The Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
June 15-17, Woodbine Park,
Everyone is invited to this free Ribfest, a light-hearted outdoor festival with great BBQ, live music, a children’s area with rides, BBQ and grilling competitions and demonstrations, a beer garden and craft vendors.
July 7-, Woodbine Park, musicafrica.org
This free weekend-long celebrates the richness and diversity of African culture. Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children.
Originally hosted at Queen’s Park, this year’s festival has been relocated to Woodbine Park.
24th Annual Beaches Jazz
July 20-29, Woodbine Park, beachesjazz.com
Enjoy the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul. About 50 Canadian bands entertain you along a 2 km stretch of Queen Street East, closed for this occasion. It’s an annual pilgrimage for almost a million people who come out on the Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday to take in the great music and soak up the ambience.
Molson Amphitheatre Concerts
Ontario Place, June-August, ontarioplace.com
Although most of Ontario Place’s attractions are now closed, the Molson Amphitheatre continues to host major musical artists through the summer months. The 2012 entertainment bill includes Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Buffett, Steely Dan, Peter Frampton,
Blue Rodeo and Bachman Turner/Paul Rodgers.
All Caps Island Festival
August 11 & 12, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island
This all-ages event brings together musical acts and artists from all parts of Canada. Once you’ve purchased a ticket, you can attend your choice of activities: film screenings, art installations, while enjoying great food and/or taking a swim. Guests are invited to enjoy the sounds of a musical act at the supposedly haunted Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Rumor has it that you can still hear the moaning of J.P. Rademuller, who was murdered in 1815.