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                                Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris

   Marking the only Canadian stop on its world tour, the highly anticipated exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on May 1.
  The Musée National Picasso, Paris has been temporarily closed this season for renovations, sending its treasures out on a rare world tour.
  "We at the AGO are proud to be the only Canadian institution to present this truly unparalleled exhibition," said Matthew Teitelbaum, AGO director and CEO. "Picasso's artistry was constantly evolving, and this particular collection offers our members and visitors a rare opportunity to experience the entire trajectory of his artistic achievement."
  Exhibited chronologically and covering virtually every phase of the modern master's unceasingly radical and diverse career, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris features 147 of the works he kept for himself and his family, dubbing the term "Picasso's Picassos" and include  The Death of Casagemas (1901), one of the first works he created in Paris;  a landmark African-inspired artwork that led to the advent of Cubism, including studies for the masterpiece The Young Ladies of Avignon (1907) and Three Figures Beneath a Tree (1907-08); a series of sculptures created during the Second World War, including Bull's Head (1942) and two bronzes, Death's Head (1943) and The Goat (1950); The Matador (1970), the famous self-portrait painted three years before his death.
  An exhibition for all ages, the exhibit features a special audio tour created just for children. Opening simultaneously with the exhibition, the new Family Creativity Lounge in the Margaret & Jim Fleck Gallery will provide visitors of all ages a space to stop, rest and have fun, engaging with art-making and ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. It will feature comfortable seating, books and a large table with drawing and other art-making activities.
   A recent addition to the line-up includes a lecture by renowned art historian Diana Widmaier-Picasso, granddaughter of the artist. The talk will take place at the AGO on Wed. May 23 at 7:00 PM

On Now until Aug. 26   Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W.   |   Admission: Timed-entry tickets can be booked online by visiting Regular-priced tickets range from $16.50 for youth visitors to $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO Members and for children ages 5 and under.


                                                             Yonge-Dundas Square Indie Fridays Concerts

   The hippest indie artists perform every Friday from July 29th – August 31st from 8-10pm. Beer Garden provided by Hard Rock Cafe, opening at 4:00pm. Plus, check out the Virgin Mobile Members Lounge in the Hard Rock Cafe beer garden for the best seats in the house.
  For a complete listing of the acts at YD Square's Indie Fridays,
please click here  Come and discover your new favourite band while you dance the night away at these must-see live shows.

July 29 - Aug. 31   Every Friday night from 8PM - 10PM  Yonge- Dundas Square   |   Admission: FREE


                                                                                           Summer Music In The Garden

  This year's concert line-up is bursting with creativity, with four world premieres, and improvisations in styles ranging from South Asian ragas to classical Persian to klezmer and new music, as well as family-friendly concerts.
  'This year's artists are inspired by themes ranging from the ancient myth of Orpheus to the War of 1812 to ancient tales of Lord Krishna – and above all, by the desire to share the music they love with all," says Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein.
  This delightful garden — a reflection in landscape of Bach's Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007 — was designed by Julie Moir Messervy, in cooperation with internationally renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma. "During Summer Music in the Garden concerts, this oasis of green becomes a community of strangers," explains Bernstein, "brought together by passionate music-making and a spirit of generosity and joy."
  Concerts take place most Thursdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 4 p.m. (weather permitting).
Free tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden are offered from June through September. Admission to the park is always free, and open to all ages, including tours and concerts. Visitors to the garden can also enjoy an audio tour, with commentary from the Toronto Music Garden's designers Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy. Hand-held audio players are available for $6 at Harbourfront Centre's Marina Quay West office, 539 Queens Quay West.


July 1 - Sept. 16    The Toronto Music Garden, 475 Queens Quay W. between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. | Admission: FREE


                    Canstage's Shakespeare in High Park:  A Midsummer Night's Dream

   This light-hearted tale follows the adventures of four lovers and a group of amateur actors as they stumble through a mysterious and enchanted evening. Featuring a talented local cast and performed under the stars in High Park, this pay-what-you-can, family-friendly event is one of Toronto's favourite summer traditions.

