Toronto continues to be an awesome place for summer events and festivals and there are some really good ones this July. Checkout July’s Event Roundup and see what p40’s staff is crossing off their summer bucket list!
Till 3 July: Our Home on Native Land
This Canada Day weekend, head over to Harbourfront Centre to celebrate the diverse stories of Turtle Island by acknowledging the creative and cultural contributions of indigenous peoples and new Canadians.
Till 6 July : How to make a “Clay Mountain Person”
Join artist Ness Lee’s clay-making workshop at Gardiner Museum to learn how to make one of her curious and playful mountain people. The workshop is a part of Works for Change, an exhibition by the Toronto-based collective Madeleine Co. Also, if you haven’t yet, read Ness’ Creator to Creator feature here!
6-16 July: “In Sundry Languages”
This series of hilarious, experimental vignettes presented by the Toronto Laboratory Theatre tackles subjects like immigration, language learning, accents, and what it means to ask someone “Where are you from?” The cast employs Arabic, English, French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and many other languages to explore ideas of exclusion and inclusion. This multilingual theatre experience is part of the Toronto Fringe Festival and will be held at Theatre Passe Muraille from July 6th to 16th. See you there!
9 July: Call It Home – A Poetry Showcase
Drake Underground is hosting Call It Home – A Poetry Showcase featuring poets and spoken-word artists Danez Smith, Aziza Barnes, Safia Elhillo, and Nabilla Lovelace. Doors open at 7pm and ticket are $10.
9 July: How to make a “Zine for Social Change”
Do you want to self-publish to flex your activist muscles and get your social message out there? If so, this is the event for you! Artist Kaya Joan will lead this DIY workshop on how to make and publish content that matters to you as part of the Work for Change exhibition by Madeleine Co.
9 July: TASTE of Compassion
TASTE of Compassion is an interactive, multi-media performance featuring Henry Ho, a long practitioner of Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chaun, who employs Tai Chi and ancient Chinese brushwork for his artistic language. The performance includes poetry coordinated by Takatsu and Inspiritus Press, with music by bLYHn, and tea tasting by Crimson Teas.
12–16 July: Toronto Korean Film Festival 2017
The annual Toronto Korean Film Festival is back with a renewed mission to authentic and acclaimed Korean cinema to Canadian viewers, support local and emerging Korean filmmakers, partake in scholarly research of Korean cinema, and create a bridge between the Korean and Canadian film industries.
13 July: Welcome to Koreatown
To better understand the experiences of the first Korean immigrants in Toronto and the way the community lives today, Heritage Toronto is conducting a walk through Koreatown. The walk will give participants a closer look into the development of Koreatown, its art and cuisine, and how entrepreneurship has played an important role for many Korean immigrants. The walk starts at Alpha Korean United Church and ends at Korean Senior Citizens Society of Toronto.
14 July: P40 Talkerative: Let’s Not Rush to Write a Screenplay
P40 presents a film-making workshop for those aspiring filmmakers out there. This talkerative, facilitated by Haaris Qadri, will discuss how to develop ideas, pitches, and concepts, and critically examine project ideas in order to make better films. If you’re a beginner and interested in the film-making process with an idea or pitch already in mind, this series of six workshops is the perfect place to start your next project.
14–16 July: Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Canada’s biggest art fair is back, showcasing contemporary art to the general public and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit of Canadian artists. Works by more than 320 visuals artists will be on display and available for purchase in Nathan Phillips Square from July 14th to 16th. See you there art lovers!
15–16 July: 45th Annual Festival of India
Experience the spirit of India in downtown Toronto with a euphoric, contemporary, and family-friendly parade (also known as Ratha-Yatra) accompanied by drumming, singing, and dancing all the way from Bloor to Queens Quay. Festivities will continue at Sherbourne Common until the 16th.
22 July: J-Town Summer Festival 2017
If you’ve ever wanted to go to a Summer Festival in Japan but couldn’t afford a plane ticket, this is a great opportunity to experience a day full of fun games, entertainment, and authentic Japanese food!
22–23 July: Festival of South Asia 2017
The diversity of South Asia is front and centre at the 15th annual ‘TD Festival of South Asian on Gerrard Street East. The event will showcase band performances, dancers, film screenings, workshops, and will also feature tasting tables and sidewalk markets. Featured segments include a cricket open house, Bollywood Pop-Up Mela, Yoga Studio, Culture Alley, and literary and visual arts exhibits.
29 July: Toronto Pin & Patch Show
Toronto’s first-ever pin and patch show is happening on July 29th at Narwhal Art Projects. You can purchase awesome embroidered patches and enamel pins from the best local designers and artists. This free event runs from 11am to 6pm and first 50 people will receive a complimentary gift! Get event details and a list of vendors from the website below.
25 July: Fair Trade, Fashion, and Philippines: Cambio Market x AKABA
Cambio Market and AKABA Limited Design Co. are teaming up for a night dedicated to exploring and showcasing young Filipino entrepreneurs who are using fashion to do combat poverty. The event will feature a talk by Entrepreneur EJ Mariano, founder and CEO of AKABA, start-ups and brands from the Philippines at Cambio Market’s pop-up shop, and great Filipino food and music!