The Best of Toronto's Queer Arts Events for July 2014

Tuesday July 1 to Sunday August 31, 2014 - Shakespeare in High Park. Toronto outdoor theatre tradition, Shakespeare in High Park is back this summer and will alternate between two shows.
“As You Like It “ Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays at 8pm Toronto outdoor theatre tradition, Shakespeare in High Park is back this summer and will alternate between two shows. The first, As You Like It, a pastoral comedy, follows a young girl named Rosalind who flees from her royal uncle’s persecution into the Forest of Arden. Titus Andronicus”, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays at 8pm a tragedy about the fictional Roman general Titus and his cycle of revenge the Queen of the Goth. The plays will run approximately 90 mins each night.

The Details: Food, beverages and blankets will be available to purchase on-site. NO Pets Allowed The outdoor performances will go on with weather permitting; any cancellations due to rain will be done by 8 p.m. Pwyc ($20 sugg). High Park Amphitheatre, 1873 Bloor W.

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - Bisexual Toronto poet Phlip Arima @ The Black Swan Tavern Art Bar Reading Series. Phlip Arima is the author of five books of poetry and fiction, the most recent being Pin Pricks (Quattro Books). He has also produced an audio CD, and directed and performed a poetry/music/dance collaboration for part of the Figure of Speech series at Majlis Multidisciplinary Arts. His work has been adapted to stage by Neighbourhood Dance works and RCA Theatre, and to video by Vision Television. He is a former Artistic Director of the Art Bar poetry series and was a co-organizer/host of The Basement Reading series. For more about Phlip please visit

The Details: Also on the bill are: Clara Blackwood poet, visual artist and tarot reader. Mike Lipsius's poetry chapbook Lessons in Gravity was published this year through Stone's Throw Publications. He ran the Rochdale Rhymes and Readings poetry series in the Annex from 2008-2013. Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto Ontario. TTC. Get off at BROADVIEW subway station and walk just around the corner. We are about 2 minutes walk eastbound from Broadview Ave., on the north side of the Danforth.

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - CHIN Picnic @ Exhibition Place Annual multicultural festival featuring live music, folklore dance competition, a kids' zone, fireworks and more. Daily from noon-11 pm. Free. Exhibition Place, Mr BiKiNi Contest Sat June 28, 3pm @ Band Shell V ideo:

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - Toronto Rib fest @ Centennial Park. Celebrate Canada Day at the Toronto Ribfest, a joint Canada Day festival and barbecue competition hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - Fireworks @ Harbourfront. The Harbourfront Centre celebrates Canada Day with a five day event featuring live music, a history exhibit, and a fireworks display. All ages

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - Big Gay Leathermen's Spearhead Annual Boat Cruise on Lake Ontario. On Board Obsession III Tickets are now on sale. Price $60. Tickets are available at Northbound Leather, Out on The Street and the Black Eagle. Please contact Vice President Robert Jeyes if you have any questions. See you there!. Board at 1 pmSailingat 1.30 pm Tickets

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - ELECTRIC ISLAND FESTIVAL @ Toronto Centre Island The fully licensed concert and picnic series returns this summer with another 4 events stacked with world class talent. The second edition will take place Canada Day Tuesday, July 1st on Toronto's Centre Island! 1 30 pm to 10.30 pm The festival runs again August 4th and September 1st or features international and local talent in an outdoor park side setting, overlooking Toronto’s waterfront and skyline. Officially closing each of Toronto’s four summer long weekends, this open air showcase is accessible via the Toronto Island Ferry.

Tuesday July 1, 2014 - Canada Day Extravaganza @ Harbourfront Centre Celebrate with the SoundClash Music Awards Showcase and performances by Maestro Fresh Wes, Vox Sambou and Dirty Dishes plus kids’ activities, fireworks and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, 416-973-4000,

Wednesday July 2 to Friday July 13, 2014 - Komunka. A GAY play about crazy Russians. An evening in a communal apartment in Moscow with seven Russians in real life conflicts around every day issues. Gays and homophobes, working class macho guys and intellectuals, women and men, they fight, drink, and talk about the Sochi Olympics, Putin, the Ukraine, and gays.Come meet and drink with Russians, get inside the mysterious Russian soul Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse,!plot/c18bc79 St George St #302, Toronto, ONTIX are $10 at the Fringe box office & at the door.

