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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: July 2014 Archives

What's On: A peace parade in the city and more to check out

A peace parade aiming to showcase the diverse cultures that make up this city is just one of the many events worth checking out this weekend:

Peace is Possible Parade/White Noise
July 25 - July 26
Children's Peace Theatre

Children who participated in Children Peace Theatre's annual free summer art program will lead a Peace is Possible parade in Toronto's east end. The parade will start at Shoppers World on Danforth Ave at 11 AM. Children attending this event will get a chance to check out a matinee/dress rehearsal performance of White Noise, an original play looking at youth and media literacy in a digital age. A gala presentation of White Noise will take place on Saturday.

For more information, check out the Children's Peace Theatre website.

Figment Toronto
July 26 - July 27
Olympic Island

FIGMENT Toronto returns for their second annual free participatory art event. For one weekend Olympic Island transforms into a large scale, collaborative artwork - and then it's gone! As always, the question FIGMENT asks is, "What Are You Bringing?" FIGMENT provides the space; you provide the spark. Whether you want to submit a project, volunteer at the event, or just come out to the Island to release your inner child and pARTicipate, YOU make the magic happen!

For more information, check out the FIGMENT Toronto website.

Waterfront Night Market
July 25 - July 27
T&T Supermarket/Cherry Street

The fifth annual T&T Waterfront Night Market will treat attendees to an exciting outdoor culinary experience featuring an enticing selection of Asian theme 'street food' and merchandise for an all-out night market experience.

For more information, check out the Waterfront Night Market website.

Taste of Toronto
July 24 - July 27
Fort York

Fort York will be transformed into a foodie wonderland for four days of summer eating, drinking and entertainment. 14 of the city's latest, greatest and hottest restaurants will be dishing up their finest in a bar none alfresco gourmet feast. Top that off with over 50 producers of the best food, beverages and premium brands providing a bountiful food market, and you have the best culinary festival of the year!

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

Pedestrian Sundays
July 27
Kensington Market

Pedestrian Sundays are homemade - from the signs, to the music, to the giant piñatas, it's the human touch that sets these apart from other street festivals. Entertainers play for love not money; from the metal band of the baker's kid, to the jazz of the world renowned sax-playing neighbour.

For more information, check out the Pedestrian Sundays website.

In Concert: Delhi2Dublin
July 25
Mel Lastman Square

Delhi2Dublin is the main musical act closing out the fifth annual Cultura Festival with their crazy-cool mishmash of Celtic tunes and Bhangra beats.

For more information, check out the Cultura Festival website.


What's On: Turtle House Arts Market and street festival galore!

It looks summer is back this weekend. So, there's no excuse not to got and catch one of the arts markets or many street festivals going on in the city.

Turtle House Arts Market
July 17 - July 17
Beit Zatoun

A showcase and celebration of newcomer artists and artisans from regions of conflict, featuring paintings, carving, jewellery and more.

For more information, check out the Turtle House Art Play Centre website.

Salsa on St. Clair
July 19- July 20
St. Clair Avenue

Canada's hottest street festival, Salsa on St. Clair is 10 years old! The festivities feature events throughout the city including a series of Latin dance and art exhibitions and sizzling salsa parties all capped off with the big enchilada. Join the Party - It's Going to Be Caliente!

For more information, check out the Salsa on St. Clair website.

Global Village Food and Music Festival
Jul 18 (5-9 PM)
Market 707 (Dundas, at Bathurst)

Celebrate the diverse food, music and culture that is Toronto. Free live performances from around the world - flamenco, Bollywood, Scandinavian, Caribbean and more! And delicious International street food from Japan, Colombia, Trinidad to name a few.

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

Big on Bloor Festival
July 19 - July 20
Bloor St. (between Dufferin and Landsdowne)

Bloordale celebrates business, community, arts and culture, with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions. Now in its eighth year! Highlights include the BIG market place more than 200 arts, crafts and information tables, BIG Alternative Art Festival and Card-Yard, recycled materials animated by architecture, art and poetry.

For more information, check out the Big on Bloor Festival website.

