2014 Toronto Fringe Festival Preview

The Bad Dog Theatre Repertory Players present Toronto, I Love You at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. Photo by Julie Osborne.

The Bad Dog Theatre Repertory Players present Toronto, I Love You at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival. Photo by Julie Osborne.

  • All day

With more than 130 shows and additional programming, the Toronto Fringe Festival can be overwhelming. And since the shows are picked mostly via a lottery system, finding one that will be worth your time and money can be a crapshoot—though the best shows can and have gone on to eventual Broadway runs and major film adaptations. We’ll help you get the most out of your Fringe experience with a rundown of the festival’s promising and potentially can’t-miss shows—and we’ll be back with reviews as the festival progresses.

The festival begins with opening ceremonies behind Honest Ed’s at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, and features some afternoon and evening premieres that day and Thursday, July 3. The festival really kicks off on Friday, July 5, and there’ll be programming every day from noon to midnight until Sunday, July 13.

Details: 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival Preview

Secret Teatime

  • Site Bee (1550 Queen Street West)
  • 7 p.m.

Impress your friends with your newfound knowledge of tea after attending Secret Teatime, a Japanese ceremony and workshop. Learn about “chanoyu,” the ritual tea ceremony, and how to make the perfect cup of matcha. Bring two dollars and a few non-perishable items to donate to the Red Door Family Shelter: they’ll get you tea and a secret sweet treat.

Details: Secret Teatime

The Bull and the Rose

Photo by Levent Erutku.

Photo by Levent Erutku.

  • Red Sandcastle Theatre (922 Queen Street East)
  • 7:30 p.m.

Summer heat with a Spanish twist comes to the Red Sandcastle Theatre as it welcomes some of Toronto’s finest flamenco artists for The Bull and the Rose, an evening of dance, music, and wine. The intimate performance stars Virginia Castro Durán, a graduate of Málaga’s Superior Conservatory of Dance, and features Tamar Ilana on vocals backed by the event’s producer, Dennis Duffin, on guitar.

Details: The Bull and the Rose

Mean Girls at Harbourfront Centre

  • Harbourfront, WestJet Stage (235 Queens Quay West)
  • 9 p.m.

Put down that burn book, find a picnic blanket, and head down to Harbourfront Centre for a screening of Mean Girls. It’s the opening film in the Centre’s Free Flicks summer series, which this year focuses on funny women. Tina Fey’s ten-year-old film was also shot in Toronto, so you and your best frenemies can have fun spotting local sites on the big screen.

Details: Mean Girls at Harbourfront Centre

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day
Details: A Journey Into the Forbidden City