Check Out the Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair

 

We love the neighbourhoods we operate in. They are vibrant and truly feel like communities. It’s almost time for the annual Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair. Mark your calendar for this great community event on Saturday, September 23rd. It’s a perfect weekend activity for residents in our Davisville Village community.

 

Courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Village BIA

 

Traditionally, harvest fairs celebrate community and the abundance of food available in early fall. The Mount Pleasant Village Harvest Fair is no exception. It’s a giant annual neighbourhood celebration that attracts between three thousand and five thousand people each year. The event is presented by Meridian and hosted by the Mount Pleasant BIA. We spoke with Keven Menager, Administrator of the Mount Pleasant BIA, about the local event.

 

We asked Keven about who typically attends the event each year and what attracts them to it:

 

Primarily attendees are area residents.This is their neighbourhood! It’s our biggest event of the year, the one most people come out for. They come for the variety of activities, to get in touch with the [local] businesses, and to see what’s going on!

So what can residents expect at this year’s Fair? Quite a bit, actually! The day is packed with family-friendly fun! For the kids, there will be face painting, balloon sculpting, a caricaturist, a pumpkin carving contest, as well as arts and crafts tables! Stroll and shop at sidewalk sales featuring various local vendors and, of course, there will be special food offerings! You can even register to attend a flower workshop presented by local personality Frankie Flowers. It’s sponsored by Birch Bistro and Apricot Flowers, and it’s sure to help you celebrate the season!

 

Music lovers will appreciate the three live bands at the event. Expect performances from the three piece powerhouse; Pepper Shakers, as well as Gareth Berges, and Bruce Griffin.

 

Join your community at the 8th annual Harvest Fair, brought to you by the merchants of Mount Pleasant Village! Swing by Mount Pleasant Road, between Eglinton and Davisville, between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, September 23rd.  Celebrate your neighbourhood and connect with your local community.

 

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Take in the magic of The Lights Fest

 

Toronto is a great place to live. There is always something new to see and do, and places to explore. If you’re looking to step outside of the everyday experience, The Lights Fest is making a stop in the GTA on its tour of North America, on Saturday, September 30th. What is The Lights Fest? It’s a unique “experience where thousands of friends and families gather to listen to live music, fill up on food trucks and light up life by sharing personal wishes, dreams and goals.” What that means is, at just the right moment, thousands of people light personalized lanterns and let them take flight into the night sky. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. Still not sure what to expect? We spoke with Kate Racker, spokesperson for The Lights Fest, to find out more.

 

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

Where was the first event and how did the event series grow into what it is today?

 

Our first Canadian event was in Regina, and our first event in the U.S was located in San Antonio, Texas. After our first 2 events we received a lot of positive feedback from our guests who attended the event. The emotional and heartwarming stories that were associated with our lantern launches inspired us to try and share those experiences with other people across the states and Canada.

 

Sounds quite uplifting! What is the event’s mission or focus?

 

Our Mission at The Lights Fest is to create a transformative experience for families and friends, enabling them to share their light with others.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

That’s beautiful! How many lanterns get released at a single event?

 

Release of Lanterns varies depending on how many adult tickets were purchased, we have had 3000-8000 depending on the city and number of tickets purchased. We have a dedicated cleanup crew, waiting in the landing zone, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the event. All events are strategically located outside of populated areas where there is open space. We’ve engineered our lanterns for low flight and landing-site predictability. After the event, we have a large cleaning crew, picking up the lanterns. Our lanterns are 100% biodegradable, so in the rare chance that we miss one, they are designed to quickly disintegrate. Our “Leave No Trace Policy” allows us to make sure that our venues look the same after we leave as they did before we arrived.

 

That’s very responsible of you! Has this event happened in Toronto before? Where will this year’s event be held?

 

We have never had an event in Toronto but we are super excited to be coming there! Due to safety regulations, The Lights Festival is unable to hold events within city limits. To ensure we produce a safe and magical evening, Fire Marshals require our events to be held at venues with sufficient acreage and away from homes and businesses. That is why our venue is the Ohsweken Speedway 1987 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0, Canada.

Photo courtesy of The Lights Fest

 

We noticed the event is family friendly — is it mostly families that attend or do solo adults and couples attend as well?

 

Our event is targeted for all age groups but we typically get families and young couples. At the perfect moment, everyone ignites their personalized sky lanterns with Tiki torches and lets them take flight. It creates a magical ambiance, where time slows down as your single flame rises with thousands of others.

