Friday, June 15
Audiences and critics have been raving about the National Ballet of Canada‘s triple bill of Chroma, Song of a Wayfarer, and Elite Syncopations. Make sure you get to this evening’s performance—the works offer a dynamic exploration of the kinesthetics of the human body.
Rain or shine (and really, it looks as though the weather will be wonderful), the Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival enlivens Sugar Beach tonight and all day Saturday. Sample hundreds of international beverages, taste dishes by local chefs, attend fun and informative seminars and enjoy an evening full of entertainment on one of Toronto’s chic urban oases.
The NXNE festival has riffing away all week long; this weekend’s free outdoor concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square offer an excellent wrap-up to the party. This evening, veteran music icon Matthew Good takes the stage, while psychedelic rock band The Flaming Lips enchant the crowd on Saturday night. The festival comes to a close on Sunday with hip-hop pioneers Raekwon and Ghosface Killah of Wu Tang Clan.
Saturday, June 16
Head to St. Lawrence Market for some Ontario-farmed sweetness, as the venue kicks off summer with its annual Strawberry Festival. Learn how to make your own jam and sample chocolate-covered strawberries, shortcake and waffles throughout the morning. You’ll want to bring extra grocery bags for take-home purchases.
Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of song and visuals courtesy of Feheley Fine Arts and Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq. Her paintings and video work are on display until July 4th, but tonight only she offers a special live performance showcasing her vocal ability and music, described as “orchestral-hip-hop-electronica” by high profile admirers and international audiences.
Alas, the end has cometh (for the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s Sketch Com-Ageddon, that is). The scripted comedy competition has reached its last day of hilarity at the Comedy Bar. The final contending chuckle troupes have 15 minutes to win over audience voters to nab the ultimate Com-Ageddon title—and a lifetime of bragging rights.
Sunday, June 17
Greek composer and pianist Yanni brings a unique program to the Sony Centre for the second of two shows tonight. The new-age music icon offers some of his greatest hits as well as songs from his latest album Truth of Touch.
Spend Father’s Day at the ballpark as our Blue Jays continue their interleague series against the Philadelphia Phillies. If you’re one of the first 20,000 fans to walk through the gates, you’ll snag a free batting helmet.
Bring the family to Luminato‘s hub at David Pecaut Square as the festival wraps up with a free outdoor Symphonic Finale. In tribute to the War of 1812′s bicentenary, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovshy’s venerated 1812 Overture as well as a new Philip Glass composition, Overture for 2012.