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Thursday, August 1
BACCCHANAL THURSDAY ELECTROFIED Soca diva Destra Garcia performs along with Soca Sweetness, Marxman, Jeff Jam and DJ Nestra. $20-$30 (playderecord.com, ticketgateway.com). Six Degrees, 2335 Yonge. 416-806-3383.
CARNIVAL WHITE THURSDAY Dance to soca, reggae and hip-hop. $25. Tryst, 82 Peter. caribanatoronto.com.
KING AND QUEEN COMPETITION Caribbean Carnival Toronto presents male and female costumers parading for the titles. 7 pm. $30. Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
RE-JOUVERT-NATE Rejuvenation party with plenty of paint, fog & foam. $15. Koolhaus, 132 Queens Quay E. reggaemania.com.
Friday, August 2
CARIBANA CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL: ROCK THE YACHT ALL WHITE PARTY Music by Elegance Sounds, DJ Supa Roy, DJ Mastermind and Notorious. Boarding 8 pm. $70. Captain Matthew Flinders, 207 Queens Quay W, Pier 6. rocktheyachtparty.com.
CARIBANA JEANS PARTY R&B, hip-hop, reggae and soca party. Adv $20, more at the door. Penthouse 6 Lounge, 2335 Yonge. 416-704-5487.
CARNIVAL PART TWO DJ Wikked and DJ Holiday play this party. 10 pm. Product Nightclub, 364 Richmond W. ladyluckent.net.
DANCEHALL GOLD Caribana reggae event with the Mighty Travellers with Kutchi the Baby Giant, 2Life, King Majesty, Sat Bwoy, DJ Supa Mark and others. $15-$20. Santa Roza Restaurant & Lounge, 880 Ellesmere. 647-341-7692.
DJ DEEP FRIED FRIDAYS – DEEP-FRIED REGGAE DJs Patrick Roots and Chocolate as part of Island Soul Festival. 7 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Redpath Sugar Stage. harbourfrontcentre.com.
FLARE Dr Jay, Junya Menace, Chris Chetty, Crown Prince, Pantrin Vibes, DJ Spice, Supa Roy and others spin soca at this daytime food-inclusive rooftop party. 2-8 pm. $30. Guvernment Skybar, 132 Queens Quay W. 416-245-6411.
HIGH NOON Patrice Roberts, D’Bandit, Close Connections and DJ Stephen play at this floating party. Boarding at noon, returns at 5 pm. $40. Enterprise 2000, 242 Cherry, Pier 34. 647-988-9016.
IRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL Party with Half Pint, Shi Wisdom, Richie Stephens and others. To Aug 5. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen W. iriemusicfestival.com.
ISLAND SOUL AND CALYPSO STARS Music by Kobo Town (7:45 pm) and Calypso Rose (9:30 pm) Free. Harbourfront Centre WestJet Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
MEET ME IN TORONTO Party with Lebron James and Tristan Thompson. $40, adv $30. Guvernment, 132 Queens Quay E. ticketgateway.com.
PANORAMA (PAN ALIVE) Caribbean Carnival Toronto presents performers of all ages competing for prizes. 7 pm-midnight. $25-$30, adv $20. Lamport Stadium, 1151 King W. torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
REGGAE EXPLOSION PART ONE Music by Beenie Man, Mr Vegas, DJs the G98.7 All Stars, Spex da Boxx, Chris Mikes and Renegade Squad. $20, two-day pass $35. Luxy Nightclub, 60 Interchange Way (Vaughan). ticketzone.com.
SET IT OFF Party with DJ Prostyle and DJ L. $35. Aria Complex, 108 Peter. caribanatoronto.com.
SHINE Kerwin du Bois, Superblue, D’Bandit, Lindo P, Mr Presto and others perform. Doors 10 pm. $30. Sound Academy Solarium, 11 Polson. caribanatoronto.com.
TORONTO CARNIVAL FRIDAY: JAB JAB-JOUVERT PT 4 Music by Fireman Hooper, Ricky-T, Blaxx, Orlando Octave, Skinny Fabulous, Asa Banton, Problem Child, Lavaman, Tallpree and others. Club 227 Lounge, 137 City View. 416-887-9543, jabjab.ca.
Saturday, August 3
CARIBANA AFTERMATH Cham aka Baby Cham, Spex, DJ Ritz, Soca Monarchs, Dames Nellas, Platinum Touch and others perform at this celebration. $25, adv $20. Famous Night Club, 1325 Eglinton E (Mississauga). clubcrawlers.com.
CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL TORONTO GRAND PARADE The annual parade celebrating Caribbean culture winds its way along Lake Shore starting at Exhibition Place. Free, ticketed seats avail. Exhibition Place and Lake Shore W to Sunnyside. torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
CARNIVAL DJ Wikked provides the tunes. Doors 9:30 pm. Muzik Garden, 15 Saskatchewan. ladyluckent.net.
DANCING AT ISLAND SOUL Performance of A So We Dance with Kay-Ann Ward. 9 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre Redpath Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
DEF JAM PARTY Caribana party with J Cole, Drew James, Mic Supreme, Yung Stunna and others. $40. Kool Haus, 132 Queens Quay E. inktickets.com.
FLASH: LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Machel Montano HD, Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons, Superblue, Drupattee, Raymond Ramnarine, Patrice Roberts & Farmer Nappy 9 pm. $41-$75. Wild Water Kingdom, 7855 Finch W (Brampton). caribanatoronto.com.
HEAT OF THE NIGHT CONCERT Beenie Man & Family play dancehall hits. $30 (ticketmaster.com, ticketgateway.com). Club 227 Lounge, 137 City View. 416-670-1636.
HEAVY HITTERS PARTY Music by DJ Enuff, DJ C-Lo, Shortman Movements, D’Enforcas, Mr Presto and DJ Supreme. $30 (ticketgateway.com). The Vue, 195 Galaxy Blvd. 416-213-9788.
ISLAND SOUL I-Wayne & the Hardcore Band playing reggae at 9:30 pm, Jay Douglas & the All Stars Band with Nuff Vibes artists at 7:30 pm, Progress & the Rebel Alliance from 6:30 pm, Jermaine Cowan & the Riddim Kings 4 pm, music by Isax at 3 pm, Jermaine Cowan & the Riddim Kings, 4 pm, and others hit the Redpath and WestJet Stages. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, harbourfrontcentre.com.
NEXUS D’Bandit, Back to Basics, Whitebwoy, Jester, MC Linx, Kid Kut and others $30 (playderecord.com). Atlantis Pavillions, 955 Lake Shore W. dbandit.com.
REGGAE EXPLOSION PART TWO Popcaan, Serani, DJs the Z103.5 Team, DJ Danny D, Matt the Hammer and Ill Kidz perform. $20, two-day pass $35. Luxy Nightclub, 60 Interchange Way (Vaughan). ticketzone.com.
SOCA OR DIE! Kes the Band, Roy Cape All Stars, Ravi B & Karma, Blaxx, Benjai, Shal Marshall, Super Jigga TC and others. Tickets from $40. Sound Academy, 11 Polson. playderecord.com, ticketgateway.com.
SUMMERSPLASH Party with Mr Vegas, the Caribbean Explosion and Eyesus. $30, adv $25 (playderecord.com, ticketgateway.com). On the Rox, 1600 Steeles W. 416-586-0380.
TRINIDAD AND JAMAICA Reggae and soca party with a blend of R&B and hip-hop featuring Wayne Chung, DJ Remedy, DJ Chief, Damon B, GQ Henderson and others. $50, adv $30. Six Degrees Nightclub, 2335 Yonge. 416-704-5487, waynechung.ca.
Sunday, August 4
BYRON LEE’S DRAGONAIRES AFTERNOON BOAT RIDE Dance to calypso, soca, R&B and reggae. Boarding 2 pm. $45. Empress Of Canada Cruise Ship, 8 Unwin. caribbeanmusicfest.com.
CARIBANA FIRE FETE Doors 10 pm. $45 (Ticketmaster). Sound Academy, 11 Polson. 416-461-3625.
CARIVAUGHAN Carnival parade, concert and family picnic. Noon-8 pm. Free. Melville btwn Major Mackenzie and Rutherford, picnic/concert at Sports Village. 289-236-4343, carifestival.com.
CARNIVALE SUNSET SUNDAY’S Caribana party. Muzik Garden, 15 Saskatchewan. ladyluckent.net.
CHUTNEY IN DE PARK Guyanese Trini Family Picnic steel pan and chutney dance party. $25. Bella Gardens, 12700 Jane (King City). clubcrawlers.com.
CHUTNEY MUSIC FESTIVAL (HOTTA THAN AH CHULLA) Couples and family concert with performances by Raymond Ramnarine, Drupatee, Nishard and others. Noon. $20, kids $10, under 5 free. Italian Gardens, 12245 Derry E. torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
THE COLOURS OF CARNIVAL: BIG PEOPLE OUTDOOR FETE Sunday party for the mature soca lover with Baron, Roy Cape All Stars, Blaxx, Kes the Band, Kerwin Dubois, Natia Batsonand Benjai. Tickets from $50 (playderecord.com, ticketgateway.com). Wild Water Kingdom’s Caribbean Cove & Beach Club, 7855 Finch W (Brampton).
