Toronto has a wide variety of free and almost-free celebrations and meetings during this period that reflect our city’s multicultural rainbow. Here are some of the events you’ve told us about. We hope you will attend those of communities outside your own or take your friends to yours.
Japanese-Canadian. Issei Day. October 2. 2-5pm. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court. This event is for elderly Japanese-Canadians. We mention it because it is a special day in the Japanese community. Issei used to mean “First Generation”, but now the term seems to be applied to any Japanese-Canadian over 70. http://jccc.on.ca/events-calendar/category/annual-events/upcoming/
Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, October 2 and ends the evening of Tuesday, October 4. It is a time for prayer and contemplation. Some events are listed on: https://jewishtoronto.com/calendar/month/grid/2016/10/13
Latino. Latinlicious on Wheels. October 1 and 2. Mel Lastman Square. Latino food trucks. Free entry but food costs extra of course. From October 1-30, there’s also a related art, music and food festival. See: www.latinlicioustoronto.com. Tel. 647-827-2076.
Multicultural. Culture Days. Sept 30-October 2. Many multicultural events in Toronto in this nationally-organized project; for example, in our Bloor Street Culture Corridor: http://www.bloorstculturecorridor.com/events/listing; African dance in Brampton: https://culturedays.ca/en/2016-activities/view/5779c6a0-9628-4eab-97f4-6f104c4a89be; Middle Eastern Music at Toronto Library and an Arts Walk in Scarborough. For all events in the whole of Ontario including Toronto, explore: http://bit.ly/2daI9F5. Information: email@example.com
Multicultural. The Anti-Racism Directorate Town-halls. Call on the Government to create a legislated mandate through an Anti-Racism Act. Mississauga – Tuesday, September 27, 7-10pm (International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Scarborough). Wednesday, October 5, 7-10pm ( Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto – 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto).
For later city times and venues, further details and information as available see: https://www.ontario.ca/page/anti-racism-directorate
Multicultural. Opening concert of World Music Series, Canadian Opera Company, September 29, 12-1pm. Free. “Traditional songs that have come to Cape Breton from Scotland, England, France and Ireland.” This is the first of several free concerts which include Persian music (October 6), Ethiopian music (October 12), and a Musical Tribute to Bhutan (January 3, 2017). You can scroll through this season’s calendar now and mark the dates that interest you. The series ends on May 30 with a concert by the prestigious Toronto Children’s Chorus with songs “on the theme of hope and peace by composers from around the world,” and on June 1 with a Korean troupe.
South Asian. Suhaag Wedding and Fashion Show Octobet 2 – $15. Free Parking. International Centre in Hall 2, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga. Claims to be the largest such show in North America.
Even if you’re not planning a wedding, a South Asian wedding show is the place to go to learn about different South Asian cultures – and their latest fashions. We always have fun at these – gawking at the beautiful clothes, and sampling wedding confections. Fashion shows. http://suhaag.com/suhaagshow
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