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Weekly Planner: August 6 to 12

Colin James plays Huntsville’s Algonquin Theatre on August 8

An eclectic evening of rock, pop, blues and evening swing music awaits on August 8 as Canadian music icon Colin James plays his hits as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

Prism Theatre brings the Bard to Bracebridge from August 8 to 11 (and August 14 to 16); the troupe’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It offers romance, intrigue and much Elizabethan-era comedy at Annie Williams Memorial Park.

Get ready to bust a gut this week in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst—the Cottage Country Comedy Festival returns with five shows scheduled from August 9 to 11. Among the highlights are Mike Wilmot’s “Going Over Board” show at the Gravenhurst Opera House, while Just For Laughs star Joey Elias takes the stage at Bracebridge’s Club One.

August 12 offers yet another opportunity to ogle some fantastic water-bound pleasure craft as Port Carling hosts the Muskoka Lakes Association’s antique boat show. The free event features approximately 75 classic boats, many of which have been owned by Muskoka-area families for several generations.

You’ll definitely be “Working for the Weekend” over these next few days—classic ’80s band Loverboy offers its enduring fans a night of stadium-rock hits on August 12 at Deerhurst Resort.

Hot Date: Let’s Go to The Ex!

AUGUST 19 TO SEPTEMBER 5 Deep-fried butterballs, a human cannonball and the Snowbirds aerobatic squadron—see them, and much more, at the Canadian National Exhibition. Known as “The Ex,” this end-of-summer fair has something for everyone, including a huge midway, discount shopping pavilions, a garden show and even a casino. The CNE Bandshell features performances by the likes of Marianas Trench (August 21) and Loverboy (August 27), or head to the Food Network Stage for cooking demos by Top Chef Canada contestants. Exhibition Place, admission $12 to $16; call 416-393-6300 or visit here for further details.