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.
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.)
While the Toronto International Film Festival may have shifted into a more relaxed mode, it’s still offering plenty of opportunities to gawk at movie stars—they’re just a little more spread out. Midweek, fans could catch the premieres of Good Kill (Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot), Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg’s new bit of oddness), The Imitation Game (Benedict Cumberbatch as World War II cryptographer Alan Turing), Jauja (Viggo Mortensen, and we don’t know much else really), Laggies (Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley in a comedy about people taking their sweet time to grow up), October Gale (Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman in a thriller/drama set in a remote cabin), Pawn Sacrifice (about the chess duels between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer), The Cobbler (Adam Sandler’s latest) and Escobar (Benicio Del Toro is the famous drug kingpin).
Soulpepper Theatre collaborates on a Joe Orton play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s artistic producer Brendan Healey. Guest director Healey has coached some Soulpepper theatre stalwarts—Stuart Hughes, Fiona Reid, Michael Simpson, and David Beazley—for this dark comedy about a charming lodger who incites illicit passions among his other housemates.