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Fire play at last year’s Island Soul Festival at the Harbourfront Centre. Photo by Eric Yip from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
In this Weekend Planner: a celebration of all things Caribbean with the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival and the Island Soul Festival, a community youth organization’s graduation ceremony and art show, musicians mentored by Kanye West, a women’s arm-wrestling championship for charity, a Pedestrian Sunday focused on water, and a festival emphasizing the beauty of art and trash.
FESTIVAL: The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a three-week cultural festival celebrating the diversity of Caribbean life, culminating in the Grand Parade. This yearly parade is a whirlwind of colourful costumes, dazzling masqueraders, steel-pan bands, and Caribbean spirit, covering a three-and-a-half-kilometre distance starting at Exhibition Place (200 Princes’ Boulevard, Saturday 10 a.m., FREE, $15 for seated viewing, $50 for VIP area). There are many smaller festivals running in conjunction with the main fest, such as the Island Soul Festival, taking place until August 1. This year, the festival features musicians, dancers, storytellers, poets, and buskers inspired by the passion and rhythms of the Caribbean. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: UforChange is a youth organization based in St. James Town that provides an intense six-month arts program for at-risk and low-income youths. The program ranges from dance, theatre, graffiti, photography, and film to fashion, animation, and music, and at the end of each program cycle, a three-day art festival is held called Vivacity. The Saturday show features fashion, theatre, and live music, while the Sunday show features a multimedia gallery. CBC Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), Saturday 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE, Second Level, UforChange (517 Parliament Street), Sunday 2 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Kanye West protege Kid Cudi will bring his unique blend of indie rock, rap, and ’80s pop to Toronto. He blurs the lines between genres combining hip hop gloss with alternative slacker swagger to create compelling records including last year’s Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Also on the bill is Chip Tha Ripper. Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore Boulevard West), Saturday doors 7:30 p.m., $29.50-$45.
FEATS OF STRENGTH: Sometimes there are disputes that only an arm-wrestling match can solve. This Saturday, you can place your bets and have profits go to benefit Planned Parenthood in the Classy Ladies Arm Wrestling Competition! Silly names, costumes, chants, and entourage are optional. 751 (751 Queen Street West), Saturday 8 p.m., $5 to attend, $2 to wrestle.
STREET FESTIVAL: Everyone loves the laid-back vibe of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market during the summer, but this Sunday, it’ll be better with Water! Streams of Consciousness, a celebration of water, water conservation, and water consciousness. Kensington Market, Sunday 12 p.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
FESTIVAL: The R.R.R.R.R. Trash Art and Music Festival is the highlight of Whippersnapper Gallery’s Summer Take Me With You summer series. The Rs in the name of this festival focusing on the art of the lost and found stand for reused, repurposed, re-imagined, reclaimed, and reframed. It is about the unexpected beauty and random surprises in familiar places. Specifically, it’s about surprising spaces for civic murals, giant trash installations, and bands playing in unexpected places. Bands and artists taking part in the event include Japanther, Makeout Videotape, Lemon Bucket Orkestra,Yamantaka, LAL, and Maracatu Mar Aberto. Back lot, El Gordo (214 Augusta Avenue), Sunday 3 p.m.–10:30 p.m., FREE.