Torontonians have a variety of entertainment choices on Canada Day|
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Economic Development, Culture and Tourism --- Toronto residents and visitors
can choose from a wide array of events organized this long weekend to celebrate
Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, 2003:
· 20th Annual Amesbury Canada Day event, Amesbury Park (Lawrence Avenue West,
west of Keele Street) Noon to 10 p.m. Opening ceremony: 1 .p.m. Barbecue and
Bavarian Gardens, music and entertainment, marketplace, children's activities,
spectacular fireworks, rain or shine. For more information, contact
416-395-6102. Admission is free.
· Old Style Community Picnic, Broadlands Community Centre and Park, 19
Castlegrove Blvd., (Underhill Drive and Lawrence Avenue East) 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Face-painting, games, clown entertainment, folk singing and hotdogs. For more
information,contact 416-395-6665. Admission is free.
· Canada Day at Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St., between Finch and Sheppard
Avenues, Noon to 5 p.m. Tour the Discovery Gallery, a hands-on activity area of
the museum. Enjoy the 19th-century games of sack races and hoop and stick, play
on the lawn (weather permitting). Sample authentic food from the historic
kitchen and tour Gibson House with a costumed guide. For more information,
contact 416-395-7432. Admission is free.
· Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St. 7 p.m.: Nine-year-old Aria Tesalin sings O
Canada. 7:05 p.m.: Enter the Haggis, an explosive Celtic-rock quintet. 8 p.m.:
The Irish Descendants, traditional artists. 9:15 p.m.: Ashley MacIsaac. 10:15
p.m.: Pyrotechnics display. For more information, contact 416-338-0338.
Admission is free.
· Ashbridges Bay Canada Day Celebrations (Lake Shore Boulevard East, at the
foot of Coxwell Avenue), 7 p.m. Toronto Parks and Recreation Division, The
BoardWalk BBQ Pub and The Toronto Beaches Lions will host a Canada Day evening
of family fun, featuring entertainment, carnival rides, games, and
refreshments. Councillor Sandra Bussin (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) will be on
site to share in the festivities. A spectacular fireworks display by StarLite
Pyrotechnics Ltd. at 10 p.m. will round out the celebrations. Ashbridges Bay
Park is easily accessible by public transit. Transit 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. Admission is free.
· East York's 47th Annual Canada Day Parade and Celebration. Parade motorcade
starts at 9:30 a.m. at Danforth and Broadview Avenues, travels east to Pape
Avenue, then north on Pape Avenue to Cosburn Avenue, east on Cosburn Avenue to
the East York Civic Centre (850 Coxwell Ave.), and then to Stan Wadlow Park
(Cosburn and Cedarvale Avenues). Over 45 bands, marching units, floats, classic
antique cars, flag parties and more will take part. The event features three
large tents filled with exhibits from local clubs, street displays, an
amusement midway, ongoing entertainment from noon, the Doggie Olympics, a
farmers' market, Winged Wheels (a motorcycle show performed by members of
Toronto Police Services) and skateboarding, until the grand fireworks display
at 10 p.m. For more information, visit http://members.rogers.com/eycanadaday Admission is free.
· Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. (Queen and Bay Streets). Noon:
Release of 136 white doves celebrating 136 years as a nation and 4,000 cup
cakes decorated as a giant Canadian Flag. 12:15 p.m.: Sharon Riley and Faith
Chorale, gospel music. 1 p.m.: Marrón Matizado, all-star salsa and assorted
crafts activities. For more information contact, 416-338-0338. Admission is
· 10th Annual Neighbours Together on Canada Day and Environmental Day Festival
in Riverdale Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multicultural entertainment; Lion Dance,
children's activities, food, birthday cake, displays by community groups and
environmental paraphernalia. Broadview Avenue, north of Gerrard Street East.
For more information, contact 416-392-4058. Admission is free.
· St. Paul's Sixth Annual Canada Day Picnic, Wells Hill Park (St Clair Avenue
West, east of Bathurst Street) Noon to 3 p.m. Hosted by Carolyn Bennett, Member
of Parliament for St. Paul's. The day begins with a smudge ceremony of welcome,
cleansing and a peace pipe ceremony, performed by elders from Na Me Res.
Visitors can take part in face-painting, a dance contest, acquire temporary
henna tattoos, enjoy free hotdogs and drinks, view a karate demonstration and
pick up a balloon animal. For more information, contact 416-952-3990.
