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Things to do in Toronto this week – July 18 to 25

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The following is a selection of featured events from toronto.com's self-submitting events calendar along with selected events from the city's event listings. Link here to our own full calendar at toronto.com.

MONDAY, JULY 18

Symphony in the Gardens, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Casa Loma through to Sept. 5, July 18 is The Virtuosi. More info.

Uniting their talents, the musicians play with emotion and virtuosity in the true spirit of klezmer music at University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Eclipse Theatre Company is pleased to announce the live presentation of ‘TIL THEN, an original Canadian song cycle of 3 stories and 18 new songs by 24 writers including, Chantal Kreviazuk, Leslie Arden, Britta Johnson, Colleen & Akiva, Richard Ouzounian and many more July 17-20 at the '1871' Berkeley Church Event Venue, 315 Queen St. E. More info.

TUESDAY, JULY 19

Chinese Canadian pianist Tony Yike Yang is emerging as one of the foremost pianists of his generation. He makes his TSM debut in a monumental solo recital of Chopin, Liszt, Prokofiev, and more at University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Eclipse Theatre Company is pleased to announce the live presentation of ‘TIL THEN, an original Canadian song cycle of 3 stories and 18 new songs by 24 writers including, Chantal Kreviazuk, Leslie Arden, Britta Johnson, Colleen & Akiva, Richard Ouzounian and many more July 17-20 at the '1871' Berkeley Church Event Venue, 315 Queen St. E. More info.

Symphony in the City with Toronto Concert Orchestras – weekly classical+ concerts, special guest artists, VIP and dinner buffet package, 8 to 9:45 p.m. at Palais Royale. TCO’s musicians take the stage alongside Canada’s preeminent classical crossover ensemble Quartetto Gelato, who have been delighting audiences since 1994. More info.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20

Villa Charities resumes its popular Ballo Liscio nights in the Columbus Centre Courtyard, 901 Lawrence Ave. W., 6:30 to 9 p.m., every Wednesday all summer long for outdoor social dancing nights featuring live musical performances. More info.

Smashfest brings NHL players and guests together for a night of ping pong and fun in support of rare cancer and concussion research: 6:30 p.m. at Steam Whistle Brewery Biergärten and Taproom

255 Bremner Blvd. More info.

A crazy fun night of music bingo and delicious craft beer at Something in the Water Brewing Co., 151 East Liberty St. More info.

Aisslinn Nosky, who enthralls audiences around the world with her striking interpretations and impeccable technique, is joined in a concert of Baroque gems by harpsichordist Christopher Bagan, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Ben Bankas, 8 to 9:45 p.m. at The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor St. W. More info.

Asian Comedy All-Stars - Improv, magic, and comedy, 8-10 p.m. at Rivoli, 334 Queen St. W. More info.

Intangible Adorations Caravan is an immersive, traveling theatrical & film experience that fuses Carnival with science-fantasy biography, circus and disability culture. Created by Lisa Anita Wegner and Other HeArts, IAC is a multi-sensory and interactive experience with accessibility built into each show, putting both disabled performers and audience members at the forefront of every aspect of the show. Continues Main Square July 20; Cedar Ridge Aug. 24; Stan Wadlow Park Sept. 7; Brickworks Sept. 14. Free. Shows start at 9 p.m. Advanced seating 8:30 p.m. More info.

A free summer screening series! There will be a free outdoor movie to enjoy every Wednesday at sundown continuing July 20, 27 in Regent Park (the Big Park). The two remaining films, following Taste of Regent Park, are: Summer of Soul July 20; and Encanto! July 27. There will be a Block Party on July 27 before the film, with family friendly activities and performances led by Regent Park community organizations. In the event of a rain cancellation, a movie will be shown Aug. 3. More info.

Pathways, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Dr., is a series of hands-on art and environmental based workshops, demonstrating teachings of the land through Indigenous, naturalistic and artistic perspectives. Continues July 20, 24, 27, 31.

Trivia Night at High Park Brewery, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., 839 Runnymede Rd, every Wednesday. More info.

Clay and Paper Theatre brings good medicine for hard times with their pop-up theatre, "Art Ambulance," a series of short, sharp shows with puppets, crankie movies, music, mask, satire and live music, July 20, 21, 22, 23, 7 to 8 p.m. at Amos Waites Park, 2441 Lake Shore Blvd W, Etobicoke. More info.

