You’ve almost made it. There are only a few weeks left before the end of classes. Not only that, but the weather’s warming up as well, which has me fantasizing about ice cream and outdoor theatre. Here are a few arts-related events in the GTA to keep you occupied between those biochemistry lectures.

  1. Shakespeare in High Park. Every summer, CanStage puts on a Shakespeare play in Toronto’s High Park. Recently, they’ve expanded their one-show season to a two-show repertory-style performance. From June 30 to September 4, catch Hamlet and All’s Well that Ends Well on alternating nights.
  2. LIVE restaurant open mic night. Warm up your vocal cords for the Living Arts Centre’s open mic on April 21. Held at the LIVE restaurant, this event promises food, drinks, and talent. Since it’s a 16+ restaurant, you can bring your high school–age siblings and embarrass them with your covers of Justin Bieber songs.
  3. Carassauga. A three-day event from May 27 to 29, held at various venues throughout Mississauga, that aims to celebrate diverse cultures. Over 70 countries are represented, and each pavilion offers food, music, and entertainment specific to each country. Admission includes free MiWay transportation.
  4. Inside Out LGBTQ film festival. The TIFF Bell Lightbox hosts this film festival from May 26 to June 5, bringing together films either about or made by the LGBTQ community. The 11-day event also includes panel discussions, artist talk-backs, and parties. The perfect something to tide you over until TIFF in the fall.
  5. Fringe Festivals. These indie theatre festivals are completely uncensored and take place across Ontario. If you’re travelling out of the province or even internationally, check your summer holiday destination for a Fringe Festival. Knowing what plays to attend is a complete crapshoot, but at least you’ll only be set back about $10. Visit for details.