Around the City in SEVEN Days Milé Mothibe July 27, 2014 Events, Festivals, FOOD & DRINK, LIFESTYLE, Music, WHAT'S UP T.O. The city is big and there is ALWAYS something to do. Don’t believe us? That’s because you’re not looking hard enough. While the CN Tower, AGO and Ontario Science Centre are great Toronto attractions, the city has so much more to offer—including events that may even happen at those places. Fear not, we have the perfect itinerary to take you Around the City in SEVEN Days. Nothing like kicking off a Monday with a good concert. Back by popular demand are Queen and Adam Lambert. The second show has been added just for the fans that couldn’t make it to the first. Get your tickets here. Remember Toonie Tuesdays? We do! It may not cost you a toonie anymore, but films are cheaper on Tuesdays. If you missed Friday’s big premiers, check them out on Tuesday for half the price! Topping the box office was Lucy, an action thriller about a woman (played by Scarlet Johansson) who is captured by Korean gangsters and is unwillingly given a drug that unlocks her brain and transforms her into a merciless warrior. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the remake of Hercules as Hercules (the mercenary) who is out to help the ruler of Thrace and his daughter defeat a savage warlord in this good over evil story. If you’re in the mood for something lighter then you might want to try Step up: All In where the top dancers from the previous movies go compete in sinful Las Vegas. Take a stroll in the park on Wednesday and maybe sit for a while to enjoy a live show with the cast of Shakespeare in the (High) Park. Depending on which day you go, you can see a tragedy: Titus Andronicus or comedy: As You Like It. Thirsty Thursday brings an event to help quench that thirst. The Hart House Craft Beer Festival features Canadian craft brews that you may sample and a BBQ. What more could one ask for? Remaining tickets are limited, so get yours now. For a more colourful time, join the leaders of Caribana Mas bands as they put on their bright and vibrant showcase costumes at the King and Queen Show (Lamport Stadium). Here’s where you might feel slightly conflicted. Before the weekend, you need to decide whether you’re in or out…of town that is. It is OSHEAGA weekend in Montreal, one of the country’s biggest and ‘baddest’ music festivals. But if a road trip and ‘quasi’ camping are not in the books for you, no sweat, the city will still be bumping. Friday night is movie premier night! This week’s big release is Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Zaldana and Glenn Close involving a futuristic universal conflict in space. Want to be outdoors? Friday marks the first day of the TD IRIE Music Festival at Nathan Philips Square (Aug 1-4). There will be dancing, spoken word, visual art and a mix of music from the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and North America. And yes, there will be some grub. Saturday’s wide range of events will have you wishing you could clone yourself, just for the day. Sink your teeth into some juicy ribs at the Scarborough RibFest, Thomson Memorial Park (Aug 1-4). Enjoy a number of musical gardens, karaoke competitions and an all day beer garden. Then there’s the VELD Music Festival at Downsview Park. Enjoy electronic jams for a weekend concert. Join millions at Exhibition Place and Lakeshore Boulevard for the parade to end all parades. The pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca and Reggae; Hip Hop; Steel Pan and Brass Bands will liven up the city at this year’s Caribana- sorry, we mean the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade. Don’t forget your sunscreen and water! Sunday is always a good “wind-down” and “recovery” day, so take it easy with a patio brunch at one of many of Toronto’s coolest restaurants. This week we recommend Brassaii, Lion on the Beach or the Drake Hotel where you can try anything from Lumberjacks to Lobster Sandwiches coupled with “curing” Mimosas and Caesars. Then settle in for a quiet afternoon at a qualifying round of the Rogers Cup. But if the brunch has super-fuelled you, link up with DJ Khaled, this year’s celebrity host of Sunday Blocko. Music, food and drinks inside Chroma and on SkyBar. If no other reason, go enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Wrapping up the weekend is Drake’s fifth annual OVO Fest which promises V.I.P. rap stars and special guests. This year’s co-headliners include OutKast at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. You may take a breath now. But be ready to do it all over again with next week’s trip around the city brought to you by Love This City.