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The following is a selection of featured events from toronto.com's self-submitting events calendar. Link here to our full calendar.

MONDAY, JULY 4

Symphony in the Gardens, 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Casa Loma through to Sept. 5, July 4 featuring Broadway musicals. More info.

TUESDAY, JULY 5

A first-of-its-kind consumer cannabis festival July 5 and 6, 3 to 10 p.m., at CityView Drive-In, 20 Polson Street, produced and hosted by KIND, Canada’s premiere cannabis lifestyle magazine. More info.

Join the riverMOUTH song circle with Andrea Kuzmich at Bell Manor Park, 1 Bayside Lane. Sing together, share old songs and learn new ones from Ukrainian and Georgian songs to other traditions, 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesdays July 5, 12, 19, 26. More info.

Write On! Write Now first and third Tuesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m. at Bampot Bohemian House Of Tea And Board Games. Open mic for writers of prose, poetry, and anything else you can put words to. Participants can sign up for 5 min slots starting at 6:30 pm before the show. A place for creators to dig into their long-form work, or poems or songs or whatever. We encourage encouragement and lob minor lovebombs. 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. Esteemed tenor Romulo Delgado is welcomed back to the TCO stage along with Natalya Gennadi who makes her TCO debut. Sit back as your heart is melted with tunes like Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro and Neopolitan favourite O Sole Mio, as well as your most beloved duets from La Boheme and La Traviata. Exciting orchestral overtures round out the program. More info.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6

The Korean Cultural Centre is pleased to present NST & The Soul Sauce meets Kim Yulhee with SORI agency at the Bluma Appel Theatre of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 7:30 P.M. More info.

A 5-day arts festival filled with live performances, workshops and activities sure to get the whole family involved! Guild Festival Theatre's Family Fest is an energetic celebration of young audiences (and the young at heart) and will feature a variety of different performances, workshops and activities perfect for every member of the family. From circus performers to puppet theatre and musical acts, Family Fest has you covered! The festival will runs July 6 to 10 (1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends) at the beautiful Guild Park & Gardens, featuring the stunning Greek Theatre. For more information about this event and the rest of GFT’s 2022 season, visit www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca/2022season

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. More info. Runs July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31.

Lorraine Johnson signs copies of her new book: A Garden for the Rusty-Patch Bumblebee: Creating Habitat Gardens for Native Pollinators at Toronto Plant Market and Native Plant Supply, 327 Bering Ave., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. More info.

A new play by Lisa Randall premiering at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2022 "What really goes on in a book club?"

This comedic and heartwarming play tells the story of five strong, fierce, diverse female characters and their relationship at The Al Green Theatre-Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave., July 6 (4 p.m.) 8 (10 p.m.), 9 (5 p.m.), 10 (6:45 p.m.), 13 (2 p.m.), 14 (1:30 p.m.), 16 (6:45 p.m.). More info.

The Alice Cocktail Experience, 5 p.m. starting through to Oct 6 at Thirty Six Knots, 1212 Yonge Street. A theatrical, alternate reality experience that will take you down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass! Across 90 minutes you will:Create two bespoke Wonderland cocktails; Solve riddles and challenges just like Alice; Devour an “Eat Me” cookie; Paint the roses red; And much, much more. More info.

World-Class Magician, Speaker & VIP Entertainer Keith Brown returns to the Toronto Fringe with a family-friendly magic and storytelling show: At The Table, July 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17 at 750 Spadina Ave. More info.

The Lara Wong Trio and NEUZA, 6 to 11 p.m. at Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. More info.

Collaboratively choreographed by D.I.A. Kollective members, an interactive piece utilizing the game Jenga to establish the need for shifting and modifying the spaces/places we encounter, at Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd., July 6 (7-8 p.m.), 7 (7-8 p.m.), 8 (5-6 p.m.; 8-9 p.m.). More info.

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

An all-female comedy line up with one male, the host for the night, Josh Infald. Featuring headliner Sandra Battaglini! Tickets are only $10, 8 to 10 p.m. at The Royal Comedy Theatre, 1051 Bloor St. W. More info.

