THERE ARE ALWAYS SO MANY THINGS TO DO IN TORONTO. GET OUT AND ENJOY SOME OF THE MANY GREAT PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE THROUGHOUT THE CITY IN AUGUST!
AUGUST 1 Harbourfront Centre celebrates the flavours and sounds of the Caribbean during Island Soul.
AUGUST 3 The winners of the Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, which selects winning records from the last five decades by public voting, are honoured with a musical tribute. This year, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, the Cowboy Junkies’ The Trinity Session, Sloan’s Twice Removed, and Peaches’ The Teaches of Peaches, are among the 2015 recipients.
AUGUST 4 Catch No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani on her This is What the Truth Feels Like Tour.
AUGUST 4 TO 14 Canada’s largest curated performance festival, SummerWorks, is back for 11 days with an eclectic selection of theatre, dance, music, and live art. Representing both established and emerging voices from across the country, SummerWorks features 70 shows, as well as free programming, workshops and a conversation series. Among the highlights is a collaborative dance piece by choreographer Tina Fushell, Waving is Funny, which examines the act of saying hello and goodbye.
AUGUST 5, 12, 19 AND 26 From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday during the summer, enjoy discounted admission to the Royal Canadian Museum, which features 40 galleries on an assortment of subjects, including dinosaurs, minerals, African art, Canadian and European history.
AUGUST 5 TO 7 Canada’s largest street festival, Krinos Taste of the Danforth, returns for another year of Hellenic culture and flavours. More than 1.6 million people attend the annual event to feast on the likes of souvlaki, moussaka and gyros. Beyond the food, there’s a sports zone featuring challenges by the Raptors, Maple Leafs, Argos and Toronto FC, as well as three stages with live entertainment.
AUGUST 5 TO 7 Beats, Breaks & Culture: The Bridge celebrates hip hop and electronic music with DJs spinning and dancing down at the Harbourfront. Special guests include Sinkane, Jungle Brothers and Prince Innocence, as well as Afterparty: Hip-Hop vs. House.
AUGUST 7, 14, 21 AND 28 Kids of all ages—and their parents—can partake in Family Sundays at the Gardiner Museum, which features clay workshops and tile painting among other activities.
AUGUST 9 American rock band Goo Goo Dolls best known for such songs as “Slide” and “Iris” are on a North American tour with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society.
AUGUST 10 The Bad Man Tour hits the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre stage with American rapper Pitbull and Prince Royce.
AUGUST 12 Head to Yonge-Dundas Square for Lunchtime Live, a free concert series, featuring The Heavyweights Brass Band with special guest Minotaurs.
AUGUST 12 TO 14 Through fashion, literature, film, music and dance, Africa’s rich culture is explored in the Habari Africa Festival.
AUGUST 13 As the Toronto Blue Jays take on the Houston Astros, kids ages 14 and under can take part in Jr. Jays Saturdays by running the bases after the game. (The Jays play the Astros on Friday, August 12 as well as Sunday, August 14.)
AUGUST 16 They got the beat: Don’t miss The Go-Go’s on their Farewell Tour with special guests Best Coast.
AUGUST 17 YouTube comedy duo Roman Atwood and Yousef Saleh Erakat—better known as FouseyTUBE—perform sketches, pranks and stand-up as part of their first international tour in Roman vs. Fousey.
AUGUST 19 to 21 The always-popular Hot & Spicy Food Festival brings the flavours of the south—from the Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico—to Toronto with a sizzling barbecue and live performances by Yuka and Treme Brass Band among others.
AUGUST 19 TO SEPTEMBER 5 An annual summer tradition, the Canadian National Exhibition, returns for another year of rides, midway games, live entertainment and over-the-top food (expect a lot of it to be deep fried). Last year, a record number of 1.6 million people attended The Ex, as it’s commonly referred to. This year’s highlights include an art tribute to sci-fi favourite, Star Trek, which marks 50 years of going boldly where no man has gone before. The event’s main live stage, the Bandshell, celebrates its 80th anniversary with a star-studded lineup that includes Randy Bachman, Alan Frew, Jefferson Starship and The Trews.
AUGUST 20 Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees Blue Rodeo, led by frontman Jim Cuddy, hit the stage with special guest Terra Lightfoot.
AUGUST 21 There are no small things when Blink-182 tour in support of their new album California with special guests A Day to Remember and All Time Low.
AUGUST 23 Academy Award–winning singer and actress Barbra Streisand performs at the Air Canada Centre in support of her latest album, ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway.
AUGUST 23 Two metal bands, Korn and Rob Zombie, join forces for a co-headlining summer tour with special guests In This Moment.
AUGUST 26 For the first time, Counting Crows and Rob Thomas, share the stage in a co-headlining tour with special guests K Phillips.
AUGUST 26, SEPTEMBER 2 AND 3 Albert Schultz hosts a musical history of Harlem in Taking the Stage Uptown Manhattan as part of Soulpepper Theatre’s concert series.
AUGUST 27 The Toronto FC take on the Montreal Alouettes at BMO Field.
AUGUST 28 Some of the Family Channel’s biggest stars—Shane Harte, Mckenzie Small, Josh Bogert and Aviva—take part in the Big Ticket Summer Concert Series. Daya headlines the concert at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre.
AUGUST 29 English rock band Black Sabbath bring their “The End” tour to Toronto with special guests Rival Sons.
AUGUST 30 It’s all about the bass when Meghan Trainor headlines at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with special guests Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings.
AUGUST 31 The Toronto Argonauts tackle the BC Lions at their new home, BMO Field.