Toronto Celebrates Canada Day 2007|
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Toronto residents and visitors have a wide assortment of events to select from that are organized this long weekend to celebrate Canada Day, Sunday, July 1, 2007. Revel in parades, musical entertainment, great food, several market places and spectacular fireworks displays all geared to celebrate Canada’s birthday.
In North York district the following events are scheduled:
- Canada Day at Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge Street (between Finch and Sheppard)
Noon-5 p.m. Tour the Discovery Gallery, a hands-on activity area of the museum. Enjoy the 19th century games on the lawn (weather permitting). Sample authentic food from the historic kitchen and tour Gibson House with a costumed guide (last tour of the day leaves at 4:30 pm). For more information contact 416-395-7432 or visit www.toronto.ca/culture/gibson_house.htm. Admission is free.
- Old Style Community Picnic, Broadlands CC and Park, 19 Castlegrove Blvd., (Underhill Dr. and Lawrence Ave. E.)
1:30-4 p.m. Face Painting, games, clown entertainment, folk singing and hotdogs. For more information contact 416-395-7966. Admission is free.
- Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street
8-10:15 pm. Musical entertainment provided by: 8 pm Royal Wood; 9:15 pm Roz Bell; 10:15 pm - Pyrotechnics Display. For more information contact 416-338-0338. Admission is free.
- Peanut Town Festival, Oriole Community Centre, 2975 Don Mills Road (south of Peanut Plaza)
11 am to 4 pm. Councillor Shelley Carroll hosts the Canada Day festivities. Free BBQ at 12:30 pm. Farmers Market and children’s games and activities. Great family fun! For more information call 416-392-4038 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Toronto/East York district the following events are scheduled:
- Ashbridges Bay Canada Day Celebrations (Lakeshore Blvd. East, at the foot of Coxwell Ave.
9:45 pm. A spectacular fireworks display. Ashbridges Bay Park is easily accessible by public transit. TTC service is available between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A) routes. The public is strongly urged to use public transit and leave personal vehicles at home. A special viewing area has been set aside for people with disabilities and their families. (Space is limited). Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from setting off fireworks in the park. Admission is free.
- East York’s 50th Annual Canada Day Parade and Celebration.
9 am. Parade motorcade starts at 9 am at Danforth and Broadview, east to Pape Avenue, north on Pape Avenue to Cosburn Avenue, east on Cosburn to Dieppe Park (10:15 am) and then to East York Civic Centre (10:30 am) reviewing stand on Woodbine Avenue (11:30 am) and then to Stan Wadlow Park (Cosburn Ave. and Cedarvale Ave.) Over 45 bands, marching units, floats, classic antique cars, flag parties and more!
Park opens at 11:30 am. There will be three large tents filled with local clubs, street displays and an amusement midway. Opening Ceremonies at 12 noon followed by ongoing entertainment on stage including Children’s Peace Theatre, East York Concert Band, multi-cultural groups and Winged Wheels (motorcycle show performed by Toronto Police Services)-complete details for afternoon and evening entertainment at the stage.
Skateboard Park open to the public 12-9:30 pm. Recreational Swimming at the Kiwanis Pool 12-7:45 pm. ‘Share the Memories- East York Canada Day 50th Anniversary’ for Older Adults- albums, photographs and memorabilia with tea, coffee and cake in the air conditioned lounge at Stan Wadlow Clubhouse run by the Stan Wadlow Seniors Action Centre and Kiwanis Club (11 am-3 pm). Grand fireworks display at 10 pm. Admission is free.
- Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen Street East (between Waverley Road and Lee Avenue).
10 am-7 pm – Bandshell and surrounding area: Teen Idol singing competition, small carnival with inflatable jumping areas (no mechanical rides). Presented by the Beaches Lions Club. For more information call 416-392-1981.
- Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. (Queen St. and Bay St.)
TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival: Free Concert 1-3 pm – ‘From Ragtime to Swing’ and Free Concert 4-6 pm – ‘Ashley Wey and Warriors for Peace’ with Baby Boyz - Urban Dance Troup. Also starting at 3:30pm: ‘Groove and Graffiti’ where invited high school students create a canvas with aerosol art with two of the city’s leading aerosol artists – Elicser and Mediah. Evening Concert: 8 pm – ‘Mavis Staples’, tickets are $35 available at Ticketmaster. For more information visit www.torontojazz.com
- Neighbours Together on Canada Day from (12-4pm) and Environmental Day from (11-2) Festival in Riverdale Park
Multicultural entertainment; Lion Dance, children’s activities, food, birthday cake, displays by community groups and environmental paraphernalia. For more information contact 416-392-4060. or by email Councillor_Fletcher@toronto.ca Admission is free.
