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Hot Date: Caribana Heats Up

The colourful Caribana Parade

JULY 15 TO AUGUST 15 The colourful sights and sounds of the Caribbean arrive as part of the Scotiabank Caribana Festival. On top of its massive Caribana Parade (July 31), which packs Lake Shore Boulevard with pageantry, the annual celebration offers many ways to enjoy tropical culture. Preview the festivities at the official Yonge-Dundas Square launch party (July 15), or visit the Royal Ontario Museum to see more than 100 works by African-Canadian artists (opens July 22). For music lovers, Pan Alive (July 30) showcases the talents of steel pan drummers from across Ontario. Various venues and times; call 416-391-5608 or visit here for more information.

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


July Hot Date—Caribana Begins

CaribanaOpens July 14 Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture during the Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The much-loved annual celebration launches at Nathan Phillips Square on July 14 with live music performances and tasty cuisine. Mark your calendars for a jam-packed lineup of merriment: a junior carnival (July 18), the king and queen show (July 31), steel pan band competition (July 31) and soca and  reggae dance party (July 31). Various locations and times, most events free; call 416-391-5608 or click here for a schedule.