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Next to Normal

Weekend Roundup, July 29 to 31

Friday: It's your next-to-last chance to see Next to Normal (photo by Craig Schwartz)

Friday, July 29
Tony- and Pulizter Prize-winning musical Next to Normal offers its final weekend of shows at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Don’t miss this contemporary musical, which is sure to captivate all audiences.

Celebrate African culture as the weekend-long TD Irie Music Festival opens tonight. The festival highlights reggae, salsa, soul and gospel music, and also offers performances from spoken word artists, African dance troupes and film screenings.

Visit the Distillery Historic District for its bustling Distillery Art Market, which features a wide variety of exhibiting artists and craftspeople working in a range of media.

Saturday: Yuck it up with Daniel Tosh

Saturday, July 30
Laugh out loud with Daniel Tosh, who brings his stand-up routine to hallowed Massey Hall. The comedian’s “Tosh Tour On Ice” entertains with two scheduled shows tonight at 7 and 10 p.m.

March down to Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard to see the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival’s Grand Parade. The hugely popular annual extravaganza promises brightly colored costumes, festive calypso music and a lively celebration of Caribbean culture.

Watch in awe as LEGO hobbyists construct amazing creations with the colourful building blocks at Brickfete. Activities for the entire family include a LEGO robotics competition, LEGO mosaics and sculptures, and much more!

Sunday: Drake brings his friends to the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (photo by Anthony Mandler)

Sunday, July 31
Toronto’s own Drake brings his A-game to the Molson Canadian Ampitheatre tonight as part of his second annual OVO Fest. The hip-hop chart-topper headlines, but you’ll also want to catch performances by the likes of Rick Ross, The Weeknd and other special guests.

Practice your swing as the Street Golf Tour rolls into Yonge-Dundas Square. Here, event goers can take part in PGA simulators, certified coaching clinics, and experiment with new technology for beginners and advanced players.

Heat up your weekend with Island Soul at Harbourfront Centre. The festival celebrates the Caribbean through cultural music, dancing and yet another lively parade!

Hot Date: What is Next to Normal?

photo by Joan Marcus

JULY 19 TO 31 A bold and harrowing story of psychiatric ethics and suburban life, Next to Normal is not your average Broadway musical. Brought to Toronto by Dancap Productions, this dramatic rock musical—winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, along with three 2009 Tony Awards—tells of a family struggling to care for one another while battling mental illness. Alice Ripley reprises her acclaimed lead role as a mother whose worsening bipolar disorder sends her into a tailspin. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Tuesday to Saturday 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $34 to $129; call 416-644-3665 or visit here to buy.