Simcoe Day Toronto

Simcoe Day holiday Monday events in Toronto 2013

Simcoe Day (Civic Holiday) Monday events in Toronto on August 5th, 2013

CULTURE | Simcoe Day at Fort York
On Simcoe Day, nothing could be more appropriate that taking in some Canadian history, and perhaps learning a bit more about Upper Canada's first lieutenant-governor, John Graves Simcoe. The guy did found the town of York in 1793, after all, right? Today, Fort York will be the place to be for this kind of historic time travel and tidbits, with tours, exhibits, fife and drum music of the period, and even some musket and canon firing demos. There will also be period cooking demonstrations in the Fort York kitchen, and recreations of military tactical manoeuvres with the Fort York guard. The Honourable David C. Onley will officially celebrate Simcoe Day and its namesake from 1 to 2pm. Today's event runs until 5pm.
Fort York National Historic Site (250 Fort York Boulevard) 10AM

MUSIC | Electric Island
Lovers of electronic music (or awesome outdoor music fests in general), will be flocking to Centre Island today for the return of Electric Island. This fully licensed concert and picnic event will deliver a great lineup of local and international musical talent performing for over eight hours today. Today's lineup includes: Green Velvet, Hot Since 82, Soul Clap, Dirty Dale, Poupon, and Koki. The Centre Island Ferry travels every 30 minutes to the Island, and boards near the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.
Centre Island (9 Queens Quay West - ferry boarding) 1PM to 10PM $22.50

ART | Public Art Tour at Evergreen Brick Works
No.9: Con足temporary Art & the Environment hosts a special "Art Tour" this afternoon at Evergreen Brick Works. No.9 is an organization devoted to exploring the relationship between art and environmental issues, and is headed by Andrew Davies, the "design strategy" consultant for Evergreen Brick Works and an individual with an impressive background in the Arts, including having worked for the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Today's tour will give you a well rounded perspective on both the Brick Works venue itself, which has strong ties to the TO cultural community, and the artwork it hosts, which is made of both permanent and temporary installations.
Evergreen Brick Works, Young Welcome Centre, Building 12 (550 Bayview Avenue) 1.20PM

MUSIC | Jambana Festival
Jambana has been an end-of-Caribana-weekend celebration for the last 5 years, and this year promises to be another good one. Music, food and good vibes are the name of the game here, with extras thrown in, like info sessions at the fest's Health Village, a domino tournament, and more. The music is the main attraction, of course, and today's lineup is indeed attractive, with Yellowman, Melanie Durrant, Ammoye, St James Town Steel Band, Nkrumah, Steele, and others providing awesome Roots and Reggae sounds. Jambana is scheduled to go until 9:30PM this evening.
Markham Fair Grounds 12PM $10 (VIP $30)

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