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Toronto celebrates through food and music


Participants have the opportunity to enjoy great food at the Taste of the Danforth
Participants have the opportunity to enjoy great food at the Taste of the Danforth

Sana Ahmed, staff writer

August 5, 2011 — There a number of festivals lined up for this weekend’s festivities in the Toronto area.

Wakestock features numerous bands and outdoor activities
Wakestock features numerous bands and outdoor activities

If you happen to live in southern Ontario and were looking for something fun to do with friends or family this weekend, then there are plenty of activities happening in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) that might entertain you.

Taste of the Danforth kicks off this weekend with lots to do. Founded in 1994, the festival primarily showcases Greek food, but there are also varieties from cuisines from around the world. Along with food, the festival features a substantial number of musical artists ranging from Greek, Spanish, Cuban to jazz backgrounds.

Last year over 1 million people attended and this year, organizers are expecting another great turnout.

Another festival that’s taking place in Ontario this weekend is Wakestock. Artists expected to show up include Talib Kweli, Tokyo Police Club and Dropkick Murphys. This event comprises of a number of activities related to water sports.

The weekend weather will primarily be warm and humid, with the possibility of some showers on both Saturday and Sunday. So, it’s advisable to take an umbrella with you, as most of the events will be outdoors.

Starting Friday, the humidity will rise into the 30s and remain high during the weekend. There will be some unsettled conditions through southern Ontario and the province could see some showers through the GTA to Windsor, Hamilton, Niagara regions.

“It will feel quite sticky,” says Gina Ressler, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “ So, basically, right along the 401 corridor, there will be a risk of showers.”

Saturday afternoon, there will be mainly cloudy skies with some sunny break and conditions will remain hot and humid. On Sunday, a new system will push in from the west and southern Ontario will see variable clouds and probably some showers late night.

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