June 26 - Sept. 2  Tues. - Sun @ 8:00 PM   The High Park Amphitheatre (
click for map )   |   Tickets: Pay What You Can ($20 suggested donation)  


E V E N T S    F O R    J  U L  Y     2  0  1  2     B Y   D A T E


                                                                                                                  Cavalia :  Odysseo

   Cavalia, whose horse-and-human production received standing ovations and critical acclaim in Toronto in 2003 and 2005, is bringing an all-new, larger-than-life production, Odysseo, on the company's only Canadian stop as performed under the world's largest, most spectacular Big Top tent at Toronto's Port Lands.
  "The horse has played a greater role in human history and progress than any other animal. Horses have taken us to the ends of the earth, enabled us to build bridges between cultures and expand civilization. It is the beauty and harmony of this ancient relationship, this meeting of horse and man, that inspires Odysseo," said Normand Latourelle, Founder and Artistic Director of Cavalia.
  As friends, partners and inseparable performers on stage, 70 horses and 50 artists lead the audience on a great journey to another world – a world of dreams where together, they discover some of the planet's most unforgettable landscapes. Cavalia has created a stage the size of two hockey rinks for the epic Odysseo, in the middle of which rise two hills, each three storeys tall and a lake where human and horse come to play. Above the stage hangs a technical grid capable of supporting 80 tons of special effects lighting and projection equipment, a real carousel and acrobatic equipment – all far beyond anything attempted on any touring show.

For A Limited Run   Under the Big Top Tent in The Portlands District   |   Tickets: $30 - $120    Phone: 1-866-999-8111   To Order Tickets Online,
please click here  


                                                                                                       Toronto Fringe Festival

   Toronto's largest theatre festival, featuring 150+ artistic creations taking place over 12days of fun, including a Fringe Club at Honest Ed's – Toronto's hottest pop-up patio, where you can enjoy a cold drink at our licensed bar and out the artist alley. There are shows for everyone, in every genre from toe-tapping musicals to gut busting sketch comedy where you can catch the next big thing, like notable past Fringe shows The Drowsy Chaperone, Kim's Convenience and 'da Kink in My Hair.
  The festival also includes 14 plays in unexpected locations like parking lots, school buses and a bra shop.
  For the complete schedule,
please click here

July 4 - July 15   Various venues   |   Tickets:
please click here


                                                                                                              Honda Indy Toronto

  Hitting speeds of over 190 km/hr, open wheel racing returns to Toronto's streets as an international cast of elite CART drivers once again turn the CNE grounds into a high speed road course.   The race tops off a week-long festival of activities including qualifying, racing, partying and contest events.
  A popular feature for 11 years, Thunder Alley is the outdoor host to many of the most interactive areas of the Molson Grand Prix of Toronto.  Race-goers can take in the sights and sounds of the Champ Car Paddock, Molson Canadian beer gardens, Thunder Stage, beach volleyball, Driver Autograph Sessions

July 6, 7, 8     Exhibtion Place Grounds, Lakeshore Blvd. and various locations.  |   For Further Information,
please click here


                                                                                         Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The largest outdoor art exhibition in Canada, the Annual Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition serves as a fresh-air alternative to conventional art shows and galleries. The work of established artists, and craftspeople features undiscovered talents and innovative students side by side. An estimated 100,000 visitors attend the exhibition over the three days.
For a complete artists catalogue of the event,
please click here

July 6, 7, & 8    Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall   |   For Further Information,
please click here


                                                                                                               Expression of Brazil

   Celebrating the best in Brazilian arts, this festival aims to expand perceptions about Brazil and showcase the diversity of Brazilian culture. Traditional and contemporary Brazilian music, pulse-pounding DJ sets and sizzling Brazilian dance moves bring the heat of South America to Harbourfront Centre's Expressions of Brazil festival .
  Expressions of Brazil highlights include: A rocking bossa-nova/punk performance by the funky Brothers of Brazil,  an eco-fashion show with renowned fashion designer Baby Steinberg and Clarice Michelon, a late-night Brazilian Carnaval Ball complete with intricate masquerade costumes and the energetic sounds of Brazilian party music, screenings of favourite Brazilian films in partnership with Brazilian Film Festival of Toronto (BRAFFTV) …  and more!
  For complete details,
please click here

