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Theatre and film buffs will be thrilled with what’s on stage and on screen.


Summer heats up on the stage as theatre festivals swing into action with various venues and playhouses announcing their seasonal playbills.


Works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Bernard Shaw (of course), and for the first time, Shakespeare will grace the stage at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake.


Classics from The Bard at the Stratford Festival this season include Julius Caesar, The Tempest and Coriolanus, with a modern 2018 twist; a number of female actors will play roles traditionally filled by men.

Stratford also presents contemporary performances. Musical lovers rejoice! Leaving all inhibitions at the door, The Rocky Horror Show invites you to do the ‘Time Warp’ again (dress up if you dare!). Considering the concept of ‘free will’ and the balance between justice, liberty and moral responsibility, Nigel Shawn Williams will direct the classic American tale, To Kill a Mockingbird, running May to November, while literary genius, Oscar Wilde will be celebrated with An Ideal Husband playing. New to the season are Brontë: The World Without, bringing to life the famous sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë; and Paradise Lost, inspired by John Milton’s epic poem on the battle between good and evil.


Take in a Broadway show at one of the Mirvish venues. Celebrate kindness, camaraderie and Canadian-ness at ‘the edge of the world’ with Come From Away, back in Toronto by popular demand. Romance, mystery and horror intertwine in the longest running show in Broadway history, the Phantom of the Opera at the Princess of Wales Theatre playing June 7-30.

Find out what's on stage with Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company or check out an alternative theatre scene with the Theatre Passe Muraille, the Factory Theatre or during the unconventional Fringe Festival

See what’s on at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and Ottawa Little Theatre in Ottawa or book an evening at North Bay’s Capitol Theatre.

Enjoy alfresco theatre at Barrie's Theatre By the Bay, or at the Shakespeare in High Park series performing Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream this season.

You’ll be treated to uniquely Canadian contemporary productions at the Blyth Festival in Goderich. 

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts will keep you up to date on what’s playing on Toronto’s stages; download their TOnight mobile app for on-the-go performing arts tickets, reviews and searches.


Expand your mind with great contemporary, independent film during the Reel Asian Film Festival or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox for exhibitions related to film and theatre. Check out some of the great annual LGBTQ film festivals taking place throughout the year.


For a laugh, head to a comedy club. Absolute ComedySecond City and Yuks Yuks all specialize in finding your funny bone.

Movie star, Rachel McAdams smiling and posing for fans.


One of the top film festivals in the world, TIFF features everything from mainstream Hollywood productions to indie and international cinema.
Audience listening to a 'behind the scenes' lecture at the Shaw Festival.


Enjoy George Bernard Shaw's quick-witted social satire in the heart of Ontario's wine country, a Canadian Signature Experience.