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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: August 2014 Archives

What's On: Summer PARKty and more!

It's the last weekend of August, and there's a party in a Toronto park to mark the unofficial end of summer. And that's just one of the events to check out in the city this weekend:

End of Summer PARKty
Aug 29
Mabelle Park

Join in for a very special night! Say goodbye to summer while creating a new temporary installation of dreams and hopes for future summers in the Mabelle Park. Come one, come all, they say. Meet your neighbours and enjoy snacks cooked over an open fire.

For more information, check out the MABELLEarts website.

Hispanic Fiesta
Aug 29 to Sept 1
Mel Lastman Square

Uniting all Spanish speaking groups in our community in a celebration of their cultural roots, Hispanic Festival has become the largest Hispanic cultural event in Canada.

For more information, check out the Hispanic Fiesta website.

Toronto African Film and Music Festival
Aug 29
Royal Cinema

The closing night film of the film portion of the Toronto African Film and Music Festival is African Gothic.

For more information, check out the Toronto African Film and Music Festival website.

Ashkenaz Festival
Aug 26 to Sept 1
Harbourfront Centre

The Ashkenaz Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious showcases of Jewish music and culture anywhere in the world. Originally founded as a showcase for Klezmer and Yiddish music and culture, it's evolved over the years into an eclectic showcase of global Jewish art and culture, encompassing not merely the traditions of eastern Europe, but also Sephardic, Mizrachi and Israeli culture, and all manner of cross-cultural fusion.

For more information on this year's line-up, check out the Ashkenaz Festival website.

StoryMob: Curious George
Aug 31
Location: TBA

This story is nearly 75 years old! And although some of the content might now be considered out-dated, celebrate the good, the bad and the crazy with all the books that make into a StoryMob. Get ready with your yellow hats, monkey ears and other props (and don't forget that big cigar!)

For more information, check out the StoryMob website.

In Concert: Arcade Fire
Aug 29
Molson Amphitheatre

Arcade make a Toronto stop as part of their Reflektor tour.

For more on the band, check out the Arcade Fire website.


What's On: An epic water fight and more!

It hasn't felt like we've had much of a summer this year. Maybe the following events will change that feeling:

Epic Water Fight
Aug 23 (2 - 5 PM)
Trinity Bellwoods Park (south-west side)

"Participate in Canada's Biggest Water Fight! Your chance to relive your childhood memories!" That's what the organizers promise. They also suggest to come prepared for some line-ups to fill up your choice of water blaster.

For more information, check out Improv in Toronto's Facebook page.

Festival of South Asia
Aug 23 - Aug 24
Gerrard Street (between Greenwood and Coxwell Ave.)

Event highlights include cultural entertainment represent Indian, Afghani, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan traditions, food from more than 20 restaurants at low, affordable prices, and even a fashion show. Bargain shopping and activities like a cricket challenge are also on offer.

For more information, check out the Festival of South Asia website.

Taste of Manila
Aug 23 - Aug 24
Bathurst and Wilson Ave.

Organizers describe the first ever Taste of Manila festival as a showcase of a wide variety of Filipino foods, games, cultural presentations, camaraderie, bands, folk dances, and Pinoy street games.

For more information, check out the Taste of Manila Facebook page.

Irie Music Festival
Aug 23 - Aug 24
Celebration Square (Mississauga)

Irie Music Festival has since continued to expose culturally diverse artists to hundreds of thousands of fans while providing the larger community with a unique opportunity to celebrate African-Canadian culture.

For more information on this year's line-up, check out the Irie Music Festival website.

Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival
Aug 23 - Aug 24
Albert Campbell Square (Scarborough Civic Centre)

From face-painting to exciting dance competitions, there is definitely something for every member of your family to enjoy. The festival is an exciting showcase of the vibrant cultural fabric of our community through Afro-Caribbean art, dance, music, and food.

For more information, check out the Scarborough Afro Caribbean Festival website.

Carmen on Tap
Aug 24 onwards
Lula Lounge

Carmen On Tap brings the excellence, virtuosity and power of opera to you. Georges Bizet's famous score will delight and tantalize as you enjoy a sumptuous meal. All dramatic walls are banished. There is no stage. Carmen On Tap is all about you and the cast who deliciously blur the line between opera and real life.

For more information on tickets, check out the Carmen on Tap website.

In Concert: St. Royals
Aug 22
Mod Club

At the musical tribute to the King of Pop, the St. Royals 17-piece Superband will bring the heat with a set of classic Michael Jackson dance repertoire.

For more information, check out The St. Royals Facebook page.


What's On: Opens Streets Toronto, Cultural Fests and Axe Throwing

They're shutting down parts of Yonge Street! But not for construction. Instead, Torontonians are being encouraged to take to the streets and get active. And that's just one of the events to check out this weekend:

Open Streets TO
Aug 17/Aug 30
Various Locations

The route for Open Streets TO will connect neighbourhoods along Bloor St from the Annex to St. Jamestown, as well as along Yonge Street, between Bloor St and Queen St, by opening these streets to people. A series of Activity Hubs will complement the recreational through-route of Open Streets TO. These Hubs will host pop-up, interactive, participative programming generated by local community groups, businesses, institutes and organizations. They will be destinations along the Open Streets TO route that allow participants to slow down and appreciate the parks, squares and street space of the city, and to connect with one another.

For more information, check out the Opens Streets TO website.

Aug 16 - Aug 17
Harbourfront Centre

Yogapalooza is a celebration of music, movement and meditation. This year's two-day festival includes belly dance, Bollywood grooves, martial arts mash-up and some hardcore yogis. Enjoy workshops, demonstrations and a wellness-based marketplace. Bring your mats and your friends. Yoga classes for all levels.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Aug 15 - Aug 16
Celebration Square, Mississauga

This annual celebration of South Asian culture brings together a wide range of performances, from music and dance to comedy and visual arts.

For more information, check out the Mosaic festival website.

Indian Diaspora Festival
Aug 15
Palmerston Library

Launched by Canada's preeminent tabla teacher and founder of award-winning Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Ritesh Das, the festival will feature performances in Indian music and dance forms, tabla and kathak. It is the first festival of its kind to embrace artists of Indian traditions who have been educated entirely in the West, as opposed to India where most prominent performers have been trained.

For more information, check out the Toronto Tabla Ensemble website.

Axe Throwing: Like Darts, But Not
Aug 16

This is the 12th "Axe Throwing: like darts, but not" edition! This is a beginner's event so don't worry if you've never thrown before. We provide the axes and instruction and then you battle it out for the top spot. The winner takes home their very own wood-burned hatchet.

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

In Concert: Crack of Dawn
Aug 15
Harbourfront Centre

Crack of Dawn is a Toronto band originally formed in 1975. They were a staple at the Toronto clubs of the time, like the Le Coq A'Dor, The Generator, The Backstage and The Colonial, and were the first Canadian black band to be signed on to a major label. In 2012, Crack of Dawn reformed after being invited to performing at Harbourfront in a Canada Day celebration and have since appeared at festivals and concert events.

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.