July 6 - July 8    Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.    |   Admission: FREE!    Phone 416 973-4000



  Toronto once again shines the spotlight on its innovative hospitality industry with the fourth annual edition of the Summerlicious restaurant promotion. Every year residents and tourists alike enthusiastically celebrate Toronto's diverse and innovative cuisine with delicious prix fixe menus available at more than 100 of Toronto's top restaurants.
  For a list of participating restaurants by neighbourhood,
please click here

July 6 - July 22  Various restaurant locations


                                                                                                                         AfroFest 2012

   A free weekend-long celebration of African culture and diversity centered on the non-stop music and dance taking place on outdoor stages, Afrofest features world-renowned African music acts, as well as dozens of highly-rated African musical groups based in Canada.
  With a bustling African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, a Children's Village, a drum stage, music workshops, and organized fun and educational activities for youth and children, Afrofest provides fun for the whole family, to people of all ethnicities and communities.
  Some of the performers include;

Baobab Stage: Saturday, July 7 – MC Bonde (Zimbabwe), Ravinala (Madagascar), Julien (Haiti), Stephye Dance Group (Congo), Ibrahim Bello (Mali), DJ Double D (Angola), Saler (South Africa), DJ Magicflow (Nigeria), Fashion Show (Continental Africa), Mr. Wise (Nigeria), ReFix (Jamaica), Blandine (Congo)

Baobab Stage: Sunday, July 8MC Bonde (Zimbabwe), Prince K (Nigeria), Yusra Khogali (Sudan), Presco (Haiti), Runs Tee (Nigeria), Fashion Show (Continental Africa), Patricia Neza (Rwanda), Etoile des stars (Continental Africa)

Main Stage: Saturday, July 7 – Joy Lapps Trio (Trinidad), Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe), Mother Tongue (Toronto), Lorraine Klassen with South African Township Jive (South Africa), Soukouss Tchatcho (Congo), Adib Abdosh (Ethiopia), TINA (Haiti) and African Guitar Summit (Continental Africa)

Main Stage: Sunday, July 8 – Samba Squad (Brazil), Beyond Sound (African Diaspora - Toronto), Dramane Kone (Mali), Wazimbo (Mozambique), Tribute to Prince Nico Mbarga (Nigeria), Teeyah (Ivory Coast) and Sam Fan Thomas (Cameron)

July 7 - July 8  Noon - 10 PM  
(New Location!) Woodbine Park, (Lakeshore Boulevard East and Coxwell Ave. in The Beaches neighbourhood)   |   Admission:  FREE   For more information, please click here


                                                                                                              Soundclash Festival

   The annual SoundClash Music Award has morphed into a genre-bending music festival that showcases artists, including the SoundClash Music Award short-listed acts, who are pushing the envelope and contemporary music on culture.
  Highlights include the homemade voodoo funk of West Africa's Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, performances by the six short-listed SoundClash Music Award artists, the Braggin' Rights: DJ Dance Battle, and former Slum Village member, Elzhi!

July 13 & July 14    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.   |   Admission: FREE    Phone 416 973-4000


                                                                                                                        Caribana 2012

  Every summer, Toronto revs up with the excitement of calypso, steel pan and elaborate masquerade costumes during the annual Caribana Festival and Parade, the largest Caribbean festival in North America.
  Among the highlights is the Caribana Parade (Sat. Aug. 4), one of the largest in North America. Thousands of brilliantly costumed masqueraders and dozens of trucks carrying live soca, calypso, steel pan, reggae and salsa artists jam the 1.5 km parade route all day, to the delight of hundreds of thousands of onlookers.
  Other key events include the King and Queen of the Bands Competition (Thurs. Aug. 2) and the Beyond De Lime Food Festival at Ontario Place (Sun. Aug. 5) featuring outdoor concerts of Caribbean music and hot spicy Carribean cuisine.
  The very stylish Caribana Gala at the Liberty Grand Entertainment complex is slated for Fri. July 27.

