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    Taste of the Danforth - A Big Success

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    Taste of the Danforth, a festival held every year in Toronto, Ontario Canada. It was on the last day of the event that I decided to witness the festival for the first time. There were too many people going to my path when I got off at Broadview subway station. It did not surprise me. They flock to the Taste of the Danforth. It was at the Broadview & Danforth intersection that I was treated to a wide array of the Greek food and one of my favourites is the souvlaki with unbeatable costs at C$2.00 for pork and C$3.00 for chicken. But mind you, it is not only food. You will experience the music, the sights, children street games, and the smells of what elseā€¦.Greek cuisine! There were many booths offering free samples of the food or product that they are selling. I especially like the free olives one of the booths is offering. They are of different variety and taste. Although the event is concentrated to Greek food and culture, you will also find Thai, Indian, & Cuban choices of their local dishes.
    Admission Is Free
    You pay the food as you order! Affordable.
    Next year I am sure Taste of the Danforth will be bigger and better. It is a success every year.
    Come, enjoy, and experience Taste of the Danforth. This is what Toronto is all about.

    Direction
    Take the subway train and .....Get Off at Broadview or Pape Subway Station

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    Toronto Street Festival

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    Yonge & Lawrence Ave - Toronto Street Festival
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    CELEBRATE TORONTO

    I am sure you will enjoy our street festival at Yonge Street in Toronto, the longest street in the world. It was a 3-day celebration of Toronto tastes and talent. Filled with entertainment such as street theatre, concerts, different music, songs and dances and most importantly fun games for the kids. Four busiest intersections were closed:

    Yonge & Dundas Street
    Yonge & St. Claire Avenue
    Yonge & Eglinton Avenue
    Yonge & Lawrence Avenue.

    All festival streets were car free zones.
    Admission is Free.
    This is what Toronto is all about!

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    Canadian National Exhibition

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 10, 2009

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    Welcome to the Ex!
    From August 21 to September 7, 2009.....
    'The Ex' as it is popularly known is Exhibition Place to some, and officially known as Canadian National Exhibition. It is considered a world class venue to one of the largest fairs in North America, offering a variety of entertainment including shows and concerts, Kids' World, large carnival midway, a working farm, shopping, air show and more.

    The Canadian National Exhibition address is:
    Lakeshore Boulevard
    Toronto Ontario
    Canada M6K 3c3

    The Ex is accessible to almost all Toronto Transportation Commission (TTC Facilities). To get to The Ex, please follow the following direction:

    By Car:
    From the east: Take the Gardiner Expressway west to Spadina/Lake Shore Boulevard cutoff and follow the signs for Lakeshore Boulevard. Take Lake Shore Boulevard to the Princes' Gates (just west of Strachan Avenue).
    From the west: Take the Gardiner Expressway east to Lake Shore Boulevard or Jameson Avenue. There are three entrance points to Exhibition Place from Lake Shore Boulevard - British Columbia Drive, Ontario Drive and Newfoundland Drive.

    By Transit:
    Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station and proceed to street level. Board the #29 bus south to Exhibition Place.
    Take the Bloor subway to Bathurst Station and proceed to street level. Board the #511 streetcar south to Exhibition Place.
    Take the Yonge-University subway to Union Station and proceed to the Queens Quay platform. Board the #510 streetcar west to Exhibition Place.

    Come to CNE and enjoy one of Toronto has to offer! For a detailed and updated information on Events, Festivals, Fairs, Films, & Exhibitions, please refer to the website provided.

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    Toronto Dragon Boat Race Festival

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    This festival is being held here in Toronto every year, and it is always a successful event due to its overwhelming attendance. The venue is the Centre Island which is one of the most famous islands in Toronto. The latest Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival was a big success. Come visit Toronto and see for yourself. There's a lot to discover!

    For the next Toronto Dragon Boat Race Festival - check and see their website provided.

    Direction:
    Take any streetcar from Union Subway Station or the 510 Spadina streetcar from Spadina Subway Station, or the 6 Bay bus southbound from Bay subway station to ferry docks.

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    Toronto Pride Parade

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    The Pride Parade in Toronto
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    Yes, Toronto Pride Parade - the longest parade in Ontario. Come and see them along Yonge Street and some popular intersections in downtown Toronto. There are many floats and participants from all walks of life, including those who just come out of the closet. It is not surprising because Ontario has legalized same-sex marriage in Ontario few years ago. This celebration is celebrated yearly in June and goes for one week and highlited by this colourful parade. For more information on this event, you may log on to the organization's web.

    TORONTO PRIDE PARADE - June 19 to 28, 2009
    Direction:
    Steps from Bloor-Yonge, Wellesley, College and Dundas subway stations

    Website: www.pridetoronto.com

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    Cavalcade of Lights-Toronto Christmas Highlights

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    Cavalcade of Lights in Toronto

    Yes, Toronto has the Christmas spirit as early as November. Events are held all over Canada and highlights of the celebration is at the Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Come visit at winter time to witness how Torontonians enjoy the holiday season. A month-long calendar of spellbinding events and sparkling lighting displays.

    Watch Nathan Phillips Square set aglow each Saturday night with a spectacular show and fireworks production. This event marks the premiere illumination of 100,000 lights decorating the square and a giant Christmas Tree. Live music fills revellers with the spirit of the season and a vivid fireworks display illuminates Toronto City Hall.

