Taste of Toronto
If you cook it, they will come. The North American debut of Taste Festivals happens in Hogtown, a city apparently of rising gustatorial renown. Visitors who fork over $30 are able to listen to live and DJ-ed music (by artists from the Arts & Crafts label) and participate in cooking classes, wine-tasting and chef-grilling Q&A’s. Plus, 17 ace chefs will offer new culinary creations at pop-up restaurants. To July 27. $15 to $200. Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd., 1-800-656-0713 or tasteoftoronto.com
Waterfront Night Market
Those who imbibe at this weekend’s Festival of Beer at Exhibition Place might be on the hunt for late-night noshing. Look no further than the Asian-styled moon-lit marketplace at T&T Supermarket, where a fun bazaar of barbecued meat, oil-sizzled veggies and servings of such improbable things as oyster pancakes takes place. All that, and all sorts of clothing, consumer goods and bubble tea too. July 25 (4 p.m. to midnight), July 26 (4 p.m. to midnight) and July 27 (4 to 10 p.m.). 222 Cherry St.
Vintage Bicycle Show
The Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.” Moreover, many of us have bikes we never use as well. Anyone with a classic oldie in the basement is invited to a rain-or-shine event where wheeling and dealing absolutely will happen. July 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free (Vendor space is available for merchants: $50 for retail vendors, $25 for individuals). Trinity-Bellwoods Park, 155 Crawford St., communitybicyclenetwork.org.
The Best of the Fringe Toronto Theatre festival
Eight productions that stood out at this year’s Fringe festival of eclectic theatre move their act to the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Some have finished their schedule, but others including the entertaining No Chance in Hell: A New Musical, the inventive romantic comedy 52 Pick-Up and the wild-west parable The Assassination of Robert Ford: Dirty Little Coward are still up and running. To July 30. $21.75. 5040 Yonge St., 416-733-9388 or tocentre.com or ticketmaster.ca.
“The inner star, a light, a glow that draws you in and makes you know, that she never fails, yet never tries, to put the smile in your eyes.” Some songs by the sparky Irish singer Imelda May are titled Wild Woman, I Wanna Dance and Little Pixie. Ms. May herself is enchanting, offering charisma galore and a daring manner with rockabilly and dramatic balladry – a star, by any sane criteria.
July 27, 8 p.m. $29.50. Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., ticketfly.com.
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