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November 24, 2014

Toronto Festival Guide - August 2014

Remember: Please ALWAYS check with website for exact dates, etc. as details may change after the listing is posted here.

The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)

Aug 15-Sept 1, 2014

The Canadian National Exhibition (aka The Ex) is an 'end of summer' celebration held at Exhibition Place. Once you've paid the entrance fee, all entertainment is free. But in order to go on the amusement rides, you must have the RAD pass (includes admission AND rides).

The Midway

The following are some dates you should keep in mind:

  • Buy your tickets before Opening Day and SAVE $$ (avail from Jul 25) - this special ends Aug 14
  • $6 after 5pm: Just pay $6 after 5pm each Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs but NOT on Labour Day Monday

Bandshell Concerts

The following are artists performing FREE concerts (with admission) at the CNE.

  • Aug 30: Tom Cochrane

Special Events

The following are just some of the special events.


ArtFest at the Distillery

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014: 11am-6pm

Outdoor Craft Show celebrating the top 85 artists & artisans from across Canada. Featuring pottery, glass, jewellery, paintings, wood turning, gourmet foods, live music and more.


Ashkenaz Festival

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

This Labour Day weekend, join over 250 artists from around the world at the 10th biennial Ashkenaz Festival to experience the vibrancy of Jewish creativity, from the traditional to the cross-cultural. From the ever-popular Ashkenaz Parade produced by Shadowland Theatre, to the music of klezmer-gypsy party-punk rockers Lemon Bucket Orkestra, the staggering array of music, film, performance, literature, crafts and visual arts invites people of all ages and backgrounds to explore Jewish culture.

Headliners include:

  • Lilith The Night Demon in One Lewd Act (Racy Yiddish folk-opera)
  • Jewish-Afrobeat pioneers Zion80
  • Yiddish psychedelic rockers Forshpil
  • DJ and Latin-Jewish fusionist Simja Dujov
  • Iraqi-Jewish roots rocker Dudu Tassa
  • The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book
  • David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana
  • Lezmer-punk upstart Geoff Berner
  • Yiddish hip-hop renegade Socalled
  • Toronto choral sensation Choir! Choir! Choir!
  • Quebec fiddling femme fatale Briga
  • Jaffa Road's Aviva Chernick

Hispanic Fiesta

Aug 29-Sept 1, 2014

Experience the sounds, tempting treats and colourful culture that the Hispanic heritage is famous for. Hispanic Fiesta will feature the best known local & International Hispanic performers covering 20 different countries, that speak Spanish. More than 300 local, national and international performers will be taking part in the festival.