The Lion King is finally coming to Vancouver July 13 – August 8. This popular musical based on the equally beloved animated movie includes “Circle of Life,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and all the other great songs by Elton John and Tim Rice.
The city’s most diverse summer music fest, the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest kicks off July 7 for 12 days of concerts and more than 200 blues, R&B, soul, gospel, pop, world, and rock acts. Must-see shows for 2010 include alt-rockers Weezer, the recently-reunited Hole (fronted by Courtney Love), and hip-hop’s new “it” boy, Drake. From July 2 – August 2, fans of the bard can get their fill with A Company of Fools’ performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This raucous performance incorporates puppetry, vaudeville, and slapstick comedy, and takes place at parks across the city.
Summer is festival season in Victoria and tops on many lists is Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine, July 15 – 18. The Island enjoys an amazing array of growers and producers, and Taste aims to celebrate those diverse flavours. In addition to “The Main Event,” an evening of B.C. wine tasting with fresh, seasonal Island offerings, a series of seminars is also planned at various city venues.
Bring the kiddies to the Whistler Children’s Art Festival July 17 – 18, for a day of art workshops, theatre, dance and music.
There are two big acts lined up for the same night at the Commonwealth Stadium July 15: Kid Rock & Bon Jovi. While Bon Jovi sings their new single, We Weren’t Born To Follow as part of The Circle Tour, Kid Rock is sure to have the masses stoked with his rock hits. From July 23 – 25, race fans should gear up for three days of gas, guts and glory at the Honda Indy Edmonton. This elite international motor racing event draws drivers from around the world and awes audiences with the shriek of Dallara-Honda engines, the freaky pace of the pit crews, awesome brushes with celebrity drivers and track speeds over 300 km/hr.
The Banff Summer Arts Festival hits their classical music stride throughout July. Performances include Sunday Music in the Gallery at Banff’s Whyte Museum, Canmore Concerts chamber music on Mondays, Tuesday Serenades at St. George’s in Banff, Casual Afternoon Recitals at the centre. Bigger names in classical circles play concerts most nights in July (cost varies) at The Banff Centre.
Recently renamed, the Halifax Jazz Festival (formerly the Atlantic Jazz Festival) is back for another busy season, running from July 9 – 17. From the tent on the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street to venues around the city, this festival features dozens of concerts at venues around the city. Artists include a mix of local and international talent, including Molly Johnson, Keith Hallett, Peter Van Huffle and Alex Cuba.
Toronto’s top cultural offerings are diverse this month. For theatre-goers, Legally Blonde the Musical offers an adaptation of the popular film, in which fashionable sorority gal Elle Woods takes on uptight Harvard law school, striding across stereotypes and her peers’ preconceptions in a pair of perfect pink pumps. Elsewhere, the Royal Ontario Museum present a different kind of blockbuster: it’s major exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, showcases more than 250 artifacts from the enormous tomb of Emperor Ying Zheng—including 10 of his world-famous, life-sized terracotta warrior figures.
In Calgary, July equals the city’s biggest party: the Stampede. Running from July 9 – 18 there will be all the favourite attractions including a rodeo, midway, exhibition, country and rock concerts, the Grandstand Show, and of course, free pancake breakfasts.