Things to do in Toronto this Weekend

Canada Day Weekend Activities & Events in Toronto

Friday, July 1 – Sunday, July 3, 2016




A weekly digest of What’s on in Toronto this Canada Day long weekend: Activities, Exhibitions, Live Music, Live Theatre & Performances, Sports  and Festivals in Toronto. Few GTA events are also listed.

Road Closures

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In Brampton – Here ; Mississauga Here ; York RegionHere

Road Conditions across GTA – Here ; TTC Route diversions Here

Road Closures due to events (if any – as per media release) are mentioned under respective events.

Canada Day

For all Canada Day events – fireworks, activities and festivals across GTA,

I. Live Music & Concerts

1. Music Festivals this Week

Music Festivals

1. TD Toronto Jazz Festival: One of North America’s premier jazz festivals Attractions include more than 350 performances with over 1,500 musicians performing at approximately 40 locations around Toronto.

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June 24 – July 3, 2016 @ Various venues, Toronto | Free and ticketed events.

 

2. Electric Island: Electronic Music Festival. Details

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Friday, Jul 01, 2016 1:00 PM @ Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Islands | $56.49 & up

 

3. Digital Dreams: Bud Light Digital Dreams is the largest electronic music festival in Canada. Set on the shoreline of Toronto with one of North America’s most iconic skylines in the background, Digital Dreams Music Festival and the Flats at Ontario Place offer party goers a sophisticated festival experience, unlike any other in the Canadian music landscape. Details

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Saturday, July 02, & Sunday, July 03, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 11:00 PM @The Flats at Ontario Place, 909 Lake Shore Blvd West | $149.99 & up
Week Day Concerts

Symphony in the Gardens: 
Casa Loma will play host to the Toronto Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Kerry Stratton, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion. Tuesday evenings, May 31st – August 30th (except July 12)| 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM @ Casa Loma | $25
Soul in the City: Casa Loma will play host to Juno Award-winning artist Sean Jones accompanied by a seven–piece band and special guests, in the spectacular Glass Pavilion. Magnetic, Captivating and Genuinely Soulful are just a few of the accolades describing Sean Jones; a performer whose international stock is on the rise. Mondays– June 20th – August 29th | 07:30 PM @ Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace , Toronto | | $25

2. Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond is a reggae singer known for his romantic lovers rock and soulful voice. Hammond’s career began in the 1970s and he reached his greatest success in the 1990s. He has played countless concert appearances in Toronto and this appearance at Massey Hall will be a brand new intimate experience of Beres Hammond live in concert. Details

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Saturday, July 2, 2016 | 08:00 PM

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Massey Hall, Toronto

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$69.50 – $119.50

For night life events & concerts this weekend, see Section V : Food Festivals, Dinner theatre, and Nightlife

3. Toronto Chinese Orchestra

For this year’s 23rd anniversary concert, Toronto Chinese Orchestra is proud to invite Taiwan’s Dr. Chih-Sheng Chen as the Guest Artistic Director and Conductor, and renowned Soprano Ms. Xiaoping Hu as the Guest Artist. In this “Virtuosos” concert, there will be young local musicians showcase their artistic talents on traditional Chinese instruments, accompanied by TCO. To breathe new life into an art form that holds ancient roots, TCO will present a world premiere by their Canadian Composer-in-Residence, Tony KT Leung. Lastly, TCO will also have the Winner of our 2015 Conducting Competition, Mr Matthew Poon, leading in two of the concertos. Details

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Sunday, July 3, 2016 | 07:30 PM

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George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto,

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$28 – $48 + charges

rockstar

June 29: Sting & Peter Gabriel: Rock Paper Scissors @ Air Canada Centre

July 6: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco – Summer Tour 2016 @  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 7:  Journey & The Doobie Brothers with special guest Dave Mason @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 8: Keith Urban – ripCORD World Tour @  Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 9: Keith Urban – ripCORD World Tour @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

