Events / festivals, Toronto
Harbourfront center sits on the Waterfront. It is a long stretch of intertament buildings and parks. There are over 4000 large and small events a year from, craft studios that allows visitors to watch artist in action as they make vases out of glass, or for adults there are programs that include dance, music, theatre festivals, conferences, and visual arts exhibits, there is also.
The Toronto festival of storytelling, camps, International milk festival, Music with Bites, Canadian Thanksgiving celebration, Christmas fairs, and many more free cultural fairs. On the summer weekend you can go to the International marketplace and see crafts from all around the world. Or go to the world café and taste cuisine from around the world. And at the cibc stage you can hear music from all around the world lol. Lots of fun. There is also the Harbourfront canoe & Kayak center of Toronto where you can rent theme for $20 /hour, $40/day, $50 for the Kayaks.
Schedule : Harbourfront center is open year-round with variable opening and closing hours depending on the events.
Admission : Free ground admission
Directions 235 Queen’s Quay west
TORONTO STREET FESTIVAL
This is there 8th year running. What happens is that they close 5 of torontos Busiest intersections along Young Street the longest street in the world and it becomes an intertament paradise that attracts more than 1 million festivalgoers. This year 2006 the Festival kicks off on July 7th to the 9th. All intertament is free there is live music from jazz, world, pop and children’s artists, there are over 1,200 performers from jugglers to stilt-walkers,and over 700 things to do and see a nice way to spend a weekend.
Schedule: starts the evening of July 7 to the 9th 2006
Directions: Along yonge st ., at the intersection of dundas st., Bloor St., St. Clair Ave., Eglinton Ave. And Lawrence Ave
This is really an amazing event look at the track record it gets better year after year.
*The Celebrate Toronto Street Festival is a multi award-winning event:
FEO - 2004 voted as one of the Top 50 Festivals
CEIA - 2004 Best Festival
CEIA - 2003 Best Festival
CEIA - 2002 award winner
EDAC - 2001 Best Festival
EDAC - 2001 Best Promotional Campaign
FEO - 2001 Best Official Program
FEO - 2001 Best Overall Campaign
FEO - 2001 Best Print Ad
Caravan is about 20 pavilions. Where many different people from many countries around the world come and share with you a little bit of there culture like their food or crafts that you could only buy if you went to their country. So if you want to taste food you never tasted this is the place to come. This year is there 38 th Anniversary.
Representing this year is Assyria, Croatia, Cuba, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Canada (Native), Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Spain, Tamil, Toronto, Afghanistan, Antigua, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Finland, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, and last but not least Malta.
So here you have it you can taste food from every country here and buy something from that country here so enjoy.
St Patrick’s day Parade this is another of Toronto’s many parades. This one to the Irish, you see many floats with scenes from Ireland, the bagpipers are especially nice to see and hear and the teasing leprechaun going around throwing gold chocolate coins in to the crowd. And off course everyone wears green.
Schedule: If March 17 falls on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the parade takes place the Sunday of that weekend if not it will take place the next Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 pm
Directions: Goes from Bloor st (at Devonshire) eastbound, then southbound on yonge st, then west on queen st, the parade ends at University.
This Festival is at the sky dome now called the Rogers center. It’s all about the Aboriginal people and their customs. There are dancing competitions called the Pow Wow that are the heart of the festival and attract over 800 dancers to this Festival to compete in different categories.
They are fully dressed in Native American regalia of all colures and design. You can buy bow and arrows made on the spot, as well as a leather Quiver at very cheap prices. If you want to learn about Native Americans thene this is a nice place to start they love to talk and answer any questions you have
Schedule: last Friday to Sunday in November
Admission: $10 /adults $5/ 4-12, 3 and under is Free, $25/family of 4
Parking: have to pay whatever prices are at near by parking that range from $6 far15/20 min up to $15 closes by across the street
This is probably Toronto’s biggest parade. You have hundreds of people dressed up in all kinds of costumes from every culture in the world. There are many floats that toke many days to build and are really nice to see one buy one as they pass buy. There is loud music, people dancing, singing, running, jumping, food stands everywhere people trying to sell you things. Just crazy but you have to see it lol
Schedule: Saturday of the first weekend in August
Admission: Free $15 for seating at the Exhibition center
Directions: Starts at the Exhibition Place ( corner of Strachan Ave and Lake shore Blvd ) thene runs west-bound along Lake Shore Blvd up around Dowling Ave.
Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. If you are looking to experience some of what Toronto has to offer, I suggest planning a trip for early August.
The first weekend in August plays host to Caribana, one of the largest Parades in North America. This festival was originally based on the Trinidad Carnival, but now includes the music, dance, food and costumes of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil and other cultures represented in Toronto.