 

If you’re looking to step outside of your everyday routine and step a little outside of the official boundaries of the city – Lights Fest may be one of those once in a lifetime experiences that you never forget. It’s less than a two hour trip from Toronto, but it may make for a fascinating journey! You can register online now.

 

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Don’t Miss Buskerfest!

 

BuskerFest is back for it’s 18th incredible year! Over the years, BuskerFest has delighted millions of spectators with unbelievable spectacles, and helped to raise valuable funds for Epilepsy Toronto through generous donations from visitors. Every year, the best street performers from around the world gather in The Beach at Woodbine Park over the Labour Day Weekend (this year they’ll meet from Friday, September 1st to Monday September 4th).

 

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

It’s the perfect way to say goodbye to summer in style, and support a great cause. BuskerFest Toronto is the largest epilepsy event anywhere! In the words of Geoff Bobb,  Executive Director of Epilepsy Toronto:

 

This is one of the most amazing festivals in the world. We are incredibly excited about all of the international and Canadian  performers who make this festival come alive and who share their talents in support of epilepsy. With the funds raised at this festival through gate donations, we are able to provide much needed support to the 1-in-100 people in Toronto living with epilepsy.

 

About Epilepsy Toronto

 

For 50 years, Epilepsy Toronto has been the place where Torontonians living with epilepsy can learn about their condition, get the assistance they require, and be a part of network of caring and supportive people. They are dedicated to building a strong community through

advocacy and community education — creating better public awareness, understanding and support for those living with epilepsy.

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Fun For All

 

Get in the zone at this year’s BuskerFest! The Family Fun Zone will feature face-painting, balloon twisting, bouncy castles and more. Hit the midway for rides and games for grown-ups and kids! Is your child busker at heart? Check out the Be A Busker Zone – an interactive area where kids can get some hands-on experience in the art of busking. From hoola-hooping with Dispatch Talent, aerial arts with The Circus Academy, high-flying fun with SpringFree Trampoline and more!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

Photo Contest – What Blew You Away?

 

Submit your best picture to the BuskerFest Photo Contest (contest@torontobuskfest.com) by September 15th 2107, for your chance to win a great prize! Check out @BuskerFestToronto on Facebook after the festival to see the top submissions!

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

Credit: Toronto International BuskerFest

 

There is so much to see at BuskerFest this year. When you catch something that really amazes you, let your voice be heard by casting your vote in the BuskerFest People’s Choice Award. Vote for your favourite busker for a chance to win great prizes and make sure your favourite busker earns a spot at next year’s fest!

 

BuskerFest is one of Toronto’s most exciting festivals, bringing together one-of-a-kind entertainers to our city, all in support of epilepsy awareness. I encourage residents and visitors to our city to check out BuskerFest over Labour Day weekend. – Mayor John Tory

 

Come and join the crowd, support a good cause, and be amazed by unforgettable performances from over 100 performers including escape-artists, aerial artists, acrobats, sword-swallowers, magicians, musicians, fire jugglers, comedians, clowns, daredevils and more. There is no entry cost for the event but don’t forget to make a PWYC (pay what you can) donation to Epilepsy Toronto at the gate!

 

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Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival

 

If summer feels like it’s flown by, then you must have been having fun! Don’t worry, summer’s not over yet! You can keep the fun going at the third annual Toronto Cider Festival on Saturday, August 26th at Sherbourne Common at Sugar Beach.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

Is there a better way to toast to the end of summer than by chilling by the beach in a cottage-style lounge, surrounded by great people and sipping the best ciders in world? If you need more incentive than that, there will also be great food and live entertainment to keep the vibe upbeat. Did we mention the cider? There will be lots of high quality cider to sample. Over 60 varieties in all will be served from the top apple growing regions across Canada and the world. There will be 28 cider makers, and 22 of them are local cideries. Come taste the fruits of their labour as you kick back and relax.

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

The event will also pay tribute to Canada’s 150th birthday. Not only can you sample Canadian cider, you can visit the Canada 150 photo booth while being entertained by local Canadian talent. This is how the true north celebrates summer!