July 10: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds@  TD Echo Beach

Free Music & Movies

Free Music & Movies in GTA

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Theme: Dance Inspiring Fusion of the Americas | 12:00 – 1:00PM @ Trinity Square Park, Toronto – Part of Play the Parks, Downtown Yonge, Toronto
Bridesmaids (2011) | sunset (approximately 9:00 PM) @ Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto – Part of City Cinema Series
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Johnny & The Cruizers: a tribute to the 50s and 60s | 07:30 PM @ York Hill District Park, 501 Clark Avenue West, Thornhill – Part of Vaughan Concerts in the Park

Burlington Top Hat Marching Orchestra | 07:30 PM @ Central Park Bandshell, Burlington – Part of Burlington Concerts in the Park

Strange Brew | 09:00 PM @ Concert Stage, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto – Part of Free Flicks

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Aiko Tomi (formerly Moulann) & LeiLa Day | 05:00 PM – 07:00 PM @ City Hall,100 Queen Street West, Rotunda – Live from Toronto City Hall Music Series

Picadillo | 6:30 PM & 8:00 PM @ Roy Thomson Hall Patio, Toronto – Live on the Patio Series

Club Django | 7:00 PM @ Edwards Gardens, Toronto – The Edwards Summer Music Series

Hot Rocks – Rolling Stones Tribute | 07:30 PM – 9:00 PM @ Unionville’s Millennium Bandstand – Part of Thursday Nights at the Bandstand

Footloose | 08:00 PM @ Garden Square, Brampton -Part of Thursday Flicks

Friday, July 1, 2016
Cascabel Duo | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

Lula All Stars | 6:30 PM & 8:00 PM @ Roy Thomson Hall Patio, Toronto – Live on the Patio Series

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Los Locos Trio | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM @ Village of Yorkville Park – Bellair St. and Cumberland St. – Summer Music in the Bloor-Yorkville Park

5PM Ice Age 4 | 8PM 007 Spectre @ Garden Square, Brampton – Part of Family Favourites
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Sunday Serenades | 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM @ Mel Lastman Square, Toronto – Sunday Serenades
Richmond Hill Concert Band  – The Music of Disney| 02:00 PM @ Mill Pond Park, Richmond Green Park – Part of Children’s Concerts in the Park, Richmond Hill

Silver Swing Big Band | 07:30 PM @ Central Park Bandshell, Burlington – Part of Burlington Concerts in the Park
My Prarie Home | Sundown @ Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street W – Part of Christie Pits Film Festival

II. Theatre & Other Events

1. Performing Arts Events

Performing Arts & Theatre in July

Events this week include

The White Sheep of the Family @  Theatre Scarborough

Shakespeare in High Park @ High Park Amphitheatre

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ Lower Ossington Theatre

The Hotline Always Blinks Twice @  Second City Theatre

 

2. Toronto Fringe Festival

Toronto’s largest theatre festival caters to people’s eclectic tastes with 1,100+ fresh, innovative and often jaw dropping performances! Choose Your Own Adventure denotes the ability to craft your own experience from a diverse list of theatre, comedy and dance performances, venues, Tent Talks, Visual Fringe, Shed Shows and Fringe After Dark programming. Details
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June 29-July 10, 2016
Monologues for Nobody – Toronto Fringe Shed Shows: Would you like to read a monologue? Monologues for Nobody is a participatory performance experiment that asks the question, “Is it still art, even if it’s just for you?”

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Various Venues, Toronto

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Varies

 

3. Film Festivals this Week

Film Festivals

Open Roof Festival: outdoor music and film festival providing Toronto with a summer experience like no other, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world.

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 June – August  @  99 Sudbury St, Toronto | $15.00

III. Sports & Related Events

1. 157th Queen’s Plate

Don’t miss the 157th running of the Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack. Take in the thrill, anticipation and excitement of world-class racing with $1-million up for grabs. Queen’s Plate is Canada’s biggest, oldest, and most important horse race. Canadian indie rockers Hedley, the Strumbellas, and Matthew Good will play a show after the race. A big highlight of the horse race portion is the Hats & Horseshoes Party – a rather glamourous affair hosted by the co-hosts of The Social. It’s where all of the big hats come out. Details

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Sunday, July 3, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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Woodbine Racetrack, 555 Rexdale Blvd. Toronto

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 Advanced tickets: $15, door tickets: $20. VIP and packages: $45 +

 

