OCAF July Newsletter

Summer Events
After a long year of uncertainty and province-wide shutdowns, it’s my pleasure and honour to share the many events, exhibitions, performances and installations that will take place through our beautiful province this July.As we move into Step 2 and 3 of reopening, we welcome innovative outdoor performances and exhibitions of public art all Ontarians can enjoy.

OCAF is proud to support all the organizations, artists, and administrators who have worked tirelessly and with great courage and resilience to bring forward incredible art and culture productions.

I hope you will join me this July to experience the great outdoors and all the cultural wonders our talented creators have in store for us!

Kathleen Sharpe
Executive Director

Events On Now

Brott Music Festival: Brott in the Park

Brott Music Festival takes on the great outdoors! The 34th annual summer edition will largely be a drive-in bubble concert affair at the Ancaster Fairgrounds. The Festival opens in Ancaster on Thursday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. with a performance of Mozart’s opera “Cosi fan tutte.”

Broadway Heroes featuring hits from “The Great White Way” is slated for Thursday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Jeans ’n Classics with vocalist Michael Shotton plus Ron Beckett’s Arcady Singers return for “Bohemian Rhapsody: The Music of Queen” on Friday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.

It’s a fantastic way to listen to incredible music while enjoying the outdoors!

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Canadian Stage: Dream in High Park Festival

Canadian Stage introduces a new, bold, and dynamic vision of summer programming designed to strengthen and restore community connection for our culture-starved city through the magic of live performance.

A return to the original summer moniker, this year’s Dream in High Park is a transformation from the usual summer fare to a diverse array of work including theatre, dance, comedy, contemporary and baroque music, and so much more.

Explore everything Dream has to offer and see you in the park!

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The Bentway Conservancy: Playing in Public

Playing in Public is a neighbourhood exhibition, open now, that explores the history and future of play, and its role in shaping decisions about public space. A wide variety of artists, educators, technologists, planners, and community organizers have created works that address questions like:

How does space shape the rules of play, and how can non-traditional spaces teach us to play differently?

How does play influence our interactions in public space?

How has the nature of play changed in a mid-/post-COVID city?

As we begin to emerge from this pandemic and look towards recovery, we can use play as a guide for reengaging with the city, and with each other. We will play again together.

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MonstrARTity Creative Community: 2021 #BollywoodMonster Mashup

Started in 2011, #BollywoodMonster Mashup is the largest South Asian festival in Canada. #BollywoodMonster Mashup is orchestrated to please the senses of young and old alike, and is ever-expanding.

Catch Canadian premiere performances by international Bollywood stars while feasting at the new Monster FoodFest; have a blast at KidZone with both physical and crafty activities, enjoy a world-class music and dance entertainment show, shopping, a special VIP event, a multi-arts, comedy and urban music showcase event and more!

#BollywoodMonster Mashup is a festival the whole family can enjoy.

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Toronto Outdoor Art Fair: 60th Anniversary

Don’t miss Toronto Outdoor Art Fair’s milestone 60th Anniversary this July 211, 2021!

Celebrate the legacy of Canada’s leading and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair. Engage with artists online, browse curated collections, enjoy art talks, studio tours, and buy art from 400+ juried artists at TOAF.ca.

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair has an exciting list of programs planned for art lovers of all ages! Over ten art-filled days in July, we invite all members of the public to listen to compelling talks, join artist studio tours, give back to a frontline worker, or support the artists by purchasing a beautiful artwork – right from the comfort of your own home.

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2021 Collingwood Summer Music Festival

The 2021 edition of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival features world-class music performances by award-winning, internationally-renowned artists.

This year, they have partnered with a professional, multi-camera film production team to capture the nuances of each performance in crisp, realistic detail, bringing a virtual LIVE concert hall experience to your living room and at the DRIVE-IN!

  • Amazing visual projections and cinematography during each of the live performances.
  • Watch the work of two local painters – Bill Franks and Shandelle McCurdie come to life during two events this summer.
  • Virtual question & answer sessions to engage directly with your favourite artists.
  • Free outdoor events geared toward youth.
  • Afternoon mid-week musical hangouts, in-depth discussions, and more!

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