Festivals in the
Toronto and GTA
|July 16 - August 3
TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Edward Johnson Building (Faculty of Music) at the University of Toronto
An international classical music festival and academy now entering its fifth season,
Toronto Summer Music (TSM) brings world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an
unparalleled combination of performances and summer music education. Programmed by
celebrated Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann, the TSM Festival offers classical music
lovers a feast of engaging concerts, enriched by master classes, lectures, exhibitions and
workshops. During four weeks of programming, Toronto audiences step into an intimate world
imbued with musical energy and creative activity, a world where classical music expresses
its power to unite body and soul. The only summer music program of its kind in Ontario,
the TSM Academy offers instruction at the highest level to musicians at the threshold of
their professional careers through individual master classes and string quartet,
composition and chamber music workshops.
|July 17 - August 29
TOGA! THE REINVENTION OF AMERICAN COMEDY
TIFF Bell Lightbox
American comedies are celebrated in this TIFF retrospective, screening hilarious flicks
from the 1970s to today. In the late 70s and early 80s American comedies changed, becoming
more over the top with gross-out humour and slapstick, influenced by stand-up comedians
and Saturday Night Live. Films like Animal House and Stripes paved the way for modern
comedy hits like Old School and The Hangover. Directors Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters,
Stripes, Meatballs) and John Landis (Blues Brothers) are in house to introduce several of
the films as well as a sit down for In Conversation With.
|July 18 - 21
TIRGAN IRANIAN FESTIVAL
An ancient celebration of Iranian arts and culture Tirgan refers to an ancient festival
traditionally held in the month of July (the month of 'Tir' in Persian Calendar),
inspiring what is currently world's largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture,
taking place biennially at the Harbourfront Centre.
|July 18 - 21
UNITY FESTIVAL 2013
Unity Festival is back with headliner Talib Kweli, beatbox battles, hip-hop performances
and more. The fifth annual festival is in support of Unity Charity, a Canadian Youth
Evergreen Brick Works
Last summer there was UNO, now we have DOS bringing food, street art and music to
Evergreen Brick Works. There are 40 international artists on site, all with original
pieces to show off. Music will be provided by DJ Platum, Grandtheft, Don Valley and
Brains4Breakfest. La Carnita, who created the event, will be joined by Chicago's Big Star
to fill the event with taco creations.
COALESCE FESTIVAL: WHERE MUSIC MEETS
The Opera House hosts an evening of Toronto's best indie artists, from hip hop to acoustic
to electro at the Coalesce Festival, or Where Music Meets. Founded by Champ, the lead
singer of The Panda Chronicles, this fest is a celebration of the city's ethnic and
musical diversity and a fundraiser.Headlined by rappers The Panda Chronicles, the Coalesce
Festival also features Gen Why, Kilowatt, JDG, Diemens, DJ Wade-West and the U of T
Varsity Dance Crew. Some of the proceeds from the concert will go to benefit SKETCH
Toronto, a local organization that encourages artistry in homeless and at-risk youths.
|July 19 - 21
T&T WATERFRONT NIGHT MARKET
A Toronto tradition, the T&T Waterfront Night Market treats visitors to an authentic
Asian night market experience, with a range of Asian street foods and vendors from
throughout the province. The market also features a centre stage, where a line up of local
entertainers and cultural performances keep the energy up throughout the night. With
rides, carnival games, shows, and plenty of food, the market is a cultural fair that aims
to make the most of Toronto's hot summer nights.
|July 19 - 20
BERUNA MUSIC FESTIVAL
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
The Beruna Music Festival takes over The Flats at Molson Amphitheatre for two days. The
Christian music festival will have many international artists, speakers and performers.
|July 19 - 28
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS
Elgin Memorial Centre
Children of all ages are invited to hop aboard The Thomas Tour for an afternoon of themed
activities. Starting off at the Elgin Memorial Centre in St. Thomas, a day pass for this
event features a 25-minute ride on a full-sized Thomas the Tank Engine train, as well as
activities including crafts, storytelling and a meet and greet with Thomas the Tank Engine
railway head, Sir Topham Hatt.
|July 19 - 28
25th BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Queen Street East / Woodbine Park / Kew Gardens and The Boardwalk
The Beaches International Jazz Festival has grown steadily since that first year of an
afternoon of Jazz in the park into a world-class event that attracts an annual audience of
1 million people. Now, in celebration of its 24th anniversary, Beaches Jazz-voted
Toronto's #1 music event in a 2006 Toronto Star Decima Poll-has been enhanced to include
an additional weekend at Woodbine Park to complement the well-established Main Stage
concerts at Kew Gardens, StreetFest, and Jazz related workshops. Also new this year is the
Latin Square on the boardwalk near the Leuty Lifeguard Station.
ALBION ISLINGTON FUSION OF TASTE FESTIVAL
Albion Islington Square
The Seventh Annual Albion Islington Fusion of Taste Festival is an open house for the
Albion Islington Business Improvement Area. It features live music, arts and crafts, a
free raffle and a diverse selection of dining options representative of the
neighbourhood's residents.Children are welcome to partake in amusement rides, play midway
games and try the on the spot drawing competition. For the first time, there is a culinary
competition open to Albion Islington BIA restaurants. The competition employs web-based
voting to award the best dishes in two categories, savoury and sweet, with a celebrity
presenter on hand.
THRILL OF THE GRILL
The fourth annual Thrill of the Grill is a charity event that sees the city's best
barbecuers compete to see whose BBQ ribs reign supreme. With proceeds going towards kidney
cancer research at the Odette Cancer Centre at the Sunnybrook Health Science Centre.
