December 20th, 2014
Heritage Talk with Gene Domagala
Tue. Dec. 2, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society and The Toronto Public Library Presents Gene Domagala, Toronto Historian and Beach Metro news Columnist. Admission Free! All welcome.
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Mildred Pierce
Wed. Dec. 3, 2 pm - 4 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Mildred Pierce (1945).
Karen Franzen and Friends 14th Annual Holiday Show
Fri., Dec. 5 to Sun. Dec 7, 7:30pm
3 Wembley Drive, Upper Gerard
Please join us for a glass of holiday cheer.Unique, hand-forged, sterling silver jewellery, Functional ceramics, and hand-painted tiles, Cuddly Bears, Dolls , ornaments, and baked holiday treats, handbags and accessories. Donation to support local food bank.
Bikram Yoga Beaches 24hr Yogathon for Pegasus!
Fri. Dec. 5 & Sat. Dec. 6
Bikram Yoga Beaches, 1911 Queen St. E., Rear Building
Bikram Yoga Beaches
Bikram Yoga Beaches is hosting a 24hr Yogathon! 12, 1 hour classes in 24 hours - all classes by donation only and all proceeds go to Pegasus - Community Project for Adults with Special Needs. Everyone is welcome! Practice Yoga for a Great Cause!
Christmas in the Park - Tree Lighting
Sat. Dec. 6, 5 pm - 7 pm
Alex Christie Bandshell in Kew Gardens
Toronto Beaches Lions Club
A community event with music, family entertainment, candlelight caroling, tree lighting, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, etc. Don’t forget to bring “Loonies for the Lions”.
Toronto Beach Chorale in Concert
Sat. Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
Kingston Rd. United Church, 975 Kingston Rd.
Toronto Beach Chorale
TBC along with orchestra and soprano soloist Alexa Wing will celebrate the festive season with John Rutter’s jubilant & glorious “Magnificat” and a selection of seasonal favourites. Enjoy the lyrical, irresistible melodies and brilliant, colourful orchestration. Tickets: at the door (cash only), a choir member or General Admission $25 ($20 in advance); Youth (7-18) $12 ($10 in advance). Children under 7 are FREE.
Pegasus Holiday Bazaar
Sat. Dec. 6, 10 am - 4 pm
Kew Gardens Cottage, 30 Lee Ave.
Pegasus Community Project
Join us at the Pegasus Holiday Bazaar, featuring Gifts that Give Back (handmade gifts made by Pegasus participants, staff, families and volunteers) as well as baked goods, and handmade chocolates, collection of non perishable food.
Free Family Movie featuring: "The Arthur Christmas Movie"
Sat. Dec. 6, starts at 11 am
The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E.
Presented by Wafa Masri & Jalila Freve. In support of Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas, a donation of one or more non-perishable food items will be collected at the door. For more information and reserve your tickets, visit our website.
Tannenbaum 10K
Sun. Dec. 7, starts at 9 am
Along the Boardwalk
Beaches Runners Club
A 10K run along the Boardwalk into the Leslie Street Spit and back, raising funds for Community Centre 55's Share A Christmas Program.
Game Land
Sun. Dec. 7, 12 pm - 4 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd.
Centennial College 2nd year Students
Anna Gitman, 416-471-4386,
Community Fundraising Event for the Whole Family at the Beaches CC! Come out to Play Games, Create Art, Eat & be Merry! Free Admission.
Caroling in the Park
Tues. Dec. 9, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glen Stewart Park (on Glen Manor Drive, south of the wooden bridge)
Contact: 416-759-9997, Dave Breach
The 26th year! Join us to sing carols and contemporary songs with the Salvation Army Band and the Beach United Church choir. Santa Claus will hand out candy canes to the children and there will be hot apple cider and hot chocolate to keep you warm. A collection will be taken for the Salvation Army.
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Dial "M" For Murder
Wed. Dec. 10, 2 pm - 4 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Dial "M" For Murder (1954).
Pancake Breakfast and Christmas Bazaar
Sat. Dec. 13, 8 am - 2 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Road, at Lee Ave.
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
Annual Pancake breakfast. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation. New this year, Pegasus holiday bazaar will be setup for your shopping enjoyment before and afterwards.
A Very Bazaar Canine Christmas
Sat. Dec. 13, 12 noon to 3 pm
Oscar & Mollie, 2186 Queen St. E.
Oscar & Mollie & Dogstraz
Pet and Family photos with Santa, Raffle prizes & more. All proceeds to Smiling Blue Skies Walk to End Canine Cancer.
Visit Santa at the Cottage
Sat. Dec.13, 11 am - 3 pm
Gardener’s Cottage, Kew Gardens
Toronto Beach Rotary
Bring your camera! Hot chocolate and cookies. Donations of non-perishable food items to Community Centre 55’s Share A Christmas campaign gratefully accepted.
