Canada Day weekend events in Toronto are huge, over the top celebrations that include fireworks shows and free concerts. If you're hungry or thirsty, there are festivals to take care of you and if you need to dance, you can easily party all the way to Monday. Happy long weekend, everyone.Events you might want to check out:
Toronto Ribfest (June 30 - July 3 @ Centennial Park)
Eat up at this four-day Canada Day celebration in a park, surrounded by the best rib makers in all the land. Also expect lots of live shows and entertainment too.
Canada Days (June 30 - July 3 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
This party stars headliners such as the Barenaked Ladies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ron Sexsmith and the TSO with special guest Rose Cousins, dvsn, Belly and fireworks each night.
Electric Island (July 1 - September 4 @ Port Lands)
This electronic music festivals welcomes some of the best DJs in the game right now. It's relocated to the Port Lands for its Canada Day extravaganza.
Redpath Waterfront Festival (July 1-3 @ Sherbourne Commons)
Prepare to be amazed by the world’s largest rubber duck as well as food and craft vendors, a lumberjack show, DJs and stages with live entertainment.
Heritage Ontario Festival (June 30 - July 3 @ Ontario Place)
Celebrate the heritage, culture and traditions of Ontario through music on multiple stage, interactive exhibits and food and drink vendors.
Brewer's Backyard Lester P. Beerson Day (July 1 @ Evergreen Brickworks)
The Brewer’s Backyard takes the concept of a beer garden to the next level by letting attendees meet the people behind some of Ontario's best craft beer.
Do Right (July 2 @ Hazelton Ave, Toronto)
Head to this free show from the Toronto Jazz Festival and hear jazz, soul and disco sounds from the Cookers Quintet, Jill Peacock and Tush.
Papiosco y los Ritmicos & DJ Suave (June 30 - July 1 @ Lula Lounge)
All star Cuban orchestra Papiosco y Grupo Ritmicos De Toronto bring a contemporary sound to traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms.
Silver Pools (June 30 @ Burdock)
Silver Pools are releasing a limited edition 10" vinyl record and Repair and DreamSTATE are joining them to celebrate. Expect dreamy electronics and guitars.
Nora En Pure (June 30 - July 1 @ CODA)
Bless your ears and soul with the sounds of this African-Swiss DJ and house as she lands in one of Toronto's best sounding clubs.
Bipolar Sunshine (June 30 @ The Drake Hotel)
One of the UK's most buzzed about singers lands in the city for a show you don't want to miss. Catch him before he blows up.
It's a Jazz Party @ #weveCHANGED Pop-Up Shop (July 1 @ #weveCHANGED Pop-Up Shop)
Do you like jazz? Food? Drinks? Catch this night of music from New York's Daniel Freedman Quartet and food and drinks from the Food Dudes.
Wavelength Canada Day (July 1 @ Humber Bay Park West)
Catch this concert by the water featuring The Magic, Basia Bulat and Most People. It's all free, and get there with the bike tour leaving from Bellwoods at 3 p.m.
Pokey LaFarge (July 2 @ Horseshoe Tavern)
Pokey LaFarge and his six-piece roots ensemble stomp onto the Horseshoe stage with classic Americana sounds and songs from their new album Manic Revelations.
Nite Comfort 46 (July 2 @ Handlebar)
This is a night of space age sounds from Navi and Peace inside this Kensington Market music spot.
ReelHeART International Film Festival (June 30 @ Carlton Cinema)
This annual independent film festival celebrates 13 years and screens premieres from the best in independent filmmakers from around the world.
Manifesto (June 30 - July 7 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
See the Toronto premiere of a film starring Cate Blanchett in 13 distinct vignettes that incorporate timeless manifestos from 20th century art movements .
Strictly Ballroom (July 2 @ Christie Pits, Toronto)
Take in this Austrailan cult classic under the starts and on a giant slope in Christie Pits park. It's totally free!
Connection Disco to House! (June 30 - July 1 @ Beaver Cafe)
Beam Me Up explores the connection between disco and house. The newly renamed Patchouli Brothers (AKA A Digital Needle) and Cyclist spin.
Amateur Strip Judged By Drag Queens (June 30 - July 1 @ ROUND venue)
You're invited to strip at your favourite business within Dufferin Mall in this post-Pride commercially-sanctioned night of drag, runway, dancing and eleganza.
Turn Back Time 80s Pride Video Dance Party (June 30 - July 1 @ Gladstone Hotel)
DJ Caff works the crowd to Michael Jackson, Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Lionel Richie, Culture Club, Wham!, Run DMC and Madonna to wrap up Pride month.
FNL O Canada (June 30 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
This edition of the great big ROM party celebrate Canada with DJs FDLER, Neon Dreams, the Sweet Touch Foundation and Stew Innes spin.
Rejoyce It's My House (July 1 @ 120 Diner)
This party features classic house, rare beats, ballroom, gospel, Latin, tribal, vocal and African dance music. DJ Black Cat is in charge.
With it! (July 1 @ The Piston)
This is a classic 1960s mod, soul, reggae record dance party with DJs Nico and Magnificent. Get ready to boogaloo and boogie all night.
Made in Toronto (July 2 @ Nest)
Step inside this massive dance space and hear the house music stylings of Manzone & Strong, Joee Cons, Ticky Ty, Miz Megs and ID-X.
by Phil Villeneuve via blogTO