You might want to consider Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market as one of the many events we have in this city’s mosaic of cultures. This weekend, I’ve also included the Coconut Festival because coconuts are not normally grown here. They have however become an important part of Toronto’s food and cosmetics culture as you can see from this celebration of the tropical fruit. Look also for vibrant performances of Flamenco dancing and music from Andalusia at Harbourfront, and a lively Filipino festival in Nathan Phillips Square. Don’t forget the Taiwan-Japanese co-operative effort at Harbourfront Centre. Like many of our literary festivals, the one at High Park includes prize-winning authors from our many different cultural heritages.
And most of these events are free. So please come and enjoy them and any of the others our city has in abundance.
Multicultural. 14th Season of Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market. Sorry we haven’t mentioned this series of events earlier. Pedestrian Sundays have been held the last Sunday of every month since May 28. Now there’s only three left this year, alas: August 27th, September 24th & October 29th. 12–7pm throughout the market! Free entry. Musicians, artists, performers, and vendors. Stores and restaurants with all kinds of ethnic foods. If you’ve been here before, come again. Many of the stores with their bargains haven’t changed, but you’ll find that the market keeps offering new performers and snacks. Kensington Market remains the most multicultural area in our city. It covers several blocks including Augusta Avenue (from Dundas to College), Baldwin Street & Kensington Avenue. Easy access by streetcar from Spadina station. http://www.pskensington.ca
Multicultural. International Bazaar. 4th Annual International Modest Fashion & Design Festival (IMFDF). Saturday August 26. 12 noon. Bazaar entry free and open to everyone. Glamorous Muslim-inspired clothing anyone can enjoy wearing. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East. This festival also includes runway shows taking place in the womens-only section at 1pm for $25. http://www.imfdf.ca/. Tickets are now available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/imfdf-modest-fashion-event-2017-tickets-36231000899.
Multicultural. A Sesquicentennial Authors’ Symposium in High Park. Sunday, August 27. 4-6pm. Free. High Park covered picnic area #26 (enter through stone gates on Parkside Drive, opposite High Park Blvd. The event will be on your left after you pass through the gates).
Introductory remarks by Guest of Honour, George Elliott Clarke, Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate. Featuring a selection of distinguished west Toronto writers reading excerpts from their work. Don’t be surprised to find our prize-winning Chinese and Polish-heritage authors among others. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multicultural. Samoa. Maori. Polynesia. Caribbean. Coconut Festival and Marketplace. August 26. 10am–8pm. Free entry. Vendors, performances, health talks. David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street. http://coconutfestival.ca/2017/
Featured Coconut image copyright Ruth Lor Malloy.
Philippines. Mabuhay Philippines Festival and Parade 2017. August 26-27. 12 noon. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West. Commemoration of Canada’s 150th year of confederation and in celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day. Open to the public and featuring all-day entertainment and Filipino movie. TV actress Arci Munoz will join the street parade. Performers for Saturday include: the JDL School of Performing Arts, the Markham Federation of Filipino Canadians, Kindred Culture, The Muso Project, The Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe and more. Saturday night will also have a fashion show.
On Sunday, August 27th, the annual community parade will start at 2pm. On-stage performances include: The Dreamboats, After Hours, EZ Rock, Combat Science, Culture Philippines of Ontario and more. http://www.pidctoronto.com/festival
Spain. Summer Music in the Garden. Fin de Fiesta Flamenco: Andalusia!. August 27. 4pm. Free. 479 Queen’s Quay. For this and other events in the Music Garden this year: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/summermusic/events/index.cfm?id=9122&festival_id=275
Taiwan. Japan. TaiwanFest. Kanpai Japan! August 25-27. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West . Look also for Hakka, Hong Kong, and Okinawan influences. Pan-Asia culinary competition. Music. http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/festivals/taiwanfest/events/index.cfm?id=9090&festival_id=270
For daily schedule, start with: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?discipline_id=&mode=day&&month=08&year=2017&day=25&week=34&searchvenue= .
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