St. Lawrence Market Scavenger Hunt

  • Berczy Park (35 Wellington Street East)
  • 12 p.m.

This is one of those fun activities where a little bit of education gets snuck in, without your really noticing. The St. Lawrence Market Scavenger Hunt pits teams against each other in a competition to find clues throughout one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods. Since the theme is “Then and Now,” the 19 riddles and codes will focus on more than 200 years of local history and art.

Details: St. Lawrence Market Scavenger Hunt

Al Khaima

Get up close and personal with bellydancers and the Arabesque Orchestra at the last-ever Al Khaima. Photo by SH Photography, courtesy of Arabesque Academy.

Get up close and personal with bellydancers and the Arabesque Orchestra at the last-ever Al Khaima. Photo by SH Photography, courtesy of Arabesque Academy.

  • Arabesque Dance Academy (1397 Yonge Street)
  • 8 p.m.

If you’ve ever wanted to share an intimate space with bellydancers and live musicians, this may be your last chance to do so! The final Al Khaima happens this weekend, with a great lineup of solo performances set to the music of the Arabesque Orchestra.

Details: Al Khaima

Ongoing…

A Journey Into the Forbidden City

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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).


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Details: TIFF 2014 Scenes: Tuesday–Thursday Nights, Featuring Good Kill, Maps to the Stars, The Imitation Game, Jauja, Laggies, and More

Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

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  • Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West)
  • All day

“The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon

“In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore

These quotations, which welcome visitors to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms.

Details: Vulnerability, Suffering, and Strength

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

TIFF Cinematheque: The Homes and Worlds of Satyajit Ray

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.

Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker.

Details: TIFF Cinematheque: The Homes and Worlds of Satyajit Ray

Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville. Photo by Tracey Nolan.

  • All day

The Waterfront Blues Festival (July 11–13), now in its 10th year, has recently “merged” with the wildly popular Beaches Jazz Festival (July 18–27), making the second half of July all-music-all-the-time in the Beach. Woodbine Park is the hub for both of these festivals, with things being rounded out by the Beaches Jazz Festival’s StreetFest along Queen Street East. Those looking for jazz will likely be disappointed by StreetFest—what you will get, though, is a fun Taste of the Danforth vibe and some epic people-watching. It’ll also be ground zero for Toronto’s well-heeled Baby Boomer set, so if you’re anxious to bust out your favourite Hawaiian shirt, now’s your chance. But if you aren’t into dancing to “Play That Funky Music White Boy” played on a pan flute, get yourself directly to one of the Beach’s fine patios, and check out one of our top picks for the Waterfront Blues Festival and Beaches Jazz Festival.

Details: Beaches International Jazz Festival: Best Bets

Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West)
  • All day

Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more.

CORRECTION: June 16, 2014, 3:50 PM This post originally stated that the outdoor screenings of Bent Lens will focus on Derek Jarman and Bruce LaBruce, but that is not the case.

Details: Bent Lens: Pride on Screen

Terry O’Neill: The Man Who Shot the Sixties

Elton John entertaining the masses. Photo by Terry O'Neill.

Elton John entertaining the masses. Photo by Terry O'Neill.

  • Izzy Gallery (106 Yorkville Avenue)
  • 11 a.m.

Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August.

Details: Terry O’Neill: The Man Who Shot the Sixties

Pam Am Games One-Year Kickoff

Machel Montano will play at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off a year's prep for the Pan Am Games. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Machel Montano will play at Nathan Phillips Square to kick off a year's prep for the Pan Am Games. Photo courtesy of the artist.

  • Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West)
  • 12 p.m.

A year from now, the 2015 Pan Am Games will begin in Toronto, so organizers have arranged a two-day party—1 year to go! #WeArePanAm Party—to ramp up excitement for the 2015 event. There’ll be many entertainers playing the stage out front of City Hall, including Machel Montano, Walk Off the Earth, and Los Van Van. And of course athletes like Canadian cycling legend Curt Harnett, Raptors star Greivis Vasquez, and track-and-field phenom Perdita Felicien will appear over the two days.

Details: Pam Am Games One-Year Kickoff

Spamalot

  • Lower Ossington Theatre (100 Ossington Avenue)
  • 8 p.m., 2 p.m.

Fans of oddball British humour—rejoice! The Lower Ossington Theatre has brought the genius of Monty Python’s Eric Idle to Toronto with their rendition of Spamalot. Watch as flying cows, killer rabbits, and all sorts of bizarre elements come together to tell a twisted version of the legendary story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Details: Spamalot