Friday, August 26
Discover the age-old traditions and contemporary customs of Taiwan at Harbourfront Centre’s Telus Taiwanfest. The weekend-long festival immerses visitors Taiwanese culture through dance, music, art and food. Tonight, hear music by the Musuo Girls Band, and learn the modern dance known as the “techno prince.”
Witness weird and wonderful street acts at the Scotiabank Buskerfest. This weekend, the St. Lawrence Market area is taken over by talented jugglers, magicians, fire dancers and more, performing to benefit the Epilepsy Toronto foundation.
Enjoy the acoustic sounds of singer-songwriter Matt Costa at the Great Hall. The indie-folk artist plays selections from his soulful repertoire and is supported by opening band Bahamas.
Saturday, August 27
Make your way north of the city to Burl’s Creek Park near Barrie, for the CMT Music Festival. Headliners include Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum and Ronnie Dunn—all rarin’ to entertain at this family-friendly country music showcase.
Support Ryerson University’s student radio station CKLN/CHRY by checking out its Vintage Vinyl Party & Sale at the Ryerson Student Centre. Thousands of records, CDs and books are available, with proceeds going to support community radio.
Test your basketball skills against the pros! The NBA Jam Session at Yonge-Dundas Square begins today with basketball programming for all ages. The event features NBA personalities, slam dunk contests and mascot appearances all in celebration of basketball.
Sunday, August 28
Calling all comic, anime, Sci-Fi, gaming and horror aficionados: FanExpo is here! For four days at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the industry’s leading experts and celebrities make appearances to satisfy their ever-growing Canadian fan base.
Kapisanan Philippine Centre for the Arts presents its sixth annual Kultura Arts Festival in Kensington Market. The festival highlights the cultural identity of the Philippines through art, dance, music and film, and today it coincides with Pedestrian Sunday—car traffic is barred from the neighbourhood, making it that much easier to explore.
Enjoy an afternoon of classical music by the Windermere String Quartet at the Toronto Music Garden. The acclaimed group is known for their dynamic performances of popular and lesser-known compositions from the Baroque and Classical eras.