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Take in Outdoor Theatre, Film and Music This Summer in Toronto

Shakespeare in High Park's summer 2013 performance of MacBeth (photo: David Hou)

Shakespeare in High Park’s summer 2013 performance of MacBeth (photo: David Hou)

THE PLAY’S THE THING
Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and head to the west end for a summertime staple, Shakespeare in High Park. For more than 30 years, residents and visitors alike have flocked to the park’s scenic outdoor amphitheatre for evening performances of the Bard’s most cherished works. This season, the Canadian Stage presents two plays on alternating nights: the pastoral comedy As You Like It and the bloody tragedy Titus Andronicus. Tuesday to Sunday 8 p.m., pay-what-you-can admission ($20 suggested), or reserve a premium spot for $25; see canadianstage.com to buy tickets.

FREE FLICKS
Every big city has a central gathering spot. In Toronto, that place is Yonge-Dundas Square (across from the Toronto Eaton Centre). Gather at sunset each Tuesday for City Cinema, which screens favourite Hollywood flicks in the heart of Hogtown. This month catch cult classic Trainspotting (July 8), the Griswold family’s cross-country road trip in National Lampoon’s Vacation (July 15), a fractured family’s journey to a child’s beauty pageant in Little Miss Sunshine (July 22), and Cameron Crowe’s coming-of-age tale Almost Famous (July 29). Shows are free; visit ydsquare.ca for exact start times.

HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES
Global sounds are celebrated at Harbourfront Centre during Classical VI: Voice & Strings, which from July 25 to 27 presents concerts honouring a variety of genres: Emil Zrihan fuses Judeo-Andalusian and Moroccan folk songs accompanied by an oud, violin, accordion and darbuka (July 26 at 9:30 p.m.); soprano Kyra Millan performs operatic favourites (July 26 at 5 p.m.); the Ukulele Project 2.0 features a not-to-be-missed mass presentation of “Toreador” from Bizet’s Carmen (July 27 at 5:30 p.m.). Events are free; visit harbourfrontcentre.com for more information.  —Linda Luong

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