    Admission Fee: FREE

    Direction: Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (#501), the Yonge Line subway train (exit Queen subway station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode subway station)
    Photo has been used courtesy of www.freefoto.com

    Come and share the fun!

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    Santa Claus Always Come to Toronto

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Every year, Santa Claus visits the Toronto area and pass the busy streets joined by the community floats during the holiday season. This year, it will be held on November 15, 2009.

    The Parade usually starts at the corner of Bloor and Christie Streets and runs east along Bloor to Avenue Road. It then proceeds south along Avenue Road around Queen's Park Crescent, and further south along University Avenue to Queen Street. At Queen Street, the Parade heads east to Yonge Street, south along Yonge Street and east along Front Street. The Parade ends at the corner of Front and Church Streets.

    Your Kids will surely enjoy the fun seeing Santa in person. Every year, I watch the parade with their colourful floats and spectacular presentation of songs, music, and dances. To make sure you catch a glimpse and witness this event, get off at any of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway stations listed below:
    Christie, Bathurst, Spadina, St. George, Museum, Queen's Park, St. Patrick, Osgoode, Queen & King

    Please come, Admission is FREE.
    For updated yearly schedule, please refer to the website provided.

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    Canada's Birthday Celebration

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    CANADA DAY, Eh!
    Celebrated every July 1st, highlited with performances by several Canadian musicians, dazzling and colourful fireworks show, choreographed to music.
    Venue;
    Mel Lastman Square
    ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION.

    Simultaneous parades, picnics, fireworks and family oriented events takes place across the city.

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    Canada Day Goes Country

    by CdnJane Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Canadian Country performer Gil Grand

    Country music is far from being dead in Toronto and Canada Day (July 1st) proves that. The newest country music station in the Toronto area - ok, so it is almost 2 yrs old now - Country 95.3 FM - started a day out for Country Music last year, appropriately called "Canada Day Jam". Some great Canadian country musical artists, some new and upcoming, and some well established in the Canadian - and world - country music industry... and there is no admission fee to attend! That in itself is reason to go. There is a Brick Beer beer garden, and Maple Lodge Farms and Old South have stands for food and beverages - and there are other sponsors. For children there are some YTV characters around and a children's area.

    This year's main talents are: Paul Brandt, Carolyn Dawn Johnson (CDJ), Jason McCoy, Aaron Lines, Deric Ruttan, Aaron Pritchett and Jimmy Rankin

    I've paid good money to see CDJ & Jimmy Rankin in concert with Keith Urban (guess they won't get him to join them *sigh*) and the other gentlemen are great, especially Paul Brandt (particularly when he does those deep low notes). I understand that they will be also having some amateur talent from some CMT-sponsored country music talent shows.

    It goes from Noon til 9pm (rain or shine) and afterwards there will be the fireworks from Ontario Place to enjoy.

    Location is: Sunnyside Beach Park - located at Lakeshore Blvd West at Parkside

    No, I don't have any connection with the radio station or sponsors, just a fan of them, and had a terrific time last year at Canada Jam 2003.

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    Not the Ollie North Shuffle ;-)

    by tpal Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Contra Dance Blurrrrr

    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.

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    Toronto Snowbirds - Air Show

    by freddie18 Updated Jan 25, 2009

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    They are called the Snowbirds. An air show is taking place during the Canadian Labour Day weekend each year.

    It is called the Canadian International Air Show of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. To have a better view of the air show, you need to be in the Ontario Place, the CNE or many other lakefront sites with view of the water in front of Marilyn Bell Park. Admission fee is applicable at the entrance of Ontario Place and CNE.

    The Ontario Place and Canadian National Exhibition or CNE are easily accessible via the TTC. Take the streetcar number 511 in Bathurst Street or the Number 29 Dufferin bus.

    The Snowbirds airshow is offered free in addition to the CNE events and festival and is included with the admission price. Come and enjoy!

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    Festivals, festivals and festivals

    by mim95 Written Mar 27, 2004

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    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:

    February
    Black History Month, Toronto WinterCity Festival

    June
    Caravan, CHIN International Picnic, Taste of Little Italy, Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival, Pride Day Parade

    July
    Beaches International Jazz Festival, Canada Day Celebration, Caribana, Fringe Theatre Festival, Corso Italian Fiesta, Molson Indy, Street Festival

    August
    Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival,
    Canadian National Air Show, Canadian National Exhitbition (CNE), Taste of the Danforth

    September
    Cabbagetown Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, International Festival of Authors

    November
    Canadian Aboriginal Festival, Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Santa Claus Parade

    December
    Cavalcade of Lights

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    The EX

    by sim1 Updated May 9, 2003

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    The Exhibition in Toronto

    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.

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    Salsa in Toronto Festival

    by freddie18 Written Jan 20, 2009

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    It was the Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival in the Year 2005. This festival will be transformed into the Salsa in Toronto Festival

    Salsa in Toronto this Year 2008 was held from July 12-13 and was a big success. The highlights include the inaugural all-day Salsa at Ontario Place on July 10 and the 4th annual Salsa on St. Clair on July 12. It was a lot of fun! Play, Dance, Sing, Eat, and Parade really was very entertaining.

    Join the crowd and learn some basic Salsa lessons. Entrance is Free.

    For more information on the details of Year 2009 event, visit the website I provided below

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    CARAVAN

    by orlandom Written May 24, 2006

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    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.

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