Weekend events in Toronto: August 22-24, 2014
Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this August 22-24, 2014.
Waterfront Beach Festival
Head down to the lake in your best non-neon for a beach (umbrella) party this Saturday. The under-used HTO Park on the Waterfront is the location for the first ever Waterfront Beach Festival. The tech-house party features DJs from all over the world, including Spain's Pig and Dan, Brazil's Christian Smith, Hungary's Jay Lumen, England's wAFF, and Miguel Campbell (also from the UK). Saturday, August 23, HTO Park. BB
Festival of South Asia
It's the perfect weekend to visit east end Toronto's Little India: Gerrard India Bazaar a.k.a Festival of South Asia's street fest is on this weekend from noon until 11pm. Expect to find over one hundred shops, restaurants, and vendors representing regional diversities of South Asian food, fashion, and music. Saturday - Sunday August 23-24, 12-11pm, Gerrard India Bazaar (Gerrard Street East from Greenwood to Coxwell). LI
- CNE - Food Truck Frenzy (Friday-Sunday, Allstream Centre and Direct Energy Centre)
- Wild Blueberry Festival (until Sunday, Evergreen Brick Works)
- Taste of Manila (Saturday - Sunday, Wilson and Bathurst)
- Tastes of the Hill (Sunday, Richmond Green Park)
- Coconut Festival (Sunday, Wychwood Barns)
The AGO's latest exhibit is painter-of-doldrums and danger Alex Colville, who passed away last year. The AGO show will be the largest Colville exhibition ever, and there will not be nap stations or free hankies to wipe the sweat from your brow. Tough it out at the public opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas St. West) this Saturday.
- Daniel Hutchinson - When the Lighthouse is Dark Between Flashes (Friday, Angell)
- Print Gallery opening (Friday, Print)
- Ladies Night Returns (Saturday, Comic Book Lounge)
- YYZLAB Open House (Saturday, Yyx Artists' Outlet)
For more art listings, check out our Top 10 Must-See Art Shows This Summer post.
One of summers most intriguing art events will take place in unassuming Warkworth, ON - about 150km from Toronto. Sunday Drive presents Warkworth will span two weeks, as Toronto artists present installations and performances via Mercer Union, Gladstone Hotel, Huntclub, Art Spin, and more. The exhibit launches Saturday, August 23 with projections by Oliver Pauk, Michael Vickers, and Personnel and a performance by Hazel Meyer. No ride? Take the bus from 87 Wade Ave at 4pm for $25 - the trip includes free drinks, snacks, and surprises, and returns at midnight.
I Dream of Wires
The Toronto music documentary everyone is talking about is finally coming home. I Dream of Wires is an independent doc that traces the lineage of the noble and hard to comprehend modular synthesizer in a film that's surprisingly straightforward and engaging. The history of electronic music is wound up in I Dream of Wires's modular love-in, connecting with electronic celebs Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Gary Numan, Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle), Daniel Miller, Cevin Key (Skinny Puppy), Deadmau5, and more. It's a can't-miss for Toronto music fans. See it Saturday (August 23) at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema with a Q&A and live performance.
- Line In: Open Screening (Friday, Drake Lab)
- Good Will Hunting - CAMH Fundraiser (Saturday, Carlton Cinema)
- CPFF Days of Summer: Rear Window (Sunday, Christie Pits)
- The Hidden Film Festival (Sunday, No One Writes The Colonel)
Zvi + Isa Christ
It's been a light summer in Toronto for true noise shows. Why is the experimental scene trying so hard to be a party scene? Psych sock-hops and slacker stoner culture, how avant. Finally, here's your no bells, no whistles noise show of the month via Burn Down the Capital, held at Toronto's newest second-floor event space, Ratio in Kensington Market. Your Instagram needs more straight up effects-board gazing. Friday, August 22, Ratio (283 College).
- Construction ft. Moon King (Friday, Double Double Land)
- Anchor Shop's Free Summer Bash (Friday, Sneaky Dee's)
- Hellshovel (Friday, Silver Dollar)
- Pocket Concerts (Friday, some house)
- Container (Friday, Bambi's)
- Optical Sounds' US Invasion (Saturday, Cinecycle)
- From Austin TX (Sunday, Silver Dollar)
- Sacred Lamp & Doc Dunn (Sunday, Grasshopper Records)
What rides? The CNE has become something of a Mecca for deep-fried eats. Consume at your own peril. Check out our outrageous food preview here and our top entertainment picks here. There are rides, games, and male-dominated musical performances too. Until September 1, Exhibition Place (200 Princes' Blvd).
Head to Toronto's shipping container market at Dundas and Bathurst for a fashion pop-up today until 9pm. There will be giveaways, food, a catwalk, and more. If you want to vogue, everyone wants to see you vogue. If you just want to shop, that's fine. Friday, August 22, 5-9pm, Market 707 (707 Dundas St West).
- Clothes Swap (Saturday, Harbourfront Centre)
- Garage Sale (Saturday, Hermann & Audrey)
- Annex Flea (Sunday, Honest Ed's Alley)
The second annual Cityfest means you can eat, drink, and win prizes at this free celebration of, well, Toronto. Performances and DJ sets are on tap from the likes of Glenn Morrison, Frank Walker, No Big Deal, Wil Young, Brothers of North, South of Bloor, and Red Eye Flights. Saturday, August 23, 4-10pm, Canoe Landing Park (95 Fort York Blvd).
- Buskerfest (until Sunday, downtown)
- Mirens City Challenge (Saturay)
- PAWS in the Park (Sunday, Woodbine Park)
Canada's Biggest WaterFight
Will this be the biggest water fight in Canada ever? A thousand un-recorded summer camp face-offs will never prove otherwise. Saturday, August 23, 2-5pm, Trinity Bellwoods Park.
With contributions from Liora Ipsum, Benjamin Boles.