Hot Fun in the Summertime with these Things You Should You Do this July!
CITE – A Celebration of Skateboard Art & Culture
now until August 12 at The Bentway
This weekend is the opening of The Bentway Skatepark and it’s going to be gnarly! Be there for the big reveal of special art installations from Build from Bokma, who’s goal it is to integrate skateparks in the future development of the city. There will also be DJ sets, live performances, a marketplace, film screenings, ping-pong, art installations from Lakota Sioux artist Dana Claxton (A Forest of Canoes) and artist and skateboarder Pascal Paquette (Spent), and skate demos with trick showcases and meet-and-greets with pro-boarders. A great way to celebrate Canada Day and discover Toronto’s newest gathering space.
Photo Credit: Skateboarder Zack Ferguson by James Morley
Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS)
now until August 31 at Yonge-Dundas Square
Summer at the square has begun! Yoga in the Square (Monday at Noon) invites Torontonians of all ages and experience levels to strengthen their bodies and minds in the heart of the concrete jungle. Tuesday evenings check out the stellar line up of Rockumentaries for City Cinema that are sure to cause treble! Films include Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (on July 10) and The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (on July 24). Indie Fridays, the free concert series runs for ten weeks of performances from some of Canada’s brightest artists. Each week two Canadian graffiti artists will draw inspiration from the music in the Square and use a wrapped car as the canvas for their art. The forecast is calling for a hot summer in the city, so make yours a tad “cooler” by hanging in the Square.
July 4-15 across Toronto
This year marks the 30th Toronto Fringe Festival with 150+ shows in 30+ venues all around downtown! We are psyched for the return of Scadding Court as the Fringe patio/beer gardens/party zone! In honour of this anniversary a unique 30th Festival Special pass is available. With this transferable pass you get 30 at-the-door tickets with a maximum of two tickets per performance. And what is the show we are most looking forward too you ask? Well… it stars FLIP alum…Carson Pinch! The Grass is Greenest at the Houston Astrodome is a comedy about envy, art, identity and three square-feet of AstroTurf.
Union Summer Market
July 1-August 19 at Union Station
Canada’s busiest transport facility and constant source of frustration (will the construction never end?!?!) will play host once again to Union Summer. Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza will play home to a marketplace, delicious food vendors, and lots of entertainment for all ages including music, film, live sports screenings and more. Goose Island Beer is the official beverage provider, add a side order of Union Chicken and you’ll be all set!
Junction Night Market
July 7 at The Junction Farmer’s Market
Enjoy all the best food and drink The Junction has to offer with focus on LOCAL! LOCAL! LOCAL! Besides being a part of, and celebrating, the local community, the night raises funds for a food voucher program that promotes equitable access to local, healthy food. This year has more vendors, more fun, and is more environmentally friendly! What’s not to love?
Rosalynde (or, As You Like It)
July 26-August 2 at various parks around the province
For nearly 25 years, Driftwood has been sharing theatre under the stars and this year’s Bard’s Bus Tour brings you Rosalynde (or, As You Like It). These free or pay-what-you-can performances begin July 13 with a preview in Toronto at Todmorden Mills, then the show travels around the province returning July 26-August 2 to play at various local parks. Set in 1918, when Canadian women were voting federally for the first time, Rosalynde is forced from her home and flees into the unknown wilds of the forest. Setting out on a journey of identity, self-discovery and love, Rosalynde learns that to carve her own path, she needs to break the rules.
Masters Indigenous Games
July 12-15 at Downsview Park
Gotta love a sporting festival that encourages adults to show off their stuff! Masters Indigenous Games provide an opportunity for Indigenous adults to compete against their peers. Competitions include contemporary sports like track and field events, golf, and soccer as well as traditional sports like archery, lacrosse, and tug-of-war. In addition to the various sport competitions, the Masters Games will provide all participants and attendees with a safe and excellent opportunity to celebrate and promote the various cultures of Indigenous peoples worldwide. A cultural festival showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, storytellers and vendors will be taking place alongside the Games, and capped off with the Embody the Spirit Powwow.
July 16 at Rebel
It’s been three years since Janelle Monáe last graced Toronto with her presence; so don’t hesitate when grabbing those tickets! She’ll make her TO stop at REBEL on her Dirty Computer Tour where Monáe’s live show is synonymous with great music, incredible dancing, and…well…pussy! Check out her lastest video here. It’s worth a
July 31 at Sony Centre
Annie Clark AKA St. Vincent has been taking over the world with her Fear the Future Tour and on July 31, it’ll be Toronto’s turn to be fearful! Like Ms. Monáe, it’s been three years since St. Vincent performed in TO (what’s up with that Janelle and Annie?!) – but this tour is jam-packed full of new songs and old favourites. Totally worth the wait!