 

Over the years, the organization has been heavily involved in promoting local farmers, music talents, and arts, all while staying true to its values of sustainability and social responsibility. While growing as a business, the organization has equally grown as a community contributor, having established a Scholarship Foundation for Event Management Students at George Brown College, being an official member of the Ontario Craft Cider Association and Tourism Toronto and working with Coach Canada to encourage responsible drinking and festival attendance. – Toronto Cider Festival Organizers, OBN

 

Credit: @tociderfest

Credit: @tociderfest

 

 

This Canada 150-themed Cider Festival isn’t just about the art of cider, it also features an Art Showdown and local artisans showcase. Feel the excitement at the bartending flair competition, chill to the beats of DJ D-Smooth in the Party Zone, or have some good old-fashioned fun with a twist in the Life Size Game Zone. This year is also the first to feature the Toronto Cider Festival Cider Awards. You can vote for your favourite cider in the People’s Choice Awards. You can also enter a special contest for a chance to win a trip to Vancouver or Prince Edward County!

 

Tickets for the Toronto Cider Festival are available now. Choose from the day (11:30am – 4pm) or night session (6pm – 10:30pm). A regular ticket includes 4 sample tokens (4oz each), a commemorative sample mug, and access to all the festival fun and food pairings. If you want the full VIP treatment, the VIP session (5pm – 10:30pm) gets you 10 sample tokens, 1 hour of exclusive access, exclusive entertainment, VIP food and cider pairings, and bonus VIP giveaways.

 

Don’t miss the Toronto Cider Festival this summer!. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax in a fun and friendly atmosphere and celebrate our country’s birthday and the end of summer in true Canadian style.

 

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Rediscover Toronto with MomenTO by Canoe

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience another side of Toronto and enjoy the moment with MomenTO by Canoe. This great event invites you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and peacefully paddle down beautiful and historically significant rivers. Living in the urban centre of Toronto, it can be easy to overlook its natural beauty and ideal location. The Rouge and Humber rivers flank each side of our city. These ancient waterways flow into Lake Ontario and are important ecosystems. They were essential to ancient Indigenous cultures as well as British and French settlers throughout history.

 

 

Now is your chance to paddle these same rivers and learn a little more about them while you enjoy a great day out! The first event is called Celebrating the Rouge. It will take place at Rouge Beach Park on August 20th, 2017, from 10 am to 4 pm. On September 10th,  2017, from 10 am to 4 pm it’s time for event number two, Celebrating the Humber, at Etienne Brule Park. We spoke with Jill Patterson, Project Manager, Museums & Heritage Services, to find out more about this exciting first-time event!

 

 

Credit: MomenTO

Credit: MomenTO

 

 

So Jill, what can someone attending MomenTO by Canoe expect to experience?

 

As a unique Canada 150 celebration, and in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), canoeing events will be hosted at Toronto’s two major rivers with national designations: the Rouge and the Humber rivers. Come and experience the natural beauty of these ancient watersheds, and learn about their human history stretching back thousands of years. Both events will offer the public a unique opportunity to paddle a small part of the rivers in a canoe, for free. Come to be inspired by the past and appreciate the natural wonders of Toronto’s nationally significant rivers.

 

Sounds like a memorable experience! What is the national and/or historic significance of the Rouge and Humber rivers?

 

The Rouge and Humber rivers are both rich in important ecosystems, and rich in ancient human history. The Humber River was named a Canadian Heritage River in 1999 for its cultural history and recreational opportunities, while  Rouge National Urban Park became Canada’s first urban national park in recognition of the Rouge’s ecological and cultural importance. Both rivers have well documented sites of Indigenous encampments and villages dating back thousands of years, and both had ancient portage trails along their banks which allowed Indigenous people an overland shortcut between Lake Ontario and the Upper Great Lakes. Both rivers were also very significant sites for early French and British history in the Toronto area.

 

What a history! Does everyone need to bring their own canoe or kayak to participate?

 

No! All canoes and safety equipment will be provided for free on a first-come, first-serve basis!  Wait times will depend on the number of participants.  Prepare to come to enjoy beautiful Parks and pop-up displays while you wait! Use of canoes and equipment will be restricted to 30 mins to 45 mins, depending on demand, in order to give as many participants a chance to paddle throughout the day as possible. You are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak however, please make sure that you adhere to all of Transport Canada’s minimum safety requirements. Please see further details on our website at Toronto.ca/momento.

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Jill! We look forward to checking out these exciting events!

