See Rush for the last time, survive NXNE and eight other things to do this week
Go on a late-night sampling spree
The twinkly Stop Night Market returns for its fourth annual carnival of sno-cones and small plates. For $100, you get unlimited access to food from practically every hot restaurant in the city, including Rose and Sons, Branca, Libretto, Geraldine and Bar Fancy, plus libations from local wineries and breweries and live music from indie bands. It’s as much an art show as a food fest: the carts are customized by design studios like Brothers Dressler and Raw. Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17. $100. 181 Sterling Rd., nightmarket.thestop.org.
Choose your own adventure at North by Northeast
Toronto’s bar-hopping bonanza takes over dozens of local venues for five unforgiving days. The highlights: Canadian supergroup the New Pornographers, Cali surf-rock stars Best Coast, New Jersey chill bros Real Estate, B.C. baroque-pop maestro Aidan Knight and rising Atlanta rappers Rae Sremmurd. Wednesday, June 17 to Sunday, June 21. Individual tickets $20–$30; festival pass $49–$150. Various locations, nxne.com.
Check out a concert of catchy showtunes
Since the late ’60s, prolific American songwriter Stephen Schwartz has contributed hundreds of show-stopping classics to the Broadway canon. His compositions for the biblical hit Godspell, the regal spectacle Pippin and Oz offshoot Wicked—not to mention lyrical credits for Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame—have earned him an impressive collection of Grammys and Academy Awards. This week, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs his greatest hits. Tuesday, June 16 and Wednesday, June 17. $29–$110. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255, tso.ca.
Hear Rush play live for the last time
Willowdale’s prolific prog-rock trio celebrates the 40th anniversary of Neil Peart’s entry into the band with a final major tour. You know the formula: Geddy Lee’s boundless bass lines and shrieking vocals; Alex Lifeson’s searing guitar solos and signature riffs; Peart’s 360-degree kit and mid-concert drumming demonstration; and, of course, a bunch of balding dads sporting black tour T-shirts from 1977. Wednesday, June 17 and Friday, June 19. $62.50–$195.75. Air Canada Centre, 40 Bay St., 1-855-985-5000, ticketmaster.ca.
See Yoakim Bélanger’s trippy abstract portraits
The Montreal artist Yoakim Bélanger depicts human forms and faces—or abstractions thereof—on the stark black and grey of aluminum and oxidized steel, combining the vibrant aesthetic of graffiti with the crisp exactitude of photography. The resulting portraits are shadowy and secretive, recognizable but unsettlingly incomplete, as if cloaked by some digital glitch. Thursday, June 18 to Sunday, July 5. FREE. Thompson Landry Gallery, 6 Trinity St., 416-364-4955, thompsonlandry.com.
Take a tour of the Americas without leaving the AGO
The AGO’s new exhibit includes over a hundred works that examine the natural landscape of the Western hemisphere. The pieces depict the Canadian wilderness, as seen through the work of Canada’s Group of Seven and Emily Carr; the majesty of Yosemite, as captured by German-American artist Albert Bierstadt; and the icy tip of Tierra del Fuego, as rendered by American painter Rockwell Kent. Saturday, June 20 to Sept. 20. $25. Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St. W., 416-979-6648, ago.net.
Take advantage of the waterfront, for once
For three days this month, Queens Quay will—finally—be covered with something other than construction crews, scaffolding and dust. At this year’s Redpath Waterfront Festival, catch extreme canine stunts over at Sherbourne Common, enjoy some wine and spirits at Sugar Beach, watch wild watersports by the ferry docks and relax under the yellow umbrellas at HTO Park as boats pass by. All ages. Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 21. Queens Quay, from Spadina to Sherbourne, towaterfrontfest.com.
Get a double dose of movies and music
The Open Roof Festival’s name is misleading (everything happens in a courtyard, not on an actual roof), but it captures the event’s libertine electricity: each edition blends live performances from local bands, indie screenings, and an endless supply of beer (all craft, of course). First up: the Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, with a set from Tomi Swick, a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bagpipes and military drums. Wednesday, June 17 to August 19. $15. 99 Sudbury Ave., openrooffestival.com.
See some famous mystery guests at a late-night musical salon
Jason Collett’s Basement Revue is Luminato’s most reliable surprise. The singer-songwriter plays a late-night set every day of the festival, welcoming a slate of mystery celebrities at each show who join him onstage for songs, readings and banter. (Past guests have included Margaret Atwood, Rufus Wainwright, Feist and Marina Abramovic.) The venue is a happy upgrade from the titular basement: it’s the outdoor Festival Hub on King West, which has been retrofitted into a fairy-lit—and fully licensed—garden patio. Friday, June 19 to Sunday, June 28. $22.60. David Pecaut Square, 215 King St. W., 416-368-4849, luminatofestival.com.
Kick up your heels at Kinky Boots
The glittering, Tony-winning musical is an inspired-by-a-true-story tale of unlikely friendship and hard work set to sassy, funky songs by Cyndi Lauper. After inheriting his father’s shoe factory, Charlie Price enlists cabaret queen Lola to save the family business. Together, the pair gives the company a bold facelift and captures hearts and souls—or, rather, soles—with their new kicks. Tuesday, June 16 to Sept. 27. $35–$130. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., 416-872-1212, mirvish.com.