Many people are already leaving work, or have even called in sick today, to start the Canada Day Long Weekend off early. In case you’re sticking around the city looking for something to do, Kiwi Commons has compiled a list of all things fun and exciting for you and/or the family. Keep in mind, with so much to going on, it might be best to consider public transportation instead of fighting road closures and lack of parking!
Ribfest – June 29 to July 2
Attracting more than 100,000 visitors yearly, the Toronto Ribfest features live music, beer tents a craft show, carnival rides, and, oh yeah, LOADS of ribs! We’re talking all-you-can-eat ribs! Not to mention the fireworks display that will take place at approximately 10pm on Canada Day. All proceeds from this fund-raising event are returned back to the community through charitable organizations.
Toronto Jazz Festival – June 28 to July 1
A ton of Canadian and international jazz acts are slated to perform at this year’s festival on the many outdoor stages, hotels, lounges and bars throughout the city. Acts range from the traditional bebop and blues to fusion and free jazz, so that whether you’re a casual listener or smoky jazz bar regular, there will be something that will satisfy your soul. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out their new feature, TD Community Songs booths, where anyone can sing and play an instrument that will be mashed into eight unique songs featured on the TD website.
CHIN Picnic – June 30 to July 2
If you’re looking for a fun time for the family, the CHIN International Picnic is where it’s at! This three-day event, and Canada’s largest free picnic, features live music from the community, dancers, performances, Zero Gravity Circus shows, a petting zoo, pony rides, Midway circus and so much more! Located on the Exhibition Grounds, this 46th annual event has something for everyone and is all about giving back to its community.
Digital Dreams Festival – June 30 to July 1
What does Duck Sauce, A-Track, Dubfire, Boris, Designer Drugs and Afrojack all have in common? They are just part of the epic line-up being featured during the two-day electronic music festival, Digital Dreams, down at The Flats at Molson Amphitheatre this weekend. For more information, or to just get excited about going, check out their promo video here:
Pride Parade – July 1
The 32nd annual Pride Parade will be hitting the streets of Toronto around 2pm, Canada Day. The highlight of Toronto Pride Week, features bright floats, marching groups, and lots of music and dancing by community organizations, businesses, groups and individuals.
Pride Toronto, organizers of the Pride Parade, reminds us that “the parade is not only about Pride in your community, but celebrating diversity and the variety of life in Toronto while respecting subtle differences amongst its citizens and visitors, and creating an inclusive experience for all.”
Participants are encouraged to tell their stories of reflection of the past or how they want to build a better future through Art Direction, Costume Design, Choreography, Sound Mixing, and Special Effects (you can win awards in all these categories!) As their website says, “Be colourful and creative. Go big. And have fun!”
So if you’re planning on joining in the festivities, or even watching from the sidelines, click here for a map of the parade route!
The Tragically Hip – July 1
It wouldn’t be Canada Day without a little rocking out with the likes of one of Canada’s favourite bands, The Tragically Hip! The Canadian rockers will be at Burl’s Creek Family Event Park, near Barrie, Ontario, to play a special Canada Day show. Known for such hits as “New Orleans is Sinking,” “Bobcaygeon,” and “Ahead by a Century,” The Tragically Hip have continued to successfully produced hits for over 30 years that speak to the masses. Their 13th album, “At Transformation,” drops this fall.
The Hip aren’t the only Canadians appearing though. Openers for the event include: Vancouver indie pop stars The New Pornographers, alternative rock stars Death Cab For Cutie and Toronto’s very own The Rural Alberta Advantage!
Concert goers have the option of reserving camping spots at the location if they would prefer to stay over and fully enjoy the weekend.
Don’t forget to check out The Hip’s new release before heading out so you can sing along!
And finally, Canada Day weekend is never complete without checking out a fireworks display or two! Below is a list of locations that will be hosting these bright explosions in the sky, but in case we missed any, please share your locations to our comments section for all our other readers!
Canada Day Fireworks
Amesbury Park – 9:45 p.m.
Ashbridges Bay – 10 p.m.
Canada’s Wonderland – 10 p.m.
Centennial Park (Ribfest) – 10 p.m.
Downsview Park – dusk
Mel Lastman Square – 10:15 p.m.
Mississauga Celebration Square – 10:15 p.m.
Port Credit Memorial Park – 10:15 p.m.
Powerade Centre – 10 p.m.
Stan Wadlow Park – 10:30 p.m.
From everyone at Kiwi Commons and Kiwi Seminars, we hope you have a safe and fun long weekend! Let’s see those Canadian flags waving proudly!
Image source: CHFI