MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING CanStage’s production of the Bard’s great comedy stars Tara Rosling and Juan Chioran. At High Park till Sep 4. By donation. 416-368-3110, www.canstage. com.
SWING SPACE: MEDIA ART SPACE Jennifer Steinkamp’s video works and new media look at space and perception. At the AGO till Oct 16. $5-$8. 416-979-6648.
DARK WATER Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly stars in a suspense horror flick about a New York apartment full of haunted... water! Opening weekend.
BLACK EYED PEASWill. i.am, Fergie and their hip-pop crew get it started at the Molson Amphitheatre with Talib Kweli and Fatty Koo. $40-$50. 416-870-8000.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE Whose Line Is It Anyway’s Colin Mochrie hosts a special Fringe version of the weekly sketch show. Poor Alex. $tba. 416-923-1644.
CAGEMATCH Some of the best comics in the city compete in the summer-long improv showdown at Clinton’s Tavern. $5. www.longform.ca/shows/ cagematch/
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND Steel your tender eardrums against the brain-crushing assault of maulers like Lamb of God and Clutch at the summer’s most massive metal fest. $35.50. Arrow Hall, Mississauga. 416-870-8000.
THE SCREAM IN HIGH PARK Smokin’ literary lights, including Trey Anthony and Karen Hines, let loose. Suggested $10 or pwyc. High Park Amphitheatre. www.thescream.ca.
MARK KNOPFLER Former Dire Straits dude and current film soundtrack go-to guy brings his breezy Americana to the Molson Amphitheatre. $49.50$79.50. 416-870-8000.
BEEFCAKE Let’s hope this retrospective of hot photos is, er, well hung. On at the O’Connor Gallery till Jul 16. 416-921-7149.
BUCK 65 Gruff-voiced Haligonian hiphop innovator unveils the tracks from his new Secret House Against The World disc at the Mod Club. $16.50. 416-870-8000.
SEÁN CULLEN The Producers didn’t take off, but Cullen’s still one of the best comic entertainers around. Catch his music-filled act at the Laugh Resort till Jul 16. $10-$15. 416-364-5233.
THE TEMPEST/ELECTRA The two classics run in rep at U of T’s outdoor Philosopher’s Stage. Pwyc-$10. 416-978-8849, www.canopytheatre.ca. THE WILD PARROTS OF TELE
GRAPH HILL Tired of summer blockbusters? Settle down with this smart, moving doc about an ex-musician who takes in wild parrots.
THE UPSIDE OF ANGER Joan Allen delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as an alcoholic mom. DVD comes out today.
THE WILD DUCK László Marton directs a cast that includes Brent Carver and Maggie Huculak in Ibsen’s masterpiece. Till Sep 3 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.
FRINGE OF TORONTO FESTIVAL 138 local and international shows take over the city’s theatres till Jul 17. $10. 416-9661062, www.fringetoronto.com. ROBERT PLANT & THE STRANGE
SENSATION Led Zep legend flails through the sub-Saharan rock fusion of his latest disc at the Molson Amphitheatre. $39.50$85.50. 416-870-8000.
FREE FLICKS Harbourfront’s outdoor screenings of fave movies kicks off and runs every Wed night till Aug 10. Free. 416-973-4000.
HUSTLE & FLOW Terrence (Ray, Crash) Howard gets his breakout role as a pimp who tries to make it in the rap biz. Opens today.
THE GO! TEAM The delightful Brighton electro-pop squad’s Toronto debut at Lee’s Palace is sure to be one of the year’s most genuinely fun shows. Don’t miss it. $13.50. 416-532-1598.
AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE Decide whether Alabama rock sweetheart Bo Bice was robbed. He and his fellow finalists join winner Carrie Underwood at the Air Canada Centre. $35$49.50. 416-870-8000.
STEVE PATTERSON One of the most likeable stand-ups does a week at Yuk Yuk’s Downtown, till Jul 24. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE Fans of this year’s rock rivalry doc Dig! will be stoked to catch Anton Newcombe’s manic mayhem in person at Lee’s Palace. $10.50. 416-532-1598.
JUST MY IMAGINATION Stephen Andrews, Sheila Butler, Lucie Chan and others exhibit works atMOCCA. Free. 416-395-7430.
NEKO CASE If last year’s The Tigers Have Spoken live album whetted your appetite for the twangy torch singer’s onstage antics, catch her at Harbourfront Centre. $20-$25. 416-973-4000.
GERRY DEE One of NOW’s best comedy acts of 2004 headlines at Yuk Yuk’s Downtown till Jul 17. $10-$17. 416-967-6425. BEACHES INTERNATIONAL JAZZ
FEST The fabulous, free 10-day bonanza of live jazz in the east end kicks off today. To Jul 24. www.beachesjazz.com.