 

Don’t let the moment pass you by.  MomenTO by Canoe offers you a unique opportunity to take in some of the history of our city and community, and have fun at the same time.


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Discover the Davisville Village Farmers Market

 

One of the great things about living in Ontario is the abundance of fresh, local and seasonal produce available in the summertime. The Davisville Village Farmers Market is a great nearby market to visit to pick some up this season. The market is open every Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm, from mid-May to early October. It’s part of the Apple Tree family of markets, run by founders Lesley Stoyan and Chris Trussell. We spoke with Lesley to learn more about how this community market has grown and what’s in store for this season!

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

So Lesley, when was the market first opened, and has it grown since?

 

We started our first market at Yonge and Eglinton 10 years ago. So, we’re actually in our tenth season there now. It started off as literally a one-off project. We were asked to coordinate a community event by (former City Councillor) Karen Stintz. We did a one-off market because local foods were just becoming popular in the Toronto community and public market spaces. It was so successful that we decided to keep it going as a regular, weekly thing. So in 2008, The North Toronto Farmers Market opened. It was dubbed The Apple Tree Market. We’ve opened three markets since then. The next market that we opened was Ryerson University, and the Davisville Village Farmers Market was our third. So it’s grown. Those three are our every season, staple, marketplaces but we’ve got over twenty pop-up markets that go on throughout the city, throughout the year. We also run a fresh food program with the TDSB (Toronto District School Board).

 

Wow, you’re making the rounds! Who does the fresh food program serve?

 

(It) predominantly serves Davisville Junior Public School which is at Yonge and Davisville. It’s a farm fresh fare snack program — so that the kids can have fresh fruits and vegetables everyday at school.

 

What a great initiative! Many of our our residents send their children to that public school. The program is free for the kids?

 

It’s subsidized by the TDSB and parents have the option to contribute, if they’d like, but every child gets it. Davisville Village has a very significant, low-income community. A lot of new Canadians making under $25, 000 a year reside here, so Davisville qualifies as a high needs school, so they get a subsidized food program. That’s actually why we started the Apple Tree Group. As I said, it started in 2008 as a one-off, fun project and we’re now a fully registered non-profit and our mission is to build community around food initiatives and family-friendly events. The farmers market is just a small amount of the project work that we do per week. We try to have outdoor, free public events predominantly in Davisville Park. We do the “movie night in the park”, which happens every September. It’s a free movie for everybody to attend. We build a skating rink in Davisville Park that everyone is able to come out and enjoy in the winter as well. We also do a Pumpkin Parade. We’re doing something called the Apple Seed and Kernel Festival this year, which is a big apple harvest festival, so kids can come out and have a fun day. There’s farmers and bouncy castles and everything is free to ensure that the neighbourhood, the people that can’t afford it, can take part in it.

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

What a wonderful and fun way to reach out and engage with the community! What is your role at Apple Tree?

 

I’m the co-founder, with my husband (co-founder, Chris Trussell). It’s honestly just the two of us that do 90% of the work. We have a handful of contractors that we bring onboard when it gets to be too much. We hope to be able to grow that number so that we can continue to grow and keep spreading out the volume of work. My focus is mostly on family health education. Around the farmers markets we do a lot of things. We offer free recipes and educational workshops, we teach cooking classes in the public schools. At all of our events, we often have fresh food and food tastings. I curate the menu. I studied holistic nutrition in school, so I do a lot of the programming ideas and my husband, Chris, does most of the executive direction, the planning, the logistics, the operation, that sort of thing.

 

 

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

Credit: Apple Tree Markets

 

Sounds like a small but mighty operation! How many vendors serve the Davisville Village Farmers market?

 

In the Apple Tree Family of vendors, so that’s anybody who’s part of our organization, I think our membership is at sixty-five vendors this year. That means whenever we do an event, we can pool from our family of vendors. For the Davisville Market I think we’re just shy of 40 vendors this year.

 

And what types of products do they sell?

