Events Guide: jazz festival, art show, urban design exhibition, and more…

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WHAT: Beaches International Jazz Festival
WHEN: July 18 – 27
WHERE: Queen Street E. from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave

Join the jazz enthusiasts lakeside at Woodbine Park for the kick off to the Festivals 20th year celebration. This festival is voted Toronto’s #1 Music Event. It offers multiple outdoor stages featuring free concerts. The “New Generations Stage” will celebrate young upcoming musicians that are begining to make an impact. The Main Stage will present both local and international Jazz performances.

Visit www.beachesjazz.com for more information.

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WHAT: 4 in 1 Art Show
WHEN: On until July 31, 12 pm – 10 pm
WHERE: Rainbow Market Square Gallery (80 Front St. East between Church & Jarvis)

The Rainbow Market Square Gallery, whose mission is to bring works of art to workplaces and public spaces, present the following artists during July:

Senay Johnson – Photographer is showing her ‘memories of Japan’ with aunique look at architecture and life in Japan

Patricia Whittingham – Abstract Artist and Art Teacher – is showing her soft tone turneresque style abstract paintings

Gil Boudreau – Painter is showing his primitive style flower paintings in bright colours, he is very enthusiastic about art despite his challenges with Polio

Jackie Ramo – Sculptor is showing her bright and exciting Art Tiles with bright colours and stimulating themes.

Visit www.artforallcanada.org for more information.

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WHAT: FRINGE BENEFITS – Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City
WHEN: July – September 23rd, 2008
WHERE: Design Exchange (234 Bay St.)

Fringe Benefits: Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City is an exhibition curated by Ian Chodikoff, urban designer, architect and editor of Canadian Architect magazine. The exhibition explores questions and ideas that will alter the future identity of our suburbs—a geography constantly evolving into something much more dynamic than big-box retail outlets and cookie-cutter housing subdivisions.

Visitors to the exhibition will appreciate how the design of new schools, religious buildings, community centres and sports facilities are adapting to the needs of their ethnically diverse communities while remaining inclusive to all Canadians.For many years, the car-dominant strip-mall landscape of the suburb was derided by architects and urban designers as a wasteland devoid of culture and replete with tacky buildings. Hardly an environment for thoughtful and innovative urban design, until now. Through photography, video, maps and art, Fringe Benefits explores the surprising ways in which diverse contemporary multiculturalism is making the cities of the GTA increasingly cosmopolitan.

Visit www.dx.org for more information.
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WHAT:Bloor-Yorkville hosts free concerts in July
WHEN: Saturday and Sundays from 2 pm – 5pm throughout the month of July
WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St.and Bellair St.)

Toronto, July 2008 — The sound of music is in the air in the Village of Yorkville Park
during the month of July, as a series of musical acts perform songs for shoppers and
strollers in the Bloor-Yorkville area.

Performers to look forward to in the next week:
July 19th — DON GUINN JAZZ TRIO
July 20th – BRENDAN CASSIDY TRIO

Visit www.bloor-yorkville.com for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: The Necropolis
WHEN: July 20, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet at The Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester St.),look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. The Necropolis walk highlights include the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie, Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount, Ned Hanlan, George Brown, Thornton Blackburn, Joseph Bloore.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Romantic Reels
WHEN: July 22, 9 pm – 11 pm
WHERE: Yonge-Dundas Square

Nine movies, thirty Oscars and a box full of tissue. Join YD Square as they count down the most romantic movies of all time, as selected by you. This week’s film: Annie Hall

Visit www.ydsquare.ca for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Cabbagetown
WHEN: July 23, 6 pm
WHERE: Meet at corner of Parliament St. and Spruce St., look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. The Cabbagetown walk highlights include: Victorian Houses, former Trinity College Medical School, Riverdale Park, The Necropolis, and Wellesley Cottages.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: International Street Food Festival
WHEN: July 25; 6 pm — 9 pm
WHERE: Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge St. )

Every Friday night in July the International Street Food Festival will be taking place in Mel Lastman Square. The event will include a variety of diverse food vendors as well as cultural entertainment.

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WHAT: Movies Under the Stars – Transformers
WHEN: July 25, 9 pm – 11 pm
WHERE: Parc Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Rd.)

Downsview Park is pleased to present free movies under the stars Friday nights throughout July and August, sponsored by 97.3 EZ Rock and Toronto Community News. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs with your family, friends and neighbours and enjoy a free family-friendly movie under the stars as the sun sets at Downsview Park. Free popcorn and additional concessions available on site.

Visit www.downsviewpark.ca for more information.

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Photo of Beaches Jazz Festival by MetrixX.