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Weekend events in Toronto June 17-19 2016

Weekend events in Toronto for these sunny next few days are packed full of music. There's some food, some cultural stuff, some dancing, but thanks to NXNE, Luminato and other live shows, we'll be hearing sounds all over the place from Friday to Sunday.

For more events this weekend click on over to our events section.


Beach, BBQ and Brews (June 17 - 19)
Get sticky fingers in the sun at the BBQ fest at Woodbine Beach. There will be loads of ribs and smoked chicken as well as competitions and beer vendors!

Taco Fest (June 17-19)
There will be tacos from noon until 11p.m. at 99 Sudbury. Some of the city's top taco houses will be on hand, surrounded by nachos, margaritas, churros and Mexican sweet corn.

Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival (June 18-19)
The platform in front of Union Station has been taken over by some amazing chef demos, food vendors and DJs. RunsSaturday from 12-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12-6 p.m.

Queers for Dinner: Pride Picnic (June 18)
This is a low-key environment to connect with other lovely queer folks during Pride Month. This is an afternoon of snacks vegan/vegetarian-friendly, frisbee, board games, and hang outs with other queer folks. Bring $2-$3 for the the snacks and make some friends.


MNFSTO10 X NXNE (June 17-18)
The Port Lands gets even more hip with this brand new NXNE festival stage. The first day, a mix of hip hop, soul and reggae with ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah & Mick Jenkins. MNFSTO10 artists will also take the stage through the night. Saturday's lineup leans heavier on rock with Land of Talk, Born Ruffians and more.

No Fest (June 17-18)
This is a two-day music fest from Buzz Records and Noisey, all taking place at The Garrison. Genre wise, it's a mix of fuzzy rock and electronic, and a great bonus detail? There is a free day party before the night shows start on Saturday. Check out the whole lineup on their website.

Live in Bellwoods (June 17-19)
Sit on that giant hill at the north end of the dog bowl in Bellwoods and enjoy three-days of lovely "chill afternoon tunes," and this year the festival has access to electricity! So you'll actually be able to hear the soft sounds floating through the trees and dog howls.

NXNE: Coldspecks (June 17)
2012 Polaris Prize nominee Cold Specks is playing a show at Lee's Palace. Drop everything you are doing. Gather up all your lunch and laundry money, don't eat, stay dirty and go watch the wonder of this woman perform. She'll take your ass to church!

Cancer Bats (June 17)
Another great NXNE showcase, this one is a lot noisier, though. Six bands join Cancer Bats for a night at the Bovine Sex Club.

Grand Master Flash (June 18)
Did you know Grand Master Flash has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, toured with the likes of Rick James and The Clash? Watch the legend perform in close proximity at the newly renovated Velvet Underground.

L'Histoire Du Soldat (June 18)
The TSO Chamber soloists take over Luminato programming and The Hearn for one night to perform Stravinsky's masterpiece. A septet will play in the Side Room along with concert master Jonathan Crow. Make sure to check out all the other programming happening throughout the weekend on Luminato's official website.

Ellie Goulding (June 19)
For some odd reason I seem to know more about who Ellie Goulding is dating than her music, but I do understand that her songs can often set a dancefloor on fire. The talented singer takes on the ACC for a great big dance show.


Art Book Fair (June 17-19)
The first annual Toronto Book Fair takes place inside the Artscape building on Shaw Street from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and will highlight "150 national and international artists, publishers, galleries, small presses, designers, curators, bookmakers, writers, and performers."

Bizarre Ball 4: Shipwreck (June 17)
The first shipwreck party of the weekend happens at Buddies in Bad Times. It's the Bizarre Ball! An amazing vogue ball with even more amazing outfits. DJ John Caffery spins while contestants strut and splash down the runway, living their mermaid/sea monster fantasy.

Taste of Little Italy (June 17-19)
Not much needs to be said about this one other than College Street will be closed all weekend from Bathurst to Shaw with lots of food, teens, fairground rides, performances and more food. It runs until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and wraps up around 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Toronto Pirate Ship Party (June 18)
Hop on the S.S. Kajama (also known as the giant pirate ship that floats around the harbour) from 12:30 - 5 p.m. with music from DJ Digy, burgers, hot dogs and so, so, so much beer and wine.

Black Boys: A night of spiritual Pride (June 18)
Excerpts from the new play celebrating the possibilities of black queerness to come later this season. This night will also feature performances, art and music.

Roald Dahl film festival (June 18-19)
Two-days of Roald Dahl classics at the Carlton Cinema? Yes please! While they've left out James and the Giant Peach, which is a personal fave, Witches, and Matilda are both there. Hurry up and see these before BFG comes out this summer.


Regent Park Party in the Park (June 18)
Celebrate Regent Park's third birthday from 1-10p.m. with live performances, art installations and a "bring your own curry" potluck.

Leslieville Flea (June 19)
There are 60 vendors selling vintage, salvaged, furniture, antiques, collectibles upcycled and handcrafted goods at this east side flea. It's from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Ashbridges Estate (1444 Queen St East).

OM TO (June 19)
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Distillery District you can do yoga for free from some of the best teachers in the city. This is an all-day outdoor yoga fest, y'all! Yogi's from Moksha Yoga, Yoga Tree, The Yoga Sanctuary, Spynga, BeHot Yoga, Iam Yoga, and Soghrati will be giving lessons throughout the day. There's also a meditation station.


Dancing this weekend just can't be topped by anything except the much-anticipated Yes Yes Ya'll X Dudebox Luminato party at the The Hearn. All types of love welcome, and proceeds from Friday night will also be donated to the GoFundMe initiative set up for the families of the Orlando victims.

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Photo via Dudebox's Facebook page.

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