There are only so many can’t-miss Toronto events each year, and the Beaches International Jazz Festival is certainly one of them. This year’s fest features a whirlwind of acts and musical genres mixed together along Queen Street East (and then you can head down to the boardwalk for more summer fun). Click here for the full lineup.
If you’re looking to make your summer much hotter than it already is, check out the 6th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival for some sexy dancing and amazing costumes on stage. Featuring dozens and dozens of performers from across Toronto, New York, and a variety of other places across North America, this year’s sizzling four-day event features a jam-packed opening show, a late night shakedown, and a burlesque brunch.
What do rock climbing and comedy have in common? You’ll have to attend to find out! This comedy rock-climbing benefit aims to send Pia Graham to the World Youth Climbing Championship this August. There are two shows scheduled, featuring the talents of Monty Scott, Jeff Elliott, Dylan Gott, Sandra Battaglini, Sara Hennessey, and more. Also fun, the event is hosted by Pia’s Dad, Todd Graham.
Stories from the Red Tent, if you can’t figure out the metaphor, is a story-telling event that features tales of an often forbidden topic: women’s periods. Featuring a lineup of some of the best female comedians and storytellers from across the city—including Sandra Battaglini, Sandra Shamas, and more—prepare yourself to find the hilarity in this natural monthly occurrence. Proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood.
The Swinging Wingding is a musical jam unlike any other musical jam. The huge lineup of performers includes Chris Tsujiuchi, Gabi Epstein, Colleen Dauncey and Seth Drabinsky. There will also be a cocktail hour featuring comedian and storyteller Marco Bernardi, a patio party, and an end-of-the-night set by rapper Thacapital E Sarpong. Do yourself a favour and call in sick. You’ll want to stay out late for this one.