THURSDAY, JULY 21

A concert of Penderecki String Quartet (PSW) gems, 7 p.m. at Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront. More info.

Italian Movie Nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. More info.

Royal Canadian Family Circus at Woodbine Mall & Fantasy Fair, eight shows from July 21 to July 24. More info.

New and experienced comedians will give their best 5-minutes as they compete for your vote at Mandy's Bistro on the Danforth. More info.

Driftwood Theatre Group returns to the road with their annual The Bard's Bus Tour presenting King Henry Five, running throughout Southern Ontario this summer, including July 21 to 23 in Withrow Park. More info.

Echo Chamber Toronto is a performance series that intertwines contemporary dance with live chamber music, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Best Stand-Up Set, 8 to 9:15 p.m. at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. More info.

MASHUP PON DI ROAD-Little Jamaica, 8 to 11 p.m., Green P Lot-Little Jamaica, 1531 Eglinton Avenue West, 8 p.m. - the gates open; 9 p.m. - the big show; 10-11 p.m. - the aftershow lime. July 21-23 (also July 27, 9 p.m. at the Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.. More info.

FRIDAY, JULY 22

A fun filled evening with circus acts, burlesque dancers, and a mentalist, 10 to 11:45 p.m., The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. More info.

A Las Vegas-style magical evening, featuring 3 incredible illusionists, 7 to 9 p.m., The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd. More info.

Kitchen Hub Castlefield Open House, noon to 4 p.m. at Kitchen Hub Food Hall Castlefield, 1121 Castlefield Avenue: Come check out all the amazing restaurants all under one roof. Enjoy the new patio and dine-in spaces. Spin the wheel to win prizes and fun activities for the kids. Includes Mandy's, Gusto, PAI Norther Thai, Cabano's burgers & wings, Chubby's Jamaican, Pearl Dim Sum, Chatime, Azkadenya, Cheesecake Factory Bakery, and more. More info.

Presented by Beerlicious at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place Toronto's Festival of Beer, July 22 - 24. More info.

Come to the Cultural Bazaar 2022 on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, raffles, henna, multicultural food, popcorn and cotton candy, and artisanal products for everyone to enjoy. The outdoor Cultural Bazaar takes place every Friday through to Sept. 2 at 660 Dundas St. E, Regent Park. More info.

Throughout weekends in July, come and explore Myseum of Toronto’s pop-up exhibition at Harbourfront Centre

36 Questions that Lead to Loving TO: Harbourfront Edition is a free pop-up experience that invites Torontonians to explore the commitment we have to the city and to each other, based on Myseum of Toronto's exhibition of the same name. Saturday, July 16, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 17 noon to 7 p.m.; Friday July 22, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday July 23, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, July 24, noon to 7 p.m. More info.

Groovin in the Park is Toronto’s biggest free celebration of House, Disco, Funk, Soul, Food & Culture featuring Paul E Lopes, Jason Palma, Mike Tull, Dave Campbell & so much more, 7 to 11 p.m., Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen St. E. More info.

Denmark’s leading Klezmer ensemble “Mames Babegenush” make their Canadian concert debut in a very special pre-Sabbath performance under the twilight sky, 7 to 9 p.m. at Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst St. More info.

Join Iranian kamancheh player Kourosh Babaei, emerging Ukrainian electronic artist Chernilo (aka Maksym Chupov-Ryabtsev) and multi-percussionist Steve Mancuso for an intimate concert, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m at Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St. More info.

Brahms' Muse, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.at University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Friday Night Headliners Showcase 8 p.m. - Gianmarco Soresi and guests, 8 to 9:45 p.m. at The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor St. W. More info.

Alysha Brilla blends a unique folk sound using guitar, piano and djembe, while Rose Cousins brings contemporary roots to Harbourfront's Concert Stage, 8 to 11 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. More info.

MASHUP PON DI ROAD-Little Jamaica, 8 to 11 p.m., Green P Lot-Little Jamaica, 1531 Eglinton Avenue West, 8 p.m. - the gates open; 9 p.m. - the big show; 10-11 p.m. - the aftershow lime. July 21-23 (also July 27, 9 p.m. at the Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd.. More info.

Movies Under the Stars returns to Downsview Park for its 6th annual movie program. The show will start at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), but movie-goers are encouraged to arrive an hour early to get a good spot. The picnic-style format is back, but a new location is being tried out between the Orchard Pavilion and the Lake. This event is free, registration will open approximately one week before each show date. Please follow us on Instagram @parcdownsviewpark, Facebook @parcdownsviewpark and Twitter @ParCKDownsview to ensure that you do not miss the announcements! Movies Under the Stars 2022 Schedule continues: Friday, July 22 – The Bad Guys. More info.