Wednesday July 2 to Friday July 13, 2014 - Concrete Kid (Lesbian play) @ George Ignatieff Theatre - Toronto Fringe Fest A lesbian coming of age tale set against the vibrant backdrop of Toronto nightlife. With slam poetry, hip hop, a chorus of hot queers and a little bit of drag for good measure, 18 year old Jamie spends her first night out at a gay bar while her less-than-understanding parents prepare to send her to the country for the summer.By: Ray Jarvis Ruby Adminitance 14+ Venue George Ignatieff Theatre - Tickets:

Wednesday July 2 to Friday July 13, 2014 - Toronto Fringe Festival indie theatre festival features plays, dance works, sketch comedy, solo shows and more by local and international companies. $12. Various venues,

Thursday July 3 to July 13, 2014 - Salvador" Gay Rights Play We Heart Heartbeats Presents: "@ The Annex Theatre A colourful mash of verbatim theatre, story-telling, and drag perrformance. "Salvador" tells the story of a young man who travels to El Salvador to investigate gay rights violations and in the process learns more about himself than he bargained for. Under the sharp direction of Sam Graham and with a bill of talented actors, this play promises an exciting night of theatre. Be sure not to miss it! (Advisory: Contains mature content) The Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst Street , Toronto, Ontario Playing: Thursday Times: THU JULY 3 10:30 PM, SAT JULY 5 8:45 PM, TUE JULY 8 6:15 PM, THU JULY 10 5:15 PM, FRI JULY 11 1:45 PM, SAT JULY 12 9:15 PM, SUN JULY 13 1:45 PM Cost: $10, $12 Advance Tickets Ticket purchase URL:

Thursday July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14 and 21, 2014 - Open Roof Festival Toronto fans of indie film and music will get another chance to watch their favourite stars under the stars, as the Open Roof Festival (ORF) returns for its fifth season running every Thursday until August 21. The 10-week festival offers urbanites an al fresco take on hit cinema from Canada and across the globe paired with live musical acts in a variety of genres — a combination that has established ORF’s reputation as Toronto’s ultimate summer date night and meeting spot.

The Details: 99 Sudbury Street, Map ( just south of the Queen Street West and Dovercourt Road neighbourbood. A customized, eclectic menu will be available for purchase at each show, crafted by 99 Sudbury’s in-house chefs. Tickets can be purchased at ,
Thursday July 3, 2014 - Gay Rights Play We Heart Heartbeats Presents: "Salvador" @ The Annex Theatre A colourful mash of verbatim theatre, story-telling, and drag perrformance. "Salvador" tells the story of a young man who travels to El Salvador to investigate gay rights violations and in the process learns more about himself than he bargained for. Under the sharp direction of Sam Graham and with a bill of talented actors, this play promises an exciting night of theatre. Be sure not to miss it! (Advisory: Contains mature content) The Annex Theatre, 730 Bathurst Street , Toronto, Ontario Playing: Thursday Times: THU JULY 3 10:30 PM, SAT JULY 5 8:45 PM, TUE JULY 8 6:15 PM, THU JULY 10 5:15 PM, FRI JULY 11 1:45 PM, SAT JULY 12 9:15 PM, SUN JULY 13 1:45 PM Cost: $10, $12 Advance Tickets Ticket purchase URL:

Friday & Saturday July 4/5, 2014 - Huge Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition @ Nathan Phillips Square Exhibition Painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass art, jewellery and more from 400+ artists. Fri & Sat 10:30 am-7:30 pm, Sun 10:30 am-6 pm. Jul 4 to 6. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W, at Bay,

