April 23rd, 2014
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 5, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and BBCC
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
27th Anniversary Spring Sprint, 5 km run/walk for adults 9:30 am; 2 km run for kids 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
Toronto Silent Film Festival
Sun. Apr. 6, 4 pm - 6 pm
Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E.
As part of the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin's arrival in film, the festival salutes his work and the work of his contemporaries. Cost: $15, $10 seniors and students.
Free Tax Seminar
Mon. Apr. 7, 11:15 am
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Find out how to prepare for your taxes, what tax deductions you are eligible for, and small business tax information at this question and answer session. For information and registration, call 416-691-1113.
Create a Buzz!
Thur. Apr. 10, 7 pm - 10 pm
1298 Danforth Ave., 2nd floor (at Greenwood)
An Arts Networking Event for community members to promote their art projects and get feedback.
Breakfast with the Easter Bunny
Sat., April 12, 8 am - 10 am
Community Centre 55 at Main St.
Community Centre 55
Join Community Centre 55 for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Pancakes, crafts, Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Bunny! Seating are at 8:00 and 8:45am. $3 per person.
Bernese Mountain Dog Walk
Sat. Apr. 12, noon
Starts at KEW Park - Bernerwalk Toronto
Meet in Kew Gardens, walk along Queen Street, then back along the boardwalk to the dog park.
Your Crafty Neighbour Craft Fair
Sun., April 13, Noon to 5 pm
Beaches Fitness - 862 Kingston Rd.
Sandra Drygas
Join our free craft fair and support your local artist. Door prizes, give aways and free workshops through out the day.
Beach Garden Society Meeting and Show
Tue. Apr. 15, 7:15 pm - 9 pm
Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave.;
Guest speaker Helen Battersby will talk about “Managing our Dry Shade Gardens!” New members and guests welcome to come early and enjoy informal discussions with members or check out our library. Light refreshments served.
East York Garden Club Monthly Meeting & Flower Show
Thur. Apr. 17, 7 pm - 9 pm
Stan Wadlow Park Clubhouse
East York Garden Club or
"Creating a Beautiful Native Garden" is presented by Cynthia Brown of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. Despite the beauty and practicality of native plants, they remain under-represented in most Ontario gardens. This colourful presentation will introduce you to native plants and their many benefits, leaving you with the inspiration and know-how to create your own natural garden hideaway.
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 18
GTA Rollergirls vs. Renegade Derby Dames
Sat. Apr. 19, 7 pm
Ted Reeve Arena Bubble, 175 Main St. (at Gerrard St. E.)
First game of the season! Free admission with suggested $5 donation to Lions Club. Free parking on site.
Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 20, 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. 20
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 21
Earth Day
Tue. Apr. 22
Free Senior Movie - Le Weekend
Thur. Apr. 24, 10:30 am
The Fox Theatre, 2236 Queen St. E.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Toronto - Beach. Doors open at 10 am., movie starts at 10:30 am.
Community Centre 55's Environment Day
Sat. Apr. 26, 9 am - 2 pm
Community Centre 55 Parking Lot; 97 Main Street; 416-691-1113
Help save the environment! Bring your used electronics to our e-Waste Collection. Materials will be diverted from landfill and properly recycled or reused. Proceeds from e-Waste go toward Community Centre 55’s year round programs. For details and list of items call or visit website.
Greening Your Grounds: Getting Started Workshop
Sat., April 26, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Gerrard Ashdale Library (1432 Gerrard St E.)
Toronto and Region Conservation & Toronto Public Library
Cynthia Brown, or 416-661-6600 x5786
Toronto and Region Conservation presents a FREE garden seminar designed to help you create a beautiful lawn and garden. What is a rain garden? How does a rain garden work? Should I install a permeable patio? Learn about the newest trends in residential landscaping and how to use them to add pizzazz to your property. Register online or call.
