Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (June 29-July 5)

Canada D'eh

Canada Day long weekend is upon us.  Will you be in town?  If you’re planning a staycation, you’ll find plenty of fun in Toronto to keep your week busy:

Canada Day Celebrations will take place July 1st at various places across TO: Mel Lastman’s Square; Casa Loma; Woodbine Park; East York; Eaton Centre; Ashbridges Bay

  • You’ve heard the honking cars and seen the waving flags the past few weeks, as soccer teams have reached the playoffs for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship aka EURO 2012.  On June 28th at 2:45pm, catch Germany as they take on Italy in the semi-final.  The winner will move on to the final against Spain on Sunday, July 1st at 2:45pm ET.  Two quality matches.
  • Shakespeare in High Park, presented by Canadian Stage features Shakespeare’s romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream in High Park.  Performances are on Tuesday-Sunday at 8pm (until Sept 2).  Doors open at 6pm. (Pay What You Can / 20$ Suggested Donation/ Free for Children)
  • CHIN International Picnic is on this weekend (June 30-July 2nd) at Exhibition Place. This international festival includes live music, singers, dancers and performers, midway riders, a petting zoo and more. Check out the full schedule of events. (Free)
  • The Harbourfront celebrates Canada Day: Going Global with various events throughout the weekend (June 29-July 2), featuring music, dance, culinary arts, comedy, family fun, folklore, games and film.

 Continuing this week: 

  • Toronto Jazz Festival continues on until Canada Day. 10 days of jazz, over 1500 musicians, 350 performances at close to 40 venues across Toronto. The heart of the festival is at Metro Square. A list of all the artists performing can be found here along with the calendar of events. (Some free events, some paid)
Pride - Credit: Oreo Facebook Page

Credit: Oreo FB Page

Pride Week is also on until July 1. Here’s the Gay Guide to the events going on throughout the city. You can check out the calendar of events here. Highlights are Dyke March on June 30th and Pride Parade on July 1st. (Some free events, some paid)

Buddies in Bad Time Theatre is proud to bring you Queer Pride, a local festival of queer comedy, theatre, music and parties. Here’s their full schedule of events that go on until July 1.

  • Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris is on at the AGO until August 26th. According to the AGO, “this exhibition offers a rare perspective on the life and work of this iconic artist: his own”. Over 147 pieces from Pablo Picasso’s own collection are displayed, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. They have been touring the world as the Musee has been undergoing renovation. 

Music in the City:  Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights: LMFAO (July 4) at Molson Ampitheatre; Fiona Apple at Sound Academy (July 4).   And as mentioned earlier, the Toronto Jazz Festival is the big attraction this weekend, in town until July 1st.

Happy Canada Day!  Have a great long weekend.

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