5th Annual Young Nak Orchestra Christmas Concert
Sat. Dec. 13, 7 pm
Dentonia Park United Church, 2550 Danforth Ave.
Info:;; 416-694-2095
Free event, donation accepted.
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - The Maltese Falcon
Wed. Dec. 17, 2 pm - 4 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: The Maltese Falcon (1941).
Share A Christmas at Community Centre 55
Thur. Dec. 18 thru Mon. Dec. 22
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Thursday & Friday – packing and sorting non-perishables, 6 - 8 pm.; Saturday – packing and sorting non-perishables, 10 am - noon; Sunday – packing and sorting toys (no children please), 11 am - 1 pm.; Monday (Delivery Day) – packing and sorting perishables, 10 am - 1 pm.; deliveries, 2 pm. until finished.
Lighting of the Hannukah
Sat. Dec. 20, 6 pm
Kew Gardens, Queen St. E. & Lee Ave.
Join us at the Lighting of the Hannukah celebration in Kew Gardens. Followed by Latkefest at the Beach Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Ave. Singing, dancing and, of course, latkes!
Leslieville Christmas Pop-Up Market
Sat. Dec. 20 & Sun. Dec. 21, 11 am - 6 pm
1400 Queen St. E.
The VandenBerg House;
Come and celebrate the holiday season. ADMISSION: FREE (Indoor / outdoor event). Live Music - Vendors - pizza for kids at 1 - Free Raffle - coffee. * Children Welcome * * Pet Friendly *
Family Skate with Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
Sat. Dec. 20, 10 am - noon
Ted Reeve Arena, Gerrard St. E. (at Main St.)
Lace up your skates and join Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon for a fun family skate time.
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Sun. Dec. 21
The winter solstice occurs exactly when the axial tilt of a planet is farthest away from its star, depending on the polar hemisphere of reference. Earth's maximum axial tilt to our Sun during a solstice is 23° 26'. More evidently from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.[2] Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as midwinter, the longest night or the first day of winter.
Christmas Day
Thur. Dec. 25
The Big Fat X-Mas Dinner
Thur. Dec. 25, 5 pm - 7 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1/42, 243 Coxwell Ave.
A free healthy meal for people in need.
Boxing Day
Fri. Dec. 26
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Wed. Dec. 31, starts at 8 pm
Nathan Phillips Square
Join the celebration and ring in the New Year with residents and visitors alike at Nathan Phillips Square. Skate on Toronto's famous ice rink to the sounds of a local DJ, enjoy live musical performances from top Toronto talent throughout the evening, and a spectacular fireworks presentation at midnight.
35th Annual Hair of the Dog Run
Thur. Jan. 1, 11 am to 1 pm
Balmy Beach Canoe Club, Foot of Beech Avenue & South of Queen
For more info visit
Lace up your running shoes and come on down to the Balmy Beach Club at the foot of Beech Avenue for the 35th Annual Hair of the Dog Run. 9k Run and 3k Walk. Walkers start at 11:30 am, Runners start at 12 noon. On-site registration starts at 10:30 am. or you can register online. Everyone is invited to the cool dip!
New Year's Day
Thur. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 5
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Cold Mountain
Wed. Jan. 7, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Cold Mountain (2003).
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Philomena
Wed. Jan. 14, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Philomena (2013).
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Captain Phillips
Wed. Jan. 21, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Brach
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Captain Phillips (2013).
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Rushmore
Wed. Jan. 28, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Rushmore (1999).
Fri. Jan. 30 - Thur. Feb. 12
Restaurants throughout Toronto or call 311
Toronto's Winter Foodie Celebration! Experience a series of mouth-watering culinary events and indulge in creative cuisine from around the world at great prix fixe value. Try something new, try something exotic, try something traditional or try it all during this savoury, luscious, and succulent series hosted by more than 100 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Is anybody else getting hungry?
Valentine's Day
Sat. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 16
Beaches 8th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 21, 10 am - 2 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre Gym – 6 Williamson Road (N. Queen & Lee)
Organized by Beaches Living and Beaches Recreation Centre
Come learn about and explore kids programs available in the Beaches for ages 0 to 16. Meet face to face with program organizers, teachers, coaches, etc. The participating programs are in all areas including music, sports, science, arts, computer, playgroups, tutors, after school programs and much more. This Open House is free and open to families in the Beaches and the Greater Beaches area. View event photos from past year at:
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sun. Mar. 8
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 16 to Fri. Mar. 20
St. Patrick's Day
Tue. Mar. 17
The longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parade in Canada occurs each year in Montreal, Québec. The parades have been held in continuity since 1824; however, St. Patrick's Day itself has been celebrated in Montreal as far back as 1759 by Irish soldiers in the Montreal Garrison following the British conquest of New France. In Canada, Saint Patrick's Day is an official holiday only in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. In the City of Toronto from 1919 to 1927, the Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks, and wore green jerseys. In 1999 when the Leafs played on Hockey Night in Canada (national broadcast of the NHL) on St. Patrick's Day, the Leafs wore the green St. Pats retro jersey. Although the baseball season is still in the spring training phase when St. Patrick's Day rolls around, the Toronto Blue Jays wear green uniforms for the occasion.
