This weekend, check out the Canada Day weekend festivities at Harbourfront Centre; a music and art festival kicks off its first year on Centre Island; a sci-fi comedy podcast gets a live recording; the Pride Parade returns; and much more.
CANADA DAY FESTIVAL: How does Harbourfront Centre say “Happy Birthday, Canada?” With a huge four-day festival bash of course. Canada Day: Going Global aims to celebrate the artists who have helped to shape Canada and the rest of the world. Festivities include music from hip hop crew Airplane Boys, soul-and-more from Zaki Ibrahim, funk band Crack of Dawn, Iron Chef: Poutine Edition, a poetry slam, and much, much more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday to Monday, times vary, FREE.
ISLAND MUSIC: Who says there’s nothing to do on the Toronto Islands? If it’s been a while since you completed the ferry journey, you might want to break your streak for the first annual New Traditions: Island Music and Art Festival. This independent artist–run day-long event features 12 straight hours of live music, outdoor art installations, a puppet slam, fireworks, and more. Toronto Islands, Artscape Gibraltar Point (443 Lakeshore Avenue), Saturday, 12 p.m.–12 a.m., $20.
COMEDY: Put away those iPods and brace yourself for a live recording of the popular science-fiction comedy podcast Illusionoid. The bi-weekly improvised series, which was recently nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Podcast, takes inspiration from vintage shows of yesteryear like The Twilight Zone and Tales From The Crypt. Featuring opening act Nerds With Guitars, and special guest Colin Mochrie! Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Saturday, 8 p.m., $15.
MUSICAL IMPROV: Do you make up words to songs when you don’t know the lyrics? Do you make up entire songs? Well, get ready for a musical improv jam with The Dandies—an event that encourages attendees to sing along, come up onstage, be part of the show, and most importantly, help to create the show itself. Featuring Paul Crocker from Pondward Bound playing the piano. Black Swan Comedy (154 Danforth Avenue), Saturday, 10 p.m., $5.
PRIDE PARADE: Ah, the glory of Pride Week. A week filled with plenty of outdoor music and food and events around the city, all of which culminates with the annual Pride Parade. Who needs a family cabin when you can have the largest boogying, water-gun shooting, body-strutting time possible, right here in the city? Parade starts at Bloor and Church streets, Sunday, 2 p.m., FREE.
BEER: So it’s Monday and you’re looking for a way to make the Canada Day fun last forever. Well, you only have one day left to make it count, but The Brewer’s Backyard will surely help you along. This third instalment, appropriately called “The Constitutional Draught,” is a casual beer and food series featuring unique beers that include Kensington’s Watermelon Wheat, Cheshire Valley’s Irish Red, and a White beer in honour of Canada’s national colours. Evergreen Brick Works, Koerner Gardens (550 Bayview Avenue), Monday, 12 p.m.—4 p.m., FREE (well, you have to pay for the beer and food).
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