Including Salsa In Toronto, Stupidhead!, a Pink Floyd tribute show and Romeo + Juliet
NOW critics pick the outdoor, drive-in and virtual things to do in Toronto for the weekend of July 9-11, 2021.
Katherine Cullen and Britta Johnson’s funny and moving musical about dyslexia and self-acceptance gets several live-streamed performances before going on the road in physically distanced intimate performances.
To July 16. $15. outsidethemarch.ca.
Classic Albums Live: Dark Side Of The Moon
Here’s a suitably trippy COVID summer event: a drive-in tribute to Pink Floyd. Dark Side is one of the best selling albums of all time, and its meticulous proggy classic rock is the perfect thing to enjoy while sitting back in your car, reclining your seat as far as it will go while you can still see the various prisms and smoke machines.
July 9. CityView Drive-In (11 Polson). $150 and up per car. ticketmaster.ca
Salsa In Toronto Festival
The annual summer fest celebrating Latin culture that usually takes over St. Clair is going virtual with a broadcast on Saturday and a repeat showing on Sunday via TLN. The show features musical acts, dance lessons and performances, recipe demonstrations, a Latin art showcase and more.
July 10 at 5 pm and 10:30 pm; July 11 at 1 pm. Free, salsaintoronto.com
Cyber Comedy Cabaret
Yuk Yuk’s co-founder Mark Breslin hosts a night of streamed comedy featuring stand-ups from across the country, like Vancouver’s Jacob Samuel, Toronto’s Martha Chaves, Halifax’s François Weber, Burlington’s Patrick Haye and Scarborough’s Chuck Byrn.
July 10. 8 pm. $14.50. yukyuks.com.
Drive N’ Queens
Another weekend, another drag queen extravaganza. If you haven’t yet honked your horn at a Canadian drag queen in 2021, what are you waiting for? Tynomi Banks hosts the July edition of the Drive N’ Queens series, which will see Montreal performer and Canada’s Drag Race season 1 contestant Kiara (pictured above) join hometown queens JuiceBoxx, Ivory Towers and Miss Fiercalicious.
July 10. CityView Drive-In (11 Polson). Doors 8 pm, show 9 pm. $120-$240 per vehicle. cityviewdrivein.com
Romeo + Juliet
If you can’t wait until the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show season officially kicks off later this month, the outdoor film series is teaming with Dream In High Park to host a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s 90s update of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Romeo And Juliet. It’s your chance to cuddle up under the stars, look to the eyes of your step 2 squeeze and lip sync along to Des’ree’s I’m Kissing You.
July 11. High Park Amphitheatre (1873 Bloor West). 9 pm. Free/pwyc. Tickets available 48 hours in advance via canadianstage.com.
The Future Of Film Showcase
The 2021 edition of the annual festival – dedicated to showcasing short works from emerging Canadian filmmakers under 40 – will be available to stream on CBC Gem for the next two weeks, featuring an impressive range of subjects, perspectives and styles. A mostly free industry program kicks off tonight (Friday) with a keynote conversation with filmmaker and television producer Evan Goldberg (Superbad, This Is The End, The Boys) moderated by NOW culture editor Radheyan Simonpillai.