April 27th, 2015
Beaches Spring Sprint Registration
Mon - Tue, Mar. 30-31, Wed. Apr. 1 & Tue - Wed, Apr. 7-8; from 7 pm to 9 pm
Beaches Recreation Centre, 6 Williamson Road
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
Annual Spring Sprint Registration: In person advanced registration only. Participation is limited. Annual registration is approximately 600, including 280 children (12 & under). Cost is $25 for all participants; cash or cheque. Price includes race kit, timer in race bib, post race reception and t-­shirt available on a first come, first served basis.
Beaches Lions Club 49th Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 5, 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 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.
Bridge Fridays
Fridays, 10.30 am to 1 pm
Beach Recreation Center, 6 Willamson Rd.
Prasad / 416-686-5292
BRIDGE FRIDAYS - Free Drop-in program. Anyone interested in playing Bridge. Regular and Duplicate Bridge - Multiple four player card game. From April 10th to June 24th. Not open on public holidays and subject to Rec. Center changes.
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 late March and beginning of April. No registration day of the race. To volunteer please send an email to
Driving Well Into Your Golden Years - The Senior Driver Licence Renewal Program
Tue. Apr. 14, 2 pm - 3 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join Lisa Thompson, a representative from the Ministry of Transportation, for a presentation outlining trends and statistics for older drivers, testing requirements for drivers over the age of 80, the collision reporting process for those over 70, driving tips and a review of some more recent rules of the road. This is a registered program: please call 416-393-7703 or sign up in person at the reference desk on the second floor.
Heritage Talk with Joanne Doucette "The History of Ashbridges Bay"
Tue. Apr. 14, 7 pm - 8:15 pm
Beaches Library - 2161 Queen St. E.
The Beach & East Toronto Historical Society And The Toronto Public Library Present local Historian & Author Joanne Doucette, "The History of Ashbridges Bay". Admission Free. All welcome!
Author Reading: Diane Gordon - Shelter
Thur. Apr. 16, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Toronto's Diane Gordon has been a working actor and writer for many decades and has performed in movies, television shows and on theatre stages across the country. Join us for a Q&A and reading from Shelter, her one-act play featuring main characters Marion and Freda, who meet within the shelter community and go on to find friendship, independence and dignity together.
East York Garden Club Monthly Meeting
Thur. Apr. 16, 7 pm - 9 pm
Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, 373 Cedarvale Ave.
East York Garden Club
Guest Speaker Miriam Goldberger will speak about Taming Wildflowers: From Seed to Vase. Learn how-to grow native wildflowers from seed and how to incorporate wildflowers into your gardens to support pollinators.
Toronto Mom to Mom 2015 Spring Sale
Sat. Apr. 18, 9 am - 1 pm
243 Coxwell Ave.
Jessica Raymond
Perfect place to shop for your babies, kids and parents to be, a little something for everyone. Everything from books, clothes (lots and lots of clothes), toys, gear, treats... Not only do we have parents selling their gently used items but we have an assortment of family businesses selling products and services. Located close to Beach, Danforth, Leaside, Scarborough, North York & Downtown. Admission $2 cash only. Lots of free parking.
Health & Wellness Fair
Tue. Apr. 21, 3 pm - 8 pm
Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, 93 Birchmount Rd.
Info: 416-396-4310
Over 45 exhibitors offering on-site consultations, unique gifts and samples, nutritional and fitness guidance, mini workshops and presentations, children’s area, and more. Free admission.
Earth Day
Wed. Apr. 22
Stay On Your Feet!
Thur. Apr. 23, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join a representative from Toronto Public Health and learn how to prevent falls and keep your independence by reducing falling risk factors, staying active and healthy, and taking medications safely.
Community Centre 55's Environment Day
Sat. Apr. 25, 8 am - 12 noon
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.
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.
East York Skating Club's 64th Annual Ice Show
Fri, May 1, 7:30 pm; Sat. May 2, 1:30 pm & 7:00 pm
East York Arena - 888 Cosburn
East York Skating Club
This year's Ice Show is themed "East York For All Seasons". The show features local skaters of all ages, from Canskate to Starskate. Three shows on Friday & Saturday. Tickets available at the door.
Mother's Day
Sun. May 10
Happy Mother's Day!
East York Farmer's Market
Tuesdays, 8 am - 2 pm
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
A wide range of Fresh Ontario Products from Fruits and Vegetables to Honey and Preserves, Smoked Meats and Cheeses, fresh baking, home made soaps and lotions and freshly made smoothies, and also a BBQ for all your lunch needs while you are visiting. Runs from May 12 to October 27.
Leslieville Farmer's Market
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Queen St. E. & Woodward Ave.
All locally and sustainably sourced produce, meat, cheese, dairy, baked goods, flowers and more. Runs from May 17 to November 1st.
Opening Day! Leslieville Farmers' Market
Sun. May 17, 9 am to 2 pm
Jonathan Ashbridge Park - 20 Woodward Ave.
Leslieville Farmers' Market
We're excited for another great year at the market. We're returning for our fifth season! Come on by for your favourite returning vendors and check out some new ones. Enjoy tasty treats and hang out for some live local music, sunshine and good vibes.
