310. Toronto’s Free or Nearly-Free September 28-30 Multicultural Weekend



Lots of free or nearly free events are in store this weekend for those who enjoy Toronto’s multiculturalism. Details like links, addresses, times and schedules are in our www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com . Please let us know if we’ve missed any events. Our email is: ruthlormalloy@gmail.com .

High Park Wagon Rides. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

The Six Weeks Of Iranian Art at the Queen Gallery will continue. Did you find it worth a visit? The Iranian exhibit and most of the following are free. You do have to pay for the Palestinian films, and the High Park Harvest Festival. The latter is on a pay-what-you-can basis.

On Friday, the Italian Cultural Institute on Huron St. will host the European Day of Languages. Younger audiences should enjoy “The Mask Messenger” in French and English. Basic language lessons and interactive readings in several languages also are offered. Registration is necessary.

Moon Cake. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy.

Another fair about studying, work, and volunteering at home and abroad will be on this weekend. The “Study And Go Abroad Fair” is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Front St. W. I was at Go Global last weekend and found a few older people as well as 20-somethings looking into teaching English. Britain had a couple of universities represented, which should appeal to some students because of their year-round schedules. You can learn about other cultures a lot better this way than travelling abroad with a group tour.

Lev Jaeger works on a Sukkoh at Dufferin Grove Park in 2011. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

You can discover Culture Days events within 75 kilometres of your home by clicking on its web-site and entering your postal code. You could learn to play a steelpan or see a rehearsal performance of the Canadian Opera Company’s Die Fledermaus. Check it out.

On Saturday, the Mt Pleasant Village Harvest Fair will be on Mt Pleasant Road between Eglinton and Davisville. You could try your hand at the pumpkin-carving contest or apple pie bake-off (old Toronto traditions). Another old Toronto tradition is the High Park Harvest Festival. It will have music, horse-and-wagon rides, crafts, apple cider and more. 

The Study And Go Abroad Fair and Culture Days will continue. The Toronto Palestine Film Festival starts today and goes on to October 7. It costs $7 for students and seniors, and $10 for everyone else unless you buy a pass. It’s at TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Art Gallery Of Ontario, Bloor Cinema and Beit Zatoun.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche goes on from 7pm to sunrise at many venues in Toronto, also all free. The city is transformed by artists, many from our diverse cultures.

On Sunday, the Culture Days and Palestine Film Festival will continue. The multicultural Kensington Market Pedestrian Sunday is on, its streets closed to traffic. Musicians and artists will exhibit.

Many of our Asian residents will celebrate the Moon or Mid-Autumn Festival, mainly with banquets and moon cake. Hopefully, the sky will be clear so we can all enjoy the harvest moon, the most beautiful and romantic moon of the year. The best things in life are free.

The Sukkahville Art Show will be in Mel Lastman Square. This is a display of the winning designs of the Jewish sukkah, a temporary structure built for use annually during the week-long festival.

We will try to add other events as soon as we learn of them. Keep visiting: www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com .

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