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Weekend Roundup, July 15 to 17

Friday: Hear all manner of music as the Beaches International Jazz Festival begins

Friday, July 15
Kick off your weekend at the 23rd annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, which begins tonight at Woodbine Park. With acts ranging from jazz, blues, calypso and more—legendary Toronto rocker Carole Pope is even part of this evening’s bill—the festival offers ear candy for a wide variety of listeners.

The Colombian Colours Il Diaspora Festival also starts this evening an continues all weekend long. Part of Harbourfront Centre’s summer line-up of cultural celebrations, it features performances by Colombian musicians, dancers and other artists proudly representing their distinct heritage.

Do you have tickets to see Grammy-winning sensation Taylor Swift belt out her hits at the Air Canada Centre? The contemporary country singer’s Speak Now Tour brings one of 2011’s hottest concerts to Toronto for one night only.

Saturday: Sarah Harmer and other artists celebrate Parks Canada's 100th anniversary

Saturday, July 16
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada—the world’s first national park service—with a free festival on Centre Island. Starting at noon, the special Parks Day event showcases the country’s diverse natural heritage, and boasts live performances by musicians including Serena Ryder and Sarah Harmer.

Yonge-Dundas Square also offers an event for the environmentally aware—the Live Green Toronto Festival features hundreds of vendors with eco-friendly products, live music and more.

Sit back and relax with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre. The “Margaritaville” singer instills a beachy state of mind as part of his Welcome to Fin Land tour.

Sunday: Slurp up some seafood at the Souther Ontario Oyster Festival

Sunday, July 17
Foodies are invited to take part in a truly succulent tasting at the much-anticipated Southern Ontario Oyster Festival hosted by Toronto’s mollusk mecca Rodney’s Oyster House. Attendees can enjoy live music, cheer on the oyster shucking contest, and, of course, indulge in fresh oysters. Tickets are $30 and help benefit the Environmental Defense organization.

Spend your Sunday night with British indie-rock band Gomez as they fill the Phoenix Concert Theatre with their distinctively rootsy sound.

Experience the rich culture of the Asian subcontinent at the 39th annual Festival of India, taking place on the Toronto Islands. This free event, celebrating Toronto’s large Indian community, includes an arts and culture showcase, a South-Asian bazaar, and much more.

Weekend Roundup, September 17 to 19

Though fall is approaching, the fun doesn’t stop! Toronto still hosts plenty of events both indoors and out to ensure a memorable weekend!

Be amused and amazed by Banana Shpeel this weekend.

Friday, September 17
Step into the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the just-opened exhibition Shary Boyle: Flesh and Blood. Almost 30 of the award-winning artist’s playful yet unsettling works are on display.

Get an artist’s perspective on one of the worst environmental disasters of our time—Nicholas Metivier Gallery presents Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s latest series of images, this time of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Also on display are Polaroid photos taken by Burtynsky in the ship-breaking yards of Bangladesh.

Immerse yourself in South American culture at Harbourfront Centre as the Vibrant Colombia Dispora Festival kicks off a weekend of family fun. Activities tonight include exhibitions of Colombian art plus performances by marimba player Louis Bianco and the Ballet Raices de Colombia.

Saturday, September 18
Prog rock fans, take note: Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters takes to the Air Canada Centre stage tonight to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his band’s classic album, The Wall.

An even heavier rock experience awaits at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, thanks to ’90s grunge band Alice in Chains. The Grammy-nominated trio is sure to riff on its back catalogue and perform tracks from their latest album, Black Gives Way to Blue.

Step back in time at Black Creek Pioneer Village’s annual Pioneer Festival. This historic site celebrates the autumn harvest numerous old-timey events and activities, including horse-drawn wagon rides, cider-making demonstrations, a spelling bee, a popular quilt auction and international music and dance performances.

Sunday, September 19
Prepare to laugh, smile and gasp with Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel at the Canon Theatre! At this unique spectacle, death-defying acrobatic acts are paired with vaudeville-style slapstick comedy from quirky characters.