July 14 - Aug. 2   Various venues  For Further Information,
please click here


                                                                           The 10th Annual TD Irie Music Festival

   Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the TD IRIE Music Festival is a FREE multi-day, family, friendly festival that takes place over two great weekends of the summer: Friday, July 14th – 15th and Friday, August 3rd to 6th.
  In this milestone year, the TD IRIE Music Festival proudly announces the expansion of the festival to include a new stage at Mississauga Celebration Square, which is rated as one of the best outdoor stages in Canada. This $40 million dollar facility is an ideal location for residents from the region of Peel and beyond to come together to celebrate all things irie!
  The inaugural edition of TD IRIE Fest Mississauga ignites with a performance by the honeyed vocal Reggae dancehall singer Wayne Wonder on Sat. July 14, followed by international Soca sensation Bunji Garlin backed by Canada's No. 1, Soca DJ crew, D'Enforcas on Sun. July 15.
  In addition to showcasing some of today's top reggae music acts, the festival offers several on-site attractions and cultural activities designed to showcase from Reggae to Salsa, Soul to African; dance from the African Diaspora presented in association with dance Immersion, spoken word/literature, visual arts exhibition, delicious tropical food & drinks and more. In 2011 the TD IRIE Music Festival organizers embarked on a journey to make the annual festival green and sustainable in association with festival's partners, Bullfrog Power who supply supplying green, clean energy at all festival sites. Water and recycling stations and active promotion of the use of public transportation to all festival venues are all part of IRIE's Green Commitment.
  For more information,
please click here .

July 14 & July 15   Celebration Square, Mississauga   |   Admission:  FREE


                                                                                        Toronto Summer Music Festival

  For those who crave live music on a warm summer evening can take in a night or two – or more - of music right here in the city as classical music fans can look forward to the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
   Opening on July 17 at Koerner Hall, with a piano recital by André Laplante, the Toronto Summer Music Festival "is like a well-kept secret," explains Artistic Director Douglas McNabney. "Most of the major performing arts organizations break during the summer – and we're right here to pick up the slack. There's something for everyone at the festival – from traditional chamber music concerts to late-night concerts featuring eclectic programming every Friday night at Hart House. Toronto Summer Music hopes Toronto residents and visitors alike will enjoy the festival."
  Mr. Laplante will perform Bach/Busoni's Organ Toccata; several works of Ravel: Oiseaux tristes; La vallée des cloches; Sonatine; Morel's Deux etudes de sonorité ; and Liszt's Années de pèlerinage, Première année Suisse (selections).
  The Festival continues to keep the patrons of the future in mind, and along with standard programming, brings back the Friday Late Nights series. This year, the cabaret-style concerts all take place at the Great Hall of the University of Toronto's Hart House, starting at 10 PM.
  For a complete schedule of the Toronto summer Music Festival programming,
please click here  

July 17 - Aug. 4   Various Venues   |   Tickets:
please click here


                                                                   The 5th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival

   The summer is heating up once again with the Fifth Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival as the Festival celebrates five years of presenting the most scintillating and seductive performances.
  Toronto itself has become a hub of talent in the burlesque world and this year the Toronto Burlesque Festival received a record number of amazing applications from both local and international performers – so many that they were forced to add a show.
  This year's Festival will feature more than 120 unique performances over a record seven shows.
Please click here for the full festival line-up and a complete list of related events.

July 19 - July 22   Gladstone Hotel and The Mod Club   |   Tickets: For prices and to book online,
please click here


                                                               The 15th Annual Hot And Spicy Food Festival

   The summer's most incendiary event will take you on a trip around the globe sampling hot and spicy food and artistic expression from some of the most fascinating cultures on our planet.
  Redefinition beats at the heart of the festival in the exploration of junctures between food and culture. Experience pairings of hot and cool in cuisine, delight in the fusing of food and music and witness the breaking down of barriers between chef, artist and audience.
  Hot & Spicy will stir your soul and get back to basics to focus on food as a central element of great celebrations.
  For a complete listing of events,
please click here

July 20 - July 22   Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.   |   Admission: FREE    Phone 416 973-4000


