July 28, 2013
Category: Nature and Outdoor Activities
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Toronto’s highly anticipated Beaches International Jazz Festival, taking place July 19-28, 2013. In honour of this momentous occasion, an incredible musical line-up and exciting new activities have been planned.
The Festival unfolds each summer in the heart of the lakeside community, and is a top attraction for local residents and tourists alike. What began as a small, two-day event by president and producer Lido Chilelli in 1989 has now evolved into a massive ten-day celebration of music, with over one million people in attendance. Presently North America’s largest free festival, Beaches Jazz attracts tourists from across the globe each year and has been named the top free jazz festival in the world by MSN.com.
For further information, please contact the Beaches Jazz Festival Hotline at (416) 410-8809 or visit www.beachesjazz.com
Location: The Beach Neighbourhood
July 9 – August 4, 2013. Come take part in North America’s biggest Caribbean-styled Carnival now in its 45th year! See a spectacular parade of more than 20 masquerade bands in the most competitive Carnival competition outside of the Caribbean! The Grand Parade will be August 3rd, 2013.
For more details: www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com
Location: Various Venues
July 13 – August 5, 2013. The IRIE Music Festival (IRIEFEST) is a multi-day, music and arts festival that will celebrate its 11th anniversary in 2013. IRIEFEST will take place in two of Ontario’s largest cities: Toronto and Mississauga and will present artists in the areas of music, dance, spoken word and visual arts. The festival will also include an awards event, a greening initiative and an historic component. IRIEFEST Toronto will take place Nathan Phillips Square, August 2 to 5. IRIEFEST Mississauga will take place on July 13th and 14th at Mississauga Celebration Square.
For more details: www.iriemusicfestival.com
Every Sunday beginning July 7 and running to August 18 – from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – you can dance under the stars at Mel Lastman Square in the Sunday Serenades free outdoor concert series. Sunday Serenades features the best of swing, jazz and big-band music. The performance lineup is available at www.toronto.ca/special_events/serenades.
Location: Mel Lastman Square — 5100 Yonge Street
July 6 – August 24, 2013. Sponsored by the Toronto Sun, the 17th Annual Great Ontario Salmon Derby is North America’s largest freshwater fishing derby and takes place in the Canadian waters of Lake Ontario attracting participants from Florida, Arizona, Michigan and other US States. They also have participants from England, Germany & Italy on a regular basis. The Derby boasts an average participation of 21,000 people annually over a 50 day period. Fishermen/women compete for various weekly prizes including cash, tackle, rods, reels and for the heaviest salmon caught every week – a 2013 Toyota Matrix! The winner of the overall Derby wins an exciting Grand Prize package including a 2013 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, a fishing trip for two and a celebration dinner. The event is climaxed with a Fish-off for the 70 prize winners preceding the Awards Ceremony, September 14, 2013 allowing them to win a further $5,000 in cash prizes.
For more sportshows information, complete tournament rules and to order tickets online, visit www.sportshows.ca.
From June 25 – August 27, YDS presents City Cinema: CULT CLASSICS, free outdoor screenings of classic cult films, at sunset, every Tuesday. Films include the hilarious “Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” the beyond-quirky “Napoleon Dynamite,” and all time cult classic, “The Godfather.”
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit ydsquare.ca
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square — Yonge and Dundas Streets
The Tasty Thursdays series at Nathan Phillips Square starts July 11 and will run weekly to August 29 – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can buy delectable international dishes served by participating restaurants for $7 or less while enjoying free noon-hour concerts featuring world music acts based in Toronto. The complete performance schedule and vendor list is available at www.toronto.ca/special_events/thursdays.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square — 100 Queen Street West
Every Friday night, Harbourfront Centre brings you the hottest DJs in town spinning on the Redpath Stage,
with a side of your favorite fried gourmet cuisine. Visit the World Café for your weekly deep fried food treat.
For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Location: Harbourfront Centre
Friday nights just got a whole lot tastier! Deep-fried goodness and sizzling tunes take over Toronto’s waterfront with Harbourfront Centre’s newest summer-long experience – DJ Deep Fried Fridays, from June 28 through to August 30 at 7 p.m.
Gather friends, pack up the kids and head down to Harbourfront Centre for an outdoor showcase that explores the tastes and sounds that reflect distant lands and local terrains.
DJ Deep Fried Fridays kicks off with Canada Day Weekend Celebrations, June 28. Tasty potato swirls are available for purchase at World Café while listening to the amazing sounds of Dr. Jay de Soca Prince on the Redpath Stage. Throughout the summer, an array of music genres will be paired with tasty exotic treats such as Latin music with chifles (fried plantain chips), electronic beats with beavertails, reggae with festivals (a popular Jamaican fried dough), Korean pop music with samosas, and so much more.
At every DJ Deep Fried Friday, come experience the combination of food and music that reflect Harbourfront Centre’s cultural discourse every weekend throughout the summer season.
For additional information and event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront. For information about getting here during the Queens Quay revitalization, visit harbourfrontcentre.com/gettinghere.