A pro comedy show featuring 8 headliners doing their best 7 minutes, 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. More info.

Cultura is a free family friendly outdoor festival presenting music, art, food and film. Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers and dance, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars. AccessibleFree EventOnsite Food and BeveragesPaid ParkingPublic WashroomsFamily/Children, Food/Culinary, Live Performances, July 22, 6 to 1:00 p.m. at Mel Lastman Square. More info.

The 5th Annual Taste of the Middle East Toronto Festival 2022 July 22, 23, 24 will transform Nathan Phillips Square into a walk through the streets & souks of the Arabic culture and community, serving up the delightful tastes of the Middle East's diversified flavours and cultures. More info.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

The Canary District is hosting its inaugural Summer In Canary Front Street Festival on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This two-day festival will shine a spotlight on the people and places that make the Canary District one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. More info.

The Guild Alive with Culture Art's Festival on tap both online and in person July 23, 24 for a weekend of live music, and amazing artists on the beautiful grounds of the Guild Park and Gardens. New this year - Clark Centre for the Arts is open and will be participating during the festival. More info.

Summer is Magic - Ice Cream Party, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Baby Point Gates BIA, Windermere Avenue and Annette Street. More info.

For two days only, Toronto based Chinese calligraphy artist Katherina Kwan is hosting a free exhibition of nearly 100 pieces of her latest works at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. More info.

Nostalgic Market (Vintage Clothing Pop-Up), noon to 6 p.m., 1305 Dundas St. W. More info.

The Power of Movement. Kristen Slowly is presenting a three-week dance workshop series at Dixon Park, continuing July 23 and Aug. 13, noon to 2 p.m., focused on enhancing the mental health and overall well-being. The project is facilitated by ICONS, an Afro-Caribbean-led dance group. ICONS will teach several culturally specific West African genres such as funaná, dancehall and soca. More info.

The Dance Together Festival (continuing July 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13) offers free open-air dance workshops and events that celebrate positive and accessible dance experiences. The festival is co-produced by dance artists Katya Kuznetsova and Kate Nankervis. This year, the festival transforms Mimico Square in Amos Waites Park into a vibrant open-air dance space with free workshops (Vernacular Jazz, Afro Cuban, Soca, Flamenco, Salsa, and West African Dance) and an interactive dance floor mural, open for everyone to experience and enjoy.

A two-day street festival showcasing the best of Filipino culture highlighting its colourful cuisine, music and heritage, all celebrated with Filipino warmth and hospitality Jul 23, 24, Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue. The festival will showcase the Philippines' vibrant culture that spreads in more than its 7,000 islands through food stalls and activities such as regional celebrations, cultural parades and installations, live musical entertainment and in-event experiences. There will also be carnival rides for everyone to enjoy. More info.

Courtyard Comedy - Headliner Rush Kazi, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. W. More info.

ReGeneration: The Sorrows of Young Werther, 4 to 5:30 p.m., University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

ReGeneration: The Eye of the Storm, 7:30 to 9 p.m., University of Toronto Faculty of Music, 80 Queens Park, as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival which runs through to July 30. More info.

Organized by the Art Gallery of York University in partnership with the Black Creek Community Farm, Art on My Mind 2022 is a multidisciplinary arts program facilitated by Kibra, Dynesti and Curtia Wright and also includes a performance showcase to celebrate the Black Creek Community Farm Festival, 4 to 6 p.m. More info.

Toronto Ward Museum is presenting Banig, Pai, Mafrash, a series of community-engaged arts events celebrating cross-cultural picnic traditions in Agincourt. Over five Saturdays in July, local artists will lead free workshops exploring participants’ picnic memories and traditions through spoken word and poetry, abstract painting, weaving and movement/dance. Artistic outcomes from the workshops will be installed and performed at a final celebratory event- a park party that will also include music, food and live memory-sharing. All events are free and open to all ages, and will take place in Milliken Park. Facilitation will be available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Tagalog and Arabic. More info.

Comedian Tamara Shevon records a stand up comedy album with the help of her hilarious pro openers, 8 to 11 p.m. at Nothing Fancy, 1185 Dundas St. W. More info.

