Events Guide: summer music, city walk, outdoor movie, and more…

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WHAT: Summer Music in the Park
WHEN: Saturday and Sundays from 2 pm – 5pm throughout the summer
WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St.and Bellair St.)

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 this week:
August 9th — CASCABEL LATIN DUO
August 10th — JOHNSON CHUNG TRIO

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

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Yorkville – A Tollgate Village
WHEN: August 10, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet in front of Yorkville Public Library, (22 Yorkville Ave, beside Fire Hall) 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 Yorkville highlights include: Library, Firehall, Heliconian Club, 19th century houses, Hazelton Lanes, Church of the Redeemer.

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

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WHAT: Romantic Reels
WHEN: August 12, 8 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: Titanic.

Visit www.ydsquare.ca for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Along the Front
WHEN: August 13, 6 pm
WHERE: Meet Front & Jarvis Sts., 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 Along the Fronthighlights include: St. Lawrence Market, Old Warehouses, Flatiron Building, Berczy Park, BCE Place, Dominion Public Building, Royal Bank Plaza, Royal York Hotel, Union Station.

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

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WHAT: Movies Under the Stars – Shrek the Third
WHEN: August, 15 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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WHAT: Summer Music in the Park
WHEN: Saturday and Sundays from 2 pm – 5pm throughout the summer
WHERE: Village of Yorkville Park (Cumberland St.and Bellair St.)

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 this week:
August 16th — QUASIMODAL TRIO
August 17th — PETER SMITH TRIO

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

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WHAT: Heritage Toronto commemorates the Riot at Christie Pits
WHEN: August 17th, 11 am
WHERE: Southeast corner of Christie Pits Park, Christie Street and Bloor Street, across from Christie Subway Station.

On Sunday, August 17th Heritage Toronto will present a Heritage Toronto plaque commemorating the Riot at Christie Pits. Joining Peter Ortved, Heritage Toronto Board, will be Councillor Joe Mihevc; Fredelle Brief, Chair, Community Relations Committee, Canadian Jewish Congress Charities Committee; Cyril Levitt, Co-Author, The Riot at Christie Pits and MC Judy Stoffman, Chair, Christie Pits Plaque Committee.

“Heritage Toronto’s Plaques and Markers Program celebrates our city’s diverse – and sometimes difficult – history,” said Peter Ortved. “In commemorating the Riot at Christie Pits, we recognize a dark period in our City’s past which, like many others, has informed our present. It is an important story and we need to be reminded of it. ”

Visit www.heritagetoronto.org for more information.

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WHAT: FRINGE BENEFITS – Cosmopolitan Dynamics of a Multicultural City
WHEN: On until 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,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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Photo of Yorkville by Joe Nicholl.