toronto events july 31

Radar: Frank Ocean, Givers and Yellow Ostrich, Dusk Dances, Toronto Pearson Caribbean Carnival Kick-Off Event, Eat the City

MUSIC | An Evening with Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean has been impossible to ignore in recent weeks and his music deserves just as much attention. Performing tonight at Kool Haus, the seriously talented R&B singer-songwriter performs from his latest album channel ORANGE, which has been critically heralded for its honesty and brilliance. Original fans will be pleased to learn he'll perform songs from his 2011 mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA. Catch the 24-year-old rapper live by purchasing tickets through Ticketmaster.
Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East) 8PM $35

MUSIC | Givers and Yellow Ostrich
Indie pop group Givers have been on our radar since the release of their first single "Up Up Up" off their 2011 album In Light. Tonight, Givers make the trip up to Toronto for a show at The Drake with Brooklyn indie rockers Yellow Ostrich. Promoting music from their most recent albums and EPs, the bands will hit the stage shortly after 10PM. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster or, better yet, Rotate This and Soundscapes.
The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) 8PM $10.50

DANCE | Dusk Dances
Dusk Dances is a charming little event in Riverdale that brings culture to Withrow Park in the form of song and dance. Returning to the park for its 18th year, this outdoor dance festival sees guests being led through the "venue" by host Dan Watson to various areas where acclaimed Canadian dancers and choreographers will perform. Opening tonight, performers like Vancouver's The 605 Collective and Toronto's own Zata Omm Dance Projects will bring rhythm and mysticism to Withrow. The festival operates every night at 7PM until August 5th.
Withrow Park (Carlaw Avenue & Danforth Avenue) 7PM PWYC

FESTIVAL | Toronto Pearson Caribbean Carnival Kick-Off Event
Caribana--let's call it what it is--is always a large spectacle but this year, organizers want to make a bigger statement. To kick off the 2012 festival, Pearson International Airport will be hosting a parade through terminals 1 and 3 with performances by Bahamian Junkanoo Legends, steel pan man "Pan Man Pat," and masqueraders. Free samples of various Caribbean foods will be handed out and performers will be parading around in costume. If the crowds and heat of this Sunday's big parade are too much for you, take a drive out to Pearson International for a preview of the festivities.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (6301 Silver Dart Drive) 3PM Free


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