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Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Weekend Roundup, August 5 to 7

Friday: Quartango asks "What's Classical?" at Harbourfront Centre (photo by Andre Tremblay)

Friday, August 5
The myriad interpretations of “classical” music are explored at Harbourfront Centre’s What’s Classical? festival, which begins this evening with a performance by Montreal’s Quartango, and continues throughout the weekend.

Ontario Place’s 40th-anniversary season continues—enjoy free park admission and, tonight, a complimentary concert by beloved Canadian rock band Sloan at the park’s lakeside Echo Beach venue.

Always a popular summertime event, the 17th annual Toronto’s Festival of Beer opens tonight at Bandshell Park. Delight in over 120 brands on sight, live music, grilling tents and much more (but remember not to overindulge).

Saturday: Serena Williams is among those vying for this year's Rogers Cup

Saturday, August 6
This year’s Rogers Cup serves up the world’s best female professional tennis players. Starting today, top draws including Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniaki begin a week-long battle for  $3 million in prize money and bragging rights heading into the U.S. Open.

Don’t miss the Taste of the Danforth, showcasing Greek culture and cuisine all weekend long in Toronto’s historically Hellenic neighbourhood. Enjoy live music, street eats and fun events along Danforth Avenue, where the celebration of tradition is as rich as the food.

Playwright Eugène Ionesco gets the tribute treatment from Soulpepper Theatre Company—its staging of Ionesco’s Exit the King begins today, and follows a monarch who’s kingdom and life crumble before his very eyes.

Sunday: Tour Toronto's infamous Graffiti Alley (photo by Josh McConnell)

Sunday, August 7
See a side of the city that most people pass by on the Toronto Laneways Bike Tour. This casual group ride takes cyclists through the Trinity Bellwoods, Queen West and Little Italy neighbourhoods to glimpse original laneway homes and local attractions like “Graffiti Alley.”
Step over to the west side of downtown to the 99 MRKT, featuring fresh food, plus artwork and fashion from local designers at the 99 Sudbury event space. In the heart of Liberty Village, this market is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Art Gallery of Ontario presents Haute Culture: General Idea, a retrospective exhibit showcasing works by the groundbreaking Toronto art group. The display is divided into five themed sections to best underline the transgressive and provocative nature of the group’s work.

Weekend Roundup, August 6 to 8

Rock the weekend with a slew of musical performances, or take some time to appreciate good food, great drinks, and even some tennis!

Friday: Hear the world-music stylings of Dominic Mancuso

Friday, August 6
Explore our urban environment from a different perspective. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s large-scale group exhibition, Empire of Dreams, showcases works by Toronto-based artists that examine the dynamic interactions between humans and their surroundings.

Spend some time browsing the bounty of beautiful vintage furniture, decor accessories, jewellery, apparel and more at the Summer Antiques Show. This annual event at Sherway Gardens is a treasure-hunter’s dream.

Make tracks to Yonge-Dundas Square this evening and let King Sunshine capture enliven spirit with music. With a fusion of disco, funk and house beats, this dynamic group will have you dancing the night away.

Sway to the multicultural singer-songwriter stylings of Dominic Mancuso. The Juno-winning Italian-Canadian takes the stage tonight at Lula Lounge.

Saturday: Mezzo-soprano Roxana Constantinescu performs at the Summer Music Festival

Saturday, August 7
Bear witness to boundless creativity during the SummerWorks Theatre Festival. Dozens of innovative plays are on-stage today—at such venues as the Factory Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille—to satistfy any dramatic preference.

Eat, drink and be merry at Toronto’s Festival of Beer. The popular event floods Exhibition Place with more than 120 types of beers from 60 brewers, plus a variety of finger foods to satisfy your hunger.

Enjoy a Free Family Weekend at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament. On top of the chance to see the tourney’s qualifying-round action at the Rexall Centre, kids of all ages can enjoy plenty of games, activities, free tennis lessons and lots of prizes to be won.

The Toronto Summer Music Festival is still going strong. Tonight, Roxana Constantinescu and Gordon Gietz come together for a powerful operatic performance of Mahler’s Song of the Earth—reimagined for a chamber ensemble—plus the world premiere of composer Glenn Buhr’s Red Sea.

Sunday: Paul McCartney's back at the ACC

Sunday, August 8
Feast on delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine today as the ever-popular Taste of the Danforth. Mixing culture, history, food and community, this enormous street festival celebrates the flavours of Greece (and Toronto’s own Greektown) with live performances, activities and, of course, a whole lot of Hellenic cuisine.

Hear some of your favourite Beatles and Wings classics anew as Paul McCartney brings his Höfner bass to the Air Canada Centre. Though he’s been in the business for more than 40 years, Sir Paul retains the energy of youth, as his “Up and Coming” tour attests.

Complete your weekend with laugh-out-loud sketch comedy at The Second City. The talented crew’s  show, An Evening with Second City, gathers highlights from past performances along with new jabs at current affairs and lots of fresh improvisation.

Experience classical music like never before at Harbourfront Centre’s What is Classical? festival. One of its intriguing elements is The Labyrinth Project, which uses the structure of a maze to help listeners contemplate the musicality of different instruments.