The Funniest Show on The Danforth, 8 to 9:15 p.m., Comedy Bar Danforth, 2800 Danforth Ave. More info.

A night of music and dance with Opa Yallah and friends,featurning Greek, Arabic, and Persian classic popular music, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. More info.

Buckle up for Toronto’s craziest comedy show! Off The Rails is an interactive, improvised stand-up comedy show where Toronto’s bravest comedians make up their act based on your suggestions, Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor St. W. More info.

Golden Mile Food Equity Community Project: Mural Routes and Feed Scarborough have partnered to deliver The Golden Mile Food Equity Community Project, a City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Project. This project combines sustainable food practices and art-making workshops to harvest a strong sense of community belonging. Participants will decorate a terracotta pot, learn how to grow a plant for their home and contribute ideas to four designs that will be used to decorate picnic tables. All supplies and light snacks will be provided for participants. Workshops are open to all ages and abilities. Families that reside in the Golden Mile area and/or belong to the Feed Scarborough community are encouraged to attend. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. More info.

Pollenizing the Imagination - a Maven Talk presented by: City of Toronto, 2 to 3 p.m. at Clark Centre for the Arts, 191 Guildwood Pkwy. Learn about the inspiration behind the current exhibit, Wild Bees, by artist Charmaine Lurch. Charmaine brings wild bees into the popular imagination through her larger than life wire sculptures, evoking the relative invisibility of wild bees and highlighting the tremendous role they play in sustaining our ecosystem. Speakers for this session also include staff from the City of Toronto’s PollinateTO program who will speak on other native pollinators found in Guild Park and Gardens, and storyteller Dan Yashinsky. More info.

SUNDAY, JULY 24

Pathways, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Neilson Park Creative Centre, 56 Neilson Dr., is a series of hands-on art and environmental based workshops, demonstrating teachings of the land through Indigenous, naturalistic and artistic perspectives. Continues 20, 24, 27, 31.

Leslieville Flea pop-up at Riverside Common, 657 Queen St. E, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info.

Lindy Vopnfjörd plays with a strong Icelandic folk tradition at Harbourfront's Stage-in-the-park, while Emily Jane White brings a strong musical background from Oakland, California, 4 to 8 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. More info.

Celebrate the life of one of Canada's most prominent composers with The Rosebud Quartet. When R. Murray Schafer passed away in 2021, Canada arguably lost its most important composer, 4 to 5 p.m. at Toronto Music Garden, Harbourfront. More info.

Evangeline Gentle brings their Queerness and and authenticity to their sound and their constant presence, while 2022 JUNO nominee Tafari Anthony blends soul pop and alternative into their style 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. More info.

ONGOING...

A fun-filled afternoon awaits children ages 6 to 12 at Ontario’s Legislative Building this summer. Participants will be introduced to provincial parliament during a two-hour interactive program featuring a variety of activities.Families will explore the Legislature during a scavenger hunt; get creative during a craft activity; and learn how debates work in the Legislative Chamber. Pre-registration is required, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Every Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. through to Sept. 2. More info.

After the incredible success of the 8th Winter Stations, the international design competition is bringing three of this year’s installations back to Queen Street for another rendition of the Summer Stations. Torontonians can once again explore The Hive, Wildlife-Guard Chair, and Introspection in a summer setting. The stations will be located at R.C. Harris, Water Treatment Facility, Kew Gardens and Woodbine Park through to July 31. Check city event web page for more info.

A picture is worth a thousand words. And the artists who create fantastical book covers and imaginative illustrations are excellent storytellers! Come visit this exhibit of drawings, paintings and prints by iconic illustrators in the world of speculative fiction. Learn about legendary artists Virgil Finlay and Hannes Bok. Discover Canadian artists George Walker, Martin Springett and Ron Lightburn. From passionate fan artists to award-winning professionals, art is on display from the 1940s to the present day. At Lillian H. Smith Branch, part of the library's third-floor collection of science fiction, speculation and fantasy art.

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the world- class architecture firm, is bringing a collection of works to Toronto with Piece by Piece: Inside the Renzo Piano Building Workshop from July 16 to Sept. 11. Artport Gallery at Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay W. More info.