Participating restaurants include Allen's, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro, The Combine Eatery
and The Meat Department. Judges Chef Lynn Crawford and Dr. Georg Bjarnason judge the
dishes along with the public, to decide who will be crowned this year's BBQ Master.
TASTE OF THE WOODS
Warden Woods Community Centre
Celebrating the people and places of the Warden Woods community, this festival reaches out
to everyone in Southwest Scarborough, and the whole city of Toronto. Special activities
for the whole family are on hand from face painting, to bouncy castles, to the special
Scarborough's Got Talent show. Local small entrepreneurs will also be given a platform to
show off some of their unique offerings. Come on out to a festival that helps build and
bring together everyone living in Warden Woods.
|July 20 -21
BIG ON BLOOR
Bloor Street (Dufferin to Lansdowne)
Car-free Bloor St., Toronto, Dufferin to Lansdowne, celebrates arts, culture, community
& small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds
of events, activities and exhibitions including: Bloordale Market: more than 200 arts,
crafts, vendors and information tables!
Over 30,000 attendees expected! Proclaimed an Event of Municipal Significance by the City
Over 100 live performances including music, dance, and speakers. Includes the work of over
350 youth 14 29 Headliner & Feature Performances! A number of recording artists
support Toronto's youth and endorse YD with the contribution of their time Youth Gallery
Expansion! High demand has grown the gallery both in size and in diversity to now include
2D, 3D, audience interactive and live art and photography. Featuring a variety of styles
of youth and mentor artist work Yonge Street Closure! Vendors, of a variety of types, will
be lined on Yonge Street to host the festival visitors Fashion Show! Featuring youth and
mentor designers showcasing a variety of styles for all ages, sizes, and backgrounds!
BRAZILFEST TORONTO 2013
The Festival will offer its attendees the opportunity to be closer to the performers, get
a chance to enjoy a taste of Brazil with Brazilian style foods and a family area for
families with children to enjoy the day. BrazilFest is now considered a part of the
Toronto calendar list of many great events that stimulates and celebrates the collective
heritage and multicultural diversity of Toronto. The event is listed and affiliated with
most of Toronto's cultural links A huge variety of styles of music and dance from all
parts of the country, with something to offer for all tastes; rhythms and melodies that
reflect the rich cultural heritage of Brazil. Free admission.
ONTARIO OYSTER FESTIVAL
Rodney's Oyster House
The Ontario Oyster Festival is back in its 25th year, as
attendees indulge in oysters and other gourmet fair. Guests can enjoy oysters, lobster,
and micro brews, as well as a live performance from The Waxbills and God Make Me Funky.
The event is in support of Environmental Defence, an environmental action organization
that aims to secure a greener, and healthier life for everyone.The price includes two
drinks, a plate of oysters or Coq au Vin.Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the door
on the day of the event.
TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM
The Underground at The Drake Hotel
The Toronto Monologue Slam features local up and coming actors performing an intimate and
electrifying monologue in a battle to be titled Toronto's Best Actor. With two rounds,
each contestant is given three minutes to perform an original or existing monologue and is
allowed to use props and costumes that compliment the piece. Three contestants then move
on to Round Two- the REMIX ROUND, where they choose from an array of themes that they have
to incorporate into their previous monologue performance. The actor who performs the best
monologue receives $100 cash, prizes and is able to defend their title at the next Toronto
Slam event. The performances are judged by a panel of experts, from casting directors to
|July 25 - 27
25th BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL STREETFEST
Queen Street East
During Beaches Jazz Festival StreetFest, on the nights of Thursday July 25th, Friday July
26th, and Saturday July 27th, , Queen Street E. will be closed from Woodbine Ave. to Beech
Ave. from 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm nightly. The north / south streets of Waverley Ave., Wineva
Ave., and Lee Ave. will remain open throughout the evening.
|July 25 - 28
TORONTO BURLESQUE FESTIVAL
2013 marks the 6th annual Toronto Burlesque Festival, coming up July 25th-28th. Featuring
the best in local, national and international talent, while providing opportunities for
performers to network together and build community. Presenting four fantastic showcases at
The Virgin Mobile Mod Club in addition to the annual brunch.
MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY
Fort York: Garrison Common
The Mad Decent Block Party is an electronic music festival with performances by Major
Lazer, Zeds Dead, Riff Raff and more. Electronic band Major Lazer was formed in 2008, and
released their first album Guns Don't Kill People
Lazers Do in 2009. Their video for
their first single, "Hold the Line," was nominated for a MTV Video Award and was
featured in the FIFA 10 video game. Their latest album, Free the Universe, features
collaborations with Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Peaches, Vampire Weekend and Bruno Mars. Zeds
Dead is a Canadian dub step band who released their third studio album, Hot Sauce, earlier
this year. Formed in 2009, the band consists of DC and Hooks and has toured around the
world. Riff Raff got his start on the MTV reality show From G's to Gents in 2009, and
since then has released three studio albums and 16 mix tapes. His latest album, Neon Icon,
includes collaborations with Drake, ASAP Rocky, Wiz Khalifia, Mac Miller, Snoop Dog and
more. This event is 16+.
