Canada Day Weekend Celebrations!
Summer is coming (finally!) and with it the most anticipated celebration of the Canadian Calendar. We are lucky this year it lands on a Monday. Canada Day is coming and like everybody for the week; you will be looking for something to do, to have fun, to meet with family and friends. A one of a kind event that will embody that special day.
Below you will find a short list of what is happening in Toronto for this celebratory weekend. But first a little bit of history (to share knowledge at the family barbecue or on a patio with friends)
Did you know that Canada Day used to be called Dominion Day? (As Canada was a part of the British Commonwealth)
It’s also the anniversary of the Constitution Act (1867) which stated the junction of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province (Ontario and Quebec) in one and a whole country.
The first official celebration was held in 1917 to honor Canada’s 50th birthday. (This years’ is the 146th!) But the holiday was made official in 1982, the same year that the Canada Act was passed and the link with the United Kingdom was broken.
Canada Day also marks a number of breakthroughs and significant events:
- The first national radio connection by the Canadian National Railway in 1927.
- The first cross-country broadcasted in 1958 by the CBC.
- The first color television transmission in Canada in 1966.
- “O Canada” made the official national anthem in 1980.
Nowadays the event is most likely celebrated with parades, fireworks, carnivals, outdoor concerts & activities, and festivals. It’s also a time for Canadian to play sports, spend time at the beach and celebrate around the barbecue. (Source: http://www.canada-day.ca/)
For this long weekend the Harbourfront Centre showcases outdoor activities such as concerts (WestJet Stage, Redpath Stage and Canada Stage), dance events, Canada Day-themed food, fun crafts and games for the whole family to enjoy & the official opening of the new Canada Square
Not to forget FIREWORKS!! The celebration fireworks will be set June 30th around 10:30pm.
Tips: Best view of the fireworks would be the Harbourfront boardwalk, The island or even on the lake.
For more information about the celebration and the activities visit harbourfrontcentre.com
2. Digital Dreams Music Festival, June 29th & 30th
Electronic Nation Canada presents Digital Dreams Music Festival 2013 in association with Live Nation, Uniq Lifestyle, Capture, Destiny and Balance
To get tickets and information visit: http://digitaldreamsfest.ca/Enjoy a 2 day concert, 90 DJs on 4 stages on Toronto’s East Island (909 Lakeshore Blvd West). An amazing line-up from Bob Sinclar to Luciano.
3. Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square, produced by The City of Toronto. (Presented by Timothy’s) July 1st.
Enjoy a long weekend of celebration with live music, dance performances, children’s crafts and fireworks.
|5:00 – 8:00 pm||Pop up music performances and kids crafts – The Garden Court|
|5:00, 6:00 & 7:00 pm||Under the Big Top by Zero Gravity Circus – The Garden Court|
|5:30 & 6:30 pm||Lisa Odjig – Hoop Dancer – Main Stage Dance|
|6:00 & 7:00 pm||Northbuck Krumping – Main Stage Dance|
|8:00 pm||She King – Main Stage Concert|
|9:15 pm||Derek Miller Band – Main Stage Concert|
|10:15 pm||FIREWORKS FINALE|
Mel Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge St.
For more information: http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/canada/2013/index.htm
4. Amesbury Park Canada Day celebration, July 1st.
Come down and participate at the 30th Annual Amesbury Park Canada Day Celebration.
This event promises to be filled with a mix of multicultural entertainment, kid’s activities, vendor stations & more
|10:00 – 5:00||Tea room|
|11:00AM – 12:00PM||Celebrity Pancake Brunch|
|11:00AM – 7:00PM||Children’s Activities (Games & Rides)|
|12:00PM||Amesbury Sports Club All-Star Softball Tourney|
|1:00PM||Opening Ceremonies at Main Stage|
|2:00PM – 5:00PM||Live Entertainment:|
|2:00PM||* Young Singer Extraordinary NATALIE CASTRO DIAZ
* Dance Demo by TORONTO NORTH SOCIAL DANCE STUDIO
* Bodybuilding Demo by Mr. Natural Universe WINSTON JOHNSON
* Boxing Demo by World Champion NATALIE “SUGAR” BROWN
|5:00 PM||* RACHEL JEANS (Open Mic Canada Regional Winner)|
|6:00 PM||* FEATURE BAND (from Open Mic Canada Winner)|
|* FEATURE SINGER (from Open Mic Canada Winner)|
|7:00PM||PM DJ LUIGI AND FRIENDS|
|8:00 PM||PM VITTORIA and THE EXCALIBUR BAND|
|9:45 PM||FIREWORKS DISPLAY|
The Amesbury Park is located at 1507 Laurence Ave West
More information visit: http://www.amesburycanadaday.ca/
5. Canada Day at Queen’s Park, July 1st by The Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Rendez-vous at the lawns of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park for a celebration day featuring entertainment & activities. Including music, dance and children’s shows, and a taste of Ontario’s locally grown foods. Come down to celebrate from 12 noon to 5pm.
The event will provide fun for the whole family from the Main stage to the ground and not to forget the dance stage and kid’s activities.
For more details on the schedule and the overall celebration go to http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/citizenship/honours/canadaday.shtml
6. Open Roof festival 2013, June 20th to August 22th
Open Roof Festival is a not for profit, outdoor music and film festival, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. It offers live music followed by a film screening at sundown every Thursday on from 7:30 pm. $15 (opening night $25).
Location: Moonview Lot next to Corus Quay, 175 Queens Quay E (in case of rain the screening will be moved to Studio1), openrooffestival.com.
Canada Day Week end: Thursday June, 27th
– Movie: The secret Disco Revolution by Jamie Kastnerhttp://openrooffestival.com/the-secret-disco-revolution/
– Music: Michael Rault http://openrooffestival.com/michael-rault/
– Food: MANGO PINTON + ANIMAL LIBERATION http://openrooffestival.com/2013-festival/the-food/
For more information visit: http://openrooffestival.com/2013-festival/
7. Pride Week – Superqueer!, June 21st – 30th
It is also Canada’s premiere arts and cultural festival. For 10 days the world largest street festival will include lots of activities such as Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans Pride, Family Pride, Clean, Sober & Proud Place and more.
Pride Toronto celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities.
For more information and schedule visit: http://www.pridetoronto.com/