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What's On with Aparita Bhandari: July 2013 Archives

A new festival is born...

Jul 28
Yonge Dundas Square

This first annual Japanese summer festival brings together traditional and modern live musical and dance performances, a market featuring live arts and craft, and the best of Toronto Japanese food illuminated in the lights of the city.

For more information, check out the Matsuri Facebook page.

Live Green Toronto Festival
Jul 27
Yonge Dundas Square

Go green this weekend! Shop eco-friendly products, swap CDs, DVDs, vinyls and books, and check out amazing performances by artists such as Shawn Desman and Alex Cuba.

For more information, check out the Live Green Toronto festival website.

Lab Cab Festival: Parkdale
Jul 27 to Jul 28
Various Locations

This free, annual multi-arts festival features music, dance, theatre, film, poetry, crafts, kids stuff, visual art and comedy are performed in the restaurants, bars, community centres, boutiques, cafés, parks, libraries, parking lots, hair salons, flower shops, churches, clothing stores, antique stores, book stores and businesses in the Parkdale neighbourhood. And there is free childcare -- for two hours!

For more information, check out the Lab Cab Festival website.

Youth Voices of Neskantaga Art Exhibition
Jul 26
Beit Zatoun Gallery

Check out murals, youth drawings and photography, a silent auction and much more created by the youth of the Neskantaga First Nation. The artwork came about as a result of an arts and music festival that was organized to address the challenges faced by the community that were highlighted following the suicide of a youth.

To find out more about the exhibition, go to the event's Facebook page.

Passage: A Moving Experience
Jul 27
Children's Peace Theatre (305 Dawes Road)

Passage explores the theme of global migration, participants personal and ancestral migration stories and the real life struggles and joys faced by immigrants and refugees living in Toronto.

For more information, check out the Passage Facebook page.

The First Annual Drunken Latte Art Smack Down
Jul 27
Lit Espresso Bar

Each round two baristas will go head to head trying to pour the best pattern they can, only one will go on. The thing is though, before the barista's pour their art they have to take a shot of Canadian whiskey. The winner will be the one with the strongest wits and the steadiest hand. They will be crowned the Lord of Lattes and will receive some cash and a golden jug.

For more information. go to the event's Facebook page.

Artic Oil Balloon Toss
Jul 27
Christie Pits Park

Wear a white shirt and clothes/bathing suit. They'll be tossing balloons filled with water. And there will be spills!

For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

In Concert: Justin Bieber
Jul 26

The show is sold out. But you might get a quick glimpse of the star.


Book launches and more...

Book launch: ABC of Toronto
Jul 20
Ontario Science Centre

This alphabet book celebrates the sights and sounds of Ontario's vibrant capital. Join Per-Henrik Gürth's friendly animal characters as they explore Toronto from the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Zoo is as much fun as a ride on one of the city's famous streetcars, or a hair-raising experience at the Ontario Science Centre!

For more information, check out the Ontario Science Centre website.

Meet the Monarchs
Jul 20 and Jul 21
Ontario Science Centre

Don Davis, an expert on monarch butterflies, will show how monarchs are tagged to track their annual 4000 km migration. Find out about their life cycle, and why planting milkweed and wildflowers can help monarch populations.

For more information, check out the Ontario Science Centre website.

Tirgan Festival
Jul 18 to Jul 21
Harbourfront Centre

Through music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature, visual arts, food and crafts, Tirgan Festival highlights the richness of the contemporary and traditional art and culture of Iran. Most events FREE.

For a line-up of festival offerings, check out the Harbourfront Centre website.

Venezuelan Summer Festival
Jul 20
Mel Lastman Square

Music, dance and kids activities -- a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Big on Bloor Festival
Jul 20 to Jul 21
Bloor Street (between Dufferin and Landsdowne)

BIG on Bloor Festival, car-free Bloordale celebrates arts, culture, community & small business, on Bloor Street.

For more information, check out the Big on Bloor website.

Christie Pits Film Festival
Jul 20
Tennis Court (Bloor and Dufferin)

This weekend's pick is Shut Up and Play the Hits, the documentary covering the 48 hours in the life of LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, from the day of the band's final gig at Madison Square Garden to the morning after the show.

To check out a trailer, visit the Christie Pits Film Festival website.

Parkdale Film + Video Showcase 2013
Jul 19 to Jul 21
Village of Parkdale

Bring your blanket, coins, and Parkdale pride. They're serving up the best of/about/for the neighbourhood including films about TTC musicians and the former site of Zen Buddhist temple at College and Spadina.

For more information, check out the Parkdale Film + Video Showcase website.

In Theatres: Blackfish
TIFF Bell Lightbox

A hit at this year's Sundance Film Festival, this engrossing and emotionally wrenching documentary examines our fascination with and fear of the majestic orca, and the shocking conditions which these awe-inspiring creatures are subjected to in marine amusement parks around the world.

For more information, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox website.

In theatres: Dragon Girls
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

The Shaolin Tagu Kung Fu school, located next to the Shaolin Temple Monastery--the birthplace of kung fu--is home to over 20,000 students. In a breathtaking display of skill and precision, the entire student body practises their discipline en masse and in perfect unison, captured beautifully by Inigo Westmeier's camera. Dragon Girls follows three young female students living far away from their homes and families. It won the best international feature award at this year's Hot Docs festival.

For more information, go to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema website.

Picture Change
Jul 16 to Aug 5
Royal Bank Plaza

This new exhibition produced by PhotoSensitive contains one photo by each of over 100 top Canadian photographers. This collection of the most meaningful photos in each photographer's portfolio will become a body of work highlighting the way that photography can make a positive change in the world.

For more information, check out the PhotoSensitive website.


What's On! - Weekend of July 13-14

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StoryMobs Jul 13 Various (secret) locations Let the wild rumpus start! Join in this mashup of a flash mob and awesome storytelling. The first stop, Maurice Sendak's beloved Where the Wild Things Are. For more information, check out the Story Mobs website.
Mad Pride Toronto 2013 Jul 8 to Jul 14 This celebration of madness takes all shapes and forms. From discussion and book readings to open mic performances and the mad (bizarre) bazaar! For more information, check out the Mad Pride Toronto website.
In Conversation: Johnnie To Jul 13 TIFF Bell Lightbox Listen to celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To as he speaks about his epic crime films, as part of the Swordsmen, Gangsters and Ghosts: The Evolution of Chinese Genre Cinema series presented by TIFF. The conversation will be followed by To's two-part epic Election and Election 2. For more information, check out the TIFF Bell Lightbox website.
Use Your Words Jul 13 Toronto Reference Library (FREE) Hiphop expert and author Dalton Higgins leads a summer workshop for youth between the ages of 16 and 30. For more information, check out the Toronto Public Library website.
Night It Up! Jul 12 to Jul 14 Markham Civic Centre Stinky tofu anyone? It's just one of the many offerings of this Asian style night market, including outdoor movie screening, basketball and volleyball tournaments and performances. For more information, check out the Night It Up! website.
Pop Up Event Jul 12 (5 to 9 PM) Market 707 (Dundas and Bathurst Sts.) Ice-cream sandwiches made from scratch?! That would be enough to drag anyone out to this charming neighbourhood. Other attractions include a pop-up market, live performance and a dance zone. For more information, check out the Market 707 website.
In Concert: Bunji Garlin Jul 14 Celebration Square (Mississauga) Dance to the 2013 Trinidad and Tobago carnival anthem, among other songs as Bunji Garlin performs his latest hits as part of the Irie Music Festival. For more information, check out the Irie Music Festival website.