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August Editor’s Picks: Entertainment

Karen Robinson stars in The Tempest.

Karen Robinson stars in The Tempest.

ON NOW Make it a summer of Shakespearean sonnets with the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park. This year, The Tempest is given a twist as Dora Award–winning actress and CanStage alumnus Karen Robinson turns Prospero into Prospera. The Bard’s final work tells the fantastical tale of the banished Duchess of Milan, who develops mystical powers and seeks revenge against her usurping brother. High Park Amphitheatre (at Colborne Lodge Road), Tuesday to Sunday 8 p.m., tickets PWYC ($20 suggested minimum), children under 14 free; call 416-367-1652 for more information. —Maria Cortellucci


The Caribana Parada brings island exuberance to Toronto.

The Caribana Parada brings island exuberance to Toronto.

AUGUST 1 TO 3 Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture during the Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The much-loved annual celebration concludes this month with a display of colourful pageantry and tropical treats. Hit the streets for a jam-packed lineup of merriment: the world-famous Caribana Parade brings the sights and sounds of Carnival to the city (August 1), De Caribana Lime celebrates festive food, song and dance (August 2) and an art exhibition entitled Beyond the Rhythm (to August 3) showcases the work of African-Canadian artists. Various locations and times, most events free; call 416-391-5608 for a schedule.  —Lindsay Hope with files from Maria Cortellucci

Pearl Jam rocks the Molson Amphitheatre (photo by Danny Clinch).

Pearl Jam rocks the Molson Amphitheatre (photo by Danny Clinch).

AUGUST 21 On the heels of a rockin’ run through Europe, Pearl Jam brings epic guitar riffs and politically charged lyrics to Toronto. Returning to this city for the first time since 2006, Eddie Vedder and company are set to preview the heady harmonies and pulse-pounding rhythms sure to populate their forthcoming album, Backspacer, slated for an autumn release. The Seattle-based band has dominated rock music for two decades thanks to hits like “Even Flow,” “Daughter” and “Corduroy”—expect these and other crowd-pleasing anthems to make an aural appearance, too. Molson Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $39.50 to $79.50; call 416-870-8000 to charge.  —Lindsay Hope

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