If you like music, dancing, movies and more, then this is the month for you. Enjoy!
By Adrienne Clarke
Ah, August. We’re truly, deeply into summer now. And this is the month to savour it, to drag our feet a little as the days slowly creep towards September. Now is the time to linger at your favourite farmers’ market or indulge in a satisfying summer read with a glass of something cold and refreshing close at hand. To help you really make the most of this month, we’ve rounded up five events we thought would make perfect additions to your August to-do list. Pick and choose among them as you see fit—or maybe try them all. Why not? It’s still summer, after-all.
When: Select dates, beginning August 5 through 12, 2018 Where: Withrow Park, 725 Logan Avenue Cost: Pay-what-you-can
Arts in the Parks is big on community building while simultaneously encouraging enjoyment of local parks and, to that end, it’s hosting arts events in parks throughout Toronto—from Etobicoke to Scarborough and North York to the downtown core—all summer long. In August, book a date-night or, heck, forget the babysitter and round up the kids for a family-friendly evening of Dusk Dances in Withrow Park. A theatrical host leads audiences on a tour of contemporary and traditional dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. In each 10-minute dance, choreographers from various backgrounds perform pieces inspired by the park’s natural environment. (Tip: Bring your own portable chair or blanket to enhance the experience.)
When: August 2 – 16, 2018 Where: The Gardener Museum Price: Free
Ever wonder what cool things might be buried under the home you live in, and the stories they might tell? This all-ages exhibit lets you explore the “discovery” of artifacts found during the construction of a condo in the year 2050. With support from Art Starts, design researchers collaborated with youth artists from Lawrence Heights, one of Toronto’s largest community housing projects, to create fictional clay artifacts representing the lives of current and future residents. This multimedia exhibition meditates on the neighbourhood’s ongoing revitalization and represents the experiences and values of each artist, while also suggesting a shared future for those of us who live in the GTA.
When: August 18, 2018 Where: Withrow Park, 725 Logan Avenue Price: Free
Got a tear in your favourite summer frock? Buttons that need reattaching or pants that could use a patch? Bundle up all the items in your closet (well, okay, two at a time) that need a stitch or two and put them in the hands of the friendly volunteers at the Toronto Clothing Repairathon. The groups’ goal is to reduce clothing waste and encourage others to learn repairing skills. Want to get in on the fun and help give back? The group is looking for sewers of all skill levels, or you can always donate supplies if threading a needle isn’t exactly your forte (there’s a list of items they’d be grateful for on their website). (Photograph by @mscmommylife)
When: August 13, 2018 Where: Brampton Garden Square, 12 Main Street N., Brampton Price: Free
If you’re a film buff, Brampton is the place to be every Monday night of the summer for “Brampton On Screen.” There are music videos, the latest YouTube sensations and both short and long feature films to choose from, but the night we’re extra excited about is the screening of the Reel Youth and Homeless Film Project on August 13. You’ll get a chance to watch five of the mini-documentaries that arose from a collaboration between youth and seniors with lived experience of homelessness in Brampton. Stow some extra tissues in your pocket and prepare to be moved—and inspired.
When: July 1 – August 31, 2018 Where: Georgina Price: Free entry
If you’ve got a budding photographer in the family and live in Georgina, here’s a chance to give their work the attention it deserves. All you need is a photo that fits one of three categories: the Sutton Fair; Water Recreation (it could be a backyard pool, Lake Simcoe, a family outing at the nearest splash pad); or Historical Georgina (these could be photos from the past or present, taken of historical events or buildings). It’s the perfect opportunity to get out and celebrate your community through the lens of your camera. Who knows, you might even win a prize! (Photograph by Town of Georgina)