886. Affordable Events September 23-30 in Multicultural Toronto – 2019

We regret that a technical error meant a lot of our subscribers did not receive our previous blog no. 885. September 20-29. We are trying to send this out again and you might be getting this one twice but we hope it is better than none at all, especially since a few of them are out of date. Our apologies.

We try to include as many as possible different cultures, countries and regions that you can find in Toronto.  We also try to mention concerns that affect us all like the Tamil-organized walk on Mental Illness, education in Sweden, and our General Strike for Climate. Unfortunately, we can’t include them all.

If you want to know about what’s happening in the local diaspora of your country or region of interest, please click on what looks like a magnifying glass at top right and type in the name. You don’t need to fly anywhere to experience their cultures.

Black History. Caravans of Gold + Building Black: Civilizations. September 21-February 23, 2020. Aga Khan Museum.

China. Dragon Lion Dance Festival  Saturday, September 21. 10am-9pm. Free. Celebration Square, Mississauga.

“Great event for all ages – filled with fruitful entertainment and delicious foods, you will experience the magnificent parade of the Chinese Dragon & Lion Dance, Kung Fu Panda, Tai Chi and… array of Chinese style art performances. There will be kids areas… as well as free dancing and martial art demonstrations… exploring Chinese tradition, culture, arts and foods!” https://culture.mississauga.ca/event/celebration-square/dragon-lion-dance-festival-1

Image from https://culture.mississauga.ca.


First Nations. Drum Feast. September 26. 6-8pm. Free. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, 30 College Street. Tel. 416-969-8510.

Email: info@nativechild.org. https://nativechild.org/events/

Image from https://nativechild.org/events/


First Nations. Pow Wow. September 20-21. Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street.

Friday, September 20. Sunrise Ceremony: 6am; Doors Open to Public: 10:00am; Speeches: 11:30am; Grand Entries: 12pm; Closing Ceremony: 6pm; Feast: 6:30pm-8pm; Movie Night: Smoke Signals: 8-11pm.

Saturday, September 21: Vendor market/Community Social: 10am-6pm. BBQ: Noon. For more information and video. https://calendar.powwows.com/events/ryerson-pow-wow-2019/. For Email: powwow@ryerson.ca

North American Pow Wow, Toronto. Image Copyright ©2016 Ruth Lor Malloy


First Nations. A Call to Reconcili-Action. September 28.  Dufferin Grove Park, 275 Dufferin Street.


Franco-Ontario. Flag Raising. Journée des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes. Ceremony. September 25. 10:30 am. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/flag-raising-half-masting/flag-raisings-2019/

Updated image provided by MapGrid. – Government of Ontario, Office of Francophone Affairs: Franco-Ontarian Flag, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=901429.


Francophone. Francophonie-en-Fete Music Festival. Sept 20-28. 0-$50. Free outdoor concerts. Distillery District. https://www.todocanada.ca/city/toronto/event/francophone-music-festival/

Germany. Bavaria. Toronto Oktoberfest. September 26-28. General Admission. $20-$32. Some events 19+ years only. Ontario Place. www.torontooktoberfest.ca

Jewish. Yiddish. A Celebration of Yiddish Kite(s). September 22. 12-4pm. Woodbine Beach.

International. Climate Strike – General Strike for Climate! September 27. 11am-2pm. Free. Queen’s Park.

“Youth are no longer alone in this, ALL are invited. We are organizing this with unions, workers, parents, grandparents, every single one of you.

“Unions will be declaring official strikes.

“… There is no more business as usual because this is a climate crisis.

“If you are part of an organized group, reach out to officially be part of the strike.”

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/480239066116595/

For this and other related TCAN climate events: http://tcan.ca/event/international-climate-strike-general-strike-climate.

International. Peace Day Blue Scarf Walk. September 21. 2pm–4pm.Grange Park, Beverley and Dundas. https://vowpeace.org/event/international-peace-day-blue-scarf-walk.

Italy. Recital Italiano performed by pianist Luciano Bellini. September 20. 7pm. Free. Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave West.

Music by Bellini, Scarlatti, Verdi, Puccini, Canzonetta, etc. https://iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2019/09/luciano-bellini-in-concert-recital.html


Image from https://iictoronto.esteri.it/iic_toronto/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2019/09/luciano-bellini-in-concert-recital.html


Latin America. Window to Latin America. September 23. 2-5pm. Free. Ontario Investment and Trade Centre (OITC), 250 Yonge Street.


