July 21, 2013
Category: Family Activities
From 11am to 11pm. YOUTH DAY is a non-profit operated FREE summer festival held at Yonge-Dundas Square with a Yonge St. closure from Queen St. to Dundas St. – expecting over 30,000 in 2013! YOUTH DAY features over 100 live music and dance performances over 10 hours; mostly by youth 14 – 24. Also included is a Youth Gallery showcasing art and photography, a live Fashion Show, and much more! Yonge St., closed from Dundas St. to Shuter St. will be lined with a variety of vendors and exhibitors – from food to jewelry to face painting. Headliner performances and celebrity support also add to YOUTH DAY’s attraction.
For more details: www.youthdaytoronto.com
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
11am to 10pm. In a multicultural city like Toronto — where all summer festivals have something beautiful to offer those who love meeting new cultures — you cannot miss Canada’s Largest Brazilian Cultural Event, the 10th Annual Toronto International BrazilFest 2013.
Earlscourt Park located at St. Clair Ave West and Caledonia Road, all sounds and vibes of this beautiful culture will be showcased with its food, music, dance, crafts and workshops.
The Festival stage will be filled with musicians, dancers and singers that will take you on an exotic trip exploring Brazilian music and celebration without having to leave the heart of Toronto.
This amazing event will also offer the famous Brazilian “Caipirinha,” Brazil’s national cocktail drink, mixing lime, sugar and Brazilian Cachaca (Brazilian spirit), a must-try cocktail with a Brazilian flare that will have you enjoying the sounds and dance moves of the Samba. And that’s not all! Come and enjoy some delicious grilled Brazilian “Churrasco” Barbeque, Tropical Juices and baked Brazilian goodies being sold by vendors at the festival.
For more details: www.brazilfest.ca
Africa Picnic Site, 10:00am to 4:00pm.
In support of National Zoo Keeper Week, Toronto City Council has proclaimed Sunday, July 21 through Friday, July 26, 2013 as “Zoo Keeper Week” in the City of Toronto! The Toronto Zoo, your local Southern Ontario Chapter of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, is proud to invite you to a week long event celebrating National Zoo Keeper Week. This event will offer rare insight into the unique roles the Zoo Keeper plays within the Toronto Zoo. Come on out and catch a surprise Meet The Keeper Talk, see the tools of the trade, learn about keeper conservation initiatives, and meet some of the WILD animals. Also, be sure to watch the crazy antics of zoo staff at 12:00pm to 1:00pm, daily, as they compete in special games that mimic zoo keeping work.
For more information: www.TorontoZoo.com
Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Toronto’s highly anticipated Beaches International Jazz Festival, taking place July 19-28, 2013. In honour of this momentous occasion, an incredible musical line-up and exciting new activities have been planned.
The Festival unfolds each summer in the heart of the lakeside community, and is a top attraction for local residents and tourists alike. What began as a small, two-day event by president and producer Lido Chilelli in 1989 has now evolved into a massive ten-day celebration of music, with over one million people in attendance. Presently North America’s largest free festival, Beaches Jazz attracts tourists from across the globe each year and has been named the top free jazz festival in the world by MSN.com.
For further information, please contact the Beaches Jazz Festival Hotline at (416) 410-8809 or visit www.beachesjazz.com
Location: The Beach Neighbourhood
July 9 – August 4, 2013. Come take part in North America’s biggest Caribbean-styled Carnival now in its 45th year! See a spectacular parade of more than 20 masquerade bands in the most competitive Carnival competition outside of the Caribbean! The Grand Parade will be August 3rd, 2013.
For more details: www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com
Location: Various Venues
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A JOURNEY TO OZ LIKE NO OTHER
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that recently delighted Toronto audiences of all ages with the revival of The Sound of Music.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
NOW ON STAGE!
AT THE ED MIRVISH THEATRE
244 Victoria Street, Toronto
Act One – 1 hour 5 minutes
Intermission – 20 minutes
Act Two – 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Visit Mirvish.com for more information.
Celebrating hockey fans one team at a time. On 30 selected days this summer, the Hockey Hall of Fame will spotlight a different NHL team. The first 1,000 guests with paid admission on these days will receive a free Hockey Hall of Fame “Game-Worn Jersey” trading card of the featured team’s captain. Show up wearing the apparel of the scheduled team and receive half price admission and a chance to win prizes including a trip to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic.
Schedule and details at HHOF.com
Location: Hockey Hall of Fame — 30 Yonge Street, Brookfield Place
It’s not always fun being the smallest. Unless you are the world’s smallest ninja!
This summer, The Second City is pleased to bring you a hilarious new adventure for all ages, Princess Polly and the World’s Smallest Ninja. Come along as Princess Polly sets out to save the kingdom, with the help of a tiny ninja, whose skills will baffle your eyes!
Complete with wonderful original songs, a heart-warming tale, and plenty of surprises, Princess Polly is a production that will delight kids and parents alike!
Recommended for ages 5 – 102. Performances: July 4 to September 1.
Thursdays & Sundays at 1:00pm. (Doors open at 12:30pm).
Tickets: Individual Tickets $14. Family 4-Packs $45.
For groups of 10 or more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: The Second City – 51 Mercer Street (at Blue Jays Way)
The world’s largest celebration of video games making its first Canadian appearance, Game On 2.0 features game design, development, and production including multiplayer games, handheld devices, original concept and character art, and the history’s most influential arcade machines. From Pong to Guitar Hero; the Ontario Science Centre will host Game On 2.0 which offers a hands-on exploration of video game history and culture. Visitors will experience more than 60 years of gaming entertainment and technology; from the very first commercial coin-operated game to the latest in virtual reality and 3D gaming.
Game On 2.0 tracks the development of video games from the earliest computer games to arcade-era hits and the very latest from today’s multi-billion dollar industry with more than 150 playable games from across the history of the medium – including pinball games – as well as rarely-seen consoles, controllers and collectables.
Location: Ontario Science Centre – 770 Don Mills Road
Visit the Ontario Science Centre website for more information.
Game On 2.0 is an exhibition organized and toured by the Barbican Centre which is owned and funded by the City of London Corporation. Game On 2.0 is presented by triOS College. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. Media Partner: The Toronto Star