The annual Caribana Parade (Saturday, August 1).
The annual Caribana Parade (Saturday, August 1) along the lakeshore is one of the biggest street parties in the world, and revelry takes over the entire city. Besides the officially sanctioned events, dozens of huge parties and concerts piggyback on the celebrations.
Hip-hop meets dancehall at the Caribana Celebrity Ball (Sunday, August 2, at Circa) when controversial Jamaican dancehall superstar Elephant Man performs alongside American rappers Fabolous and Trey Songz and highly rated Miami-based Jamaican sound system Black Chiney. $40-$60. circanightclub.ca.
Music video director Little X’s eighth annual Caribana party, Bigness (Saturday, August 1, at Sound Academy), promises to live up to its title, bringing in Outkast’s Big Boi, T.I. protege Young Dro and NYC hip-hop radio heavyweight Cipha Sounds. $40. maxamusent.com.
Reggae icon Tony Rebel isn’t the only act worth checking out at Harbourfront Centre’s Island Soul Festival (July 31 to August 3). Also notable is Friday night’s calypso double bill featuring the Mighty Shadow and Roy Cape & the Kaiso All Stars. On the reggae front, Studio One veteran and former Heptones lead singer Leroy Sibbles will serenade the waterfront Saturday night. Free. harbourfrontcentre.com.