February 8th, 2016
Beach Photo Club February Meeting
Thur. Feb. 4, 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
Topic: Temples of Cambodia, by Kelly Kyle. Club meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Everyone with an interest in learning about the photographic arts is welcome - from the novice to the experienced.
Art & Music at TRIO Opening
Sun. Feb. 7, 2 pm - 5 pm
Ben Navaee Gallery, 1107 Queen St. E.;
Join us at the Opening Reception of TRIO, an exhibition and sale of works by Susan L Brown, Paul Cullingham and Lynn Spencer. You’re invited view a variety of works by 3 distinctive artists. From abstract style, to folk and photographic, these artworks explore techniques including acrylic, encaustic, mixed media and collage.
Applegrove Community Complex’s 2nd Annual Family Dance & Winter Social
Sat. Feb. 6, 2 pm - 4 pm
Duke of Connaught School Gym - 60 Woodfield Rd.
Theme: Superheroes and Villains. Fight the winter blahs with music, dancing, crafts, treats and more. Costumes encouraged! Pay what feels good in support of this local non-profit.
Jazz and Reflections
Sat. Feb. 6, 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
The 2016 season begins with Wes Allen and Anthony Brancati, featuring Bill MacLean. Theme is “Overjoyed.” Share a cup of coffee with your neighbours and enjoy “Music for the Soul.” Free will offering is accepted.
Family Fun Night
Sat. Feb. 6, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave.
Presented by the Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus. Dinner, cash bar, dancing, 50/50 draw, silent auction, and a performance by the Chamber Choir. Adults $20, children $10, families of four $50. All proceeds to the TBCC bursary and travel fund.
Naval Club of Toronto’s 81st Birthday Party & Open House
Sun. Feb. 7, noon - 6 pm
1910 Gerrard St. E.
Light refreshments and a special birthday cake! Everyone welcome.
Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests
Thur. Feb. 11, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Info: The Great Escape Book Store, 416 691-7150 - or find us on Facebook
The Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine present Jason Ramsay-Brown, who will share his knowledge of ravines, natural and local history, current threats to the health of Toronto’s ravines and suggestions on how to protect them.
2nd Annual Winter Stations Exhibition
Sat. Feb. 13
Along the boardwalk, between Woodbine and Victoria Park Avenues
Celebrate Toronto's winter waterfront landscape! This year we are expecting to include up to thirteen lifeguard stands across Balmy, Kew and Ashbridges Bay beaches located in the heart of the Beach community These utilitarian structures are to be used as the armature for temporary installations which will need to be able to withstand the rigours of Toronto winter weather. The exhibition runs from February 13 until March 20.
Valentine's Day
Sun. Feb. 14
9th Annual Family Sunday in the Beach
Sun. Feb. 14, noon - 4 pm
Along Queen St. E. at Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens
This year's theme: Fire & Ice. Sculptures and interactive ice games, fire performers, stilt walkers, bouncy castle, warming stations, and vintage trolley.
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 15
Historical Walk with Gene Domagala
Mon. Feb. 15, 1 pm
Meet at Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Skating Party in Norwood Park
Mon. Feb. 15
Norwood Rd., south of Gerrard St. E.
Games for kids and hot chocolate for all. Presented by the Friends of Norwood Park and the East Toronto Neighbourhood Association.
Identity Theft Protection
Thur. Feb. 18 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Library
Join a representative from CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants) Canada for a presentation about understanding fraud and protecting yourself from being a victim of identity theft. Topics include signs of victimization, preventative measures, real-life examples and steps to take if your personal information is compromised.
Beaches 9th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 20, 10 am - 2 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:
The Leslieville Flea at the Distillery District
Sun. Feb. 21, 10 am - 4 pm
28 Distillery Lane
Carefully curated aisles of vintage, handmade and upcycled merchandise. Free admission!
Toronto Violin Summit
Sun. Mar. 6, 3:00 pm
975 Kingston Rd.
Kingston Road Village Concert Series
Celebrating the violin in world music. Celtic fiddling, Norwegian Hardanger and jazz are all represented with 'Payadora Tango Ensemble' member Rebekah Wolkstein, Juno-nominated 'Sultans of String' band member Chris McKhool, award-winning soloist, session player and sideman Drew Jurecka, and 'one of the most talented musicians in the country', Anne Lederman. Artist will perform as soloists, and as a group.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sun. Mar. 13
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 14 to Fri. Mar. 18
St. Patrick's Day
Thur. 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.
Is The Solar System Typical?
Thur. Mar. 17, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Library
Join Daniel Tamayo, a CPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto's Centre for Planetary Sciences, for a talk about controversial theories on the early stages of our own Solar System, and perspectives on whether the Solar System is particularly suited for life in a cosmic context. Presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Spring begins
Sat. Mar. 19
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 19, 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 4th Annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT!
Sat. Mar. 19, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Kew Gardens Park
Beaches Living
Let's celebrate together at the 4th annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT! event. Music, Dance, Candle Lights and Paper Lanterns. Visit for event updates.
Good Friday
Fri. Mar. 25
Beaches Lions Club 50th Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Mar. 27, 2 pm - 4 pm
Queen St. E., from Neville Park Blvd. to Woodbine Ave.
Toronto Beaches Lions Club or Keith Begley at 416-690-2614
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. Mar. 27
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Mar. 28
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 2, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and BBCC
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
29th 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
Earth Day
Fri. Apr. 22
Elizabeth Muir: Canadian Women In The Sky
Thur. Apr. 28, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Library
Join author Elizabeth Muir as she discusses her book Canadian Women In The Sky: 100 Years Of Flight, which tells the story of how Canadian women broke through the sky blue ceiling, first as passengers on planes, then as pilots and stewardesses, and finally as astronauts.
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2016
Fri. Apr 29, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. Apr 30, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 1, 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 8
Happy Mother's Day!
Douglas Gibson: Across Canada By Story
Thur. May 12, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Library
After more than 40 years in Canadian publishing, Douglas Gibson wrote his first book, Stories About Storytellers, and turned it into a one-man stage show about his experiences with Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau and others. That amazing tale is at the core of his new book and show, Across Canada By Story: A Coast-to-Coast Literary Adventure.
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 23, 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 23
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 27, 3 pm - 8 pm; Sat. May 28 & Sun. May 29, 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.
Walk of Life
Sat. May 28, 8 am - 12 pm
Ontario Science Centre & Parklands
Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada,, 416-730-8299
Family event with something for all promoting cardiac health! Choice of: 3km or 5km WALK; 5 km or 10 km RUN; Little Feet, Big Hearts – 500 m fun walk or run for 2-8 year olds. Free parking, t-shirts, BBQ, prizes.
Luminato Festival
Fri. June 10 to Sun. June 19
Various venues across the city;
An international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world, for ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city of Toronto and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create. When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment!
Tim Falconer: Bad Singer - The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness
Thur. June 16, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Library
Join Tim Falconer for a presentation about what we're really hearing when we listen to music and what he discovered while writing his book: Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music.
Father's Day
Sun. June 19
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Mon. June 20
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Fri. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Fri. 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
Canada Day Fireworks
Fri. July 1st, after 9:30 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
City of Toronto, 311
Canada’s birthday is celebrated every year with fireworks on the expanse of the Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.
Independence Day (U.S.)
Mon. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 1
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. 5
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
Thur. Sept. 22
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 10
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.
Mon. 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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