Live Green Toronto Festival
July 19
Yonge-Dundas Square

The Live Green Toronto Festival is one more way that Live Green Toronto promotes and supports the greening of our city. Activities include a Green Street Market, free performances and a giant swap meet.

For more information, check out the Live Green Toronto Festival website.

Taste of Thailand
July 19 - July 20
Nathan Phillips Square

Experience traditional Thai massage, participate in Thai cooking demos, participate in fruit carving demonstrations, enjoy cultural Thai dancing and Muay Thai demonstrations, and much more.

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

14th Toronto Chinatown Festival
July 19 - July 20
Dundas St. W (between Spadina and Beverley)

The theme for this year's Toronto Chinatown Festival is the Journey to the West, a 500-year-old Chinese fable, featuring the Monkey King as the main character. Look for the Monkey King mascot, and activities related to the fable among other activities at the festival.

For more information, check out the Toronto Chinatown Festival website.

In Concert: Katy Perry
July 18, 19 and 21

Katy Perry is in town with her Prismatic world tour. So don't be ashamed to sing along to all the replays of Teenage Dreams and Roar.

For more information, check out the ACC website.


What's On: A nomadic public memorial and more...

A nomadic public memorial for the Srebrenica Genocide takes over the Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend. More on that and other events in the city:

Što Te Nema?
July 12
Yonge-Dundas Square

"Što Te Nema?" is collectively assembled and disassembled by people on city plazas and squares on the anniversary of Srebrenica genocide each year. The public participates by placing small, porcelain coffee cups on the ground and filling them with Bosnian coffee prepared on the spot throughout the day.

For more information, visit the memorial project's website.

The Art of the Sufi Tale: The Stories of Jalaladin Rumi
July 13 (2 to 4:30 PM)
Knox College

Toronto storyteller Ariel Balevi will introduce Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and storyteller, followed by an oral storytelling performance from his Masnavi, a vast tapestry of stories and stories within stories, used in his teachings. Rumi lived most of his life in Konya (now in Turkey), a major city on the Silk Route, where travellers met, sharing their stories and beliefs.

For more information, check out the The Ulyssean Society website.

Natsu Matsuri and Obon Festival
July 12 (3 to 8 PM)
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

This year they're adding two more essential elements of Japanese summer festivals: a Beer Garen and Hanabi (fireworks; weather permitting)!

For more information, check out the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre website.

China Now
July 11- July 13
Harbourfront Centre

Forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. From disparate influences and traditions, to the intersections of people, space and time, the inaugural China Now festival seeks to explore China's enormous worldwide legacy.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Center website.

Festival of India
July 12 - July 13
Yonge Street, Toronto Centre Island

The event begins with a euphoric parade down Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people. The festival is open to the public and free for everyone.

For more information, check out the Festival of India website.

Junction Night Market
July 12 (7-11 PM)
Pacific Ave (north of Dundas)

Join in for an evening of fabulous local food, craft beer and Ontario wine in the Junction! Tickets will be sold on site. Not only is the Night Market an amazing community food event, but it's also all for a good cause. All the proceeds go to help members in the community gain access to fresh and healthy food through their Voucher Program.

For more information, check out the Junction Night Market website.

5 & Dime Toronto
July 12
Toronto Carpet Factory (77 Mowat Avenue)

Over 50 tables of knickknacks, googly things, chachka, do-hickies, and what-cha-ma-call-its, there's something for everyone, including your neighbour's dog.And with over 50 tables of tasty tidbits, nibblers, apps, grubs and munchies, they guarantee to satisfy your sweet and savory tooth as well as your beer gut. Proceeds from the pop-up market benefit The Stop Community Food Centre.

For more information, check out the Interior Designers of Canada website.

CIBC Soccer Nation
July 12 - July 13 (11 AM to 7 PM)
Outside the CBC Building

We're down to the final games - join us at the Toronto Broadcast Centre and watch the world participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup! Come and watch CBC's coverage of the tournament on our three storeys of LED screens in the Barbara Frum Atrium, at 250 Front Street West. And as always, you can join the excitement on social media by using hashtag #CBCWorldCup

For more information, check out the CBC Toronto website.