QUEER BEER FESTIVAL
Bandshell Park-Exhibition Place
Toronto's Festival of Beer is proud to announce a new event, the Queer Beer Festival! The
first of its kind in North America and in celebration with the queer and trans
communities. The Queer Beer Festival will celebrate Canada's rich brewing history, hosted
by experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 120 brands,
great live acts and delicious food from gourmet BBQ to oysters to more! This event is part
of Canada's celebration of all things beer!
|July 26 - 28
TORONTO'S FESTIVAL OF BEER
Bandshell Park-Exhibition Place
A celebration of Canada's rich brewing history, hosted by experts of the brewing craft
from around the country. Featuring more than 200 brands of beer on-site, this is Canada's
premier celebration of the golden beverage.
|July 26 - 28
TORONTO ANIMATION ARTS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL TAAFI
TIFF Bell Lightbox
When the real world lacks the colour we need, animation can transcend those boundaries and
take people to a new realm to let their imagination run wild. This three-day festival
celebrates that world of imagination with a wide number of things to do for children and
adults. Over 100 shorts and 5 feature films from around the world will be shown. Special
workshops run by master trainers will be on offer. Several parties will be hosted,
including the return of the beachside event "Nelvana Bouncing Ball." There will
even be a Pitch-A-Palooza where you can get a chance to pitch your animation idea to
industry experts. The event will take place at both TIFF Lightbox and Chorus Quay, each
one hosting their own specific events with specific prices, but a weekend pass will cover
everything at the festival.
|July 26 - 28
CLASSICAL V: BRASS
Flaunting artists from all over the world, the Harbourfront's Classical v: Brass festival
showcases an international range of classical brass music. Over the course of three days,
Classical v: Brass celebrates global music variance, from French horns to Indian wedding
bands, and African flutes to Chicago funk. Bands expected to perform at the festival
include all-female french horn band Genghis Barbie, Flute Allsorts and the Jaipur Kawa
Brass Band. Also on display at the Harbourfront area during this time is the World Cafe
and Lake View Market, both of which are on display all summer long.
GREEN TORONTO FESTIVAL
Bigger, better and greener than ever, this year's Green Toronto Festival will transform
Yonge-Dundas Square into a celebration of all things green! Stroll through more than 100
exhibits of green products and services, sample some scrumptious locally grown food and
enjoy live bands & special guest speakers, all in a car-free environment Yonge
Street will be closed to traffic from Dundas to Queen.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
Combine one part glitz and glamour, with one part sleek and cool design engineering; add
in some lovely ladies and you have a recipe for the hottest car show in North America.
Showcasing over 400 modified sport compact cars from across North America and hosting
various exhibitors and manufactures including accessories, performance parts and other car
merchandise; this show has something for every car enthusiast alike.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL JAMAICA DAY CELEBRATION
Wild Water Kingdom
Toronto International Jamaica Day Celebration presents a line-up of top international
performers, plus food, music and culture for the whole family, at Wild Water Kingdom.
Aiming to educate, entertain and share the rich culture of the island country, the
festivities are geared for a day of non-stop family fun. Musical performers include Tony
Rebel, Little John, Stevie Face and more, and admission includes water park entrance fee.
|July 27 - 28
GUILD ALIVE WITH CULTURE ART FESTIVAL
The Guild Inn Gardens
The Guild Alive with Culture Art Festival is a two-day event featuring artists, vendors,
music, and demonstrations. The festival showcases local talent in music, and visual arts,
new eateries and more. Family friendly - there are also community groups, live
entertainments and children's activities taking place.
|July 30 - August 4
Withrow Park hosts the 19th season of the Dusk Dances festival. This year's event includes
pieces by dance artists such as Susie Burpee, Melanie Kloetzal, and the Throwdown
Collective. Choreographers of different dance backgrounds create ten-minute pieces
inspired by the natural beauty around them. This outdoor dance festival takes places in
various areas of the park as the sun sets. The event is open to anybody and audiences are
encouraged to pay what they can.
Edgefest is back at Dowsnview Park with indie rockers The Lumineers, Band of Horses and
more. Also on the roster are The Neighbourhood, Monster Truck, Mother Mother, Dinosaur
Bones, Capital Cities, Wake Owl, July Talk, Twin Forks, Great Bloomers, Hey Marseilles,
You Won't, Imaginary Cities, Lucius and The Terrible.This event is rain or shine.
KULTURA FILIPINO ARTS FESTIVAL
Artscape Wychwood Barns
The 8th annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival is back this year and celebrates the culture
of the Philippines, with live music, food, visual arts and shopping. The free festival
showcases the talent of Filipino-Canadians with performances, arts exhibitions, film
screenings and free art workshops. Also featured is CLUTCH: Vol. 5, is an art exhibit led
by young Filipino-Canadian women. The artisan marketplace features authentic Filipino
products and food for everyone.
HART HOUSE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Hart House once again hosts the 6th annual Hart House Craft Beer Festival, featuring
Canadian craft brews and BBQ. Some of the participating breweries include Granville
Island, Mill St Brewery, Great Lakes Brewery, Steam Whistle Brewery, Amsterdam Brewery and
more.Ticket price includes eight beer samples, a reusable sampling glass and BBQ.
Additional beer tickets can be purchased on site.
|August 1-4, 2013
CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL TORONTO
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting
three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and
performing arts. In its 45th year it has become a major international event and the
largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As this Carnival is an
international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will
come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca,
Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. This colourful exhibition and display
of genius is truly a musical panorama that is certain to bring a pleasing smile to the
ancestral titans of Pan and Calypso music. Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an
expression of Toronto's multicultural and multiracial society. An increasing number of
attendees and participants come from the US and overseas. The events are planned months in
advance. The costumes and mas band displays are elaborate and oh so delicately worn and
designed for movement. Every move they make, in a breath-taking spectrum of colours that
is best reflected in the King and Queen Showcase on Parade Day. No Scotiabank Caribbean
Carnival Toronto is complete without African Drumming along with the Arts and Crafts
displays celebrating "Things Caribbean"!
The DARK Dance Company will be performing at the Opera House to raise money for their
charity Smile 4 The Cause. Dark stands for "Dance and Rhythm Konnexxions."
