo shows and more by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies. $12. Var­i­ous venues. fringe­ Jul 2 to 13

INDY TORONTO World- class auto rac­ing, con­certs, ex­hibits, a craft beer fes­ti­val, tail­gate par­ties, in­ter­ac­tive games, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties, food and more. Race tick­ets from $ 35. Ex­hi­bi­tion Place and other venues. hondaindy­ Jul 18 to 20

MAD PRIDE TORONTO Arts, cul­ture and her­itage fes­ti­val cre­ated by psy­chi­atric sur­vivors, con­sumers, mad peo­ple and folks the world has la­belled “men­tally ill.” mad­ Jul 5 to 14

NIGHT IT UP! Out­door night mar­ket fea­tur­ing Asian street food, stage per­for­mances and more. Free. Markham Civic Cen­tre, 101 Town Cen­tre Blvd. night­itup. com. Jul 11 to 13

ON­TARIO LATIN ARTS FES­TI­VAL Mu­sic, dance, the­atre, visual art, food and more. Free. Satur­day at Mel Last­man Square, Sun­day at North York Civic Cen­tre (both at 5100 Yonge). on­tar­i­o­lati­narts­fes­ti­ Jul 12 and 13 SALSA ON ST CLAIR Latin-themed street fes­ti­val with live mu­sic, dance per­for­mances and lessons, a pa­rade, food and more. Free. St Clair West be­tween Christie and Wi­nona. sal­sain­ Jul 12 to 20

SOUTH ASIA CALL­ING Con­tem­po­rary per­for­mances from Canada, Afghanistan, Pak­istan, In­dia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ti­bet and Nepal. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416- 973- 4000, har­bourfront­cen­ Jul 4 to 6 SUM­MER­LI­CIOUS Restau­rants across the city of­fer spe­cial 3- course prix-fixe menus.­mer­li­cious. Jul 4 to 20

TASTE OF THE DAN­FORTH Fes­ti­val of Greek cul­ture with food tast­ing, live mu­sic and dance, a kids’ fun zone and more. Free. Dan­forth from Broad­view to Jones. tas­te­ofthedan­ Jul 24 to 27

TASTE OF LAWRENCE In­ter­na­tional food and cul­tural fes­ti­val with per­for­mances by Luanda Jones, Sul­tans of String and oth­ers, food tast­ings, crafts and more. Free. Lawrence East from War­den to Birch­mount. tas­te­ Jul 4 to 6

TORONTO BUR­LESQUE FES­TI­VAL Per­for­mances by Dr Lucky, Natasha Estrada, Perle Noire, Ar­mitage Shanks and oth­ers, new­bies com­pe­ti­tion and more. Var­i­ous prices. Vir­gin Mo­bile Mod Club, 722 Col­lege. toron­to­bur­lesque­fes­ti­ Jul 24 to 27

TORONTO FES­TI­VAL OF BEER Mu­sic by Big Sugar, Willi Wil­liams and Strictly Roots, tours, a brew­mas­ter se­ries, a grilling tent and more. $30 adv. Ever­green Brick Works, 550 Bayview. beer­fes­ti­ Jul 24 to 27

TORONTO SUM­MER MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL In­ter­na­tional clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val with per­for­mances by the Emer­son String Quar­tet, Son­dra Rad­vanosky, Orion String Quar­tet, Beatrice Rana and many oth­ers plus master classes. $10-$ 590. toron­to­sum­mer­mu­ Jul 22 to Aug 12

TURF: TORONTO UR­BAN ROOTS FES­TI­VAL Out­door fes­ti­val with per­for­mances by more than 30 bands in­clud­ing Neu­tral Milk Ho­tel, Jeff Tweedy, Gary Clark Jr, Born Ruf­fi­ans, Sam Roberts Band and Jenny Lewis. $60-$ 350. Fort York, 100 Gar­ri­son (plus club shows). 416-392- 6907, toron­tour­ban­roots­ Jul 4 to 8

UNITY FES­TI­VAL Cel­e­bra­tion of ur­ban cul­ture in­clud­ing beat­box­ing, break­danc­ing, rap and more. Yonge-Dundas Square. yd­ Jul 23 to 26


ARTFEST TORONTO Arts and crafts show with live mu­sic. Free. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 55 Mill. art­fe­ston­ Aug 2 to 4

ASHKE­NAZ FES­TI­VAL Global Jewish mu­sic and cul­ture fes­ti­val. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 29 to Sep 1

BUSKER­FEST In­ter­na­tional street per­form­ers’ fes­ti­val with aeri­al­ists, magi- cians, clowns, com­edy, mu­sic and more. Thu to Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am- 8 pm. Free (do­na­tions to Epilepsy Toronto). Yonge Queen to Col­lege and sur­round­ing ar­eas. toron­to­busker­ Aug 21 to 24

CANA­DIAN NA­TIONAL EX­HI­BI­TION The Ex, fea­tur­ing band­shell con­certs, an ac­ro­bat­ics show, celebrity chef demos, pa­rades, the Air Show, the mid­way, rides, food trucks and much more opens to­day runs to Sep 1. $18, child/srs $14, un­der 4 free (rides ex­tra). Ex­hi­bi­tion Place. Aug 15 to Sep 1

DUSK DANCES Dance per­for­mances in the park fea­ture chore­ogra­phies by Sylvie Bouchard, Peter Chin, Ju­lia Aplin and oth­ers. 7 pm. Pwyc. Withrow Park, S of Dan­forth be­tween Lo­gan and Car­law. Aug 4 to 10

EX­PRES­SIONS OF BRAZIL Fes­ti­val of arts, cul­ture and cui­sine. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 8 to 10

FES­TI­VAL OF SOUTH ASIA Street fes­ti­val with stage per­for­mances, in­ter­ac­tive booths, arts and crafts, and more. Noon-11 pm. Free. Ger­rard be­tween Coxwell and Glen­side. fes­ti­val­of­southa­ Aug 23 and 24

HIS­PANIC FI­ESTA Cel­e­bra­tion of Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can arts, mu­sic, food and cul­ture fea­tur­ing more than 300 lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional per­form­ers. Free. Mel Last­man Square, 5100 Yonge. his­pan­ic­fi­ Aug 29 to Sep 1

HOT & SPICY FOOD FES­TI­VAL Culi­nary del­i­ca­cies, hot rhythms and spicy grooves. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 15 to 17 IS­LAND SOUL Mu­sic, dance, film, food and more from the Caribbean. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 1 to 4 OVO FEST Mu­sic fes­ti­val with head­lin­ers Drake and Outkast. $ 49.50-$299.50 ( Tick­et­mas­ter, Live Na­tion). Mol­son Am­phithe­atre, 909 Lake Shore W. tick­et­mas­ Aug 3 and 4

SUM­MERWORKS THE­ATRE FES­TI­VAL Ju­ried the­atre fes­ti­val with plays, con­certs, work­shops and more. $15, passes $40-$120, some live art events free. Var­i­ous venues. sum­ Aug 7 to 17

TAIWANFEST Fes­ti­val of mu­sic, art, dance and food. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 22 to 24

TORONTO QUEER ARTS AND CUL­TURE FES­TI­VAL Queer po­etry, film screen­ings, cabaret, dance and mu­sic per­for­mances, and more. Var­i­ous prices, some events free. Var­i­ous venues. 416-879-7954, arts­fes­ti­val.queer­ Aug 7 to 16

YO­GA­PALOOZA Fam­ily-friendly out­door yoga fes­ti­val with move­ment, mu­sic and med­i­ta­tion. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre, 235 Queens Quay W. har­bourfront­cen­ Aug 16 and 17

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