2.Toronto Blue Jays

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vs. Cleveland Indians – July 1 – 3, 2016 | 01:07 PM

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Rogers Centre, Toronto

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3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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vs. BC Lions – July 1, 2016 | 07:0 PM

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Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton

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4.Toronto FC

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vs. Seattle Sounders on July 2 | 07:30 PM

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BMO Field, Toronto

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5. Toronto Rush Ultimate Frisbee

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New York Empire vs Toronto Rush on Sunday, July 3, 2016 | Gates Open at 1PM – Opening Pull at 2PM

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Varsity Stadium – 299 Bloor St W, Toronto

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6. Runs & Walks

Spartan Race TorontoDetails

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July 2 & 3, 2016  @ Ski Brimacombe, Orono

 

 

Pride and Remembrance RunDetails

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 5k run and 3k walk – Saturday, July 2, 2016 | 10:00 AM @ Church St & Wellesley ST W

IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

You may like – FREE Family Activities for Every Day This Summer in Toronto.

1. Redpath Waterfront Festival




Calling all mates! Celebrate Canada Day weekend with the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto as we launch the TALL SHIPS Challenge® Great Lakes Series. The Royal Canadian Navy will be joining the festival for the first time with two 55-metre, coastal defence naval ships, a Navy-themed obstacle course and a host of interactive on-land activities! Returning this year, the Waterfront Artisan Market will offer unique products and delicious treats from 50 top artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers! Details

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July 1 – 3, 2016

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Downtown Toronto Waterfront

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Free

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2. Strawberry Festival

Fun for the whole family the whole weekend! Come out and enjoy the fun and games, and participate in contests. Come and enjoy local crafts, food, entertainment and more.The Street Market at the Strawberry Festival features over 250 artisans, crafters, and merchants! Music and entertainment fill the air throughout the Festival. Details

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June 30 – July 3, 2016

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in and around Stouffville

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Free & ticketed.

 

3. Pride Month

Canada’s first-ever Pride Month will launch on June 1, 2016, featuring extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating with the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, Pride Month will begin with its inaugural city proclamation and the raising of the Rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall, set to occur for the first-time at the beginning of June.   Details

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June 1 – July 3, 2016

10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 – July 3

Trans March | Friday, July 1, 2016 | 07:00 PM

Dyke March | Saturday, July 2, 2016  | 2:00 PM

Pride Parade | Sunday, July 3, 2016  | 2:00 PM

StreetFair | July 1 – 3, 2016

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Various Venues, Toronto
Road Closure:
Pride Month festivities
• Church Street Pride Festival, July 1 to 4
Church Street from Carlton Street to Hayden Street will be closed from Friday, July 1 at 6 p.m. to Monday, July 4 at 6 a.m. for the Church Street Pride Festival.

• Trans Pride March, Friday, July 1
The Trans Pride March will start at Church Street between Hayden Street and Bloor Street, proceed west on Bloor Street to Yonge Street, go south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and proceed east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads in the area will be closed from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday.

• Pride and Remembrance Run, Saturday, July 2
Wellesley Street from Jarvis Street to Queen’s Park Circle and Queen’s Park from College Street to Bloor Street will be closed on Saturday, July 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon for this event.

• Dyke March, Saturday, July 2
The Dyke March will start at Church Street between Hayden Street and Bloor Street, then proceed west on Bloor to Yonge Street, south on Yonge Street to Carlton Street and east on Carlton Street to Allan Gardens. Roads will be closed between noon and 6 p.m., with the march taking place from 2 to 5 p.m.

• Pride Parade, Sunday, July 3
The Pride Parade will start at Church Street and Bloor Street East, go west on Bloor Street East to Yonge Street, proceed south on Yonge Street to Dundas Street East and move along Dundas Street East to Victoria Street. A number of roads in the area will be closed for varying periods between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with the parade taking place from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

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Varies- free & ticketed

 

4. Waterfront Artisan Market

The Waterfront Artisan Market brings together chefs, designers, artisans, and entrepreneurs to showcase their best. A place to discover Toronto’s food and artisan entrepreneurs while enjoying the beautiful waterfront.  Details

