Honestly, if you hadn't considered going to any summer events in Toronto yet, this week might be the time. There's five big-name performances and a music festival, four huge parties and three food festivals. Oh, and a bunch of free stuff as well.Events you might want to check out:
Dua Lipa (July 30 @ RBC Echo Beach)
One kiss is all it took for everyone to fall in love with English pop star Dua Lipa, and she's arriving in Toronto as part of her Self-Titled world tour.
Danforth Strong Fundraiser (July 30 @ Social Capital Theatre)
The tragic events of last week have inspired art and brought a community of performers together to fundraise for the victims of the Danforth Shooting.
St. Vincent (July 31 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
Everyone's favourite avant-pop electro queen St. Vincent is in Toronto for the night, playing hits of her most recent album Masseduction.
Bikes vs. Cars (August 1 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
The debate around safer streets takes the spotlight during this screening of Bikes vs. Cars that features Toronto, followed by a panel on the subject.
Vegan Block Party (August 2-5 @ Vegandale Brewery)
Vegans everywhere have something to celebrate. This big block party will see vegan goodies dished out at the city's newest vegan brewery.
Jerk (August 3 @ Ontario Place)
It's Caribana in the city and a massive party is taking over Ontario Place, featuring up-and-coming DJ Bambii and free jerk chicken while it lasts.
Food Truck Festival (August 3-6 @ Woodbine Park)
Scattered around the city no more, food trucks from all over will fill Woodbine Park with all kinds of tastes, smells, brews and activities.
Taste of the Middle East (August 4 @ Dundas Square)
The inaugural Middle Eastern food fest kicks off with favourites like Turkish coffee, Arak and grilled halloumi, plus art, music and dancing.
Taylor Swift (August 4 @ Rogers Centre)
Slap on the red lipstick and go all out for the arrival of T-Swift and her new attitude, as part of her Reputation tour.
The National (August 4 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
Come equipped with tissues as the deep, moving sounds of The National fill Fort York, with support from Father John Misty.
Veld (August 4-5 @ Downsview Park)
The hip-hop and electro gods are set to bless Toronto with a stacked lineup of performances by DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, Migos and a lot more.
Graffiti Alley Block Party (August 5 @ Graffiti Alley)
A big block party is going down in Toronto's colourful and historic Graffiti Alley, featuring live performances, dancing, food, drinks and games.
Taste of India (August 5 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
Over 100 different Indian foods are up for the tasting at this huge festival, with samples, street performers, activities and a bazaar.
Arctic Monkeys (August 5 @ Scotiabank Arena)
Hot off the release of their newest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, the Arctic Monkeys are here with their signature sound for one night only.
Sunnyside 20 (August 5 @ Sunnyside Pavillion)
It's a long weekend beach party at this instalment of Sunnside 20 with Leon Vynehall, Ali Black, Andy Capp and Korea Town Acid.
by Lisa Power via blogTO