December 13th, 2017
DeClute Light Up The Beach
Fri. Dec. 1, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
The Beaches Boardwalk, at the foot of Leuty Ave.
DeClute Real Estate Inc.; 416-686-9618
Get into the Holiday spirit by joining Santa Claus as he counts down to light over 80,000 Christmas lights lining the shore & Toronto Boardwalk along the Beach. Free fun family event. In Support of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation.
Christmas in the Park - Tree Lighting
Sat. Dec. 2, 5:30 pm - 6:30 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”.
Pancake Breakfast With Hamper
Sat. Dec. 2, 8 am - 10 am
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Lainey Anderson
416-691-1113 ext 223 or
Join us for a pancake breakfast with Hamper the Reindeer! Suggested donation of $3 per person. Children's crafts and activities will also be offered.
Visit with Santa at the Beach Valu-Mart
Sat. Dec. 2, 10 am - 4 pm
Queen St. E. & Silver Birch Ave.
Bring your camera and take photos with Santa. Donate a non-perishable food item to Centre 55’s Share A Christmas program. Prizes, prizes, and more prizes! Hosted by the Balmy Beach Residents Association.
Hollyberry Fair
Sat. Dec. 2, 10 am - 2 pm
St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 904 Coxwell Ave.
416-421-6878 x 21
Handmade quilt raffle, tea room, crafts, baking, books, Christmas items, attic treasures and much more.
Beach Guild of Fine Art’s Christmas Gift & Art Show
Sat. Dec. 2, noon - 8 pm & Sun. Dec. 3, 10 am - 5 pm
The Gardener’s Cottage at Kew Gardens, 30 Lee Ave.
Wonderful holiday gift giving items, cards and paintings for your favourite people!
Tannenbaum 10K
Sun. Dec. 3, starts at 10 am
Along the Boardwalk
Beaches Runners Club
A 10K run, and kids 1k fun run, along the Martin Goodman Trail, starting/ending at foot of Lee Ave.
Scarborough Model Railroaders Train Show
Sun. Dec. 3, 11 am - 4 pm
17 Jeavons Ave.
Two floors of HO and N scale layouts – 1950s southern Ontario with authentic steam & diesel sound, and double-tracked mainline through mountain scenery. Visit our website for more info.
Beaches Library Talk with Muriel Lennox
Tue. Dec. 5, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Branch, Toronto Public Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Author Muriel Lennox will tell stories about some of the characters and their horses at the old Woodbine Race Track and present her newest book on the history of horse racing, “Rivers of Gold”. Admission is free, all welcome!
The Regent Park Holiday Market
Thur. Dec. 7
Regent Park, 40 Oak St.
Regent Park Community Food Centre
Cavell Hart
A magical holiday market in the newly revitalized Regent Park. Unique vendors, world class food, gingerbread cookie decorating, fresh baked pretzels from our outdoor bake oven. Live music and so much more!
Beaches Book Club (Toronto Public Library)
Thur. Dec. 7, 7 pm - 8 pm
Beaches Branch, Toronto Public Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Come out and join us the first Thursday of every month to discuss popular books in a fun and friendly atmosphere. The book club is free to join and new members are always welcome. Copies of the books are available to borrow at the branch. Call 416-393-7703 for further details.
Santa at the Gardener’s Cottage
Sat. Dec. 9, 11 am - 3 pm
Kew Gardens (foot of Lee Ave.)
Toronto Beach Rotary
Santa makes his annual stop at Kew Gardens’ historic landmark home to visit with the Beach neighbourhood’s boys and girls. The welcoming aroma of hot chocolate and the sounds of Christmas music fill the air to complete the enchanting sight. Donations of non-perishable food items and cash contributions for Centre 55’s Hamper Christmas are gratefully accepted.
University of Toronto Gospel Choir Christmas Concert
Sat. Dec. 9, 7 pm
Grant A.M.E. Church, 2029 Gerrard St. E.
Robin 416-690-5169
Please come out and help us welcome this fabulous choir. You will not be disappointed! The concert is free but the choir requests that you please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to our Grantfull Soup Kitchen.
The 8th Of Its Kind Craft Show and Sale
Sat. Dec. 9, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
R.C.L. Branch 11, 9 Dawes Rd.
45 hand crafted and food vendors. First 300 visitors receive a free gift. Prizes, musical entertainment, refreshments. All proceeds to Blake Boultbee Youth Outreach Services.
Pure + Simple, The Beach's 1st Birthday Party w/ Yasmine Jones!
Sat. Dec. 9, 12 noon - 5 pm
2142 Queen St. E.
Pure + Simple, The Beach is celebrating our 1 Year Anniversary of being open! We couldn't have had such a successful year of business without our friends, neighbours + community! To thank you, you're invited to a Saturday afternoon of prizes + giveaways, refreshments, and all of our tips + tricks for glowing skin. We've teamed up with Bella Aura skincare to give you the best holiday experience of your life! So RSVP and join us on Saturday - we can't wait to see your smiling faces + to thank you for all of your support!
Leslieville Flea Holiday Market
Sun. Dec. 10, 10 am - 4 pm
SH Armstrong Community Centre, 56 Woodfield Rd.
