“Lunch break” – whether you’re passing through Toronto on a family holiday or dragging yourself to another business meeting, those two words should perk you up in no time. From July 14th to September 1st, Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W) is the best place to take a breather, munch on some delectable international culinary selections, catch some free live music, and, of course, soak up some summer sun.
Will it be spicy noodles or a killer burrito? Just show up and for a mere $7, you can devour a plate of tasty goodness and lick your fingers clean. Featured restaurants include Lone Star Texas Grill, Big Daddy’s Bourbon Street Bistro & Oyster Bar, The Real Jerk, Buppha Thai Restaurant, Na Siam Thai Restaurant, Woody’s Burgers, Kathmandu Restaurant, and The Wine Bar & Hanks Great Burger Kitchen, among others.
What better way to slurp down an ice-cold drink than by listening to free live music? On July 14th you’ll hear bluegrass trio The Abrams Brothers (youngest Canadians ever to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville); Brazilian percussionist and singer Aline Morales will show off her brand spankin’ new solo album on July 21st; on July 28th you’ll hear Lyndon John X, Reggae Recording of the Year nominee for this year’s JUNO Awards. On August 4th and 11th, respectively, check out indie rock songs by Bent By Elephants and indie punk songs by Mookie & The Loyalists. On August 25th and September 1st, respectively, you’ll find banjoist Jayme Stone and rising blues star Roxanne Potvin.
For something unique, hit up the Square on August 18th for the Annual Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, when half a dozen finalists will perform and the winner will be selected by a judging panel – then you can finally be that friend who gets to claim: “I saw them before they were famous!”
Admission to all of these Tasty Thursdays is free!