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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.

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