Art Battle Nationals
Date: July 26
Location: Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St.
More than 600 painters have participated in 27 Canadian cities to get to this point: the final paint-off. Twenty extremely talented artists will create original pieces of artwork in front of a live audience whose vote will determine the best live painter in Canada. Every painting created will also be available for sale via silent auction – this is like investing in genius.
Date: August 2-10
Location: Rexall Centre
Sure, it’s not for another two weeks, but in case you somehow missed Wimbledon, Milos Raonic is kind of a big deal. He’ll be bringing the best serve in the game to Toronto for what we hope can be a replay of last year’s final appearance (though one more win would be nice too). Joining him will be the rest of the 10 best in men’s tennis – get your tickets now.
Date: July 27
Bruno loves you Just The Way You Are. And considering nearly half a billion people (yes, BILLION) have watched his video, we’re pretty sure the world loves him too. Add the fact that Pharrell will be joining Mr. Mars on stage and this might just be the happiest concert of the entire year… sorry, we had to.
Toronto’s Festival of Beer
Date: July 25-27
Location: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place
The name says it all, doesn’t it? If you’ve got a predilection for barley pops, this is the event for you. With more than 300 beer brands on-site, this is like the best tap selection you’ve ever seen – on steroids. It’s not just the brews that should bring you out though; look for performances by K-os, The Trews, and Matthew Good to keep the event moving.
Beaches Jazz Festival
Date: July 18-27
Location: Woodbine Park
This 10-day event is the best place in the city to catch some free-flowing rhythm. Whether you’re into ragtime, blues, swing, or any other kind of jazz, they’ll all be represented at The Beaches 26th Annual International Jazz Festival. Listening is always free, but having a huge collection of Toronto’s gourmet food trucks on-site won’t hurt either.
BIG On Bloor
Date: July 19-20
Location: Bloor St. between Dufferin and Lansdowne
It’s not a coincidence they call it BIG on Bloor. When you shut down one of the city’s most important streets you don’t do it for anything less than capital letters. This two-day festival will feature food, drink, art, and music. And since Notable.ca already told you back in the fall about how great Bloordale was becoming, you shouldn’t be surprised at how much it has to offer now.
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Photo courtesy Toronto Festival of Beer