Entertainment Beat

The Beach is the place to be on Canada Day, as Q107 brings its Canada Day Picnic to Woodbine Park.

The all-day party will feature food, a family zone, beer garden, amusement rides and live music starting at noon, featuring tributes to the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, Chicago and others. Radio personalities will be broadcasting live on location, culminating in a huge fireworks display set to a 40th anniversary tribute to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

For more information on this free party, including set lists, visit q107.com.

Afrofest returns this year to Woodbine Park on July 6 and 7, from 1 to 10 p.m. both days. This year marks a quarter century for the festival, though it only recently moved to the park at the corner of Coxwell and Lakeshore.

Afrofest is billed as Toronto’s largest celebration of African music, heritage and culture. There will be performances by international and local stars of African music, dancing, drumming and theatre.

Top billed acts include reggae artist Alpha Blondy from Ivory Coast, Culture Force from Nigeria, Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba from Cameroon, Waleed Kush from Sudan, Donne Roberts from Madagascar, Kae Sun from Ghana, Ijo Vudu of Nigeria, Jean Assamoah from Ivory Coast, Muhtadi and the World Drummers and other performers. A second stage will feature music and dance workshops and performances from rising stars.

A children’s village will offer a number of youth activities, including music, storytelling and art activities. An African marketplace will feature arts, crafts and food.

Afrofest is presented by Music Africa, and will be broadcast live on the air in the GTA and online by CIUT 89.5 FM, www.ciut.fm. For more information visit www.afrofest.ca.

The cast of Funny Money PHOTO: Sean Howard
The cast of Funny Money
PHOTO: Sean Howard

The Scarborough Players present Ray Cooney’s Funny Money with 10 performances in July. The show runs at 8 p.m. on July 4 to 6, 11 to 13 and 18 to 20, as well as a 2 p.m. performance on July 14.

The play tells the story of Henry Perkins, a mild-mannered accountant who opens his briefcase and finds, instead of his lunch and work papers, millions of dollars. Perkins is played by Beacher Greg Nowlan. The play is directed and produced by two more Beach residents, Cory Doran and Katherine Turner. Both Nowlan and Turner were involved with On Kew Players before Kew Beach United Church closed for renovations. Also in the cast is local Chris Hardress.

Tickets for the play are $18, or $15 for students and seniors on Thursdays and Sunday. The Scarborough Village Theatre is at 3600 Kingston Rd., at Markham Road. For tickets or more information, call 416-267-9292, or visit theatrescarborough.com.

The second annual Jacobsforce event to benefit Sick Kids Foundation is coming to the Balmy Beach Club on Saturday, July 20. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Beach Group invites the community to come out and enjoy a silent and live auction, raffle and live music from 3sheets2thewind. Those under 18 are welcome to join in the fun until 9 p.m.

Last year a group of East End residents rallied to support Jacob Apap and his family after a year of aggressive treatment at the Hospital for Sick Children for a rare brain cancer. Now that Jacob has remained cancer free, organizers are hoping to raise funds for the hospital’s foundation.

Aside from buying a ticket for the event, sponsors and donors of auction items are needed as well. For more information, to purchase tickets or contact organizers, visit www.jacobsforce.com.

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