5 things to do in Toronto today: Thursday, July 18

Jul 17 2019, 7:39 pm

The workweek is winding down, which means it’s time to have some fun.

Head outside today and check out some of the great events happening throughout the city, including free music, the return of the Toronto Burlesque Festival, an outdoor summer movie, and more.

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Bar Aperol

What: Bar Aperol will be selling Aperol Spritz’s and serving alongside an Italian aperitivo food menu by the Cheese Boutique, and coffee and espresso by Lavazza. Those looking to enjoy an aperitif but don’t want to consume alcohol, Crodino, the Italian non-alcoholic aperitif will be available.

When: Open for the month of July, four days a week (Thursday to Sunday)
Time: Thursdays and Fridays, 4 pm to 11 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: 1030 Queen Street West
Price: Admission is free

12th Annual Toronto Burlesque Festival

What: The annual Toronto Burlesque Festival kicks off today, bringing
four sizzling days of burlesque shows, festival celebrations, and international performers to the city.

When: July 18 to 21
Where: Revival Bar and MOD Club Theatre
Price: From $25 to $70

The Warm Up at the Drake Commissary

What: You can enjoy amazing live music from the folks at PRACTICE at the Drake Commissary every second Thursday of the month starting tonight. If you RSVP, you can also enjoy 15% off food. However, RSVPing doesn’t confirm a table, so make sure to call (416 432-2922) ahead or book your table online.

When: July 18, every second Thursday on the month
Time: 6 pm
Where: Drake Commissary
Price: Free

Summer Music in the Garden

What: The Summer Music in the Garden concert series will kick off in honour of the Toronto Music Garden’s 20th anniversary, and will feature 18 free concerts of classical, traditional and world music, including a concert on August 25 that will feature the Music Garden’s “theme song,” Bach’s Suite no. 1 in G Major for solo cello.

When: Thursdays and Sundays through September 15
Time: Thursdays, 7 pm; Sundays, 4 pm
Where: 479 Queens Quay West
Price: Free to attend

Corktown Common Park Summer Movies

What: This summer, the Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) is inviting movie aficionados for another year of outdoor films at Corktown Common Park on a brand-new 12 m screen. This year’s screening programme is Dynamic Duos, so bring along your special someone to watch feature-length and short films about classic cinematic pairs, exploring themes like friendship, couples, rivalry and doppelgängers. Tonight’s feature screening is Paper Moon and the short is Waiting for Lou.

When: July 18
Time: Films begin at sundown
Where: Corktown Common Park, 155 Bayview Avenue
Price: Screenings are free of charge, but donations are always accepted