Admission is free (with donation to a food bank).
· Country 95.3 Canada Day Jam, Sunnyside Western Beaches (Lake Shore Boulevard
West and Parkside Drive), Noon to 9 p.m. Live bands, arts and crafts, pony
rides, amusement rides, face-painting, and fireworks at Ontario Place. For more
information, contact 416-392-7919. Admission is free.
· Queen East Canada Day, Jimmie Simpson Park, 870 Queen St. E. (west of Logan
Avenue), 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. Opening ceremony: noon. Live entertainment for all
ages, dancers, food court, beer and wine garden, artisans' market, Queen East
Fine Art Fair, Kids' Village with jumping castle, carnival games and pony rides
and the always popular Mutt Fest. Rain or shine. For more information, contact
416-463-5428 or visit www.queeneastcanadaday.caAdmission is free.
· Canada Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67 Pottery
Rd., (between Broadview and Bayview Avenues), Noon to 5 p.m. Historic houses
are open for tours. Sample an authentic 1830s juice beverage, play a Victorian
game of croquet and try walking on stilts. Learn to create a red-and-white
pinwheel and see how ice cream was made. Admission: adults, $3.50, students and
seniors, $2.75, Children, 6 to 12 years, $1.50, Children, 5 years and under are
free. For more information contact, 416-396-2819.
· Canada Day Celebrations at Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd., (Strachan
Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West), 10 a.m. to 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. Admission: adults: $5; youth and
seniors: $3.25; Children: $3; Children, 5 years and under: free. For more
information contact, 416-392-6907.
· Scarborough's 36th Annual Canada Day Celebration, Thomson Park (Brimley Road,
north of Lawrence Avenue East). 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free pancake breakfast, free
hotdogs, live entertainment including the Sons of Beaches, Panmasters Steel
Orchestra, Jacqueline John, the St. James Town Youth Centre Steel Orchestra,
Cindy Cook from Polka Dot Door, High Strung Aerial Dance Performances, carnival
games, inflatables, mini putt, arts and crafts show, Heart Hike and more. For
more information contact, 416-396-7757. Admission is free.
· 36th Annual Canada Day Parade begins at Scarborough Civic Centre (150 Borough
Dr.), proceeds south on Brimley Road, ending at Lawrence Avenue East at 6 p.m.
Parade includes marching bands, drum and bugle corps, antique cars, clowns,
marching bands and floats. For more information, contact 416-396-7757.
Admission is free.
· Scarborough Historical Museum, Fund-raising barbecue and Strawberry Social,
1007 Brimley Rd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A full day of 18th century entertainment
awaits visitors. Play croquet or horseshoes, create period take-home crafts,
sample jams, lavender cookies and Earnscliff Coconut Cake from an 1891 recipe
-- all served by costumed historical interpreters. For more information,
contact 416-338-8807. Admission is "pay-what-you-can".
· Milliken Park (Steeles Avenue East and McCowan Road) 10 p.m. Fireworks
display. For more information, contact 416-396-7757. Admission is free.
· TorontoRibfest/Canada Day at Centennial Park (Renforth Dr. and Rathburn Rd.)
today until 11 p.m., Saturday June 28, Sunday June 29, Monday June 30, and
Tuesday, July 1, 11 a.m. to11 p.m. Barbecue ribs cook-off (Canada vs. the
United States). Live bands including Downchild Blues Band, Big Machine, Mr.
Disco, Pleasing Mary, Armadillos and Souvenirs. Free fireworks Tuesday, July 1,
10 p.m. For more information, visit: www.torontoribfest.com Admission is free.
· Montgomery's Inn Museum's Canada Day Celebrations, 4709 Dundas St. W. (at
Islington Avenue), 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tour the museum and witness the launch of the
Etobicoke tartan, a community arts project. Enjoy traditional, home-baked
strawberry shortcake and tea ($5). For more information, contact 416-394-8113.
Admission to museum is free.
· Canada Day Celebration at Weston Lions Park, (Weston Road and Lawrence Avenue
West). Noon to 10 p.m. Official opening of the water play area at 1 p.m. Free
children's games and activities. Free entertainment on two stages featuring
singers, dancers, a talent contest and rhythmic drumming workshop. Special
features include food, arts and crafts, a firefighter calendar boys autograph
session and fireworks. For more information contact 416-762-3465, or visit www.yorklionssteelband.com Admission is free.
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