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    MARK WIGMORE'S TOP 3 – WEEKEND OF JULY 14th


    It’s Friday and that means Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore shares his top picks for your arts and entertainment weekend ahead.

    GAME OF THRONES: SEASON 7

    The most popular show on television (and the most illegally downloaded) returns this Sunday, and what a wait it is each and every year for superfans of the hit HBO fantasy/drama. Season 7 begged even more time before it was ready to air and on top of that, there’s less to see! The show has always gone with a 10 episode season, this time around, just 7 hours of geeky joy.

    John Snow is not only back from the dead, he’s a Stark-Targaryen, he’s king of the north, and his sister Sansa is finally by his side. Over at King’s Landing, The King is dead.. again. And now Momma Lannister, Cersei runs the Seven Kingdoms. And Daenerys Targaryen (aka: Khaleesi) is on her way to the mainland with a giant army, and 3 fully grown dragons! Also, the coldest winter in a 1000 years is on its way, and a dead army. Nerd out big-time this Sunday night at 9pm on HBO when Game of Thrones returns! You are in good and plentiful company.


    TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION

    It’s a great weekend to pick a piece of art for your home, and that’s because the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition begins Friday, entering its 56th year of showcasing talented local artists. In fact, there will be 340 artists on display, and a lot of new talent within that number. This year you will see paintings and drawings, sculpture, crafts and woodwork, photography and digital media. The entire show has been redesigned at its usual home of Nathan Phillips Square in front of Toronto City Hall. Anahita Azrahimi is the Exhibtion’s Executive Director.

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    The exhibition is such a wonderful way to see a lot of artists in a one stop shopping atmosphere. The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition runs 10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday, and till 6pm on Sunday. Free Admission. Visit the www.torontooutdoorart.org  to view the full 2017 Artist Roster.


    THE FESTIVAL OF INDIA

    It's 45 years for the Festival of India. It was way back in the 70s is when this beloved event first found its footing (also known as Ratha-Yatra). The event will begin on Saturday with a parade down Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then will shift to the new festival site for 2017– Sherbourne Common - for two days of festivities. It’s all free. Food, music and lots more. http://www.festivalofindia.ca/  






    BONUS EVENTS!

    THE REX: DAVE YOUNG QUINTET & THE GEORGE LAKE BIG BAND

    There’s a classic jazz night planned at The Rex on Friday; what I think is the ultimate summer jazz gig. The Dave Young Quintet will include Kevin Turcotte-Trumpet, Robi Botos-Piano, Terry Clarke-Drums fro the 9:45pm show. www.TheRex.ca for listings.

    Also, the George Lake BIG Band will perform Saturday afternoon at the Rex from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. Special guests include June Garber and Vincent Wolfe. www.georgelakebigband.com for info.


    BEACHES JAZZ FESTIVAL: LATIN CARNIVAL

    The  Latin Carnival is set to take place Friday to Sunday at the increasingly popular Woodbine Park venue. On Friday night, look for groups like Sugar Heat, Ecuadorian outfit Charles y sus Estrellas and Urban Latin funk fusionists, Santerias. On Saturday, Brazilian Samba from Escola de Samba starts off the day at 1pm, followed by 5 other acts including the Salsa sounds of Miko Sobreira & Dailyn Martinez, and salsa star Yani Borrell. The Beaches Jazz Latin Carnival wraps on Sunday with an 8 hour program beginning at 12noon. The Latin Swing Orchestra is your headliner. The Latin Festival is going to be a party, and with good weather predicted for Saturday for sure; think food, drink, dancing, music and beats that come from warmer places than Toronto. www.Beachesjazz.com for all the listings. The entire event is free.






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