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The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors | Until July 31 | Royal Ontario Museum

Built as the official imperial residence for China's emperors during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties, the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City, was strictly off limits to all but the Emperor, his family, and thousands of servants. With approximately 980 buildings containing 8,700 rooms (give or take a few), it was a complex of epic proportions and epic drama.

Approximately 250 rare objects will travel to the ROM from Beijing's Palace Museum, the name given to the Forbidden City in 1925, one year following the exile of the Last Emperor, Pu Yi. Many of these objects are Chinese national treasures never before seen in North America, and several have never travelled outside the walls of The Forbidden City.

Shakespeare in High Park - As You Like it | Until August 31 |

Shakespeare’s most musical play, As You Like It, follows Rosalind (Amy Rutherford) and Orlando (Alexander Plouffe), as they are forced into exile, separately, into the Forest of Arden. As their love story unfolds, the two become tangled in an amusing tale of lust and hidden identity. Inspired by 1950s France, director Nigel Shawn Williams creates a world where nature once again reigns, and where gender roles, politics and identity are put to the test. With original songs and music by Sam Sholdice, the play is a light-hearted examination of human nature that will make your heart sing.

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.

Shakespeare in High Park - Titus Andronicus | Until August 31 |

In the action-packed tragedy Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare created a vicious cycle of revenge between the Roman general, Titus (Sean Dixon), and Tamora, Queen of the Goths (Shauna Black). Through manipulation and deception, these two families start down the dangerous path of mutual destruction. Turning the traditionally violent story into a thrilling cautionary tale, director Keira Loughran has created a production that is accessible to a broad audience. Marrying influences from Imperial Japan and current Japanese pop-culture, with ancient Rome – Loughran has created a fantasy world in the wake of devastating war.

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

Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes | Until November 25 | Art Gallery of Ontario

For more than 12,000 years, the Great Lakes region has produced a distinct culture of Anishinaabe artists and storytellers. These artists and stories are being celebrated with Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, featuring artworks by leading modern and contemporary artists -- including Norval Morrisseau, Bonnie Devine, Robert Houle, Keesic Douglas, Michael Belmore, Daphne Odjig and others -- who sought to visually express the spiritual and social dimensions of human relations with the earth.

The traditional home of the Anishinaabe peoples -- comprised of Algonquin, Mississauga, Nippissing, Ojibwe (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), Potawatomi and Saulteaux nations -- the region includes Ontario, Manitoba and Quebec in addition to eight U.S. states and has inspired generations of stories and experiences that are spiritual, political and challenge certain accepted accounts of history. These same sources of inspiration are visible in traditional Anishinaabe arts included in the exhibition, including clan pictographs on treaty documents, bags embroidered with porcupine quill, painted drums and carved pipes, spoons and bowls.

Caribana | August 2 | Exhibition Place

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.

SummerWorks Theatre Festival | From August 7 to August 17 | Factory Theatre

SummerWorks takes place in a number of venues throughout the city. It aims to support new works with a clear artistic vision and which explore a specific theatrical aesthetic. The festival encourages risk, questions, and creative exploration while insisting on accessibility, integrity and professionalism. SummerWorks is the place where dedicated, professional artists are free to explore new territory and take artistic risks. Rather than getting larger, we strive to get better. We look to introduce professional artists from diverse communities to each other and be inspired by our similarities and differences.

SummerWorks actively seek and support new and remounts of Canadian plays. It supports the work and participation of the next generation of theatre-arts creators.

John Legend concert | August 8 | Molson Ampitheatre

John Legend, a multi-platinum selling artist, winner of nine Grammy Awards, and well known for his intimate, acoustic performances, plays at the Molson Amphitheatre at 7:00pm. His latest tour features music from his latest album release "Love In The Future" including the smash hit "All of Me".

Toronto FC vs Chicago | August 23 | BMO Field

Toronto FC is a professional soccer team which competes in the Major League Soccer (MLS). Toronto became MLS's fourteenth team in the league, and the first Canadian team, upon their expansion in 2007. The team play their home matches at the soccer-specific BMO Field, located in Exhibition Place along the Toronto lake shore.

The club has won four consecutive Amway Canadian Championships from 2009 to 2012.

Alex Colville | From August 23 to January 4 | Art Gallery of Ontario

More than 100 works by Canadian iconic painter Alex Colville marks the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date. Curated by Andrew Hunter, the exhibition honours Colville’s legacy and explore the continuing impact of his work from the perspectives of several prominent popular culture figures from film, literature and music.

Known for painting decidedly personal subject matter, Colville’s painstakingly precise images depict an elusive tension, capturing moments perpetually on the edge of change and the unknown, often imbued with a deep sense of danger. Featuring works assembled from museums and private collections nationwide, many of which have never been shown publicly, the exhibition spans Colville’s entire career.

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