285. July 12-15 Weekend in Multicultural Toronto



Yukata-clad Dancers. copyright ©2012 P. Anne Winter

The free or nearly free ethnic culture events this weekend begin on Thursday with a lesson in cardio fitness the African way. It’s at the York Woods Library on Finch East. Then there’s the opening of an art exhibition by Japanese-Canadian artists at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. These are free.

On Friday, Carabram begins in the evening with about 14 national pavilions scattered around Brampton. At $10-$12 for a three-day passport, it’s a good deal. For show times, have a look at www.Carabram.org and click on your country of interest. For our adventures there last year, click on: http://bit.ly/KVs8M1.

Night It Up! in Markham is free to enter but you pay to eat and buy at the 100 Asian street food and merchandise stalls. It will have multicultural bands and performers. Money raised goes to charity.

Christie Pits will have free Palestinian games, treats and a film. At sunset, it will show the movie “Budrus.”

Night It Up! in Markham will continue on Saturday and they expect a total of over 100,000 visitors. The Pan American Latin Jazz Festival will be at Mel Lastman Square, and Carabram will continue in Brampton.

The combined Natsu Matsuri and Obon Summer Festival is free and highly recommended. It is one of Japan’s most important festival. It’s at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre. P. Anne Winter’s 2011 report is at: www.bit.ly/KDGvo6. Her 2012 description is at www.bit.ly/KUiUmG .

On Sunday, the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Opening Church Service will be at the Revivaltime Tabernacle. English Country Dancing will again be in High Park for a pay-what-you-can suggested minimum of $5. Night It Up! and Carabram will continue another day.

Details of these events are on our: www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com .

Please let me know of events I’ve missed and we’ll add them to the calendar if we can. Tell us about your multicultural adventures.  Please e-mail: ruthlormalloy@yahoo.com .

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