Riverdale Historical Society April Event
Tue. Apr. 29, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
St. Matthew's Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. at Langley
Riverdale Historical Society
Riverdale Historical Society's April event is a presentation by author and journalist Sarah Hood on the Shirriff marmalade company, located for many years in its own building at Davies and Matilda in Riverdale. Sarah has served as editor of three national Canadian magazines and is currently a contributing editor with "Spacing" magazine. Admission $5/free to RHS members.
Beaches-East York Federal Liberal Association Executive Meeting
Wed., April 30, 7 pm
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Paula Purdon
If you’re a Liberal living in Beaches-East York, please join us. This meeting is open to ALL members. (Voting is restricted to members of the Executive.) After the meeting adjourns, we typically regroup at The Grover Pub & Grub to enjoy a few beverages and chat about politics and what's happening in the news.
The Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers
Wed., April 30, 12am - 11:59pm
The Weekend to End Women's Cancers
12th annual Shoppers Drug Mart Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. A two-day 60KM walk through downtown Toronto to raise vital funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Spring Beach Studio Tour - 20th Anniversary!
Fri. May 2, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 3, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 4, 11 am - 6 pm
From west of Woodbine Ave. to east of Victora 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.
East York Skating Club Ice Show - Hooray for Hollywood
Fri, May 2, 7:30 pm to 10 pm
East York Arena - 888 Cosburn
East York Skating Club
Annual ice show featuring local skaters of all ages. Three shows: Friday 7:30; Saturday May 3; 1:30 pm & 7:00 pm. Tickets available at the door.
Community Environment Days / WARD 30
Sat. May 10, 10 am - 2 pm
Riverdale Park, East Side (along Broadview Ave. / South of Danforth Ave.)
Councillor Paula Fletcher
WARD 30 residents: Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose of any hazardous waste.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 11
Happy Mother's Day!
Beach Garden Society Plant Sale
Sat. May 17, 9 am - 11:30 am
Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave.
Beach Garden Society
Ursula Eley, 416-699-4353
"The Best Plant Sale Around". A vast variety of locally grown perennials, including some from our members' gardens. Plants for sun, shade, ferns, grasses, native plants. And featuring a new "Beach Babies" collection of specially selected plant combos that look great together, perform well in Toronto gardens, and are easy to grow. Come early - the plants sell out quickly.
Fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park
Victoria Day, Mon. May 19, 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 19
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 23rd, 3pm - 8pm; Sat. & Sun. May 24th & 25th, 10am - 5pm
The Gardener's Cottage in Kew Gardens (Lee Ave., south of Queen St. E.)
The Beach Guild of Fine Art;;
The Beach Guild of Fine Art presents its annual Spring Show and Sale. This show will feature small paintings by over 40 of the Guild artists, and is a great opportunity to view and purchase affordable art (nothing over $350) by some of the most well-known Beach Artists. In addition to the paintings, there will also be the popular artists note cards for sale. As always, we will be having our gift basket lucky draw. Admission is Free.
Doors Open Toronto
Sat. May 24 & Sun. May 25
Many locations throughout the City
City of Toronto
The 15th annual Doors Open will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of nearly 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.
Community Environment Days / WARD 32
Sat. May 24, 10 am - 2 pm
Ted Reeve Arena, 175 Main Street 175 Main St. (enter off Ted Reeve Dr., north of Gerrard St.)
Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
WARD 32 residents: Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose of any hazardous waste.
Sat. May 31, 9 am - 3 pm
Leuty Pavilion on the Boardwalk (foot of Lee Ave.)
Community Centre 55; 416-691-1113
For Beach dog lovers and your canine friends. Pack Parade, Vendors, Canine contests and awards, including Best Costume, Eating Contest, Best Tricks and Softest & Roughest coat.
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Sat. June 7 & Sun. June 8, 10 am - 8 pm
Woodbine Park, corner of Lakeshore Blvd. & Coxwell Ave.
Join us at this annual event that celebrates the drum, its universality as an art form, and its cultural relevance today in communities around the world. 40+ local and national Drum Groups, Long & McQuade Drum Zone, interactive area and much more. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Festival is free to the public and accessible to everyone.
