Canada Day Weekend events in Toronto 2013
Canada Day weekend events in Toronto is our guide to events happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Toronto.
Canada Eve Fireworks
Nothing says celebrating the enactment of the Canadian constitution the way fiery explosions over Lake Ontario does so head down to Harbourfront Centre this Sunday night to watch the show. The evening will include music and activities around the Harbourfront before and during the fireworks spectacular. Stick around by the lake afterward for a view of the show at Ashbridges Bay from a distance. Not satisfied with these options for Canada Day fireworks?
Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), June 30, 2013, 10:30PM Free
Check out our roundup of Canada Fireworks for more where these came from.
Yonge Street is getting loud and proud for the final weekend of Pride Week culminating with the Pride Parade. The 33rd annual parade themed "Superqueer" this year, will follow the Saturday's Dyke March, getting underway at 2PM on Sunday. Beginning at Church and Bloor, the parade will cut across Bloor to march down Yonge Street and ending on Dundas East. Supporters are invited to join in the festivities â and it's always fun â but if you don't have anything nice to say, then GTFO.
Church Street & Bloor Street, June 30, 2013, 2PM Free
For a roundup of additional Pride activities, check out our 10 must-attend events at Pride 2013 and What's new for Pride Toronto 2013? For a parade survival guide, check out our rundown of the big events this weekend.
This weekend is the last of the month, which means the day belongs to pedestrians. Kensington Market opens its streets to those on foot for one day each month and this Sunday is that day. Troubadours, painters, artisans and retailers will spill onto the streets for the day, experimenting with their projects openly and offering entertainment for free. Swing by the market to roam the crowds and enjoy Toronto's most eccentric neighbourhood before it's too late.
Kensington Market (Augusta Avenue), June 30, 2013, 12PM free
Taste of Asia
150 vendors selling Filipino, Afghan, Indian, Korean, Chinese and Japanese foods will be set up in stalls at Kennedy and Steeles this Saturday and Sunday for Taste of Asia. The annual multicultural event presented by Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario (APMO) and the Town of Markham will have traffic blocked off so that attendees can roam freely from the bibimbap eating contests to the K-pop performances to the Philippine Village. The event is free with endless amounts of food and performances to last throughout the day. Come early or stay late--the event goes until midnight.
Kennedy Road & Steeles Avenue, June 29-30, 2013, 12PM Free
Toronto Ribfest 2013
Is there anything better to meat-eaters than slow-cooked pork? Doubtful. Along with the Southern style eats, Ribfest brings a certain kitschy pomp with it to Centennial Park, where barbecue experts will gather in an effort to impress the rib eating masses. It gets busy, so if you want to avoid lineups, get there early.
Centennial Park, June 28 - July 1
For more food listings, check out our Toronto Food Events post.
Yoga In The Park
With several activities happening in the park throughout the Canada Day long weekend, this one tops our list. Treat yourself to a relaxing yoga session in Trinity Bellwoods by attending a yoga class in the park this Sunday morning. Taking place bright and early at 10AM, the class is completely free courtesy of Lululemon Athletica. Get your asanas outside and head to the park for the morning!
Trinity Bellwoods Park (155 Crawford Street), June 30, 2013, 10AM Free
Pop-Up Shop "Show Your Roots"
1 LOVE T.O. collaborates with Roots Canada on the release of a special edition Canadian flag t-shirt, out just in time for Canada Day. Hosting a one-day pop-up shop at Roots on Bloor West this Saturday, the team behind 1 LOVE T.O. will be on site offering special discounts and limited edition clothing. Show your Canadian roots by supporting the small clothing company in their first major collaborative pop-up and pick up a shirt for July 1st.
Roots (100 Bloor Street West), June 29, 2013, 12PM Free
For more fashion listings, check out our This Week in Fashion post.
Regent Park Film Festival
Regent Park Film Festival and the Toronto Black Film Festival join together for the first ever outdoor screening of the Regent Park Under The Stars screening series. Taking place in the back courtyard of the new Daniels Spectrum, this Saturday night's screening will be of Rolie Nikiwe's Inside Story, the tale of a young man in Kenya who has been exposed to heartache and ailment and everything that is happening beneath his skin, bones, and muscles. Arrive 15 minutes early to the screening to claim your seat and grab some free popcorn. The screening begins at 9PM sharp.
Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street West), June 29, 2013, 9PM Free
2nd Annual Toronto Beaches Film Festival
Wondering what's happening in the east end this week? The 2nd annual Toronto Beaches Film Festival is the main event with screenings all day Saturday and Sunday at the historic Fox Theatre. This year, all of the programming fits the beach, shark and outdoor adventure theme with films like Scars, Summer of the Sharks and Only Child being shown. Grab tickets online through the festival website to support this emerging community festival.
Historic Fox Theatre (2236 Queen Street East), June 28-29, 2013, $12
For more film listings, check out our This Week in Film post.
Barns Art Market
Saturday marks the return of the Barns Art Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns, where vendors will sell handmade or high quality jewellery, paintings, prints, ceramics and clothing for reasonable prices. Meet local artists and buy one-of-a-kind works or stop by the farmers' market for fresh produce and learn about local farming. In addition to the market, Wychwood's regular programming will continue for the weekend so the barns will be bustling with activity. Swing by and you'll find something you fancy.
Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), June 29, 2013, 9AM Free
Fans of EDM were devastated this year when WEMF, Canada's biggest electronic music fest, was abruptly cancelled. While Digital Dreams is nowhere near the size of WEMF, it still promises to be a decent showcase of talent. The lineup includes such names as Tiesto, Datsik, Porter Robinson, Dillon Francis, Excision, Ed Rush & Optical, Noisia, Doctor P, Hydee, and a ton more. Those last five are worth the price of the ticket alone.
Molson Canadian Ampitheatre, June 29 & 30. $152, 19+
Photo from last year's Pride Parade
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