July 11, 2014
WE ARE PAN AM: One-Year Countdown to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games is a free two-day festival is taking place from Friday, July 11 to Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.
Friday, July 11
PANAMANIA, sponsored by CIBC, kicks off at noon. Get ready to sing and dance to the invigorating sounds of Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano, or strap on your dancing shoes and learn how to salsa with lessons from Salsa on St. Clair dancers. Don’t miss Dwayne D’Bandit Pitt and Dr. Jay de Socaprince who will keep the party rocking when they take the stage on Friday night.
Want more? Take part in a variety of Pan Am/Parapan Am sports: basketball, soccer, wheelchair rugby and sitting volleyball, and be one of the first to see the Cisco TORONTO 2015 Countdown Clock.
Saturday, July 12
Meet multiple-gold medallists Rosie MacLennan (trampoline), Heather Moyse (rugby sevens, cycling and bobsleigh), Benoît Huot (aquatics) and other athletes as they participate in sport demonstrations and mini-competitions. Toronto Raptors star Greivis Vasquez will be in the square to give coaching tips on shooting three pointers and how to improve your game, and make sure to take your photo with PACHI the porcupine, the official mascot of the TORONTO 2015 Games. You won’t be able to sit still when Cuban salsa legends Los Van Van hit the stage, and end the night with a bang when fireworks fill the sky.
The fun begins Friday at noon and wraps up at 11 p.m. on both days. For more information, please visit www.TORONTO2015.org/one-year. Make sure to like us on Facebook (facebook.com/Toronto2015), follow us on Twitter (@TO2015) and use the hashtags #TO2015, #WeArePanAm.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) — 100 Queen Street West
The inaugural China Now festival, presented by Manulife July 11–13, at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto is an unprecedented exploration of Chinese arts and culture. Guided by the artistic theme of legacy, this multi-disciplinary festival has invited artists from China and around the world to explore China’s artistic traditions and trajectory in the beautiful setting of Toronto’s central waterfront.
China’s artistic legacy is an ongoing interaction between its people, its history and its future. The nation itself is being influenced by the outside world in an unprecedented way while exerting a growing influence outside its borders. Meanwhile, the outside world untangles myths and misconceptions from the country’s reality. China Now helps decode contemporary Chinese art, how it has been shaped and how it is shaping the future.
Join us in Toronto for this diverse immersion in contemporary Chinese arts, culture and food. It’s a three-day festival full of unexpected surprises and delights.
China Now, presented by Manulife, is produced in partnership with Can4Culture and the China International Cultural Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group, supported by the Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China.
Harboufront Centre — 235 Queens Quay West
Forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. From disparate influences and traditions, to the intersections of people, space and time, the inaugural China Now festival seeks to explore China’s enormous worldwide legacy.
Presented by Manulife Financial, in partnership with Can4Culture and China International Culture Association, working with the China Arts and Entertainment Group and supported by the Ministry of Culture and People’s Republic of China.
For more information: www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Location: Harbourfront Centre
July 3 – July 14, 2013. Summer: Toronto’s largest theatre festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary. Unjuried. Unexpected. Unforgettable. Over 155 stage productions from Canada and around the world in downtown Toronto. Dramas, musicals, comedy, improv and more, plus special programming for families at FringeKids! During the festival, patrons enjoy free entertainment, talks and prizes at the centrally located Fringe Club. Sign-up for their newsletter to receive all Fringe news & updates. A Toronto event that’s not to be missed.
For more information: www.fringetoronto.com
Theatres: Various Venues
7:30PM – July 4-5, 8-12, 15-19.
2:00PM – July 5, 12, 19.
Single Tickets: $32 Subscribe from $87.
Through raucous stories, haunting memories and vibrant song, Billy Bishop recounts his life from humble beginnings to fame and glory as Canada’s greatest flying ace. Part musical, part drama, this inspiring and poignant look at a national hero is not to be missed.
Directed by Danny Harvey.
For tickets: www.rosetheatre.ca
Rose Theatre, Brampton — 1 Theatre Lane
Direct from Australia, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO Live brings an awesome array of prehistoric creatures to life on stage. From cute baby dinos to teeth-gnashing giants, your family will observe and interact with extraordinary, life-like creatures in this highly imaginative, entertaining and educational live show.
Buy a Subscription to the 2014-2015 Main Subscription Season or the 2014-2015 Off-Mirvish Series and purchase Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo before the general public! Get the best seats first!
For tickets: www.mirvish.com/shows/dinosaurzoo
Panasonic Theatre — 651 Yonge Street
A GLORIOUS HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO A MUSIC ICON.
RETURN TO GRACE traces the greatest musical moments of a generation with song favourites that include “Heartbreak Hotel”, “All Shook Up”, “Love Me Tender”, and more! From the early years, through to the amazing ’68 Comeback Special, to the historical Aloha from Hawaii concert, experience RETURN TO GRACE to re-live the music that changed rock and roll forever!
Buy a Subscription to the 2014-2015 Main Subscription Season or the 2014-2015 Off-Mirvish Series and purchase Return to Grace before the general public! Get the best seats first!
Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly The Canon) — 244 Victoria Street
Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings. Organized by the AGO in conjunction with the U.K.’s renowned Ashmolean Museum, this exhibit will feature over 60 works by the two highly influential artists as well as a number of photographs and archival materials dating from the Second World War. Contemporaries but not friends, Bacon and Moore shared an obsession with expressing themes of suffering, struggle, and survival in relation to the human body. They survived the Second World War and were subsequently haunted by the conflict, which they represented through manifestations of the body in various states of contortion. Drawing on their personal experiences from the London Blitz, this exhibit demonstrates how the two artists reflected differently upon psychological torment. This is the first Canadian exhibition of Bacon’s work and the presentation also includes rarely-seen Moore artworks.
April 5 to July 20, 2014.
Art Gallery of Ontario — 317 Dundas St. W.
TICKETS: Tickets for Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty are $16.50 for students and youth ages 17 and under, $21.50 for seniors, and $25 for adults. Admission is FREE for AGO members and for children ages five and under. AGO members also have access to an exclusive advance preview of the exhibition from April 2 – 4, 2014 before it opens to the public. For more information on AGO memberships, visit: www.ago.net/membership
Tickets can be booked in person, by phone at 416-979-6655 or online by visiting: bit.ly/1jHprBw