The free Island Soul festival at Harbourfront is one of the top annual summer events in Toronto, arriving during the Caribbean Carnival and the Simcoe Day long weekend.
Island Soul at Harbourfront in Toronto for 2015
This year Harbourfront hosts Island Soul from Friday through Monday, July 31 through August 3.
The events focus on the culture and traditions of the Caribbean Islands; not a surprise, since it’s a complement to Caribana in Toronto. You can start with by shopping for clothes or souvenirs, with a stop in the World Cafe, on Friday night from 6-11pm. (Food and fashion remain on sale throughout the weekend). A family-friendly DJ session of soca and calypso music follows from 7pm.
What are some of the surprising attractions? SwizzleStick Theatre presents Moko Jumbie stilt dancers at three shows: Friday night, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Your children could learn Oware games; anyone could learn some Djembe drumming too. Did you know the Angolan dance style, kizomba? You can! And Festival Kompa Zouk Ontario presents several dance workshops throughout Island Soul at Harbourfront.
Music performances run throughout the weekend. Check through the whole online schedule for Island Soul at Harbourfront Toronto to see what you can fit into your schedule.
Harbourfront is at 235 Queen’s Quay West. Take a little walk south-west from Union Station on the #1 Yonge/University subway. Road construction is finished, but I personally avoid driving and parking downtown. Cyclists should consider taking the Martin Goodman Trail; just be careful with pedestrians sharing the trail on the newly opened Queen’s Quay.
Other Options for 2015 Simcoe Day Weekend in Toronto
Remember that you can get a free taste of 2015 Caribana Toronto too, so plan your civic holiday long weekend wisely. If you want more of my ideas from 2013, check my “Toronto Attractions for Simcoe Day, the Ontario Civic Holiday” article; most of these are annual summer events in Toronto.
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