Take your pick. An Asian night market or a stimulating ride on the nostalgic Freedom Train? How about a ceremony lighting up the CN Tower in Caribbean colours or an introduction to Creole culture? There’s also a Cuban musical ensemble and examples of rich Iranian-Persian arts, and real Laotian and Mexican experiences. Most of these are free or the price of a subway ticket. Get away from your computer and enjoy the world in Toronto live and personal.
Asian. Mississauga Mid-Summer Night Music & Food Festival. Saturday, July 29. 12pm-11. Opening ceremonies 6pm. Sunday, July 30. 11am-9pm. Free. Mississauga Chinese Centre, 888 Dundas St E., Mississauga. Directions: http://www.mississaugachinesecentre.com/contacts.html#. More information: email@example.com.
Black. Freedom Train. July 31. 10:45pm. Cost: Subway ticket. Meet at Union Station ticket booth. Take subway from Union Station to Sheppard West Station during which you welcome Emancipation Day. For more information: http://bit.ly/2vRL634
Caribbeen. Caribbean Carnival. Lighting of the CN Tower. August 1. 7-9pm. Free. Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Blvd. https://carnival.to/?page_id=14861
Creole. FKZO Festival. July 28-August 7. “For the year 2017, FKZO is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada, by presenting a new concept “Saveurs d’ici et d’ailleurs” from August 3th-6th… “ On Sunday, August 6. 2-10pm. Free. Festival Concert. David Peacaut Square, 221 King Street West. www.FKZO.ca/about
Cuba. Sol de Cuba. July 27. 12:30-1:30pm. Free. Part of a series of weekly Thursday events to October 12. Named Indulge. Sights, Sounds and Flavours, this Cuban performance is also part of a farmers’ market. David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, near corner of King Street & John Street. Our featured image and more information from: http://bit.ly/2uOT0hl.
Iran. Tirgan. July 27-30. Only 10 percent of this event are ticketed. The rest are free of charge. If you have time, you might want to spend a full day here absorbing new and ancient Persian cultures. There’s music, dance, bazaar, theatre, literature, cuisine, art, and diversity. Look for the Flamenco/Persian Fusion and the Araz (Azerbaijani) Dance Workshop. Note two venues. Toronto Harbourfront Centre & The Distillery District/. See: Www.tirgan.ca
Laos. Lao Summer Festival. August 5. 9am-7pm. Free. http://www.laoweb.org. For information, telephone 416-398-3057. Croatian Community Centre, 9118 Winston Churchill Blvd., Norval. If you have visited Laos, or want to, here’s an opportunity to relive or experience its friendly lively markets, bar life, music, dancing and religious culture. http://www.laoweb.org/. For our previous blog on this event, see: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2014/08/06/502-pictures-of-laotian-summer-festival-2014/ — Ruth.
Mexico. MexFest. July 30. Free. Celebrate Mexico at an authentic Mexican fiesta! This one is full of Mexican art, music, culture, and cuisine. Yonge-Dundas Square. Website: https://www.mexfest2017.com
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