In today's Urban Planner: Canada Day! See some shows, drink some beer, and bask in some fireworks.
- Parties: Many of the public spaces in Toronto are featuring programming all afternoon and evening for Canada Day, with lots of family friendly activities. Harbourfront Centre has the most packed into the day, with their Lakeview Market beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running all day, and music acts like The Big Sound and Delhi 2 Dublin, who will play the newly opened Canada Square. At Yonge-Dundas Square, multi-cultural acts play the main stage from noon to 9 p.m. And up at Mel Lastman Square, the City of Toronto has entertainment from Zero Gravity Circus and music acts planned from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., whereupon they’ll light up the last (official) fireworks display of the long weekend. Multiple venues, 10:30 a.m., FREE. Details
- Food: The Brewery Market returns to the Evergreen Brickworks with a special Canada Day edition of their Brewer’s Backyard series. The Capital Mash-Up will feature collaborative concoctions from a half dozen different breweries: Toronto’s Indie Alehouse and Ottawa’s Beyond the Pale; Toronto’s Great Lakes and Casselman, ON’s Cassel; and Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery with Ottawa’s Broadhead. There’ll be food like meat pies from Kanga and ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Sammies, too. Admission to the grounds is free (the food and drink is available via tickets.) Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Avenue), 12 p.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.
Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 12 a.m., $27 (Includes general admission). Details
- History: Looking to brush up your cultural and history knowledge on all things Toronto? Heritage Toronto 2013 Tours offers you an enormous chance to learn tons and tons about the city you love via walking tours, bike tours, and more. Some of the events on the agenda of this weekly series include tours of Fort York, Korea Town, Don Valley, and Black Creek. It’s running all summer long so don’t miss out! Multiple venues, 12 a.m., FREE. Details
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