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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 G├╝rth'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
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
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.

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