272. June 9-10 Multicultural Toronto Weekend


Portuguese Parade. Image copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

The biggest event this weekend is the Portugal Day Parade on Saturday. It’s huge and colourful. It goes from Dundas St. West to Trinity Bellwoods Park starting at 11am. It usually has costumed dancers from many of Portugal’s provinces. The last time I saw it, there was a float advertising bull running, Ontario’s version of Portuguese bull fighting. At the conclusion of the parade, a program will continue in the park until 8pm. The Portuguese celebrations continue on Sunday too, all free.

Jamaica is still celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence with poetry and song. Toronto Public Library continues its Aboriginal Heritage Month program with Metis fiddlers and a discussion on what indigenous means. Jewish Music Week has free events on Sunday.

Details and links are on www.TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com .

As you tell us of more events after these, I’ll post them on that site too. Let me know if you hear of any others that are free, nearly free, and celebrate Toronto’s many cultures.



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