Spring begins
Fri. Mar. 20
Beaches 3rd Annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT!
Sat. Mar. 28, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Kew Gardens Park
Beaches Living
Let's celebrate together at the 3rd annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT! event. Music, Dance, Candle Lights and Paper Lanterns. Visit for event updates.
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 3
Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 5, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E. from Munro Park. Ave. to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club or Keith Begley at 416-690-2614
Everyone loves the Easter Parade. The event, now in its fourth decade, attracts thousands of people from all over the city. Don't forget your Loonies for the Lions, to support local charities. Applications for the parade can be found at the Beaches Lions Website.
Easter Sunday (Western)
Sun. Apr. 5
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 6
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 11, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and BBCC
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
28th Anniversary Spring Sprint, 5 km run/walk for adults at 9:30 am; 2 km run for kids/seniors at 10:30 am. Awards following at the Balmy Beach Canoe Club. Registration will take place at the Beaches Recreation Centre mid March, check back for registration times. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
Earth Day
Wed. Apr. 22
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2015
Fri. May 1, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 2, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 3, 11 am - 6 pm
From west of Woodbine Ave. to east of Victoria Pk. Ave. in The Beach
Beach Studio Tour artists
Nathalie Vachon 647-559-6950;
Come visit 24 artists @ 14 studio sites - paintings, hand-woven fashion, glass art, ceramics, photography, sculpture, jewellery, handbags, home decor and more. Brochures (with map) are available at most local shops and on our website. Come explore our vibrant, artistic neighbourhood. Self-guided, FREE admission.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 10
Happy Mother's Day!
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 18, 9:45 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park at Coxwell Ave. and the Lakeshore
City of Toronto
Toronto's only Victoria Day fireworks show will be a spectacular 14 minute display at Ashbridges Bay Park, rain or shine. TTC service will be increased between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). It is recommended that members of the public use the TTC and leave their cars at home. A special viewing area with limited space is set aside to accommodate people with disabilities and their families. City bylaws prohibit the public from setting off personal fireworks in the park.
Victoria Day
Mon. May 18
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 22nd, 3pm - 8pm; Sat. & Sun. May 23rd & 24th, 10 am - 5pm
The historic Gardener's Cottage in Kew Gardens (foot of Lee Ave., south of Queen St. E.)
The Beach Guild of Fine Art;;
The Beach Guild of Fine Art’s Spring Show and Sale featuring paintings by over 40 of the Guild artists. Original small paintings – none over $350. Free admission. Note cards, & Gift basket lucky draw.
Father's Day
Sun. June 21
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Sun. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Wed. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Wed. July 1st
Did You Know? -- not till October 27, 1982, July 1st which was known as "Dominion Day" became "Canada Day". The July 1 holiday was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. For more information about the history of Canada Day, visit Canadian Heritage website at
Independence Day (U.S.)
Sat. July 4
Heatwave Toronto 2015
Sat. July 11 and Sun. July 12, 9 am - 4 pm
Ashbridges Bay and Woodbine Beach
Heatwave for SickKids
Event Email: Event Hotline: 416.237.0123
21st Anniversary! Toronto’s Largest Beach Volleyball and Beach Soccer Event for Childhood Cancer Research at SickKids. VOLLEYBALL: Coed 6’s recommended roster 6 to 10. Minimum 2 females on court. BEACH SOCCER - Coed 5’s - 5 players and 1 goalie. Minimum 2 females on field during play. Recommended roster 6 to 12. Female playing goalie does not count toward the minimum 2 females on field. Visit for a team entry and more information.
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 3
Canada wide
In Canada, Civic Holiday is in most cases the first Monday of August. Civic Holiday in Canada is not a statutory holiday. A bill has been attempted to be passed in the House of Commons but it has always been unsuccessful. If an employer wants you to work, it is a work day.
Labour Day
Mon. Sept. 7
Canada celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday of September and is the last long weekend of the summer – the last time families can take their children on a short vacation before school starts again. If you can't get out of town – be a tourist in your own town.
First Day of Autumn
Wed. Sept. 23
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 12
The history of Thanksgiving in Canada goes back to an explorer, Martin Frobisher, who had been trying to find a northern passage to the Orient. He did not succeed but he did establish a settlement in Canada. In the year 1578, he held a formal ceremony, in what is now the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This is considered the first Canadian Thanksgiving, and the first Thanksgiving to have taken place in North America.
Sat. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
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