DARK's mission is to create a connection between the body and music. Smile 4 The Cause is
Dark Dance's charity, raising money for the arts in the community by donating to different
charities each year.
|August 2 - 4
BOOTS AND HEARTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Mosport International Raceway
Boots and Hearts music festival brings country music to the GTA. The three-day celebration
brings international stars and up-and-coming acts together on stage, with nighttime
partying and overnight camping available. This year's lineup features Jason Aldean, Rascal
Flatts, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry and Dean Brody. The show is at the Canadian Tire
Motorsport Park in Bowmanville.
|August 2 - 5
IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013
Nathan Phillips Square
and Queens Park
The 11th annual TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-media extravaganza featuring dance,
visual art, spoken word and of course great music from the Caribbean, Latin America,
Africa and North America. Dance from the African Diaspora, spoken word/literature, visual
arts exhibition, film, food and drinks. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown
Toronto, taking place in two great locations: Nathan Phillips Square and Queens Park.
|August 2 - 5
Thomson Memorial Park
In honour of one of the most beloved parts of the cow, the Scarborough Ribfest celebrates
its twelfth anniversary. Musical performances, midway rides, and games are on hand, along
with karaoke competitions and an all day beer garden. Lots of different foods are also
available like hot dogs, french fries, and corn on the cob, though ribs will be out in
force. A number of vendors will be selling a wide variety of ribs, offering a way of
tasting them you may have never experienced before. Parking is free parking and free
shuttle buses are also on hand for anyone not able to make the drive.
GROVE MUSIC FESTIVAL
Fort York: Garrison Common
Concert promoter Goldenvoice and independent music company Arts & Crafts team-up to
present the first Grove Music Festival, an all-day, all-ages celebration at Fort York's
Garrison Common. The line-up for the festival includes Phoenix, Girl Talk, Hot Chip, The
Gaslight Anthem, Earl Sweatshirt, Wavves, Icona Pop, Palma Violets, Young Empires and
LEGENDS STAR NIGHT 2013
Air Canada Centre
Legend Star Night 2013 brings on stage well known figures from the Indian Cinema including
Prabhu Deva, Shruti Hassan, Suriya, Madhavan and others. Prabhu Deva is a dancer,
choreographer, actor and director who has won awards for his choreographic talent. Shruti
Hassan is an actress and singer for both South Indian and Bollywood films. Suriya is
currently working in the Tamil film industry. Madhavan works as an actor, producer and
television host and has received awards from Filmfare and Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
The show is presented by Multi Culture Chamber of Commerce Inc. and Dream Webby
Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and is intended to raise funds for Cancer care programs at
Scarborough General and Grace Hospital.
Island Soul celebrates the rich artistic traditions, emerging
art forms, innovative expressions and vibrant lifestyles of the Caribbean.
|August 3 -4
VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL
VELD Music Festival brings electronic artists for a weekend concert at Downsview Park this
August. Performers include Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Dada Life,
Madeon, Dirty South, Steve Angello, Danny Tenaglia and more. This two-day event is rain or
shine, and all tickets are for both days.
|August 3-5, 2013
ARTFEST: OUTDOOR ART SHOW
Celebrating summer in Toronto and the arts, 65 artists
& artisans from across Canada are gathering at the Historic Distillery District for
three days only. Enjoy handmade Canadian pottery, glass, leather, jewellery, gourmet food,
textiles paintings, live music and more. Set throughout the magical Historic Distillery
|August 3-5, 2013
THE PIRATE FESTIVAL
Another year in Dry Bluffs and still no sight of water!
Captain William Dampier known as an accredited navigator is very concerned. He consults
his charts and seeks advice, but there are no results. And yet fish are found in the mud
pit of Dry Bluffs and one wonders how?
The daughters learning the truth of their parentage have turned to piracy and the Major
has enlisted the help of the only "true" lady he knows Anthea Sparsgood to aid
in convincing the daughters to reform. Ruth has arrived and is pleased to support the
girls in their choice.
Mad Mary is "the leader of the pack" The girls idolize her and she will lead
them to nothing but trouble. But what of the "real" pirates. The rough and
tumble men of the seas and their renowned Pirate King! What mayhem will they cause? Who
will save the Village of Dry Bluffs? With the help of Kheired Din we will need to firm
hand of our Mayoress Katy
FESTIVAL KOMPA ZOUK
A free festival day at the Harbourfront Centre follows a week of Creole festivities around
the city. The main festival includes musical performances by artists like Tabou Combo,
Stevy Mahy and Carimi. Attendees can also learn Creole dance at festival workshops and
enjoy cooking demonstrations and a soccer tournament. The festival also features a
bilingual job fair and activities for children. In previous years, the festival attracted
more than 40,000 people and featured performances by Alan Cave, Emeline Michel and T-Vice.
|August 4 - 5
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Drake's fourth annual OVO Fest is back at Molson Amphitheatre with headliners Frank Ocean,
James Blake and of course, Drake himself. The Toronto-based singer/rapper created OVO Fest
in 2010, a one-day concert with VIP rap stars and special guests. Since then, the concert
has become an annual tradition, and will now take place over two days in August. The
August 4 night will feature Ocean and Blake, while Drake plays August 5 with special
guests. Guests in the past have included Jay-Z, Eminem and Nicki Minaj.
Drake's hard at work on his upcoming third studio album, Nothing Was The Same. Songs
released off that album so far are "5 A.M. Toronto," "Girls Love
Beyonce" and "No New Friends," which is featured on DJ Khaled's album
Suffering From Success. Drake has also recently collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Rock
Ross, A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz. His last album Take Care won the Grammy for best rap album.
