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What's On: OVO Fest, Caribbean Carnival and other summer fun!

It's been a hot week in the city. And even if the temperatures might cool down a little over the weekend, there are many hot tickets in the city to take advantage of:


OVO Fest
Aug 1 to Aug 3
Various Locations

Like every year, Drake brings his friends and other celebrities in town for the 6th annual OVO Fest. This year's line-up includes funnyman Kevin Hart, who opens the festival, J Cole Big Sean and a bunch of other special guests.

For more information, check out the OVO blog.


Ali Hassan
Jul 29 to Aug 2
Absolute Comedy

Like any good comic, Ali Hassan mines his own life for his comedy -- everything from food and culture to his introduction to parenthood. The latter involves his journey from single man to father of three in under two years.

For more information, check out the Absolute Comedy website.


Good News, Toronto: The Show
Jul 31
Comedy Bar

This monthly comedy show serves up a dose of comedy and the month's biggest news stories. Toronto's satirical news is best served cold, they say.

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


Romeo and Juliet
Jul 16 to aug 9
Guild Park (Scarborough Bluffs)

Shakespeare's timeless classic gets staged in a scenic Greek stage setting at the Scarborough Bluffs.

For more information, check out the Guild Festival Theatre website.


Love's Labour Lost
Jul 24 to Aug 16
Berczy Park

Dauntless City Theatre's mandate is to produce "site-specific performances in non-traditional spaces ... to make classical theatre more accessible to the citizens of and visitors to our city." The performances are PWYC and physically accessible. So watch Berczy Park and its immediate surrounding transform into the Court of Navarre.

For more information, check out the Dauntless City Theatre website.


Insomniac Film Festival
Jul 31
Rainbow Cinemas Market Square

Works by young amateur filmmakers often get the short shrift, not even screening in school film festivals for logistical reasons. So this showcase of shorts was born, to give the rising talent a place to play their works on the big screen and build a community of collaborators.

For more information, check out the Insomniac Film Festival website.


Christie Pits Film Festival
Sunset on Sundays
Christie Pits Park

The theme for this year's festival is villains, and Mean Girls screens this weekend.

For more information, check out the Christie Pits Film Festival website.


Emancipation Day: Freedom Train Ride
Jul 31 (11:30 PM)
Union Station

Besides commemorating the Underground Railroad chapter of Canadian history, the Freedom Train Ride will also remember the work of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters this year. The train departs at Union Station to arrive at Downsview Station at 12:15 AM on Aug 1, known as Emancipation Day.

For more information, check out the Freedom Train Ride Twitter account.

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