 

The market really represents the complete bounty of the Ontario harvest. In May we have the early spring vegetables. This year it happened quite early, we had asparagus, strawberries pretty much right out of that. We’ve got all the greenhouse, year-round vegetables like cucumber, tomatoes, peppers – all the things that you can now have year long. You can actually have strawberries now, year long. There’s something called an ever-bearing strawberry! As the season progresses, you get into the more seasonal stuff. So, rasberry season just ended. Raspberries are pretty well done. Peaches just came out, corn just came out, again, a little bit early because of how much rain we’ve had. We’ve got a full gamut of everything that is Ontario, plus a few unique products that people may not know about. One of our vendors carries more of the exotic Ontario fruits and vegetables – which is really fun to showcase, especially when we get back in the school year. There is something called a northern Kiwi, that is grown in Ontario. We get to showcase that…

 

Then we’ve got wonderful, ready-made foods. There are a large percentage of shoppers that want grab-and-go, so we’ve got soups and tacos, pre-made salads and bottled juices, hummus, fresh pastas and olive oils, and fresh breads, fresh cheeses. All the things you want to pick up so that you don’t have to make dinner.

 

What a bounty! What is the season for the Davisville Village Market?

 

We usually open in the second week in May, and we close right before Thanksgiving.

 

Do you host any special events that close out the season?

 

A bunch of things, actually! We’ve got our movie night in the park – that’s always the lead up to the end of the season – which is on September 22nd. The Seed and Kernel Festival is the next day, on September 23rd. Then on the last day of the market we do a couple of things. We have the New Vendor Showcase. There are so many young businesses that want to get into selling food, but they may not have the capacity, they may not have the volume, the stock. We give new chefs and new producers or new farmers a one day time when they can come and introduce themselves to the community. We always do that on the last day. Then we have a big harvest party when it’s all over!

 

Sounds like a lot of fun! We can’t wait to come by and dig in. Thanks for speaking with us, Lesley!

 

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Check out Toronto’s Sail in Cinema™!

 

Ready for a truly unique film screening experience? Mark your calendar for PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema™. The event returns to Sugar Beach and the Toronto Harbour from August 17th to 19th. You don’t even need a ticket to attend, it’s all free! This is the seventh great year of this unique event.

 

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

PortsToronto’s Sail-In Cinema invites Toronto residents and visitors alike to come down to the waterfront and enjoy a unique and free celebration of film, family and fun  –  Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, PortsToronto

 

Sail-In Cinema™ debuted in 2011 to help celebrate PortsToronto’s one hundredth anniversary. The event was such a success that it has been brought back year after year. It is now a permanent Toronto summer tradition! Last year’s event attracted over 11,000 people on land alone, plus more than 100 boats.

 

If you’re a boat owner, or better yet have a friend with a boat, you can drop anchor by the south side of the screen and catch a great flick as you bob on a Great Lake. For the rest of us landlubbers, the gates open at 6 pm. Bring a blanket, cushion or chair and find your spot on Sugar Beach. Though the event is free and no ticket is required to participate, seating is limited. Get there early to avoid disappointment! There will be free pre-show entertainment until the movie begins at approximately 8:45 pm.

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

Credit: Sail-In Cinema™

 

The Movies

 

Audiences will not be let down by this year’s program of family-friendly fare. This year’s lineup includes a couple of timeless classics and one new take on a timeless classic.

 

Edward Scissorhands (Thursday, August 17th)

 

The 1990 Tim Burton fantasy, Edward Scissorhands, will be the opening night screening on August 17th. Edward (Johnny Depp) was created by a loving but lonely scientist (Vincent Price) who died before completing Edward – leaving him with scissor blades rather than hands. He is taken in by a friendly family. Despite Edward’s kind, artistic and gentle nature, his physical appearance makes him an outcast.

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark (Friday, August 18th)

 

Raiders of the Lost Ark is Steven Spielberg’s original 1981 classic that introduced Indiana Jones to the world. The adventurous archeologist is on a quest to find the lost Ark of the Covenant. Can he find it and keep it from falling into the hands of the Nazis?! Catch Raiders of the Lost Ark on Friday, August 18th.

 

Beauty and the Beast (Saturday, August 19th)

 

This live action version of Beauty and the Beast is the 10th largest grossing film of all time! The bright and beautiful Belle (Emma Watson) is imprisoned in a castle by a beast (Dan Stevens). Belle befriends the enchanted staff of the castle, despite her fears. She learns to see beyond the beast’s appearance to the kind heart and soul of the prince inside. Directed by Bill Condon.

 

Don’t miss this memorable summertime event. This year you can enter to win a pair of Porter Airlines flight tickets. All you have to do is share your favourite scene from Edward Scissorhands, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Beauty and the Beast on social media with the hashtag #sailincinema2017 for your chance to win!

