727. February 15-22 Affordable Events in Multicultural Toronto – 2017

It’s still Black History Month so we’ve mentioned a couple Black History events but we’ve also chosen a few other public gatherings that you might find interesting. These include a visit to a Ukrainian Seniors Home and a Muslim Food Fest. If you like dance, we’ve got a couple suggestions too.
Black History. Black Film Festival. Forty films from twenty countries. February 15-19. Individual tickets $10-$20. Passes available. Opening guest speaker: Actor, Producer and Activist Isaiah Washington. Various venues. Our featured image is from the film: Lambadina. Image courtesy of Black Film Festival.

Image Courtesy of Black Film Festival. Tell Them We Are Rising.

First Nations. CBC’s The Current on the Issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. February 22. 7-9pm.  Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Seating is limited. This event will be broadcast on CBC Radio One the following week. Host Anna Maria Tremonti explores how the issue affects children and youth in a live taping of its show. http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/tickets-for-the-current-s-mmiw-public-forum-in-toronto.

Ireland.  Sunday Serenades. Sunday February 19. 2-4pm. Free. The Ulster Accordian Band. Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive. http://www.ulsteraccordionband.ca/httpdocs/About_UAB.html

Image of Ulster Accordian Band courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/uabtoronto

Ireland. Multicultural. Scotland. Family Day at Toronto‘s Historic Museums for free and other very affordable things to do. February 20. Interesting events for families; for example: Scottish dance troupe at Mackenzie House. See next item for an Irish Ceilidh at Montgomery’s Inn. http://bit.ly/2kZMkaH

Maureen Mulvey-O’Leary
teaching Irish dance at Montgomery’s Inn. Image Copyright ©2017 Ruth Lor Malloy

Ireland. Family Day at Montgomery’s Inn. Monday, February 20, 1pm-5pm. Bring the family for an Irish Ceilidh! Maureen O’Leary of Maureen’s Reel Irish Dancing will teach a dance workshop and then host a ceilidh from 2–3:30pm. Join the cooks in the historic kitchen while they prepare tasty treats over the fire and listen in while our resident fiddle player performs along with a lumberjack dancing doll at 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Drop-in activities, no pre-registration required. Regular admission applies.” $3-$7. South-east corner of Islington Avenue and Dundas Street West http://montgomerysinn.com/current-events/. 416-394-8106.

For this and other Irish events in the Toronto area, subscribe to the newsletter of: “Maureen Oleary” <moleary2001@rogers.com>. Irish events also on: http://saturdayirishradio.com/city-events.php and http://www.icccto.com/chamber-calendar.html.

Multicultural. Mainly North American. Winterfolk XV. February 17-19. $15-$20. This festival was “formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage our community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more.” http://www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales.

 Muslim. A World of Flavour. Family Food Day. Get there early to avoid the crowds. February 19. 12-6pm. Free entry. Help HalalServe Food Bank! Bring a non-perishable food item for donation. Buy dishes here from all over the Muslim world, many home-made from countries you may never have heard of.  Learn about ingredients. Take this opportunity to meet some of your Muslim neighbours. Stephen Lewis Secondary School, 3675 Thomas Street, Mississauga. www.FamilyFoodDay.com. https://www.facebook.com/UIA.CA/photos/pcb.330799557315763/1556432041048657/?type=3&theater

Muslim. Family Fair. February 20. 11am-6pm. $5. NAMF Islamic Center, 4140 Finch Avenue East. “The NAMF Family Fair started in 2008 and is an annual event focused on bringing families together on the statutory holiday of Family Day in Ontario. The fair includes family friendly activities and children’s programs throughout the day, such as face painting, an animal show, science demonstrations, family movies, a multicultural bazaar and an international food court.  This event has become a community favourite and continues to draw thousands of attendees each year.” Namf.ca.

Ukraine. Talks/discussions “Aging Parents Information Series”. How to Deal with a Seriously Ill (Palliative-Care) Patient. February 18. 5pm. $10.

This series of presentations in an informal gathering of peers is aimed to broaden our knowledge about dealing with difficult or forgetful parents and will help increase mutual understanding during various challenging life situations.” Followed by wine and cheese reception. Lys Mykyta Lounge, 3058 Winston Churchill Blvd., Oakville. http://www.ucc.ca/event/how-to-deal-with-a-seriously-ill-palliative-care-patient-aging-parents-information-series.

Ruth’s note: We include this event because the subject of aging parents is common to all our cultural groups in Toronto. Many like the Japanese, Chinese, Finns, and Italians have organized seniors’ homes and programs primarily for their own elderly, but available to others. This event gives us an opportunity to learn about what our Ukrainian neighbours are doing.

Please continue to tell us about affordable events that reflect Multicultural Toronto’s diversity. Posters are especially helpful. And we love to hear of your adventures. Our email is ruthlormalloy@gmail.com.






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