The Toronto Fringe is part of the “Fringe movement” – a worldwide network of indie theatre festivals. As the name suggests, the movement is about celebrating under-represented voices and those on the margins of the performing arts world. It’s a festival where anyone can put on any show, without having to pass through a jury – where theatre students can mount their first production outside of school, where emerging artists can get their big break, and where established artists can test out new work. It’s a festival where audiences come for the adventure and the community as much as for the plays themselves.
A case of mistaken identity ends in hilarity. A case of mistaken intent results in war. Canadian Stage returns to Toronto’s High Park for its 33rd season with two of Shakespeare’s great "Roman" plays on alternating nights throughout the summer: the fast-moving, delightful The Comedy of Errors, and the classic tragedy, Julius Caesar. With two exciting directors (graduating this year from York University's MFA program in Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage) and one sparkling cast, you have two opportunities to take in this summer tradition under the stars in the High Park Amphitheatre
Outdoors and under the stars, the plays run on alternate nights from June 26 to Aug. 31, Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. Each performance is pay-what-you can, with a suggested contribution of $20. The productions are presented by Canadian Stage in collaboration with the Department of Theatre, York University
A major international multi-sport event with over 6,000 athletes from 41 pan-American nations. The first event, water polo, begins three days earlier, on July 7. 45% of competitors are women, the most ever for any multi sport event. The 2015 Pan American Games are the first completely ecologically friendly games, being fully carbon neutral. The Games are the largest multi-sport event ever held in Canada in terms of number of competing athletes, double the size of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Some of the events are held outside Toronto, in seventeen other Golden Horseshoe communities.
The opening ceremonies take place on Friday July 10 at the SkyDome. Gates at 5:00pm. A celebration of the sports and cultures the internationally-renowned Cirque du Soleil should infuse the ceremony with its revolutionary stagecraft, acrobatics and pageantry as it delivers a one-time-only show. The theatrical and cultural elements of the Opening Ceremony should frame iconic moments such as the Parade of Nations and the lighting of the Games cauldron. The closing ceremonies take place on Sunday July 26 at 5:00pm at the SkyDome.
The 4.5 km Caribana Toronto's main attraction is the Grand Parade, North America's largest Caribbean Parade. This year's Caribbean Carnival Parade starts off inside Exhibition Place. Traditionally, the competing Masquerade Bands (known as “Mas” Bands) fill the air with live Soca, Calypso and Steeplan music! The elaborate costumes, props and lively dancers bring everything to life. The Parade can bed watched free of charge along the Lakeshore Parade route or for $20 from the comfort of a within Exhibition. The parade goes on for four to six hours.