Ruth writes: The hard part is to choose from this abundance of riches. Please mark your calendar now.
Afro-Carib Festival. Aug. 20-21. Free. Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough. http://scarboroughafrocaribfest.com/
Multicultural. Our annual Canadian National Exhibition starts August 19 and continues to September 5. This year’s performers at the International Pavilion — from Toronto and around the world — are listed on http://theex.com/main/entertainment/international-performers/. You might want to combine your CNE visit with these interesting acts at no additional cost. On my list of what to see are:
Argentina. I’ve been looking for some passionate tango and the Toronto Tango Trio will do their elegant thing on August 23. See Featured Image.
Croatia. The AKA Crescendo and acrobatic rock ‘n’ roll group MEGARock will perform daily. August 19-29.
Scotland/Nova Scotia. You can enjoy The Amethyst Scottish Dancers of Nova Scotia August 19-21.
Switzerland. The Konterschwug: The Cool Swiss Acrobats look like a lot of fun. They will be on stage daily from August 27 to September 3.
Cuba. Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba will show their Niños de Cuba August 30-September 4. Who can resist talented dancing children?
India’s Bollywood as expressed by the Toronto-based group Shiamak will be on the closing day September 5.
Turkish, Jewish, Romani and Balkan traditions. Toronto-based Topaz. August 24.
Click on the pictures on the Ex’s website to get a look at what to expect.
Filipino. Taste of Manila street festival. August 20-21. Free. Bathurst between Wilson and Allingham Streets. Filipino culture and cuisine, dancing, live music, street food and the “world’s largest boodle fight.” This year’s featured guest is Jericho Rosales, the popular Filipino actor/singer. http://www.tasteofmanilatoronto.com/index.html
For other Filipino events, subscribe to: Filipinos Making Waves, the online newspaper about the Filipino community in Canada which also has news from the home country. We also hope you saw the recent August 5-7 Kultura Filipino Arts Festival August 5-7. See our blog about it in on: http://bit.ly/2abnErf.Iranian Summer Festival. Iranian music, food, dance and other cultural entertainment. August 20, 4pm-10pm. Free. Mel Lastman Square. Info: 416-578-4634/. http://bit.ly/1pndiSh.
For other Persian/Iranian events: http://events.kodoom.com/en/persian/toronto-canada/.
Italian. Italfest August 20. Music, food, culture. Celebration Square, Mississauga. http://mississaugaitalfest.com/.
Kurdish Festival – Mel Lastman Square. August 21, 4pm-10pm. email@example.com . A festival that celebrates Kurdish culture, food, music and dance from all four parts of Kurdistan. Info: 416-985-6733. http://bit.ly/1pndiSh and http://kurdishhouse.com/.
Ukrainian Independence Day 25th Anniversary and 125th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada. August 20. 10am-11pm. Opening ceremonies 1pm. Stage show 2pm. Centennial Park, (Renforth entrance at foot of ski hill), 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke. Stage show, food fair, beverage garden, market, kids, sports, band. http://www.ucctoronto.ca for more details.
Multicultural but mainly Cajun and New Orleans. Hot and Spicy Food Festival. August 19-21. Free. Southern barbecue demonstrations and competitions, hot sauce market, and a wide range of live music including blues, jazz, Celtic, zydeco, bluegrass, funk and soul. http://bit.ly/2amXkt7.
Have a great time! Tell us about your adventures in Multicultural Toronto at firstname.lastname@example.org.