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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: August 2015 Archives

What's On: A wake for Toronto Zombie Walk and more...

The undead in the city are gathering for a final walk this weekend. But there's plenty to do for the living as well!

Toronto Zombie Walk Funeral
Aug 29
Start Location: Royal Cinema

Due to a lack of funds, Toronto Zombie Walk has had to cancel the annual tradition of the city's zombies, ghouls and other undead walking around the city's downtown core. So they will have a funeral instead, and a wake at CNE.

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

Food Truck Frenzy
Aug 28 to Aug 30

Feast your appetites at this event featuring some of the city's best known food trucks. From Bacon Nation to Randy's Roti Shop, the event will cater to a variety of gourmet whims and fancies.

For more information, check out the CNE website.

Sound Bites
Aug 29 (5-11 PM)
Celebration Square (Mississauga)

You can sample sounds and food at this event, featuring performer July Talk and the AwesTRUCK Food Awards. 30 food truck will serve up curbside delight and then be awarded titles ranging from best concept to best menu item.

For more information, check out the City of Mississauga website.

Mabuhay Philippines Festival
Aug 29 to Aug 30
David Pecaut Square

A wide range of Filipino culture -- from music and dance to martial arts demonstrations and a Parade of Fiestas will be showcased as part of the festival.

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

Aug 28 to Aug 30
Harbourfront Centre

The artistic statement for the festival explains it all. "The Portuguese first introduced bread to Taiwan. The Dutch then brought buffalo and tomatoes. The Japanese built railroads and brought baseball. Koxinga, the Chinese military leader who defeated the Dutch, was born in Japan. This storied island has much to showcase as a place where cultures migrated and Indigenous cultures thrived and innovated."

For more information, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Toronto Colour Festival
Aug 30
Woodbine Beach

Celebrate the end of summer with this festival of colour. All are invited to "play, chase and colour each other with dry powder. The different colours of powder are representative of showing unity among all types of people, be it your colour, gender or status, everyone is EQUAL."

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

Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha
Aug 29
Massey Hall

Two high school sweethearts meet after a gap of 35 years to explore why they went their separate ways. Mera Woh Matlab Nahin Tha stars two of Bollywood's veteran actors - Anupam Kher (Sense8, Silver Linings Playbook) and Neena Gupta.

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

Aug 29
Artscape Wychwood Barns

The show started off as bit of a joke -- when a crew member of the Classical Theatre Project, a company that stages Shakespeare plays for high school students, noticed a poster for a beer called Shakes Beer. The idea of the show is to demystify classical theatre and bring in a new audience. This production presents the complete (abridged) works of Shakespeare, while patron sip on their choice of ales.

For more information, check out the ShakesBeer website.

In Concert: Earth, Wind & Fire
Aug 28
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Earth, Wind & Fire are in town. That's all that needs to be said.

For more information, check out the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre website.


What's On: Tirgan Festival and other cultural festival in the city

It's yet another busy weekend in the city, with many cultural and other festivals in the city. From the Iranian festival Tirgan to celebrating the Monarch butterflies, there's lots to see and do:

Tirgan Festival
Aug 20 to 23
Harbourfront Centre

This biennial festival is the world's largest celebration of Iranian arts and culture. And they certainly have packed the weekend with talks, screenings, performances worth seeing. From an animated feature about a young Iranian-Chinese-Canadian poet starring Sandra Oh to Les Ballets Persans, there's a long line-up of events.

For more information, check out the Tirgan Festival website.

Toronto Chinatown Festival
Aug 22 to Aug 23
Spadina Ave (between Sullivan and St. Andrew Sts.)

The theme for the 15th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival is the Forbidden City. Offerings include lion and dragon dances, mixed martial arts demos and international street food.

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

Taste of Manila
Aug 22 to Aug 23
Bathurst St. and Wilson Ave.

The Bathurst and Wilson neighbourhood is unofficially known as Little Manila, but this weekend you can truly get a taste of the Philippines there -- from live performances to traditional food and games.

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

Kurdish Heritage Festival
Aug 23
Mel Lastman Square

The 8th Annual Kurdish Heritage brings live performances, a fashion and delicious food -- including a food competition -- to the square.

For more information, check out the Kurdish Heritage Festival Facebook page.

