The top weekend events in Toronto: July 17-19
Weekend events in Toronto will have you getting nostalgic about your angsty teen years at Vans Warped tour. Artists like Motion City Soundtrack, Silverstein, and Senses Fail will be there to help you celebrate Flashback Friday. If that's not your idea of fun, head to Downsview Park this Saturday for an epic slip and slide and pray for hot and sunny weather.
Beaches Jazz Fest (July 10-26)
The Beaches Jazz Festival continues this weekend. Performances by the Lula All Stars, Chris Thomas King, Ogguere, God Made Me Funky, The Boom Booms, La Gran Colombia Orchestra and many more make this one of the most international music options this summer.
PANAMANIA (July 10-26, August 7-12)
The Pan Am Games aren't just about sports. This weekend you'll be able to see acts like The Flaming Lips, Colin James, Keisza, tons of world music artists and lots more -- all for free at Nathan Phillips Square and PanAm Park. Check the schedule and show up early.
Ritmo Y Color (July 17-19)
Celebrate Latin-American culture without leaving the city at Ritmo Y Color. The fest will feature performances by artists DJ Grouch and Novalima as well as salsa dancing in the street. If you get hungry, there will be plenty of Latin streetfood on the scene (save your toonies for $2 empanadas).
FOOD & DRINK
12 Beers of Summer (July 17)
In the mood for a brew-filled luau? Put on your finest Hawaiian shirt and straw hat and head to the Gladstone Ballroom for 12 Beers of Summer. You'll have to drop $20 to get in, but once inside you can sample all the craft beer you can handle. If you've consumed enough liquid courage, feel free to stick around for karaoke.
27th Ontario Oyster Festival (July 19)
If you're into bivalves, you'll want to be at Rodney's this Sunday. Craft beer, wine, lobster and, of course, oysters will be served up to the masses. Stick around and catch some live music performed by Piece o' the Rock, Ride the Riger and DJ Soucial.
Vans Warped Tour (July 17)
20 years later and the Warped Tour is still rolling. Pierce The Veil, Memphis May Fire, local favourites PUP and The Dirty Nil, and lots more are taking part this year. Things unique to Warped: if you're under 18, you can buy a ticket and bring one parent for free, and the first 100 people to donate blood on the day of the festival get a backstage wristband.
The VICE Annual Photo Show 2015: The New Photojournalism (July 17)
VICE is hosting their annual photo show this Friday at Angell Gallery. The exhibition has been co-curated by award-winning Canadian photographer Larry Towell. Capacity is limited, so show up early if you want to get in.
Ossington Sidewalk Sale (July 18)
The Ossington Sidewalk Sale will bring some of Ossington's most loved stores to the streets. You'll find Jonathan+Olivia, Unleashed in the City, Victoire Boutique and more. Expect to find discounts, deals and giveaways.
BAZAAR by Bratlist (July 18-19)
This Saturday Super Wonder Gallery is being transformed into a retail mecca. 20 brands and 60 artists will take over the 4,000 square foot space for a two-day shopping bonanza. There will be food and drink served at the venue to refuel if you've spent all your energy (and money).
Toronto Urban Collective (July 19)
If you're into snacking and shimmying while you shop, Toronto Urban Collective's got the pop-up for you. On July 19th at 99 Sudbury, peruse the (shoppable) work of a whole whack of Toronto-based artists, photographers, designers and gourmet food makers -- all while listening to the sweet tunes of TBA local DJs. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door.
Calvinball Comedy Roadtrip (July 17)
Four Toronto comedy troops will be taking over the Social Capital Theatre this Friday. Watch The Royal We, Fake Cops, Darcy & Bingley, and Calvinball dish out some laughs before they head to the U.S. for the Detroit Improv Fest.
Slide in the City (July 18)
Want to embrace your inner child? This Friday a gigantic 300-metre slip and slide will be in Downsview Park for some wet and wild fun. Tickets will be $35 until Friday, so snag them ASAP if you want to save a couple bucks.
The Wren & Left Field BBQ at Cold Tea (July 19)
In need of some good old-fashioned BBQ? The Wren and Left Field will be providing the drinks and eats for this epic summer BBQ at Cold Tea. End your weekend on a high note with some day drinking, eating and dancing.
Contributions by Matthew Forsythe and Bianca Venerayan.
Photo by Matt Forsythe
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