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July 3rd, 2015
July
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 www.pch.gc.ca.
Canada Day Fireworks
Wed. July 1st, after 9:30 pm
Ashbridges Bay Park
City of Toronto
toronto.ca, 311
Canada’s birthday is celebrated every year with fireworks on the expanse of the Beach at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.
Canada Day Celebrations at Stan Wadlow Park
Wed. July 1st, 12 noon – 10:30 pm
Stan Wadlow Park, 888 Cosburn Ave.
The Canada Day activities in Stan Wadlow Park begin at 12 noon with the opening of the Community Booths. Entertainment begins on the Main Stage after the Opening Ceremonies. The day concludes with a fantastic evening fireworks display that has been a long tradition in East York enjoyed by thousands of men, women and children of all ages.
East York Canada Day Parade
Wed. July 1st, 9:30 am – 11 am
This year marks the 58th anniversary of East York's Canada Day Parade. Starting with the Parade marching off at 9:30 am. from the East York Towne Centre. The route will travel along Thorncliffe Park, Overlea Blvd., Millwood Rd., Pape Ave., Cosburn Ave., Coxwell Ave., Sammon Ave., Woodbine Ave. dispersing at Woodbine and Ventor Avenues.
Q107 Canada Day Picnic
Wed. July 1st, starts at noon
Woodbine Park
Q107 presents an all-day music fest to celebrate Canada Day. Join us live on location all day long for loads of food, fun and good tunes!
Canada Day Celebrations in Riverdale Park/East Chinatown
Wed. July 1st, 12 noon - 5 pm
Southern End of Riverdale Park (near the Broadview/Gerrard intersection)
Annual Canada Day festivities at Riverdale Park are coordinated by the East Chinatown Chamber of Commerce with the assistance of Bridgepoint Hospital, Eastview Community Centre, Ralph Thornton Centre, SEAS Centre, Woodgreen Community Services, 38th Scout Group, along with Councillor Paula Fletcher, MPP Peter Tabuns and Craig Scott . There will be activities for all ages, information displays for agencies in our community and various vendors of delicious food. Hope to see you there!
Independence Day (U.S.)
Sat. July 4
Afrofest
Sat. July 4, 11 am - 10 pm; Sun. July 5, 11 am - 9 pm.
Woodbine Park (Lake Shore Blvd. E. and Coxwell Ave.)
Music Africa
www.afrofest.ca
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.
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Wed. July 8, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2013).
Beaches International Jazz Festival
Fri. July 10 to Sun. July 26
Various locations in the Beaches
www.beachesjazz.com; 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 26
www.toronto2015.org
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: info@HeatwaveEvents.com 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 www.HeatwaveEvents.com for a team entry and more information.
Boston Pizza Block Party
Sat. July 11
Boston Pizza – Lakeshore & Leslie, 16A Leslie Street
Join us at this community & family event. It is a celebration for rads to be open and we are also raising money for MS and Jumpstart.
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - The Simpsons Movie
Wed. July 15, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: The Simpsons Movie (2007).
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Nebraska
Wed. July 22, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Nebraska (2013).
Wednesday Afternoon At The Movies - Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Wed. July 29, 2 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join us for a series of cinematic classics, new releases, foreign films and documentaries. Featuring: Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981).
August
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
www.tasteofthedanforth.com
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
www.toronto2015.org
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
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
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.)
www.festivalofsouthasia.com
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
www.torontohumanesociety.com
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.
September
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
www.thecelticfestival.com
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)
www.BeachGuildOfFineArt.com; info@BeachGuildofFineArt.com
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
www.terryfox.org/Run/
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
The Time Machine: Starting Your Personal Adventure in Astronomy
Tue. Sept. 24, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
This presentation shows how you can begin a personal exploration of the sky using a variety of affordable instruments. Marc Teitelbaum of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) will demonstrate how technological advances have now made it possible for the ordinary person to truly look back in cosmic time with the aid of instruments and gadgets that are readily available. He will also share tips on where to find like-minded people who will be supportive and help you succeed in your new quest.
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.
WOOFSTOCK
Sat. Sept. 26 & Sun. Sept. 27, 10 am - 6 pm
Woodbine Park
www.woofstock.ca 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.
Erasing the Past, Silencing the Present
Tue. Sept. 29, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join a representative from Our Right To Know for a presentation and joint discussion about the means and effects of the current federal government's way of dealing with public knowledge and scientific research, and how it will affect the environment and Canada's future.
October
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.
Plotting: Yes, You Can Finish That Novel!
Thur. Oct. 15, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Starting a novel is easy. It’s the finishing that’s hard! This workshop will not only teach you ways to firm up a sagging middle, you’ll also learn techniques for juggling subplots and secondary characters so you can finally type The End. Lynda Simmons is a writer by day, college instructor by night, and a late sleeper on weekends. With eight full-length novels, six serialized novellas and a collection of flash fiction to her credit, Lynda understands how important the tasks of plotting and the art of juggling are to the writing process.
Beach Studio Tour, Fall 2015
Fri. Oct. 23, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. Oct. 24, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. Oct. 25, 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, info@beachstudiotour.ca, www.beachstudiotour.ca
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.
Walk Roll Run
Sun. Oct. 25, 9 am - 11 am
3701 Danforth Ave.
Variety Village
www.varietyvillage.ca 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 www.walkrollrun.ca
Toronto's Ravines and Urban Forests: Their Natural Heritage and Local History
Tue. Oct. 27, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Jason Ramsay-Brown has been exploring and photographing Toronto's ravines for more than half his life. Join him for a visual presentation that will reveal some of the city's hidden ecological and natural history.
Halloween
Sat. Oct. 31
The Celts believed that every year on the last day of October, the souls of the dead visited the earth.
November
Daylight Saving Time Ends
Sun. Nov. 1 at 2 am
Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour.
A Conversation With A Holocaust Survivor
Tue. Nov. 3, 10 am - 11 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7003
Please join us for a program featuring Hungarian Holocaust survivor Edward Fisch, who will speak about his personal experiences during the Holocaust.
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
www.BeachGuildOfFineArt.com; info@BeachGuildofFineArt.com
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: www.facebook.com/BeachGuildofFineArt
An Evening With Peter Kavanaugh: The Man Who Learned To Walk Three Times
Thur. Nov. 19, 7 pm - 8 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Diagnosed with paralytic polio as an infant, Peter Kavanaugh, whose long career with CBC television and radio programs includes The Journal, Morningside, The Sunday Edition and Ideas, will recount his life lessons, triumphs and the writing of his new memoir "The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times."
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.
December
Colon Cancer Prevention: Getting Healthier...One Step At A Time
Mon. Dec. 7, 2 pm - 3 pm
2161 Queen St. E.
Beaches Branch - Toronto Public Library
416-393-7703
Join a representative from Toronto Public Health for a presentation outlining colorectal health, cancer risk factors and ways to reduce your risk, and cancer screening tests available within the community.
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
January
New Year's Day
Fri. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 4
February
Valentine's Day
Sun. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 15
March
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
April
Earth Day
Fri. Apr. 22
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