691. Canada Day Weekend and onward – 2016

A lot is happening in Toronto this holiday weekend in the free or nearly-free multicultural department.

Beaches International Jazz Festival starts July 2 and continues on weekends to July 24. Interesting should be TDot Batu (Afro-Brazilian percussion batucada),  Orquesta Changüí Havana (Cuban), and Yani Borrell (Salsa), but look at the list yourself. http://beachesjazz.com/

The Fringe Festival started on June 29 and goes on until July 10. Over 1100 different performances by people wanting to put on a show. Maximum ticket price for adults is $12.  Which ones should you patronize if your interest is in other cultures? The Star had a good review of Silk Bath, a game show format that chooses which Chinese people are suitable to immigrate to Canada.  Another possibility is Dario et la Diablesse: A Caribbean Musical (St. Lucia and Barbados). Folk Lordz: Warriors & Fools brings “together Cree-Blackfoot warrior stories and Yiddish fools’ tales into an innovative improv spectacle!”. Shows and venues are listed on: http://fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/shows/.

Harbourfront: “Rapping in English, French, Creole, Spanish and Arabic, Nomadic Massive, Montreal’s hip-hop ambassadors, share their sound that transcends borders.” Their 9:30-10:40pm performance on July 1 will be followed by fireworks. Free.  For the rest of the day’s schedule, see: http://bit.ly/29jy9X8

Mel Lastman Square: Lisa Odjig champion First Nations hoop dancer, Emmanuel Jal (Somalia-born hip hop artist). Fireworks. http://bit.ly/1hVfVWX.

Pride Month started June 1. Its Trans March is today, July 1 at 7pm, its Dyke March at 2pm July 2, and it huge annual parade is this Sunday July 3 at 2pm. A list of Pride Parade participants is on http://www.pridetoronto.com/pride-month/pride-parade/  . It includes First Nations, Russian speakers, Ismailis, Jews, Latinos, and Metis.

Grupo Latino Hola. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Grupo Latino Hola. Copyright ©2013 Ruth Lor Malloy

Queen’s Park: July 1, Midway rides, inflatables, and performances. From 10 am to 5pm, with the official opening and 21-gun salute beginning at noon. http://bit.ly/V4T2vB.

Yonge-Dundas Square: Canada DayImages of the Pride Parade were taken in 2013.

There’s probably a lot more events happening in other parts of the GTA too. Happy Canada Day!!

 

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  1. Here’s a Canada Day celebration with an Indian flavour: July 1st at The Great Punjab Business Centre (Malton). Performance by: Nachattar Gill, Geeta Zaildar, Amrit Maan, Dilpreet Dhillion, Jas Bajwa, Harpreet Dhillon, Jassi Kaur & Many More! Come with whole family
    Free Entry! Free Parking ! Free Family Event!
    For more information contact Sukhdeep Sandhu 905-867-2300.

  2. Here’s another celebration, this one with a Chinese flavour. “Annual Canada Day festivities at Riverdale Park are coordinated by the East Chinatown Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of Bridgepoint Hospital, Eastview Community Centre, Ralph Thornton Centre, SEAS Centre, Woodgreen Community Services, 38th Scout Group, along with Councillor Paula Fletcher, MPP Peter Tabuns and MP Julie Dabrusin . There will be activities for all ages, information displays for agencies in our community and various vendors of delicious food. Hope to see you there!”

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