Madagascar. Free Concert Series: Malagasy Guitar: Music from Madagascar. September 26. 12pm. Free. The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West.

“Pre-eminent Malagasy guitarist D’Gary presents a sneak preview, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Museum, in anticipation of their season opening. With an instrumental virtuosity and unique vocal style, D’Gary is known for bringing the musical traditions of Madagascar to the international stage. Internationally acclaimed pipa virtuoso, Wen Zhao, opens the performance with a brief musical introduction.” https://www.coc.ca/plan-your-visit/free-concert-series

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Multicultural. Culture Days. September 27-29. Free. Various events, venues and times – many of them related to multiculturalism.


Living-Hyphen. September 27. 3:30-5:30. Malvern Library, 30 Sewells Road: https://culturedays.ca/events/47448627-5bf5-4bad-b209-80c9ff55932a

Waatebagaa Giizis Festival – a celebration of Indigenous identity. September 28. Humber College Lakeshore Commons Field – Lakeshore Campus, 19 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive. https://culturedays.ca/events/b84b8b61-3a17-4079-86d9-95dd1791eabe.

For more information about Culture Days in Toronto and the whole province: https://culturedays.ca/on or info@culturedays.ca.

Multicultural. Jewish. Freedom Day. September 24. 11:15am-1pm. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. https://www.friendsofsimonwiesenthalcenter.com/education/education-and-diversity-programs

Multicultural. Word on the Street. September 22. 10am-5pm. WOTS Festival Marketplace, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West.

“Hundreds of author readings and activities. The best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere. There’s plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest FREE book and magazine festival!” https://thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto.

Philippines. Bicol. Our Lady of Penafrancia Fluvial Parade, Mass & Fellowship. Feast Day. September 21. 8:30am. Assembly. 9:30am procession with statues of Our Lady of Penafrancia to Lake Ontario. Fluvial parade at Lake Ontario. Bluffers Park Marina, 7 Brimley Road, Scarborough.

 For more information, please call: Felix and Mayette Reyes 905-896-4958 or Paeng Nebres 416-618-1362. See: https://www.penafrancia.ca/fluvial-parade-2019.

Somali. Book Launch. The Somali Camel Boy by Nur Abdi’s. September 24. 6pm. Free. Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Avenue.

This launch is part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.

Where simply yawning can be a crime…Ali belongs to a camel-herding family of the Sudi clan, in a Somali society riven by ancient clan rivalries. When members of the rival Duki clan kill his father and steal his herd, Ali walks all the way to the capital town to start a new life. The ruling government, however, is dominated by the Duki… its target the Sudi clan. For the crime of yawning—thus acting out the Great Leader’s nickname, ‘Big Mouth’ —Ali is arrested, imprisoned, brutally beaten, and tortured. He manages to flee to Toronto… “ https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-lit-up-the-somali-camel-boy-tickets-69440134311?aff=erellivmlt.

Sweden. Half a Century of Swedish School Reforms: Trying to Reform Society through Schools. September 20. 2-4pm. Free. 108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place. https://munkschool.utoronto.ca/events/?keyword=sweden&start=01-09-2019&end=30-09-2019

Image from Wikipedia.


Tamil. Walk-a-thon for Mental Health Awareness. Fund raiser. September 22. 11am-3pm. Free. Thomson Memorial Park,1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough.

This is an “attempt to raise $10,000 exclusively through GoFundMe to support Tesoc’s mental health project. Activities for kids, games for all ages and delicious food!!!” https://www.torontotamil.com/event/mental-health-awareness/

Wiphala. Wiphala Flag Raising. Autumn Equinox. September 21. Ceremony at 3 pm. Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Wiphala represents some native peoples of the Andes in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and parts of Argentina, Chile and Colombia. This friendly group usually has music and performances at its flag raisings. For more information: Marco Guzman at 416-457-7224 or Susana Condori at 416-466-5999. https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/flag-raising-half-masting/flag-raisings-2019/

Jesus Leon (Quechua Peru) & Marco Guzman in front of Wiphala flag. Image copyright Ruth Lor Malloy 2018

Ruth’s Note: TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com chooses to promote events that encourage a feeling of community in our culturally-diverse city. Mention doesn’t mean endorsement as we try to include events we think readers will find stimulating in the cultures of other groups and an opportunity to meet people from other cultures. If you go to any of our mentioned events, please send us corrections or an account of your impressions. 

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