Take a trip out east this weekend – without leaving YYZ

Our Shield to Shore Festival kicks off this weekend! Experience the best of an east-coast road trip without leaving the city –making stops along the St. Lawrence River with performances from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and more.

East Coast Comedy Revue
July 22, Brigantine Room, 8:30pm

Featuring the award-winning Nikki Payne (Last Comic Standing, Video on Trial, Comedy Inc.), Tim Steeves (Rick Mercer Report, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), and Halifax transplant Merv Hartlen, the East Coast Comedy Revue is about bringing home the culture and vibe of Atlantic Canada to Toronto. The charming and hilarious Ryan Dillon (Sirius XM’s Top Comic, JFL42) hosts, bringing his distinct Newfoundland wit.

Rebecca Thomas
July 23, Concert Stage, 9:30pm

Rebecca Thomas is Halifax’s current poet laureate. Using her poetry to provide a voice of experience to her Mi’kmaq culture and indigenous histories, Thomas hopes to encourage a consideration of the treatment and representation of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Her work is both sharp, soothing, and informative.

Catch her twice this weekend: July 23 on the Concert Stage at 9:30pm, and July 24 at the Boulevard Tent, 3:30pm (as part of WORD UP: Eastern Corridor).

Great Lake Swimmers
July 23, Concert Stage, 9:40pm

Tony Dekker and friends have been a staple on the Canadian music-scape. With a surging rhythm section, razor sharp violin, flourishing banjo and guitars, Great Lake Swimmers have pushed their sound significantly, creating some of their most dynamic songs to date. Their songwriting continues to focus on themes of beauty in nature, environmental issues, and exploring the close personal ties that hold us all together.