People who live on the far edges of downtown Toronto might find some of the following events easier to get to.
Afro-Caribbean. 6th Annual Scarborough Afro-CaribFest. August 26-27. 12-9pm. Free entry. Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Civic Centre. The Scarborough Centre is easily reached by No. 2 subway line and the Scarborough RT. Exit the station and walk south into the Square. http://scarboroughafrocaribfest.com/fest
England. Toronto English Country Dancers. Sunday, August 27. 4–6:30pm. Fee for live music. Walter Zagorski calling; Stephen Fuller on fiddle. High Park is a big place and this is a long walk from High Park Avenue subway station. Phone or email the dancers for directions and more information. ask@Torontoenglishdance.ca. Phone: 416-578-1031. http://www.torontoenglishdance.ca/.
This group, inspired by the world of Jane Austen, has been dancing regularly for 20 years. Drop by to watch and dance too. No partner necessary.
First Nations. First Annual Youth Pow Wow. Aug 26. 12pm-5pm. Free to watch. Regent Park, Big Park, 600 Dundas Street East. Grand Entry: 12pm; Closing Ceremonies: 5pm; Men/Women Dance Specials and Coming Out Ceremonies. Contact: Melissa Abotossaway, 416-360-4350 ext. 226, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tasha Toulouse 416-36-4350 ext. 255, email@example.com.
Japan. Japan Festival. August 26th: 12pm-11pm; August 27: 11am-7pm. Free. Food vendors, performances, Anime, competitions, films, Japanese language lessons, fashion show, etc. Mississauga Celebration Square.
Korea. Korean Harvest Festival. August 25-27. Free. Mel Lastman Square. Easy access at the North York Centre subway station. Meet “Umma” and “Appa” from the hit show Kim’s Convenience! Learn about foot tennis (jokgu) and about taekwondo from the people who started it 2,300 years ago. See ancient and contemporary dance (K-pop). http://koreanharvestfest.com/
Muslim. Muslim Festival of Vaughan. Saturday, August 26. 1-10pm. Free. Mackenzie Glen Park, 220 Cranston Park Avenue. (Jane Street north of Major MacKenzie). Food, entertainment and vendors. https://muslimlink.ca/events/toronto/event/3985-muslim-festival-of-vaughan.
Ruth’s note: I saw the Mississauga version of MuslimFest on August 5 and it was worth the trip from downtown Toronto. Lots of fun as well as some beautiful serious moments.
Sri Lanka. India. Tamil Festival. August 26-27. Free. Markham Road north from McNicholl. Stage at Turbina. Food vendors, rides, kids zone, classical and modern Tamil cultural performances. If you don’t know about it already, there’s a lot to learn about this rich culture. Sri Lanka is at the southern tip of India, known in Toronto for its spicy, diverse cuisine and many talented Toronto-based chefs. https://www.tamilfest.ca/.
Note: See also our previous blog: 778. August 25-28 Affordable Events in Multicultural Toronto – 2017.
For those of us who want to show non-violent multicultural sympathies, you might want to join an upcoming rally. Keep watching Facebook “Events”. There’s an important one coming up in Queen’s Park on October 15. https://www.facebook.com/events/1939091156346752/