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Five cool things to do this week (August 9 to 15)

Devour spicy fare at a Jerk Food festival, be inspired by beautiful images from Canadian photographers, and play capture the flag.

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Fourteen-month-old Jesse Arrigo and his mother, Kristin, lie quietly in a hyperbaric chamber at the Ontario Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Centre in Toronto. Photo by Bernard Weil/ Photosensitive.com

Fourteen-month-old Jesse Arrigo and his mother, Kristin, lie quietly in a hyperbaric chamber at the Ontario Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Centre in Toronto. Photo by Bernard Weil/ Photosensitive.com

1. Open up to change

Picture change, an exhibition produced by PhotoSensitive has started to unfold throughout various venues in the city of Toronto. One photo by over 100 top Canadian photographers will be on display and as a body of work will highlight the way photography can make a positive change in the world. Don’t miss this series of stunning photos; for a sneak peek peruse the photo gallery.

Current exhibition: 130 Adelaide Street West, outdoor until August 26, 2013

 

2. Get your produce late-night

If your work schedule has had you missing out on fresh summer produce during the day, not to worry, there are a few late night markets open to ensure your fridge is full of colour.

The Night Market, 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto, open until October 2013

Farmers Market, Rotary Park, Cranbrook B.C., August 14

Farmers Market, The DeWolfe Building, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

 

3. Bathe poolside

Hotel patios open their doors for a small fee to the public for cocktails and pool-dips. Relax on a terrace overlooking the city, and socialize for an afternoon of sun and swimming.

#PopupPation, The Westin Grand, Vancouver

Toronto Hotel Pool, The Sheraton, Toronto

Poolside at the Arts, Hotel Arts Group, Calgary

 

4. Revisit old camp games

Miss the days of capture the flag or soccer baseball? Drop the iPads for some good ol’ fashioned fun for the whole family, or even with friends, by organizing a large scale outdoor game night featuring your favourite camp pastime. If you have kids that have just returned from camp, be weary and select teams fairly, they aren’t as rusty as your are.

Need an idea? Here’s a list of large group games

 

5. Spice up your life

This weekend marks Canada’s only Jerk Food festival, where chefs jerk everything and anything from chicken to frog legs. If you’re not in tow for JerkFest toast the occasion with a Jamaican themed backyard BBQ featuring some jerk burgers. Believe it or not, experts say hot foods cool you down – so don’t ease up on the spice.

JerkFest: Centennial Park, Toronto, August 10 – 11