697. Free or Nearly-free Weekly Multicultural Music Events – Summer, 2016

It’s not too late to enjoy music outdoors, much of it from around the world or performed by people originating elsewhere. A couple of these venues also have food trucks so you can munch and listen. Most of these events are free. Mark your calendars now please.

Thursdays: Tasty Thursdays and Music Live from City Hall. From now to August 26. Performers with Appalachian music, Chinese-Canadian flavour, etc. 12:30pm. Free. Nathan Philipps Square. Schedule: http://bit.ly/1kMeyRR.

Schedule of food trucks (Turkish, Zimbabwe, Colombian, etc.): http://bit.ly/VEl4yh

Fridays in July: Cultura Festival. Mel Lastman Square. 6pm. Free. Movies, film, dance, live music. July 29 Lemon Bucket Orkestra. www.culturafestival.ca. http://johnfilion.ca/cultura-festival-july-8-15-22-29/.

Thursdays or Sundays: Summer Music in the Garden – Persian, South Indian, Iroquois, Celtic, Japanese, trans-Mediterranian, etc. 4pm Thursdays or 7pm Sundays. Free. Bring lawn chair, sunscreen, hat or umbrella. 479 Queen’s Quay West. (510 Spadina streetcar south from Spadina Station or 510 Spadina streetcar from Union Station to “Queen’s Quay / Spadina Loop”, then walk west to the Music Garden. http://bit.ly/29ANtvK. Photo at: http://bit.ly/295qo9j. For lots of internationally-inspired music, see also Harbourfront Centre itself.

Tuesdays to August 23. Earl Bales Summer Entertainment Series. 7-8pm. Free. Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre in Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street. http://bit.ly/29smti2

Most Fridays: Yonge-Dundas Square. Indie Fridays. 8-11pm. Free. http://bit.ly/29wRZgV

Fridays: On the Veranda Summer Concerts. 7:30pm. Suggested donation $10. Benares Historic House, 1507 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga. http://bit.ly/29xp6PU.

Thursday Nights at the Millennium Bandstand. 7:30-9pm. Free. Corner Main Street and Fred Varley Drive, Unionville. To August 29. http://bit.ly/29zm6qo.

Wednesday Evenings. Concerts in the Park. 7:30pm. Free. Various venues. Vaughan. http://bit.ly/1D5OeuI.

Featured banner courtesy Vaughan Celebrates Concerts in the Park.

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