Beaches International Jazz Festival
Running from July 15 to 24, this musical extravaganza offers a ton of stuff – yes, a ton – to see, to hear, to do and to eat. The official web site explains it all and more. It’s season number twenty-three so why not get downtown, get outside and enjoy a great part of Toronto!
FYI: Environment Canada is saying that Sunday’s high will be 35 although they add that it will be only 27 down by the lake.
What? You haven’t yet gone to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2? Here are my other recommendations for those who can’t make up their minds.
Horrible Bosses: not bad but it’s not a clear winner. Beginners proves you don’t have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to make a good film. Of course getting somebody like Christopher Plummer to charm us makes the day. Larry Crowne: Tom, Tom, yes you snagged Julia Roberts to star with you but you didn’t snag a great script. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a loud, in your face special effects extravaganza. Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 37% but it’s making a zillion at the box office. The Tree of Life is an art film; good but a bit long. Green Lantern, what can I say? $200 million and I wonder if the movie studio will ever dig its way out of the red. Bridesmaids turned out to be a heck of a lot better than I was thinking; I was actually surprised and would now say if you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy with some gross-out laughs, check this out. Super 8 was a well done action mystery centered on a bunch of kids in the tradition of Spielberg (who produced). Kung Fu Panda 2 is just quite simply some great family entertainment. Take your kids but enjoy it yourself. Midnight in Paris is a wonderful adult film with Paris as the backdrop and oh what a backdrop it is. I thoroughly enjoyed this Woody Allen film and you will too. X-Men: First Class is a good film and an excellent reboot of the series. It’s a prequel with a whole new cast but well done with a good story.
Also, for those who are film aficionados check out “Movie Previews: 2nd Half of July 2011” for a preview of a few films opening in the next two weeks.
Toronto Fringe Festival
Sunday, July 17 is the final day for the offbeat and the weird. Check out the official web site for a rundown of the various shows, times and tickets.
Don’t forget Toronto offers food and lots of it. Summerlicious is in full swing and this is your chance to try out a new restaurant. Let’s not forget that if you tried to visit every single restaurant in Toronto, you’d be at it for years. Yes, there are that many eating establishments in this city which adds up to choice. The prix fixe is the time to try something new without blowing your entire pocketbook so have a look at something new. Toronto has a lot, and I mean a lot, of great places to eat.
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Wikipedia: Annual events in Toronto: July
* Toronto Fringe Festival, Toronto’s largest theatre festival
* Honda Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place
* Caribana is North America’s largest street festival, showcasing Caribbean/West Indian culture (in some years early August).
* Beaches International Jazz Festival – The Beaches
* Corso Italia – Italian Street Festival on St Clair West.
* http://rushcon.totem-media.com/ RushCon – North America’s largest Rush fan convention.
* Loyal Orange Lodge Parade. The oldest continuous parade in North America.
* Roncylicious, a showcase of the diverse flavours of Roncesvalles Avenue, running August 4th through 31st, with over thirty participating businesses. 
* The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, or “the Ex”).
* The Taste of the Danforth festival showcases the mostly Greek culture of The Danforth and has expanded to include other cultures of the area.
* The Mabuhay Philippines Toronto Summer Festival- the largest celebration of Philippine heritage and culture in Canada.
* Festival of South Asia – A festival of the South Asian culture of Gerrard India Baazaar.
* Muslim Fest- Festival Celebrating the Best in Muslim Art & Entertainment – Annual Festival Celebrating the Best in Muslim Art & Entertainment.
* Toronto International Dance Festival
* Toronto Buskerfest- A festival of Street Performers.
* Taiwanfest previously known as TCF (Taiwanese Cultural Festival).
* Toronto’s Festival of Beer- Toronto Beerfest in Historic Fort York.
* Markland Wood Annual Family Fun Day is held on the second Saturday in August, celebrating summer with clowns, The Toronto Police and Firefighters, games, face painting and lunch.
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