July is here and summer is in full swing. It’s going to be a hot one out there! So hot that I’ve been sending out good vibes to the HVAC gods all day. Let me tell you, a broken AC system and a West facing wall of windows in my condo is not funny, not funny at all…but I digress. It’s the weekend again and it’s time to reward ourselves with a little fun. A lot to do in the city this weekend. Here’s my weekly TOP5. Food, art, music – get out there!
Summerlicious is here again – The 25th annual foodie fest kicks off this Friday and runs until July 21st. Restaurants all over the city (196 of them) will be offering special three-course prix-fixe menus (lunch $15 – $25; dinner $25 – $45). Participating restaurants include the Drake Hotel, EDO, Nota Bene, Origin Liberty, Parts & Labour and Splendido. Start making your reservations.
Corso Italia Street Festival – If you missed out on Taste of Little Italy here’s another opportunity to celebrate Italian culture in Toronto. This three day festival starting this Friday, on St. Clair Ave. W. (between Dufferin and Lansdowne) celebrates the Corso Italia neighborhood with a sidewalk sale, food vendors and a midway chock-full of games and rides. An addition to this year’s festival is the Steam Whistle beer tent.
The Fringe Festival – Toronto’s largest festival began earlier this week bringing over 1,000 performances to venues across the city, including tents, alleyways and even car backseats. With some 148 shows at 35 different venues, there’s a stage consortium for any taste. You’ll want to do your best to catch a couple shows of our city’s most talented performing their hearts out on the stages.There’s also food, free concerts and yoga with beer. For tickets, schedule and locations visit the event website.
Christie Pits Film Festival – If Christie Pits is your go-to park on weekends, starting this Sunday and running through August, you’ll have the chance to watch fave movies outdoors under the night sky. The fest kicks off with That Thing You Do!, the Tom Hanks classic boy band coming-of-age story set back in the day. No better way to end the weekend than with a blanket, snacks and a flick under the stars.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit – This free art exhibit showing the best in local artistic talent launches this Friday and runs through Sunday at Nathan Phillips Square. As Canada’s largest juried outdoor exhibition, the exhibit aims to showcase the cultural and artistic social life Toronto has to offer. It has been an economic and inspirational benefit to Ontario’s creative and cultural communities, featuring dozens of our most prestigious up-and-coming and well-known talent on the arts scene. The Outdoor Art Exhibition is one to check out this summer.