Toronto Tipsheet: Olympics in Rio, SummerWorks, TIME Festival and more

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Teenage Fanclub The influential Scottish indie rockers come to Lee’s Palace after a long time away. Doors 8 pm. $29.50.,, October 12. See listing.

Friday 5

Olympics The Summer Olympics kick off in the Brazilian seaside city of Rio de Janeiro on Friday. While it’s tempting to hole up in your air-conditioned apartment to watch the opening ceremony (7 pm on CBC), why not find a little Rio in Toronto by grabbing a cassava poutine at Parkdale’s Mata Petisco Bar, or hunting down their roving food truck, Made In Brasil (pictured above). The Olympics continue long past Friday (to August 21, specifically), so you’ve got plenty of time. Mata Petisco Bar (1690 Queen West). Tuesday-Thursday 5-10 pm, Friday 5-11 pm, Saturday 11 am-11 pm, Sunday 11 am-4 pm. 

Beats, Breaks & Culture: The Bridge Harbourfront Centre celebrates hip-hop and electronic music with sets by Sinkane, Jungle Brothers and Dirty B-Sides. Most events free. To August 7. See listing.

Suicide Squad (NN) After all the hype and the endless talk about how the film – about a group of supervillains – was made here last year…. critics are hating it, including our own Norm Wilner. But, you know you’re probably going to see it anyway. See showtimes.

Pokémon Inspired Dance Party Take a break from trying to catch ’em all at this Pokémon-inspired dance party with Pokémon-themed drinks, décor and cosplay. At Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide). Doors 10:30 pm. See website for more details. Check out our complete listing of Pokémon Go events.  

Saturday 6

Hiroshima/Nagasaki remembered Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow spreads the word on why we must abolish nuclear weapons in the annual Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemoration at Nathan Phillips Square. 6 pm. See listing.

SlutWalk Annual event raises awareness about victim-blaming and rape culture with a march from Barbara Hall Park to Queen’s Park. 4-7 pm. Free. See listing.

Canada’s Finest Brilliant stand-ups Mike Wilmot, Rebecca Kohler and Arthur Simeon tell jokes at Comedy Bar. $15. 9 pm. See listing.

TIME Festival Run the Jewels, Kehlani, Joey Bada$$, Kink and others take over Fort York Garrison Common for this all-ages outdoor concert. Gates at noon. See listing.

Sunday 7

Sturgill Simpson The Southern roots rocker takes over the Danforth Music Hall for a second night. 7 pm. And August 6. See listing.

Monday 8

Kyle Craft Sub Pop rocker makes Monday fun at the Silver Dollar, with opener Taylor Knox. Doors 8:30 pm. See listing.

Tuesday 9

>>> Luzia (NNNNN) Cirque du Soleil’s Mexico-themed show continues at the Big Top in the port lands. 8 pm. To October 16. As one of the best shows of the year, you have no business missing it! See listing.

Wednesday 10

The Tragically Hip Lucky ticket-holders witness the first of three Toronto Man Machine Poem shows at the Air Canada Centre that are sure to be legendary. 7 pm. Also August 12 and 14. See listing.

Next week August 11-17

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. August 14. See listing.

Case/Lang/Veirs Acclaimed singer/songwriters Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs make their Toronto live debut as a trio at the Danforth Music Hall. 7 pm. August 16 and 17. See listing.

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. August 16. See listing.

Get more Toronto event listings here or make your last few weeks of summer count with our Hot Summer Guide here: 

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