Summer in the city and the emphasis is on street festivals and entertainment. Toronto finds out in July if it was selected as the site for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.
Canada turns 134 on this day marked by outdoor parties, special events and fireworks. Check the local papers for what’s on.
The Fringe – Toronto’s Theatre Festival
More than 90 companies and solo acts are participating this year in various small artsy venues in the uptown area. There is a lot of talent here! Check www.FringeToronto.com for the lineup.
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival
This 4th annual street festival features many bands, performers and ten stages to enjoy this special events celebrating this cosmopolitan city. See www.city.toronto.on.ca events for further details.
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit
This is an annual huge outdoor art show at City Hall (Nathan Phillips) Square at Queen and Bay streets. For further information, see their web site at www.torontooutdoorart.org
The Molson Indy
Exhibition Place near Lake Ontario is transformed again into a circuit on the Indycar tour, bringing in the biggest names of CART racing. For more information, check out www.MolsonIndy.com
Classical Pursuits Adventure For The Mind
For six full days, pursue your passion in the classics: music, art and literature. For events and details, check this web site www.utoronto.ca/classicalpursuits
Beaches International Jazz Festival
This is one of the premier ‘happenings’ of the year in Toronto. More than 100 bands perform for free on indoor and outdoor stages in the fun area west of downtown known as “The Beach” – and yes, there is a boardwalk! (on Lake Ontario, not the ocean)
This is a festival of Caribbean music and culture with groups and individuals from Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. The famous carnival parade will be on August 4th. See www.Toronto.com/caribana for venues and details.
Canadian Men’s International Tennis Championships
This is the third major tennis tournament in the world behind Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Check out their web site at www.masters-series.com
Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists
This is the 11th annual event that features more than 80 dance artists. For more information, see www.ffida.org
Summer Works 2001
This event is limited to Toronto companies and there is lots of talent on view from both new and established artists during this 11-day festival. To see the lineup, check out www.summerworks.ca
This Monday is an annual bank holiday in Ontario and many offices and commercial places are closed, but tourism is little affected. Check the local papers for closures.
Krinos Taste of the Danforth
The Greek part of town becomes one big street festival of foods of the area and street entertainers on special stages. Go to www.tasteofthedanforth.com
Toronto’s Festival of Beer
This three-day festival features breweries from around the world. Workshops, seminars, and entertainment will be held throughout the weekend. The event will be held at historic Fort York, located on the waterfront next to the Skydome and the CN Tower. See www.totalbeer.net
Canadian National Exhibition
Lots of midway rides, carnival games, exhibits, music and great entertainment shows make up summer’s ‘last hurrah’. Surf on www.TheEx.com for all the details.