Carnival Parade

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Rating: NNNNN

C indicates kid-friendly event

Thursday, August 1

back to the jungle The Beat Junkie hosts drum ‘n’ bass with Mystical tonight and every Thu. 306 Richmond W. 416-410-5234.

boat jam Kick-start Carnival weekend with a musical cruise, featuring Bunji Garlin, Rupee, the Soca Monarchs, Foreign Bass and Dr Jay de Soca Prince. $20 adv. Captain John’s, 1 Queen’s Quay W. 416-870-8000.

caribbean wordfest Novelist Jan Carew, poet/hiphop artist Motion, storyteller Michael St George and others perform. 7 pm. Free w/ purchase. Burke’s Books, 873 Oakwood. 416-656-5366.

club epiphany Reggae and dancehall are spun nightly at this North York dancehall. 11 Arrow. 416-740-9329.

club paradise Reggae happens Thu through Sun, plus R&B Fiesta Fridays at this North York restaurant and nightclub. 220 Atwell. 416-213-1999.

girls nite out R&B especially for the ladies is spun by Max B and Baba Khan every Thu. $5. Cafe Havana, 236 Adelaide W.

karibu club Soukous, rumba, reggae, makossa, salsa and more are on the menu Thursdays. 1311 Queen E. 416-461-8787.

king and queen extravaganza Soca music and 32 costumed bands compete for King and Queen of the Bands title. 7:30 to 11 pm. $20, adv $15. Lamport Stadium, 1155 King W. 416-285-1609, www. torontointernationalcarnival

stephen marc The Arizona-based photographer exhibits two series of photo montages — Soul Searching, an investigation of his ancestral roots, and Awakened In Buffalo, combining portraits and places connected with the Underground Railroad. To Sep 15. Photo Passage, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-3000.

Friday, August 2

caribana music festival International sounds and artists, including Lauryn Hill, Lions of Judah, Sonic Force, Real Deal Neal and DJ Ruckus, highlight the 12th year of this Caribbean music festival. $15. Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina. 416-381-5151.

dj jam A warm-up party features DJs Paul E Lopes, Mike Tull, Mike K and Moreno spinning 70s soca-disco, rare groove and vintage house. 10 pm. $10. Roxy Blu, 12 Brant. hotstep@sympatico.ca

glow Traffik, Surface, Denise Belfon, Shurwayne and others highlight a soca party. $30 adv. The Guvernment, 132 Queen’s Quay E. 416-870-8000.

C irie music festival A family music festival of hiphop, world, reggae, Latin, gospel and soul, with DJ Soul Controller, Hip Hop Madd Skillz and iDRUM. 6 to 10 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. 905-799-1630 ext 38, www.iriemusicfestival.com

C island soul Celebrate Caribbean culture with World Cafe (6 pm), Mojah Acoustic (8 pm), Lord Nelson Kaiso Revue (9:30 pm), Taste of Madness (11 pm). Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-3000.

jean and dinah… speaking their minds publicly The Caribbean play by Tony Hall, about prostitutes in contemporary Trinidad, opens today and runs to Aug 11. Fri-Sat 8:30 pm, Sun mat 2:30 pm. $35. Artword Theatre, 75 Portland. 416-934-9183.

r&b fridays Hiphop, old skool, calypso and reggae rule with Baby Blue Sound Crew tonight and every Fri. International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon. 416-701-4000.

soulful fridays D’Enforcas spin R&B Fridays at this west-end club. Krypton Nightclub, 3166 Lakeshore W. 416-457-6697.

this life SummerWorks presents Denise Barnard’s play weaving elements from West Indian folklore with contemporary life in Canada. To Aug 10 at various times. $9. Theatre Passe Muraille Backstage, 16 Ryerson. 416-410-1048.

Saturday, August 3

aural pressure Jungle, drum ‘n’ bass and more raze the dance floor Saturdays at Blue Moon. 725 Queen E. 416-603-1947.

caribana music festival International sounds and artists, including Lauryn Hill, Lions of Judah, Sonic Force, Real Deal Neal and DJ Ruckus, highlight the 12th year of this Caribbean music festival. $15. Comfort Zone, 480 Spadina. 416-381-5151.

