Toronto weekend events

Weekend events in Toronto: July 19-21, 2013

Weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 19-21, 2013.


Big On Bloor
Bloor West is going car-free for Bloordale's annual street festival this weekend. Beginning Saturday afternoon, Big On Bloor will see local small businesses, artists, musicians and entertainers filling the street between Dufferin and Lansdowne for an anticipated 70,000 festivalgoers. The Bloordale BIA has arranged for six events to take place throughout the weekend, including The BIG Market Place, Savour Bloor and RAW: Real Art Wear. Buy, eat and look at all the things for as long as you like--this event is a freebie.
Bloor Street (between Dufferin and Lansdowne), July 20-21, 2013, 1PM Free


Leslieville Flea
Neighbourhood fleas seem to be the big thing this summer and Leslieville's own is open for business once again this Sunday. Operating in the lot behind the Duke Tavern, the Leslieville Flea will have 30 vendors set up hundreds of items, ranging from handmade jewelry to vintage clothing. To see some of the items that will be available for sale, check out the market's blog at The flea is on until 3PM.
Behind the Duke Tavern (Leslie and Queen Street East), July 21, 2013, 10AM Free


Beaches International Jazz Festival
The popular annual Beaches International Jazz Festival begins this Friday, opening the east end of Toronto to one of the city's largest street festivals. Having evolved from being just a celebration of jazz music, this festival now celebrates all genres of music, with multiple stages set up around the Beaches and the boardwalk for different types of performers. Food will also be a large part of this year's festival with food trucks located nearby all performance venues. Queen East will be shut down from Woodbine to Beech and Woodbine Park will be the epicenter of the festival. Show of jazz hands for those that will be there.
Woodbine Park (Coxwell Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard East), July 19-28, 2013, 7PM Free

Poor Pilgrim Island Show 6
If you're looking for a hidden gem event to hit up this week, Poor Pilgrim Island Show lands on Sunday. Worth the $7 roundtrip fare to Toronto Island, this annual music show has apparently been around for six years and yet remains largely untalked about. Audiences will follow a special map to find the secret performances littered throughout the island. The meeting point is at Franklin's Storybook Garden on Centre Island (note that if you're bringing a bike, you are only allowed to bring it onboard the ferries heading to Ward's or Hanlan's). From there, you'll be met by a guide who will provide you with maps to finding the performers, who include L Con, Pachamama, Steve Kado's 2003 and Nick Ferrio. Think of it as a treasure hunt for local music.
Toronto Island, July 21, 2013, 5:30PM PWYC

For more music listings, check out our This Week in Music and July Concerts posts.


Leisure Lounge
N/A Collective gathers artists in one room to be at their leisure this Friday night. Located behind Lula Lounge, the space will be opened to the public for therapeutic pursuits, with artists setting up shop to offer life advice, massages, personalized songs, and whatever "whiskey yelling" is. 20 artists will be available to pull you along in life (or, for the night). The event directly supports Whippersnapper Gallery's programming and will definitely make for an interesting evening.
N/A Collective (1585 Dundas Street West), July 19, 2013, 9PM $10-$20


2013 T&T Waterfront Night Market
If you haven't yet tired of night food markets, the expansive T&T Waterfront Night Market opens Friday night for the weekend. This large food festival includes all the typical fair foods with some cultural specialties (like the popular "stinky tofu"). This free market on Cherry Street can be difficult to get to but is absolutely worth it if only for all the deep fried goodness you'll ingest once there. The market is open until midnight but don't go too late--food does run out. The full performance schedule is posted on
T&T Supermarket Grounds (222 Cherry Street), July 19-21, 2013, 6PM Free

International artists like Sam Flores, Mike Giant and Faith 47 compete in an art battle to create original pieces at DOS, the Friday night follow-up party to UNO that brings the art world together with DJs and foodies. 40 artists will participate in the event with DJs Platurn and Grandtheft spinning on four turntables. La Carnita and Big Star will collaborate on a street food menu for the night to keep the crowd satiated in between the mayhem. Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketfly.
Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), July 19, 2013, 7PM $20

For more food events, check out our Toronto Food Events post.


MIDNIGHT MRKT is part-shopping experience, part-party. For $5, eventgoers gain access to this party, which starts out as a market with posters, jewelry, clothing, vintage and baked items for sale. At the stroke of midnight, the bar takes over and the event becomes a full-on party, with DJ sets by Lucie Tic, Kid MK and Johnny Hockin. While this is probably one of Toronto's sexiest markets, keep in mind that this isn't the Junction Flea--dress your best to avoid feeling awkward. The party goes until 2AM.
2nd Floor (461 King Street West), July 19, 2013, 8PM $5

Bridge & Bardot 1st Anniversary Event
One of Toronto's most beloved Dundas West vintage stores, Bridge & Bardot celebrates its first birthday with a small Friday night party. Taking place inside the store--which has some of the best vintage finds in the city for very affordable prices--the party will begin at 6PM and of course will include champagne and cupcakes. Stop by to shop and celebrate with the B&B team.
Bridge & Bardot (1138 Dundas Street West), July 19, 2013, 6PM Free

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


Junction Movie Nights: Outdoor Cinema
The rare Junction Movie Nights takes place this weekend! Screening Greenwich Village: Music That Changed A Generation on Friday night on the Junction Train Platform, this quieter alternative to the city's large outdoor screenings has been slowly gaining momentum in the neighbourhood, playing just five movies this summer. This Laura Archibald documentary is a fun examination of the music culture centered in New York City's Greenwich Village in the '60s and '70s, featuring interviews with the likes of Carly Simon and Don McLean. Stop by Dundas West and Pacific after sundown with a chair and a blanket if this heatwave ever ends.
Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West), July 19, 2013, 9:30PM Free

For more film events, check out our This Week in Film post.

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