 

Join us at this great event to see why Sail-In Cinema™ is becoming one of the highlights of summer in Toronto.

 

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Taste Toronto at Taste of the Danforth

 

Taste of the Danforth returns to Toronto’s Greek Town for its 24th year, from August 11th to 13th. The festival is a celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage and Toronto’s multicultural population.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s a Toronto tradition that has been satisfying those hungry for family-friendly fun and fabulous food from around the world. As spokesperson for the festival tells us:

 

What keeps people coming back each year is the fact that we offer free family-friendly fun as well as food, food and more food!  The great food remains the same. The low prices for the food in the tasting menus remains the same. The entertainment changes dramatically.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Live Performances

 

There are so many live performances from such a wide array of performers at this year’s festival that it takes three stages to contain them all. The Greek Stage is the place to find the finest Greek singers, dancers and musicians. The Celebrity Stage features music and dance performances from around the world. This year’s Showcase Stage is being programmed by the North-by-Northeast Festival!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

It’s All Greek to Me

 

The ancient Greek tradition of breaking plates after a meal has been banned in Greece since 1969 but you can feel free to smash away at this year’s festival! Experience the simple, stress-relieving pleasure of plate smashing, in partnership with BattleSports’ Rage Room. Festival attendees can also participate in a dart of war Nerf battle with Ares’ Dart Challenge, in honour of the son of Zeus and the God of War.

 

Hollywood on the Danforth

 

Experience the thrills from some Hollywood films. Figure out who done it with the “Murder on the Orient Express” mystery challenge and win tickets to the film! See a professional stunt team on the Celebrity Stage and join them after for a photo!

 

Canada 150

 

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, Taste of the Danforth celebrates Canadian Heroes. Take a virtual reality trip to visit some Canadian Heroes and meet the Heroes of the Future with superstar students who may change the world.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Food, Food & More Food!

 

There is so much to enjoy at Taste of the Danforth. From classic Greek favourites to Thai, Cuban, Indian and more. This is truly a multicultural festival. Best of all you don’t have to narrow your choices, “the model of the festival is to offer sting menus so that people don’t have to choose one vendor over another. They can taste of variety of items from a variety of vendors.” Try a little from here, a little from there. You can taste the world in one place.

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

Contests and Prizes

 

There are also contests and giveaways galore!

 

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

Photo courtesy of Taste of the Danforth

 

There are trips to be won with Newstalk 1010, Metroland, Toronto Star and CP24. At the Festival this year, if people pick up one of our brochures there is a secret code on the back, or they just need to look at the Jumbo Screen next to the Celebrity Stage for the secret code.  All they have to do is go online and answer some questions for a chance to win a Trip for 2 to Portugal.

 

Over the years the Taste of the Danforth has grown and evolved. It is now much more than simply a Greek food festival. As their festival representative puts it:

 

We have changed much like the country, the city and the street to be reflective of Canada’s multicultural mosaic. We still respect the fact that the Festival is in the heart of GreekTown and we have both a Greek stage with continuous performances as well as an “It’s All Greek To Me” experience, which features the ancient tradition of breaking plates as well as an Ares’ God of War experience. While we have many mainstream activities, ranging from a Sports Zone with challenges from the Leafs, the Raptors, the Argos and the Toronto FC, and some amazing Hollywood on the Danforth activations, we also have lots of cultures reflected in the Festival. On our Celebrity Stage you can see everything from the city’s leading Bollywood dancers to the contestants in the Mr. & Miss Asia Toronto pageant. In our “Learn a Little” experience, we’ve got 7 different cultural dance troupes teaching our attendees a fun cultural dance. The list goes on.

 

The Taste of the Danforth has something to offer everyone. It’s truly multicultural festival for a truly multicultural city. It’s time to experience the diverse flavours of your community.

 

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Discover Revitalized Grange Park in Toronto

 

After 15 months of construction, the newly renovated and revitalized Grange Park is now open to the public. This two-hectare green space in the city’s downtown core was originally part of the Grange estate, built in 1820 by the Boulton family. In 1910, the estate was bequeathed to the newly founded Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The museum and the City of Toronto agreed to use the land south of Grange House as a public park. The park was expanded in the mid 1970’s to its present size.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

On July 10th, 2017, Grange Park officially reopened after a stunning transformation, to offer a sustainable, inner city green space for everyone to enjoy.

