Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day Celebrations

  • Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West)
  • All day

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.

Details: Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day Celebrations

Scene on the Plaza

  • Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park)
  • 6 p.m.

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.

Details: Scene on the Plaza

A Flohil Birthday Party

Richard Flohil. Photo by Grant W. Martin.

Richard Flohil. Photo by Grant W. Martin.

  • Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West)
  • 8 p.m.

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.

Details: A Flohil Birthday Party


A Journey Into the Forbidden City

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City