Events / festivals, Toronto
Halloween is popular in Canada, for both children and adults. People typically decorate their houses, some going more 'all out' than others and get very elaborate costumes for themselves and for their kids. For the youth, its another excuse to drink, but in costume.
The tradition of "trick-or-treat" comes from the idea that you must be kind to dead ancestors or they will play a trick on you, however it is rarely talked about as being about that. The holiday is celebrated on October 31st every year. To children, it means they get to dress up in whatever costume they want, and go door to door in the evening with a pillow case that will be filled up with candy. It also means the costume parties, dances, and pumpkin-carving that will take place the week before Hallowe'en night. On the porch of many houses on October 31st, you will see a pumpkin with a face or some sort of a desing carved in it, with a candle inside so it lights up.
Hallowe'en is exciting, and meant to be "spooky" in a fun way but be careful as there is sometimes danger that can occur too. Its pretty common to hear of egging incidents, pumpkin smashing.
Only children normally go door to door for candy (I could probably go if I wore a mask) It's common for them all to go together in a group with their friends, but the younger ones are guided by their parents.
One cautionary to be aware of is that you are not allowed to take photos of children without parent permission (after all, they do not know what you intend to do with these photos.) If you're visiting Ontario during the Halloween period, just remember to ask the parent/guardian if you feel tempted to take a photo of the adorable trick-or-treaters!
Come and experience the International AutoShow in Toronto. The 36-year tradition of celebrating Canadian's love of automobile is showcasing the new and the next in the fascinating era in automotive history.
This Year 2009, the event will happen from February 13-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Rogers Centre.
The future of the automobile is up for grabs, so buy your tickets for Cdn$20 entrance. Buy online for a 10% discount at Cdn$18 only. For information and details about the show and to buy tickets, visit the link I provided below.
CANADA DAY, Eh!
Celebrated every July 1st, highlited with performances by several Canadian musicians, dazzling and colourful fireworks show, choreographed to music.
Mel Lastman Square
ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION.
Simultaneous parades, picnics, fireworks and family oriented events takes place across the city.
Phone: 416 338 0338
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.
Phone: 416 599 9090 x-500
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.
Toronto comes alive with festivals in the summer. One of these is the Busker Fest, which is a 4 day extravaganza at the end of August that showcases street performers in the St. Lawrence Market / Downtown Core area. I went to the grand finale this year (August 29, 2010) and was blown away by the talent. Best of all, the performers are busking for change, so you pay what you feel the show was worth. Do bring lots of change though because they worked really hard to entertain us.
We saw everything from people juggling fire, living statutes, magic shows, and some serious acrobatic display. There were also aerial and circus shows on the main stage on the other nights, so you'll need to check the schedule. And as they said, things could happen anywhere, anytime during the festival. And to go with the street performance, vendors have also set up artisan stalls and food stands, so there's something for everyone.
Oh, the event is a fundraiser for Epilesy Toronto and the proceeds from busking during the main stage shows go towards the charity.
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!
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
Phone: 416 393 6300
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
Steps from Bloor-Yonge, Wellesley, College and Dundas subway stations
Phone: 416 927 7433
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!
Phone: 416 338 0338
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.
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.
Phone: 416 595 0313
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!
Phone: 416 395 0490
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 else….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.
Take the subway train and .....Get Off at Broadview or Pape Subway Station
One of my favorite street festivals here in Toronto is "Taste of Little Italy." Part of the allure can be attributed to the fact that I live in walking distance, and of course I do love food, besides any weekend that a major street is shut down for cavorting is okay in my books.
Located of College Street between Bathurst and Shaw, this weekend festival is mid June and a great way to kick off the summer in Toronto. If you are in town mid June head on down and check it out.
Many of the restaurants have extended (larger) patios for ample beer consumption as well as BBQ's or grills set up on the street selling a taste of their menus. This year the big hit was spaducci (lamb skewers) at Cafe Diplomatico, and the pork, apple skewers at Veni Vedi Vici.
Take a look at the travelouge for more pictures and treats!