We have primarily Caribbean events but also African, African-Canadian, Laotian, Filipino, and Polynesian festivals. Please let us know of any more gems in free or almost-free Multicultural Toronto.
African-Canadian Heritage Underground Freedom Train in celebration of Emancipation Day. Sunday July 31. 10:45pm. TTC ticket required. Drums, music & poetry. Riders assemble at the Union Station ticket booth and ride to Downsview Station. History: http://bit.ly/29XnG6I. Organized by A Different Booklist, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel. 416-538-0889. Screen capture from http://bit.ly/29JZDTT. See our cover image for poster.
Caribbean Carnival Grand parade. July 30. 9am-9pm. Free if you are on Lakeshore Boulevard from CNE to near the Boulevard Club at 1491 Lakeshore West. Grandstand at CNE $10-$20. To order tickets: http://bit.ly/29WbYcB. For other information: Caribbeancarnival.com and http://bit.ly/29WbYcB.
Caribbean. Irie Music Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, July 30-31. 1pm-11pm. Free. http://iriemusicfestival.com/.
Caribbean and African Island Soul. West African, Kompa Zouk (French Creole), Reggae, Puerto Rican, Haitian. July 29-Aug.1 Free. Harbourfront Centre, http://bit.ly/29KsdqV and http://bit.ly/29JKC6S . For information about Kompa Zouk, www.fkzo.ca and facebook.com/fkzotoront
Caribbean. Jambana One World. July 31-August 1. Adults $12-15. Gospel to Reggae, Comedy, Edutainment, Soca, Calypso, Dance and Spoken Word. Markham Fair Grounds, 10801 McCowan Road at Elgin Mills. http://jambana.com/performers/
Laotian Summer Festival. July 30. 12-8pm. Free entry. Croatian Centre, 9118 Winston Churchill Blvd, Norval. Tel. 905-584-6886 or Vilaysith 647-215-9552. Email: email@example.com. Dancing, vendors, monks, and food for sale. You will feel like you are in Laos.
Philippines: Fiesta ng Kalayaan. July 30 – 31. Free. Mississauga Celebration Square.
Polynesian: Alohafest. Polynesian art, performances, food and crafts. July 30. 11am-7pm. Free. Mel Lastman Square. 5100 Yonge St. http://johnfilion.ca/event/aloha-fest/ and