Help some talented local musicians bring the Summer Music in the Garden series of classical concerts to a close. Beneath the boughs of the Toronto Music Garden, Shauna and Friends perform a variety of chamber music compositions for strings.

Take in the ever-popular Queen West Art Crawl, featuring numerous local galleries and artists—more than 500 of whom will be displaying their colourful works at Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Weekend Roundup, September 3 to 5

Though autumn is just around the corner, summer’s still trying to keep up the heat. There are plenty of events and entertainment options this weekend!

Friday: The Jonas Brothers rock Toronto

Friday, September 3rd
Brace yourself for screaming teens as pop sensations the Jonas Brothers play their second show at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. Expect to hear big hits from the boys’ latest album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, and their new movie Camp Rock 2.

Big, trippy beats are on order as Flying Lotus fills the Opera House with his special brand of experimental techno. The talented producer’s most recent record, Cosmogramma, has been getting rave reviews, and his ability to remix other artists’ chart-topping tracks is also renowned.

Enjoy your last days of summer at the Toronto Zoo. Today marks its final Frozen Friday—a great opportunity to see the arctic polar bears up close during their feeding and learn about these beautiful creatures from the keeper.

Saturday: Laugh for a final time with Mrs. Brown

Saturday, September 4th
Step into the hilarious world of a Dublin family at the final performance of How Now Mrs. Brown Cow. Starring the talented Brendan O’Carroll—who also wrote and directed this comedy—the show follows a nosy mother as she brings her family together for Christmas.

Look to the sky! The Canadian International Air Show begins today. Watch death-defying aerobatic performances and marvel at the power of some of the world’s most advanced military aircraft. And don’t miss the 40th anniversary of the famous Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

Surround yourself with both art and history. The Artisans at the Distillery Art Show offers exceptional works in varying media by Canadian artists. The 19th-century Distillery Historic District is taken over by sculptures, photographs, paintings and metallic structures as these artists display their greatest pieces in the outdoors.

Sunday: See Julian Schnabel's untitled self-portrait and much more at the AGO

Sunday, September 5th
Take your kids to Ontario Place for family fun. Today, favourite children’s television characters from Sesame Street make an appearance to meet and greet their young fans. Be sure to take your camera for the wonderful picture opportunities available with these life-size characters!

See how one art form can inspire another by viewing Julian Schnabel: Art and Film at the Art Gallery of Ontario. More than two dozen enormous paintings by the New York-based artist and director (of such movies as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) imply a fruitful relationship between visual art and filmmaking.

Enjoy this summer’s final “World Routes” festival at Harbourfront Centre. At the 15th Anniversary Ashkenaz Festival, you’re sure to find plenty of music, food, apparel and products celebrating Jewish art and culture.

Hot Date: Brothers in Song

SEPTEMBER 2 & 3 They’re now elder statesmen on the teen-pop scene, but the Jonas Brothers can still make the girls swoon. Nick, Joe and Kevin are in town to perform their past hits plus tunes from Camp Rock 2, their new Toronto-filmed movie. The lads’ co-stars from that flick, including young singer-songwriter Demi Lovato, share the stage as special guests. Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Thursday 7 p.m., Friday 2 p.m., $51 to $116.75; call 416-870-8000 or click here for tickets.

Weekend Roundup, July 30 to August 2

The Caribbean (plus a whole lot more) comes to Toronto this long weekend!

Friday: Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista swings for the fences (photo courtesy of the Toronto Blue Jays)

Friday, July 30
Start your weekend laughing! Catch one of the last shows of the Bad Dog Theater Short Play Festival, which supports emerging and established Canadian comedic talent. With four hilarious plays to choose from, there’s sure to be one that tickles your funny bone.

Dance and sing the night away with an eclectic selection of musicians performing at Disco Lemonade. This concert at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre features Euro-popsters including Keane, Robyn, Ingrid Michaelson, Kelis, Fran Healy from Travis, Dan Black and Far East Movement.

Catch the Toronto Blue Jays’ final 2010 series against the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe swept our Jays in a four-game stand last month; the home team will be looking to dominate this time around.

