309. Toronto’s Free or Nearly-Free September 20-23 Multicultural Weekend.


Jian Ghomeshi. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

This weekend of free multicultural adventures starts on Thursday with interviews with two authors, both at 7pm. Details like links, addresses, times and schedules are in our www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com .

Popular CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi will be at the Indigo Manulife talking about his memoir “1982.” Ghomeshi was m.c. at the Iranian festival at the ROM last May and he can be very funny. Bianca Lakoseljac will be at the Runnymede Library discussing her first novel, “Summer Of The Dancing Bear.” It is about the “rite of passage” of a 14 year old girl befriended by a gypsy clan near Belgrade.

On Saturday, Go Global starts two days of showcasing opportunities to work or volunteer abroad. Once you are in another country, you can learn about its cultures first hand. It will be at the Hyatt Regency Downtown.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Beach Jazz Festival. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

The Francophonie En Fete Music will be at David Pecaut Square with performances by the likes of Pierre Lapoint, Vincent Vallières and Les Giselles. Small World in the Square is at Yonge-Dundas and it offers a day-long program of live world music. It includes a Juno-winning banjoist, Brazilian samba & drumming, Afro-Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, etc.

Author Lynda Gray talks about her book First Nations 101 with Lee Maracle at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore on 73 Harbord. It includes appropriate questions to ask a First Nations person.

Uruguay-born artist Mira Montinez is one of three exhibitors at Sherway Gardens (Hwy 427 & the QEW).

On Sunday, Francophonie En Fete Music festival and Go Global continue. The Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre is the venue for Isha Utsav, an “evening of music, meditation and wisdom.” A complimentary dinner is at 6pm but you need to RSVP.

Please tell us about your multicultural experiences, and notices of festivals we’ve missed. If you let us know in time, we can add more festivals to our Calendar. Our e-mail is: ruthlormalloy@gmail.com .

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