There’ll be public celebrations all over the country this weekend, but in downtown Toronto anyway, the most extensive are the Harbourfront Centre Canada Day Celebrations. Kicking off Friday and running right through to the fireworks display on Monday night, there’ll be live music—including performances from the finalists in its Soundclash Music Award Showcase—and a hip hop showcase by Maoestro Fresh Wes; a daily market; and plenty of programming for kids and adults of all ages.
Cahoots Theatre Company presents its LIFT OFF! Festival, a weekend of free workshops, play readings, and meet-and-greets in its (relatively) new studio space. Playwrights presenting new work include Donald Woo, Brooke Banning, and CANVAS―Cahoots’ own emerging artist collective.
Do Right! Music and the Gardiner Museum have teamed up with food, beer, and wine sponsors (including Steam Whistle and Southbrook Vineyards) for Scene on the Plaza, a month’s worth of Friday-night parties hosted on the expansive plaza on the Gardiner’s grounds just south of Bloor and Avenue. Maylee Todd kicks off the first night on June 27, The Soul Motivators play the following week, and a slate of DJs from Do Right! and MILK CREW will make appearances in the three remaining weeks.
British-born concert promoter Richard Flohil’s been championing Toronto and Canadian music acts for a long, long time—since the late ’50s, when he’d been in Canada less than a week. He has lifetime achievement and special recognition awards from SOCAN (the Canadian recording industry) and Folk Music Ontario; helped produce most of the music festivals in the province; and discovered artists like Loreena McKennitt, Justin Rutledge, and Shakura S’Aida. For his 80th birthday party, a slew of great local artists are performing, including S’Aida, Corin Raymond, Miranda Mulholland, and many more.