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A drag queen with Asian Community Aids Services marches in the Pride Parade down Yonge Street.



Picturing Immigrants in the Ward

A muddy squalor densely packed with tumbledown dwellings, clotheslines, drab storefronts and sad men with ruddy faces, the Ward was Toronto's version of New York's Bowery. An exhibition of historical photographs, with new work by Susan Dobson, looks at how photography shaped ideas about Central and Eastern European immigrants at the turn of the century. To May, 2013. Free. City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd., 416-397-0778 or

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Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Hotter and more fatiguing than a city council meeting, the annual affair of established and emerging artists is the largest of its kind in Canada. July 6 to 8. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., 416-408-2754.


Sonny Landreth

The imaginative Louisiana slide-guitarist has something new to sell at the merchandise table: Elemental Journey, an impressionistic, all-instrumental adventure in stringed textures and Caribbean, classical, zydeco and jazz directions. July 6, 8:30 p.m. $32.50 to $35. Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., 416-531-6604.


Toronto Jazz Festival

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The melodious downtown affair closes in divergent ways this weekend, with highlights including big-hearted soul-and-blues double bill of Joan Osborne and Matt Andersen (Saturday, 8 p.m., Nathan Phillips Sq.), the minimalist and curious pianist Chris Donnelly (Sunday, 2 p.m., Musideum), the Music of Radiohead, with Josh Grossman's Toronto Jazz Orchestra (Sunday, 7:30 p.m., Rex) and the finale of Tower of Power and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars (Sunday, 8 p.m. Nathan Phillips Sq.). To July 1. 1-855-985-5000 or

Norah Jones

For her latest release, the velvet-voiced chanteuse reunited with Danger Mouse (Brian Burton), the producer-songwriter extraordinaire who worked with Ms. Jones on three songs on 2010's Rome, an album inspired by soundtracks of spaghetti Westerns. For this year's Little Broken Hearts, the pair's collaboration was full-on, resulting in the most adventurous work of the Grammy-winning singer's short, illustrious career. July 6, 8 p.m. $49.50 to $69.50 (sold out). Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255.


Beauty and the Beast

Based on the 1991 animated Disney film, the Broadway blockbuster musical famously concerns a bookish beauty named Belle and a romance that saves a monstrously cursed prince. July 5 to 22 (previews, July 3 and 4). $37 to $150. Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., 416-644-3665.

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Toronto Fringe Festival

While Soulpepper current production of Kim's Convenience is one of the toughest tickets in town, some folks were lucky enough to see it on the cheap at last year's Fringe Festival of sparky comedy, dance, music and theatre. Just sayin'. July 4 to 15. $11 (passes available). Various venues. 416-966-1062 or


Live Wrong and Prosper

Satirical romp from a dynamic troupe is happening with Second City's latest revue, strong with politics, physicality and a hilarious sketch about a tweeted live-birth play-by-play. Tuesdays to Sundays. $24 to $29. Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011.

Aziz Ansari

We've seen him him on the sitcom Parks And Recreation and that offbeat sneaker commercial with Kobe Bryant and Richard Branson. Now the likable young comic star tours his new show, Buried Alive, a stand-up set that everyone hopes includes outrageous new tales of Kanye West. July 6, 7:30 and 10 p.m. $41.85 to $49.10. Sony Centre, 1 Front St. E., 1-855-872-7669.


Pride Parade

The annual celebration of all things LGBT got under way more than a week ago, but we're not over the rainbow yet. Sunday's merry march caps off the annual Pride festival in rambunctious style. July 1, beginning at 2 p.m., at Bloor and Church streets, continuing down Yonge Street, finishing at Church Street and Gerrard Avenue.


Canada Day: Going Global

With attractions that include a stilt-walking Mountie and gigantic board games, and musical guests that include Corey Harris (Saturday, 2 p.m.) and Johnny Clegg (Saturday, 9:30), Sunday's poutine competition is all gravy. To July 2. Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or

Garden Party

In 1927, an earthquake in China killed 200,000 people, Joseph Stalin and his cookie-duster mustache took control of Russia, the Great Mississippi Flood happened, and 78 children perished as a result of a fire at a Montreal movie theatre. No wonder Canada celebrated its confederation with a little more gusto that (Diamond Jubilee) year. The people then, as now, needed a distraction: An art-deco-era costume party kicks off the summer in 1927 style. July 1, noon to 4 p.m. Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Rd., 416-392-6910.


Star Trek Live

Beam me up, snotty? Kids are invited to take part in an interactive performance, themed to the popular phaser-firing science fiction franchise. To Sept. 3. Four shows daily, free with admission ($13 to $20). Ontario Science Centre, 770 Don Mills Rd., 416-696-1000.


A Midsummer Night's Dream To Sept. 2. High Park Amphitheatre, 416-368-3110.

War Horse Indefinite run. Princess of Wales Theatre, 416-872-1212.


Toronto Underground Market July 7. Evergreen Brick Works,

Salsa on St. Clair July 7 and 8.

Million Dollar Quartet July 10 to 29. Centre for the Arts, 1-866-950-7469.

Elora Festival July 13 to Aug. 5. Elora, Ont., 1-888-747-7550.

Beaches International Jazz Festival July 20 to 29. 416-698-2152.

Backbeat July 21 to Sept. 2. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 416-872-1212.

Toronto Festival of Beer July 27 to 29. Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place,

Fran Lebowitz, in conversation with Jian Ghomeshi Nov. 2. Massey Hall, 416-872-4255.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Nov. 19 Air Canada Centre, 1-855-985-5000.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More


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