Events in Toronto: July 14 to 16, 2017

I. Live Music & Concerts

Upcoming Concerts in Toronto

1. Toronto Summer Music Festival

Toronto Summer Music Festival brings outstanding classical music experiences to the city in the summer with a program featuring renowned Canadian and international artists in 26 mainstage concerts, plus masterclasses, free outreach concerts, lectures, and workshops. Details

July 13 to August 5, 2017

Various, including Koerner Hall, Walter Hall, and Church of the Redeemer

$20 – $80

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2. Summer Carillon Recitals

Recitals featuring Metropolitan’s historic 54-bell carillon. Bring your lunch and listen from the front lawn. Details

Friday, July 14, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Metropolitan United Church – 56 Queen Street East, Toronto


3. UNITY Festival

2017 Unity Festival line-up includes the following artists in various hip-hop art forms: DJ Andy B Bad, Zakisha Brown, Bubz, Lola Bunz, Chris Castello, DJ Adrian Chan, Charmie Deller, Jane Doe Smith, Ebhoni, Emstro, Full Circle, Keysha Freshh, Gene One, Yannick Green, Dr Audrey Hudson, Jayd Ink, Igho Itebu, Justus, Kizmet, Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor, Los Poetas, Main Source, DJ M4RS, DJ Mensa, Mobi Mawla, Millie Mogudala, Michael Morales, Nasim, Nekkrak, Obuxum, Sanae Paris, Phade, Peter Rahul, Red Slam Collective feat. Mahlikah Awe:ri, Rock, Prince Rose, Samba Squad Youth Troupe, The Sorority, Soulofjl, Maria T, TOBi, Vicki W, DJ Wavgods, Dynesti Williams, Brooke Whitely, XOLisa, and more!. Details

July 13 to 15, 2017; Unity Concert: Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 3 – 11 PM

Festival – Various Venues, Unity Concert: @ David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West


4. Open Roof Festival

Toronto’s Open Roof Festival (ORF), celebrating indie film and music, returns for its eighth season, with screenings every Tuesday for 10 weeks. The Festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from across the globe, paired with live music by emerging artists in a variety of genres — a combination that has established Open Roof Festival’s reputation as Toronto’s ultimate summer date night and meeting spot. Details

Cannibal Horror-Comedy The Bad Batch and Blonde Elvis: July 11, 2017| 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tuesdays, June 27 to August 29, 2017

99 Sudbury
99 Sudbury Street, Toronto


5. Beaches International Jazz Festival

The annual Beaches International Jazz Festival showcases jazz, blues, big band, vocalists, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, South American, Latin, rhythm and blues and more. This week: Sounds of Leslieville & Riverside Details

July 7 to 30, 2017

Beaches, Toronto: Woodbine Park – July 14 – 16, 2017


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6. Shield to Shore

From the ruggedness of the Canadian Shield descending onto the Great Lakes to the shores of the Atlantic, Shield to Shore offers a snapshot of the contemporary and traditional musical forms of this celebrated region. Details

July 14 to 16, 2017

Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto



II. Live Theatre & Related Events

Performing Arts Events

Performing Arts & Theatre in July


Events this week include

  1. Shakespeare in High Park @ High Park Amphitheatre
  2. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical @ Ed Mirvish Theatre
  3. Guild Festival Theatre presents “She Stoops to Conquer” @ Guildwood Greek Theatre
  4. Othello – Bard’s Bus Tour 2017 @ various Venues, Southern Ontario
  5. Ricky Gervais: Humanity @ Massey Hall
  6. Brain Storm @ Theatre Passe Muraille
  7. Pillow Talk: A Sketch Comedy Revue @ Theatre Passe Muraille

and more!

