July 1 - 3 12 noon - 10:30 pm Chin International Picnic A circus, amusement park, rides and games, beer garden, dozens of food concessions, major sports events; an International Shopping Bazaar and headline entertainers from around the world. Exhibition Place 416-531-9991 http://www.chinradio.com/picnic.php
Jul 1: Canada Day Events Over 30 different events listed from across the city. Most free.
1 July 3:45pm, Edgefest @ Molson Ampitheatre, Our Lady Peace, Hot Hot Heat, and more. Tickets through tickermaster.
Sunday July 02 at 4 p.m.:Chaos and Eros - Faces of the Baroque Earthquakes! Tempests! Contrabassoon! The Toronto-Montreal ensemble Musica Franca returns with bassoons, Baroque guitar and keyboards, to perform Italian-flavoured music of the French Baroque, including a suite from the great 18th century “World Music” hit: Rameau’s Les Indes galantes.
Jul 4 9-11pm City Cinema outdoor screening: The Blob Steve McQueen versus oozy alien in this cult classic Yonge-Dundas Square FREE
July 6 Bloor-Yorkville Grand Prix Street Party The Molson Grand Prix of Toronto will be rolling into town for the big race on July 7,8,9. Bloor-Yorkville area
July 6 Harbourfront Centre and Music Africa present Salif Keita – Keita’s music blends together the traditional griot music with his Malian childhood and other West African influences
July 8 & 9: AfroFest at Queens Park.This year’s main stage performers include Rwandan star Jean Paul Samputu, Juno award winners African Guitar Summit, Cameroonian songstress Muna Mingole, Cape Verde’s Carmen Souza, Halifax based Afro pop sensation Afro Musica, the Ijo Vudu African Dance Company, from Nigeria, Malian kora master Mamadou Diabate and many more. Olatunji Drum Stage, African Marketplace, Childrens Village and Workshops. FREE
11 Jul 9-11pm City Cinema outdoor screening: The Birds Yonge-Dundas Square FREE
Sunday July 16, 4 pm Whispering Winds: Music for Yangqin Vivian Xia and guest pipa player Xiao-mei He performs Chinese and contemporary music for the Chinese hammer dulcimer (yangqin), composed and arranged by the performer and Canadian composer Mark Armanini.
18 Jul 9-11pm City Cinema outdoor screening: Planet of the Apes Yonge-Dundas Square FREE
Thursday July 20, 7 pm Naseem: Summer Breezes from the Persian Courts Pirouz Yousefian, santur (Persian hammer dulcimer), and percussionist Farzad Yousefian perform classical Persian music and original compositions.
Sunday July 23, 4 pm Brass Tacks II: Girl Meets Tuba Karen Bulmer tells the story of her on-again off-again love affair with the orchestra’s largest brass instrument, and shows that there’s much more to life with a tuba than oom-pah-pah, in performances of music by Bach, Debussy, the Beatles and others.
Thursday July 27, 7 pm A Garden of Flowers, East and West Islamic and Christian cultures meet harmoniously as Alpharabius Ensemble presents songs inspired by love and filled with images of flowers, from Arabic lands and medieval Europe. Performed by Andrea Budgey, Suzanne Meyers-Sawa, Randall Rosenfeld, George Sawa, and Bolbol Shehadeh.