With so many events in and around Toronto, it’s hard to keep track of what’s happening and what’s worth venturing out for. Here are five things we recommend doing in the city this weekend.
It might not compare to the magnitude of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, but Digital Dreams, Canada’s largest electronic dance music festival, never disappoints. The lineup for the two-day fest, which takes over the Flats at Ontario Place on Saturday and Sunday, includes the likes of Armin van Buuren, Pete Tong, Carl Cox and Dubfire. Single tickets and weekend passes are available. For more info, visit digitaldreamsfestival.ca. While not officially part of Digital Dreams, Paris Hilton is also DJing at the Cabana Pool Bar Saturday.
Pride week comes to a close Sunday with the annual Pride Parade. The always-fun event begins 2 p.m. at the corner of Church and Bloor Streets before heading down Yonge Street where it wraps at Yonge-Dundas Square. Other Pride events planned this weekend include the Trans March on Friday night at 7 p.m. and the Dyke March on Saturday afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. Visit pridetoronto.com for more details and scroll down for a live blog of Sunday’s parade.
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The Toronto Triumph Club is hosting A Taste of British Car Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village Sunday to raise money for Sick Kids Hospital and to promote September’s larger British Car Day event. A selection of classic British vehicles will be on display, including a 1980/81 DeLorean DMC12 and a 1950 Austin A40 Devon. For more info, visit blackcreek.ca.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs a special 10 p.m. performance of The Planets by Holst Friday night to wrap its 2014/15 season. Conducted by Music Director Peter Oundjian, the performance is described as “an incredible work depicting the astrological characters of the seven planets of the solar system.” Tickets run between $25 and $45 and can be purchased online at tso.ca.
On Sunday, as part of the Luminato Festival, the TSO is putting on A Symphonic Zoo, an “exuberant programme showcasing music inspired by animals.” The free outdoor concert includes selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee,” Anderson’s “The Waltzing Cat” and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, which will be narrated by Canadian actress Megan Follows. The concert starts at 4 p.m. in David Pecaut Square.
Whether you have mad air guitar skills or just want to have a good laugh watching others show off theirs, the Toronto Air Guitar Championships at Lee’s Palace promises to be a spectacular night of entertainment. Hosted by Second City’s Matty RJ Burns, the show (9 p.m., Saturday) will be judged by Brave Shores’ Jay McCarrol, Katherine Curtis from The Naked News, Little Foot Long Foot singer-guitarist Joan Smith and Nancy Goodchild from Steam Whistle brewery. Post-punk indie band Rulers of the Moon also perform. Tickets are $10. For more information and to register to perform, visit airguitarcanada.org.
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