YYZ Best Bets (Week of June 23)

From Pride, to concerts, film festivals and food&drink events, it's another jam-packed week in Toronto

Happy Pride Toronto! It’s the first official week of summer, and while this week may be packed with fabulous WorldPride parties (consult our Guide to WorldPride 2014) the city is still buzzing with concerts and other awesome events.

Here are your YYZ Best Bets for the week:

Tuesday June 24, 2014

[MUSIC] Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band are rocking the Molson Amphitheatre tomorrow.
 

Wednesday June 25, 2014

[MUSIC] Fall Out Boy
Jump around to Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics at the Molson Amphitheatre.

[FOOD/DRINK] Vegecursion
A dining experience that focuses exclusively on vegetarian and vegan cuisine. You will be introduced to some of Toronto’s best restaurants and eateries that offer intriguing and versatile dishes, ranging from raw food to vegan fusion cuisine at its finest.

[WORLDPRIDE] In Conversation With…Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox, the beloved trans actress from Orange Is the New Black, chats with GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz about transgender advocacy and her documentary Free CeCe, which chronicles the arrest and trial of a trans African-American woman who defended herself against a violent, racist, and transphobic attack. TIFF Bell Lightbox 7pm.

[WORLDPRIDE] Big Fab Gay Garden Wedding
If you pictured your wedding taking place in a beautiful garden setting, along with hundreds of other brides and grooms, this is the free mass LGBTQ wedding ceremony for you! Held at the Toronto Botanical Gardens at 3pm, you can catch The Morning After‘s Brian, Candice and Matt hosting some of the festivities too.

[FILM/MUSIC] Open Roof Festival
Open Roof Festival continues with Wes Anderson’s latest The Grand Budapest Hotel with the Brazilian pop-inspired Os Tropies providing live music.
 

Thursday June 26, 2014

[FOOD/DRINK] Indie88 Six Pack – New Brews Sessions pt. 2
Hang with Indie88 and sample some great beverages at Victory Café (581 Markham St.). You can win a pair of passes to the Toronto’s Festival of Beer. We’ll be sampling Harbinger American Pale Ale and might even share some with you.

[FOOD/DRINK] CraveTO – Get Local
This CraveTO event is hosted at Honest Ed’s with food from Lets-Be-Frank, We Got Balls, The Saucy Pierogi, Oyster Boy, Poutini’s, Randy’s Roti, Gushi, Penny Lou Lou, Bite & Sip and BrickNMortar and craft beers from Cameron’s, Hogtown, Wellington, Amsterdam, all for 5$ or less!
 

Friday June 27, 2014

[MUSIC] Beck
Beck will be playing new material to a sold out Sony Centre for the Performing Arts to kick off the weekend.

[MUSIC] The Antlers
Catch Brooklyn’s The Antlers at the Virgin Mobile Mod Club.

[WORLDPRIDE] Against Me!
Against Me! is taking part in a special Trans Pride March post-march Showcase at Yonge-Dundas Square With Crackpuppy and The Cliks.

[WORLDPRIDE] Wannabe: Spice Girl Tribute Band
Party like it’s 1999 at Adelaide Hall with one of the city’s most fun tribute bands and back-up dancers to boot! Plus, enjoy the extended last call at one of city’s best small live music venues.
 

Sunday June 29, 2014

[WORLDPRIDE] Annual Pride Parade
The Main Event. The first Pride march in Toronto took place in 1981 and it’s grown year after year. With Toronto hosting WorldPride this year, the main event is especially likely to be worth braving the crowds for.

[WORLDPRIDE] Closing Ceremonies
This free live concert has a packed line up, featuring Tegan and Sara, Rich Aucoin, and more. Yonge-Dundas Square 5pm.
 

Saturday June 28 – Sunday June 29, 2014

[MUSIC] Digital Dreams Festival
Get your electronic music fix this weekend at The Flats @ M.C.A. (Ontario Place) with headliners Tiesto and Justice and many many more.