Friday July 4, 2014 - Queer Girls Art League fundraiser: Army Girls @ The Garrison Come out and support Girls Art League while seeing some of our very favourite bands playing in Toronto right now!! Army Girls Dilly Dally New Fries DJs from DIANA playing some tunes in between and after Cover is $10, doors at 9 pm. Girls Art League is a non-profit art centre founded by Erica Beyea and other like-minded women in Toronto. You can find more info here: The Garrison 1197 Dundas St W 9pm West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Friday July 4, 2014 - Big Primpin' @ The Wrongbar Bills itself as "hiphop for ho's and mo's," and attracts art scenesters, hipster kids, anarchist fags and others unfulfilled by both mainstream and underground approaches to dance music. The girls who come get glammed up because they feel safe, the fags go all out even though it's Parkdale, and the straight boys are well-behaved and generally well-dressed. Regularly features local DJs Rory Them Finest, Phil V and Tuff Luv, and is hosted by Miss Margot; 10pm. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen St W. $5. 416.516.8677 Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday July 5, 2014 - Queer Women's Flat Track Roller derby Debs vs FRD Fergus Feima. 7 pm. $15, adv $12, kids free. Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main,

Saturday July 5, 2014 - Ladies’ dance party! at Tramp @ The Steady Cafe. Calling all: Dykes, Rug Munchers, Fems, Hussies, Lezzies, Queers, Butches, Sluts, Bisexuals, Hags, Riot Grrrls, Finger Bangers, Freaks, Studs & TRAMPS! Music by DJ JACQIE JAGUAR No Cover, 10 pm 19+ 1051 Bloor St W Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Sunday July 6 to Monday July 14, 2014 - Mad Pride Toronto Arts, culture and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people and folks the world has labelled "mentally ill."

Sunday July 6, 2014 - Movies in Christie Pits. A League Of Their Own Outdoor film screening and costume contest. 9 pm approx. Pwyc. Christie Pits Park, Bloor and Christie,

Tuesday July 8, 2014 to Sunday August 3, 2014 - Caribbean Carnival Toronto Launch Official launch party for the annual festival. Noon-2pm & 4-8 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay,

Wednesday July 9, 2014 - "All About Zines for Teens with Hal Niedzviecki & Annie Wong". @ Parkdale Library. Make a zine! Join author Hal Niedzviecki and Broken Pencil Magazine's Annie Wong for an interactive workshop about zine culture and creation. They will lead a workshop on how and why to make zines in the digital age. Bring your imagination, ideas and creativity! 1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6 416-393-7686 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Friday July 11 and Sunday July 12, 2014. Slam Poetry Festival @ Tranzac Club . SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival Ten teams compete to win the title of Ontario Slam Champions. $25 weekend pass. Tranzac, 292 Brunswick,

Friday July 11 to Sunday July 13, 2014 - Waterfront Blues Performances by Irene Torres, Brant Parker Blues Band, Blackburn and others plus a kids' fun zone, beer and wine garden, and more. Free. Woodbine Park, Coxwell and Eastern,

Friday July 11 to Saturday July 19, 2014 - Pride Week in Peel (Mississauga) Ontario. Pride Week in Peel kicked off with Friday night's opening festival at Celebration Square. Pride Week celebrates the region's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer Questioning, 2 Spirit (LGBTTIQQ2S) communities in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. he rainbow flag raising Monday (14th) morning at Brampton City Hall and Pride in Malton Tuesday (15th) afternoon at Four Corners Health Centre. Youth Movie Night at the Mississauga Central Library’s Noel Ryan Auditorium on July 16. There is also be an Open Mic Night, presented by Pride Week in Peel and the Mississauga Arts Council, from 6-8 p.m. in the C CafĂ© located in Mississauga’s Civic Centre.Ending off the week is the 11th annual Pride Day Picnic on July 19 from noon to 8 p.m. in Brampton’s Chinguacousy Park. For more information, visit

Friday July 11 to Sunday September 14, 2014 - Laneway Street Art in Brockton Village. In the laneway at Sheridan Avenue and Gordon Street, some street art with a twist will be on display from now until September: Jimenez Lai's Flipping Properties is an "ongoing study of super-furnitures " Super-furniture is "too big to be furniture and too small to be architecture." Confused? It's a large, free art installation that's house-like, and furniture-like, in an alley. Fun! Lai and Britt Wray (CBC, WNYC) will talk at Launch Party July 11 7pm tonight. The exhibition runs from July 11 - September 14 in Little Portugal, ABOIUT BROCKTON VILLAGE Queer West, Toronto ON BLOGTO Review:

Friday July 11, 2014 - Upstairs for Big queer dance party HER @ La Perla Various DJs and themes. spin future house and big city disco all night, with hostess Cassandra Moore, who is not your Valentine. 10:30pm. La Perla, 783 Queen St W. $5. Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday July 12 to Sunday July 20, 2014 - Salsa Dancing In Toronto Festival Week Latin-themed street festival with live music, dance performances and lessons, a parade, food and more. Free. St Clair West between Christie and Winona,

Saturday July 12, 2014 - Queer Women's Mermaid Pleasure Swim & Frolic Night @ Oasis Aqualounge. On Saturday July 12th, join us ‘under the sea’ for an enchanted evening of whimsical mermaids and aquatic fantasies! Starting at 8:00pm, Oasis Aqualounge will be transformed into a magical place and will feature Fionna Flauntit as our featured mermaid! Visit this stunning creature and make a wish on your ultimate fantasy! Miss F will facilitate a fun game where guests can win 1 out of 3 adorable ‘Mermaid Kegel’ toys, sponsored by DNA Toys. We encourage guests to dress up in fun colors and/or theatrical costumes. Women and couples are welcome! Oasis Aqualounge will be open from 11:00am-3:00am. Evening feature begins at 8:00pm. Women-$20, Couples $80. 231 Mutual St Toronto, ONb 416-599-7665

Saturday July 12, 2014 -Toronto Junction Night Market. Junction Night Market is a community night market showcasing local food and drink right here in the Junction! Featuring prepared food vendors from the weekly farmers’ market, local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Food and drink tickets are $5 each! 396 Pacific Ave, Free 7pm to 11pm

Saturday July 12, 2014 - The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge concert @ St James' Cathedral .Music by Tallis, Byrd, Parsons, Parry and Howells, performed by one of the world's greatest choirs Under Director of Music Stephen Layton, The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge perform British music by Tallis, Byrd, Parry, and works from their award-winning Howells CD. Their recent concerts have been “a heavenly experience” (New York Times), “an inspiring display of vocal craft and musicality” (Sydney Morning Herald) and “virtuoso singing of such staggering accomplishment” (BBC). A rare opportunity to hear one of the world’s greatest choirs perform in Toronto.

The Details: St. James Anglican Cathedral, 65 Church Street, Toronto,Playing: Saturday Times: 4.00pm Cost: $30, $20 (student/senior), $60 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) Ticket purchase URL:

Sunday July 13, 2014 - Listen to famous Toronto Poets and Folk Song Writers @ The Tanzac Club. Yearning for authentic entertainment? Come see and hear singer-songwriter-poets ROBERT PRIEST []and MAX LAYTON and experience the guitar and bass wizardry of BOB COHEN and DAVID WOODHEAD. Admission is free, there`s beer on tap, and this month our special guest will be ANNA GUTMANIS.

Max has just released IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME, his third CD. LEONARD COHEN says, "This is a terrific record! Can't praise it highly enough -- especially the very sound of your voice!" A published novelist and short story writer, Max also reads from his latest poems.

Writer of the #1 hit "Song Instead of a Kiss", and three CDs of original songs, Robert is also the author of fourteen books of poetry. "Intoxicatingly lovely!" - (Now Magazine) He will be singing a selection of songs from his new CD FEELING THE PINCH.

The Details: Our special guest, Anna Gutmanis, [] entwines her brave, edgy lyrics with deep, blues-style vocals. Anna will perform at the Tranzac with Bob Cohen and Karen Dinardo, with whom she recorded her new singles Lately It’s Cold and Diamonds and Stiletto Shoes. Anna’s award-winning single I Am Who I Am (2008) remains an anthem to the LGBTQ rights movement. Anna has released 2 music videos, most recently Another Way Out, which will debut at the Toronto Queer West Film Festival in August. Tranzac Club, FREE 5 PM to 7 PM location Map: 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2 (416) 923-8137 Sat July 13

Tuesday July 15, 2014 -The Future of West Toronto Railpath @ MakeWorks co-working studio (1139 College St.)The event will combine a walking tour and a reception at MakeWorks, an exciting new co-working studio in Ward 18. We will be bringing together residents, transportation advocates, businesspeople, artists, and more to talk about the bright future of what is a transformative public space. Tue, July 15, 6-8 pm at 6-7 pm: meet at Wallace and the Railpath for a walking tour of the Railpath - 7-8 pm: reception at MakeWorks co-working studio (1139 College St.) All Welcome....