Saturday: Vibrant costumes draw crowds at the Caribana parade

Saturday, July 31
Lake Shore Boulevard is awash in the colours of the Caribbean today at the annual Scotiabank Caribana Parade. This spectacular display is the culmination of nearly a month of Caribbean cultural activities in Toronto. More than one million tourists are expected to pour into the city for this event. Are you one of them?

Add some art to your weekend by visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario to catch such current exhibitions as “Drama and Desire: Artists and the Theater” and “Playing with Pictures: the Art of Victorian Photocollage.” Or keep with the Caribbean theme by viewing the Royal Ontario Museum’s Caribana-themed exhibit “From the Soul,” with more than 150 works by African-Canadian artists. A trip to one of these institutions is always a great option for the weekend, and as a bonus, they’re both open on the holiday Monday, too!

Enjoy an evening of Beethoven, Schumann and Shostakovich courtesy of the Summer Music Festival, which tonight hosts respected pianist Menahem Pressler and the Grammy-winning Pacifica String Quartet.

Sunday: Catch the final staging of large-scale musical Miss Saigon (photo by Bruce Bennett)

Sunday August 1
Don’t miss this afternoon’s opening reception of Queen Gallery’s 50/50 exhibition. For this juried show more than 80 artists each completed a piece measuring 20” by 20” in size, and the collected works are all on sale for the same price. These restrictions, of course, stand in contrast to the creativity of the artists.

It’s your last chance to relive the days of Beatlemania! Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles is a unique experience. And not only because of the music; the band successfully embodies the Beatles themselves. Incorporating period photos and video footage this show is sure to transport you back to the ’60s.

The curtain falls on Miss Saigon tonight at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Based on the classic opera Madama Butterfly, this tragic tale of doomed love during the Vietnam War deserves your standing ovation.

Monday: See Fiona Byrne and Diego Matamoros in Turgenev's A Month in the Country (photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)

Monday August 2
The Irie Music Festival runs all weekend long with Caribbean cultural events in Queen’s Park, Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge-Dundas Square. With dancing, tunes, food and more, it’s the perfect tropical complement to Caribana’s festivities.

And let’s not forget Harbourfront Centre! It’s Island Soul festival, part of the World Routes Summer Festival series, offers one more day of Caribbean cultural activities. Learn how to make ox tail dumplings, listen to steel pan drummers, and enjoy Caribbean films.

Allow Soulpepper Theatre Company to treat you to A Month in the Country. Its production of the Russian classic seamlessly maneuvers between comedy and tragedy, as characters become tangled in complicated summer-love triangles. It’s the perfect way to end a packed weekend.

Weekend Roundup, July 23 to 25

Come rain or shine, Toronto has a bustling weekend ahead with entertainment for everyone!

Friday: Sting gets serious

Friday, July 23
World-famous pop tunesmith Sting has entered the stage of his career where reinterpreting old hits seems enough to satisfy his creative spirit. And so he arrives this evening at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre with a coterie of classical musicians: The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra accompanies the former Police man in a unique performance of his most memorable songs, from “Roxanne” to “Fields of Gold” and much more.

Whet your appetite for Caribbean culture as part of the ongoing Scotiabank Caribana Festival. The big parade may be a few weeks away, but you can get in the mood at the Royal Ontario Museum, which showcases more than 100 works by African-Canadian artists in its “From the Soul” exhibition.

Get ready to (affordably!) strut down the streets of Toronto. Frugal Fashion Week offers an evening of food and apparel at the Bata Shoe Museum, including an exhibition of celebrity- and designer-created shoes, a silent auction and more.

Get to know your prairies as Love, Saskatchewan kicks off at Harbourfront Centre. This weekend-long event features an exhibition on cowboy culture, author readings and performances by such bands as Wide Mouth Mason and Little Miss Higgins.

Saturday: See some stars in Love, Loss and What I Wore

Saturday, July 24
Celebrate women in music with the return of Lilith Fair. The Sarah McLachlan–founded festival was popular in the late ’90s, and has been revived for 2010 with performers including Mary J. Blige, Chantal Kreviazuk and, of course, McLachlan herself.

