I’ve been thinking lately. Are any of our cultural groups working together with other groups on Climate Change? Or are any just concerned about climate change enough to sponsor events of their own? Please let me know if you hear of any. In our search, we found the Toronto Climate Film Festival and, like many of the others listed here, it is free or Pay-What-You-Can.
Summer time is festival season in Toronto – more than in the winter. Our latest list of affordable, interesting, diverse cultural events in our diverse cultural city includes:
Africa. Caribbean. York Health Seminar. July 18. 7-8:30pm. Free. Aaniin Community Centre, 5665 14th Avenue, Markham.
“This event promises to be a very fun and informative look at Art and the impact on mental health. Participants will have an opportunity to actively engage through several creative expressions. This workshop is brought to you by Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association.
For other African events in our city, https://www.eventbrite.ca/d/canada–toronto/african/?page=2
Canada. 199th Annual Toronto Orange Parade. Saturday, July 13. 11am. Free to view on the street. Leaving from Queen’s Park Legislature via the following route; north on Queen’s Park Circle, east on Wellesley Street West, south on Yonge St, west on Dundas Street West, north on University Avenue and back into Queen’s Park front grounds. The post parade celebrations will take place at the County Orange Hall. https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Community/Annual-Toronto-Orange-Parade-103390846369068/.
Ruth’s note: This is a page out of Toronto’s history with ties to Holland, England, Ireland and Protestantism… Look for banners of King William of Orange.
Canada. Jamaica. Africa. Caribbean. In Conversation with The Honourable Ahmed Hussen. July 13. 11:30am-1:30pm. Free. Jamaican Canadian Association Centre, 995 Arrow Road.
“The Jamaican Canadian Association invites you to hear from the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship… for a conversation about the priorities he has focused on since becoming Minister, and changes to the system to create more pathways to entry. This will be an informative discussion on how recent system improvements affect people of Caribbean and African heritage in particular… A question and answer period with the audience will follow. Please arrive by 11:30am sharp. Space is limited so please be sure to register.”
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.” https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/in-conversation-with-the-honourable-ahmed-hussen-tickets-64663883416?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Egypt. Egyptian Coptic Festival. July 13. 11am-10pm. Free entry. Mississauga Celebration Square.
“The program features historic acts, scenes, musical performance, performing arts, food, books, documentaries, kids’ activities and youth–led performance… the Coptic Egyptian roots and traditions, most famous Egyptian composers, scientists, and professionals and their contributions in Canada, most famous craftsmanship and artistic techniques. It is our aspiration that this recurring cultural event will help strengthen the sense of belonging and commitment of Coptic community members, as proud Canadian citizens, to their new homeland.” https://egyptiancopticfestival.ca/
France. Bastille Day. We found several events:
ApéroChic Bastille Day/After Work Pool Day @Cabana Pool. July 16. 6:30-11pm. $9-$15 plus fee and tax. Cabana Pool Bar, 11 Polson Street. (near Cherry Beach).
“You must be 19+ to attend the event – please bring ID. Rain date July 24th – please see refund policy.
“…we ask our guests to dress in bleu, blanc and/or rouge. DJs DAF & Chris Laroque will entertain the soirée with French sounds. Cash bar. No swimming.”
France Flag Raising. July 15. 12pm. Free. Queen’s Park. https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=43bb8abe6ff3bc9dfce80d69b&id=cce31f6815
Picnic/pique-nique républicain. July 14. 11am-5pm. Free. Budapest Park, 1575 Lake Shore Boulevard West. (Roncesvalles and Lake Shore Blvd.): eventbrite.ca/e/billets-bastille-day-2019-picnic-pique-nique-du-14-juilleJuly or https://www.facebook.com/events/377041192931324/
Toronto Bastille Day/Rendez-vous le 14 juillet ! July 14, 11am–11pm. Wychwood Barns Park, 601 Christie Street.
Concerts, a French market, food sampling, artistic performances, and activities for children. https://allevents.in/toronto/toronto-bastille-day-2019-rendez-vous-le-14-juillet/200017338010805.
Japan. Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival. July 13. 3:30-9:30pm. Free. Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court. Tel: 416-441-234 5.
“Please join us for a lively festival atmosphere with children’s games, vendors, great food (including our famous Somen Bar and our Beer Garden) and spectacular performances.
“Once again we will also be including Tanabata at this event.” https://jccc.on.ca/event/natsu-matsuri-summer-festival/?instance_id=11832
Jewish. Jewish Comedy Festival Presents: Funny Jews. July 14. 8-10pm. $20-$25. Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club Toronto, 224 Richmond Street West.
“Join us for an Evening of Jewish Humour featuring Toronto’s Top Jews in Comedy. This show will have you rolling from laugh.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jewish-comedy-festival-presents-funny-jews-tickets-62527650887?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Montenegro. Flag Raising. July 12. 2pm. Free. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/flag-raising-half-masting/flag-raisings-2019/
Multicultural. Carabram. Friday, July 12. 6pm – Midnight; Saturday, July 13. 1 pm – Midnight; Sunday, July 14, 1–7pm. $10. Pavillions are in different parts of Brampton. Map of Pavillions: http://carabram.org/pavilions/
Pavillions and participants: Africa, Arabia, Bangladesh, Canada, Caribbean, China, Greece, Hawaii, India, Ireland, Latin America, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Punjab, Spain, Ukraine, Vietnam. Music, performances, and vendors.
Multicultural. Dancing on the Pier. July 18. 7-10pm. Thursdays to August 29. Free. Canada Square West, Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West
Part of a series that includes dances from Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Colombia, etc. https://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=10477&festival_id=319
Multicultural. Iran. Persia. Cultura Festival. July 12. Free. This is part of the series of Friday evening July events. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, North York.
The Circle Music Band at 8pm. “It plays a unique style of music as fusion of jazz and psychedelic rock with elements of traditional Eastern instruments at 8pm…
“Padideh Ahrarnejad and Ali Massoudi perform at 6pm on a wide variety of percussion instruments. Their program of Persian music is based on the traditional Radif.”
Video available on http://www.northyorkarts.org/project/cultura-festival/. “…tasty international street food, explosive buskers, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings.” http://www.culturafestival.ca/night-2/
Thailand. The 6th Destination Thailand Festival. July 13. 10am-6pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square.
“The Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa proudly presents the sixth annual Destination Thailand, the first Thai Festival to ever take place in the world-famous Yonge-Dundas Square.
“…explore and celebrate Thai culture, a country rich in history that welcomes more than 250,000 Canadian travellers every year.
“Come and feast on a wide variety of authentic Thai cuisine from Thai Select local restaurants, photograph captivating and colourful Thai classical dances or watch exciting Muay Thai martial arts performances. Experience a relaxing traditional Thai massage, shop for exotic handcrafted products, or learn the fine art of Thai umbrella painting and fruit carving.” ttps://www.ydsquare.ca/events/2019/5/18/the-6th-destination-thailand-festival
World. Climate. Screening of Documentary “This Changes Everything” based on the book by Naomi Klein. July 12. 7-9:30pm. Pay–What–You–Can. Alberta Room, Mezzanine Level. Hotel Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front Street.
“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Margaret Mead
“Join us for another screening of our Toronto Climate Film Festival. We will be joined by Alex Speers-Roesch, Head of the Oil Campaign at Greenpeace Canada, for a Q&A. Tickets are limited. Any earnings which exceed our costs will be donated to Greenpeace and ClimateFast.”
More about the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpuSt_ST4_U
Also check out website www.tcff.ca for more climate screenings. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pwyc-toronto-climate-film-festival-this-changes-everything-screening-tickets-63358989443
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