Awesome Toronto events happening February 5-7

It’s the first weekend in February which means awesome Black History Month events are starting around the city, including a bigger at the Harbourfront Centre. That, plus a poutine festival, Beyonce versus JT video dance party and more! Just part of the awesome events happening in Toronto this weekend, February 5-7.


The Harbourfront Centre celebrates Black History Month with awesome African hip hop, comedy, poetry, art and talks. Kuumba is the annual event (it means creativity in Swahili) that’s one of the biggest showcases of African culture in Toronto. Check out the Black Like She comedy event on Friday at 7:30 – 19+.

When to go: Friday to Sunday, various times

Where at? The Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W

Tickets: admission is free

La Poutine Week

Stuff yourself with frites, cheese curds and creative gravies and other toppings all weekend for the last few days of La Poutine Week. Tons of varieties are being served up at over a dozen restaurants around Toronto and the GTA.

When to go: various times

Where at? various locations, get the app for details

Tickets: prices vary by location

Feast in the East

The East End’s monthly party with food, music and art happens this weekend, with live tunes by Bile Sister, Dorothea Paas, Eyeballs and Cupcake Ductape.

When to go: Saturday, 9 pm

Where at? Anchored Social Club, 899 Queen St. E

Tickets: $10 in advance (Circus Books And Music, Cask MusicSoundscapes and Rotate This) and includes free dinner, or $12 at the door.

Queen B vs. JT Video Dance Party

Crush your best “Put a Ring On It” dance at the video dance party on Saturday night at the Gladstone, that pits Beyonce against Justin Timberlake in a battle of the sexes to decide who’s got the best moves and the best hits. Note: Neither JT nor Bey will be there. This is a video dance party, folks. Live performances by the Girls Club and Tynomi Banks are in store, though.

When to go: Saturday, 10 pm

Where at? The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. E

Tickets: $12.25

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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