First posted on October 28, 2010 by www.torontomulticulturalcalendar.com
TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com is about Toronto’s free or almost free multicultural festivals and events. Can we set a goal of giving every Torontonian a feeling of being part of one big multicultural community? Can we do this through a direct experience of each other’s events and interesting architecture?
TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com will cover food, performances, and markets at as many events as possible. What are your favourite ethnic festivals, musicians and dancers? Please tell us what’s happened to you at these festivals.
Give us tips on how best to enjoy these celebrations. Let’s experience the cultures of the world in Toronto. Let’s make some friends among Toronto’s diverse residents, and show our many different groups by our physical presence that other Torontonians do care about them. Please don’t just “friend” them on Facebook.
I’ll try to remind you of upcoming events on www.Twitter.com/TorontoMulticul and lets you know about a few dates at www.TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com . Please send us information about ethnic events I’ve missed, ones you want to share with other Toronto residents. E-mail your comments. Let us know if you want to volunteer your technical expertise, help with our expenses, or come with us to festivals for a stimulating time. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our thanks goes to Ian Mah and Ida Jagaric for their invaluable help in setting up this blog and our web-site calendar. Thanks also to Lucy Izon, Francisca de Zwager, Judy Wark, and my husband Mike Malloy for their sage advice.
Ruth Lor Malloy is behind TorontoMulticulturalCalendar.com. She is a travel writer and photographer, born in Canada with an obsession to experience the whole world. She was brought up in a Chinese restaurant family in eastern Ontario, and has lived for extended periods in the U.S., the Philippines, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, India, Taiwan, and Thailand. She has also lived in Japan, Mexico and Brasil. From 1975 to 2002, she published a series of 14 guide books on China. She has also published guide books on Beijing and Hong Kong, and helped with one on Almaty. Her self-guided, downloadable photo tours on the Calgary Stampede, the Quebec Winter Carnival, The World in Toronto, and Toronto’s Many Chinatowns are available from VisualTravelTours.com. This company has also published her tours on Botswana, Mongolia and Helsinki.
Ruth’s travel articles have appeared in publications like the Asian Wall St. Journal, Copley News Service, Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, and Globe and Mail. Her aim is to bring people of different backgrounds together as friends with an appreciation of each others’ cultures. She believes one of the ways this can be done in Toronto is to encourage visits to each other’s festivals. Her calendar lists free or nearly free events that provide such opportunities.