Friday July 18 to Sunday July 20. 2014 - Honda Indy Toronto @ CNE grounds. The Honda Indy Toronto takes place on the streets surrounding Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario and downtown Toronto. The Honda Indy Toronto is among the most respected motorsports events in North America and features a week-long festival-like atmosphere that includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, live entertainment and interactive activities. Video: Full details:

Friday July 18 to Sunday July 27, 2014 - Beaches International Jazz Festival. 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 10-day celebration of music, with over 800,000 people in attendance. Presently North America's largest free festival, Beaches Jazz attracts tourists from across the globe and has been named the top free jazz festival in the world FREE...Woodbine Park, NE corner of Coxwell & Lakeshore Avenue E, Toronto Web site:

Friday July 18, 2018 - Rough Trade Ho Mo Dance Party - BARBER SHOP: Castro '78 @ Barber Shop: New Club in Queer West Village Summer's on, and there's boogie to be had. Kick it back to the age of Harvey Milk and friends as we bid farewell to Toronto's Ho-Motown party. Think tank tops and cut-offs. Yep. That's the spirit. With DJ Michael K Hosted by Allysin Chaynes. Classic soul, disco and R&B all night long. Frisky dudes. Everywhere. 10 PM - $5 from 11 PM onward, This is an oppression-free jam. No jerks. The Barber Shop 1179 Dundas Street West. Queer West Toronto, Ontario

Friday July 18, 2014- Sweat Disco Ball @ The Steady. Disco funk, silk punk and pink bogie all night + Hot messes, drink deals and oh yeah it's summer. 10 pm free. The Steady Cafe and Bar, 1051 Bloor St. W. (416) 536-4162 Just East of Dufferin St /
Friday July 18, 2014 - D.F.M.O. @ Buddies. get your dancing feet ready for D.F.M.O. in July with Dj John Caffery and Dj Kris Steeves. They'll be pumping out some of the best music in town with special guest Allysin Chaynes on stage. Let's get out Dance Floor Make Out on!!!! \Buddies In Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street, Toronto, ON

Friday July 18, 2014 - Big Queer Dance Party Yes Yes Y'all July presents "Werk With Us @ The Ryze (Downstairs Bar). Dear Team, We've been working non stop to find a new home for our legendary YYY party. We appreciate your patience as we go through this transitional time. That being said, WE"RE BACKKKKKKKKKKKKKK and can't wait to see you all. Toronto's biggest, baddest, queerest, hip hop/dancehall/rnb jam is taking over a new space this month. Come check us out. Making their first appearance with the Yes Yes Y'all family we bring to you DJ SUN SUN Abstract Random, 88 Days Yes Yes Y'all Crew.VENUE is Wheelchair Accessible. 10pm, 19+ $6 bucks before 11pm. 423 College St. Queer West Toronto Ontario.

Friday \July 18, 2014 - Church Street Gay Village Caper Scavenger Hunt for Adults Walk in the footsteps of scandalous public officials, pioneers of the 1790s and the 1970s, artists, dancers, gambling kingpins, hockey legends, and of course queens, fairies and riot grrls. Find hidden places, secret stories, and maybe even a ghost or two on this exciting scavenger hunt through old Molly Wood’s Bush. On an Urban Capers Scavenger Hunt, you don't collect items, but rather answers to tricky and humorous questions. Teams of two to six compete over the course of two hours. Indicate on the registration form whether you are signing up with a team or on your own and we'll set you up with a team. Tickets must be purchased in advance at 7 pm to 9.30 pm The Details:

Saturday July 19, 2014 - Live Green Toronto Festival (Yonge Street) The Festival will include live performances on stage at Yonge-Dundas Square as well as booths along Yonge Street between Dundas Street and Queen Street. Join the fun as Yonge Street goes green on Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 am – 8 pm.

