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Shakespeare in High Park | Until Wednesday August 31 | Hours | Phone 416.368.3110

For its 34th Season in Toronto's High Park, Canadian Stage presents Shakespeare's greatest tragedy Hamlet as well as the bold and brilliant romance All's Well That Ends Well on alternating evenings throughout the summer.

Outdoors and under the stars, the plays run on alternate nights from, Tuesday to Sunday at 8 p.m. Each performance is pay-what-you can, with a suggested contribution of $20. Pack a picnic and bring friends.

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art | Until Monday September 5 | Royal Ontario Museum | Hours

A cultural tradition worldwide, the legacy of tattooing is common among most cultures. During the Age of Discovery, European travellers in Asia, Oceania, and the Americas "rediscovered" tattoos, which then became popular among sailors and adventurers, and later associated with the fringes of society.

This exhibition presents the multifaceted world of tattooing and its more than 5,000 year-old history. It offers a unique approach to understanding this ancient practice, tracing its histories and meanings, as well as profiling the revival of this global phenomenon of body art. It showcases a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world. This exhibition was developed and produced by the Musée des Arts Premiers du Quai Branly (Paris).

The Idea of North: the paintings of Lawren Harris | Until Sunday September 18 | Art Gallery of Ontario | Hours | Phone 416-979-6648

A founding member of the Group of Seven and a major figure in the history of twentieth-century Canadian art, Lawren Harris (1885-1970) remains largely unknown in the US. This year the AGO is partnering with the Hammer Museum to introduce Harris’s iconic landscapes to audiences in Los Angeles and Boston. The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris is the first major solo exhibition of his work to be shown in the United States.

The exhibition is curated by comedian, musician, actor and writer Steve Martin in collaboration with Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum, and Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the AGO. The core of the exhibition features more than 30 of Harris’ most significant and rare northern landscapes from the 1920s and 1930s, drawn from major public and private collections across Canada including the AGO, the Thomson Collection of Canadian Art at the AGO, the National Gallery of Canada and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Chihuly | Until Monday January 2 | Royal Ontario Museum | Hours | Phone 416-586-8000

Dale Chihuly, a US-American glass sculptor, has mastered the alluring, translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the viewer experience. Created by sand, fire, and human breath, these brilliantly coloured works of art produce a magical, sensory experience. Chihuly is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces, and in exhibitions presented in museums and gardens worldwide.

Caribana | Sunday July 31 | Exhibition Place | Hours | Phone 416-391-5608

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 Thursday August 4 to Sunday August 14 | Factory Theatre | Hours | Phone 416-628-8216

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.

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