Cordially Yours Craft Sale and Rock Show

  • Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West)
  • 5 p.m.

Get crafty for a great cause at the Cordially Yours Craft Sale and Rock Show. Peruse the wares of over a dozen vendors, while Irina Lipkin paints live on site, and Ronnie Hayward, Sport of the Future, Max Kelly & Tony Allen, The Beverleys, The Très Bien Ensemble, The Back 40, and Run with the Kittens provide the soundtrack. Half of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the Red Door Shelter.

Details: Cordially Yours Craft Sale and Rock Show

ROM Out and About: Earth and Space Trivia Night

  • Fox's Den (1075 Bay Street)
  • 7 p.m.

The ROM is changing the notion that scientists and technicians never stray from the dark safety of their labs with ROM Out and About, a program that connects museum experts with the public in casual settings. This month, test your knowledge on everything from planets to gemstones at Earth and Space Trivia Night, hosted by mineralogy technician Katherine Dunnell.

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Banjo Concerto: Jayme Stone

Banjo prodigy Jayme Stone in the studio. Photo courtesy of Jayme Stone.

  • Jazz Bistro (251 Victoria Street)
  • 8 p.m.

Did you know that the banjo was once an instrument that proper young ladies were encouraged to take up in the 19th century? Were you aware that its origins are West African? Jayme Stone brings light to both these topics, as well as some great music on his album The Other Side of the Air. Join the Juno-winning Toronto native as he returns home to celebrate this new release, and remind all of us why he’s been called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the Banjo.”

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Macbeth and Shrew Arrive at Shakespeare in High Park

Philippa Domville and Hugh Thompson in Macbeth. Photo by David Hou.

  • High Park Amphitheatre (1873 Bloor St. W.)
  • 8 p.m.

In the 31st year of Shakespeare in High Park, Canadian Stage has programmed two productions that are performed on alternating evenings. The two plays could not be more different.

Both Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew involve manipulative spouses and deceptive plots—but where one ends in marriages and love, the other ends with bloodshed and terror. One is infamously problematic, and the other is one of Shakespeare’s most popular. And the two directors, Ted Witzel and Ker Wells, both of whom join Shakespeare in High Park after completing a directing program held in collaboration between Canadian Stage and York University, only exaggerate the differences.

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Family Nature Walk: Bat Night

  • Square of benches south of Grenadier Restaurant (200 Parkside Drive)
  • 8:30 p.m.

Everyone knows Batman, but this is your chance to meet a bat doctor. As part of the Family Nature Walk series, Dr. Brock Fenton, a veritable bat expert, will share his research on the creatures, including their physical and behavioral adaptations and the threats they face. He’ll then lead the group on a hike around Grenadier Pond in search of native bats. Bring a flashlight, and a chair or blanket to sit on.

Details: Family Nature Walk: Bat Night

Kelly McMichael and The Gloss EP Release Show

Kelly McMichael celebrates the release of a new album with her friends "The Gloss". Photo courtesy of Kelly McMichael.

  • Clinton's (693 Bloor Street West)
  • 9:30 p.m.

Already known for their involvement in a plethora bands such as Gentleman Reg, Kashka, Islands, and Diamond Rings, Kelly McMichael and Geordie Gordon decided it was time to record their very own album. With the help of Robin Love and Emmott Clancy, an aptly titled Kelly McMichael and The Gloss will be celebrating the release of their five-track EP Liminal on stage alongside their friends in Blimp Rock, and The Magic.

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The Royal Ontario Museum Takes a Modern Approach to the Cradle of Civilization

  • Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park)
  • All day

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.

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A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Scott Wentworth as Tevye, with Jacquelyn French (Hodel), Keely Hutton (Chava) and Jennifer Stewart (Tzeitel) in Fiddler on the Roof. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Multiple venues
  • All day

If Fringe and SummerWorks aren’t enough to satisfy your summer theatre cravings, the world-renowned Stratford Festival is now only a bus ride away from downtown Toronto, thanks to the new Stratford Direct bus route (“the best thing [the Festival] has done in years” according to one usher at the Avon Theatre). Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has put together a season to please tastes from the traditional to the extravagant. Here’s what we think about five of Stratford’s current productions.

Details: A Sampling of the Stratford Festival

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea

  • Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street)
  • All day

Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea is a new exhibition from the Toronto Reference Library that gathers a number of rare items that explore the theme of the possible and the impossible. Some of the highlights on display are La vingtième siècle: la vie électrique (a rare French book that shows how scientific discoveries would have affected people in 1955), Tame (a sci-fi pulp magazine), and Worldly Wisdom (watercolour that depicts a Leonardo da Vinci-like figure creating a winged flying machine). You’ll find the exhibition in the library’s TD Gallery.

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TIFF Throws A Toga Party For Comedies

Will Ferrell finds out it's so good once it hits the lips in Old School. Image courtesy of the TIFF Film Reference Library.

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

When Animal House first turned the toga into suitable party attire in 1978, the landscape of the film comedy was forever altered. TOGA! The Reinvention of American Comedy, a new film series that kicked off Wednesday at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, seeks to chart the changing comedic sensibilities that have occurred in the years since the film’s release. From big budget blockbusters, to libido-fuelled sex romps, to carefully calibrated exercises in nuance and timing, the selections in the program are some of the funniest films ever made.

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Fresh Wednesday Concerts

  • Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West)
  • 12:30 p.m.

