Radar: Taste of the Danforth, Movies by Moonlight: The Parking Lot Movie, Hip Hop Karaoke and King Sunshine in Yonge-Dundas Square, Whatevs, Tribute to Sugar Minott, Incongruous Quarterly Launch Party
FESTIVAL | Taste of the Danforth
Unquestionably Toronto's favourite street festival, the Taste of the Danforth showcases all that the city's Greek community has to offer. Over a million people flood the East End neighbourhood each year to sample the Danforth's famous food and take in three days of music and entertainment. This year three stages will host a continuous line up of performers including the Toronto Symphony's brass quintet, Jesse Labelle, Alyssa Reid, and Frank D'Angelo and his 15 piece band. Second City comedians will be doing improv all weekend and some of the stars from So You Think You Can Dance Canada will make an appearance. If you're thinking that none of that sounds particularly Greek, one stage will be completely devoted to Hellenic culture, with performances of traditional music and bellydancing.
Danforth Avenue, Free, Friday 6 pm - 12 am, Saturday 12 pm - 12 am, Sunday 12 pm - 8 pm
FILM | Movies by Moonlight: The Parking Lot Movie
Outdoor movies have been all the rage this summer, and the Movies by Moonlight series is shaping up to be the Rolls Royce of free-range film. Not only do you get the chance to see some great movies in the open air, but Open Roof Films has added live bands and after parties to the mix. There will be seven screenings between now and end of August, each starting with a concert followed by a Q and A with filmmakers, then the film itself, and afterwards a party complete with alcohol courtesy of the Amsterdam Brewing Company. The series kicks off tonight with a performance by local up and comers Little Girls and a showing of the acclaimed documentary The Parking Lot Movie. If you think it's impossible to make an interesting film about parking lots, this trailer should change your mind.
Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst Street, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert, 9:15 screening, $15
PARTY | Hip Hop Karaoke and King Sunshine in Yonge-Dundas Square
Hip Hop Karaoke blows up big time tonight when it turns Yonge-Dundas Square into a theatre of dreams for aspiring emcees. Usually held in the more modest confines of Revival on College Street, HHK has become a Toronto institution over the years and gives wannabe rappers a chance to test their lyrical flow on some classic hip hop tracks in front of a real audience. Once all the knowledge has been dropped, nine piece disco funk fusion band King Sunshine will light up the square.
Yonge-Dundas Square, Free, Hip Hop Karaoke 7:45 pm - 9:15 pm, King Sunshine 9:30 pm - 10:45 pm
PARTY | Whatevs One Year Anniversary
751's gangsta rap party Whatevs turns one year old tonight, so it's time to celebrate in sleazy style. Here are a couple of things that blogTO does not endorse but which may or may not be involved in this party: no cover, liberally distributed free shots all night, post-closing time pool hopping, and Wyclef Jean. They're billing it as "the '93 World Series of dive bar parties", which I guess means Mitch Williams is going to blow a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth?
751, 751 Queen Street West, Free, 10 pm
MUSIC | Final Farewell and Tribute to Lincoln Sugar Minott
Over a career spanning 41 years, reggae legend Sugar Minott released over 60 albums and redefined lovers rock on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in Jamaica, he eventually became a bigger star in the UK on the back of hit singles like Hard Time Pressure. A talented singer and producer, Minott died last month of suspected heart failure, and tonight Lula Lounge pays their respect to the "Godfather of Dancehall" with party tonight featuring DJs Chocolate and Patrick Roots.
Lula Lounge, 1585 Queen Street West, Free, 9 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | Incongruous Quarterly Issue #1 Launch Party
Ever wonder what happens to all those manuscripts, short stories and poems that get rejected by big publishing houses? It turns out they end up in the Incongruous Quarterly, possibly the first and only Canadian magazine that prides itself on publishing works deemed unpublishable by everyone else. Tonight they launch their first issue with an evening of music and literary horseplay. Featuring readings from the issue's contributors, music from Steve Foster of the band Donlands and Mortimer, and drunk Scrabble.
The White House, 277.5 Augusta Avenue, 2nd Floor, PWYC, 8:30 pm
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