Aug 23
Canoe Landing Park

This festival presents a "free celebration of Toronto's best local talent, eats & drinks,
urban art, and community experiences."

For more information, check out the CityFest website.

7th Annual Tommy Thompson Park Butterfly Festival
Aug 22
Tommy Thompson Park

This the perfect time of the year to catch sightings of Monarch butterflies as they make their way to Mexico. And this festival offers a chance to admire the butterflies and learn about conservations efforts.

For more information, check out the Butterfly Festival website.

Obaa Gallery Exhibit
Aug 22
Artscape Youngplace

This exhibit of paintings by Felipe Velasquez has been inspired by 10 stories written by 10 women on issues faced by marginalized women, ranging from skin bleaching to body image and gender inequalities.

For more information, check out the event's website.

In Conversation: Chronnix
Aug 21
Daniel Spectrum

Manifesto presents the young Jamaican star, who will talk about "the inspirations and influences in his life and the message in his music." Donisha Predergast hosts the conversation.

For more information, check out the Manifesto website.

In Concert: Hector Hernandez
Aug 23
Yonge Dundas Square

Hector Hernandez performs as part of Mex Fest, which brings sights, tastes and sounds of Mexico to downtown Toronto.

For more information, check out the Mex Fest website.


What's On: Dance, culture and food are on the list...

There's lots to do and see this weekend. Dance performances, food festivals and celebrating a sense of community. Here are some events worth exploring:

Kathak Mahotsav Canada 2015
Aug 12 to Aug 15
Fairview Library Theatre

One of the pioneers of classical Indian dance in Canada, Rina Singha organizes this annual showcase of Kathak to ensure that the form known for its lightning speed footwork and pirouettes does not become an "endangered species."

For more information on the event, check out the Kathak Mahotsav Facebook page.

Made In Canada/Fait Du Canada
Aug 13 to Aug 16
Betty Oliphant Theatre

Over two dozen dancers from across the country will present their works in this annual showcase of contemporary Canadian dance. Inspirations range from a performers exploring their Aboriginal heritage to more whimsical works looking at radioactive love.

For more information, check out the Made In Canada/Fait Du Canada website.

Festival of South Asia
Aug 15 to Aug 16
Gerrard India Bazaar

Expect cultural entertainment representing the different countries that make up South Asia, fashion shows, kids entertainment and lots of great food.

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

York Eglinton International Street Festival
Aug 15 to Aug 16
Eglinton Ave West (between Marlee and Dufferin)

There will be performances ranging from salsa, funk and blues on the musical front to salsa and samba on the dance stage. Other activities will entertain kids, and food trucks will dish out meals to suit many appetites.

For more information, check out the York Eglinton International Street Festival website.

Waterfront Nightmarket
222 Cherry Street
Aug 14 to Aug 16

This sixth annual market brings the Asian tradition to Toronto. There will be lots of great food -- much of it served up on skewers -- but also performances, midway rides and stalls selling wares ranging from jewellery to cultural souvenirs.

For more information, check out the Waterfront Nightmarket website.

Ackee Fest
Aug 16
Jamaican Canadian Association (Finch Ave. and Hwy 400)

Besides live music, entertainment and a marketplace, attendees will get to taste delicious food from Africa and the Caribbean.

For more information, check out the Ackee Fest website.

Open Streets TO
Aug 16
Various Locations

After a successful pilot last year that saw some 45,000 people walking through sections of Bloor and Yonge Sts. closed off to encourage getting out and physically active, the event is back. Activity hubs encourage people to try their hand at anything from dancing to drawing with chalk on the street, as others walk, run or skateboard along.

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

Blackout Party/12th Anniversary
Aug 14
Starting Point: David Pecaut Square

A blackout had plunged much of Ontario and parts of the US mid-west and north-eastern states into darkness in 2003. But it also brought people out on to the streets and celebrating a sense of community. This anniversary tries to reprise that atmosphere with a parade to a secret location.

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

In Concert: Delhi2Dublin
Aug 15
Celebration Square, Mississauga

The Vancouver band mixing bhangra beats with Celtic tunes performs as part of the 10th Mosaic Festival that brings the rich traditions of South Asia to Mississauga.

For more information, check out the Mosaic Festival website.