The weekend after, August 11-13, 2006, is "Taste of the Danforth" on Danforth Street. This festival celebrates Hellenic cuisine and Hellenic culture. You will be able to sample all the different ‘tastes’ of authentic ethnic cuisine that GreekTown has to offer. The best part is that all 'tastes' costs between $1-$5! Whether Greek, Thai, Cuban, Indian, or pub fare is what you crave, there is something for everyone at the Taste of the Danforth. My suggestion is to come with an empty stomach and let the scents of the dolmades, spanakopita (spinach pie), and souvlaki quide you! This event is not to be missed!!
Danforth Avenue, in the area called Greektown, is host each April to a Contra Dance Festival called Spring Thaw. The immediate question, of course is "what is contra dancing?". To many the first image is that of the dance performed by Oliver North in front of the Iran-Contra Senate investigating committee...actually not bad but no relationship to this event.
Actually, contra dancing is somewhat difficult to define...so much so that a web page, What Is Contra Dance?, has been created to try. The best definition seems to be the first of six attempts which says, "The only real answer to the question 'What is contra dance?' comes when you try it." For sure it's great fun for very nearly everyone except the terminally "up-tight".
You will always find live music, lots of sweaty people of all ages and all political, cultural and social persuasions. You don't need a partner, don't have to know how to dance.....as every dance is explained on the spot by a caller and mistakes are just part of the fun.
The Toronto Spring Thaw is held at Eastminster United Church at 310 Danforth Avenue (East of Broadview Ave, West of Pape Ave.). Check out the website below.
The blurry photos here were the best my camera could do capturing the fast paced action.
Toronto is a city of many festivals. Here are some of the best:
The Beaches Jazz Festival:
A street festival with jazz musicians performing all along Queen St. East. For more info, and dates, check out their website:
This is North America's Largest Street Festival celebrating caribbean culture. This two-week Festival attracts over a million participants annually, including hundreds of thousands of American tourists. For more info, check out:
The Taste of the Danforth
A celebration of Greek culture and heritage. This annual street festival is experience by over a million visitors each year, and is so popular, it closes down one of Toronto's major streets for an entire weekend!
Summerlicious and Winterlicious
With more than 5000 restaurants across the Toronto featuring more than 200 international cuisines, a celebration of Toronto wouldn't be complete without food! Each restaurant will offer a special prix fixe menu where patrons can sample the establishment's delicious fare. A great way to experience some otherwise too pricy restaurants.
The Toronto International Film Festival:
This is one of the biggest and best film fests in the world! During the festival, Toronto is packed with celebrities, especially in and around Yorkville. For more info, check out the website:
Toronto's historic attractions will be open to the public on the last weekend of May. Admission is FREE.
- Canada Life Building
- Canadian Broadcasting Centre
- Canadian Opera Company
- Canon Theatre
- Casa Loma Stables
- The Carlu
- Commerce Court North
- Design Exchange
- Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre
- Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design @ University of Toronto
- George Brown House
- Gooderham Flatiron Building
- Le Royal Meridien King Edward
- Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex
- Toronto City Hall
- Ontario Legislative Building
- Osgoode Hall
- Princess of Wales Theatre
- Royal Alexandra Theatre
- Royal Conservatory of Music (McMaster Hall)
- Spadina House
There are lots of special events and festivals throughout the year in Toronto that reflects our cultural diversities. Here are some of the larger ones:
Black History Month, Toronto WinterCity Festival
Caravan, CHIN International Picnic, Taste of Little Italy, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Pride Day Parade
Beaches International Jazz Festival, Canada Day Celebration, Caribana, Fringe Theatre Festival, Corso Italian Fiesta, Molson Indy, Street Festival
Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival,
Canadian National Air Show, Canadian National Exhitbition (CNE), Taste of the Danforth
Cabbagetown Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Festival of Authors
Canadian Aboriginal Festival, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Santa Claus Parade
Cavalcade of Lights
The Canadian National Exhibition, or in short "The Ex", is a major event held once a year at the end of August. It is one of the largest annual Fairs in North America. When you are in the city that time of the year it might be fun to pay it a visit. The fair is held annually for the 18 days prior to and including Labour Day. Hahaha, I don't know even where to begin to describe the EX, it has so many different things to see and do. There are stands about farming, animals, country exhibitions, kitchen appliances, garden show, a huge food court.... go there! yummie! See my restaurant tips :-))).... music, dance, firework show, and a big fair with roller coaster, and anything else you can think of.
The admission in 2003 is $10.00, Parking will be $15 and $17.
The Canadian National Exhibition is located near the heart of downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario. Take the Toronto bound Queen Elizabeth Way or Lakeshore Boulevard and follow the signs to the CNE/Exhibition Place.