5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, August 8

Aug 7 2019, 7:30 pm

The start of the weekend might only be one day away, but if you’re looking to have some fun this Thursday, we’ve got you covered.

From Canada’s largest country music festival to the largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, and live art in Canada, here are the top events happening throughout the city today.

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SummerWorks: Performance Festival

What: Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music and live art kicks off today, and runs for 11 days for its 29th edition.

When: August 8 to 18
Time: Schedules vary by day
Where: Various venues throughout the city
Price: Single tickets start at $15

Boots and Hearts 2019

What: Dust off your boots and cowboy hat and get ready to experience Canada’s biggest country music festival. This year’s headliners include Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Marren Morris, Kane Brown, Cole Swindell, and Kip Moore.

When: August 8 to 11
Where: Burl’s Creek, Oro-Medonte, Ontario
Tickets: Available online from $229

Pizza in the Park with Pizzeria Libretto, Banjara & Beau’s

What: The community pizza night promises Neapolitan pizzas from Pizzeria Libretto, veggie dishes from Banjara Indian Cuisine, Greek pastries from Filosophy Espresso Bar, Syrian treats from Newcomer Kitchen, and refreshments from Angie’s Juicery.

When: August 8
Time: From 6 pm to 8 pm,
Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West
Price: Free admission

Summer Music in the Garden

What:  The Summer Music in the Garden concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden’s 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music, including a concert on August 25 that will feature the Music Garden’s “theme song,” Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

When: Thursdays and Sundays through September 15
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Bell Manor Park Summer Movies

What: For the first year, the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show will be offering screenings at Bell Manor Park. The Dynamic Duo theme stretches to this location as well, and the opening night short films are Bao and The Casebook Of Nips & Porkington, and the feature film is Ratatouille. 

When: Beginning August 8 and runs until August 22
Time: Films begin at sundown
Where: Bell Manor Park, 1 Bayside Lane
Price: Free, but donations are accepted

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