Toronto Fringe Festival
The first live and in-person edition of the city’s largest theatre festival wraps up this weekend, so expect big (masked) houses for the hottest shows, like Sketch T-Rex, Gay For Pay With Blake & Clay, Six Chick Flicks and The Garden Of Alla. And read more NOW Fringe reviews at nowtoronto.com/culture.
Runs to July 17. Various locations. $12, some discounts and passes available. fringetoronto.com
BIG on Bloor: Bloordale’s Festival of Art & Culture
This lively street festival features a weekend street closure and site-based activations for a week after. Visitors can participate in multidisciplinary art projects by over 100 local artists, including exhibits presented by the Vector Festival. There will also be mainstage performances, buskers, parades, beer gardens and more.
July 16-17. Free. Bloor West between Dufferin and Lansdowne. bigonbloorfestival.com
Celebration of Persian arts and culture with live music, art exhibits, a DJ party, pottery workshop, children’s storytime and theatre shows, food demos, an outdoor Persian market and Persian tea and snacks.
July 15-17. Free and ticketed events. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge. tammuz.tirgan.ca
Designing The Movies: Rear Window
If it’s too hot for you outside, and you’d like to be stuck indoors – like the protagonist of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller – check out this new restoration of the classic film about voyeurism and the ethics of surveillance. Ahead of the screening, series host Nathalie Atkinson will talk about the film’s extensive single set, which was the most expensive Paramount had ever constructed at the time.
July 16 at 4 pm. $16, stu/srs $13. Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles. eventbrite.ca
Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
The 61st edition will be a celebratory program of art, music, dance and food with hundreds of artists being showcased in the square.
July 15-17. Free admission. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen West. torontooutdoor.art
Celebration of anime, manga, music, games and all other forms of Japanese culture with vendors, cosplay, gaming, parties, video game tournaments, fashion shows and more. Guests include Toronto-based musical group Nagata Shachu taiko drummers and voice actor Kara Eberle.
July 15-17. $45-$70. Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon. animenorth.com
Kiddies For Mas: Jr. Carnival Parade
Starting at Malvern Community Centre, young masqueraders will march in colourful costumes towards the Jr. Carnival Central for a party in Neilson Park. Read our cover story about Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s return to the road after the two-year pandemic pause.
July 16 from 11 am-8 pm. Free. Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson. torontocarnival.ca
Dance Ontario presents a celebration of live performances, films, panels and workshops, featuring more than 300 talented artists and a diversity of dance forms. Expect in-person and virtual performances by Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre, Ritmo Flamenco and many more.
July 15-17. $15 minimum donation. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West. danceontario.ca
Toronto Queer Market
Some 30 vendors will exhibit their wares outside at Barbara Hall Park beside the 519 Community Centre (in case of rain, it will move indoors to the 519’s ballroom). There will be a comedy and drag show from 3-4 pm with Rush Kazi, Hillary Yaas, Messy Margaret and Helen Grace plus music and dancing.
July 16 from 11 am-6 pm. Free admission. Barbara Hall Park, 519 Church. torontoqueermarket.ca
Alanis Morissette + Garbage
The Ottawa-born singer/songwriter had planned her Jagged Little Pill 25th anniversary tour for 2020, but it was postponed by a pandemic that could only be brought under control by a vaccine, and not a little pill. Isn’t it ironic? The 90s nostalgia concert kicks off with post-grunge rockers Garbage.
July 17 at 7 pm. From $63.50. Budweiser Stage, 909 Lake Shore West. ticketmaster.ca
Cinema Kabuki 2022
Japan Foundation Toronto presents screenings of live kabuki theatre performances that were recorded in high resolution for screening in cinemas on state-of-the-art digital projection systems and six-channel sound. All screenings presented with English subtitles.
July 16-17. $25.71. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King West. jftor.org
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