Saturday July 19-20, 2014 - Opening Day of Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival. The 10th Annual Salsa on St. Clair, Canada's hottest street festival, is bigger and better than ever this year expanding into a week-long celebration of Latin music, dance, food and culture as the main event of the Salsa in Toronto Festival St. Clair Ave West from Winona Dr. to Christie St.

Saturday July 19, 2014 - 14th Annual Toronto Chinatown Festival. Visitors can also enjoy multi-cultural performances, busking performances, vibrant lion and dragon dances, Guizhou Ethnic Folk Handicrafts and international street food. Those who participate in the lucky draw will have the chance the win great prizes.Dundas St. W.- Spadina Ave. to Beverly

Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20, 2014 - BIG on BLOOR West Street Festival. Now in its 7th year, BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, community & small business with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities, and exhibitions Noon to 6 PM. Car-free Bloor Street: Dufferin to Lansdowne FREE

Sunday July 20, 2014 - Spread Eagle Crack Puppy Heavy Metal does the Black Eagle on Church. Rock and roll ain't noise pollution! After the success of our first sold out event, Mutable Notion Entertainment is proud to present SPREAD EAGLE. It's time to once again bring live rock and roll to Church St.! Our second installment features: Crackpuppy: Nobel Prize Fighter: and is hosted by Torontos reigning queen of noise - JENNA SYDE. Theres no dress code at this event and for those about to rock, we salute you. Advance tickets available at the Black Eagle - $10 or $15 at the door. 8 PM The Black Eagle Toronto, 457 Church Street

Sunday July 20, 2014 - SISTAH: A New Sunday Night Kiki (Downtown Toronto) What's up queens!!!??? The night is finally here! A night to kiki with your girls...Peel an outfit or two... Have a cocktail, look cute, and feel REAL!!! Introducing SISTAH SUNDAYS inside 55 colborne street. Just south of King and Church. Everything and everyone gets their fifteen minutes....but sometimes, the best things are closest to home. You're welcome. Holla atcha girl! :

Sunday July 20, 2014 - Cycle Toronto July Social. Mixed group from Christie Pits (3:15 pm) to Propeller Roastery (4: 00 pm) To avoid the road closure on Bloor, we'll lead an optional group bike ride from Christie Pits to the social, along mostly residential streets and the West Toronto Rail Path to arrive at Propeller by 4:00pm, for a barbecue and delicious coffee roasted and brewed onsite! This is a family-friendly event and children are welcome!

The Details: Propeller is located at 50 Wade Ave, off Lansdowne just north of Bloor. Please note that Bloor will be closed between Dufferin and Dundas West for the Big on Bloor Festival.Questions? Call our office at 416-644-7188 or email

Friday July 25, 2014 - Big Gay Dance Party WE PARTY 'VOGUE' presented by Boyz CLUB & Prism @ Maison Mercer. WE PARTY 'VOGUE' feat. WE Party DJ THIAGO supported by DJ David Picard ( The legendary WE Party 'Vogue' Edition touches down @ Maison Mercer for a Canadian premiere! Doors open @ 10PM until 5AM. Advance Tickets $25, more at the door. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE:, Maison Mercer, 15 Mercer Street, Toronto, ON

Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27, 2014 - The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale. A free, family friendly arts festival.The Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale is a free, annual,family- friendly, community oriented, multi-arts festival. Performances take place in a number of businesses and community spaces in Parkdale. Acts range from 2 to 30 min. and include a range of expertise in each field. The mandate of the Lab Cab Festival is to provide a home for artists of various disciplines to experiment with new work in a fun and risk-free environment. We also offer free childcare and a free bbq. At: Multiple locations throughout Parkdale, Parkdale - Queen Street West, Dufferin to Roncevalles, Toronto 2-8:00pm both days http://

Saturday and Sunday July 26 and 27, 2014 - Olympic Island Figment arts event, Olympic Island Figment arts event, Jul 26-27. Toronto Island Park. Toronto Ferry Boats to the Island. Getting There

Saturday July26, 2014 - Mattamy Athletic Centre Art Battle 2014 National Championship, 7 pm Jul 26. ($25-$70, 50 Carlton. St. Toronto Ontario, just west of Church St.

