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What’s Hot Across Canada in August

Toronto

From Aug 7 – 15, those seeking open-air action are encouraged to attend the Rogers Cup, one of North America’s biggest tennis tournaments. Many of the game’s biggest names—Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and defending champion Andy Murray—will be looking to serve, volley and smash their way to more than $2-million in prize money, and bragging rights in advance of the U.S. Open.

Meanwhile, the Royal Ontario Museum‘s ongoing blockbuster exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army,  presents more than 250 artifacts related to Chinese Emperor Ying Zheng, including 10 of the famous life-sized clay warriors unearthed from his massive tomb.

Edmonton

Put a little Boom Boom Pow into your rock life as force-of-nature Fergie, multi-instrumentalist Will.I.Am and the rest of the stage-chewing Black Eyed Peas bring The E.N.D. World Tour to River City Aug 23 at Rexall Place.

Those who love Canadian Football League action, should check out the Edmonton Eskimos as they take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders Aug 28 on the field of glory at Commonwealth Stadium.

Whistler

Watch adrenaline-driven mountain bikers slalom down the mountainside and perform stunts during Kokanee Crankworx. Live music, competitive races and trick showdowns make up this nine-day event Aug 7 – 15.

Canadian Rockies

Festivals heat up August in Banff. The Banff Culture Walk is a self-guided walk through galleries and museums with artist demos and talks Aug 7, and Aug 8 is Doors Open Banff where you can explore Banff’s oldest and finest heritage homes and buildings. Aug 14 – 15 the Dragon Boat Festival roars to life on Lake Minnewanka. The Banff Summer Arts Festival continues with Canadian chanteuse Sarah Harmer on Aug 10 and “Indigenous Territories” by seven Canadian Aboriginal dancers Aug 21, 22.

Vancouver

Eric McCormack—best known for his role on Will & Grace—hits the stage as the unscrupulous salesman Ricky Roma in David Mamet’s masterpiece Glengarry Glen Ross, playing until Aug 22.

Calgary

Walking with Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular features 17 roaring “live” dinosaurs including the Tyrannosaurus rex and the 36-foot-tall brachiosaurus Aug 11 – 15. The $20-million spectacle showcases dinosaurs’ evolution and interactive scenes between dinosaurs like a T. Rex mom defending her baby from predators.

Globalfest is part pyrotechnics festival, part multicultural celebration. The OneWorld Festival features international cuisine, music, performances and “interactive activities,” with more than 60 cultures represented. The Fireworks Festival is a competition between pyrotechnic experts from different countries; this year’s event features Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, and a finale show put on by the organizers. The festival runs Aug 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28.

Victoria

The 24th annual Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival feature 55 different theatre, comedy, drama, spoken word, dance and music shows from across Canada and around the world at 15 different venues from Aug 26 – Sep 5. Highlights this year include the free Fringe Block Party Concert Aug 24 and free FringeKids Fest in Market Square Aug 28.

Halifax

Running from Aug 5 – 15, the Halifax International Busker Festival is Canada’s largest and oldest festival of its type, drawing street performers from around the world. Musicians, acrobats, comedians, puppeteers and magicians will put on 500+ free shows at stages throughout the downtown.

With sessions on Aug 13 and 14, the Halifax Seaport BeerFest showcases 150+ beers and ciders from around the world. Six Maritime brewers share their wares. There’s also live music and Nova Scotian cuisine on offer.

Ottawa

The best pyrotechnics from across the world compete at the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light from Aug 7, 11, 14, 18, 21. During this annual fireworks festival, countries face off on different nights to score top marks and bring home the coveted Zeus Trophy at the grand finale. From Aug 5 – 7, Ottawa goes country at the Capital Hoedown, with performances by musical heavyweights Dwight Yoakam, Tara Oram, and Alan Jackson.

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