This weekend is pretty freakin’ massive in the city. We have Toronto Pride 2012, the Euro Cup finals, and, of course, Canada Day. To help you wade through the barrage of events, attractions, parties, and the like going down on our nation’s holiday, here’s a fanciful guide to help you exude patriotism no matter your social inclinations.
Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square
One of the perennial favourites on July 1st in Toronto, the celebrations at Mel Lastman Square in Northy York are heavily attended and enjoyed by families and tourists alike. This year sees Saidah Baba Talibah, The Slakadeligs with Justin Nozuka, and of course the big fireworks finale.
Canada Day at Casa Loma
The city’s famed castle is hosting some Canada Day festivities of their own, including guided tours by costumed interpreters, themed archery workshops, and the Queens Own Rife Regimental band.
Toronto Jazz Festival Closing Night
The Jazz fest is almost over, and they’re calling Canada Day the end to the Toronto season. If you’ve yet to catch a show with some cool cats groovin’ away, July 1st is your last chance to hone in on the musical wonder.
Red, White and Vinyl Festival
Vinyl 95.3 is hosting this concert special at Woodbine Park on Canada Day, with performances from Carole Pope, Ian Thomas, The Spoons, and more. Followed by fireworks at dusk in the beaches…sounds perfect, right?
Canada Day at Harbourfront Centre
The hub for showcasing international cultures during the summer in Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre’s Canada Day celebrations include ‘Going Global’, on Thursday, June 28th through Sunday, July 1st. The big day, however, sees the International Marketplace, live performances by Wibi, Martin Samuels, the Toronto All Star Big Band, and also an ‘Iron Chef’ competition Poutine edition judged by Mildred’s Temple Kitchen matriarch Donna Dooher, The Grid‘s Karon Liu, and food writer Mary Luz Mejia.
Digital Dreams Music Festival
On all weekend, the Digital Dreams Music Festival closes out this Toronto celebration on Canada Day. Taking place at the Flats at Ontario Place, the DDMF sees acts like A-Trak, Major Lazer, Sydney Blu, and a slew of others participating in the first-and-only multi-day EDM music festival in Downtown Toronto.
CANADA DAY FIREWORKS IN TORONTO
Mel Lastman Square at approx. 10:15pm
Ashbridges Bay Park at approx. 9:45pm
Canada’s Wonderland after 9:30pm
Centennial Park (Ribfest) at approx. 10:00pm
Woodbine Park (Red, White and Vinyl) at approx. 10:00p
Downsview Park (Opening of National Urban Park) at dusk
CANADA DAY PARTIES
YYZ Group Canada Day White Party
The Thompson Hotel Rooftop is a definite hotspot this Canada Day in Toronto, where YYZ Group will be hosting a Canada Day White Party. Don your brightest whites – pick up a Tide Pen now because spills are inevitable – and party it up swish style at this festive event.
Canada Day Long Weekend Block Party
Between Cobra and Brant House, hardcore King West revellers have two venues to choose from for their Canada Day bumpin’ and grindin’.
Mariposa Canada Day Cruise
Dinner, dancing and a cruise around Toronto’s harbour are all part of Mariposa’s Canada Day celebration. If you’re nautically-inclined, this one’s for you.
Canada Day Club Crawl
Four venues, starting at the London Tap House and moving through to three ‘mystery venues’, this club crawl features drink specials and VIP vibes…whether or not that’s actually the case.
MORE CANADA DAY PARTIES
Molson Canadian Canada Day at Crocodile Rock
Canada Day Burlesque + Electropolis and Futura at Nocturne
Barenaked Playboy Pool Party at Polson Pier
Red and White Party at City Nightclub
Canada Day at The Guvernment with Special Guest DJ
Canada Day Party Cruise on Aurora Borealis
CANADA DAY BRUNCHES IN TORONTO
For those of you worried about losing out on your Sunday brunch tradition because of the holiday, never fear, we’ve made a few calls and found some excellent spots still open for Canada Day brunch…
17 Steps on Bloor West
Factory Girl on the Danforth
Firkin on Yonge
Habits Gastropub on College West
Insomnia on Bloor
Mildred’s Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village
Table 17 on Queen East