Notable Now Toronto: July 4, 2014

Date: July 4-20
Location: Toronto

We told you about it last week but in case you missed it, we’ll be giving out a free meal at one of Toronto’s hottest restaurants (think: Luma, Bymark, Nota Bene, Momofuku Daisho) every single night of Summerlicious. That’s right, 17 nights and 17 meals. All you have to do is tell us you want to go (via social media) and we’ll randomly select a winner every day. It’s just that easy. Visit for details.

Modern Man
Date: July 11
Location: Roy Thomson Hall

We’ve already given you several reasons you should be excited for Modern Man, but if you’ve failed to do your research you should know that this is basically the ultimate guys’ night out. Everything from cocktails and cigars to fashion choices and free haircuts. If you’re a man living in Toronto, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be here.

Lady Gaga
Date: July 9
Location: Air Canada Centre  

As our Music in the Streets column posits, what do you get when you mix Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga all taking the stage on the same night in downtown Toronto? Unless you’re actually going to one of the shows, the answer is, you’re going to wish you were at home. Expect screaming teenagers, terrifying Little Monsters, and shaky Instagram videos too far from the stage to be worthy of posting (but hey, you were there). 

Salsa on St. Clair
Date: July 12-20
Location: Various

Sometimes a weekend street festival just isn’t enough anymore. Sometimes you need an entire week to let loose all the Latin you can handle. Well, lucky you. This year’s 10th annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival couldn’t limit itself any longer so it’s celebrating around the city for a full nine days. Look for dances, art exhibitions, and salsa parties we expect to fall under the category of caliente.

Date: July 4-6
Location: Fort York & Garrison Common

In only its second year, TURF (Toronto Urban Roots Festival) is set to rock (and sometimes gently roll) Fort York this weekend. Three stages, more than 40 bands, and all outdoors. Oh yeah, and an A-list roster doesn’t hurt much either. The Violent Femmes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy (do we still have to qualify with Wilco?), Sam Roberts, Local Natives, Jenny Lewis, The Gaslight Anthem, and Beirut in case you were curious.

Date: July 5-6
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square   

We won’t harp on you for not being able to speak one of our country’s two official languages, but we will encourage you to celebrate French every time you get the chance. The 32nd annual festival invites Francophones, Francophiles, and Anglophones alike to come down to Yonge-Dundas Square for two full days of free music and fun. Que vous soyez francophones ou pas, ce festival vaut une viste. 


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