 

“The revitalized Grange Park is simply spectacular. Full stop. Grange Park is more than a neighbourhood park. It will be a destination for residents from across our city and beyond ” City Councillor Joe Cressy, Trinity-Spadina.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Responding to the vision created by the local community, the award-winning Canadian planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm PFS Studio was brought in to design the project. The ensure lasting beauty for future generations, 80 new trees were planted including horse chestnut, beech and oak. There is also an expanded great lawn and pastoral grove area, an off-leash dog park, perennial beds and a sustainable auto-irrigation system.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Visitors will also appreciate the new park furniture, and LED lighting, new public washrooms and the decorative and interactive water features.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

To help celebrate the history of Grange Park and its location at the AGO, the expanded children’s play area is customized with unique equipment and shapes, including paint palettes, paint cans and crumpled paper, designed to inspire and celebrate creativity.

 

The project was made possible due to the shared vision and partnership of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the local community and the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

“The Grange community will benefit enormously from the revitalization of Grange Park,” said President of the Grange Community Association, Ralph Daley. “This wonderful outcome is due in large part to the dedication and sense of community shown by the residents and institutional representatives on GPAC. Our community thanks you.”

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Check out Northern Passages at Harbourfront Centre!

 

The 2017 summer season at Habourfront Centre is a celebration of Canada’s cultural heritage. Northern Passages (July 21st to 23rd) brings together artists from the 49th parallel and beyond to celebrate the music and culture of the north. Northern Passages is part of Harbourfront’s Sounds of Home series — four distinct weekend festivals that run throughout July at Habourfront Centre.

 

As one of Canada’s leading international centres for contemporary arts and culture, Harbourfront Centre’s waterfront campus will continue to be a meeting place for artists and cultural enthusiasts seeking relevant artistic, cultural, educational, and recreational experiences. Our summer festivals bring together artists from across Canada reminding us of the multitude of voices that create our Sounds of Home.
Marah Braye, Chief Executive Officer, Harbourfront Centre

 

Northern Passages serves as a platform for artists to share their stories through a variety of musical genres and dance — from folk to throat singing. Join the journey of this arctic-bound adventure for 3 magical days this July.

 

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Le Vent du Nord

 

Join Le Vent du Nord on Friday, July 21st from 9:30pm to 11pm. Let this “northern wind” blow your mind with their progressive Québécois folk music revival sound. This award-winning roots band consists of Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano, accordion), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki) and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass, piano, jaw harp). They perform traditional Québec folk  music and original compositions. From rousing songs that focus on political issues and satire, to soft acapella melodies and love stories, there is something for everyone to love.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Sarah MacDougall

 

Yukon-based Sarah MacDougall takes the stage on Saturday, July 22nd from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Sarah is known for her passionate performance presence, unique voice and honest and poetic folk-roots style. Spend the evening with her on the concert stage at Harbourfront centre and experience it for yourself.

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo Credit: Harbourfront Centre

The Jerry Cans

 

It’s hard to describe the unique sound of The Jerry Cans. A blend of Inukitut alt-country mixed with reggae and throat singing. It must be experienced. You can do just that on Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00pm to 10:15pm. The music is infused with the spirit of the contemporary North and the people who call it home. They perform many of their songs in Inukitut, the language they are passionate about preserving as the North and their community of Iqaluit evolve. Come out and feel the energy and don’t miss their interactive, all-ages Inuk language workshop earlier in the day!

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Photo credit: Harbourfront Centre

Iva

 

Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt, known by her stage name Iva, closes out the festival on Sunday July 23rd from 5:45pm to 7:00pm. Iva manages to mix Inuit throat-singing with Celtic-influenced folk music and poetry. How does she do it? Beautifully.

 

Arctic After Party

 

If you want the party to continue after the free shows on Saturday, get your tickets for the Arctic After Party and experience the electric, after-hours energy of the North. Featuring performances by Juno-nominated Silla + Rise, who mix throat singing with dance floor beats and DJ Classic Roots. The Thunder Bay native brings his original sound by blending electronica with First Nations songs.

 

Don’t miss Northern Passages and the Sounds of Home series at Harbourfront Centre. The words of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, sum up the experience well:

 

We have a unique opportunity to celebrate our country’s linguistic, cultural and regional diversity. I invite Torontonians and visitors to join family and friends and celebrate in this cosmopolitan city that is open to the world. Let’s all make 2017 a year to remember!

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