ELITE PARTY ON THE WATER Caribana Sunday-edition party with dancing to hip-hop, R&B, reggae and soca. Boarding 10 pm. Empress of Canada, 100 Queens Quay W. $45. caribanatoronto.com.
AN EVENING OF CARIBBEAN JAZZ & FOLK Etienne Charles, La Petite Musicale and the Eddie Bullen Trio perform. $49, adv $40 (ticketweb.ca). Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas E. 416-848-3838, muhtadidrumfest.com.
FESTIVAL KOMPA-ZOUK ONTARIO DAY Music by DJ T-Ace and Mr Boom 11 pm, Stevy Mahy 9:15 pm, Tabou Combo 9:30 pm, CaRiMi 7:45 pm, Karizma 7 pm, TPO 6:45 pm, J-Ron with Look Out 5 pm, Koneksyon 4 pm, Jaffa Charles, Barbara Dorsaint, Woodney Pierre and Malida Thelusme 1:30 pm and Melorize at 12:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
FESTIVAL KOMPA-ZOUK FOOD DAY Food demo on French Caribbean cuisine with chef Magda Louis-Jean. 3:30 & 5:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre Lakeside Terr, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
FIRE FETE – THE MAIN EVENT Celebrate Carnival Sunday with Destra & Her Band, Lava Man, Talpree, Skinny Fabulous and others plus a special guest from Jamaica. $40 adv, VIP $100. Sound Academy, 11 Polson. ticketgateway.com.
HOT 97 CARIBANA BET PARTY Dance to hip-hop, R&B and soca. 10 pm. $45. Guvernment, 132 Queen Quay E. caribanatoronto.com.
ISLAND SOUL Performance by Mapou Ginen Dance Troupe. 3 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre WestJet Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
MIDNIGHT APPLAUDERS Kwame Younge, DJ Dave Campbell and DJ Paul E Lopes play soul, house, reggae, hip-hop, Afrobeat, rare groove and soca. 10 pm. $15. Wrongbar, 1279 Queen W. wrongbar.com.
OVO FEST Music festival with headliner Drake, Frank Ocean and James Blake. Today and tomorrow. $49.50-$299.50. Molson Amphitheatre, 909 Lake Shore W. ticketmaster.ca.
SOCA ON THE ROOF SUNDAY EDITION Wine down on the patio. $30. Faces Nightclub, 224 Richmond W. caribanatoronto.com.
SOCA RAVE Mr Vegas, Iwer George, Skinny Fabolous, Tallpree, Problem Child and Lavaman play. $35. Throne Nightclub, 200 Advance. caribanatoronto.com.
SUNDAY BLOCKO Dancing to hip-hop, R&B, reggae and soca. $20. Aria Complex Pure Patio Club, 108 Peter. clubcrawlers.com.
SUNDAY SLAM Jamaica’s Beenie Man, Whitebwoy, Steenie, Infamous, Lissa Monet, DJ Jype and the Cream Team provide the sounds. Gravity Soundbar, 296 Richmond W. 416-629-9365.
THE WET FETE DJ Sgt Duracell and DJ Knights spin soca and reggae at this party. $25. Crocbar, 10 Kingsbridge Garden Circle (Mississauga). caribanatoronto.com.
Monday, August 5
CARNIVAL REHAB POOL PARTY Carnival party at the water park. $33.90. Wild Water Kingdom, 7855 Finch W, Brampton. dbandit.com.
ISLAND SOUL DANCE Dance performance by West African Tiriba Drum and Dance 3:30 pm, Caribbean Latino Fusion 1:30 & 3 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
ISLAND SOUL AND CALYPSO STARS Music by and Sheldon Skeete, Macomere Fifi, Connector and Structure 4 pm, Pass the Torch 2 pm, and Silhouettes Steel Orchestra 1:30 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. harbourfrontcentre.com.
JAMBANA YellowMan, Nadine Sutherland, the Dragonaires, Oliver Samuels, Steele, Nkrumah, Mountain Edge and others perform at this family-friendly fest. Noon to 9:30 pm. $10, adv $7, VIP $30 (ticketwindow.com). Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan. jambana.com.
SPLASH: THE COOLER PARTY Party with Lavaman, Talpree, JW & Blaze and Orlando Octave. $20-$40 (ticketgateway.com). Club 227 Lounge, 137 City View. 416-887-9543.