Community Environment Days / WARD 36
Thur. June 12, 4 pm - 8 pm
Birchmount Community Centre. 93 Birchmount Rd. (at Kingston Rd.)
Councillor Gary Crawford
WARD 36 residents: Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose of any hazardous waste.
Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
Fri. June 13, 3 pm - 11 pm; Sat. June 14, noon - 11 pm; Sun. June 15, noon - 8 pm
Woodbine Park (corner of Lakeshore Blvd East and Coxwell Ave.)
Courtney Fromm, 416-635-9889 (ext 21)
An event focused on bringing together all barbecue enthusiasts. Come out to this FREE RIBFEST to enjoy great BBQ, Live Music, Children’s Area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, Grilling Demonstrations and Craft Vendors. Enjoy an ice cold brew while you explore the festival grounds. A community favourite that has something for everyone!
Beaches Arts and Crafts Show
Sat. June 14 & Sun. June 15, 10 am - 6 pm
Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen St. E.
Elyse Drouin, 1-888-773-4444 ext. 227
Showcasing over 150 of Canada’s leading artists, artisans & designers from Ontario and Quebec, as well as local talent from the Beach. Exhibitors are selected based on the quality of their work and the originality of their designs. Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet and shop from the makers themselves and find original fashions, quality jewellery, leather work, functional ceramics, colourful glass, visual arts, children’s clothing and fun accessories, gourmet foods and much more. Celebrating it’s 30th year! Admission is FREE!
Father's Day
Sun. June 15
Happy Father's Day!
Relay For Life in the Beaches
June 20, 7:00 pm - June 21, 7:00 am
Neil McNeil High School
Canadian Cancer Society
Toronto Unit 416-448-5400 ext 2122,
Relay For Life is an inspirational, non-competitive, 12-hour overnight fundraising event that brings you and your community together to celebrate life and fight cancer. Relay has a festival-like atmosphere that your family, friends and co-workers can enjoy regardless of age or fitness level! Teams of 10-15 people fundraise individually and as a team to help the Canadian Cancer Society save lives and support those who are facing cancer.
Let's beach! 2014
Sat. June 21, 1 pm - 6 pm
Beaches Living
Join the Beaches Living Guide & Beaches|Life for a fun summer celebration on the beach. Mingle with your neighbours and friends, local business owners, artists and community groups. Live Music and BBQ. Silent Auction and great Door Prizes!
First Day of Summer
Sat. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
Kingston Road Art Walk
Sat. June 21
Kingston Road (between Hammersmith to Blantyre Ave.)
Kingston Road Village Business Community
Live music, art show, bouncy castle, face painting, sales, samples and treats from the shops and businesses of the Kingston Road Village. Fun for the whole family!
Beach Garden Tour
Sun. June 22, 1 pm - 5 pm
Beaches Area
Beach Garden Society; Lesley Spencer 416-690-5740,
Get a sneak peek at some of The Beach’s most interesting and amazing gardens, all sizes and all aspects, from quirky to classic. Enjoy delightful music and refreshments in a sylvan setting. Tickets $10 (limited number available) at local merchants, visit website for all locations.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Tue. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Tue. 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
Tue. 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.)
Fri. July 4
Sat. July 5 & Sun. July 6, noon - 10 pm.
Woodbine Park (Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Coxwell Ave.)
Music Africa
Afrofest is a showcase of the richness and diversity of African culture. It is a weekend-long celebration centered on African melody, rhythm and dance taking place on outdoor stages. Over 20 bands - local and international. Over 30 food vendors. Free admission.
Waterfront Blues Festival
Fri. July 11, 6 pm - 10 pm; Sat. July 12, noon - 10 pm; Sun. July 13, noon - 8 pm
Woodbine Park (Eastern Ave. & Coxwell Ave.)