R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean blew up last year after the release of his wildly
successful debut album Channel Orange. Ocean, a member of rap ensemble Odd Future, had
also worked on Kayne West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and had critical success from his
debut EP Nostalgia, Ultra. Some of his songs include "Thinkin Bout You,"
"Novocane," "Bad Religion" and "Pyramids." He was nominated
six times at the 2012 Grammys and won twice for his collaboration on Jay-Z and
Kanye's "No Church in the Wild" and for Best Urban Contemporary Album for
Electro-soul singer and producer James Blake rounds out the line-up. The British musician
formerly recorded under the name Harmonix, and has two albums to his credit: 2011's
eponymous debut and 2013's Overgrown. His singles include "A Case of You,"
"Retrograde," "The Wilhelm Scream" and "Fall Creek Boys
Choir" featuring Bon Iver.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
The Eid Festival is held each year to mark the Muslim holidays of Eid al Fitr and Eid al
Adha. The event begins with socializing and a traditional congregational prayer; then
follow a series of speeches by distinguished guests and a bounty of food and drink options
for lunch. A bazaar with clothing, toys and jewelry is also available for shopping and
Children's attractions include face-painting stations, a merry-go-round, and inflatable
bouncing castles decorated with anything from dinosaurs to deep-sea creatures to Elmo and
|August 8 -18
SUMMERWORKS PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
For a touch of late summer theatrics, the city of Toronto plays host to SummerWorks, a
festival celebrating the original scriptwriter with plays in public places. The festival
has expanded to include mentorship program, a National Series featuring works from across
Canada, the Performance Bar, a Music Series and a Live Art Series. The festival boasts
more than 30 plays, off-site performances, workshops of plays in development and more by
established playwrights and up-and-comers from all over the country.
YONGE DUNDAS SQUARE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Yonge - Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square's 10th Anniversary Celebration features music, a beer garden and a
panoply of street performers to help visitors reminisce on a decade of memories.
Jugglers, hula-hoop dancers and other colourful buskers entertain and vie for laughs in
the afternoon. At nightfall, a trio of Canadian acts grace the stage. First, Toronto's
Divine Brown belts out some heartfelt yet controlled r&b, including hits like
"Twist My Hair" and "Lay It On The Line." Second, Peterborough's
Juno-Award nominated Royal Wood sings his elegant and eloquent pop tunes. Lastly,
Vancouver band Spirit of the West play Celtic- and Britpop-influenced folk and rock like
they have for the past 30 years.
|August 9 - 11
FORTUNE COOKIE FESTIVAL
An afternoon-long celebration of Pan-Asian cuisine and arts, the Fortune Cooking Festival
at the Harbourfront Centre showcases the diverse array of trends and tastes that comprise
the Asian continent. Visitors can indulge in dishes from some of Toronto's top Pan-Asian
restaurants, reflecting a wide variety of culinary traditions and cultures. The Fortune
Cooking Festival also offers performances and presentations celebrating Pan-Asian culture,
including its own Iron Chef Competition, in which local chefs compete to use a secret
|August 9- 11
Millennium Park Collingwood Harbour
This three-day beach blow out features professional wakeboarding challenges, lots of live
music and more. It's widely known as the world's premiere wakeboarding contest, and
Canada's largest action sports and music festival. This year's line-up includes Silversun
Pickups, Death From Above 1979, The Sheepdogs, and Less Than Jake.
|August 9 - 11
TASTE OF THE DANFORTH
Danforth Ave. East of Broadview Ave.
GreekTown Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing Hellenic
cuisine and culture. You can enjoy mouth-watering Greek cuisine such as souvlaki and
spanakopita. The festival also offers the multicultural tastes of the city. The street
festival is in the heart of Toronto's GreekTown, and attracts hungry mouths from all over
the world for this renowned street festival. They come for the food, the entertainment,
the atmosphere, and to be Greek for the weekend! This festival is a must for food-lovers
as samples of a variety of the ethnic dishes available at Greek Town restaurants are
available for tasting. The event also includes two stages for bands, a Healthy Eating,
Healthy Lifestyle Village, a midway, a sports area, a Beer Garden, a Martini Lounge and
the Greek Wines Garden.
LEATHER BALL XIX
Phoenix Concert Theatre
The nineteenth Leather Ball takes over the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Men, Women and
transgendered individuals from across Toronto don their best leather outfits and show up
for a night of dancing. DJ Neil Macleod supplies music in the club's main hall. This event
is part of Toronto Leather Pride and organized by Heart of the Flag Federation Inc. This
group organizes events for Toronto's sexual minorities, presents educational workshops and
raises money for various charities.
|August 10 - 11
JERK FEST - JERK FOOD FESTIVAL
Centennial Park and Rathburn Road
JerkFest 2013 will be even bigger and better! It will once again be staged at the
beautiful Centennial Park in Etobicoke offering great jerk food, fun for the entire
family, more prizes and surprises.
|August 10 - 11
ALL CAPS! ISLAND FESTIVAL
Artscape Gibratler Point
Now in its fifth and final year, Wavelength's ALL CAPS! Island Festival features lots of
indie music, art installations, swimming, bonfires, and even camping for the lucky few who
got their camping passes early. The line-up includes The Blow, Catl, Rich Aucoin and more.
