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Top 5 things to do in Toronto this week [July 14 - 20th]

That summer sun. We're in the middle of it and it. is. glorious! I can't get enough. But it's also always in the back of my mind that it will be gone just as fast as it came.

That means you need to get outside and enjoy it while you can. Here are five events to help you do just that this week:

SPORT: Honda Indy 

You might not typically think to spend your weekend at the races, but when the Indy comes to Toronto, it's a spectacle worth taking part in. In anticipation of it, I''ve been invited to take part in an event where one of those race car drivers is going to teach me how to race a car on a real track - wish me luck! 

Where: Exhibition Place

When:  July 18-20th

MUSIC: Dwayne Gretzky

What would summer be without hearing the sweet tunes of Dwayne Gretzky as they cover all of my favourite classic songs to perfection? I once spent every Tuesday all summer long at the Dakota squeezed in with a small group of lucky others, enjoying exactly that. This chance to see them free out in the evening sun is not to be missed. 
Where: Yonge Dundas Square

When: Friday July 18th, 8pm

FILM: Stand By Me 

Spending Sunday evening in the park with my favourite peeps, watching one of my all time favourite coming of age films (I was obsessed with River Phoenix for many years in my youthful days) sounds like exactly the perfect way to end this week. And it's free too, so you really have no excuse to miss this. 

Where: Christie Pits Park

When: Sunday July 20th, sundown

FESTIVAL: Live Green Toronto

Calling all environmentalists, or just, you know, good people who care about the fate of our health and the planet! This annual tradition will celebrate all the great and easy ways you can make your life greener, and the earth a little happier. 

Where: Yonge Dundas Square

When: Saturday July 18th, 11am - 8pm

DRINK: iYellow's Summer Wine Jam 

This is probably my favourite event this week. I've been lucky enough to attend a few iYellow events in the past and they are always the definition of a fun, wine filled, indulgently good time. You have 3 hours to sample your weight in various wines under the evening sun with some amazing people, and find a new favourite or five - it's a must attend event! 

Where: 37 Parlament Street

When: July 17th, 7pm