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Weekend Roundup: August 3 to 5

Friday: the Nash Ensemble offers French classics as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival

Friday, August 3
The Toronto Summer Music Festival continues to offer some of the best classical performances from around the world. Tonight, Britain’s Nash Ensemble takes the Walter Hall stage with a program of French fare by Debussy, Ravel and Franck.

See the earth from a different perspective at Thompson Landry Gallery, where Guy Laiberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, presents Gaia, a new exhibition of photographs he took while on an 11-day voyage in outer space.

The Irie Music Festival returns for another year at Nathan Phillips Square with a showcase of reggae, salsa, soul and African music.  The weekend-long event’s opening night features soca sensation Fay-Ann Lyons, as well as an exhibition with the works of Caribbean artists.

Saturday: the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival parade is one of the season’s hottest parties

Saturday, August 4
Loosen up your hips and move to the rhythms of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade. Starting at 10 a.m. from the Exhibition Place grounds, watch one of Toronto’s major streets—Lake Shore Boulevard—erupt in a colourful display of masqueraders and steel pan bands. You won’t be able to resist dancing up a storm with thousands of revelers.

If you haven’t already heard, the world’s most spectacular production combining equestrian arts and human acrobatics has been extended yet again! Cavalia’s Odysseo continues to mesmerize audiences under the big tent at the Port Lands until August 13. Why not see it this weekend?

Get ready to rock in the open air this evening as musical power duo The Black Keys bring their significant repertoire of blues-rock hits to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Sunday: the Rogers Cup gets off to a smashing start

Sunday, August 5
Fresh from the London summer games, the top ranked men in tennis—including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Canada’s Milos Raonic—have made their way to Toronto to compete for the Rogers Cup. The tournament’s opening volleys got started on Saturday and continue today; it’s all part of a free family weekend, featuring autograph sessions, clinics and more.

Enjoy a Toronto theatre tradition on a lovely summer’s eve—the Canadian Stage Company’s Shakespeare in High Park production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream! The pay-what-you-can performance takes place under the stars at the High Park Amphitheatre.

And if you just haven’t had enough of this weekend’s Caribbean-flavoured festivities, head over to Harbourfront Centre for Island Soul. The weekend-long event offers an array of—you guessed it—island-inspired food, live music, dance, artisan goods and more.

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