C caribbean breezes Caribbean-themed entertainment happens all weekend from 10 am. $10, after 5 pm/child free, passes $12-$25. Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore W. 416-314-9900.

get your freak on Illusion City features Jamaican sounds every Sat. 2111 Jane. 416-241-7001.

irie music festival A family music festival of hiphop, world, reggae, Latin, gospel and soul, with Maxi Priest, DJ Blacks and Sugar Prince. 4 to 10 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. 905-799-1630 ext 38, www.irie musicfestival.com

C island soul Celebrate Caribbean culture with World Cafe (noon), Radio Nomad (8 pm), David Rudder (9:30 pm), Lazo (11 pm). Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-3000.

kama sutra DJ Jakes spins R&B, hiphop and reggae post-parade. NV Nite Club, 230 Adelaide W. 416-404-0484.

sugarhill saturdays R&B is spun by the Mailmen and George Flynn tonight and every Sat at this Lakeshore venue. Club Vibe, 3166 Lakeshore W.

C toronto international carnival parade A mile-long street party showcases 17 masquerade bands, steel bands, Caribbean food and a crafts marketplace. 10 am to 8 pm. Starts at Exhibition Place bleachers and floats west along Lakeshore to Marilyn Bell Park. $25 bleacher seats, free along Lakeshore west of 2nd footbridge. 416-285-1609, www.torontointernationalcarnival.info, www.coconutpalmz.com/ Caribana.

vibe qwest A weekend bash features the Roy Cape All Stars, Traffik, Blue Ventures, Iwer George, Soca Monarchs, D’Professor and much more. $30 adv. The Guvernment, 132 Queen’s Quay E. 905-840-2450.

Sunday, August 4

bling bling bling bashment thing Black Future, Heat Wave and others spin dancehall all night at this east end club. Tropical Beach, 1468 Victoria Pk.

C caribana arts and cultural festival Soca, calypso, reggae, cultural dance, comedy and other open-air performances happen today and tomorrow noon to 8 pm. $18, stu/srs $12, child $10. Olympic Island (catch ferry at foot of Bay). 416-392-8193, www.caribana.com

caribana music festival seminar The 12th annual Caribana Music Festival presents a development and business seminar for musicians. Details 416-381-5151.

irie music festival A family music festival of hiphop, world, reggae, Latin, gospel and soul, with NGOMA Drum and Dance, Ballet Creole, Dwayne Morgan, Divine Earth Essence and more. 2 to 10 pm. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. 905-799-1630 ext 38, www.iriemusicfestival.com

C island soul Celebrate Caribbean culture with Groupe des Artes Bassan (2 pm), COBA (3 pm), Pan Fantasy (5:15 pm), Sonia Collymore (8 pm), Blessed (11 pm) and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-3000.

night of unity Dance to reggae spun by Raw Power and more at this North York lounge. Centre Point Lounge, 3125 Dufferin. 416-330-3821.

C toronto carnival Caribbean food and music headline at a family festival, featuring performances by JMC Triveni, Rikki Jai, Afropan, Dance Caribe, La Petite Musicale, Chester Miller and more. 11 am to 11 pm. $25, child $10. Historic Fort York, Garrison and Fleet. 416-924-2141.

Monday, August 5

C caribana arts and cultural festival Soca, calypso, reggae, cultural dance, comedy and other open-air performances happen noon to 8 pm. $18, stu/srs $12, child $10. Olympic Island (catch ferry at foot of Bay). 416-392-8193, www.caribana.com

C island soul Celebrate Caribbean culture with World Cafe (noon), Groupe des Artes Bassan (2 pm), a finale parade with Samba Squad (5 pm) and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-3000.

monday nite fire Wind down post-Carnival with a night of reggae and dancehall spun by Rebel Tone. Charm’s, 120 Wood Stream. 905-799-7530.

soul 4 real monday DJ Christopher Michaels spins a post-Carnival show of R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool and more at the Living Room. 330 Adelaide W. 416-371-2788.

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