Weekend events in Toronto: July 25-27, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 25-27, 2014.
Waterfront Night Market
The free-to-attend T&T Waterfront Night Market is on this weekend at T&T Supermarket. Sample the delights of Asian themed street food while checking out performances, browsing the marketplace, and more - see our photo gallery from last year for an idea of what's in store. The fifth annual night market will be open 6pm-midnight Friday (July 25), 4pm-midnight on Saturday (July 26), and 4-10pm on Sunday (July 25). T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry Street). LI
Taste of Toronto
After taking London, Milan and Moscow by storm, this global food event makes its first appearance in Toronto at Fort York on July 24th to 27th. The highly anticipated festival will bring together 20 big-name restaurants for lunch and dinner sessions featuring special menus and starter sized tasting plates. General admission is $30 for the culinary showcase promising demos, an interactive tasting room and an artisan marketplace. Until July 27, Fort York Garrison CommonLI
Toronto's Festival of Beer
Featuring over 300 different brands of beer, for better of for worse, TFOB is quite possibly the largest summer beer festival in the province. The beer vendors comprise a non-discriminatory lineup of brewers big and small. Over the event's three days you can expect thousands of beer drinkers to descend on Exhibition Place so it's sure to be a good scene (with lineups to pee and buy tokens). Among other features, there will be a pavilion dedicated to East Coast beers, gluten free options, and musical entertainment featuring formidable lineup of Canadian acts including K-OS, The Trews, Matthew Good and more. July 25-27, Exhibition Place. BJ
Taste Your Neighbourhood
Toronto's being taken over by this Taste Your Neighbourhood, taking place on Saturday, July 26. They will offer guided tours of 15 Toronto neighbourhoods including The Junction; Cabbagetown; Beach Village; Riverside are taking part. While registration is mostly full, at last look, the tour of downtown Milton still had spots left to reserve. LI
While the promoters would rather not call it Psychic Brunch, they know that those two words are too enticing not to pair. Skeptics and believers (aka Mulders and Scullys) are advised to bring an open mind to the Flying Beaver on Sunday for a 15 minute reading with a psychic of your choosing, and Toronto's favourite-est thing in the whole universe: brunch. Readings are $29 and come with a $5 meal voucher. Sunday, July 27, 11am-3pm, The Flying Beaver (488 Parliament).
- The Tiki Sea - a pop-up bar party (Friday, Bento Miso)
Beaches International Jazz Festival
On now, the Beaches Jazz Festival has newly expanded to Woodbine Park. The free all-ages affair is on until Sunday. Check out our guide to the Beaches Jazz Fest here. July 18-27, Woodbine Park/Queen St. East (The Beach), free. MF
I Have Eaten the City
An experimental night of chill vibes at Toronto's newest mixed-used art space in Kensington Market. Khora and Fake Humans (Carl Didur/ Colin Fisher) will play along with I Have Eaten the City, who are releasing their firstly album since 2007. Friday, July 25, 9pm, Ratio (283 College Street), PWYC.
Man Finds Fire Presents A Summer Sesh/BBQ
Check out this new DIY concert space on Geary for live music by Bile Sister, Mimico, Akua, and more, plus art installs by Petra Glynt and Lorde Awesome. Kensington Brewing Company will be keeping you in beer. Saturday, July 26, 12-6pm, Geary Lane (360 Geary Street), PWYC suggested $10.
Enough with the underground indie rock/psych smatterings and onto some hip hop. Catch Maestro Fresh Wes, Biz Markie, Raz Fresco, Airplane Boys, and more for free at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday. Learn more about Unity Festival here. Saturday, July 26, Yonge-Dundas Square, free.
Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
A pretty specific demographic will be present at this show (and I'm sure that demographic will enjoy it immensely, though their stony faces may not show it). Two huge alternative names from the 90s get together for a double header at the Amphitheatre. Sunday, July 27, Molson Amphitheatre. AG
- Construction (Friday, Double Double Land)
- Advance Base (Friday, Rancho Relaxo)
- Ought (Friday, Silver Dollar)
- B17 (Saturday, Junction City Music Hall)
- Doldrums + Tonstartssbandht (Saturday, Comfort Zone)
- Backyard Afternoon ft. HVYWTR (Sunday, Tibet Kitchen)
Retrospectives on American Masters
Jim Jarmusch. Sara Driver. Robert Altman. Besides India, this summer sees TIFF put a keen focus on old school American cinema dating back to the 60s, roaring through the '80s, and continuing to flourish well into the 21st century. Nashville. You Are Not I. Dead Man. McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Stranger Than Paradise. The Long Goodbye. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Sleepwalk. 3 Women. Mystery Train. BW July 24-August 31, TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St West).
Movie Night in Liberty Village Park
Head to Liberty Village for a free screening of Jurassic Park. That's Jurassic, not gentrifurassic. Hide your small dogs and take in this dino flick tonight. Friday, July 25, 8:30pm, Liberty Village Park (70 East Liberty St).
CPFF Days of Summer: Rear Window
Rear Window is this week's screening at Christie Pits. Bring a donation, a blanket, and someone to grip hands with during this Hitchcock flick. Sunday, July 27, 7:30pm, Christie Pits Park (779 Crawford Ave West), PWYC.
