781. September 1-4 Affordable Events in Multicultural Toronto – 2017

England, Latin America, Eid ul-Adha, Hot and Spicy Foods, Serbia and Tibet inspired the upcoming events this weekend in Toronto. Most of these are free or almost free.

Canada. Labour Day. This holiday originally supported workers. It still does as workers parade to the CNE and enter without paying.   Labour Day also signals the end of summer and the beginning of a new term at school the next day. Offices, banks, schools, and many stores are closed. http://iw721.org/Labour-20Day-20Parade-2143.html

England. Morris Dancers. These and related dancers meet twice a year; once on May Day in High Park, and once to rove the city on Labour Day weekend. In the event it rains significantly, they simply head to a pub stop early, where they dance and sing and make music.  If you want to contact them as they tour the city and pubs, Bob wrote us that on Saturday, September 2, a group is due at Taddle Creek Park from 3:15-4:30pm. From there they will be at the Madison Pub or the Tranzac or around the city. At 7pm they are all due at the Tranzac. On Sunday, September 3, they will be dancing at Dufferin Grove Park at 3:30pm, and then at the Tranzac at 5:30pm.

Leo wrote: “On Saturday, a group will be in Sugar Beach about 11am-1pm. Another group will dance in Withrow Park on the basketball court at the north end from about 11:30-12:15 and then at Logan Fountain (northeast corner of Logan and Danforth) from about 12:30- 1pm. At that time we’ll head to the Black Swan (pub at Broadview and Danforth) where we will sing and possibly dance some more. A St Lawrence Market and a College St tour is also planned.

“On Sunday the mass dancing in Dufferin Grove Park will be on the basketball court at the north end of the park from about 4-5:30pm. Another group will tour Bloor/Yorkville area with stops near the ROM and the Rock in Yorkville (on Cumberland opposite Hemmingways). That tour will adjourn to the Duke of York pub around 1:30 (Prince Arthur at Bedford) for singing upstairs. Look for them on Bloor West also.

“The Contra Dance is open to all at the Tranzac Club on Saturday evening from 9pm on a pay-at-the-door basis.”

Not all groups will be in whites. Some will be wearing tattered rags, or slick black pants suits, whatever. They will all be fun.– Ruth.


Morris Dancers. High Park. Toronto. Copyright © 2013 Ruth Lor Malloy.

Hispanic. Hispanic Fiesta. September 1-4. Free. Primarily folklorico and traditional performances representing Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, etc.  Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street. 416-240-9338. http://www.hispanicfiesta.com. For schedule: http://www.hispanicfiesta.com/program

Multicultural. Toronto International BuskerFest. September 1-4. Admission by donation to Epilepsy Toronto.  Woodbine Park. Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, U.K., U.S. as well as Canada represented. http://torontobuskerfest.com/.

Image of North Fire courtesy of International Busker Fest.


Muslim. Eid ul-Adha. This festival commemorates Ibrahim (Abraham)’s willingness to sacrifice his only son in obedience to a command from God, and God’s merciful substitution of a ram instead. This story is also found in the Old Testament of Christians and Jews. Today, it is a time of special prayers, sharing and celebration. Our previous blog about this event:  https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2011/10/27/195-eid-mubarak-happy-eid-ul-adha. 

     Eid ul-Adha Prayers & Celebration. Friday, September 1. 9:30am. Prayers & Khutbah by Dr. Timothy Gianotti. Noor Cultural Centre.

      Eid Prayer and Carnival in partnership- with Toronto International BuskerFest. September 1. 9am-6pm. $13 on line. $15 at Eid. Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East.  http://maceidfest.com/toronto/


 Multicultural. This is not an event yet. It’s an announcement. "Calling all Cultural Groups. Carassauga, Ontario's largest multicultural festival, is continuing its search for more Pavilions to represent various countries around the world and we are asking for your participation.  We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic non-profit organizations who love the history and culture of their native country and want to share it with festival-goers! Contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in putting together a Pavilion for the 2018 Festival by emailing info@carassauga.com or calling (905)615-3010. Click here to learn about the Festival...” which will be in May, 2018. 

Image courtesy of Carassauga.


Multicultural. 20th Annual Hot and Spicy Food Festival. September 1-4. Free. Music, food vendors, culinary experts, jazz and blues musicians, junior chef competition, KIDS Zone, films, etc. Items inspired by Mexico, Latin America, Trinidad, Germany, Afro-Caribbean, etc. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen’s Quay West. Daily schedule: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hotandspicy/2015/events/index.cfm?festival_id=201

Image courtesy of Harbourfront Centre.


Serbia. Serbian Food Festival. All Serbian Saints Church (Orthodox), 2520 Dixie Road in Mississauga.  416-568-3765. https://www.facebook.com/SerbianFoodFest/photos/gm.1625123387512448/772824482897078/?type=3&theater

For our previous blog about this event: https://www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com/2015/09/23/529-serbian-food-festival-report-2015/  

Tibet. Tibetan Democracy Day. September 2. 10am prayers. Program maybe with cultural performances to be announced later. Tibetan Canadian Cultural Centre, 40 Titan Road, Etobicoke. 

Note: TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com chooses to promote events that express a peaceful world in our city. Mention doesn’t mean endorsement but we try to include events we think readers will find interesting and stimulating in the cultures of other groups. We hope you will discover something to do near your neighbourhood so you can avoid Toronto’s horrible traffic jams.

Please continue to send us posters and pictures about other upcoming affordable events that give the rest of us a chance to experience Toronto’s exemplary cultural diversity. We don’t charge to post them and we don’t accept paid advertising. We will try to post as many as we can.

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