Alas we couldn’t find many free cultural events during this period except for book launches (if you don’t buy a book) and Thanksgiving church services (if you ignore the collection plate). For free there’s Allan Gardens Conservatory’s Annual Chrysanthemum Show and India’s Diwali Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square (Sorry, now cancelled) .
We’ve added other events that are not overly expensive like fund-raisers. India’s Navratri Garba, story-telling from Norway and the Vietnamese festival are a little pricey. They are included because we don’t hear much about Norwegian culture so it’s important to add Norway. And we couldn’t find any other Moon Festivals. Navratri Garba is a very lively and colourful festival here, so you might want to splurge on that one.
Fortunate are those of you invited to a family’s Thanksgiving dinner, or a Sukkot or a Diwali celebration. Foodies like me will find it hard to turn down NoshFest. Then there’s some food for thought about Race and Identity, and ways to help the Rohingyas.
Africa. Inaugural Book Launch. Powered by Love: A Grandmothers' Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis. October11. 7-8:30pm. Free. Convocation Hall, University of Toronto. “Indigo-Chapters will be set up to sell autographed books before and after the event. Over 700 guests have already registered - be ensure to RSVP now to guarantee a seat! “ www.grandmotherspoweredbylove.com
Canada. Thanksgiving Weekend. October 7-9. Thanksgiving in Canada was originally a religious day of thanks to the Christian deity and a harvest festival. Some sources point to Martin Frobisher as the originator of our first Thanksgiving in 1578. For many Canadians this weekend usually includes a day of family feasting especially of turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Schools, banks, and many offices and stores are closed. Churches usually have special services and events. Look for a church in your neighbourhood.
Some churches have different ways of using the holiday; for example, the Egyptian St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church, 3300 Hwy 7, Markham, has a weekend full of events, both spiritual and secular, with a retreat and sports. http://smsv.ca.
India. India. Navratri Garba. October 7. Doors open 6:30pm. $25. Worship of the nine incarnations of the Hindu goddess Durga, with music and special dances with sticks. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. International Centre, 6900 Airport Road. www.atulpurohit.ca
India. Diwali. Light Up Toronto with Diwali RazzMatazz. “The largest free Diwali festival in Canada!.” October 7. 12-11pm... Featuring Bollywood Headline performances by Mika Singh, Richa Sharma, Mahaklakshmi Iyer & Sriram Iyer, mouth – watering food and more… “. Yonge-Dundas Square. Sorry, this has now been cancelled.
Mississauga’s sister event is on October 13 and 14.
Jewish. Sukkot. Sukkot 2017 began the evening of Wednesday October 4 and will end the evening of Wednesday. October 11. The Old Toronto City Hall usually has a Sukkot hut in front of it during this period. You can visit it and talk with the resident rabbi. Such temporary shelters were built to commemorate the exodus of the Jews from Egypt and their 40 years of wandering in the Sinai desert about 3500 years ago. A temporary shelter has been at the Toronto city hall site annually for several decades during the Sukkot festival
You can find some Sukkot events at: https://jewishtoronto.com/calendar. Some Jewish families will have a hut in their back yard.
Jewish. NoshFest. October 9. 10:30am-4:30pm. $0-$10. NoshFest’s mission is to celebrate Jewish food and culture by showcasing delicacies unique to Jewish tradition and heritage and bringing together members of Toronto’s diverse community.” Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street. “NoshFest is Toronto’s Jewish Food Festival.” https://www.noshfest.ca/tickets
Multicultural. China. Southeast Asia. Race, Identity and Citizenship at Canada in 150. October 10. 3:30-5:30pm. Reception 6-8pm. Free. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen Street West. Registration required: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/race-identity-and-citizenship-at-canada-150-tickets-37260901359\. For more information: Telephone: 416-971-9674.
Myanmar. Burma. Rohingya. Beyond the Talk: What Will It Take to End Genocide? An evening to learn What Canadians Can Do and Raise Funds to End Genocide. October 9. 4:30pm-8:30pm. $20-$25. Includes dinner, performances, fund-raising. Maple Banquet Hall, 1325 Eglinton Avenue East, Mississauga. http://www.burmataskforce.ca/beyond-the-talk.html
Norway. First Nations. Voices of Beauty and Energy from North and West Lands and Skies. October 7. 8pm. $17-$22. CSI Annex, 720 Bathurst Street (just south of Bloor).
Native Teachings of Mother Earth. Environmentalist/Native Flute Player/Mohawk Elder Danny Beaton will share songs and Native teachings with those who are concerned with Mother Earth. Visit www.dannybeaton.ca for more information.
Northern Lights . . . from Norway to Canada. With intricate poetry, music, and puppetry, Sarah Granskou tells and sings of her Norwegian tradition and Canadian experience. Visit www.sarahgranskou.com for more information. Presented by Storytelling Toronto & StoryFusion Cabaret! https://www.meetup.com/Storytelling-Toronto/events/243363842/?_cookie-check=BKIgjM9q0cCnXreD.
Centennial Park at 151 Elmcrest Road also has a Fall Flower Show but it doesn’t open until November. See: https://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=a7b9dada600f0410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD
What culture doesn’t enjoy flowers? Look for Toronto’s CN Tower and City Hall topiary in the Allan Gardens show.- Ruth
Vietnam. Mid-Autumn Festival. October 8. 3-7pm. $0 to $25. Moon cake, lion dancing, lantern-making and parade, performances, etc. Northwood Community Centre, 15 Clubhouse Court, North York. For more information: 647-723-2165 X 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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