107, winner of the 2022 Newmarket International Play Festival, is a new play by Canadian playwright, Len Cuthbert. Part of the Fringe Festival, this new historical fiction comedy is great for the whole family at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., July 6 at 9:15 p.m.; July 9 at 3:15 p.m.; July 10 at 8:30 p.m.; July 12 at 5:45 p.m.; July 14 art 3:15 p.m.; July 15 at 6:45 p.m.; and July 17 at 8:30 p.m. More info.

Femmillennial is the result of 3 years of work and research by independent Choreographer Kylie Thompson and company. A highly physical work for 3 women, it explores themes of femininity, generational communication and women's roles in society. The show is a 3D collage of movement, media and music. A visceral trio weaves in an out of absurdity and calm. Collected, controlled contemporary dance. The dancers are at once connected at the hip and at the same time 3 separate one-woman shows. Femmillennial is part of the 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival. July 6 at 10 p.m. July 8 at 8:15 p.m.; July 10 at 4:45 p.m. (Relax Performance); July 11 at 9:45 p.m.; July 14 at 4 p.m.; July 16 at 6:30 p.m.; July 17 at 8 p.m. More info.

Toronto Fringe Festival runs July 6 to 17. Tickets to Toronto's largest theatre festival come as single tickets as well as multi-show passes. More info.

THURSDAY, JULY 7

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. July 7 to 30. More info.

Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music group is excited to offer a free hands-on 30- minute taiko workshop open to the public. All ages welcome. No experience necessary. A one hour concert featuring music from Nagata Shachu’s last season “Rhythms of Change”, will follow the workshop. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Guild Park & Gardens, 201 Guildwood Parkway. More info.

Yoiking and Grooving, 7 to 8 p.m. at Toronto Music Garden. This event is presented as part of Harbourfront Centre's Summer Music in the Garden. More info.

Collaboratively choreographed by D.I.A. Kollective members, an interactive piece utilizing the game Jenga to establish the need for shifting and modifying the spaces/places we encounter, at Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Rd., July 6 (7-8 p.m.), 7 (7-8 p.m.), 8 (5-6 p.m.; 8-9 p.m.). More info.

Trivia at Nightowl, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Nightowl Toronto, 647 College St. More info.

Opening Night: The Folk Influence, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. A panorama of folk-flavoured music from many lands launches the 2022 Inspirations Festival in splendid fashion, running July 7 to 30. More info.

Shooting to Kill: A Live Comedy Taping, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. at SoCap Comedy (The Social Capital), 154 Danforth Ave. Shooting to Kill is a monthly live comedy taping in which Toronto's funniest professional and amateur comics show off their best material for the camera. More info.

FRIDAY, JULY 8

Event Zilla and Street Eats Market Partner to Bring the First EID FEST to Scarborough Town Centre This Summer. This three-day event — which starts on July 8 to 10 — is an homage to the vibrant mixture of Muslim heritage and Canadian culture that adds to the city’s diversity. Open to the public, visitors can enjoy halal food, desserts, and food trucks and take part in the fun festivities that will take place. More info.

The Pint DJ Summer Sessions, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Pint House, 277 Front St. W. More info.

Wine Fest Toronto, the city’s only two-day, all-you-can-taste, outdoor wine festival, returns July 8 and 9. With three 3-hour sessions to choose from, guests will open their liquid passports and taste wines from all over the world in one place: Friday, July 8, 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 4:00 p.m.; and 6 to 9 p.m. More info.

Summer of Seoul, curated by Robyn Citizen and Hanbin Kim, runs from Friday, July 8 to Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. More info.

Begonia + VILDÁ + ISÁK, 7 to 11 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre. This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges. More info.

Ch-Ch-Ch Cherry Bomb: Kweens of Laughs, 8 to 10 p.m. at See-Scape, Toronto's sci-fi bar and cafe, 347 Keele St. More info.

Best Damn Stand-up Comedy Show, 8 to 9 p.m. at SoCap Comedy Theatre, 145 Danforth Ave. Three headliners, one hilarious show. More info.

