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Molson Amphitheatre

Weekend Roundup, July 22 to 24

Friday: Les Ballets Persans perform at the Tigran Iranian Festival

Friday, July 22

Get a taste of exotic art, culture and entertainment at the Harbourfront Centre this weekend with the Tigran Iranian Festival. Explore the concept of “Visions of Eternity” through the work of participating artists and writers, and take in live music from the Paradis Orchestra, Rana Farhan, and the Iranian National Choir.

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival is more than just a parade—celebrate the salacious sights, sounds and flavours of the Caribbean with an elegant night at the event’s Gala. Dress your best for a night of masquerade models, music and exotic food at the elegant Liberty Grand.

“Do It Again” while “Reelin’ In The Years” when Steely Dan hits the stage at the Molson Amphitheater. The American jazz band still has a commanding stage presence with a slew of hits to play, including “My Old School” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”.

Saturday: The Blue Men Group strike up a charging show at the Princess of Wales Theatre

Saturday, July 23

They’re shocking, comedic, and blue—catch the Blue Man Group when they electrify the Princess of Wales Theatre tonight. The multi-media performance with the bald blue men is centered on a large LED curtain and high-resolution screen for a unique theatrical performance.

After starting their regular season on the road, the Toronto Argonauts finally return to the Rogers Centre for their first game of the season. Cheer on the Boatmen as they take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looking for a win in front of a home crowd.

Cool down with the sound of the soothing melodies of the Forgotten Romantics at Walter Hall as the Toronto Summer Music Festival continues. The Vienna Piano Trio teams up with Canada’s leading chamber musicians to perform The Suite by Moszkowski, the masterful sextet by Louis Spohr, and the piano quintet by Karl Goldmark.

Sunday: Celebrate The Wiggles' 20th Birthday at Ricoh Colliseum (Photo courtesy of Ben Pharr)

Sunday, July 24

Wiggle on down to the Ricoh Colliseum to join in on The Wiggles’ Big Birthday Tour. The 20th birthday celebration will be packed with action including the four Wiggles, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, and Wags the Dog.

Celebrate over 500 artists at Yonge-Dundas Square this Sunday for a day filled with high-spirited performances and art on display for Youth Day 2011. The square will be filled with inspiring music, dance, art, photography, food, and vendors to keep you entertained all day long.

The Big On Bloor Street festival continues on Sunday with stores along the Dufferin and Lansdowne stretch offering special in-store events, sales and menus. Have a taste of the diverse art, culture, and food that this neighbourhood has to offer.

September Editor’s Picks: Entertainment

The Snowbirds (photo by Craig Moy)SEPTEMBER 5 TO 7 Calling all aviation enthusiasts! The Canadian International Air Show impresses with an array of classic and contemporary planes flying high over Toronto and the shores of Lake Ontario. A tradition for 60 years, this year’s event also marks the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. Among the performers are the beloved Snowbirds (pictured), an iconic Canadian Forces squadron that engages in adrenalin-pumping individual and team aerobatics. Spend the day at Ontario Place, where airplane aficionados can see all the action from the park’s southern shore. 12:30 p.m.; call 416-263-3650 for more details

The KillersSEPTEMBER 6 The Killers are a hard band to classify: Brandon Flowers, their enigmatic singer and keyboard player, has cited among his influences The Cure, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and U2. Regardless of genre, these bombastic alternative-new-wave-contemporary-heartland rockers, riding the success of their third album, Day & Age, really know how to put on a show—it must have something to do with their Las Vegas roots. Molson Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., $26.25 to $69.50; call 416-870-8000 or visit Ticketmaster to purchase.

Classic Albums Live recreates Abbey Road at Massey Hall.

Classic Albums Live recreates Abbey Road at Massey Hall.

SEPTEMBER 26 & 27 Much of the recorded output of The Beatles has taken on legendary status in the annals of pop music, but Abbey Road, the last album the Liverpudlian quartet ever recorded, is particularly renowned. Etched onto vinyl in 1969, 40 years later it still sounds fresh and exciting. This month, two distinct concerts commemorate the album’s longevity.

> On one of the city’s most venerated stages, Classic Albums Live reproduces Abbey Road with a 17-piece band, assembled to ensure the multilayered masterpiece gets the treatment it deserves. Massey Hall, 8 p.m., $39.50 to $49.50; call 416-872-4255 or click here for tickets.

> The Art of Time Ensemble brings together a diverse group of performers—including Sarah Slean and Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida—to interpret Abbey Road tracks like “Something” and “Octopus’s Garden.” Enwave Theatre, 8 p.m., $25 to $36; call 416-973-4000 or navigate here to buy.

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

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Weekend Roundup, July 24 to 26

Friday: See the Kuba Komet and other eclectic historical sets at the MZTV Museum of Television

Friday: See the Kuba Komet and other eclectic historical sets at the MZTV Museum of Television

Friday, July 24
Celebrate the arts and culture of South Asia at Masala! Mehndi! Masti!, a popular festival featuring artists, food and clothing vendors and more representing such countries as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Book a tour of the newly re-opened MZTV Museum of Television and see some of the most striking historical televisions still in existence.

Look closely at the exceptionally intricate works on paper by Luke Painter, whose current show, entitled Revival-esque is on display at Angell Gallery.

Saturday: Amy Millan takes the stage at Harbourfront Centre

Saturday: Amy Millan takes the stage at Harbourfront Centre

Saturday, July 25
Grab some new walking shoes or sandals from one of the hundreds of available pairs at Get Outside, then saunter along Queen Street West for more retail therapy.

Enjoy more ethnic offerings as part of the Kultura Filipino Arts Festival, with music, visual arts and readings that reflect the Filipino-Canadian experience.

Sing along under the stars with Stars vocalist Amy Millan as she headlines the Harbourfront Centre’s Canadian Voices festival.

Sunday: Sassy songstress Katy Perry belts 'em out at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Sunday: Sassy songstress Katy Perry belts 'em out at the Molson Amphitheatre.

Sunday, July 26

Join the resident artists of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, as they offer another in a series of “Sundays at the Young.” This week, Noah Richler presents performances of Depression-era songs and stories by Murray McLauchlan, Chris Whiteley, Jean Stillwell and others.

Bounce around on the lawn of the Molson Amphitheatre as Katy Perry performs her sassy little ditties.