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July 1 – 3, 2016

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HTO Park,339 Queens Quay West (between Rees St. and Spadina Ave.),

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Free

 

5. Oh! Canada

Proud of our diversity, Canadians strive to push the limits of artistic achievement and build communities both at home and across the globe. This Canada Day weekend, we explore Canada’s place in the world by celebrating with our cultural leaders and ambassadors and showcasing Canadian music and artistic performance – all while throwing a great party for the whole family!  Details

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July 2 – 3, 2016

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Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto

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Free

 

6. Festivals for a Day Trip

(Festivals near GTA)

Trackside Music Festival: Two day country festival- Headliners Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line   Details

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July 1 -2, 2016 @ Western Fair District’s Raceway infield, London

 

Holstein Rodeo   Details

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July 1 – 3, 2016 @ Foster Ranch – 492253 Southgate Rd. 49, Holstein

 

Spiritfest: Are you looking for a meaningful way to spend the July 1st long weekend? Come join us in a fun, spirited, creative, family-friendly community with wonderful food, at a rustic, forested retreat centre only 1.5 hours from Toronto   Details

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 04:00 PM – 12:00 PM, July 3, 2016 @ Mansfield Outdoor Education Centre, 937365 Airport Rd. Unit 1 Mulmur

Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games   Details

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July 1 – 3, 2016 @ 310 Durham Market St N, Kincardine

 

7. Other Events

June Eco Adventure Tour Special at Scenic Caves Nature Adventures: Experience treetop canopy walking and zip cable gliding on a 3-hour guided tour at a discounted rate of $20-off during June. Eco guests may add the new Thunderbird Twin Zip ride at a discounted rate, for even more adrenaline-pumping excitement (Thunderbird operates Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June). Details

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Until June 30, 2016 – Guided Tour 3 Hours @ Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, 260 Scenic Caves Rd, Blue Mountains

 

From the Heart through the Hands: Early Canadian women produced many items for their family members and for their homes. Some practical, some more ornamental. Experience the unique beauty of handcrafted pieces from the Museum’s collection.  Details

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June 4th to September 17th | 12:00 PM -5:00 PM @ Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum, 14732 Woodbine Ave, Gormley

 

8. Tours & Walks

Explore Toronto through speciality guided tours & Scavenger Hunts!

1.Tasty Tours: Tasty Tours offers a variety of Sweets Tours along Toronto’s eclectic multicultural neighbourhoods.

2. Murder at the ROM: A murder mystery scavenger hunt! A curator has been murdered and you must follow the clues through the museum collections to solve whodunit. Other Urban Capers Events.

V. Food Festivals /Night Life / Dinner Theatre

1. Rib Fest

Rib Fests in GTA




Rotary Etobicoke invites you to kick off your summer at our 16th annual Toronto Ribfest. With two stages going non-stop; with free KidzZone activities; with Toronto’s largest mobile midway, and with all kinds of fun daily attractions – this “Top 100 Festival and Event in Ontario” (for four years in a row) will not leave you wanting!   Details

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June 30- July 3, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM

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Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke

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Free Admission

 

2. Bacon Festival

Continue the celebration of Canada Day by enjoying everything bacon in Action Zone! Enjoy live entertainment and street performers all while devouring scrumptious bacon dishes from Toronto’s favourite food trucks.  Details

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 July 1-2, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Canad’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive
Vaughan

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Free with Park Admission

 

3. Oh Canada Ribfest

Sponsored by The Rotary Club of Flamborough AM and Rotary Club of Waterdown, this four-day festival will celebrate Canada Day, local entertainment talent and ribs, while raising much-needed funds for the many local and international charities, projects and humanitarian causes the Rotary Clubs support. Events also include A children’s carnival area, with rides, games, food and refreshments and a licensed park.  Details

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Thursday, June 30, 2016 | 03:00 PM – 11:30 PM

Friday July 1, 2016 |  11:00 AM– 11:30 PM
Saturday July 2, 2016 |11:00 AM– 11:30 PM
Sunday July 3, 2016 |11:00 AM– 10:30 PM

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Memorial Park, Waterdown – Hamilton

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Free Admission & parking

 

4. Club Events / Nightlife

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Toronto Boat Party Festival 2016 @  Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto

Viva Cabaret – tribute to the greatest divas! Pride Show! @ The Rivoli 

Toronto Professionals, Entrepreneurs & Art Lovers Social Mixer @ Proof Vodka Bar
220 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Escape After Work Party @ Pearl King‬ Lounge & ‪Patio, 291 King St W, ‪Toronto

CONFIDENTIAL RECORDS PRESENTS: HEAT. WAV Kicking off the summer and long weekend showcasing: Chihiro Nagamatsu & The Blue Notes, Sport Mathews, Funny Funk, DJ G-Mix @ Supermarket Restaurant and Bar, 268 Augusta Ave

Friday, July 1, 2016

Lockdownfest @ The Rockpile West

Boom 97.3’s Totally G’80s Video Dance Party @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

dvsn @ Mod Club Theatre 

Circuit @ Sound Academy

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Toronto Boat Party Festival 2016 @ Lake Shore Blvd E, Toronto

RESIST @ Nest, Toronto

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Revival @ Maison Mercer

 

5. Dinner Theatre / Music Events

1. Famous Players – Shows
2. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Shows
3. Mysteriously Yours Dinner TheatreShows
4. The Second City – Shows
5. Comedy Bar Shows

6. Yuk Yuk’s Toronto

7. Harley-Davidson New Café: 1903 is a unique gathering place that is part café, part brand experience and will be open until the end of September. Come sip on Toronto’s own Fahrenheit Coffee and take in a unique experience that blends motorcycling, coffee and conversation.

8. Prix fixe reservations for Summerlicious on Sale. – July 8 – 24, 2016

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VI. Shopping Promotions & Related events

1. Toronto Eaton Centre – Promotions
2. Scarborough Town Centre – Promotions
3. Sherway Gardens Promotions
4. Yorkdale – Promotions
5. Fair view mall – Promotions
6. TBG Organic Farmers Market , Thursdays at Toronto Botanical gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E , North York

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    1. Pirate Captain

      Avast Mateys’ what about the pirate crew?
      The Island Rogue of Centre Island has it’s maiden voyage this weekend as we search for sunken treasure!
      A family adventure theatre and cruise!
      Join us www,piratelife.ca

      May 17, 2015 at 6:47 AM
    2. Milli

      Where is the list of fireworks around the GTA or better across a Golden horseshoe?

      August 31, 2015 at 9:21 PM
      1. todocanada (Listing owner)
        December 20, 2015 at 9:28 PM
    3. Steve

      You can also try Archery Dodgeball – where you can use Bows and foam arrows to shoot at your friends and throw battle axes at them. It is a mixture of Paintball, Dodgeball and Archery all-in-on without the paint and pain.

      http://www.battlesports.ca/

      September 1, 2015 at 10:18 AM
    4. Adrian

      The International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) is pleased to announce that its annual celebration of Music Technology event, IMSTA FESTA, will be returning to Toronto. Hosted by RYERSON UNIVERSITY, the event is set to take place on October the 17th!
      Attendance is FREE at http://www.imsta.org

      October 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM
    5. Jim

      Anyone can come over to my place, for some netflix and chill. Saturday nights. I’ll make bruschetta.

      January 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM
    6. Lesley

      Dear Jim- is there a seniors discount and can I bring 3 cats?

      February 20, 2016 at 2:37 PM
    7. Rowen

      Leslie, for the last time, please return my cats.

      February 28, 2016 at 9:46 AM
    8. canadanac

      Jim, Lesley, and Rowen…I definitely want to hang out with you guys.

      March 2, 2016 at 7:36 PM
    9. SPiN Toronto

      Looking to get serious about ping pong or just want to play some casual matches? Every Sunday SPiN Toronto holds The League where players of all skill levels battle it out on the courts.

      April 14, 2016 at 2:00 PM
    10. Bob

      Hi in town for the weekend and looking for some great things to do on saturdaynignt. Got any suggestions? Bob

      May 14, 2016 at 4:53 PM
    11. Laura

      There are fire works Saturday night in Unionville at dusk. It part of the festival. At Too good pond. Also. Jim where do I come for brusketta? Count me in!!!!

      June 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

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