Scarborough Theatre Guild presents The Stillborn Lover by Timothy Findley July 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 at 8 p.m.; reduced seating July 9, 10, 14 and 21, Scarborough Village Theatre, 3600 Kingston Rd. More info.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

On the second Saturday of each month from April to December, the Jubilee Market, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, is a chance for independent, home-based vendors to get back into the community after months of restrictions, and a chance for the community to get to know them and what they have now to offer. Each month, there are some returning vendors and some new vendors, with items ranging from skin care products, gift ideas, jewelry, books, baked goods, plants, and paintings to sewn, crocheted and knitted items and massage. Check out the list of vendors already signed up! Spaces are available, but the fall is filling up quickly. It's never too early to start your holiday shopping. Free admission. Join in for lunch. The church is near Lawrence East and the Don Valley Parkway. The next market is July 9. More info.

Sunnylea-Stonegate Neighbourhood Association (SSNA), Neighbourhood Love Collective, and the project sponsors invite the public to the official unveiling of the Gateway Mural, titled River of Time. Join in for light refreshments and live music on the east side of Stephen Drive at Stephen Mews 10:30 a.m. to noon. More info.

'Glitch' aims to showcase the growing influence of technology on the creation of art throughout the City of Toronto. This event will be filled with: panels led by content creators on digitizing content and managing a social media presence; workshops led by local artists on building a brand around yourself and finding funding as a creative. Throughout the event there will also be an array of vendors from all over the city, selling all things creative, including art prints, clothing, accessories, and much more, putting the diversity of the creative community on full display for everyone to experience. There is also the opportunity to participate in an online auction where all the proceeds will be donated to an organization helping artists in our city. More info.

The Power of Movement. Kristen Slowly will present a three-week dance workshop series at Dixon Park, July 9, 23, 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 annual FREE TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival takes over midtown Toronto transforming a stretch of St. Clair Avenue West (from Winona Dr. to Christie St.) into Canada’s biggest salsa party. Canada’s biggest salsa party features an international calibre of Latin music, non-stop dancing in the streets, Latin foods and fun for all ages! July 9 and 10. More info.

Courtyard Comedy is back for a second season of summer fun. Come enjoy some hilarious stand-up in the beautiful gardens of the Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St. W. The July 9 show is a fabulous premiere with an amazing group of diverse comedians ready to knock your socks off headlined by JFL Homegrown competition winner and finalist on the latest season of Canada’s Got Talent, Courtney Gilmour, 3 to 4:30 p.m. More info.

Toronto Ward Museum will present Banig, Pai, Mafrash, a series of community-engaged arts events celebrating cross-cultural picnic traditions in Agincourt, Scarborough. Over 5 Saturdays in July 2022, 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.

JUNO nominees Desirée Dawson and Madison Violet perform on Harbourfront's Stage-in-the-Park, both introducing a familiar-yet-new folk sound, 5 to 10 p.m. More info.

The Dance Together Festival (July 9, 16, 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. More info.

Black Sheep Comedy at Amsterdam Brewery feat. Sean Cullen, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Amsterdam Brewery. More info.

$25 Beer Beer Comedy - 2 Tallcans with Ticket, 8 to 9:30 p.m. at SoCap Comedy (The Social Capital), 154 Danforth Ave. More info.

Allison Russell and Layla McCalla perform on the Harbourfront concert stage. McCalla brings a New Orleans and Haitian influence while JUNO award winner Russell picks up on Folk and Americana roots. More info.

SUNDAY, JULY 10

Céu Performing at Mixto Festival , 3 to 6 p.m. at Lynx Music, 260 Emerson Ave. More info.

Métis Voices, 4 to 5 p.m. Toronto Music Garden, Harbourfront. More info.

Holy Hum, 4:30 to 7:15 p.m. at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. More info.

ONGOING...

Toronto Fringe Festival runs July 6 to 17. Tickets to Toronto's largest theatre festival come as single tickets as well as multi-show passes. 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. July 7 to 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 June 28 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 June 27 to July 16. More info.

From June 23 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: July 2 to July 24, and includes a mix of free and ticketed performances. More info.

Right outside Union Station in downtown Toronto, from June 27 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, Jun 9 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.

Victor Mora’s Photography Exhibition May 15 to July 15, 11 black & white street photography, 8x12 framed, from 2005 to 2022 all taken in Toronto. The photos will be for public view from Tuesday to Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m .(Mondays closed). More info.

Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities is under the big top at Ontario Place until July 17.

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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