Toronto Tipsheet: Panamania Live w/ Janelle Monae, SummerWorks, Vegan Food and Drink Fest and more

Summerworks Performance Festival The annual Summerworks Performance Festival is back with a lineup full of promising performances to see this.

Summerworks Performance Festival

The annual Summerworks Performance Festival is back with a lineup full of promising performances to see this year. Need help trimming down the must-see list? Toronto playwright Erin Shields’s much talked about Beautiful Man goes up tonight. Inspired by her frustration with the portrayal of women in television, Beautiful Man subverts the ubiquitous objectification of women by making men into the sex objects. See listings.

Other notable artists to check out this year include: Tracey Hoyt in Face Value: West (Tonight, The Theatre Centre BMO Incubator, 1115 Queen Street West. See listings), Ngozi Paul in her new solo show, The Emancipation Of Ms. Lovely (See listings), and Mark Marczyk and Marichka Marczyk in Counting Sheep (See listings).

See website for more listings and details here.

Dusk Dances

This outdoor dance event features Flamenco and African dance, contemporary performances and original choreography inspired by the natural environment of the park in which the performances take place. August 3-9. Dance performances at 7:30 pm. Live music and salsa class 6:45 pm. A pwyc event ($10 suggested).

Visit website for more details.

Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival

Vegan food fest offers some of your favourite comfort foods such as, waffles, burgers, donuts, ice cream, mac and cheese, BBQ, cupcakes and tons more but without animal byproducts and entirely dairy-free! Tickets $10 adv. $20 (incl. three drink tokens).

The Toronto Craft Beer Fest

We’ll just go ahead and call this the Summer of Beer. The craft beer fest presents another opportunity to sample products from Ontario craft breweries, which includes Steam Whistle, Muskoka, Mill St., Nickel Brook, Church-Key and more. August 8 and 9. 11 am to 7 pm. $20 adv. (Saturday sold out. Sunday adv tickets available here). $25 at the door. See website for more details.

Panamania Live

The Pan Am/Para Pan Am festivities may be nearing an end, but great performances are still in store this weekend. Check out The Roots (9:30 pm), Tanya Tagaq (7:30pm), Whitehorse (5 pm) and more at Nathan Phillips Square. (100 Queen West). Free. See website for more details.

Questlove at Wrongbar

If you missed out on the Panamania Live performances at Nathan Phillips Square or if evening festivities are more your speed, be sure to check out Questlove, The Gillespie Brothers, Dr Gerrence and Maybe Nav at Wrongbar for Love Hut Saturday Nights. $25.00 adv. available here. (1279 Queen West). Doors 10 pm.

Film Screenings Panamania

The Bloor Hot Doc Cinema hosts screenings of award winning films as part of Panamania. Films for the day include: Sins of my Father, Marley, How to Change the World and Steak (R)evolution. $9.73. Tickets available here.


In addition the the countless spectacular Summerworks Festival performances happening right now, there are a few stage performances that won’t disappoint if you’re in the mood to take in a good production. Dive is one of our critic’s picks and a must-see. Tickets available here.

Comedy Bar-Things Black Girls Say

In the mood for a laugh? Enjoy the comedy stylings of local comedians Mark James Heath, Aisha Brown, Jhanelle Dennis, Keesha Brownie and more in the Caribana edition of Things Black Girls Say at the Comedy Bar. $15. 7-9 pm. RSVP here. See website for more details.

Panamania Live

End off your weekend right with a Panamania Live performance, featuring Janelle Monae (9:30 pm), 3 Winans Brothers (7:30pm), Brigitte Boisjoli (6 pm) and more. Free. Nathan Phillips Square. See website for more details.

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