318. Toronto’s Free or Nearly-Free October 19-21 Multicultural Weekend


Fall Mum Show Allan Gardens. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

This is a weekend of Armenian and Brazilian films, not free, alas.

Details like links, addresses, times and schedules for these events are in our www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com. Please let us know if we’ve missed any. Our email is: ruthlormalloy@gmail.com .

For free is the lovely Fall Chrysanthemum Show at the Allan Gardens, a Toronto tradition. For free also are visits to Hindu temples in Richmond Hill and Markham, but you might want to leave a donation. Some temples charge an admission fee, but these don’t. For ten days including this weekend, they are celebrating Navratri, a festival dedicated to the nine manifestations of Goddess Durga who is also known as Devi, the Divine Mother.

Hindu God and Goddesses. Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

Festivals are good times to experience other religions. Temples are especially beautifully decorated then. Just be sure to take off your shoes at the door. See our Blog: http://bit.ly/yACkBP .

Friday: In addition to the above mentioned, the Toronto African Film & Music Festival has an Opening Party at Danforth and Coxwell. It’s $15 at the door.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Kortright Centre in Kleinburg will again have guided, fall colour walks for a fee. As we said last week, you can see these colours around Toronto for free the next couple of weeks. If you want a guide to explain things at the Kortright, it will cost $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for children, and $4 for parking. Kleinburg is north of Toronto and the leaves should be brighter there.

Mum Creation by Linda Malloy. Mum Show. Allan Gardens.
Copyright ©2012 Ruth Lor Malloy

On Saturday and Sunday, Black Creek Pioneer Village will have its Howling Hotenanny, with a haunted maze, pumpkin-carving, apple slingshot, trick-or-treating and more. Admission to the village will cost $11-$15.

Free on Saturday, the Malvern Library’s Tamil Literary Voices features short story writer Appadurai Muttulingam, poet/playwriter R. Cheran, director Dushy Gnanapragasam, and Professor Chelva Kanaganyakam. The library is in Scarborough.

African films will be shown on Sunday at 1035 Gerrard St. East near Jones Ave. for a fee.

Alas, there’s not much going on this weekend that’s free except for the chrysanthemums, the Tamils, and the Hindu Festival.

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

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