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What’s Hot in July Across Canada

This month, discover the hottest events happening in cities near you.


Steven Page may have parted ways with his fellow Barenaked Ladies, but he hasn’t left the music biz. You’ll find him performing at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 17 to 19 at Jericho Beach Park, along with acts ranging from The Proclaimers to Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to Women in Docs. There’s more than just tunes on the agenda: food, crafts and an area for kids ensure a whole weekend of family fun.


Thrills ’n’ chills happen in Walking with Dinosaurs when a life-sized Tyrannosaurus Rex breathes down your neck. Baby T-rex also appears along with other Jurassic titans for this 200-million-year adventure, July 22 to 26 at Rexall Place. Experience the theatre event of the year as The Lion King’s cast of more than 40 performers recreate the magic of Africa. Giraffes strut, birds swoop and gazelles leap as the entire savannah comes to life and Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. It runs until August 2 at the Jubilee Auditorium.


The Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest presents hundreds of the biggest names in the music business: KISS, Lynard Skynard, Ice Cube, Jeff Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more, take to the stages at LeBreton Flats from July 8 to 19. The National Gallery of Canada showcases some incredible paintings during their From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome exhibit, on until September 7.


The Halifax Harbour returns to the glory days of the Age of Sail, as ships from around the world converge on the port from July 16 to 20 for the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival, before heading to Ireland on the final leg of a transatlantic ocean race. With the purchase of a ticket, visitors can board the majestic ships and mingle with crew. July 20’s Parade of Sail will be visually stunning, with thousands of spectators lining the waterfront.

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The Banff Centre’s Summer Arts Festival kicks into high gear and hits some high notes in July with their focus on opera and dance events. The opera Siren Song plays July 16, 18 and 19; young dancers hit centre stage during the Festival Dance July 22, 23, 24, 26; and La Tragedie de Carmen opera debuts July 31. The festival also showcases numerous classical concerts, film screenings, literary discussions and visual arts displays throughout July.


Throughout July, the annual Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park presents a new take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest—the lead character Prospero is now Prospera, the Duchess of Milan who gains mystical powers and seeks revenge against her usurping brother. And opening July 21 at the prestigious Canon Theatre, The Harder They Come recreates for the stage Perry Henzell’s 1972 film of the same name, featuring such reggae classics as “Many Rivers to Cross” and “You Can Get it if You Really Want.”


From July 15 to 26 the Winnipeg Fringe Festival presents Fringe Factory: Mass Producing Originality Since 1988. In one of Canada’s largest fringe festivals, more than 100 shows staged throughout the Exchange District range from dance to comedy to theatre, delighting every taste and age. Old Market Square becomes the hub of the action with buskers, daily performers, beer gardens and food.


After a five-year hiatus, ska-pop band No Doubt has regrouped and will be stopping in Calgary on July 15 at the Pengrowth Saddledome. The band will perform both old hits and new songs from their album, planned to be released in 2010. From July 18 to 21, Spruce Meadows hosts their annual July Classic, an outdoor horse jumping tournament featuring some of Canada’s best riders.


Every Wednesday in the summer, movies get closer to nature with Lunafliks. Both short and feature-length films are shown on a giant outdoor screen. Looking for the perfect excuse to cuddle with your sweetie? Leave your jackets at home and instead pack a fleece blanket big enough for two.


The Stinking Fish Studio Tour, a perennial favourite, is a self-guided tour of more than 20 Metchosin and East Sooke art studios, while in the neighbouring community of Sooke, about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, the juried Sooke Fine Arts Show highlights the finest Island talent. Both events run from July 25 to August 3.


The ever-popular Huntsville Festival of the Arts kicks into high gear this month with a variety of performances, including the Downchild Blues Band on July 15 and famed fiddler Natalie MacMaster on July 22. Also in the region, the Festival of the Sound lends an ear to classical and jazz music. Its gala opening concert is July 17, with a variety afternoon and evening performances over the following days.

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