2. Toronto Fringe Festival

With its largest show line-up in its 29-year history, the Toronto Fringe runs from June 5 to 16 with live performances across the city. Beat the July heat with 160 shows, low ticket prices, and entertainment for all audiences! Details

July 5 to 16, 2017

Fringe Club – 707 Dundas St West & Other Venues


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3. Odysseo by Cavalia

Cavalia, seen by over 4 million people across north America, Europe and Oceania since its 2003 debut, celebrates the relationship between humans and horses by recounting the evolution of this bond throughout history.The four-legged stars play and perform with freedom, in a magical relationship with their human counterparts. A liberty act, in which purebred Arabian horses are directed only by the soft murmurs of their trainer, and a caravan act that comprises people and horses too numerous to count, are amongst the many breathtaking scenes that will leave every spectator captivated. Deploying their extraordinary talents, the acrobats present a mix of force and sensitivity, interacting with the audience, while the live musicians and vocalist immerse spectators of all ages in a beautiful sensory experience. Details

June 22 to July 23, 2017

Under the White Big Top next to the
Hershey Centre in Mississauga

$39.50 to $119.50

III. Sports

1. North American Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games is the largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people, welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, 2,000 volunteers and a number of spectators and dignitaries from across North America.
The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games Cultural Festival will feature a week-long celebration of Indigenous heritage, achievement and the distinct cultural fabric of the Province of Ontario. Join the celebration of the unifying power of sport and culture through 2 Cultural Festival locations featuring Indigenous cuisine, artisans, and nightly entertainment. Details

July 16 to 23, 2017

Various Venues, GTHA


2. Toronto Wolfpack

v. Hemel

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 04:30 PM

Lamport Stadium, Toronto


3. Honda Indy

The Honda Indy Toronto features a 2.84 km (1.755 mile), 11-turn temporary street course. The event features

The event features The Verizon IndyCar Series the premier open-wheel series in North America, The NASCAR Pinty’s Series, The Mazda Road to Indy, The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup, The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. Details

July 14 – 16, 2017

Exhibition Place grounds, Toronto

Free on Friday; Saturday & Sunday: $40

4. The North Face Endurance Challenge Series

The North Face Endurance Challenge Series’ international expansion within North America, offering an event in Ontario. Featuring the most pronounced elevation gain trail race in all of Ontario, The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Niagara Escarpment on the western shores of the Georgian Bay and navigates through the ski trails of the Blue Mountains. Details

Saturday, July 15 | 5:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, July 16 | 5:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Blue Mountain Resort
108 Jozo Weider Boulevard

$0 – $245

5. 5K Foam Fest

The 5k Foam Fest is a non-competitive 5km obstacle course that is suitable for participants 8 years of age and up. 2.5 million cubic feet of vegan coconut foam are used on every course that features over 22 unique and exhilarating obstacles. Athletes and novices alike can participate alongside each other. Details

July 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Claireville Conservation Area, 8180 Hwy 50, Brampton


IV. Exhibitions, Festivals & Other Events

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1. Night It Up! 2017


It’s that time of year again where you can try delicious Asian treats with your friends while listening to live entertainment from talented artists throughout the GTA or playing carnival-style booth games. Night It Up! is an annual night market event hosted by Power Unit Youth Organization, a non-profit organization comprising only youths. It features rare ethnic foods from local vendors and performers from all across Toronto and the GTA. Details

July 14 to 16, 2017

Night It Up! – 101 Town Centre Blvd, Markham


2. Vector Festival

Vector Festival is a participatory and community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing digital games and creative media practices. Presenting works across a dynamic range of exhibitions, screenings, performances, lectures, and workshops, Vector acts as a critical bridge between emergent digital platforms and new media art practice. Details

Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

Various Venues, Toronto

Free and ticketed events

3. Cultura Festival

Cultura is a weekly Friday night Summer festival in July that brings the community together for a celebration of music, food art and film at Mel Lastman Square. These free events showcase award-winning musicians, international food vendors, world-class buskers, and crowd-pleasing feature films. Join us every Friday in July for a new and unexpected festival experience each week! Details

Friday July 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 6PM – 11PM

Mel Lastman Square
5100 Yonge Street


4. Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition is Canada’s largest and longest running juried outdoor contemporary art fair. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics. Details

July 14 – 16, 2017

Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West, Toronto


5. Scarborough Celebrates Ontario 150

This Summer, come and experience an exciting community festival! Come out and celebrate Canada 150! Our Scarborough Celebrates Ontario is a 2-day fun filled weekend celebration that aims to showcase, promote and celebrate Ontario’s 150 years of diversity. Details

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Civic Centre


6. Carabram

Carabram provides an opportunity for families to experience the rich culture, food, crafts, drink and entertainment of different ethnic groups in Brampton and the surrounding community attracting thousands to this event. Details

