Ontario Celebration Zone
We saw how many of you couldn’t help but drift over onto the HOV lanes during the Pan Am Games, so perhaps you crave instruction in staying inside white lines. At the Ontario Celebration Zone (a place of music, physical activities, family fun, food and drink), try your hand at wheelchair racing (Aug. 11 and 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), an arm-churning Parapan Am Games sport in which every lane is a passing one. Not your speed? Try yoga on the water, with guidance from SUPGirlz. (Aug. 9, noon to 1 p.m.).
To Aug. 16. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., ontariotravel.net
SummerWorks Performance Festival
Much excitement is happening over this year’s SummerWorks, an event that has showcased innovative dance and theatre for 25 years now. There’s no concurrent concert series this time around, but there’s still music to be had, including Counting Sheep, a folk opera set during the Kiev protests of 2014 and featuring traditional Eastern European music by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, those klezmer-punk party-starters (and finishers).
To Aug. 16. $15 (multishow passes available). Various venues. 888-328-8384 or summerworks.ca.
Marvel Universe Live!
Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man and Wolverine face off at Air Canada Centre against the Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian and Electro. What sounds like some sort of super-duper, out-of-sight Wrestlemania is actually a comic book come to life, complete with combat, motorcycles and detonations, along with your typical villainous shenanigans, superhero powers and threats of world domination.
Aug. 13 to 16. $36.25 to $167.25. Air Canada Centre, 50 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
His family knows him as Miguel Jontel Pimente, but the rest of the world knows the Grammy-winning pop-R&B smoothie by his mononame, if not by his tattoos, mohawk-pompadour or steamy manner. His new artistic expression is Wildheart, a rather ecstatically received album that boldly brings the sexy forward – “forward” being the operative word (and perhaps it is Miguel’s middle name). And speaking of families, expect a minor baby boom about nine months from now.
Aug. 11, 9 p.m. $50.95. Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.
OUT OF TOWN
Stratford: Music for an Avon Morning
You have to get up pretty early in the morning to beat composer R. Murray Schafer out of bed. Likewise, you’ll need to beat the sunrise this weekend to experience Music for an Avon Morning, based on the Canadian maestro’s Music for Wilderness Lake, but with the voices of 50 amateur choristers. And get this: The soprano being paddled in a canoe at day break will not be opening her mouth for yawns or morning coffee, but to sing.
Aug. 7 to 9 (festival runs to Aug. 30). 7 a.m. Free. Tom Patterson Island, Stratford, Ont., 519-271-2101 or stratfordsummermusic.ca/artist