The fest is located at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island.
|August 10 - 11
ROUNDHOUSE CRAFT BEER FEST 2013
Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest is back for 2013, as Steam Whistle Brewery brings the best in
Ontario craft beer to the Roundhouse Park for an August weekend. The festival offers many
chances to try a wide variety of locally brewed craft beer, as well as bites from
Toronto's top food trucks. As well as a place to eat and drink, Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest
2013 is also a fundraising event in which proceeds go to support the Toronto Railway
Heritage Museum, which tells the story of train travel in the city. Visitors are
encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and chill.
|August 14 - 17
DANCE: MADE IN CANADA/FAIT AU CANADA
Betty Oliphant Theatre
Princess Productions presents their biennial festival Dance: Made In Canada/ Fait Au
Canada, aimed to provide a platform to Canadian artists with unique artistic visions. This
year's festival presents 12 Canadian artists. The MainStage Series cover 7 contemporary
dance works curated by Serge Bennathan, Yvonne Ng and Cylla Von Tiedemann. Bennathan
Series juxtaposes primal and technology-oriented dance styles. Yvonne Ng Series shows how
we find our reflections in the outside world. Tiedemann series highlight the relationships
of performers with their choreographers. Additional activities include Late-Night Series
(titled as What You See Is What You Get), Arts Encounters, visual art exhibits and
community dance lessons. The Late-Night Series run August 15 and August 16 at 11 p.m.
|August 15 - 18
AFRICAN FASHION WEEK
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
African Fashion Week educates the public on African fashion while showcasing the work of
African designers. In addition to runway shows, this event features designer competitions,
workshops, seminars, exhibits and parties.
Several exhibitors from outside the fashion industry, including cosmetic and health food
companies, will also be in attendance. New designers and students have the chance to show
off their work and get feedback while mingling with some of the top professionals within
the fashion industry.
|August 15 - 18
MARKHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL
A free weekend of high-quality performances during the day and evening on August 15-18. To
compliment the Main Stage events, "Hot Spots" (a variety of venues in Unionville
and Markham) present fantastic jazz artists in a "Street Festival and Concert
Environment'. Festival attendees can wander from venue to venue, soaking up the party
atmosphere, the jazz music, and the historic beauty of the villages of Unionville and
Markham- a truly a magical experience. The festival will highlight a large variety of
music within the family of jazz. The festival committee has worked hard to recruit a wide
range of diverse, interesting and well-known artists who will present jazz in all its
|August 15 - 24
Rastafest is a multi-disciplined festival showcasing different aspects of the Rastafari
culture. The festival draws from the rich and diverse Rastafarian lifestyle and history.
Activities include: music, dance, drumming, arts and craft market place, theatre, ital
cuisine, film and video screening and a live concert featuring international and national
reggae artists. Rastafest is a continuation of international and national Rastafarian
|August 16 - 18
Sugar Beach transforms into an outdoor movie theatre after dark for three nights during
Sail-In Cinema. Whether you watch from a boat in the harbour or stick to dry land, the
two-sided screen floating in the water makes this free movie event truly unique.
|August 16-18, 2013
The festival theme for 2013 is "Ang Pinagmulan" or "Our Roots". The
Philippines, being an archipelago of over 7,100 islands, is known for its diverse
traditions and great respect for its history. This year's festival highlights the
evolution of art, music, dance, fashion and culinary arts and how it continues to
influence Filipinos today. Experience first-hand and learn about the different regions of
the Philippines; each with its own distinct dialect, costumes, folklore, traditions and
cuisine. The three-day festival will transport you to Asia's "Pearl of the
Orient" to discover the Philippines without having to leave Harbourfront Centre.
|August 17 - 18
TORONTO REGGAE FEST
Toronto Reggae Fest debuts with a line-up of reggae artists including Beres Hammond,
Tarrus Riley, and Morgan Heritage. The festival is part of Toronto's popular reggae
series, Redemption, which organizes five events in the city annually. Other events have
included Redemption Christmas, Redemption Past vs. Present, and an All-White Dancehall
party. Redemption is considered the largest reggae series in North America, with over
10,000 fans attending events over the course of the year.
|August 16 - 19
YORK-EGLINTON INTERNATIONAL STREET FESTIVAL
Along Eglinton Ave. West corridor from Marlee Ave. to Dufferin Street
The York-Eglinton International Street Festival offers everyone a weekend of hot music and
fun activities. Begin your weekend with music and a sidewalk sale on Eglinton Ave. West.
On Saturday, live musical performances, dancers, street magicians, buskers, face painters,
a kid zone, and a variety of vendors will take over the street and offer something for
everyone! There'll be exciting giveaways, kids' activities, and more. Best of all,
admission is FREE!
|August 17 - September 16
Downtown Yonge transforms this summer into an outdoor event space, with greenery, patios,
games, contests and more. For four weeks, patios on this strip of Yonge will be extended
into the street itself with temporary barriers separating the areas from traffic. There
are also 11 themed areas for visitors to explore, like The Funway with life-sized board
games and The Red Carpet zone at the Elgin-Winter Garden Theatre.
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is back for 2013 and what a line-up
they've got this year. Metal superstars Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction are
headlining the show, along with Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive all hitting the
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in the tour's sole Canadian date. Also performing in the
fourth annual UPROAR fest are Walking Papers, Danko Jones, Middle Class Rut, New Politics
and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show. The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival was founded
in 2010, and it often hosts autograph signings and a Miss Uproar contest along with the
|August 22 - 25
Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood
There is much to celebrate at the 2013 Scotiabank BuskerFest - and that celebration will
be taking place from Queen to College Streets on Yonge Street and nearby streets.
MUSIC FOR THE MASSES 2013
Cherry Cola's Rock N Rolla
Cabaret and Lounge
Founded in 2008, the Music for the Masses festival has been rocking Thunder Bay every
year, showcasing indie acts of varying genres in multiple venues. This year marks the
launch of a Toronto franchise, which takes over the Mod Club, Cherry Colas, the Bovine Sex
Club and Velvet Underground for one night. Created by founder, producer and director Franz
Masini, Music for the Masses is an annual Port Arthur, Thunder Bay staple that happens
there every September. Last year's fest included metal, funk, ska, jazz, pop, reggae,
country, roots and other genres, while attracting more than 1,500 concertgoers to six
|August 23 - 25
TELUS TAIWANFEST: TAIWAN RISING
Featuring tantalizing cooking demonstrations and musical performances by some of the top
acts in Taiwan and much more. This year's theme is "Children of the Ocean."
