Caribbean Carnival Launch

  • Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West)
  • 12 p.m.

Caribbean Carnival, Toronto’s three-week celebration of all things Caribbean launches this afternoon at Nathan Phillips Square with a sneak peek of the sights, sounds, and faces of the colourful, multicultural celebration that celebrates its 46th anniversary this year. The organizers hint that “celebrities may show up,” so get down to the square to spot some famous faces while getting the early inside scoop on all of this year’s programming.

Details: Caribbean Carnival Launch

Great Lake Swimmers and the Rural Alberta Advantage

Photo by chromewaves, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

Photo by chromewaves, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

  • Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street)
  • 8 p.m.

Wainfleet, Ontario’s Great Lake Swimmers play the sort of dreamy, plaintive folk-rock that immediately transports their listeners, beer in hand, to a wooden dock on a calm cottage-country lake. Tonight, they’re paired with up-tempo roots rockers Rural Alberta Advantage as part of the “Live at Massey Hall” anniversary concert series. Tickets are limited for this all-Canadian pairing that’s sure to make you yearn to escape into the wild.

Details: Great Lake Swimmers and the Rural Alberta Advantage

Betty Blue at the Belljar Café

  • Belljar Café (2072 Dundas Street West)
  • 9 p.m.

Tucked away just east of Roncesvalles, the Belljar Café serves up coffee during the day and a variety of more potent beverages at night. Tonight marks the first of the café’s free movie screenings , taking place on the charming wooden back patio. The “Movie Tuesdays” series kicks off with the 1986 French drama Betty Blue. If the thought of a cozy backyard screening and summery cocktails don’t already have you sprinting down Dundas, perhaps the promise of free popcorn will.

Details: Betty Blue at the Belljar Café

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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