Weekly Slice: In and Around Town (August 3-9)

Roger Federer - Credit: John Togasaki

Roger Federer – Credit: John Togasaki

Rogers Cup men’s tennis action is at the Rexall Centre this week (August 4-12th).  It’s your chance to see some of the biggest names in men’s tennis, including Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Canada’s Milos Raonic from Thornhill, Ontario.  (Tickets)

SummerWorks theatre festival kicks off this week (Aug 9-19). It also includes a music series. Check out the schedule here. (Tickets 15$)

  • It’s your last chance to catch Alan Brownes’ Beirut, on until August 5th.  Mooney on Theatre called this production “brave”. It takes you to a run-down apartment in New York where you join Torch, infected by a deadly disease and quarantined by the government. His girlfriend, Blue, sneaks in to be with her lover, knowing she can face execution, if caught. Beirut is described as a “raw, bare bones, sexually charged, provocative, disturbing” production.  It is not for everyone…but if you are looking to see something that pushes boundaries and inspires, this one’s for you.
  • The Irie Music Festival celebrates at both Nathan Philips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square, this weekend (until August 6th). The festival invites you to a celebration of music “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”. (Free)

Continuing this week: 

  • 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)
  • 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. 
  • Outdoor Movies: Harbourfront offers Free Flicks at 9pm on Wednesday nights until August 29th. This Wednesday, August 8, you can enjoy Whip It. 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 8, you can catch The Philadelphia Story. Find family-themed Movies Under the Stars at Downsview Park all summer on Friday nights, like Avatar offered tonight. (Free Admission)

Music in the City:  Click here to find out who’s in town: Jam! ShowBiz Concert Listings Highlights:  Snoop Dogg at The Hoxton (August 3); The Black Keys (Aug 4) at the Molson Ampitheatre; OVO Fest, featuring Drake, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, and 2 Chainz also at Molson Ampitheatre (Aug 5); Deadmau5, part of VELD Music Festival at Downsview Park (Aug 5).

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