                                                                               Beaches International Jazz Festival

   Toronto's best-loved jazz festival plays host to over a million guests during a week-long celebration of  jazz, entertainment and fun!
  The festival starts at Woodbine Park across from Ashbridges Bay for July 20-22, where multiple outdoor stages feature free concerts. In addition to the "Woodbine Park Main Stage", the "New Generation" and "Youth" stages celebrate young upcoming musicians that are having an impact on the jazz and contemporary music scene. Located at the western edge of the Beach community, Woodbine Park is situated at the corner of Northern Dancer Boulevard and Lake Shore Boulevard East
  The Festiavl then moves to three nights of StreetFest July 26 -28, (featuring more than 50 bands along a 2 kilometer stretch of traffic-free Queen Street East in the lakeside Beaches community)
  The festival finishes up with two days of continuous Main Stage concerts at the Beaches' Kew Gardens July 28 & 29.

July 20 - July 29     Woodbine Park, Beaches Neighbourhood, Kew Gardens  |  For Further Information and Schedule of Concerts,
please click here  Due to Queen St. being closed through the entire Beaches neighbourhood, it's best to take the TTC as parking is extremely limited.


                                                                                 The Collingwood Elvis Festival 2012

   In death, he is even more revered than in life, but Elvis Presley is alive and grooving at the 2012 Collingwood Elvis Festival.
  As the event enters its 18th year, tribute artists gather and for four days, and it's "all about Elvis " when the streets, pubs and concert halls come alive with the sound of music and festivities, including the ever-popular Street Party, the Tribute Artist Competition, the Golf Tournament , parade, midway and more.
  The Festival features more than two dozen Vegas-style shows starring the industry's best Elvis tribute artists, a three-day competition with professional, non-professional, and youth categories.
  Tickets and a full schedule are available by
clicking here

July 23 - July 26  Collingwood Ontario (aprox. an hour and a half north of Toronto)


                                                                                                              Classical IV: Strings

   Across the world, for centuries, people have stretched string-like fibers across a sound box and plucked sounds with their fingers or produced it with bows. From cellos to ouds, koras to harps, burus to hurdy gurdys to pipa, quanun to double bass. Most of these derive from ancient instruments, require years of dedicated training to bring out the full range of their sounds, and produce sophisticated music played by highly skilled musicians
  This festival explores the dramatically different aural soundscapes created by stringed instruments from across the world, played by virtuosi from home and abroad.
  For a complete listing of events,
please click here

July 27 - July 29    Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W.   |   Admission: FREE    Phone 416 973-4000


                                                                                                   Toronto's Festival of Beer

   Toronto's Festival of Beer is back, and celebrating its 18th year of being the most infamous beer festival in Toronto. Known for being the event that brings together beer lovers and connoisseurs alike, as well as good food, drink and entertainment, nothing says 'summer' like Toronto's Festival of Beer. Fans of the golden beverage will gather at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place  for an astounding selection of beer and gourmet fare.
  Attendees will be able to sample brews from diverse locales spanning across the globe. They will also be able to find numerous beers from close to home, including a number of brands from the Ontario Craft Brewers.
  Patrons will once again be able to enjoy the ever popular "Napoleon Gourmet Grills Grilling Tent", showcasing some of the top culinary artists in the Greater Toronto Area and their meat creations — whether cured, smoked or grilled fresh. Some of the top chefs scheduled to appear in the Grilling Tent (and their restaurant) include: Rodney Bowers (Hey Meatball and Host of Food Network's Delinquent Gourmet ), Craig Harding (Host of TLN's Opening Campagnolo), Ted Reader (Ted's World Famous BBQ), Mark Cutrara (Cowbell), Rob Rossi (Bestellen and Top Chef Canada Season 1 – second runner-up), and Christian Pritchard (Gastro-Entertainer and TV Personality) to name a few.
  While the main focus of the Festival will be beer, the acts scheduled to perform are not to be missed. The Main Stage will be graced with outstanding musical talent such as Salt-N-Pepa, Gentleman Husbands and Big Wreck.
  Must be of legal age.

July 27 – July 29    Bandshell Park, CNE Grounds   |   Tickets: $38.50   To order tickets online,
please click here


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