- The Room (Saturday, Carlton Cinema)
- Dave Chappelle's Block Party + party at Hot Docs (Saturday, Bloor Hot Docs Cinema)
- The Princess Bride (Sat/Sun, Revue)
Before and after the Horizon
Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes will showcase contemporary and traditional Anishinaabe art by Norval Morrisseau, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Michael Belmore, and many more. Artifacts such as birchbark wall pockets and beaded bags will be juxtaposed with contemporary painting work. The nations of Algonquin, Mississauga, Nippissing, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), Potawatomi and Saulteaux make up the Anishinaabe's region. See it starting this Saturday. July 26 - Nov 25. AGO (317 Dundas St West).
Animated GIF Workshop at Xpace
Xpace wants to teach you how to make animated gifts, and all they ask in return is that you remember to sign up and show up with your laptop and the video you want to make into a gif. You will be judged according to how cute/weird your provided video is. Saturday, July 26, 1-4pm, Xpace Cultural Centre (2-303 Lansdowne Ave).
Castles in the Sky
New Mind Space invites you to march in a magic parade that may or may not include unicorns. They will march on Bloor, in the subway, and at the Waterfront with a "marching bands, soundsystem buses, fireworks and a thousand shiny, happy people" - maybe Michael Stipe will be there (I might go dressed as Michael Stipe). Bring $7 and wear a costume. Saturday, July 26, 3pm, email email@example.com for details.
2014 Art Battle National Championship
Is this the largest live painting competition of all time? It might be. As an audience member, the voting is on you. Can you take the pressure? I'm sweating sparkles and oil paint already. It's gross but I like it. Saturday, July 26, 7pm, Mattamy Athletic Centre (50 Carlton St.)
- Figment Arts Festival (July 26-27)
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Summer post.
OTHERLAND is the newest dance party series in Toronto, but it arrives with a reputation already laid out ahead of it. This is Mansion's new year-long series that pulls inspiration from other worldwide rave utopias such as London's Fabric and Corsica Studios, Berlin's fabled Panorama Bar and Stattbad, Brooklyn's Output, and Rex Club in Paris. Headlining tonight is Detroit flagship techno act Model 500 with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan (DJ set), and local fixtures Kevin McPhee and Gingy. Read more about OTHERLAND in our preview here. Friday, July 25, 10pm, Tattoo (567 Queen Street West). BA
Glasgow's Hudson Mohawke is one of the more unpredictable electronic artists around, but unlike some left-field producers, he's got the turntablist background to actually pull off a strong DJ set without compromising his idiosyncratic vision. But considering his Hoxton gig is on a Friday, he'll probably be focusing on the bangers. Friday, July 25, 10pm, The Hoxton, $15. BB
Healing Power Records - Heart of Toronto 3
Last fall saw the first Heart of Toronto compilation feature some lesser known local musicians not known for making pure dance music - at least in the way TO projects Azari & III or, I guess, Deadmau5 are - including Tenderness, Prince Nifty, Jennifer Castle, Princess Century (Austra), Petra Glynt and Man Made Hill. The next HOT party is July 26 at Double Double Land with David Dacks (The Music Gallery) and Daniel Vila spinning only Toronto produced music. Saturday, July 26, 9pm, Double Double Land (209 Augusta), $5.
New Kanada Presents
Toronto techno veteran Adam Marshall's New Kanada label has been getting lots of attention lately, largely for the success of Graze, the live electronic duo of Marshall and Christian Andersen, who will be headlining this label showcase alongside Basic Soul Unit, Kevin McPhee and Crushfield. Saturday, July 26, 10pm, Coda, $15. BB
For more dance listings, check out our Top Dance Parties in Toronto in July post.
The Lab Cab Festival
One of the summer's most anticipated street fest's is Lab Cab in Parkdale. Check out one of Toronto's most creative neighbourhoods for music, readings, art happenings, food, dance, theatre, patio hangs, and more. Saturday, July 26, 2-9pm, Parkdale - over 75 venues on Queen Street West, between Dufferin St. and Roncesvalles Ave.
MATSURI 2nd Toronto Japanese Summer Festival by Kurakake
MATSURI is back to bring all things Japanese here to you in Toronto, which is lucky if you can't even afford gas to Montreal these days. From music and drumming to fashion and food, Yonge-Dundas Square will be showing its inner Tokyo on Sunday. July 27, 10am-9pm, Yonge-Dundas Square.
2014 North American Women's Parkour Jam
Literally feeling like you're climbing up the walls? Here's the sports event for you. The Monkey Vault Movement Training Centre is the headquarters of this event where all the workshops are free. Check out more here. Saturday, July 26, The Monkey Vault Movement Training Centre (100 Symes Rd).
2014 Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show
Stroll through Trinity Bellwoods this Sunday to gaze at vintage bikes galore. Warning to broke bike lovers: if you're currently wheel-less or yearning for a beautiful ride to replace your beat up embarrassment of a Craigslist find, this might be more of a tease than you can stand. Sunday, July 27, 10am-5pm, Trinity Bellwoods Park.
The Annex Flea
Annex residents are getting used to having their own flea for vintage goodies, handmade items, foods, and more - but this one will be special because hello, it's July. Summer vibes in the Honest Ed's Alley are what makes lasting memories, even if the memories are based around a little thing like shopping. What am I saying, it's the heat that makes me ramble. Sunday, July 27, 11am-6pm, Honest Ed's Parking Lot.
Contributions by Liora Ipsum, Ben Johnson, Blake Williams, Adam Golfetto, Benjamin Boles, Brendan Arnott