Welcome to TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com/blog, the tell-all blog about Toronto’s free or almost free festivals and events that express this city’s cultural diversity. Here you can learn about events that will stimulate your thinking, broaden your enjoyment of music, and hopefully get you dancing. Hopefully, you will experience the world in our own city.

We regret that we are unable to keep updating our events calendar on a daily basis for the time being. However, we will continue this blog, its reviews and announcements.

If you subscribe to our Newsletter, we will let you know by email when our regular daily calendar will continue. These newsletters will announce some typical events and the posting of new blogs as usual. Notices of these blogs will also be on www.Twitter.com@torontomulticul.

We will only be able to pass on announcements of a small percentage of events. For keeping up to date on those that especially interest you, we suggest you subscribe to newsletters of organizations that host specific gatherings. Check out other calendars. See our Blog with its list of suggestions. It’s at: http://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2015/05/01/461-how-to-find-free-or-nearly-free-multicultural-events-in-toronto-2015/

489. Bastille Day – 2015


“Toronto will feel like France on July 12! Come celebrate the French national holiday at David Pecaut square (215 King Street West). Featuring gastronomy, music, a picnic and other activities, Toronto Bastille Day will be a festive day. A plane ticket for France (Air France) as well as many prizes can be won! Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12!”

Program: http://torontobastilleday.com/program/

488. Free Pan American Games Cultural Events – 2015

Lisa Odjig Hoop Dancing.  Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

Lisa Odjig Hoop Dancing. Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

The Pan Am Flame was lit during a traditional ceremony in May at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico.

On July 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, you will have another opportunity to celebrate it in various parts of Toronto along with free cultural performances from participating Pan Am countries. If you are not interested in sports, you can still enjoy the festivities that the flame symbolizes. For those at Nathan Phillips Square, the Distillery District and the CNE grounds, see: http://www.toronto2015.org/panamania.

As for the free community celebration programs with the Pan Am Flame, they are at the Prince Edward Viaduct, the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, Albion Arena, and Mel Lastman Square.

Prince Edward Viaduct, Saturday, July 4, 5 to 11 p.m. Bloor Viaduct. Performances include: Lisa Odjig, Kobo Town, Maracatu Mar Aberto, Clay & Paper Theatre, Amélie et Les Singes Bleus and DJ Linterna. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Official remarks for the lighting of the Luminous Veil will begin at 9 p.m. The headlining act will perform at 9:15 p.m. and the lighting of the Luminous Veil will take place at approximately 10 p.m.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (which will be known as the CIBC Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House during the Games). Sunday, July 5. Noon to 4 p.m. University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 875 Morningside Ave. Performances include: Lisa Odjig, Maestro Fresh Wes and Henry Flow. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 2:45 p.m.

Albion Arena. Tuesday, July 7. 5 to 9 p.m. 1501 Albion Rd. Performances include: Jerry Jerome and the Cardells, Shiamak Davar, Toronto Dance Team and Parichay. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 7 p.m.

Mel Lastman Square. Wednesday, July 8. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 5100 Yonge St. Performances include: All Nations Juniors, Les Chiclettes and Samba Squad. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 12:30 p.m.

Nathan Phillips Square, Thursday, July 9. 5 to 9 p.m. 100 Queen St. W. Performances include: Maracatu Mar Aberto, TDots Finest Bboys and BGirls, Les Chiclettes, Live Art by Essencia Collective and DJ Grouch. The Pan Am flame will arrive at 7 p.m. Athletes from Team Canada who will be competing in the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games will also make a special appearance during the celebration.

For details, see: http://www.toronto.ca/311/knowledgebase/12/101003313312.html

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema has a mini Pan American film festivals starting this evening but you have to pay: http://bloorcinema.com/templates/content/panamania. Pan Am Games Partner celebrations are at: http://www.toronto2015.org/celebrate/partner-celebrations.

The Pan Am Games are a many-splendored thing. Forget about the traffic jams. Take public transit and enjoy this unique opportunity that Pan Am sports is bringing to Toronto.

Samba Squad. Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

Samba Squad. Copyright ©2015 Ruth Lor Malloy

484. Canada Day with Indian Friends – 2015


This combination of family fun, a free museum tour, and one of Toronto’s statues of Mahatma Gandhi should make for a memorable Canada Day celebration.  This is one of many venues in the GTA where you can celebrate our birthday.

483. June 27 Fiesta Ng Kalayaan – Philippines – 2015

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Ruth writes: This is one of many Filipino events this summer. Coming up too is the Pinoy Fiesta on June 27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street. W. Toronto. See: http://www.philippinecanadianfoundation.com/pinoy-fiesta-toronto. There’s also the the 17th annual Mabuhay Philippines Festival August 29 and 30th at David Pecaut Square, 215 King Street West in downtown Toronto.

For other past and future Filipino events, see: http://www.pinoymedia.ca.

Can anyone tell us about the flotilla of boats in Scarborough? When and where will it be?

These are just a few of the many culturally-diverse events in Toronto this summer.  See our Blog with its list of other suggestions. It’s at: http://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2015/05/01/461-how-to-find-free-or-nearly-free-multicultural-events-in-toronto-2015/

482. Free Japanese Film Screening – June 27, 2015

Movie Screening: A Terminal Trust

 June 27 @ 4:00 PM7:00 PM


Movie Screening: A Terminal Trust

©2012 Fuji TV, Toho, Altamira Pictures

The Japan Foundation, Toronto
The Toronto Japanese Film Festival
and the Department of East Asian Studies present
a special screening of

A Terminal Trust 終の信託

at Innis Town Hall
with an introduction by director Masayuki Suo and star Tamiyo Kusakari 

Written and directed by Masayuki Suo
Starring Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, Tadanobu Asano, Takao Osawa
2012, 144 min

Masayuki Suo’s 2012 film reunites his Shall We Dance cast for a beautiful and thought-provoking drama about the relationship between a doctor and her terminally ill patient. After a failed attempt at suicide, Dr. Orii finds herself in an intense doctor/patient relationship with chronic asthma sufferer Shinzo, and her empathy towards him sparks an emotional connection. Realizing that his life is coming to an end, Shinzo makes a solemn request, leaving Dr Orii faced with a decision that could have profound effects on both Shinzo’s life and her own.

Kinema Jumpo called the film one of the Top 10 Films of 2012 and recognized Suo as Best Director.

Official website  (Japanese)
Toronto Japanese Film Festival website
University of Toronto Department of East Asian Studies

Innis Town Hall is at 2 Sussex Avenue at the University of Toronto’s downtown campus.

481. Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday

An 80th birthday is a very auspicious event in Asia. For more information about other related future events, click on: http://www.tcccgc.org/gyatoen-celebration-celebrating-his-holiness-the-dalai-lamas-80th-birth-day-starts-june-21-2015.

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