Things to do in Toronto this weekend: August 12-14


Reminiscences is one of the things to do in toronto this weekend
Reminiscences screens at Dance On Film + Video this weekend.

Dance on Film + Video

Dance: Made In Canada / fait au canada presents in-person screenings of media works with, of and featuring movement and dance in the pandemic era. The three series are programmed by frequent NOW contributor Kathleen Smith.

August 13 at 4:30 pm, 5 and 7:30 pm. $5. Paradise Theatre, 1006 Bloor West. On-demand viewing available on website from August 15-19.

Manifesto Vol 16

The festival of music, arts and youth culture celebrates its sweet 16 this year with an all-ages concert featuring R&B powerhouse Jazmine Sullivan and one of this year’s breakout voices, Tems. Also on the bill are Somali-Canadian songstress Amaal, hip-hop trio Planet Giza, singer-songwriter Zeina and local R&B duo dvsn, who were featured on our cover in 2016. Ahead of the main concert, the FSTVL SZN Showcase featuring up-and-coming artists takes place on August 11 at the El Mocambo.

August 12, doors 5 pm. From $25. Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore West.

Christie Pits Film Festival: Cabaret

Bob Fosse’s 1972 American musical drama won eight Oscars, including best director and best actress for Liza Minnelli. The modern musical about Berlin’s vibrant 1930s arts scene against the backdrop of rising Nazism still feels uncomfortably relevant 50 years later, which is why this outdoor screening was programmed close to the anniversary of the 1933 Christie Pits riots.

August 14 at dusk. Free. Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor West.

Waterfront Night Market

This pan-Asian food and craft beer festival will feature dance crews, DJs, a Kpop club night, karaoke and more. Friday and Saturday nights go until midnight, so it’s a great stop for movie- or theatre-goers who like to grab a late-night snack.

August 12-14. $15-$35. Ontario Place West Island, 909 Lake Shore West.

YENSA Festival: A Celebration of Black Women in Dance

Lua Shayenne Dance Company presents an event to celebrate the works of women from African and Afro-diasporic cultures. There will be workshops and performances by Tasha Ricketts, Tamla Matthews, Shameka Blake, Funmi Adewole, Esie Mensah and many others. (And if you crave even more dance this week, Dusk Dances – which we told you about last week – is on until Sunday.)

August 13-28. Free and ticketed events, sliding scale available, festival pass $45. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas East) and other venues.

Tastes and Sounds of Jane & Finch

Street party with live music, food from Jamaica, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, kids’ activities and community info booths. The neighbourhood gets lots of negative attention from crime-story-chasing media, but we spoke to people who live there for our 2018 cover story to get their perspective on the community and its needs.

August 13 from 1-5 pm. Free. NE corner parking lot of No Frills, 1 York Gate Blvd.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest

Steam Whistle Brewing, in association with the Toronto Railway Museum, invites you to a celebration of all things craft beer. There will be an outdoor dance party with DJ Matt Weed and live music by the Big Smoke Brass Band.

August 13 from noon-6 pm, $40. Roundhouse Park 255 Bremner.

Designing The Movies: Roman Holiday

Visit Rome from the comfort of a cool cinema at this screening of the 1953 rom-com starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The screening will be introduced with a talk by Nathalie Atkinson on how this film, and her style and image choices, made Hepburn a star.

August 13 at 4 pm. $13-$16. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles.

Want even more events? Check out our Hot Summer Guide list of 50 things to do this summer.




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