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The Tempest

Weekend Roundup, September 4 to 7

Labour Day on Monday makes for a long weekend, so we bring you a special four-day guide of what to do in the city.

Friday: Vernon Wells and his Blue Jays teammates take on the New York Yankees.

Friday: Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees.

Friday, September 4
Root for the home team as the Toronto Blue Jays take on the New York Yankees in today’s Major League Baseball game at the Rogers Centre.

Howl with laughter at The Second City’s final performance of Are We There Yet?, a sketch comedy revue about families and the summer, shaken up with some improv. Kids age six and older are welcome—and may be invited on stage to participate in the antics.

Move your hips to the mariachi sound of violins, guitars, mandolins and trumpets at the Hispanic Fiesta.

Saturday: Look for local produce at the Evergreen Brick Works farmers market.

Saturday: Look for local produce at the Evergreen Brick Works farmers market.

Saturday, September 5
It’s the opening day of the 60th annual Canadian International Air Show! Peer into the sky to find the Canadian Forces’ famed Snowbirds roar across the blue, twisting and turning in a display of aerial stunts.

Pick up Hot & Savoury pickles, preserved locally in Toronto, from the Toorshi Foods table at the Evergreen Brick Works farmers’ market.

If the pickles aren’t spicy enough for your palate, turn up the fire at the Hot + Spicy Food Festival, where you can purchase a variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips from the Red Hot Marketplace.

Sunday: See Karen Robinson in <em>The Tempest</em>.

Sunday: See Karen Robinson in The Tempest.

Sunday, September 6
It’s the last night of the Canadian Stage Dream in High Park. Cozy up to your date on a blanket and watch Shakespeare’s The Tempest under the stars.

Treat yourself to Sunday brunch on the intimate patio at Live Organic Food Bar, where you can get dejeuner served up raw and vegan—try the walnut crepes with shaved pear and strawberry compote and cashew chantilli cream.

Unearth some of the best spots for dim sum on the Tour Guys‘ Culture, Cuisine, and Colours free tour of Chinatown and Kensington Market.

Monday: Ride the ferris wheel on the CNE's last night.

Monday: Ride the ferris wheel on the CNE's last night.

Monday, September 7
Recognize and celebrate workers’ efforts and rights at the Labour Day Parade. This year’s theme is “Good Jobs For All.”

Get a glimpse into the indulgent diversions of the affluent people of Zabid in the Royal Ontario Museum’s exhibition, Coffee & Smokes in Medieval Yemen. (Take the kids—each child for every adult gets free admission to the ROM this weekend!)

The Canadian National Exhibition closes today, so it’s your last chance to down a bag of mini doughnuts, catch an illusionist show, and view the sun setting over the city from atop a ferris wheel.

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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July Hot Date—Dream in High Park

Karen Robinson in <em>The Tempest</em>

Karen Robinson in The Tempest

ON NOW Make it a summer of Shakespearean sonnets with CanStage TD Dream in High Park. This year, the Toronto tradition gives The Tempest a twist as Dora Award–winning actress and CanStage alumnus Karen Robinson turns Prospero into Prospera. The Bard’s final work tells the fantastic tale of the banished  Duchess of Milan who develops mystical powers and seeks revenge against her usurping brother. High Park Amphitheatre (at the intersection of Colborne Lodge Road and Centre Road), Tuesday to Sunday 8 p.m., tickets PWYC ($20 suggested minimum), children under 14 free; call 416-367-1652 for info.