Guys, it’s the dog days of summer, so be sure to eat lots of Ontario produce and drink lots of cold beer, and don’t forget to check out these awesome Things You Should Do!
Rosalynde (or As You Like It)
August 1 – 2 at Trillium Park, Ontario Place
For their 24th season o fthe Bard’s Bus Tour, the fine folks at Driftwood have given Rosalynde her play back! When circumstances force Rosalynde, played by Sochi Fried, from her home in the city, she flees into the unknown wilds of the forest where she sets out on a journey of identity, self-discovery and love – learning that to carve her own path, she needs to break the rules. Go here to see all the tour dates for their free or PWYC performances.
Kent Monkman’s Miss Chief’s Praying Hands
August 2 – September 1 at Project Gallery
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who creates provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes. Themes of colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience are explored in a variety of mediums, reversing the colonial gaze and upending received notions of history and Indigenous people. This is a free opportunity to check out his first solo exhibition in Toronto since “Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience” at the Art Museum. Do. Not. Miss It.
Symphony in the Barn
August 2 – 5 at Glencolton Farms, Durham, Ontario
Michael Schmidt is is a Canadian dairy farmer and advocate for raw milk. He is also a director and conductor and every year presents Symphony in the Barn Summer Music Festival at his biodynamic Glencolton Farms in Durham. The three-day Festival brings together music, performance installations, as well as the tastes and sounds of idyllic farm life. The Festival features New York City’s preeminent Attacca String Quartet; a rep that includes Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, and more; a Sound Tower in a silo, the new RAWlounge and an opening night gala dinner and reception in an apple orchard. Symphony in the Barn, where culture meets agriculture!
Veld Music Festival
August 4 – 5 at Downsview Park
This electrifying fun-fest hits Toronto for two full days of musical amazingness. This year’s festival showcases over 30 internationally acclaimed Dance Music and Hip-Hop acts with headliners including the larger-than-life DJ Snake, the anonymously groovy Marshmello, DJ prodigy Martin Garrix, and Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos. You can also catch shows from the down-to-earth Benny Benassi, Toronto’s EDM fave DVBBS, viral hotshot Lil Xan, and many, many more!
August 9 – 19 at various venues
Summerworks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, dance, music, live art, and interdisciplinary forms. This year we are very excited to see novelist and super cool human being, Brian Francis’ show Box 4901. In 1992, Brian placed a personal ad in an actual newspaper! He received a whole bunch of responses but there were 13 letters that he did not respond to. Jump to 2018, he has decided to respond. Featuring an incredible and queer cast, you should expect to feel all the feelings with this look back at how gay men used to connect.
August 9 – 19 at various venues
Uniting, inspiring and empowering diverse communities of young people through arts and culture, Vol. 12 of the Manifesto festival features music, visual arts, dance, parties, food, wellness, comedy and more. This year’s headliners, on August 17th at City Hall, are CHRONNIXX & Zince Fence Redemption and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Taste of the Danforth
August 10 – 12 on The Danforth
It’s the 25th anniversary of Taste of the Danforth, so get your Greek on! With over 200,000 residents of Toronto proudly boasting a Greek heritage, now is the time for the rest of Toronto to join in on the fun. Let’s show our friends on the Danforth all the love we can. Have a little ouzo with your souvlaki and toast to our vibrant Greek Community. OPA!
A Block Party 60 Years in the Making
August 25 at The Bentway
It will be the biggest, baddest and boldest Block Party this city has ever seen! There will be games in the Kids Zone, an open-air arcade, street dancing, a gigantic giraffe piñata, a human Bent parade, and more. The evening features live music performances from Myles Castello, Monowhales, Brave Shores and Darcys. Celebrate summer and the opening of the Strachan Gate, a grand cascading timber staircase and open-air Amphitheatre at the west end of The Bentway. Turn it up under the Gardiner!
August 30 – September 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre
This year’s Fan Expo will reunite members of the cast of the Robert Zemeckis gem(s), Back to the Future, in An Evening with the cast of Back to the Future. Scheduled to appear are Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Tom Wilson and our own Canadian boy Michael J. Fox. You can also geek out with cast members from The Princess Bride, Jason Momoa, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens, Lucy Lawless, Jeff Goldblum and numerous other special guests and panels.
August 31 – September 3 at Woodbine Park
Keep an eye on that statue … I think it just moved! Over 100 of the most impressive street performers from all over the world will make their way to Toronto’s Woodbine Park to put on a festival including comedians, escape-artists, sword swallowers, musicians, magicians, fire jugglers, acrobats, clowns and daredevils! Admission by donation to Epilepsy Toronto. Suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family. Prepare to be amazed!
Yoga in the Square, City Cinema and Indie Fridays
ongoing at Yonge-Dundas Square
The Heart of the City continues its summer free-for-all with eclectic and fun events for the whole community! Everybody and every body is invited to stretch out and find peace of mind at Yoga in the Square on Monday afternoons. Tuesday nights get loud with City Cinema Rockumentaries like the Stones-Scorsese concert collab Shine a Light on August 14th and the Tragically Hip swan song Long Time Running on August 28th. Friday nights light up with the Chevrolet Indie Fridays concert series, featuring some of Canada’s brightest musical talent. Square up and make the most of the summer!
Toronto Farmer’s Markets
ongoing at various locations
This is the best time of the year to enjoy local fruits and vegetables because we all know Good Things Grow In Ontario! Ontario peaches and corn are starting to appear and have been delicious. Not sure where to find your local Farmer’s Market? Go HERE to check out a day-by-day schedule for your local farmer’s markets this summer. FLIP TIP if you’re in the Annex: We love our market at the Bloor and Borden Green P, especially this season’s cherries.