Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of May 31-June 2
In this edition of The Weekender, a free Tokyo Police Club concert, the Toronto Festival of Clowns and three more things to do in Toronto.
Waterfront Blues Festival (FREE!)
Canadian and international musicians, including Juno-winners Morgan Davis, Paul Reddick and Fathead, are at Woodbine for two days and three nights of blissfully free blues. The yearly concert series includes vendors selling memorabilia and plenty of barbecue (natch). May 31-June 2. Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue, 416-698-2152, waterfrontblues.ca.
Toronto Festival of Clowns
The 8th annual event showcasing the work of Toronto clowns and physical theatre artists brings oversized shoes, red noses and playful hijinks to all corners of the city for full-length shows, triple bills, cabaret nights and pop-up acts of random hilarity. $15. May 29-June 2. Various locations, 647-504-7873, torontofestivalofclowns.com.
Junction Farmer’s Market (FREE!)
The market opened last Saturday and returns every week from 9 am-1 pm to the Train Platform on Dundas West for the rest of the summer. Eighteen bakeries, organic farms, ethical butchers and more sell everything from baked goods and honey to cured meats and Ontario vegetables. Notable vendors include: Bees Universe, De La Terre Bakery and Hogtown Charcuterie.
Tokyo Police Club (FREE!)
The Canadian indie band is performing a free concert at Sugar Beach for its Red Bull Hometown Tour. June 2. Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive, tokyopoliceclub.com.
The culmination of city weekly The Grid’s annual burger bonanza brings 70-plus restaurants to Wychwood Barns for one indulgent day of all-you-can-eat sliders. Crowd favourites include Barque Smokehouse, Rock Lobster Food Co., Holy Chuck and food truck Fidel Gastro’s. $30 adults/$15 (kids). June 2. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., thegriddoes.com/food-booze