I hope you can find something of interest to do in this fascinating city of ours. Most of the following events are free or $5.
Black History. Welcome to Blackhurst Street. Open now Thursday to Sunday until November 27. 12 noon to 6pm. Free. Exhibition with video, artwork, and photographs of or by the Afro-Canadians who live or lived in the Bloor-Bathurst area such as author Austin Clark and Judge Stanley Grizzle. https://www.facebook.com/events/1061414060646483/. More information from curator: Chenedu@supafrik.com.
China. Seniors’ Story Telling. November 26. 1-4pm. China. Official Launch Chinese Canadian Archive. Tuesday, November 29. 7pm. Free. Atrium. Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Documents, photographs and memorabilia of the Chinese Canadian Community in Toronto. First Nations. Native Canadian Centre. Market November 27. 10am-4pm. Free entry. Crafts by First Nations craftspeople. Unique Canadian gifts. Come out also Saturday December 3, for our Christmas Craft Sale & Flea Market. 30 + Authentic Indigenous Vendors, Food, 50/50 draws and lots more! Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road. This is the NCC’s biggest sale of the year with 30+ indigenous vendors.
India. Tabla Student Recital. November 26. 5-8pm. $20. York Woods Library Theatre, 1785 Finch Avenue West. This could inspire your children to study Indian drumming. http://torontotabla.com/event/tabla-student-recital/
Japan. Fuyu Matsuri Winter Festival. November 27. 11am-4pm. $5. You probably have much in common with Japanese-Canadians.Markham. Santa Claus Parade. Saturday, November 26. 11am. Free. 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham. In case your kids missed the one downtown the week before. For the parade route and more events in Markham, see: http://allevents.in/markham/markham-santa-claus-parade/355652661450441?utm_source=weekly-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-2016-11-11&utm_content=event-page#.
Multicultural. Jewish-Arab. LGBTQ. Shab-e Sher. November 29. 7:10pm. $5. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street. For this and other stimulating events at Beit Zatoun: http://beitzatoun.org/events/. Toronto. Cavalcade of Lights celebrates 50 years at Nathan Phillips Square. The official kick-off to the holiday season in Toronto. November 26. 7 pm. Free. The “first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree sponsored by Hudson’s Bay, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, including Whitehorse.” The complete event schedule is at toronto.ca/cavalcade.
Toronto. Holiday Season at Toronto historic museums. Inexpensive. http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=f3119d16a0ba9410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
Toronto. 18th edition of the CP Holiday Train. November 28. 8:15 – 9pm. Free but please bring some food for the Toronto food bank. 750 Runnymede Road, in front of Lambton Yard. Santa Claus and performer Dallas Smith. http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/canada. http://www.cpr.ca/holiday-train/schedule-canada.
Ukraine. Ukrainian Kosa Kolektiv Winter Folk Fair, Saturday, November 26, 11am-6pm. $5. St Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Avenue. www.kosakolektiv.com and http://kosakolektiv.com/winter-folk-fair. For other Ukrainian events in Toronto: http://ucctoronto.ca/upcoming-events/.
Ukraine. Ukrainian St. Demetrius Christmas Bazaar,another of my favourites. 135 La Rose Avenue. Friday, November 25. 11am-8pm and Saturday, November 26 – 10am-5pm. Free. 416-244-5333. For our 2013 blog on that one: http://bit.ly/1P4bHkK. For other Ukrainian events in Toronto: http://ucctoronto.ca/upcoming-events/.
Please let us know about other free or nearly-free events that reflect Toronto’s diversity. Send picture or poster and information to email@example.com. Please also share your adventures and opinions in exploring the world in Toronto.