The Leslieville Flea Holiday market is a one stop shop for Holiday gift giving needs. Select vendors have carefully curated a variety of unique and affordable vintage items, perfect for everyone on the holiday gift giving list. There will also be great food, coffee, and music. For all the details visit our website. See you there!
Caroling in the Park
Tue. Dec. 12, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glen Stewart Park
Contact: 416-759-9997, Dave Breach
The 29th 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.
Pancake Breakfast
Sat. Dec. 16, 9:30 am - 11 am
Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Rd.
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
Annual Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Advisory Council. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate.
Beaches Library Shakespeare Readers Club
Sat. Dec. 16, 2 pm - 4 pm
Beaches Branch, Toronto Public Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Have fun reading Shakespeare aloud. Participants can either volunteer to read or simply listen. Copies of the play will be available. No registration required, everyone welcome.
Leslieville Holiday Market
Sat. Dec. 16 & Sun. Dec. 17, 11 am - 6 pm
Rorschach Brewing Co., 1001 Eastern Ave.
Brigid Elmy
Enjoy holiday activities and a chance to shop for a curated selection of over 25 vendors from Leslieville Farmers' Market and The Leslieville Flea. Fresh vegetables, preserves, vintage and handcrafted goods, and prepared foods like waffles, cocoa and freshly made hot sandwiches are on the menu, along with Rorschach's incredible beer lineup!
Centre 55 Share-A-Christmas Program
Mon. Dec. 18 thru Fri. Dec. 22
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Nancy Culver, 416-691-1113 ext 224,
Monday 18 - packing and sorting non-perishables, 6 pm - 8:30 pm; Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 - packing and sorting non-perishables, 6 pm - 8 pm; Thursday 21 - packing and sorting toys (no children please), 6 pm - 8 pm; Friday 22 (Delivery Day) - 3 pm until finished.
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Thur. 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
Mon. Dec. 25
Boxing Day
Tue. Dec. 26
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Sun. 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.
38th Annual Hair of the Dog Run
Mon. Jan. 1, 11 am - 1 pm
Balmy Beach Canoe Club, along the Boardwalk
Lace up your running shoes and come on down to the Balmy Beach Club at the foot of Beech Avenue for the 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
Mon. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 8
Beaches - East York New Years Levee
Sat. Jan. 13, 1 pm - 4 pm
Firkin on Danforth, 2057B Danforth Ave. (Woodbine & Danforth)
Residents of Beaches & East York are invited to welcome in the New Year with your elected representatives: Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts. Light refreshments will be served.
Fri. Jan. 26 - Thur. Feb. 8
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 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Is anybody else getting hungry?
Valentine's Day
Wed. Feb. 14
The Leslieville Flea
Sun. Feb. 18, 11 am - 5 pm
The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Brigid Elmy:
We are a curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up - cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and work from select artisans. With 50+ vendors and all kinds of unique finds, the Leslieville Flea is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday! Link to map of fermenting cellar:
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 19
Beaches 11th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 24, 11 am - 3 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre Gym, 6 Williamson Rd.
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. 11
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 12 to Fri. Mar. 16
St. Patrick's Day
Sat. 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
Tue. Mar. 20
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 24, 8:30 - 9:30 pm
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.
Beaches 6th Annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT!
Sat. Mar. 24, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kew Gardens Park
Beaches Living
Let's celebrate together at the 6th annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT! event. Music, Dance, Candle Lights and Paper Lanterns. Visit for event updates.
Good Friday
Fri. Mar. 30
Beaches Lions Club 52nd Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 1, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E., from Munro Park to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club,
Richard Bourdeau: 647-527-0266;
Everyone loves the Easter Parade. The event, now in its fifth 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. 1
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 2
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 7, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and Balmy Beach Club
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
31st 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 late March and beginning of April. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
The Leslieville Flea
Sun. Apr. 15, 11 am - 5 pm
The Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
Brigid Elmy:
We are a curated market selling vintage, salvaged, up - cycled goods, furniture, antiques, collectibles and work from select artisans. With 50+ vendors and all kinds of unique finds, the Leslieville Flea is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday! Link to map of fermenting cellar:
Earth Day
Sun. Apr. 22
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2018
Fri. May 4, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 5, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 6, 11 am - 6 pm
From west of Woodbine Ave. to east of Victoria Pk. Ave.
Beach Studio Tour artists
Lucille Crighton, 416-694-4046;
Come visit 22 artists @ 12 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 13
Happy Mother's Day!
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 21, 9:45 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
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 21
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 25, 3 pm - 8 pm; Sat. May 26 & Sun. May 27, 10 am - 5 pm
Gardener's Cottage in Kew Gardens
The Beach Guild of Fine Art;;
The Beach Guild of Fine Art presents its annual Spring Show and Sale at the historic Gardener’s Cottage in Kew Gardens. The show features small paintings by over 40 artists and affordable art (under $350). Gift basket lucky draw and free admission. Visit website for more information.
Doors Open Toronto
Sat. May 26 & Sun. May 27
Many locations throughout the City
City of Toronto
The 19th annual Doors Open will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of more than 100 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Father's Day
Sun. June 17
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Thur. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Sun. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Sun. 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.)
Wed. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 6
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. Sep. 3
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
Sat. Sep. 22
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 8
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.
Wed. 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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