Events in Toronto inspired by Africa, Asia’s famous night markets, Halal food, and a Taoist ritual for the souls of all the dead, not just Chinese. A lively Christian festival and interesting happenings centered on Ghana and our Kurdish Community. Our popular Greek festival that encompasses more than just our Greek neighbours. A Hungarian event and an Indigenous festival with participants from nine different countries. Competing athletes from 31 countries at our Varsity Stadium. A Filipino picnic and a meditation in High Park led by a Tibetan monk.
Where can you find Bolivian food in Toronto? Come to the flag raising and ask some Bolivians living in town. They will know.
All these in our multicultural city mid-August. All free or almost free. And this is just a few of the many opportunities to experience the world in our city.
Africa. Habari Africa Festival. August 10–12. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. “…an authentic African experience through presentations and workshops that celebrate the uniqueness, wealth and diversity of African arts and culture, including a mix of traditional and contemporary music and dance performed by local, national and international groups.“ For daily schedule, click on the following and the date: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?discipline_id=&mode=day&&month=08&year=2018&day=10&week=32&searchvenue=.
Asia. 9th Annual Waterfront Night Market. August 10. 4pm-Midnight; August 11. 2pm-Midnight; August 12. 2pm-10pm. Free. Ontario Place (West Island), 955 Lake Shore Blvd. Pan-Asian food festival and lifestyle expo! Over 150 food and artisan vendors. Entertainment, and 19+ zone. Waterfrontnightmarket.com.
Bolivia. Independence Day Flag Raising. August 11. 11am. Commemorating the Proclamation of Republican Bolivia in 1825. Toronto City Hall Courtesy Flag Pole. For this and the flag raisings of some other countries see: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/flag-raising-half-masting/2018-flag-raising-listing/
China. Taoist. All Souls Festival. August 12. 10am-4pm. Free. Wong Dai Sin Temple, 378 Steeles Avenue East, Thornhill. 905-597-3210. Ceremony and chanting of sutras for all who have died, regardless of their religion or beliefs. https://www.taoist.org/events/all-souls-festival-wong-dai-sin/
Christian. Rise Up and Shout. August 11. 12pm-12am. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. 416-876-3877. http://www.voicesofthenations.com
Ghana. Arts in the Park. Ghana Fest. August 11. 10am-8pm. Free. Earl Bales Park, 4169 Bathurst Street. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arts-in-the-parks-ghanafest-tickets-47562038337?aff=erellivmlt
Greek. Multicultural. Taste of the Danforth. Friday, August 10. 6-11pm; August 11. 12-11pm; August 12. 12-10pm. Free entry. Easily accessed from the Broadview and Chester subway stations. This is one of Toronto’s biggest street festivals. In addition to cultural Greek performances and Greek food for sale, it has performers from other cultures such as Bollywood and Cuba, sports celebrities, and lessons from Chinese, South Asian, Filipino, Egyptian, Greek, Japanese, Azerbaijani, and Afro-Caribbean dance groups. Look for the Art on Sneakers competition. http://tasteofthedanforth.com/
“On Friday evening, at 8:00pm on August 10th, the official Opening Ceremonies of the 25th Annual Taste of the Danforth will begin. Prior to the formal launch, we will observe a minute of silence for Reese Fallon and Julianna Kozis, whose lives were tragically taken on Sunday, July 22, 2018.
“We will also acknowledge the heroic actions of the first responders, both the official first responders and the informal first responders, represented by a police officer, a firefighter and an EMS responder – whose presence on the tragic evening ensured that more lives weren’t lost. We will also honour the “unofficial” first responders, who were ordinary citizens that helped those in need. While there are many who assisted the dying and the wounded, they will be represented by Tanya Wilson who runs a tattoo shop on the Danforth called Skin Deep Tattoo Studio. This will be followed by a rendition of “Hallelujah”, sung by local 18-year-old Danforth resident Alexander Stewart.
“Spontaneous memorials have been established at three locations along the Danforth. As we would like to preserve these tributes, we will consolidate the three in one location on the Danforth (near St. Barnabas Church – 361 Danforth Avenue), during the course of the Festival, so that Festival attendees can visit and pay their respects. When the Festival is concluded, we will move this temporary memorial to the Logan Avenue Parkette, slightly north of the Alexander the Great Parkette on Logan. Plans will be made to create a permanent memorial in the near future.
“We will also be raising funds on behalf of the victims. The proceeds from this donation will be given to the #TorontoStrong fund, organized by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Foundation.” From Press Release, August 7. Changes to Taste of the Danforth 2018.”
Hungary. Christian. Feast of St. Clare. August 11. 12-10pm. Free entry. St. Clare’s Church, 1118 St. Clair Avenue West. “A fun-filled day celebrating the Feast of St. Clare. There will be many activities for children, live music, international food and much more. The day will end with spectacular fireworks accompanied by a live band. All are welcome.” https://stelizabethofhungary.archtoronto.org/News-Events/Events
Indigenous Cultures. Australia, Cuba, Italy, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway. Second Weekend of Planet IndigenUS. Thurs, August 16 from 8-10pm; Friday, August 17 from 7pm-1am; Saturday, August 18 from noon-1am; Sunday, August 19 from noon-6:30pm. Most free. “The biggest festival in the world of its kind: A ten-day celebration of cutting-edge, contemporary Indigenous culture from around the world. Plus food demos, theatre, visual art exhibitions, crafts, family activities and much more.”
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto and Woodland Cultural Centre, 184 Mohawk Street, Brantford; and partners across the GTA. Buses will be running between Harbourfront Centre, Woodland Cultural Centre and partner sites around the GTA each festival weekend. For more information, call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com/planetindigenus; or click on What’s On with the date: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm
Kurdish Community. 16th Kurdish Annual Cultural and Peace Festival. August 11. 3-11pm. Free. Musicians, folk dancers, food, speakers. Earlscourt Park, St Clair Avenue West at Lansdowne Avenue West Side. For information: 416-654-2049; https://www.facebook.com/pg/KurdishCommunity/community/?ref=page_internal or https://www.facebook.com/KurdishCommunity
Multicultural. Toronto 2018: Track & Field in the 6ix. Aug. 10-12. Bronze. Single-day ticket – from $20. Track and field stars from 31 countries. Varsity Stadium, 299 Bloor Street West. For more information including participating countries and athletes: Athletics.ca/Toronto2018.
Muslim. Halal. The 6IX Halal Fest 2018. August 12. 12pm-11pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. Food vendors, Mango Festival, live concert with Bilal Saeed. https://muslimlink.ca/events/toronto/event/7835-the-6ix-halal-fest-2018-ft-bilal-saeed
Philippines. Annual Family Day Potluck Picnic. August 11. 11am-7:30pm. Potluck. Milliken Park, Steeles and McCowan, Scarborough. Tibet. Buddhist. Public Meditation with Tibetan monk Lama Samten. “Meet us in Toronto High Park, close to the Labyrinth on August 11th at 10am. Free. Just north of restaurant. Meditation sessions & workshops with Buddhist Monk Jason Simard…”: Details: http://www.buddhistmeditationtoronto.org/meditation-classes-in-toronto
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