Canada Day Toronto 2010

Canada Day 2010 in Toronto

CANADA DAY | Fireworks
To see some fireworks tonight you won't have to go further than your own backyard, into which your idiot neighbour will probably be lobbing roman candles all night after downing a few cold ones. But if you're looking for something a little more professional there are a handful of venues hosting pyrotechnics. Ashbridges Bay holds it down in the East End at 9:30 pm, while Downsview Park lights up half an hour later at 10 pm. Further north Canada's Wonderland will put on a show at 10 pm but to see it you'll either have to pull over on the 400 or pay the $45 park admission fee. The biggest display will explode at Ontario Place at 10:30 pm, and will be visible from anywhere on the western lakefront.

RALLY | Rally for Public Inquiry Concerning the Actions at the G20
In the wake of the disturbing and increasingly confusing events of this past weekends, many Canadians will see it as their national duty to attend this rally at Queen's Park to demand an inquest into what exactly happened during the G20. From people flinging feces on Yonge Street, cop cars burning in the street, mass detentions, and now the bizarre news that officials lied about what the laws governing protests were, the only thing that's clear is that a lot of people were acting in ways we'd like to consider at odds with Canadian values. Torontonians feel so strongly about this issue that thousands will give up prime drinking time to voice their opinion today. Remember, if you feel your patriotism swelling during the rally tonight, you might want to refrain from belting out Oh Canada. The cops don't seem to like it.
Queen's Park, 5:30 pm

FESTIVAL | Canada Day at Harbourfront
With the fleet of tall ships in town and fireworks visible from the lakefront, Harbourfront definitely has the most going on this Canada Day. Throughout the day programming for all ages celebrates the different facets of Canadian culture, with screenings of the best in Canadian short films, kid-friendly activities like craftmaking, free canoe rides, and red and white hair painting, and a display of diablo juggling by Quebec master Veronique Provencher. If you like your burritos with a dash of maple syrup check out the samples of foreign cuisines prepared with a Canadian twist, or witness the birth of new Canadians at a citizenship swearing-in ceremony. Concerts will be happening all afternoon, culminating with a set by Toronto alt-country garage rockers the Sadies at 9:30 pm. In the spirit of Canadian generosity, it's all free.
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West, 12 pm - 11 pm

PARTY | Hoser House Party
All the cool kids will be wasting the day away at 107 Shaw's epic house party. A rotating cast of DJs not usually heard from this side of 10 pm will be spinning tunes all day, including Chris Swims of Teen Anger, Patrick McGuire, Little Girls' Josh McIntyre, and filmmaker/indie impersario Scott Cudmore. Nothing says Canada like drinking beer and eating burgers in the backyard, so you might as well do it with a few hundred local hosers.
107 Shaw Gallery, 107 Shaw, 3 pm onwards

FESTIVAL | Casa Loma Renaissance Festival
This is the only festival happening today that actually celebrates a time when Canada didn't exist, but Casa Loma's Renaissance Festival is so cool it can be forgiven. The Renfest one-ups Medieval Times with four days of extravagant costumes, live sword duels, wandering minstrels, war horse displays, a Viking encampment, a real life falconer, and archery demonstrations. If you want the full authentic experience, don your bodkin and jerkin and join the Village performers as they play out the intrigue of the court of Henry VIII. Go ahead, get nerdy. Runs til Sunday.
Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Adults $20.55, Youth 14 - 17 $14.64, Children 4 - 13 $11.32, 9:30 am - 5 pm daily

PARTY | Cocksucker Blues
A new gay party hits Toronto's hottest venue tonight. Avoid the Pride tourists on Church Street and cram yourself into the basement at Parts and Labour for a night of rock, punk, glam, and public lust. This jam's named after the infamous Rolling Stones doc that's so filled with scenes of sex and drugs it's banned from being shown unless the director himself is in the room. Can't promise that we'll reach that level of debauchery tonight, but we'll definitely go down trying.
The Shop at Parts and Labour, 1566 Queen Street West, $5, 10 pm

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