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!
Beach Garden Society Meeting & Flower Show
Tue. May 19, 7:15 pm
Adam Beck Community Centre, 79 Lawlor Ave.
Beach Garden Society
Ursula Eley;
Join us for a presentation by Ursula Eley: Easy & Beautiful Flower Arrangements You Can Do at Home. New members and guests welcome. Venue is wheelchair accessible.
Community Environment Days / WARD 32
Thur. May 21, 4 pm - 8 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.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the New Millennium
Thur. May 21, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Can we find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? The possibility has fired the imagination of dreamers and scientists alike. Dr. Duy Cuong Nguyen explains how astronomers are searching the heavens to turn science fiction into reality. What's Out There? Lectures in Astronomy presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.
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.
Toronto Doors Open
Sat. May 23 & Sun. May 24
Many locations throughout the City
City of Toronto
The 16th 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.
Withrow Park Farmer's Market
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave.
Runs from May 23 to October 24.
Community Environment Days / WARD 36
Thur. May 28, 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.
Sat. May 30, 9 am - 3 pm
Leuty Pavilion on the Boardwalk (foot of Lee Ave.)
Community Centre 55; 416-691-1113
Come check out the dog vendors, rescue organizations and enjoy a day at the beach! Bring your dog for a run at the off leash dog park and enter the various contests at the main stage. Maybe you have the Slobberking or Queen! Prizes are generously provided by Beaches Global Pet Foods our title sponsor!
Walk for Dog Guides
Sun. May 31, 10 am
Woodbine Beach (on The Boardwalk by the Bathing Station)
Toronto Beaches Lions Club; Richard or Karoline Bourdeau 647-527-0266
The walk raises funds to train Dog Guides to assist people with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities such as diabetes, epilepsy and autism.
East Lynn Park Farmer's Market
Thursdays, 3 pm - 7 pm
East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave.
Runs from June 4 to October 15.
Fairmount Park Farm Market
Wednesdays, 3 pm - 7 pm
Fairmount Park, 1725 Upper Gerrard St. E.
Fairmount Park Farm Market is a community run market that offers farm fresh produce and products and lovingly prepared local and seasonal food. Come enjoy the bounty of the season! Runs from June 3 to October 21.
Dementia 101: A workshop for caregivers
Thur. June 4, 2 pm - 4 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Please join us for a workshop for those who are caring for someone diagnosed with dementia. This session is facilitated by a representative of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto, and includes an overview of Alzheimer's disease, coping strategies and services available in the community.
Beaches Arts and Crafts Show
Sat. June 13 & Sun. June 14, 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 31st year! Admission is FREE!
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival
Sat. June 13 & Sun. June 14, 10 am - 8 pm
Woodbine Park, corner of Lake Shore 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 16th anniversary, the Festival is free to the public and accessible to everyone.
Exoplanets and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Biology
Thur. June 18, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Amaury Triaud, whose research has led to the confirmation of 48 new nearby exoplanetary systems, discusses how one finds a planet and the techniques that will soon tell us whether life forms have arisen on planets outside our solar system. What's Out There? Lectures in Astronomy presented in collaboration with the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics.
Beach BBQ & Brews Festival
Fri. June 19, 3 pm - 11 pm; Sat. June 20, noon - 11 pm; Sun. June 21, noon - 8 pm
Woodbine Park (corner of Lake Shore 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!
Redpath Waterfront Festival
Fri. June 19 - Sun. June 21, 12 pm - 11 pm
HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
5 events, 4 parks, 3 days, 2 kilometres, 1 giant party! Come to the Redpath Waterfront Festival and Party on the Promenade as we open Toronto’s newly revitalized waterfront. The party starts Friday evening with DANCE Pan American Style in HTO Park and continues all weekend with entertainment along the Queens Quay Boulevard and Martin Goodman Trail. Enjoy buskers, dance demonstrations, art on the water, parades, live music, a Waterfront Artisan Market, stand up paddleboarding and more. Presented by The Waterfront BIA. For more information, visit our website.
Kingston Road Village Art Walk & Street Fest
Sat. June 20, 10 am - 5 pm
Kingston Road (from Hannaford Ave. to Blantyre Ave.)
Kingston Road Village Business Community
Join us at our annual Spring Art Walk & Street Fest! Local artists will show a selection of their work at various Pop up art galleries set up in selected businesses all along Kingston Road, between Hannaford and Blantyre. Children's activities, face painting, music, contests, in-store specials and more. Fun for the whole family!
Gardens of the Beach
Sun. June 21, noon - 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 (limited number) available at local merchants, visit website for all locations.
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
Canada Day Fireworks
Wed. 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.)
Sat. July 4
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Fri. July 10 to Sun. July 26
Various locations in the Beaches; 416-410-8809
The 27th annual jazz festival. This year join us at the PAN AM Celebration on two stages at Woodbine Park, July 10-12. StreetFest from July 23-25 along Queen Street East from Woodbine Ave. to Beech Ave. Queen Street is closed to traffic from 6 pm to 11:30 pm. Visit our website for a complete concert schedule.
Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games
Fri. July 10 - Sun. July 16
The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games. 7,600 top athletes from the Americas and Caribbean will compete at more than 30 venues located in 16 municipalities across southern Ontario. Visit our website for a complete list of venues and calendar of events.
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.
21st Annual Taste of the Danforth
Fri. Aug. 7, 6 pm - midnight, Sat. Aug. 8, noon - midnight , Sun. Aug. 9, 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.
Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games
Fri. Aug. 7 - Sat. Aug. 15
TORONTO 2015 will be the fifth edition of the Parapan Am Games and will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports. All sports will be Paralympic qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Visit our website for a complete list of venues and calendar of events.
iNavigate: Pedestrian Safety and Injury Prevention
Mon. Aug. 10, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. East
Toronto Public Library - Beaches Branch
Join a representative from Toronto Public Health for a talk about how to ensure your well-being while navigating Toronto's busy streets. There is much we can do as individuals, families and caregivers to avoid accidents and reduce the chance of injury. The discussion will cover topics such as road and walking safety, traffic rules, dangerous spots (where and when injuries occur) and contributing factors to accidents.
TD Festival of South Asia
Sat. Aug. 15 & Sun. Aug. 16, 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.
PAWS in the Park
Sun. Aug. 23, 9 am - 2 pm
Woodbine Park and Ashbridges Bay
This free, family-friendly fundraiser for the Toronto Humane Society offers shopping, live music, face painting, a dog show, dog mini-makeovers, micro chipping and lots more.
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.
Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Fri. Sept. 11, 1 pm
Woodbine Park Millennium Garden, 1695 Queen St. E. (corner of Coxwell Ave. & Eastern Ave.)
Centre 55, 416-691-1113 ext 224
Community Centre 55’s 9/11 Remembrance Service at Woodbine Park.
Beach Celtic Festival
Sat. Sept. 12 & Sun. Sept. 13, 9 am - 7 pm
Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen St. East
The 12th annual Celtic celebration! Enjoy a weekend filled with pipes and drums, Highland and Irish dancers, food and fun and very special guest John McDermott. FREE admission.
Beach Guild of Fine Art Show and Sale
Wed. Sept. 16 - Sun. Sept. 27. Hours: Tue., Wed. & Fri. 10 am - 4:30 pm, Thur. 10 am to 7:30 pm, Sat. and Sun. noon to 5 pm
Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Road (between the Bayview extension and Broadview Avenue);
The show features large and small paintings by the Guild's artists. Opening Reception: Fri. Sept. 18 (6 pm - 9 pm). Admission and parking are free. For more information visit our website.
35th Annual Terry Fox Run
Sun. Sept. 20, 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
Wed. Sept. 23
Community Environment Days / WARD 30
Sat. Sept. 26, 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.
Sat. Sept. 26 & Sun. Sept. 27, 10 am - 6 pm
Woodbine Park or 416-234-WOOF (416-234-9663)
Now entering its 12th year, WOOFSTOCK is all about mixing popular classics with new soon-to-be fan favourites! Back by popular demand will be: Wiener Dog Races, Running of the Pugs, Purina Pro Plan Dog Stars, Woofstock Fashion Show, Stupid Dog Trick Contest, Mr. & Ms. Canine Canada Pageant, Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show & much more.
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.
Walk Roll Run
Sun. Oct. 25, 9 am - 11 am
3701 Danforth Ave.
Variety Village or 416.699.7167
In our 9th year! Join your neighbours and friends to walk, roll or run the 5K or 1K route through the neighbourhood and help Variety Village raise funds to support people with disabilities! Register now! and start fundraising for a great cause. Online registration at
Sat. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sun. Nov. 1 at 2 am
Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour.
Remembrance Day
Wed. Nov. 11
"Lest We Forget". Wear your poppies to celebrate the lives and remember the sacrifices of our brave men and women who have died fighting for the freedom and security of our nation and our values.
Art in the Beach
Sat. Nov. 14 & Sun. Nov. 15, 10 am - 5 pm
Beach United Church, 140 Wineva Ave. (at Queen St.)
Beach Guild of Fine Art;
The Beach Guild of Fine Art’s 21st Annual Fall Show and Sale has moved inland and is now called “Art in The Beach”. The show features paintings by over 40 of the Guild artists. Free admission, lucky draw and gift boutique. New Location at The Beach United Church. Opening reception: Fri. Nov. 13 (6 pm - 9 pm). For more info you can visit our website or drop us a line. Follow us on Facebook:
Thanksgiving (US)
Thur. Nov. 26
Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, has officially been an annual tradition in the United States since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving.
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Tue. Dec. 22
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
Fri. Dec. 25
Boxing Day
Sat. Dec. 26
New Year's Day
Fri. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 4
Valentine's Day
Sun. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 15
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.
Spring begins
Sat. Mar. 19
Good Friday
Fri. Mar. 25
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 26, 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.
Easter Sunday (Western)
Sun. Mar. 27
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Mar. 28
Earth Day
Fri. Apr. 22
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