Here are some of the exciting summer happenings to explore this week in Toronto, from outdoor films and dance performances to a block party!

Porch View Dances

Toronto’s Kaeja d’Dance will transform front porches and lawns across Seaton Village into stages, as local residents perform new dance works created by professional choreographers. More info here. 

When: August 9-13

Where: Locations across Seaton Village


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Box Concerts

Watch a live opera and musical theatre performance in a Toronto park this week! The Box Concerts series features a rotating lineup of artists performing 30-minute mixed sets of classical opera repertoire, musical theatre, pop songs, and original Canadian compositions. More info.

When: August 9 & 13

Where: Guild Park & Morningside Park


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CFC Outdoor Film Festival – Moonstruck

Celebrate Canadian film with a free outdoor screening of this beloved romantic comedy, directed by CFC founder Norman Jewison. Moonstruck stars the iconic Cher and Nicholas Cage about a bookkeeper from Brooklyn, New York, who finds herself in a difficult situation when she falls for the brother of the man she has agreed to marry. More info.

When: August 10

Where: Canadian Film Centre Campus (Centre Lawn at Windfields Estate)

A League of Their Own 

Don’t miss this free outdoor screening of A League of Their Own, a classic and heartfelt tale of a women’s baseball team and a groundbreaking depiction of women in sports and female friendships. The film starts at sunset—bring a comfy chair or blanket! More info.

When: August 10

Where: CIBC Square


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Celebrate Second City’s 50th Anniversary

Renowned comedy institution Second City is celebrating their 50th anniversary in Toronto with a wild and unforgettable two-act sketch show! The Alumni Show will feature members of The Second City’s illustrious alumni returning to perform their favourite archive scenes. More info here.

When: August 11 and 12

Where: Second City Toronto


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Manifesto: The Block Party

The Manifesto Festival of music, arts and culture is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop through an African diasporic lens. Don’t miss The Block Party, a live concert experience this Friday, with a stacked lineup of performers across two stages.  More info.

When: August 11

Where: RBC Echo Beach


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City Hall Live

This showcase of local bands, artists, and grassroots music organizations will be taking over Ontario Place for a weekend of live music, including dance lessons, a night of R&B and Soul music with emerging acts Claire Davis and Bitter & Broke, and headliners The Free Label, and an afternoon of music and family fun. More info.

When: August 11-13

Where: Trillium Park

The Mask Dance in the Park

Artistic Director Mi Young Kim will lead performers from the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada and the Jinmi Park Dance Company in this adaptation of the traditional Korean Talchum Dance, also known as Korean Mask Dance, that exposes injustice in society through satire and comedy. More info here.

When: August 12

Where: Parma Park


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The Bentway Block Party

A huge community celebration is happening this weekend at The Bentway! Check out live music, roving performances, family-friendly activities, art workshops, and an artist’s market featuring 80+ local creators! More info.  

When: August 13

Where: The Bentway

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show: Riceboy Sleeps

Settle in for a magical night under the stars with an outdoor screening of the moving Canadian film Riceboy Sleeps. After losing her husband in Korea, So-young relocates to Canada in the 1990s with their young son, Dong-hyun. The small family faces many struggles as new immigrants in a new land where they know no one. More info.

When: August 13 

Where: Christie Pits Park