July 14 to 16, 2017

Various Venues, Brampton

$10 to $12

7. Midnight Madness

Enjoy Downtown Oakville’s largest retail event of the year, featuring food, live music, entertainment and lots of community spirit! With over six blocks of free family-friendly entertainment and brag-worthy deals available right through to midnight, this is an evening of excitement you won’t want to miss! Shop, dine and enjoy all that Downtown Oakville has to offer. Details

Friday, July 14, 2017 | 6:00 PM to 11:59 PM

Downtown Oakville


8. The Festival of India

Hare Krishna Festival – The Festival of India will bring South Asia’s most endearing spiritual culture to the heart of downtown Toronto in a contemporary, exhilarating, and family-friendly fashion. In its 45th year, the festival continues to excite participants and attract onlookers as a feast for the eyes as well as the soul. Details

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 12 PM – 5 PM

Sherbourne Common, 61 Dockside Dr, Toronto


9. Vaughan Latin Festival

The event will feature activities for the whole family. Live Music, Folklore, Marshall from Paw Patrol, a Kids Zone, delicious food, and various vendors catering to Latinos and the Canadian multi-cultural public at large. Details

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 10:30 PM

Mackenzie Glen Park – 220 Cranston Park Avenue, Maple


10. Taste of Dominica

Come join us for lots of Fun, Food, Art, Fashion & Culture. Details

Saturday, June 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St, Toronto


V. Food Events & Festivals /Night Life / Dinner Theatre

1. Summer Craft Beer Fest

Featuring over 20 of the best craft brewers and BIG bites from Liberty Market Food Vendors, Summer Craft Beer Fest celebrates summer sunshine and ice cold craft beer. Stroll through the cobblestone galleria of Liberty Market Building at this pay as you go event and discover your new favourite craft beer of the summer. Can’t forget to mention that there will be live music from some great local talent. Details

Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 5:00 PM to 0:00 PM

Liberty Market Building Galleria – behind Brazen Head


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2. Budweiser County Fair


Budweiser County Fair will bring the spirit of country to the heart of the city with downtown Toronto’s outdoor boot-stomping two-day festival! Artists: Emily Reid, The Reklaws, Jesse Gold, MacArthur Clark, Johnson Crook, Vanessa Marie Carter, Kaitlin Kozell, Jade Eagleson, Andrew Hyatt, Natasha Zimbaro. Details

July 5 to 10, 2017

525 King Street West, Toronto

$34.50 – $89.50

3. Summerlicious

The 15th annual city-wide culinary event welcomes 22 new restaurants this year, including Cactus Club Cafe, Maple Leaf Tavern, Jamie’s Italian (Yorkdale), Mochica, Ricarda’s and TOCA (The Ritz-Carlton). Details

July 7 to 23, 2017

Various Restaurants Toronto

$18 to $48.

4. Halal Food Festival Toronto

Representing cuisines from around the world, guests will enjoy unique offerings from over 100 of Toronto’s best halal restaurants, bakeries, specialty stores, and manufacturers. Details

Saturday, July 15, 2017 | 10:00AM – 10:00PM
Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 10:00 AM – 08:00 PM

#5,The International Centre – 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

$5; 65+ and 16-: Free

5. The Ontario Oyster Festival

Oysters, lobster, mussels, popcorn shrimp, fish tacos, options for the seafood-averse (land and veggie), beer, wine, caesars, bubbly, bourbon and more. The Ontario Oyster Shucking Championships and to close out, music by the Mercenaries. Details

Sunday, July 16, 2017 | 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Rodney’s Oyster House – 469 King St. West, Toronto

$35.00 & up

6. Boxcars and Beer “The Cheese Train”

Experience a 90-minute ‘Taste of Ontario’ with fromager Cecilia Smith and brewery owner/certified beer judge Joanne Richter as they lead you through five pairings of delicious Ontario cheeses with artisanal craft beers from local brewery The Second Wedge Brewing Company. Details

July 16th, July 30th, and August 27th. | 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

York-Durham Heritage Railway – 19 Railway St., Uxbridge


7. Vaughan Pizzafest

The Vaughan Pizzafest is a celebration of Artisan Pizza, Music and Beer! Join us for three days of the best pizza from across Ontario along with tasty Beer and top notch musical entertainment on the main stage all weekend long. Details

July 14 to 16, 2017

Woodbridge Fair Grounds – 100 Porter Ave., Woodbridge


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