Including Mashup Pon Di Road, Beaches Jazz Fest, Festival of Beer and a Rage Against the Machine concert
Mashup Pon Di Road
With the return of Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival on the horizon, actress/storyteller Bahia Watson and comedian/storyteller Liza Paul bring an outdoor Caribbean musical to the streets. The longtime collaborators poke fun at patriarchy, the ruling class and the end of the world as we know it in a lively series of vignettes and songs.
July 21-23 in Little Jamaica on the Green P Lot, 1531 Eglinton West; and July 27 at the Bentway, 250 Fort York. Free. welcometodicircus.com
Beaches Jazz Festival last weekend
The festival ends with its signature event: Streetfest. Queen Street will be closed to traffic July 21-23 from 6pm to midnight from Woodbine to Beech Avenue to allow blues, jazz and fusion musicians to take to the streets. Need a break from the crowded street? At nearby Woodbine Park, chill out at NuFunk’s Groovin’ In The Park party on Friday and Saturday nights, featuring local DJs Iced Misto, Paul E Lopes, Jason Palma and more. The park will host more Jazzfest musicians for a final show on the main stage on Sunday.
21-24 July. Free. Queen East from Woodbine to Beech and Woodbine Park (1695 Queen East). beachjazz.com
King Henry Five
For over 25 years, the Driftwood Theater has brought The Bard’s Bus Tour – an outdoor production of a Shakespearean play – to various Ontario cities. On its return from the pandemic, the company has adapted three Shakespearean plays (Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V) into a story about community, family and the legacy we leave behind.
July 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. Pwyc $5-$75. Withrow Park, 725 Logan. driftwoodtheatre.com
Toronto’s Beer Festival
The annual festival, presented by the Beer Store, features hundreds of brewers, food vendors (Burger’s Priest, Heirloom, Oyster Boy) and live music from hip-hop legend Nas on Friday. Canrock acts will headline the weekend, with Sam Roberts Band and the Strumbellas on Saturday and Matt Mays and the Revivalists on Sunday.
22-24 July. Starting at $65. Bandshell Park at exhibition site, 100 Prince Edward Island Cres. beer festival.ca
Rage Against the Machine + Run the jewels
Rage Against the Machine rocked the Ottawa Bluesfest last week. Despite a recent leg injury that kept him off his feet, singer Zack de la Rocha and the band pushed hard while backstage screens called out for Land Back and detailed facts about the violence experienced by Indigenous peoples in Canada. If you missed that kind of energy on stage, the band is here for two shows this week.
July 21 & 23 at 8 p.m. Starting at $125. Scotiabank Arena, 40 Bay. ticketmaster.ca
Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival
Never been to Toronto’s Little Manila? This weekend would be a good time to get acquainted at this North York street festival. Live music and comedy performances and an open mic, games, cultural installations and plenty of street food will fill a kilometer of Bathurst Street north of Wilson.
23-24 July. Free. Bathurst north of Wilson. funphilippinestoronto.com
Canadian Comedy Award winner Tom Hearn begins touring his solo sketch show directed by Second City’s Carly Heffernan before heading to the Edmonton & Fundy Fringe in August. Also on the bill are Sanjina and Ajahnis Charley.
July 24 at 9 p.m. $15-$20. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor West. comedybar.ca
All day I dream of great Toronto
This dance music festival started in 2011 with a series of rooftop parties in Brooklyn hosted by British house/techno DJ Lee Burridge. This year, the Toronto edition will feature Burridge, Buenos Aires DJ/producer Facundo Mohrr, Double Touch and Pippi Ciez.
23 July from 2pm to 10pm. Every age. $85. Fort York, 250 Fort York. alldayidream.com
Good News, Toronto is a high-energy news spoof show – but given the current state of the world, spoofing may not be enough to pull us out of despair. Instead, they present a musical comedy festival. The cast includes Ally Medeiros, Rebecca McDonald, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll and, fresh from his solo show Fringe, Anesti Danelis.
July 22 at 8:30 p.m. $23. Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor West. comedybar.ca
The guild lives with cultural arts festival
Located on the east end in a beautiful waterfront park, this arts festival features live performances by guitar virtuoso Johannes Linstead, Indian classical dance group Shivanjali Arts and more, as well as community information booths, a kids zone with interactive art, a beer garden and a market featuring artisans and locals providers.
23-24 July, 10am-5pm. Free admission. Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Pkwy. guildalivewithculture.ca
You want more events? Check out our Hot Summer Guide list of 50 things to do this summer and our carnival guide to events related to this month’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival.