Acadian, Brazilian, Canadian, Chinese, Greek, Muslim, Persian, Tamil and other free or nearly-free culturally-diverse events are on this weekend!
Acadian and Afro-Nova Scotian Sounds of the St. Lawrence. Shield to Shore. July 22-24. Free. Harbourfront Centre. http://bit.ly/29K4reR and http://bit.ly/29D1Kbn. Cover picture of Teilhard Frost who will perform the musical instruments he loves – none of which needs electricity. Image courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.
Brazilfest. 13th annual. July 24. 12-10pm. Free. Earlscourt Park, St. Clair Ave W. & Caledonia Rd. http://www.brazilfest.ca
Chinese Night Market. Just like Hong Kong but encompassing other cultures as well. July 22-24. Free. T&T Supermarket, 185 Cherry Street. Performers, food vendors. http://www.waterfrontnightmarket.com/
Greek Summer Festival 27th annual. July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 & 31. St. Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church, 11359 Warden Ave. (Just north of Elgin Mills), Markham. Tel. 905-887-7311. http://www.guidingstar.ca/Greek_Summer_Festival.htm\
Multicultural street festival. Big on Bloor. July 23-24. Free. Bloor Street between Dufferin and Lansdowne. https://www.facebook.com/BigOnBloorFestival and http://bigonbloorfestival.com. For list of vendors: http://bit.ly/1qOkasL
Muslim Festival of Vaughan. July 23. 12-7pm.
Persian Family Day – Fifth annual get together. July 23. 12pm-10pm. Free public event. “Kid’s Adventure and Fun Zone”, a designated spot for “Not-for-Profit and Charity Organizations” …Beauty Station”, magicians, clowns, live bands, traditional music and dances, Djs, comedy shows, dance competitions and much more …” Food for sale. This is where I learned years ago about falooda ice cream (with rose syrup and vermicelli – yummy). Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. http://bit.ly/29Fpsqt, http://bit.ly/2aawBOl and www.PersianFamilyDay.com.
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Multicultural Refugee Film: Cast from the Storm. A group of teen survivors from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Serbia meet after-school in Australia to share their incredible experiences. Q&A featuring cast and crew. Thursday, July 21st, 6:30-8:30pm. $10. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West. All proceeds will support Lifeline Syria. http://bit.ly/29RR1N7.
Tamil Hindu Chariot Festival. Religious event. July 23, 9 to 11am. Free. Sri Varasiththi Yinaayagar Hindu Temple, 3025 Kennedy Road, Unit 10, Scarborough. 416-291-8500- www.vinaayagar.com. For information in English, contact Jaya at 416-816-4019.
i just heard about the Unity Festival this weekend, July 20-23 — our young people using hip hop, beatboxing and spoken word to express themselves through art. It’s youth culture and it takes a lot of talent to do these well. Some of the best will be performing. Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. http://unitycharity.com/.