Notable Now Toronto: August 22, 2014

Date: August 22
Location: Maison Mercer, 15 Mercer St.

There are only a few Fridays left to get your schmooze on at one of the hottest after-work parties in the city. And we’ve teamed up with Maison Mercer to make this Friday’s the most memorable yet. Picture complimentary barbeque from 5-6:30pm, happy hour drink specials until 11pm (think: pitchers of mojitos and sangria), and a view and vibe better than any in the city.

Waterfront Beach Festival
Date: August 23
Location: HTO Park

There’s now only one week of August left. If you haven’t started panicking, you should. Luckily, the Waterfront Beach Festival offers a chance to forget that Winter is Coming and get out to the beach while the getting’s still good. There’s simply no better way to close off the month than with a diverse lineup of international DJs, a fully licensed shoreline setting, and sand between your toes.

Arcade Fire
Date: August 29
Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

We actually dedicated an entire article as to why you need to see Arcade Fire now. This is arguably the biggest band in Canadian history putting on an arena show that includes formal attire, confetti, and a catalogue of songs few current bands can match. If you don’t have tickets already, we suggest you sell everything you own to get one. Except your high school prom dress of course – you’ll still need that.

Date: August 21-24
Location: Downtown Yonge Neighbourhood

It’s like going to the circus – everywhere. This is one of Ontario’s largest street performers festivals, with more than 75 acts performing for three days throughout downtown. Hosted by Epilepsy Ontario, Buskerfest is also their largest fundraiser of the year and raises huge amounts of money for their cause. So whether you’re into magicians, music, clowns, contortionists, or just supporting the community, we suggest you hit the streets today.

Cirque Du Soleil
Date: August 28- October 26
Location: Under the Grand Chapiteau at The Port Lands

It’s always a big deal when the largest theatrical producer in the world comes out with a new show. (Especially when that producer happens to also be Canadian). Cirque has been blowing our collective minds for years, and their new production, KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, promises to continue that tradition. Armed with the slogan “reality is relative,” we can honesty say we have no idea what to expect – in the best way possible.

IRIE Music Festival
Date: August 23-24
Location: Mississauga Celebration Square

As the summer begins to wind down, so too do the music festivals. And while the IRIE Music Festival already hit Nathan Philips Square earlier in August, it returns for a second run to celebrate diversity and African-Canadian culture in Mississauga. With hundreds of thousands of fans in attendance in previous years, and a range of music genres covered, IRIE is definitely worth heading west for.

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