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Toronto’s Festival of Beer. Photo courtesy of Beerlicious Inc.
DRINK: Toronto’s Festival of Beer (on until August 9, but Saturday is SOLD OUT) has moved to Bandshell Park this year to more easily accommodate the expected thirty thousand beer-swilling participants. This year, 250 brands of beer will be represented at the festival, accompanied by sizzling barbeque from Napoleon Gourmet Grills and great music from headliners 54–40 (Thursday), Arrested Development (Friday), and Elliott Brood (Sunday). Women considering heading down to the festival tonight might want to consider buying a ticket for the Girl’s Guided Beer Tour—a women-only tour with plenty of extra perks for the same price as regular admission. Exhibition Place, Bandshell Park (210 Princes’ Boulevard), 4–10 p.m., $50.
FOOD: The City of Toronto hosts Tasty Thursdays every week until the end of August. A combination of five-dollars-or-less barbecue meals from select restaurants [PDF] and free concerts make for an easy lunch date. Sadly there are slim options for vegetarians, who may want to brown-bag it for the free music. Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell takes the stage today. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (BBQ), 12–2 p.m. (concert), FREE.
FILM: Fans of last year’s Hot Docs hit The Last Continent have an opportunity to return to the scene of the crime with this year’s climate-change canary, The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning. Toronto director Mark Terry—a veteran traveller and filmmaker—points his lens squarely on the evidence of a changing environment and allows scientists from North America and Europe to explain the changes his beautiful cinematography has witnessed on our behalf. Terry will be at all four NFB screenings (until August 9) for a question-and-answer following the film. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., $10.
WORKSHOP: Community gardener Zora Ignjatovic takes participants through the steps for creating a viable container garden destined for a small space. Her Container Gardening Workshop demonstrates the conversion of a medium-sized bin into a pot full of edible plants. She promises that it’s not too late in the season to start a new garden, but she will also be covering the steps needed to get ready for next year. Kids are welcome at the workshop, and all eager participants are asked to please RSVP. Ralph Thornton Centre, second floor (654 Queen Street East, 5:30–7:30 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The Beach’s Fox Theatre introduces a new horror film festival to Toronto: the Toronto Scream Fest. The one-night-only festival is geared to connecting first-time horror filmmakers with (well?) seasoned veterans. The screaming begins with two series of short films—the first batch by first-timers, the second by experienced directors. The evening is capped off by feature documentary Zombie Girl: The Movie, a hit at Hot Docs this year. Director Justin Johnson will be in attendance for a talk with the audience after the screening. Fox Theatre (2236 Queen Street East), 6:45 p.m. doors, $10.
FESTIVAL: The Queen West theatre fest known as Summerworks starts today (through August 16). Torontoist will be providing daily coverage of what’s hot at this year’s festival. Check back later today to read our opening recommendations for Summerworks theatre, music, gallery performances, and guided walks.