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It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment weekend ahead


With the first weekend of summer upon us, why not got and enjoy a free or ticketed concert as part of The TD Toronto Jazz Festival. There are venues all over the city, but this year the festival is concentrated in its new home of Yorkville.

Here are some of my top picks!

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes Duo at The Jazz Bistro – Friday at 7 and 10 pm.

Alex Pangman and her Alley Cats at The Rex – Canada’s Sweetheart of Swing at 8pm Friday

Bill Charlap and Carol Sloane at The Jazz Bistro – Saturday at 7 and 10 pm.

Amanda Tosoff at The Cumberland Stage – The recent Juno nominee plays a free show Saturday at 5:30 pm.

Dave Young & Terry Promane Octet at the Yorkville Stage. Free show at 12 noon on Saturday

Aaron Neville at the Yorkville Stage. Free show (hard to believe!) at 8 pm on Saturday.

Thompson Egbo Egbo at The Oval in Yorkville Village. Free show at 1 pm on Sunday.

Eric St. Laurent at the Cumberland Stage – The guitarist plays a free show Sunday night at 8:30 pm.

Choir! Choir! Choir! at The Concert Hall – The world famous Toronto outfit will take on the music of Neil Young for this ticketed concert. for tickets and info.


Bill Frisell is playing a sold out show at the Jazz Festival this weekend, so if you missed out on tickets, why not go and see the critically acclaimed new documentary about his creative life and output. The genius guitarist and composer is profiled in this film 9 years in the making. Frisell has 46 albums under his belt—as well as countless collaborations with artists including Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, Mike Gibbs, Paul Motian, Jim Hall, Hal Willner, Joey Baron and Jason Moran (all featured in this doc). Bill Frisell will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. for details and tickets.

And listen to my new interview with Bill Frisell below.


A reminder that this is the final weekend for Luminato and one of the most anticipated events at the festival this year is Breakin Convention, The International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theatre. At the Sony Centre Friday and Saturday, talent from all over the world, including troupes from South Africa, South Korea, The UK, and plenty of local talent too. At David Pecaut Square, look for DJs, graffiti artists and special performance. Breaking Convention gets underway Friday. for info.


Its summertime, so that means foodie events all over the city. Taco Fest was a hit last weekend at Ontario Place, so let’s do it again, this time with beer. The Craft Beer Festival begins Friday and continues Saturday at the re-discovered venue. for info.

And no sooner is the beer fest over that a Donut Festival is set to go on Sunday at Dufferin Mall. It’s Toronto Life’s first-ever Doughnut Festival with doughnuts, crullers and everything else doughy and deep fried. is the place to go, just search for Doughnuts.

And its Pride Weekend in Toronto. An extra million or so people will be in the city to celebrate. Parades, The Green Space Festival at Barbara Hall Park, performances at Buddies in Bad Times theatre and literally hundreds of other events planned. for details.

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