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Weekend Roundup: June 22 to 24

Friday: Janelle Monae offers a high-energy set at the Toronto Jazz Festival

Friday, June 22
More than 1,500 musicians are crowding into the city over the next 10 days for this year’s TD Toronto Jazz Festival. The much-anticipated event’s opening-night concerts include one-of-a-kind guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel take the stage for a solo performance, while modern-day R&B/soul/funk phenom Janelle Monae gets everyone grooving at the Nathan Phillips Square mainstage.

Celebrity air hostess Pam Ann touches down at the Panasonic Theatre for three uproarious nights of comedy. Fasten your seatbelts and follow Ann back to the glitzy golden age of flight—her huge hairdo, candy-pink uniform and disco boots certainly hearken back to that “glamorous” era!

Francophones and Francophiles come together to celebrate the diversity of French culture at this weekend’s Franco-Fête festival. Voila! Harbourfront Centre offers culinary delights, dancing and musique from Canadian artists like Ariane Moffatt and Samian et Anodajay, performing tonight on the WestJet Stage.

Saturday: Rogers Waters breaks down The Wall

Saturday, June 23
Roger Waters, founding member of the progressive rock group Pink Floyd, marches into the Rogers Centre tonight, to perform iconic record The Wall in its entirety. This theatrical one-night-only concert reinvents the classic Pink Floyd show using cutting-edge technology and special effects, ensuring an exciting update that also pays tribute to the original intent of the music.

Dragon boat regattas have become a popular summer tradition in Toronto, with teams of paddlers compete for glory—and to raise money for charity. This weekend, the 24th annual Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival brings together squads from across Canada and around the world to race in support of this year’s charity, the Canadian Diabetes Association. Catch the ferry to the Toronto Islands and support this exciting weekend-long event!

War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations continue in Toronto. Today, the Market Gallery offers an 1812 Activity Day, where kids and adults alike can experience early-19th-century life through games of the era, a dessert-making demonstration and tasting and more! Activities are free and run from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday: Make your way to Lake Ontario for the Redpath Waterfront Festival

Sunday, June 24
Enjoy East Coast entertainment and activities at this year’s Redpath Toronto Waterfront Festival. The event wraps up today; be sure to check out the Cutting Edge Culinary Competition—where Ontario chefs compete against Maritime chefs—tour a Brigantine tall ship, or head to Sugar Beach for art, theatre and live music.

Enjoy an afternoon of bright and beautiful music as Bramwell Tovey guest conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overature. Virtuoso trumpet soloist Alison Balsom joins the ensemble for the Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Armenian composer Alexander Artuiunian.

Film buffs head to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the multi-day showcase First Peoples Cinema: 1,500 Nations, One Tradition, featuring documentaries, shorts and features that explore the lives and traditions of Aboriginal filmmakers from North America, New Zealand and Australia. Today, catch such films as the Sundance award-winning Smoke Signals and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, about the 1990 Oka crisis.

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