Saturday July 26, 2014 - DJ 4est's Surprise Party @ Cardinal Rule Restaurant Like fun? Then book a team and test your head gunk at the weekly trivia night, or wear your winning pants to the monthly “Surprise Party!”, with DJ 4est (Who plays music for girlie girls and girlie boys) Cardinal Rule 5 Roncesvalles Ave. No Cover. 10 2:30 am Kitchen open till 12 pm Cardinal Rule is hinged between Queen West and Roncesvalles at the hub of Toronto’s west end a fewe steps above West Queen West and 505 Streetcar.. Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Saturday July 26, 2014 - Ladies’ Night Toastr is Back new location @ White Elephant Restaurant & Bar.. Put it in your calendar. DJ Sticky Cuts has all of your Hip Hop, Dancehall, Trap and R&B covered. DJ Lucie Tic with all the House and Dance music that you love.Onai, Jasmine, Cassano and Breezy sling the dranks. We heard you - more bartenders to ensure that you get your drinks fast, friendly and fabulously. Expect Greatness.$8 Cover White Elephant Restaurant & Bar 366 Queen Street East (at Parliament) $4 Jagers all night Doors at 9:30pm Leslieville Queer Village, Toronto Ontario.

Sunday July 27 to Tuesday August 1, 2014 - Friends For Life Bike Rally – Over 400 cyclists ride the Waterfront Trail from Toronto to Montreal – 600 km over 6 days. This 16th annual event which raises funds for people living with HIV/AIDS, is set for July 27th to August 1st, 2014.

Sunday July 27 - 3rd annual Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. This is a shine and show event. So, if you have a vintage classic that’s been sitting in your garage or basement for the last little while, this is your chance to shine it up and show it off to the world! Vendor space is available for merchants; $50 for retail vendors, $25 for individuals. Otherwise, this is a FREE event. For more information, visit our website; http://www.communitybicyclenetwork.orgor email us; or call; 416-504-2918 Parking is available one block south on Walnut Avenue. So, save the date and be prepared for another sunny Sunday afternoon in the park! 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Location of park:

Sunday July 27 August 31, September 28, October 26, 2014- KENSINGTON MARKET ART FAIR. Kensington Market Art Fair (KMAF) is a curated outdoor art fair in Toronto’s historical neighbourhoods, focusing on original two and three-dimensional art. KMAF will feature professionals as well as students works. KMAF will be a platform for all artists to share and express freely and provide the public with a large selection of mediums.

Kensington Market has long been the home and warm embrace of many artists of all sorts. From musicians, writers, painters, photographers and so on. It has also inspired people such as Frank Gerry. Growing up around the Market Gerry took his observations of fish scales and apple bushels to whole other levels.
Kensington Market is home to several indoor galleries but is also one of the greatest outdoor museums, from architecture to graffiti and from buskers to fashion. Also home to events such as The Festival of Lights and Pedestrian Sundays. 77 Nassau Street, Kensington Market, Toronto, ON

Sunday July 27, 2014 - 2nd Toronto Japanese Summer Festival @ Yonge-Dundas Square. In the heart of the downtown core, we are proud to bring to you the 2nd Toronto Japanese Summer Festival, an exploration of Japanese and Japanese-Canadian community, and a celebration of Japan, its culture, art, cuisine, and quality of life through its products and services. With traditional and modern live musical and dance performances, a fashion show and a market with the best of Toronto Japanese food illuminated in the lights of the city, this is Toronto’s second Matsuri! The festival is open to the public and free for everyone. Please see the website and Facebook Event Page for details and updates. Let’s bring out our Japanese spirit! FREE 10 AM to 9 PM.

Thursday July 31, 2014 - Art Spin Bike tour, 6:30 pm Jul 31. ($5) Meeting place tba.