Field Trip 2014

  • Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road)
  • All day

Possibly Toronto’s most anticipated outdoor show this year, Field Trip 2014, happens over two days and features an array of local music acts and affiliates of Broken Social Scene and their label, Arts & Crafts. Saturday’s show kicks off just after 2 p.m. with Maylee Todd and runs through acts like Austra and Shad before ending with sets by A Tribe Called Red and Interpol. Sunday starts with Zaki Ibrahim, features a reunited Constantines in the afternoon, and closes out with sets by Fucked Up and Broken Social Scene (of course). Gates open at 1:30 p.m. both days, and the concert grounds include a large swath of land surrounding Fort York, with bicycle valets at both entrances and vendors and arts installations interspersed through the site. We recommend bringing a blanket, sunscreen, and ear protection (especially for any little ones.)

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Family Nature Walk: Know Your Nature

  • High Park Nature Centre (440 Parkside Drive)
  • 1:30 p.m.

Isn’t it about time your kids learned about the birds and the bees? Now before you get all flushed and sweaty, hear us out: this edition of Family Nature Walks aims to teach young people about their surrounding environment (which includes birds and bees—see what we did there?). Join the guided Know Your Nature hike and learn about the flowers, trees, insects, and critters that make High Park their home.

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Wacken Metal Battle Canada Finals

  • The Opera House (735 Queen Street East)
  • 7 p.m.

Heads have been banged, guitars thrashed, blood and sweat spilled, and now five bands are prepared to meet their fate at the Wacken Metal Battle Canada Finals. Skull Fist is the guest headliner at this show, which will see performances from contenders My Hollow, Neck of the Woods, Burning the Day, Exit Strategy, and Mutank. Anvil’s Rob Reiner and Cradle of Filth’s Lindsay Schoolcraft are among the judges who will choose one act to represent our country’s metal scene at Germany’s Wacken Festival.

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Melodeon: Music for Silent French Films

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 8:30 p.m.

There’s no question that sound plays a big part in film. With that in mind, Andrew Downing’s group Melodeon is setting out to give silver-screen classics new life with their Music for Silent French Films presentation. Watch silent pieces by Man Ray, Géorges Méliès, Marcel Duchamp, and Cecil Hepworth, with the addition of live, original scores.

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A Journey Into the Forbidden City

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
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