|August 24 - 35
Historic Fort York
Riot Fest takes over Fort York this August, showcasing top acts like the Descendents, NOFX
and Andrew WK. The festival celebrates punk, rock and alternative music and during the
eight years that the festival has been in operation, organizers have focused on their
mandate of putting music first. This year's lineup boasts punk and hard rock icons like
Iggy Pop and the Stooges, The Replacements, A Day to Remember, Pierce The Veil, Every Time
I Die and The Flatliners. Also performing are The Weakerthans, Mayday Parade, Rocket from
the Crypt, Best Coast, Dinosaur Jr., Grade, The Ghosts Inside, Structure, Real Friends and
The festival started in Chicago in 2005, before expanding to venues in Philadelphia
Brooklyn, Dallas and Toronto. The festival was first organized by Michael Petryshyn and
Sean McKeough, and has become famous for reuniting lesser-known but influential bands.
TOMMY THOMPSON PARK BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL
Tommy Thompson Park
Nature lovers should head to the foot of Leslie Street at Unwin during the Tommy Thompson
Park Butterfly Festival, which returns to Toronto for the fifth year. It's a chance to
view moths and butterflies amongst the colourful wildflowers in the park for a day and
meet others with the same interest. The Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival also
includes guided butterfly hikes, activities for children, a photography workshop and
educational displays, providing something for everybody. From Monarch butterflies to
Eastern tailed-blues, there's plenty to view and learn about for all ages. Pets and
unauthorized vehicles are not permitted in the park.
|August 30 - September 2
Mel Lastman Square
Splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that the Hispanic heritage is famous
for is what's in store for you. Hispanic Fiesta features the best known local &
International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries that speak Spanish. More
than 300 local, national and international performers will be taking part in the festival.
|August 30-September 2, 2013
HOT & SPICY FOOD FESTIVAL
Hot, sour, sweet and salty! The Hot & Spicy Food Festival serves up diverse hot food
and flavors from around the globe, and occasionally pairs a spicy dish with a
complementary sampling of the hot sounds of the region. This is one of the most popular
festivals at Harbourfront.
INTERSECTION MUSIC FESTIVAL
Yonge - Dundas Square
The INTERsection Music Festival is an all day music marathon featuring an eclectic set of
local musicians. Taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square the INTERsection Music Festival is in
its seventh year and includes a performance from international superstars, Bang On A Can
All-Stars. Bang On A Can All-Stars was formed in 1992 and is known for their cross-genre
sound, mixing classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music. The day also includes a
market place and interactive displays.
WHAM BAM 2013
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Kiss 92.5 presents Wham Bam 2013, featuring performances from Robin Thicke and Avril
Lavigne. 'Wham Bam started in 2000 with sold out shows until 2003, and was revived in 2010
to bring a line-up of the hottest current artists to Toronto fans. Previous years have
seen the likes of Jay-Z, Usher, Maroon 5, Ke$ha and The Wanted. This year's headliner is
R&B singer Robin Thicke, who's single "Blurred Lines" has been number one on
the worldwide charts this year. He is joined by Canadian pop sensation Avril Lavigne, and
supporting acts Classified, Shawn Desman and Nikki Williams.
|September 4 - 14
CARIBBEANTALES TORONTO FILM SHOWCASE
If there's one art form that defines the city of Toronto, it's cinema; many Hollywood
flicks are shot here and we're home to one of the world's top-ranked film festivals, along
with many smaller ones. Harbourfront Centre presents the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film
Showcase, a large showcase of movies from the Caribbean diaspora. This 11-day September
festival is a gold mine for film screenings and networking, as well as an opportunity to
learn about contemporary Caribbean culture. It's only one of many weekend festivals that
are taking place at Harbourfront Centre over the summer months, celebrating culture from
all around the globe.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Various Theatre Locations
The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious
international film festivals in the world. For ten days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry
professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new
talent. The Toronto International Film Festival presents one of the world's largest annual
showcases of Canadian film with the Canada First!, Short Cuts Canada and Canadian Open
SOUTHSIDE SHUFFLE: BLUES + JAZZ FESTIVAL
Memorial Park-Port Credit
The Blues Pavilion plays host to a fantastic line-up of acoustic
and electric musicians. A large grassy seating area directly in front of the ground level
stage provides the perfect setting to relax and enjoy the music. The Food Court and Beer
Garden located nearby ensure you are well-fed and refreshed for the day. As the gateway to
the Festival, Mississippi Dave de Eyre Square welcomes visitors to the festival with an
eclectic mix of acoustic and electric performers. Great sound, wide-open spaces and clear
sightlines create a comfortable viewing area to stop and enjoy the music.
TASTE OF KINGSWAY
Bloor Street (Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Rd)
Discover international cuisines, quality entertainers, a fresh food
market, and celebrity chefs at a culinary theatre - all conveniently located at Royal York
Station on the subway line. I mean, who can drive on a full stomach? This annual fall
festival, presented by the Kingsway BIA that runs along Bloor Street West between Prince
Edward Drive and Montgomery Rd., isn't the same old food festival - this is a culinary
experience! Two main stages at either ends of Bloor Street feature continuous live
entertainment from well-known artists, performers and musicians.
Over 200 exhibitors will be participating in this year's event along with the ever
popular Scotiabank Dog Show, Rock Climbing Walls and Street Performers. .
Taste the food...feels the excitement......see you soon!
VEGETARIAN FOOD FESTIVAL
Regarded as the largest event of
its kind in North America, the annual Vegetarian Food Festival gives you an unparalleled
opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.
