The heat is on! We’re in the final stretch of summer and we need to savour every moment we can. With fall just around the corner we’re not ready to turn in our flip flops and swimsuits just yet. Here are some fun events to check out this month in Toronto…
Guest Chefs at Summer Wednesdays: Evergreen Brick Works until August 29th. Every Wednesday from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Guest chefs are joining partners Il Forno Cultura with a new Summer Wednesday menu from the wood-feed oven. Enjoy live music, Etsy Marketplace and a bike obstacle course on selected dates, plus yoga on the Terrace and a rotating list of food trucks in the Pavilions. Chefs include angela Villalta (L’Unita Enoteca on August 1), John Sinopoi (Ascari Enoteca on August 8), Patrick McMurray (Ceili’s Cottage on August 15), John Petcoff (Oyster Boy & Seafood Historian on August 22), Il Forno Cultura will wrap up on August 29. Go to www.evergreen.ca for more details.
Mamma Mia!: Ed Mirvish Theatre August 9 to 19.
The latest movie, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (aka Mamma Mia 2) has officially hit the theatres (SOOOO GOOOD), but the feel-good musical that we all know and love hits the stage in Toronto in August with all our favourite ABBA songs. Set on a Greek island paradise this tale of love, friendship and identity told through the timeless hits. Always a fun girls night out. Go to www.mirvish.com for details.
Union Summer Outdoor Movie Nights: Union Station. Every Wednesday night starting at 7:30 pm.
Free movie screenings every Wednesday night until August 15th. Free popcorn to the first 100 guests courtesy of Fairmont Royal York. Spice World (August 1), Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World (August 8), Wonder Woman (August 15). Visit www.torontounion.ca for more details.
Crazy Rich Asians: Official wide release in theatres, August 15.
Based on the bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, this highly anticipated rom-com film follows Rachel Chu and her longtime boyfriend Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. En route, she learns that her boyfriend is one of the most richest in Singapore and he’s considered the country’s most eligible bachelors. All of the sudden Rachel finds herself in the spotlight. We can’t wait and yes…we’re re-reading the book!
Sex and the City and Us: 20th Anniversary Extravaganza: August 22 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular television series of our time. Join writers Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and Anne T. Donahue as they discuss the cultural legacy of Sex and the City at this exclusive event. Enjoy cosmos specials and cupcakes with your friends while reliving legendary moments on the big screen while Donahue and Armstrong explore exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from the cast and writers. Book sale and signing to follow. Go to www.hotdocs.ca for more details.The King and I: July 10 to August 12 at The Princess of Wales Theatre.
Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher who is brut to Siam to teach his many wives and children. The classic Rodgers & Hammerstein production is touted as “breathtaking and exquisite” by the New York Times. Go to www.mirvish.com for details.
Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival (aka Caribana): August 2 to August 6 various locations
It’s time to jump up Toronto and join in the hottest and North America’s largest festival celebrating the arts, culture, music and food of the Caribbean nations. The multi-day event brings locals and tourists alike to our city. Various events are organized with literally something for everyone from Junior parade to crowning of the King and Queen of show, to evening parties, picnics, and the parade of Bands. Be prepared to sweat and dance everywhere you go. And yes, we will forever be calling it Caribana. Go to www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com for more details.
Grace International JerkFest and Music Festival: August 9 to 12 at Centennial Park
Showcasing authentic cuisine, cultural arts, crafts, and exciting entertainment that encompasses Caribbean traditions, this Festival offers a blend of authenticity and fun for families and friends. With musical entertainment that stays true to the Caribbean spirit, it’s the perfect way to take in a long summer’s night. Performers at this year’s Festival include Chaka Demus and Pliers – one of the most iconic duos in Jamaican music. Go to www.jerkfestival.ca for more details.
SummerWorks Performance Festival: various venues. August 9 to 19.
Considered one of Canada’s most vital launching pads for new performance works, this festival is one to definitely watch. Discover new creative works with more than 400 artists from Canada and around the world. We’ve got our eyes on a few performances including Lost Together where the audience is invited to share a story about something you’ve lost. Throughout the conversation, Shira Leuchter and Michaela Washburn will work together to remagine and recreate that lost thing for you. the objects they create will become part of an ever-evolving exhibition, remixing us that loss doesn’t have to be a solitary reckoning. We’re also intrigued by Intimate Karaoke, Live at Uterine Concert Hall as Dayna McLeod invites audiences to sing their favourite karaoke songs for her uterus. Go to www.summerworks.ca for more details.
The Rose Picnic: Stanley Barracks and Hotel X. August 11.
Take in Canada’s largest rose picnic and sipping an assortment of rose wines while savouring delicious food of celebrity chef Mark McEwan and his 4 restaurants Bymark, Fabbrica, McEwa Foods, North 44 and ONE. Hotel X will be transformed into a sea of pink and white as guests eat, drink, or relax on pink picnic blankets throughout the day and into the evening. rosepicnic.com
Emperors & Jewels: Treasures of the Indian Courts from the Al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait: Aga Khan Museum. August 18 to January 27.
Experience the passion for opulence among the Princes of India. Exquisite objects decorated with gems and carved from semi-precious stone reflect life at the courts. www.agakhanmuseum.org
Chevrolet Indie Fridays at Yonge & Dundas Square: every friday all summer long. Free
The multi-cultural free concert series happens right in the heart of the city each and every friday evening. On August 3, two of Toronto’s most legendary reggae groups will take the stage including Fujahtive with RaLion and the Sattalites. On August 10, there will be some good ol’ fashion rock ‘n roll with Roots quartet Johnson Crook and Texas King. Headlining is The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer with their blues tracks. On August 17, get rebellious with the sounds of pop-punkers from Toronto Pkew Pkew Pkew and The Penske File. Headlining act will be The Flatliners. August 24 gets funkolicious with KC Roberts & The Live Revolution opening for headlining group After Funk. The summer will “rap” up with Toronto’s hip-hop artists Clairmont The Second and The Dirty B-Sides. Go to www.ydsquare.ca for more details.
Canadian National Exhibition: August 17 to September 3. CNE Grounds.
Nothing winds down summer quite like the CNE. A long standing tradition of the city, this extravaganza is enjoyed by all ages. We all have fond memories over the years from Super Dog Shows to feasting at the Food Building and shopping at the International Pavillion. Of course, there’s the rides on the Midway and trying our luck at the games of skill. Take in kiddie land and visit the agricultural zone where you can see wee baby chicks and piglets and even learn directly from farmers how to milk a cow. And we can’t leave without inhaling a bag (or three) of Tiny Tom Donuts, amiright? NEW this year is the World’s Largest Indoor Lantern Festival. Go to www.theex.com for more details.