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What's On: Luminato, NXNE, Jazz Fest and Indigenous Arts Festival

The Luminato Festival might be the big ticket in town this weekend, but it's not the only ticket in town!


Luminato Festival
Jun 19 to Jun 28
Various Locations

Celebrate the opening night of this 10 day festival by going to the Festival Hub at David Pecaut Square, and enjoying the First Night Garden Party. You can eat, drink, play croquet and join a group sing-a-long. There's plenty more to do the rest of the weekend, including 7 Monologues, a series of intimate story telling in contrast to the large scale productions of Contemporary Color and Apocalypsis.

For more information, check out the Luminato Festival website.


NXNE
Jun 17 to Jun 21
Various Locations

This five day festival is known for showcasing a range of musical talent from the city and way beyond. On Sunday, for instance, you can hear The Sadies in the afternoon before CBC's own Shad takes over Yonge and Dundas Square at night. You can also hear the comedic stylings of Eric Andre. Many people may know Andre from the sitcom Man Seeking Woman that's shot in Toronto.

For more information, check out the NXNE website.


Toronto Jazz Festival
Jun 18 to Jun 29
Various Locations

One of the biggest act for this weekend has got to be George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelics. They bring their groove to Nathan Phillips Square for a free concert.

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


Indigenous Arts Festival
Jun 18 to Jun 20
Fort York National Historic Site

This festival is showcase of traditional and contemporary work by indigenous artists, ranging from music and dance to visual arts and food. The event is suitable for all ages, with craft activities for young ones, a dance-theatre production called Mistatim about an unlikely friendship between a boy on a ranch and girl on a reserve, as well as a group exhibit taking on the stereotype of the Hollywood Indian.

For more information, check out the Indigenous Arts Festival website.


14th Annual Na-Me-Res Traditional Outdoor Pow Wow
Jun 21
Fort York National Historic Site

Marking the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day, this event features traditional dancing, drumming, feast, give-aways, kids area, dozens of craft vendors, and indigenous food.

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


In Concert: Melanie Durrant
Jun 20 (2 PM)
Nathan Phillips Square

The Toronto songstress will perform as part of Toronto Jazz Festival's Graffiti and Grooves showcase.

For more information on her work, check out Melanie Durrant's website.

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