Toronto Tipsheet: Beatles 50 T.O., Taste of Regent Park, The Go-Go’s and more

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Sharon Van Etten The emotive singer/songwriter plays a small room. Drake Hotel. Doors 7:30 pm. $25. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 17. See listing.

Majid Jordan The Toronto R&B duo have made it – a second show at Sound Academy has been added to their tour. Doors 8 pm, all ages. $28.25. ticketmaster.ca. November 10-11. See listing.


Friday 12

Florence Foster Jenkins (NNN) Meryl Streep takes on another real-life character, this time a New York heiress who tried to buy her way into an opera career but was outrageously bad. Opening today. Check out our review. See listing.

Entertainment District Art Crawl Photography, sculpture, woodwork, pet fashions, food trucks and DJs at David Pecaut Square. 11 am-6 pm. Free. See listing.

SummerWorks The multidisciplinary performance fest featuring works by d’bi.young  anitafrika, Sara Porter, Erika Batdorf, Njo Kong Kie and others continues at various venues in the Queen West area, to August 14. $15. Here’s our list of the best of the fest. See listings.

Saturday 13

Beatles 50 T.O. Mayor Tory has proclaimed August 13-21 Beatles 50 T.O. Week to mark the 50th anniversary of their final show in Toronto, at Maple Leaf Gardens on August 17, 1966, just 12 days before they announced they would no longer tour. To mark the anniversary, Toronto’s Classic Albums Live takes on the Beatles’ 1966 set list (plus some greatest hits). Events run to August 21. See listing. Don’t miss our preview here.

Deftones The Sacramento alt-metal band tear up the International Centre at this all-ages show. Doors 6:30 pm. $49.50. See listing.

Habari Africa  This popular weekend-long fest features dance/theatre performances, African food, art, dance workshops and more. Runs from  Aug 12  to  Aug 14. See listing.  

Sunday 14

The Tragically Hip Last chance to catch the band’s Man Machine Poem tour in Toronto. Air Canada Centre. 7 pm. $56-$166. See listing.

Jews On The Roof Jon Steinberg, Adrienne Fish, Simon Rakoff, Ariel Kagan and other Jewish comics from Canada and the U.S. get laughs at the Regent Theatre. 8 pm. $25-$70. See listing.

Fool’s Paradise Heritage Toronto walking tour presents a different view of the Scarborough Bluffs. 1:30 pm. $5-$10/pwyc. Meet at Cudia Park, 70 Meadowcliffe. See listing.

Monday 15

ALTdot Comedy Lounge Derek Edwards, JJ Lieberman, Amanda Brooke Perrin and others get laughs at the weekly night of alternative comedy at the Rivoli. 9 pm. $8-$10. See listing.

Tuesday 16

The Go-Go’s and Best Coast Massey Hall hosts this inspired classic-meets-contemporary lineup, part of the 80s pop group’s farewell tour. 8 pm. $69.50-$99.50. See listing.

Chef NOW’s Norman Wilner introduces a screening of Jon Favreau’s comedy drama at Harbourfront Centre. Don’t go hungry. FREE. Dusk. See listing.

Hummingbird On every third Tuesday of each month this youth-focused open mic series offers young performers the opportunity to take the stage with the assistance of a house band. At Daniels Spectrum. Sign up via FacebookCheck out our preview here.   

Wednesday 17

Case/Lang/Veirs Acclaimed singer/songwriters Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs play the second of two nights at the Danforth Music Hall. 7 pm. $54.45-$64.70. August 16 and 17. See listing.

Taste of Regent Park World cuisine and community catered meal followed by an outdoor screening and live DJ/dance workshop. 5-8 pm. Free. 620 Dundas East. See listing.


Next week August 18-24


Canadian National Exhibition The official sign that summer’s almost over. Bring on the bad food, gambling, midway rides and concerts. At Exhibition Place from August 19 to September 5. $15-$18, passes $40-$52.  See listing.

Camp Wavelength The Island outdoor music and camping festival includes Cloud Nothings, Operators, LAL, Young Galaxy, Odonis Odonis, Bart and more. Artscape Gibraltar Point. Single day $19.99-$29.99, festival pass $64.99, camping pass $159.99, VIP Room pass $259.99. August 19-21. See listing.

Mad Decent Block Party Bishu, Diplo, Grandtheft and others take over Fort York Garrison Common. Doors 3 pm. $36.50-$71.50. August 19. See listing.

Barbra Streisand Singing and acting legend comes to Air Canada Centre. 8 pm. $99-$510. August 23. See listing.


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