This Tuesday is Canada Day and there are SO many reasons why it’s going to be great: Celebrating our amazing country? Yes. Getting the day off work? Yes. Checking out events around the city? Yes. The combination of all those things means you’re bound to have the best time this year and that being said, why not start the festivities the night before with an epic fireworks show down at the Harbourfront? Last year they had their first Canada Eve Fireworks celebration and it was a complete success! Starting around 10:30pm on Monday night, a 20-minute long show of fireworks will be set off from two barges out on the water and trust us, it will knock your socks off.
On July 1, one of the biggest events of the day (in Toronto) is happening really close to us! The Multicultural Canada Day event will be taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square this year, in celebration of the diverse communities that are found in and around our city. The all-day event is free and promises a great time to people of any age. Presented by the Community Folk Art Council of Toronto, this is the 8th year Multicultural Canada Day has been held in Toronto and it’s been recognized for showing off just how diverse our city is. Olivia Chow, one of Toronto’s Mayoral Candidates, will be kicking off the event and this will lead into the singing of our national anthem. From there the entertainment begins for the day with a special performance by the Red Spirit Dancers! You’ll be in for a treat, as this group has performed at huge events such as the 2006 World AIDS Conference and the 2002 World Youth Day – both in Toronto. This year the countries that are being celebrated include Canada, Canada-First Nations, Mexico, China, Ghana, Thailand, Ethiopia, and more. The traditions from each country will be highlighted through dance, craft, food, music and art, giving you a little taste of their part of the world. Stick around for the DeVah Quartet and SHAWNEE, as they both perform right in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square starting at 7pm.
So make the most of your Canada Day this year and head to Yonge-Dundas Square for some entertainment, and maybe go for a mid-day drink at one of these great patios in the area while you’re at it.
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