Take a close friend or loved one to a performance of Love, Loss and What I Wore. The production features a star-studded cast of women who relate dynamic, often hilarious, and always poignant stories from the popular book of the same name.

Steer towards the Young Centre for the Performing Arts to check out the venue’s Saturday Night Cabaret Series. Tonight, acclaimed vocalist Heather Bambrick will have you tapping your toes to infectious jazz rhythms, and on your feet applauding by the end of the evening.

Prepare your best Elizabethan laugh for Canopy Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most affecting romantic comedies. Fall in and out of love with the timeless characters as they’re brought to life under the stars at the University of Toronto’s Philosopher’s Walk.

Sunday: The Bolton Shop sheds light on early photography at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, July 25
A visit to charming Black Creek Pioneer Village is a journey back to the 19th century. The experience is even more immersive thanks to the venue’s new Bolton Shop photography studio. Here, you can put away your digital SLR and discover the fascinating techniques used to capture and develop images more than a century ago.

“Who let the dogs out?” indeed! Prepare to have your heart melt at Ontario Place—the Purina PropPlan Dog Show is in full swing with canines of all shapes and sizes strutting their stuff.

Finish your weekend with some funny—a night of stand-up comedy—as emerging troupe NBAcomics presents its somewhat strangely named Summer Fest 97’ at Toronto’s renowned giggle garage The Second City.

Weekend Roundup, June 18 to 20

This Father’s Day weekend is bursting with food, fun and festivals. Dad’s not the only one who’s going to have a great time!

Friday: Chortle knowingly as Jon Stewart points out what's wrong with the world.

Friday, June 18
Celebrate the proud heritage of Armenia, as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra—accompanying the beautiful voice of Isabel Bayrakdarian—fills Roy Thomson Hall with the strains of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and other related classical works.

Amidst the sprawling cityscape, The Power Plant offers an opportunity to philosophically reconnect with nature thanks to its mixed-media exhibition, Adaptation: Between Species. Enjoy a lakeside barbecue and music at tonight’s opening event.

Revel in the spry wit and piercing political barbs of Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who takes to the stage at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. After the show, check out the nearby nightlife and get a breathtaking look at the falls.

Saturday: See art on 401 Richmond's green roof and more (photo by veggiefrog)

Saturday, June 19
Familiarize yourself with the artists whose studios and galleries pack the 401 Richmond building, Toronto’s most creative address. This afternoon, partake in a free tour of the space and chat with the gallery owners and exhibiting artists during Brickolage Tour Series.

Sip 70-plus exquisite local vintages poured by the winemakers themselves at the annual Ontario Wine Fair at Café Taste. More than 20 wineries are participating in this event, which also offers the opportunity to nosh on 30 Ontario artisan cheeses.

“Whataya want from me?” asks glam American Idol singer-songwriter Adam Lambert in his similarly titled hit single. Make sure he hears your response at his Molson Canadian Amphitheatre show tonight. Expect to be treated to a number of cuts from Lambert’s upcoming debut album, For Your Entertainment.

Sunday: Get A.R. Rahman in your sights

Sunday, June 20
Treat dad to one of many options for a Father’s Day lunch. Amuse boasts an alfresco three-course meal served family-style at their Shared Table event; or call Casa Loma to reserve a table at its Father’s Day Royal Brunch Buffet. If you’re set on Italian, savour a Taste of Little Italy—the College Street party features numerous participating restaurants. And for a diverse range of nibbles—affordably priced at only $5 each—head to Queen’s Park to try 1,000 Tastes of Toronto.

Make it a Father’s Day dad will always remember with a war re-enactment, hearty ribs and fun for the whole family. Black Creek Pioneer Village presents the Battle of Black Creek—a lively re-creation of an 18th century skirmish for control of Upper Canada. Top of the invigorating spectacle with barbecued ribs or a tour of the Black Creek Historic Brewery.

Experience the musical talents of Oscar- and Grammy-winner A.R. Rahman. Known for his Slumdog Millionaire score, the Indian composer teams up with creative director Amy Tinkham (creator of concerts for Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys) in Jai Ho: The Journey Home Concert at the Air Canada Centre, employing international musicians and dancers.