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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: August 2013 Archives

The end is near ... of summer fun, that is

Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Aug 30 to Sep 2
Harbourfront Centre

Set your temperature soaring! A fiery palette of hot and spicy food, music, dance and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition. From cooking workshops to introduce the little one to spicy treats to performances that will have you on your feet, check it all out this weekend.

For more information, go to the Harbourfront Centre website.

Hispanic Fiesta
Aug 30 to Sep 2
Mel Lastman Square

Hispanic Festival has become the largest Hispanic cultural event in Canada, bringing together the best known local and International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries that speak Spanish.

For a complete line-up of events, check out the Hispanic Fiesta website.

African Arts & Culture Festival
Until Sep 2 (10 AM to 6 PM)
Toronto Zoo

Back by popular demand, the Toronto Zoo offers visitors an experience of African Culture in their own African Savanna. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of African music, cultural craft and art demonstration.

For more information, check out the Toronto Zoo website.

Sunday Walking Tour: Myths and Legends
Sep 1
Starting Point: Benches, near south-side of Grenadier Restaurant

Walks are led by volunteer scientists, historians, and local naturalists who will help you to understand and explore High Park's many significant features. Walks may go on wooded trails, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

For more information, check out the High Park Nature website.

ROMWalks: The Grange
Sep 1
Starting Point: Dundas and McCaul

Learn the story of how the Grange developed from a colonial park property owned by Toronto's early elite to become a neighbourhood of immigrants, workers and professionals with social concerns. The walk includes a variety of architectural style buildings from the 19th century Georgian Grange to 21st century dynamic postmodernism of OCAD ande Frank Gehry's AGO.

For more information, check out the ROM website.

Meet the Author: Jewel Kats
Aug 31
World's Biggest Bookstore

The children's book-author and comic-strip creator writes from her own perspective in works such as Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair and DitzAbled Princess.

For more information, check out Jewel Kats website.

Sunday Scene: Francisco-Fernando Granados
Sep 1
The Power Plant

Guatemalan-born, Toronto-based artist, writer, curator and educator, Francisco-Fernando will present his thoughts on Brussel-based artist Jimmy Robert's exhibition Draw the Line.

For more information, check out The Power Plant website.


The Ex opens today! And more...

Canadian National Exhibition
Aug 16 to Sep 2
CNE Grounds

Besides the gastronomical delights on offer, The Ex offers a dizzying variety of exhibitions, performances and carnival rides. New this year, a zip-line ride that gives you a birds-eye-view of the festivities.

For more information, check out the Canadian National Exhibition website.

Mabuhay! Philippines Festival
Aug 16 to Aug 18
Harbourfront Centre

One of the largest celebrations of Philippines' heritage and culture in Canada. Enjoy colourful parades, traditional and contemporary entertainment, world-renowned fashion and authentic culinary delights.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Aug 17
Earl Bales Parl

The performances will consist of music, dance, spoken word, drumming and traditional engagements. The festival will be the place where the community comes together under one roof to enjoy the rich culture, food, music, art, and traditions on the Ghanaian people in Canada. It will be open to the public as a whole.

For more information, check out the GhanaFest Canada website.

The Ism with Warsan Shire
Aug 17
Revival/Daniels Spectrum

This showcase of spoken words, live music and visual arts features Warsan Shire along side local poets such as Scott Ramirez and Lishai.

For more information on the event, check out the iFreeCan website.

Ai Weiwei: According to What
Aug 17 to Oct 27

Featuring photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio and video pieces, Ai Weiwei: According to What? examines how the artist spotlights the complexities of a changing world and probes such issues as freedom of expression, individual and human rights, the power of digital communication and the range of creative practice that characterizes contemporary art today both in China and globally.

For more information, check out the AGO website.

Murder at the ROM
Aug 17

A curator has been murdered and a trail of clues left behind, connected to secrets in the collections. Working in teams of 2-6 people, you follow the clues through the museum, collecting pieces of information while piecing together a tale of greed, lust, pride and revenge. There are multiple suspects, one victim and you, the sleuths, must crack a cryptic code left in the curator's appointment book to solve the mystery. After your adventure, use your museum admission to explore more of the ROM's world famous collections.

To book tickets, check out the Urban Capers website.

Artwalk North
Aug 16 to Aug 17
Mel Lastman Square

Over 60 artists exhibit their work in varying mediums. Free to the public.

For more information, check out the Artists Network website.

Sail-In Cinema
Aug 16 and Aug 17
Sugar Beach

Canada's Sugar Beach is transformed into Toronto's largest outdoor theatre. Movies are shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. You can watch movies for free from Sugar Beach or Lake Ontario.

For more information, check out the Sail-In Cinema website.

Mosaic Festival
Aug 11 to Aug 17
Celebration Square (Mississauga)

Artists performing this weekend include popular Bollywood Sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur, UK band Swami and Canada's very own JoSH. Also on offer, South Asian arts, crafts and food.

For more information, check out the Mosaic Festival website.


Lots to celebrate in the city this weekend...

Fortune Cooking Festival
Aug 9 to Aug 11
Harbourfront Festival

What do baila music, taiko drumming and ramen noodles have in common? You can check them all out at the Fortune Cooking festival, which brings the sounds and flavours of pan-Asia to the Harbourfront.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Kultura: Filipino Arts Festival
Aug 8 to Aug 11
Kapisanan Philippines Centre/Artscape Wychwood Barns

The annual festival features outdoor live music, spoken word poetry performances, and an arts & crafts market with goods made by Filipino-Canadian artists available for sale. Also returning this year -- the Philippine Culinary Competition with the theme of Kain Kalye: Filipino Street Eats, where Toronto's best Filipino restaurants and chefs will go head to head with their own interpretations of Filipino roadside cuisine.

For more information, check out the Kapisanan Philippines Centre website.

Taste of the Danforth
Aug 9 to Aug 11
Along Danforth Ave

GreekTown Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto's signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children's games!

For more information, check out the Taste of the Danforth website.

Agak, Agak, Hawk: Storytelling and Street Food Festival
Aug 9
Daniels Spectrum

Sit around a circle and eat elbow to elbow. Interact through ingredients while rolling out tales and salad rolls, mash-up sauces, and mix among art, song, and dance together. The event also features a graffiti corridor of unique vendors from community caterers, street food sellers, and established restaurants enthusiastically hawking delicious dishes alongside anecdotes about the women who have inspired them along the way.

For more information, check out the Agak Agak, Hawk Facebook page.

Know Your Nature
Aug 9 (1 - 3 PM)
High Park

See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. The 12-14 year-old's of the High Park Rangers have been busily creating an engaging and informative hike to teach you about some of the coolest nature in High Park. Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family!

For more information, check out the High Park Nature Centre website.

Let's Cook: A Breaking Bad Theme Party
Aug 10
The Office Pub

To celebrate the return of Breaking Bad this summer, the organizers are going all out and taking over the The Office Pub in tribute of this glorious show. Excited? You should be, yeah! More excited than Walt Jr. is for breakfast!

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

SummerWorks Festival
Aug 8 to Aug 18
various Locations

SummerWorks is now the Ontario's premier festival of cutting-edge, exciting, professional theatre. It is the breeding ground for the mainstage shows of the future and the hub for Toronto's most dynamic, dedicated theatre professionals.

For a line-up of the shows, check out the SummerWorks website.

In Concert: Heavyweights Brass Band
Aug 9 to Aug 10
Albert Town Square

Performing as part of the Scarborough Town Jazz Festival, the Heavyweights Brass Band mix up jazz with all sorts of influences.

For more on the band, check out the Heavyweights Brass Band website.