- St. James Park, Jarvis and King Streets
12:30-4 pm. Multicultural entertainment featuring a Dragon Dance, an Irish Dance troupe, a string quartet and fashion show. Face painting, button making, cupcake decorating, jumping castle, free hotdogs and drinks for children. For more information call 416-392-1347. Admission is free.
- St. Pauls’ Canada Day Picnic, Wells Hill Park (St. Clair Ave. W and Bathurst St.)
12-2 pm. Hosted by Carolyn Bennett, MP St. Paul’s. BBQ with free hot dogs and drinks, live music. Join your MP Carolyn Bennett in the park. For more information visit www.carolynbennettmp.ca or call 416-952-3990.
- Canada Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery Road (between Broadview Ave. and the Bayview Extention)
Noon-4 p.m. Historic houses are open for tours. Sample Victorian treats and home-made ice cream prepared in our historic kitchens. Children can play with 19th-century toys and create their own special take-home craft. Visit the Don Train Station and meet members of the Toronto Railway Historic Association. Adults $3.50, Students and Seniors $2.25, Children 6-12 yrs. $1.50, Children 5 yrs. and under are free. For more information contact 416-396-2819.
- Canada Day Celebrations at Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Road, (Strachan Ave and Lakeshore Rd.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Canada Day marks the first of the summer guard demonstrations of musket and cannon firing. Sample Georgian cooking from the historic kitchen, hear authentic fife and drum music and partake in the 1812 kids’ military drill. Adults $6, Youth and seniors $3.25, Children $3, Children 5 yrs. and under free. For more information contact 416-392-6907.
In Scarborough District the following events are scheduled:
- Scarborough’s 40th Annual Canada Day Celebration, Thomson Park (Brimley Road, north of Lawrence)
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free pancake breakfast, skateboarding, giant boxing, youth talent, gladiators, DJ and live entertainment including the Sons of Beaches, The Fab Four, Go Freddie Go and The Blackboard Blues Band. Enjoy buskers, jumping castles, face painting, pony rides, kids craft area, crafts show and sale, Seniors vs Politicians slo-pitch challenge, Scarborough Tennis Federation/Ontario Tennis Association demos and more. Help paint a community mural to celebrate Scarborough’s Canada Day 40th Anniversary. Fore more information contact 416-396-4057. Admission is free.
- 40th Annual Canada Day Parade from the Scarborough Civic Centre, south on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Ave. E.
5 pm. Parade features Marching bands, Drum & Bugle Corps, Miss Toronto, antique cars, clowns and a wide variety of floats. For more information contact 416-396-4057. Admission is free.
- Scarborough Historical Museum, 1007 Brimley Road
10 a.m.-5 p.m. A full day of 19th century activity awaits visitors. Sample hearth baking, play croquet, and take advantage of fundraising sales including peameal bacon on a bun and fresh strawberries with ice cream. Pie eating contest at 2 pm. For more information contact 416-338-8807. Admission is Pay-as-you-can.
- Milliken Park Fireworks display. (Steeles Road and McCowan Road)
10 p.m. (Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from setting off fireworks in the park).For more information contact 416-396-4057. Admission is free.
In Etobicoke/York district the following events are scheduled:
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- 24th Annual Amesbury Canada Day event, Amesbury Park (Lawrence Ave. W., west of Keele St.)
9 am-10:30 pm. Opening Ceremony 1 pm. BBQ, music and entertainment, marketplace, children's activities, spectacular fireworks rain or shine. For more information visit www.amesburycanadaday.ca/. Admission is free.
- TorontoRibfest/Canada Day at Centennial Park (Renforth Dr. and Rathburn Rd.)
Friday, June 29, Saturday June 30 and Monday July 2, 11 am-11 p.m. On Canada Day, Sunday July 1, 11:30 am, start the day off with the Official CIC Citizenship Ceremony. Free Airbrush Face Painting by Hands-On Entertainment (12-4 pm) and enjoy George Linton-Musical Clown and banjo player (12-5 pm). Live bands featured include: Slime Dogs, Phoenix, Mr. Disco, New Hollywood and Skip Tracer. Free Fireworks on Sunday, July 1 at 10:05 p.m. For more information visit www.torontoribfest.com Admission is free.
- Earlscourt Park, 1369 St. Clair Avenue West (at Caledonia)
12 noon to 3 pm. Councillor Palacio cohosts with Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Free BBQ, children’s activities and entertainment. For more information call 416-392-7011.
- Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park (Weston Rd and Lawrence Ave. W.)
3-10 pm. Festivities are hosted by Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) and Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Free entertainment featuring David Leask – Celtic and Folk Singer; the Jazz stylings of Simon Maxwell; Caribbean Folk Performers and R&B sounds of Danny B. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, Canada Day Cake, Caribbean food and Grampa Ken’s back bacon on a bun. Fireworks at 10 pm. For more information contact 416-392-4093.
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726