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Read our top picks from the latest events in the arts across North America

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CM: Camilla Mikolajewska
AM: Augusta Monet

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC 

For the month of July, the wonderful sounds of the Toronto Summer Music Festival runs concurrently with the Academy program and features a wealth of renowned Canadian and international artists in a series of concerts. In selecting the artists for the Festival, Artistic Director Jonathan Crow looks for exceptional performers but who are also internationally recognized artists. This kind of integration provides everyone with an opportunity to explore a wide range of musical styles and activities. Make sure to check out their summer 2021 Festival lineup. — CM

TORONTO

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Jonathan Crow, Artisttic Director of TSM
Photo by Christopher Waltz

FESTIVAL MURAL 2021

Running August 12-22, the MURAL Festival is a yearly international celebration of street art happening all along Boulevard Saint-Laurent. The festival’s mandate is to celebrate creativity and democratize urban art, which they accomplish by transforming the street into an open-air museum featuring art from local and international creatives. This year will bring public art projects, interactive creative technology, and new performances to the immersive festival zone. Wander through the city of Montreal, and take in all the accessible art on tap for this week-long festival of public creativity. AM

MONTREAL

FESTIVAL MURAL

GRANT PARK MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sit back, relax, and enjoy some classical music this summer at Millenium Park. For more than 80 years, the Grant Park Music Festival has been Chicago's summer musical sensation, demonstrating that classical music, performed by a world-class orchestra and chorus, can have a transformative impact on the city. Led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and Chorus Director Christopher Bell, the Festival offers a 10-week season of concerts each summer, artistic development initiatives, radio broadcasts and community engagement and outreach programs. Today, it operates as a unique collaboration among the Grant Park Orchestral Association, the Chicago Park District and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. — CM

CHICAGO

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Carlos Kalmar conducting
Patrick Pyszka

PUBLIC THEATRE’S FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

This Summer, the Public Theatre is reopening Free Shakespeare in the Park, at the Delacorte Theatre, with a production of Merry Wives. In this fresh adaptation by Jocelyn Bioh, Shakespeare’s raucous classic is set in South Harlem and reimagined as a vibrant celebration of Black joy. Directed by Saheem Ali, this take on Merry Wives takes place amidst a community of West African Immigrants, turning the farce into a distinctly New York joyride through life and love. Running July 6-September 18, be sure to catch this timeless story on tricks of the heart turned testament to Black laughter and spirit. AM

NEW YORK

SHAKESPEAR NY

Shakespeare in the Park
Photo by Tammy Shell

HANDS OF KNOWLEDGE

Developed by Ts’msyen curator Joanne Finlay, Hands of Knowledge is a visual arts exhibition in collaboration with, and featuring, six Indigenous women artists. The exhibition is an homage to the women in their life as important family and cultural connecters, as well as an exploration into how their mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers have influenced their work. The six artists use a wide variety of mediums and practices to reflect on women as important keepers of traditional knowledge and history. Hands of Knowledge is running now until September 26 at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.AM

VANCOUVER

HANDS OF KNOWLEDGE

FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL

Celebrating its 25th year, the Fantasia Film Festival will run virtually August 5-25, with the intent to run physical events in downtown Montreal. The festival will include scheduled screenings and premieres, panels, and workshops across a wide variety of genres. With highly anticipated features alongside rarer finds, Fantasia will have something for everyone. This includes incorporating and celebrating all the facets of filmmaking by having in person delegates at the festival, from directors and actors to distributors and festival programmers. The festival’s opening film will be Julien Knafo’s Quebec-set zomcom Brain Freeze, starring Roy Dupuis and Iani Bédard. AM

MONTREAL

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SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL

For more than 30 years, SFJAZZ presented the San Francisco Jazz Festival in venues around the Bay Area; with the opening of the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, the festival is now concentrated in the Center and the surrounding neighborhood and offers more than 30 shows.  They are currently hosting a series of concerts known as “Fridays at Five” where you can live stream jazz concerts from the comfort of your home, but if you happen to be in San Francisco, they also have in person events that have started for the summer. Make sure to check out their calendar to see the complete lineup. — CM

SAN FRANCISCO

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HIGHLIGHTS
FROM PAST
ISSUES

National Arts Centre
Orchestra

Alexander Neef

FFDN Festival

Route 66

Pia Kleber, UofT

Hyde Park Center

The Joffrey Balley

Chicago Symphony

Art on theMART

Josh Grossman

Dennis Watkins

Guillaume Côté

Barre Flow

Starry Opera Night

Saving Chagall