Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

  • All day

The Waterfront Blues Festival (July 11–13), now in its 10th year, has recently “merged” with the wildly popular Beaches Jazz Festival (July 18–27), making the second half of July all-music-all-the-time in the Beach. Woodbine Park is the hub for both of these festivals, with things being rounded out by the Beaches Jazz Festival’s StreetFest along Queen Street East. Those looking for jazz will likely be disappointed by StreetFest—what you will get, though, is a fun Taste of the Danforth vibe and some epic people-watching. It’ll also be ground zero for Toronto’s well-heeled Baby Boomer set, so if you’re anxious to bust out your favourite Hawaiian shirt, now’s your chance. But if you aren’t into dancing to “Play That Funky Music White Boy” played on a pan flute, get yourself directly to one of the Beach’s fine patios, and check out one of our top picks for the Waterfront Blues Festival and Beaches Jazz Festival.

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Pam Am Games One-Year Kickoff

Machel Montano will play at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off a year's prep for the Pan Am Games. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Machel Montano will play at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off a year's prep for the Pan Am Games. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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

A year from now, the 2015 Pan Am Games will begin in Toronto, so organizers have arranged a two-day party—1 year to go! #WeArePanAm Party—to ramp up excitement for the 2015 event. There’ll be many entertainers playing the stage out front of City Hall, including Machel Montano, Walk Off the Earth, and Los Van Van. And of course athletes like Canadian cycling legend Curt Harnett, Raptors star Greivis Vasquez, and track-and-field phenom Perdita Felicien will appear over the two days.

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Soulpepper Salon: New York City

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 7:30 p.m.

For their latest Soulpepper Salon, Albert Schultz and company have programmed an evening of songs about New York City. “Conductor” Mike Ross will host, as the railcar (and subway) snakes through the city, making stops along the way. Boarding at various points of the program will be performers such as Patricia O’Callaghan, Damien Atkins, and Jackie Richardson.

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A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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