Five things to do in Toronto on the weekend of July 12-14
In this edition of The Weekender, the Honda Indy, the Festival of India and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Honda Indy Toronto
Exhibition Place turns into motorsport heaven this weekend with IndyCar races, BMX stunt shows and poutine-eating time trials. Oakville’s James Hinchcliffe is the fan favourite in the big race, but he’ll have to best defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay to take the title. July 12-14. $60 for one day; $80 for two days. Exhibition Place, 1-877-503-6869, hondaindytoronto.com
The 90’s alt-rock band is playing its debut, triple-platinum, self-titled album in its entirety. Synth-pop stars Passion Pit and homegrown rockers Metz fill out a stacked bill. July 12. $80. Downsview Park, Sheppard Ave. W. & Keele St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.
Slap Shot Live!
Second City closes out its stage adaptation of the hockey comedy classic this weekend with a final nostalgia inducing set of performances. Standout reviews have been rolling in for the stick-smashing, head-bashing production. The Globe called it “the funniest game you can name.” July 12-14. $29-34. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, secondcity.com
Christie Pits Film Festival
The Sunday series screens free flicks at Christie Pits Park. The current theme is bands and musicians, and this week’s selection is Gimme Shelter, which chronicles the last weeks of the Rolling Stones’ tour that culminated in the infamous Altamont Free Concert in 1969. July 14. Christie Pits Park, Bloor St. W. and Christie St., christiepitsff.com
Festival of India (FREE!)
The 41th annual celebration of Indian culture and spirituality kicks off with a huge parade on Yonge Street followed by two days of eating, dancing and yoga on Centre Island. Crowds of up to 40,000 are expected. July 13-14. Yonge St. and Centre Island, 1-888-535-3378, festivalofindia.ca