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Friday, July 26, 2013

Weekend Events in Toronto: July 26-28, 2013

Toronto Weekend EventsWeekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Here's what's happening in Toronto this July 26-28, 2013.


Beer Fest

It's Beer Fest weekend and if you should be so inclined to hang out with the drunk and sloppies, Bandshell Park is where you want to be. Beer pavilions are (clearly) the big attraction here but there is also a full schedule of musical performances happening throughout the weekend. If you haven't purchased tickets yet, you're not entirely out of luck--while Friday and Saturday are sold out, Sunday still has the cheapest tickets available. Enjoy and have mercy on those of us who will be sharing a streetcar with you on the way home.

Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place (210 Princes' Boulevard), July 26-28, 2013, 4:30PM $39.50

Kensington Market Backyard Beer Garden

Pedestrian Sunday is here and if you're looking for a good spot to drink, 214 Augusta will be hosting a backyard beer garden. The recently renovated outdoor space behind El Gordo and the Latin food court will transform into an open-air patio this Sunday, serving brew by Kensington Brewing Company and food by Pancho's Bakery, Don Taco, Gordo Empanadas, Lightweight Mini Donuts and Churrasco Sandwiches. A BBQ pit will be churning parrillada and Callan Furlong and the Old Fashioned Trash will perform. Everyone is welcomed on this free patio but food and drink are cash only.

Kensington Market (214 Augusta Avenue), July 28, 2013, 1PM


Lab Cab

The Parkdale community will find art in all the strange places this weekend with the Lab Cab Festival taking place across the far west end of Queen West. Music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, kids stuff, clown, visual art and comedy will be performed in any type of venue that Parkdale can offer--restaurants, hair salons, clothing stores, cafes, bars, flower shops, parks, antique stores, community centres, laundromats and parking lots to name a few. Not sure where to start? Check out the full schedule at or just wander Parkdale--you'll stumble upon something.

Parkdale (Queen West between Roncesvalles and Dufferin), July 27-28, 2013, Free


Roncy Romp

Roncesvalles is the latest of burgeoning food hubs in the city and to emphasize this point, a clever little group known as Savour Toronto has joined forces with the foodies of the formerly Polish 'hood to create the Roncy Romp. A 4-hour food tour of Roncesvalles best food joints--both old and new--Roncy Romp begins at 2201 Dundas West and heads south on Roncesvalles. Six tastings at various establishments are a part of the registration price but the guide will also discuss the neighbourhood's history, culture and architecture in addition to the gastronomical tour. Register at and be prepared for a lot of walking.

2201 Dundas Street West, July 27, 2013, 12PM $60

Block Party BBQ & Market

The Commonwealth Collective has long been a staple in the independent creative communities of Toronto, bringing folks in small press and indie print together for events. This Saturday, Commonwealth gathers those communities again for a small celebration at N/A Collective Space on Dundas West, where the arts will be honoured and food will be served. This block party BBQ will have food and brews available along with a small market where eight local vendors will sell their DIY press creations. Swing by to eat and check out photo zines, graffiti publications and custom merch by Blood of the Young Zine, No Fun Press, Block By Block, Readers and Writers, Joe Huffers, SCREVVFACE, Go Home Print and Doubledot Magazine.

N/A Collective Space (1585 Dundas Street West), July 27, 2013, 3PM

For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.


The Yard Sale

Fuck fast fashion. The Yard Sale is a less-cheesy alternative to whatever shopping excursion you had planned this weekend. This pop-up clothing market opening at Oz Studios this Friday afternoon has men's and women's clothing of all sizes and original jewelry by Blackbird beautiful things. The yard sale runs until Sunday so if you're on Ossington, swing by to say hello.

Oz Studios (134 Ossington Avenue), July 26-28, 2013, 1PM Free

For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.


The Bazaar of the Bizarre: Sunburn 2013

A craft show that is equal parts light and dark, this sometimes whimsical, sometimes macabre bazaar features some really bizarre items--and that's why you have to go. Opening at 918 Bathurst on Saturday, The Bazaar of the Bizarre features 20 independent artisans and crafters selling some normal and some abnormal things, ranging from jewelry to dolls. Music and entertainment will be a part of this one-day market but get there early before all the weirdly wonderful items disappear.

918 Bathurst Street, July 27, 2013, 11AM Free


Christie Pits Film Festival

Outdoor films are always the best on summer nights and this weekend, the Christie Pits Film Festival delivers with a great film. Martin Scorsese's little known 1978 documentary The Last Waltz will screen on the hill. A concert doc following The Band as they prepare to perform their last concert, the film features all the music greats--Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mithcell, Eric Clapton and Emmylou Harris to name a few. As always, this screening is free but blankets are not so bring your own warmth!

Christie Pits Park (750 Bloor Street West), July 28, 2013, 9PM Free

The Hidden Film Festivals

Taking place in London, Dublin, Paris and Toronto, The Hidden Film Festival lands at The Winchester this weekend. The hidden part of the name comes from the fact that this wholly independent film fest, created to generate buzz around indies to put them on course for future success. Part of building the buzz? The films are kept secret until they screen. If you're a cinephile and can take the risk on $10, check out the weekend schedule and purchase tickets at

The Winchester, Cabbage Town & Humber Cinemas(51 Winchester Street), July 27-28, 2013, 8PM $10

For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.


The Noise Project

Far from an assault on your ears, The Noise Project is a tolerable noisy experiment. Described as "messy, exploratory, active, urban, experiential", this exhibition features noise-inspired installations, performances and artworks that range from interactive to sculpture. Featuring the noisy ideas of 25 artists from four collectives, the concept of noise from a citizen's perspective will be examined in this project. Can't handle the noise? Skip ahead to the neighbourhood sound walks and audio treasure hunt so you won't leave 99 Sudbury with a headache.

99 Gallery (99 Sudbury Street), July 26-27, 2013, 6PM Free

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by Lauren Pincente via blogTO

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