KENNY ROGERS Road trip time! The chicken-shillin’, countrysingin’Gambler shows his hand at Niagara Fallsview Casino. To Jul 23. $63.67$74.36. 416-870-8000.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM It’s worth the trip to Oakville to see local actors Matt MacFadzean, Deborah Hay and others in the Bard’s comic gem. Till Aug 6 at Coronation Park. $22. 905-815-4049.
DOUGLAS COUPLAND Dystopiaobsessed Coupland opens two futuristic art shows at Monte Clark. Till Sep 11. 416-703-1700.
CANADA DAY EXTRAVAGANZA Torchy Feist and Native Earth Performing Arts head up the birthday celebrations at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
EDGEFEST Head down to the Molson Amphitheatre for an alt-rock bonanza with a roster ranging from T.O. punks Billy Talent to epic prog metalheads Coheed & Cambria. $25.50-$47.50. 416-8708000.
FANTASTIC FOUR Another comic book gets a screen adaptation. Yes, straight boys, Jessica Alba’s in it. And, yes, straight girls, Nip/Tuck’s Julian McMahon is in it. TORONTO OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITION The three-day show of works by new and established artists sets up shop at Nathan Phillips Square. Free. 416-408-2754.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY Tim Burton reimagines the Roald Dahl story, but unlike the 1971 day-glo version there won’t be songs! Whew. With Johnny Depp.
DAARA J Mad Professorapproved Senegalese hiphop fusionists get Harbourfront’s All Over The Map fest off to a killer start. Free. 416-9734000.
BAD NEWS BEARS Last summer itwas sequels, this year it’s remakes. Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic little league baseball coach in Richard Linklater’s update of the Walter Matthau/Tatum O’Neal comedy.
DIM SUM Festival of contemporary Chinese culture has music, dance, readings by Chinese-Canadians. Harbourfront Centre. www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
AIMEE MANN Will the mournful alt-pop singer/songwriter’s new The Forgotten Arm concept album work live? See for yourself when Mann hits the Phoenix. $30. 416-870-8000.
THE BROTHERS GRIMM Major manbabe alert: Matt Damon and Heath Ledger star in Terry Gilliam’s latest. Opening today.
LHASA Nomadic ex-Montrealer treats fans to a multilingual smoky world-jazz serenade alongside crooner Madeline Peyroux. $30. Nathan Phillips Square. www.torontojazz.com.
JULES ET JIM Truffaut’s masterpiece starring Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner screens at Cinematheque as part of the series featuring 10 great French actresses. $5.50-$10.10. Jackman Hall, AGO. 416-968-FILM.
AFROFEST Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, King Mensah, Allakomi and more perform at one of the summer’s best free events, through Jul 10. Queen’s Park. 416-469-5336, www.afrofest.org.
QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA UK DJ Will Holland and his kickass live band treat crowds to their version of rare funk as part of Harbourfront’s Beats, Breaks & Culture fest. Free. 416-973-4000.
BILLY ROBINSON Unsung Canadian jazz sax great gives a rare performance to help launch Do Right!’s awesome Ready Or Not compilation of archival CBC jazz. Free. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
THE BAD DOG SESSIONS Kerry Griffin hosts the weekly latenight Sat showcase of innovative and experimental improv comedy, at Bad Dog Theatre. Pwyc. 416-491-3115.
KID KOALA Turntable whiz kid demonstrates his inimitable style, with rapper Jin opening, at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Shakespeare in the Rough mounts the controversial play, with female native actor Jani Lauzon as Shylock. Pwyc. Till Sep 5 in Withrow Park. 647-438-6742, www.sitr.ca.
10 DAYS IN JULYVarious artists under 30 shake up Gallery TPW. Free. Till Jul 30. 416-504-4242.
CARIBANA PARADE Islandflavoured extravaganza dances its way over more than 3 kilometres of T.O.’s streets. $5-$15 at Exhibition Place, free along the Lakeshore. www.caribana. com.
WARPED TOUR Pack kneepads, sunscreen and earplugs if you plan to catch the daylong punk and extreme skateboarding extravaganza at Barrie’s Molson Park. $32.75-$41.25. 416-870-8000.
Aimee Mann plays the Phoenix, Jul 29
Harbourfront’s Free Flicks series screens The Wizard Of Oz, Jul 13
Johnny Depp goes Wonka Jul 15
Kenny Rogers, Fallsview Casino, Jul 21
Lhasa, Nathan Phillips Square, Jul 2
Tuku plays Afrofest, Jul 9 and 10