Toronto Tipsheet: The CNE, Rastafest, Barbara Streisand and more

What we're doing this week!

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Japandroids The Vancouver rockers end their hiatus with the announcement of a new tour. Horseshoe. Doors 9 pm. $20. October 15. See listing.

Omakase Snack on chef Takumi Saito’s innovative plates – like duck poutine or kakuni – at U-Feast’s one-off event at Hapa Izakaya. $70, including drinks. September 8. See listing.

Thursday 18

Nagata Shachu Toronto-based Japanese taiko drummers bring their Wood, Metal, Skin show to the Music Garden. 7 pm, all ages. FREE. See listing.

Friday 19

CNE Yay! – the Ex starts this week. Boo! – that means the summer’s almost over. But let’s stick with the good stuff. This year’s CNE honours the event’s origins as a showcase for new technologies (it’s called an exhibition for a reason) via the Innovation Garage, a hub where young entrepreneurs can strut their stuff for prize money and some already existing tech wonders are on view. Plus, food of course, this year’s big buzz factor being bugs. And don’t forget the midway. Enjoy getting sucked in by the carnies, and, please, don’t lose your lunch on the rides. To September 5. $18, srs/children 13 and under $15, all advance tickets $14. 10 am to 10 pm. Exhibition grounds. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can snack on at the Ex grounds this year. See listing.

Camp Wavelength The three-day Toronto Island outdoor music and camping festival, featuring Cloud Nothings, Operators, LAL and more, kicks off today. Artscape Gibraltar Point. Single day $19.99-$29.99, festival pass $64.99, camping pass $159.99, VIP Room pass $259.99. See preview. Don’t miss our preview here. See listing.

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

Kanye West Yeezy hits the Air Canada Centre not once, but twice on his Saint Pablo tour. 7 pm. $29.50-$199. August 30 and 31. In the meantime, check out his Toronto Pablo pop-up this weekend to take home some iconic Pablo merch. 

Saturday 20

Tragically Hip live broadcast If you can’t get to Kingston, catch a screening of the band’s final concert at the Horseshoe, the CNE or the Hard Rock Cafe, to name a few. Check out the complete listings here. 

Butterfly Festival Guided nature walk and bike tour of Tommy Thompson Park. 10 am-3 pm. FREE. See listing.

Rastafest Celebrate Rastafarian culture in Downsview Park with music, food, dub poetry workshops and more. 1-11 pm. $15-$20, youth $10. See listing.

Sunday 21

Open Streets T.O. Back by popular demand, Bloor from Dufferin to Parliament and Yonge from Bloor to Queen are turned into “paved parks” for running, riding, walking or playing from 10 am to 2 pm. See listing.

Monday 22

Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts I, II, III) (NNNN) Soulpepper’s production of the first three parts of Suzan-Lori Parks’s epic tale from the Civil War to present-day America continues at the Young Centre to September 1. 7:30 pm. $32-$96. 416-866-8666. See listing.

Tuesday 23

Barbra Streisand The actor/adult contemporary singer brings her big voice to the ACC. 8 pm. $99-$510. See listing.

Wednesday 24

Prophets of Rage The Rage Against the Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup’s anti-Trump tour lights up the Molson Amphitheatre. 7 pm, all ages. $20-$73.75. See listing.

Next week August 25-31

Latino Street Block Party U-Feast’s next one-off food event is an outdoor bash at soon-to-open Baro featuring dishes by chef Steve Gonzalez, including tuna handroll with his unique sauces, pizza topped with pork shoulder and more. $55, including drinks. 6:45 pm. August 25. See listing.

Matthew Santoro Canuck YouTube star and listmeister signs his new book Mind = Blown: Amazing Facts About This Weird, Hilarious, Insane World at Indigo Eaton Centre. 7 pm, FREE. August 26. See listing.

Weaves The Toronto sludge-pop act finally – finally – throws a record release party in town. Horseshoe. Doors 8:30 pm. $10-$12. August 27. See listing.

Arctic Home Oscar-winning actor Emma Thompson tells the stories of defenders of the Arctic at Artscape Wychwood Barns. 5 pm. $25. August 25. See listing.


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