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Weekend events in Toronto: July 20-22, 2012

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 20-22, 2012.

PARTIES

Girl Unit (Night Slugs, London) x DJ Sliink
Can't get enough of Mansion events? Don't worry, we have you covered. Returning to the Black Box Theatre, Mansion has booked the amazing Girl Unit, and DJ Slink. Need I say more? Both artists are sure to more than hold their own and keep you dancing.
Black Box Theatre (1087 Queen St. West), July 20, 10pm. For tickets, please visit Ticketweb (we highly recommend getting tickets in advance).

Identity Festival, Featuring Eric Prydz
Toronto is no stranger to music festivals, with the debut of Digital Dreams, the upcoming Veld music festival, and this weekend's Identity Festival, which is sure to be pretty reckless--in a good way. With Eric Prydz, Wolfgang Gartner, Madeon, just to name a few, this festival is sure to be one for the books.
Echo Beach (909 Lakeshore Blvd. W.), Ontario Place, July 21-22. Beginning Saturday at 12 pm. For tickets and information, check out Identity Festival.

MUSIC

The Twelves with Gray Moonen

Fun fact: The Twelves got their band name because of the coincidence of their birthdays. Don't miss this Brazilian duo's one-of-a-kind live show, a unique blend of live keyboards, drum machines, and mash-ups. Grey Moonen will be joining The Twelves for a night of bliss.
The Hoxton (69 Bathurst Street), July 22, 8pm. For tickets, please visit Ticketweb

Beaches International Jazz Festival
Now in its 24th year, this annual jazz festival will consist of multiple stages where an array of must-see musicians, representing a wide range of jazz styles, will showcase their talent. Free admission.
Various venues, July 20-29. For more information, please visit their website.

For more music listings, check out our weekly Hot Ticket post.

FOOD

2012 T&T Waterfront Night Market
Similar to Night It Up, the T&T Waterfront Night Market will be the go-to destination for Toronto locals who want amazing Asian-themed culinary delights. With multiple stages and performances from many different talented groups, the festivities will keep you entertained. In the past, the night market has welcomed over 60,000 guests from all over Toronto, and this year the number of attendees is expected to go up.
T&T Supermarket (222 Cherry Street) July 20, 6pm - July 22, 10 pm. For full performance and activity line up, check out their website.

Hot and Spicy Food Festival
It's time to spice up your life. The 15th annual Hot and Spicy Food Festival will be held at the Harbourfront Centre. A uniquely piquant festival, it will include a Hot and Spicy International Iron Chef Competition, hot & spicy smokehouse, Red Hot Market of hot sauces and more mouthwatering attractions. Come and enjoy spicy foods from an array of cultures and put your tastebuds through their paces.
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), July 20-22. For more information, please visit the website.

Thrill of the Grill
Six of the Danforth's finest restaurants will compete to outwit, out-cook, and ultimately out-rib each other in a battle of rib royalty. Vote amongst Allen's, The Combine Eatery, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro, 7 Numbers and The Silk Road for whose ribs reign supreme. A ticket will grant you 6 ribs, 6 samples of cole slaw, and a bottle of ESKA water. Participants 19 and over will receive a sample of Steamwhistle beer, and a sample of wine from Churchill Cellars. All proceeds go to cancer research at Sunnybrook's Odette Cancer Centre.
Danforth Ave. (just East of Broadview station), July 21, 12pm to 3:30pm, tickets are $12.

For more food events, check out our This Week in Food post.

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FESTIVALS

Big on Bloor
Bloordale will be car-free for this two-day celebration of art, culture and local businesses. Pedestrians will flock the streets for the Bloordale Market, featuring more than 200 art-n-craft and vendor tables. There will be music, dance, and tons of other neat stuff happening. This event is kid-friendly, and free.
Bloor St. (Between Dufferin and Landsdowne), July 21, 1pm to 9pm, and July 22 from 12pm to 6pm.

Live Green Toronto Festival
Green is the new black. Come check out this festival where the vendors sell environmentally friendly products. The vendors will occupy Dundas Square and also line Yonge Street, from Dundas to Queen. From ecofriendly fashion, household items, jewelry, and many more, it will be hard for you not to live a "green" lifestyle.
July 21, 11am to 8pm, free admission.

COMEDY

Set List comes to Toronto
During this completely improvised show, comedians will meet their match. The idea behind "set list" is that every time a comedian performs on stage, they get a new topic and they play off that right away. Come check out some creative minds at work and have a good laugh. Brought to you by Alexandra Howell, the show will also feature local Toronto comedians like Dave Merheje, Levi MacDougal and many more.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West) July 21st, 8pm, $15. For tickets, please check out Ticketweb.

Debra DiGiovanni & The Superstars of Comedy
The hilarious Debra DiGiovanni is at it again with the Superstars of Comedy show--get ready for some rip-roaring laughs. In addition to Debra, Alex Pavone, Pat MacDonald will also be on hand. If you've missed previous shows--they tend to sell out quickly--this is your chance.
Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), July 21, 9:30pm. Tickets available via Ticketweb.

For more comedy listings, check out our This Week in Comedy post.

FILM

Christie Pits Film Festival
Christie Pits will be lighting up for a nostalgic evening of movie watching in the park. Co-presented by Open Roof Festival, "When We Were Young" is a series of film screenings which will summon up memories of your youth. Come out this Sunday for a showing of Big, the story about a boy whose wish to be a grown-up becomes a startling reality, overnight. Bring snacks, bring a blanket, and let's get cozy under the moonlight.
Christie Pits Park (Bloor St. W. and Christie St.), July 22, 9pm, PWYC.

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Rep Cinema and our This Week in Film.

FASHION

The Toronto Etsy Street Team's "Spring Handmade Market"
The Toronto Etsy Street Team is hosting their 3rd annual market just in time for summer. The show will feature 24 TEST artists and will include jewelry, artsy-stuff, baked goods and even nipple tassels. After the market, join other artists and members of TEST for cocktails and some good ol' fashioned mingling. Reserve your spot here.
The Triangle Gallery (38 Abell St.), July 21, 11am to 11:30pm, free.

For more fashion news and events, check out our This Week in Fashion post.

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SPORTS

FIGHT! 5
Now, I thought wrestling died along time ago. Well, it's back, and it's putting up a fight: a real one. Featuring musical guest Reverse Grip, come on down to this action packed, butt-kicking event that will entertain with fighting, music, and other surprise attractions. Don't miss the after party at Puck N' Wings.
Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.), July 22, 2pm.

THEATRE

Porch-view Dances
Don't miss this unique, weekend-long dance festival taking place in the Jane and Finch area. There'll be performances--as well as screenings--by local residents and at-risk youth in their very own backyards--or at least, on their front porches and courtyards. Festival organizers will lead a tour around the neighbourhood to view the various performances, and engage in activities such as dance workshops, with the event culminating in a dance which will invite the public to participate in the Porch View performances.
84 London Street (corner of Euclid & London, north of Bloor), July 19-22. PWYC. For more information, visit the event site.

For more theatre listings, visit our This Week in Theatre post.


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