Movies Under the Stars returns to Downsview Park for its 6th annual movie program. The show will start at dusk (approximately 9 p.m.), but movie-goers are encouraged to arrive an hour early to get a good spot. The picnic-style format is back, but a new location is being tried out between the Orchard Pavilion and the Lake. This event is free, registration will open approximately one week before each show date. Please follow us on Instagram @parcdownsviewpark, Facebook @parcdownsviewpark and Twitter @ParCKDownsview to ensure that you do not miss the announcements! Movies Under the Stars 2022 Schedule continues: Friday, July 22 – The Bad Guys; Thursday, July 28 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; Tuesday, August 9 – Encanto; and Sunday, August 14 – Spider-Man: No Way Home. More info.

The Toronto Summer Music Festival runs concurrently with the Academy program and features a wealth of renowned Canadian and international artists in a series of Chamber music and Art Song concerts, Mentors and Fellows concerts and a series of Masterclasses and lectures. This year's festival runs July 7 to 30. More info.

Scarborough Theatre Guild presents The Stillborn Lover by Timothy Findley continues July 21, 22 at 8 p.m.; reduced seating July 21, Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. More info.

Summer of Seoul, curated by Robyn Citizen and Hanbin Kim, runs through to Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info.

The TO Summer Music Festival features 50+ public events, including mainstage concerts at Koerner Hall, Walter Hall, Lula Lounge and other Toronto venues, performed by renowned Canadian and international artists, and free masterclasses, lectures, workshops, and outreach concerts for children and adults. Through to July 30. More info.

Federation of Canadian Artists (Toronto Chapter) presents a new nationally juried art show - “Summer Pleasures” - at the Etobicoke City Centre’s Art Gallery through to Aug 4. More info.

The Lavazza IncluCity Festival is proud to present an extraordinary film program taking place in the heart of Toronto at the Distillery Historic District from through to July 16. More info.

Through to August 28, 2022, Toronto Outdoor Picture Show proudly presents Curtains Up!, a 21-evening festival programme of performance-themed films. At long last, TOPS is thrilled to finally return to its four pre-pandemic home parks, with events taking place at Fort York, Corktown Common, Bell Manor Park, and its signature series, Christie Pits Film Festival. This summer, no advance tickets will be required. TOPS screenings will once again be open to anyone who would like to attend, with no barriers to entry. TOPS is always free to attend, and charitable donations make this possible. You can support Toronto Outdoor Picture Show's free, accessible cultural programming with a tax-deductible donation. More info.

Beaches Jazz Festival 2022, Toronto’s favourite free music festival and summer highlight is back for its 34th year and features emerging and established local and International artists of all genres at multiple stages and venues across the East End: through to July 24, and includes a mix of free and ticketed performances. More info.

Right outside Union Station in downtown Toronto, through to Aug. 28, there will be nonstop programming, which includes a headline performance by JUNO nominee Tyler Shaw on opening day, music from Toronto's hottest DJs, Blue Jays game screenings, games nights and so much more. The event will also feature some the city’s favourite food vendors, including Gus Tacos, Mikey's Smashburgers, Naansense by Butter Chicken Roti, and Souvla by Mamakas. More info.

Guest curators Chad Wilfond & Simone Rojas-Pick selected 38 works from 35 artists from a Call for Submissions that asked artists to reflect on their own experiences of isolation and uncertainty during the pandemic at Propeller Art Gallery to July 10. Wednesday to Sunday, 1 to 5:30 p.m. or by appmt. More info.

Oluseye Ogunlesi explores Canada’s role in the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade through his installation Black Ark, through to Sep 5 at Ashbridges Bay Park. More info.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (starting May 31) at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria St., no shows Mondays. More info.

9 & 99: The Howe/Gretzky Exhibition: An exhibition unlike any other, paying homage to the most prolific scorers of our generations. Witness the greatest compilation of milestone artifacts and rare personal memorabilia, all hand-picked by Hockey Hall of Fame curators from the Howe and Gretzky family collections. Revel in the legacy and indelible bond of ‘Mr. Hockey’ and ‘The Great One’. Extended for a limited time through October 23, 2022.

60 Works 60 Years: Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at 60. Exhibit showcases 60 artworks acquired by the City from the Fair over the past 40 years. Each year the mayor, assisted by City curators, attends Toronto Outdoor Art Fair to select a work to be brought into the municipal collection through the Mayor's Purchase Award (formerly the Toronto Archives Award), exclusive to TOAF. On all year, Market Gallery, second floor.

Looking for more things to do? Check out our events calendar and things to do section.

Although we endeavour to provide the most accurate description of events listing and venues, we are not responsible or liable for errors and omissions in the event description, location or intended audience. If necessary, please contact the event organizer for additional information.

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