CABBAGETOWN ART FESTIVAL
Cabbagetown District (bounded by Parliament, Wellesley, Gerrard and Yonge)
The Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale is held each year
during the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival. The sale takes place on
the weekend after Labour Day and attracts over 20,000 visitors to Riverdale Park West, in
the heart of Toronto's historic Cabbagetown.
ON PARADE 2013
Historic Fort York
From children's toys to delicate works of art, model soldiers make up a diverse field, as
shown by the existence of the Ontario Model Soldier Society. The organization holds its
annual event, On Parade, at Historic Fort York for part of a Saturday, with displays of
thousands of model soldiers and more. On Parade 2013 also features more than 30 vendor
tables selling items for model hobbyists, as well as a free competition for figures,
dioramas, ordnance and miniature vehicles. The displays include miniature representations
of parades, bands, artillery and battlefields, with model soldiers from many historical
periods and nations.
JESUS IN THE CITY PARADE
It's a party in the streets as thousands join in this year's Jesus in the City Parade,
meeting at Queen's Park, for a day of music, worship and celebration. With a colourful
display of banners, floats, biblical costumes, gospel music and more, the event aims to
spread a message of peace, love and joy through the downtown streets. This year's
festivities include a t-shirt design contest and multi-cultural kick-off concert.
|September 7 - 8
SPREAD THE METAL FESTIVAL
Spread the Metal Festival is a two-day festival featuring performances from Skull Fist,
Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury and more. The two-day fest is in support of Kiva, a
non-profit organization aiming to alleviate poverty. The first day of performances include
heavy metal rockers, Answer With Metal, The Catalyst, Skull Fist, Suffocation, Augury, and
Evertrapped. The final day showcases even more heavy metal bands like Nephelium, Hallows
Die, Crimson Shawdows, Beheading of a King, Sanktuary, Edge of Attack and Agonist hit the
FEAST OF FIELDS
Cold Creek Conservation Area, King Twp.
A leisurely, sumptuous experience celebrating the sustainable growth,
preparation & consumption of organic food. Feast of Fields will be an afternoon of
indulgence, featuring abundant samples of local wines, craft beers and farm-fresh organic
delicacies created by top Southern-Ontario chefs.
|September 13 - 20
TORONTO BEER WEEK
Toronto Beer Week is back this year, with an even bigger celebration of beer in the city
of Toronto. The weeklong event features some of the city's experts in the industry.
Attendees have the opportunity to visit top restaurants, bars, breweries, markets and more
to learn and appreciate the amber brew.Participating venues include Mill St. Brew Pub, the
Monarch Tavern, Beer Bistro, Bar Hop, The Painted Lady and more. The Homebrew Competition
is back as well, and features the best in homemade beers.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE TORONTO UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL
Bloor West Village
The Annual Toronto Ukrainian Festival in the Bloor West
Village! The Toronto Ukrainian Festival is the largest Ukrainian street festival in North
America showcasing the best of Ukrainian arts and culture. The Festival is free and
provides an entertainment experience for the entire family.
For more information contact, phone: 416-410-9965
RONCESVALLES POLISH FESTIVAL
Roncesvalles Avenue / Queen St. West
Czesc! North America's largest celebration of Polish
culture in Toronto's best neighbourhood! Now entering its eighth year, the Festival adds
an old-world charm to today's Roncesvalles Village, well-known as one of Toronto's most
vibrant, diverse and creative communities.
CANADA'S WALK OF FAME FESTIVAL
Various Locations in Toronto
The fourth annual Canada's Walk of Fame Festival, is
three days of music featuring some of Canada's most popular and iconic performers starting
September 19 to September 21, 2013. The Festival is held at a variety of venues in
downtown Toronto, most of them free. Audiences will enjoy a broad range of events, from
Canada's most celebrated performers to exciting emerging artists breaking out onto the
|September 19 - 28
Just For Laughs presents a new kind of interactive festival, JFL42. Over 10 days, there
will be 42 'cool things' happening in the city, including art, comedy, music, dance, and
more. One pass gives access to all 42 events, in a schedule decided by the audience. Smart
phone users can select what they want to see and based on interest events can change
locations or have an extra date added. This year's headliners are comedians Sarah
Silverman, Aziz Ansari and an edition of Family Guy Live. Other performers include Maria
Bamford, Anthony Jeselnik, Hannibal Burress, John Mulaney, Jeanne Garofalo and Marc Maron.
Each pass comes with four credits, which give access to the 42 shows. Use your smartphone
to check in immediately before or after an event to earn back a credit and see even more
events. Pass options include access to all three of the headliners, or to one headliner of
|September 14-29, 2013
NIAGARA WINE FESTIVAL
Montebello Park and various locations in and around St.Catharines, Ontario
|September 20 - 22
PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL
The Pan American Food Festival takes over Harbourfront Centre for three days, showcasing
the wide variety of culture throughout the Americas North, South and Central. It's
a chance to sample all sorts of international cuisine from various chefs and restaurants,
while enjoying the art and music of the Western Hemisphere. The performers at the Pan
American Food Festival include Alfredo De La Fe, Gran Cocina Latina with Maricel Presilla
and Henry Vivel & Orchestra. It's only one of many weekend festivals that are taking
place at Harbourfront Centre over the summer months, celebrating culture from all around
ANNUAL PIONEER HARVEST FESTIVAL
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek's Annual Pioneer Harvest Festival celebrates the Mennonite and
Pennsylvania-German pioneers with food, arts and crafts and activities for the whole
family. Highlights of the festival include a quilt auction, featuring hand-made Mennonite
quilts, horse-drawn wagon rides, demonstrations and various foods to eat there and take
home.Demonstrations including apple pressing, butter churning, cheese making, sausage
meaning, apple schnitzing and candle dipping, Food provided includes homemade pies,
hand-made ice cream, apple butter, cheese curds, sausages and more.