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The First CBC Music Festival Rocks Toronto’s Echo Beach

CBC Music Festival Toronto Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts Band headlines the inaugural CBC Music Festival in Toronto

MAY 25  Top local and international artists are set to sing on the Lake Ontario shore at the inaugural CBC Music Festival. Taking place rain or shine, the all-day outdoor beachfront concert features a strong contingent of musicians from across the country—including the Sam Roberts Band, Sloan and Kathleen Edwards—rocking out alongside Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men and many others. Watch out for guest appearances by Canadian broadcasting personalities like Jian Ghomeshi, too. Echo Beach, 2:30 p.m., $59.50; call 1-855-985-5000 or visit cbcmusic.ca for further details and to purchase tickets.  —Macrina Smart

3 Things To Do Tonight In Calgary

Sloan plays their 1994 classic album Twice Removed in order (with other songs) tonight at Republik.

3. Catch a Jupiter Comedy stand-up performance at 8 pm at the Oak Tree Tavern. No cover at the door. Get there early, and enjoy a pint from local Village Brewery on the patio—one of our picks for Calgary’s best new patios.

2. Check out Legend of A Warrior, a documentary by Calgary director Corey Lee about reconnecting with his estranged father (martial arts legend Frank Lee). The film plays at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington at 7 pm and 8:45 pm.

1. Sloan plays the Republik on their Twice Removed tour. Celebrate the release of the deluxe triple-vinyl edition of Twice Removed, the band’s critically acclaimed and universally loved second album released in 1994. Tickets are $22 and available at Prime Box Office. Doors open at 8 pm for this 18-plus show. – Adele Brunnhofer

Weekend Roundup, August 5 to 7

Friday: Quartango asks "What's Classical?" at Harbourfront Centre (photo by Andre Tremblay)

Friday, August 5
The myriad interpretations of “classical” music are explored at Harbourfront Centre’s What’s Classical? festival, which begins this evening with a performance by Montreal’s Quartango, and continues throughout the weekend.

Ontario Place’s 40th-anniversary season continues—enjoy free park admission and, tonight, a complimentary concert by beloved Canadian rock band Sloan at the park’s lakeside Echo Beach venue.

Always a popular summertime event, the 17th annual Toronto’s Festival of Beer opens tonight at Bandshell Park. Delight in over 120 brands on sight, live music, grilling tents and much more (but remember not to overindulge).

Saturday: Serena Williams is among those vying for this year's Rogers Cup

Saturday, August 6
This year’s Rogers Cup serves up the world’s best female professional tennis players. Starting today, top draws including Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniaki begin a week-long battle for  $3 million in prize money and bragging rights heading into the U.S. Open.

Don’t miss the Taste of the Danforth, showcasing Greek culture and cuisine all weekend long in Toronto’s historically Hellenic neighbourhood. Enjoy live music, street eats and fun events along Danforth Avenue, where the celebration of tradition is as rich as the food.

Playwright Eugène Ionesco gets the tribute treatment from Soulpepper Theatre Company—its staging of Ionesco’s Exit the King begins today, and follows a monarch who’s kingdom and life crumble before his very eyes.

Sunday: Tour Toronto's infamous Graffiti Alley (photo by Josh McConnell)

Sunday, August 7
See a side of the city that most people pass by on the Toronto Laneways Bike Tour. This casual group ride takes cyclists through the Trinity Bellwoods, Queen West and Little Italy neighbourhoods to glimpse original laneway homes and local attractions like “Graffiti Alley.”
Step over to the west side of downtown to the 99 MRKT, featuring fresh food, plus artwork and fashion from local designers at the 99 Sudbury event space. In the heart of Liberty Village, this market is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Ontario presents Haute Culture: General Idea, a retrospective exhibit showcasing works by the groundbreaking Toronto art group. The display is divided into five themed sections to best underline the transgressive and provocative nature of the group’s work.

Hot Date: NXNE Points to Top Tunes

Sloan are set to rock NXNE

JUNE 14 TO 20 Get ready to rock out with one of Canada’s top showcases of new music. The North By Northeast Music Festival offers a seven-day explosion of concerts by more than 650 local and international artists, plus 40 films and numerous industry workshops. Visitors can enjoy a medley of beloved bands—from up-and-coming indie groups like Cold Cave to major acts including Iggy and the Stooges, Canadian stalwarts Sloan (pictured) and legendaryhip-hop outfit De La Soul. This year’s cinematic lineup is equally eclectic, with featured screenings such as the North American premiere of Don Letts’s Carnival! Various venues and showtimes, festival passes range from $29 to $399; call 416-863-6963 or click here for more information.