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Pride Week

Pride Week in Calgary

Plenty of events to celebrate this week in Calgary. Photo: Courtesy Pride Calgary.

On Thursday, Calgary’s annual Pride Week kicks off seven days of celebrations, parties and family fun with film screenings, dances, street festivals and the popular Pride Parade along Stephen Avenue.

Thursday Pride Week starts with a stellar screening of the film Leave it on the Floor presented by the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival at the Quickdraw Animation Society (351 – 11th Avenue SW). The film tells the story of a young gay man who moves away from his dysfunctional mother and finds a new family amongst a group of vogue dancers in Los Angeles. Admission is pay what you can. This is an all ages event.

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Weekend Roundup, June 25 to 27

Although the G20 summit may disrupt your ability to move around the downtown core, Toronto can still grab your attention with theatrical productions, festivals and more. If you plan your route carefully, you’ll find it’s easy to enjoy an entertaining array of events!

Friday: Jeff Irving is one of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.

Friday, June 25
Settle comfortably onto the rolling hills of Toronto’s largest park for an open-air performance of Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet, this summer’s Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park production. This play-within-a-play adaptation retells the romantic tragedy of the Capulets and Montagues with iPods and travel bags commandeered by a acting troupe stranded outside a Verona train station.

Take in the city’s many colours as Pride Toronto kicks off its week-long celebration of sexual diversity and identity with a 30th-anniversary launch party at Woody’s bar.

If you’re anxious to avoid the downtown detours, head west to Sherway Gardens, a mall decked with skylights and more than 200 shops and services. Yorkdale Shopping Centre—easily accessible at the north end of the University subway line—is another grand-scale retail destination with 250-plus stores and dining options like Moxie’s Classic Grill, Milestones Grill & Bar or the family-friendly Amazonian experience of the Rainforest Café.

Saturday: André Rieu strikes up the band

Saturday, June 26
Delight in a heartening musical experience with André Rieu performs live at the Air Canada Centre with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. You’ll be humming and clapping along as the renowned violinist makes classical music that’s accessible and unforgettable.

Explore Chinese history at the Royal Ontario Museum,which displays the famed terracotta warriors of Emperor Ying Zheng for the first time ever in Canada. This landmark exhibition, The Warrior Emperor and China’s Terracotta Army, presents more than 250 stunningly preserved artifacts, including 10 full-sized warrior figures, from one of history’s most significant archaeological discoveries.

Take a break from World Cup action to cheer on this city’s professional soccer team, Toronto FC, as it takes to the BMO Field pitch for an evening draw against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Sunday: Harry Connick Jr. sings his hits

Sunday, June 27
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival is now in full swing—with more than 350 concerts at 40-plus venues through to July 4. Tonight sees celebrated crooner Harry Connick Jr. take to the Canon Theatre stage.

See lions and tigers and bears—and then touch live stingrays, sharks and horseshoe crabs—with a family visit to the perennially popular Toronto Zoo.

Seize one last chance to save at the Summer Designer Sale, which features the latest fashions priced at 40 to 90 per cent off retail. The sale is on at the Sheraton Hotel in Richmond Hill, but for brands like Lacoste, Diesel, and Rock and Republic—and to avoid the congested G20 summit zones—it’s worth the short drive north

Weekend Roundup, June 19 to 21

This weekend marks the summer solstice and features the longest day of the year. Toronto offers enough music, street festivals and family fun to keep you occupied for the duration.

Friday: Wintersleep provide the tunes at Yonge-Dundas Square (photo by Reie Nakagawara).

Friday: Wintersleep provide the tunes at Yonge-Dundas Square (photo by Reie Nakagawara).

Friday, June 19
Ring in this year’s Pride Week with DiverCiudad, an exhibition of Latin American queer artists on display at Naco Gallery Café (1665 Dundas Street West., 647-347-6499)—savour spicy Mexican fare and coffee while you admire the artwork.

Take advantage of free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square presented by the North By Northeast music festival. This evening offers the ethereal ballads of Wintersleep.

Stroll the cobbled streets of the Distillery Historic District for cocktails and conversation during the Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival.

Saturday: Take in the dragon boat races (photo by Linda Luong).

Saturday: Take in the dragon boat races (photo by Linda Luong).

Saturday, June 20
Head to Downsview Park and party with Edgefest’s stellar lineup including Canadian indie-rock faves Metric.

Fall in love with Franco-Fete, the Harbourfront Centre festival celebrating French heritage through cooking classes, music performances and family activities.

Spend the day dancing in the streets as the Big on Bloor festival spreads a wave of joy with artwork, music and patios a-plenty in downtown’s west end.

Climb aboard the ferry to the Toronto Islands to cheer on the many teams paddling for victory through Lake Ontario during the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival.

Sunday: See intricate Aboriginal footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum (photo by Matthew Plexman).

Sunday: See intricate Aboriginal footwear at the Bata Shoe Museum (photo by Matthew Plexman).

Sunday, June 21
Combine fashion with history and head to the Bata Shoe Museum for National Aboriginal Day. The museum has a renowned collection of moccasins and other indigenous footwear.

Experience Mozart’s classic battle of the sexes as two young men test the honour of their fiancées’ love in Cosi fan tutte, presented by the Canadian Opera Company.