December 7th, 2016
Christmas in the Park - Tree Lighting
Sat. Dec. 3, 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 Santa and Christmas Bazaar
Sat. Dec. 3, 8 am - 10 am
Community Centre 55, 97 Main St.
Lainey Anderson
416-691-1113 ext 223 or
Join Santa & Hamper the Reindeer for a pancake breakfast and crafts. Vendors will also be on site selling a variety of goods.
The Other One Of A Kind Craft Show and Sale
Sat. Dec. 3, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Malvern Collegiate, School Cafeteria, 55 Malvern Ave.
Food and handmade items. First 300 visitors receive a free gift. Additional raffle draw for a chance to win great prizes! Free parking with elevator access.
CHOIR! Concert
Sat. Dec. 3, 7 pm
Forward Baptist Church, 1891 Gerrard St. E.
Join us for a wintery evening of choral music, followed by warm drinks and tasty goodies. Tickets are free. Donations for the local food bank are welcome.
FREE East Coast Step Dance Workshops for Kids and Adults!
Sat. Dec. 3, 1 pm - 2 pm (Kids ages 5-8), 2 pm - 3 pm (Adults all ages)
Beach Dance School, 2495 Queen St. E.
Danielle LeBlanc, /
Learn how to dance like they do on the East Coast with these FREE step dance workshops. Danielle will get you moving to some lively fiddle music. With tap shoes and spoons you’ll feel like you're at a real East Coast kitchen party! No tap shoes? Socks, jazz shoe or ballet slippers will work just fine for these introductory workshops.
Tannenbaum 10K
Sun. Dec. 4, starts at 9 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. Raising funds for Community Centre 55's Share A Christmas Program.
Cantemus Singers Benefit Concert
Sun. Dec. 4, 3 pm
St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. (at Queen St. E.)
In support of Centre 55’s Share A Christmas program. “In Dulci Jubilo!”, Christmas motets and carols by Praetorius, Schutz and Bach, directed by Michael Erdman. Tickets $20 (available at CC55 and at door), kids under 12 free.
Holiday Street Party
Sun. Dec. 4, all day
Gerrard St. E., between Glenside Ave. and Coxwell Ave.
Join us at our Holiday Street Party. Take advantage of the free events and local shopping bargains. Supported by Gerrard India Bazaar BIA.
Santa at the Gardener’s Cottage
Sat. Dec. 10, 11 am - 3 pm
Kew Gardens
Toronto Beach Rotary
Hot chocolate provided. Donations to Community Centre 55 Share A Christmas campaign gratefully accepted. Bring your camera!
'Tis the Season on Kingston Road
Sat. Dec. 10, 11 am - 4 pm
Kingston Road Village
Katya Nosko,
'Tis the Season on Kingston Road! Kingston Road Village is thrilled to be hosting our annual reading of Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Kingston Road United Church. The day will be filled with carollers, holiday shopping, in-store sampling, sales and other festive delights including a 3pm carol sing-along following the Dickens' reading. So get on your toques and mittens and come on out to explore the amazing Kingston Road Village!
University of Toronto Gospel Choir Christmas Concert
Sat. Dec. 10, 7 pm
Grant A.M.E. Church, 2029 Gerrard St. E.
Lisa Toussaint, UTGC Director
Robin at Grant Church, 416-690-5169
The University of Toronto Gospel Choir will be holding their annual Christmas concert here at Grant!! What a blessing this will be, so please invite everyone you know to come out for a night of ultimate praise and worship! Admission is a non-perishable food item which will be donated to our WMS pantry.
Caroling in the Park
Tue. Dec. 13, 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Glen Stewart Park
Contact: 416-759-9997, Dave Breach
The 28th 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.
Author Talk: David Balzer
Tue. Dec. 13, 7 pm - 8 pm
Beaches Library, 2161 Queen St. E.
Join critic David Balzer, author of "Curationism: How Curating Took Over The Art World And Everything Else," for a trip through art history and around the globe to explore the cult of curation - where it began, how it came to dominate museums and galleries, and how it became the dominant mode of organizing and giving value to content.
Pancake Breakfast
Sat. Dec. 17, 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 or unwrapped new toy to donate.
The Greatest Gift
Sat. Dec. 17, 7:30 pm
Grant A.M.E. Church, 2029 Gerrard St. E.
Robin at Grant Church, 416-690-5169
“The Greatest Gift” is an original Christmas play presented by Grant’s very own Music Ministry and Arts Department. Bring your family and friends! Admission is free!!
Winter begins (Winter Solstice)
Wed. 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
Sun. Dec. 25
Boxing Day
Mon. Dec. 26
New Year's Eve at Nathan Phillips Square
Sat. 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.
New Years Eve Kids Party at Boston Pizza
Sat. Dec. 31
Leslie & Lakeshore, 16A Leslie St.
New this year, 3 seatings by popular demand! 1st SEATING at 1 pm; 2nd SEATING at 4 pm; 3rd SEATING at 6 pm. Balloon drop, face painter, party favours and special guest character appearance.
37th Annual Hair of the Dog Run
Sun. 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
Sun. Jan. 1
School resumes (TDSB)
Mon. Jan. 9
Fri. Jan. 27 - Thur. Feb. 9
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
Tue. Feb. 14
Family Day (Ontario)
Mon. Feb. 20
Beaches 10th Annual Kids Program Open House
Sat. Feb. 25, 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. 12
Don't forget to turn your clocks forward an hour!
March Break
Mon. Mar. 13 to Fri. Mar. 17
St. Patrick's Day
Fri. 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
Mon. Mar. 20
Earth Hour
Sat. Mar. 25, 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 5th Annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT!
Sat. Mar. 25, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kew Gardens Park
Beaches Living
Let's celebrate together at the 5th annual Earth Hour LIGHTS OUT! event. Music, Dance, Candle Lights and Paper Lanterns. Visit for event updates.
Beaches Spring Sprint
Sat. Apr. 1, 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Boardwalk and Balmy Beach Club
Beaches Recreation Centre Advisory Council
30th 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
Good Friday
Fri. Apr. 14
Beaches Lions Club 51st Annual Easter Parade
Easter Sunday, Apr. 16, 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. 16
Easter Monday (Western)
Mon. Apr. 17
Earth Day
Sat. Apr. 22
Spring Beach Studio Tour 2017
Fri. May 5, 6 - 9 pm; Sat. May 6, 10 am - 6 pm; Sun. May 7, 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 14
Happy Mother's Day!
Victoria Day
Mon. May 22
Happy Victoria Day!
Small Paintings for Small Spaces
Fri. May 26, 3 pm - 8 pm; Sat. May 27 & Sun. May 28, 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.
Father's Day
Sun. June 18
Happy Father's Day!
First Day of Summer
Wed. June 21
Today marks the official first day of summer.
St. Jean Baptiste Day (Que.)
Sat. June 24
Happy Canada Day!
Sat. 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 at Ashbridges Bay
Sat. 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.)
Tue. July 4
Civic Holiday in Canada
Mon. Aug. 7
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. 4
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
Fri. Sept. 22
Thanksgiving Day
Mon. Oct. 9
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.
Tue. 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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