The 10th annual Blues Festival including artists: Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils, Jack de Keyzer with special guest Erin McCallum, Brant Parker Blues Band, Terry Gillespie, Lynn Drury, Blackburn, Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls, Greg Nagy, Harrison Kennedy, Sugar Ray & The BlueTones. Great Food including award winning BBQ! Children’s amusement area, and the “Don’t Lose The Blues” Contest with draws for prizes! Free admission.
Heatwave Beach Volleyball
Sat. July 12 & Sun. July 13, all day
Ashbridges Bay & Woodbine Beach (Toronto Beaches)
The Hospital for Sick Children
The 20th annual volleyball challenge supporting SickKids. Recreational and Competitive Co-ed 6's Divisions. One and two day tournaments available. For more information and to register visit the website.
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Fri. July 18 to Sun. July 27
Various locations in the Beach; 416-410-8809
The 26th annual jazz festival. July 18 - 23 at Woodbine Park; July 26 - 27 at Kew Gardens; July 25 - 27 on the Boardwalk. StreetFest, July 24 - 26 along Queen Street East from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. Queen Street is closed to traffic from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 4
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.
20th Annual Taste of the Danforth
Fri. Aug. 8, 6 pm - midnight, Sat. Aug. 9, noon - midnight , Sun. Aug. 10, noon - 8 pm
Danforth Ave. (between Broadview and Pape)
The Greektown on the Danforth BIA
Greektown Taste of the Danforth is one of Toronto’s signature events, showcasing the best of Hellenic food, culture, and music our multicultural city has to offer - from souvlaki to mezes, authentic Greek music to interactive children’s games! Come enjoy the culture that makes the Danforth a year round destination.
TD Festival of South Asia
Sat. Aug. 23 & Sun. Aug. 24, noon - 11 pm
Gerrard Street India Bazaar (Gerrard St. E. between Greenwood and Coxwell Ave.)
Come out to the Little India Bazaar and savour the food, music and dance. From Bhangra to Basmati to Bollywood music, this event has all the ingredients to make festival visitors feel like they've traveled the world.
Labour Day
Mon. Sept. 1
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.
11th Annual Beach Celtic Festival
Sat. Sept. 6 & Sun. Sept. 7, 9 am - 7 pm
Kew Gardens Park (2075 Queen St. East)
Enjoy a weekend filled with pipes and drums, Highland and Irish dancers, food and fun and very special guest John McDermott. FREE admission.
34th Annual Terry Fox Run
Sun. Sept. 14, Registration 8:15 am, Run 9 am - 12:30 pm
Woodbine Beach Bathing Shelter (East of Coxwell / South of Lakeshore Blvd.)
The Terry Fox Foundation
The run is a non-competitive event where people get together to raise money in Terry's name. It is a day of celebrating Terry's legacy and helping to keep his dream of a cure for cancer alive. You may walk or run at all our courses; you may also be able to use a bike, wheelchair or inline skates.
First Day of Autumn
Tue. Sept. 23
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 13
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. More info on website.
Kingston Road Village Fall Festival
Dates to be announced, 10 am - 4 pm
Kingston Road (between Hannaford St. and Victoria Park Ave.)
Kingston Road Village Business Community & Centre 55;
Find out what Kingston Road has to offer in the way of good food and interesting shopping. Local musicians, pumpkin carving, demonstrations of arts and crafts, and activities for the kids are all part of the day's events.
Fall Beach Studio Tour
Fri. Oct. 24, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. Oct. 25, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. Oct. 26, 11 am - 6 pm
From west of Woodbine Ave. to east of Victora Pk. Ave. in The Beach
Beach Studio Tour artists
Nathalie Vachon 416-691-5195,,
HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS. Come visit 25 artists @13 studio sites located in Toronto's Beach community. This tour offers fine craftsmanship in a variety of mediums and styles for the home. Self-guided, FREE admission. Brochures (with map) will be available at most local shops and on our web site. On the weekend of the tour look for the yellow signs and explore our vibrant, artistic neighbourhood.
Fri. 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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