The pressing heat wave calls for a distraction. You’re sure to find one amongst the shows and events taking place this weekend.
Friday, July 9
Experience the enduring story of Miss Saigon. Based on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, this musical tragedy tells of a young American soldier and a Vietnamese girl who fall in love, only to be torn apart by the circumstances of war.
Start licking your chops. Toronto’s Summerlicious dining event begins today, with more than 150 restaurants—from Ame to Zucca—offering special three-course prix fixe menus to satisfy eager appetites.
Head over to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre for a sure-to-satisfy concert by Juno Award–winning indie band Metric. Also on the bill are Passion Pit and Toronto’s Holy F**K.
Saturday, July 10
Hum along with melodies by the Fab Four at Rain —A Tribute to the Beatles. This multimedia exploration of the band’s memorable music recreates many career highlights, from their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and much more.
Break it down this weekend at Harbourfront Centre’s returning Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. Groove to some excellent emerging electronic-music acts—plus a free show by hip-hop legend Rakim (9:30 p.m.)—try your hand on the turntables, or cheer for your favourite freestyle dancer in the Pop, Lock & Load Break Dance competition.
Celebrate summer as it’s meant to be experienced—outdoors. Close to 400 artists gather at Nathan Phillips Square for the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, North America’s largest open-air juried art fair. Stroll between the paintings, photographs and sculptures while mingling with local art lovers.
Sunday, July 11
You might not be able to maintain that poker face, Lady Gaga swoops into the Air Canada Centre with outrageous costumes, provocative set pieces and tunes like “Bad Romance,” as part of her current Monster Ball concert tour.
Laugh, cry or sing along as more than 800 Canadian theatrical performers continue to break their proverbial legs as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Enjoy an after-show beer and nightly entertainment at Honest Ed’s, this year’s host of the Fringe Club.
Catch Carlos Santana live at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The famed classic-rock guitarist jams this evening with special guest Steve Winwood.