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The top 5 free events in Toronto: August 8-14 2016

Free events in Toronto this week take you out of this world and around the world, all without the need for tap, cash or coins. Soundscapes, a new free outdoor movie in a new park and a massive celebration of Africa will make you feel like you've been far away without leaving the city.

Here are my top picks for very free things to do this week.

Birth and Death Frequencies (August 8)
You know what there aren't enough of for free during the week? Dance parties. Well this event won't help that problem, but it sounds damn cool. It's a component from John Oswald's site-specific sound installation for the Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum. Soundscapes to take your mind away on a lazy summer evening.

Movies in the Common (August 11)
BYOB (that's b for blanket) to this screening of Apollo 13 in the Corktown Commons! Yup, it's the newish park in the West Don Lands near the Canary District. Pre-show happenings start at 6 p.m. (that's food, a bootcamp, yoga) and the movie starts at sundown (8:45 p.m.ish).

Habari Africa Arts Festival (August 12-14)
Celebrate global African culture all weekend at the Harbourfront. Performing artist will show off sound of Congolese rumba, makossa, pantsula, afro-pop, South African jazz, traditional and contemporary sounds of West Africa, and so so so many more. There will also be vendors, visual art, and food.

Entertainment District art crawl (August 12)
Smack in the middle of downtown, there's this art crawl at David Pecaut Square. 60 artists, DJs and food trucks will scatter the area while you browse. It's free because you don't have to buy anything, you just have to move your legs around the area to see what's good.

York-Eglinton Street Festival (August 14)
The Caribbean, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin communities of Eglinton West join forces to through a mega-street party. From Marlee Avenue to Dufferin Street, catch dozens of bands belting out their best in so many genres. Grab something cold and stroll for free.

Did I miss an amazing free event this week? Let us all know about in the comments.

Photo of the Corktown Commons by Randy Hoffmann from the blogTO flickr pool.


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