The London Olympics 2012 kick off today with the opening ceremonies live at 4pm ET, on CTV. If you miss them, not to worry as you can catch the repeat broadcast at 7:30pm ET on CTV and NBC. The Olympics continue on until August 12th. GO CANADA!
- Toronto’s Festival of Beer will be buzzing this weekend (July 27-29) at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place. The 2012 Exhibitor list includes over 60 brewers, more than 200 brands from all over the world, along with a great mix of food vendors, including Fidel Gastro’s and Smoke’s Poutinerie. (Tickets: $38.50)
- The Cirque du Soleil: Immortal World Tour is back in Toronto for 2 nights only (July 27 & 28). Michael Jackson music and choreography meets with Cirque du Soleil creativity. The tour promises to give fans “a unique view into the spirit, passion and heart of the artistic genius who forever transformed global pop culture”.
- It’s Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market July 29th from noon-7pm. The roads will be car-free so people can roam the streets and enjoy a pedestrian friendly shopping environment. (Free)
- Outdoor Movies: Harbourfront offers Free Flicks at 9pm on Wednesday nights until August 29th. This Wednesday, August 1, you can enjoy The Social Network. Also on Wednesdays all summer-long at TIFF in the Park, outdoor screenings of classic screwball comedies will be presented at David Pecaut Square FKA Metro Square. Next Wednesday, August 1, you can laugh at Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Find family-themed Movies Under the Stars at Downsview Park all summer on Friday nights, like Pirates! Band of Misfits offered tonight. (Free Admission)
Continuing this week:
- Beaches International Jazz Festival celebrates with concerts all weekend-long in the beaches at various locations: Woodbine Park, KEW Gardens, Beach Boardwalk Stages and StreetFest. (Free)
- Caribana is on until August 7 with hundreds of Caribbean-inspired events, outdoor concerts, parties and a parade on August 4th from Exhibition Place across to Lakeshore Boulevard. (some free events, some paid)
- Toronto Summer Music Festival (July 17-August 4) features world-famous performing artists in a series of concerts, guest lectures, Masterclasses. Check out their festival event calendar to find out more.
- Open Roof Festival presents outdoor film screenings, live music and great food. You can catch it Thursday nights, until August 23rd at Amsterdam Brewery. (Tickets 15$, available online)
- 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)
- 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: Wiz Khalifa (July 29) & The Black Keys (Aug 4) at the Molson Ampitheatre; Snoop Dogg at The Hoxton (August 3)