JULY 1 TO 12 The city’s largest annual theatrical extravaganza, the Toronto Fringe Festival, offers up an eclectic slate of small- and large-scale productions—from dramas and musicals to comedies and modern dance numbers. More than 800 artists from around the world perform at a mix of traditional and unconventional venues. The 150 showcased plays are whittled down from 500-plus submissions using a lottery system, meaning that you could have tickets for Broadway’s next big hit. Catch the likes of Red Bastard—a one-man play starring Eric Davis as an anti-clown clad in a tomato-red body suit—or The Laramie Projects, a deeply moving story of hate, fear and hope in a small American town. Various venues, tickets $5 to $10; call 416-966-1062 for a program and times.
JULY 20 Bootylicious R&B singer Beyoncé—along with her vivacious alter ego, Sasha Fierce—shakes her thang, performing for all the single ladies, divas and boys. The former lead singer of Destiny’s Child and Mrs. Jay-Z is behind such songs as “Say My Name” and “Halo.” Molson Amphitheatre, 7:30 p.m., $34.75 to $150.75; call 416-870-8000 to buy.
TO JULY 5 The annual TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival packs a musical punch with a series of daytime concerts and evening shows across the city. Highlights include marquee acts like the Dave Brubeck Quartet (July 1) and saxophonist Branford Marsalis (July 3). The fete closes on a high note with the sensational Tony Bennett (July 5)—the crooner is still swinging at 82 years young. Various venues, free to $151; call 416-928-2033 for a schedule.
JULY 17 TO 26 Groove to a mix of tunes as the Beaches International Jazz Festival swings into town. The outdoor party kicks off at Woodbine Park, with a diverse lineup of local and international artists such as God Made Me Funky (July 19), followed by a fest along Queen Street East. Various venues, free; call 416-410-8809 for info.