Go on, escape the office for an extended lunch break and take in the tastes and sounds of Fresh Wednesdays. Each week, a different Canadian artist performs as you purchase baked goods and locally-grown produce from a farmer’s market. Pop singer-songwriter Justin Dubé kicks off the concert series, followed by Beat Café featuring poetry by Raine Maida (July 17), rising folk-pop stars Emma Lee and Peter Katz (August 7), and more.

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Toronto Summer Music Festival

The rising stars of 2012's Toronto Summer Music Academy. Photo courtesy of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

  • Multiple venues
  • 1:30 p.m.

Travel back to turn-of-the-century Paris—La Belle Époque—with the Toronto Summer Music Festival. Established and up-and-coming classical musicians gather for this three-week festival to celebrate works by French composers such as Ravel, Debussy, and Fauré. Lectures, workshops, interviews, and concerts will take place in various venues across the city.

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Summers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan: like The Sims for Luddites. Photo courtesy of Summers of Catan.

  • Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West)
  • 6 p.m.

If you’ve never played Settlers of Catan, you’re probably wondering what could be more dull than spending your evening playing a board game about old-timey landowners. But that’s because you haven’t played it, yet. Gladstone Hotel aims to change that with their Summers of Catan program. Every Wednesday, gather with other Catan-fans, drink specially discounted beer, and get settled! Bring your own boards, or use those provided.

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Dusk Dances

Photo by jbach from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

  • Withrow Park (Bain and Logan Avenues)
  • 6 p.m.

While city parks are usually populated by drunk hipsters, dogs, or goose poo, this is the week that dance takes over. Dusk Dances brings groups from all over Canada to perform four very different choreographies—including a boxing dance battle—in various spots throughout Withrow Park. Follow host Dan Watson as he takes spectators from one eclectic piece to the other.

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Dancing in the Town Square

Go shopping for dancing shoes, and then put them to use in the Town Square. Photo courtesy of the Shops at Don Mills.

  • Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road)
  • 7 p.m.

Like something out of a movie (except, you know, Footloose), you can spend your summer nights dancing in the open air of the Town Square. Join Dexter and Janice of DjDance as they lead Latin Salsa classes twice a week, all summer.

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The Trial of Ken Gass

  • Sterling Theatre (163 Sterling Road)
  • 8 p.m.

Playwright and director Bobby Del Rio touches on the struggle artists face in The Trial of Ken Gass. Based on the real-life dismissal of a Canadian theatre legend, the play sees Ken Gass continually put on trial for crimes of which he knows nothing. The part of Gass will be played by a different actor every night, including Peter Keleghan, Art Hindle, Diane Flacks, Greg Dunham, and Dinesh Sachdev.

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Anything Goes is a Real Trip

Rachel York and a bunch of dancing sailors in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Anything Goes, presented by Mirvish Productions. Photo by Joan Marcus.

  • Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West)
  • 2 p.m., 8 p.m.

Musical theatre has a reputation for sometimes being out of touch and old-fashioned, so the prospect of Mirvish Productions bringing a tour of Cole Porter’s 1934 musical Anything Goes to Toronto wasn’t especially heartening at first—even if this particular production, by New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company, won three 2011 Tony Awards.

But say, pal, wouldn’t you know, we were downright tickled to have such a good time at the Princess of Wales Theatre. The jokes are still corny, the songs still melodramatic, and the script still has some pretty racist content, but the show manages to transcend its era.

Details: Anything Goes is a Real Trip

Entertaining Mr. Sloane

David Beazely and Stuart Hughes in rehearsal for Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Photo by Nathan Kelly.

  • Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane)
  • 8 p.m.

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.

Details: Entertaining Mr. Sloane

TIFF in the Park

  • David Pecaut Square (221 King Street West)
  • 9 p.m.

Love is in the air this summer as TIFF in the Park returns for another season of outdoor film screenings, showcasing the best romances from across the decades. Bring a blanket and get comfy on the lawn (yes, the Entertainment District has green space, too) to enjoy everything from Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights, to Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, and The Notebook.

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Harbourfront Free Flicks: Invented Worlds

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

Do you feel guilty about staying indoors in front of your TV when it’s nice outside? There’s a way around that—sitting by the lake and catching great films every week with Harbourfront’s Free Flicks. This year, NOW Magazine’s Norm Wilner has chosen a crop of imagination-stretching films from notable directors and writers. From Little Shop of Horrors, to The Triplets of Belleville, and That Thing You Do!, each title resides, at least a little bit, in the fantasy world.

CORRECTION: July 3, 2013, 11:00 AM This post originally listed Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moulin Rouge! as films being shown, when they are actually just options for the audience choice film.

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  • Multiple venues
  • 9 p.m.

Some people never outgrow their love of childhood outdoor games. If you’re one of them, you need to join the Manhunt Toronto network. Every week they stake out a different corner of the city to engineer a series of “radical” games of Hide and Seek, Capture the Flag, Freeze Tag, and Octopus in parks and urban spaces. Check their site to find out where to meet up each night.

Details: Manhunt

Faking Bad

  • Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West)
  • 9:30 p.m.

The Bad Dog Theatre Company is celebrating the return of TV’s Breaking Bad in their own special way—by putting on a tribute show. A five-week improv comedy serial, Faking Bad, follows the trials and tribulations of a high school home economics teacher looking to make easy money in the drug world. Featuring performances from Bruce Hunter, Conor Holler, Dan Beirne, Dale Boyer, Nigel Downer, James Gangl, and Craig Anderson.

Details: Faking Bad