As most government services (and any respectable employers) will be closed on Canada Day, busy Torontonians will be left in crisis mode. What could you possibly do with a Wednesday off? It’s not enough time to escape to the cottage, and it’s certainly not the most hangover-friendly day of the week.
Don’t fret, friends. Vv Magazine has compiled the best Toronto events to keep you busy on your (admittedly random) day off.
DID SOMEONE SAY FOAM PARTY???
Get your swimsuits and shampoo ready, because the T-dot Foam Party Cruise is here. At 12:30pm, jump aboard the Foam Boat (that’s its name) taking off from 333 Lakeshore Blvd East, and get soapy from 1pm – 5pm. This is a 19+ event (because minors simply aren’t ready).
Strip down at Hanlan’s Point Beach Bash
This is a beach party like none other. Hanlan’s Point will transform into a small club from 12 pm to 12 am. So celebrate Canada’s birthday in your birthday suit (it’s clothing optional, for the bold of spirit), dance to a live DJ and enjoy illuminated art displays on the beach.
Eat cake at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Also in honour of the Pan Am games, the McMichael is presenting Colour of the River Running Through Us, a sculpted art installation created by Thom Sokoloski, which will be on display between 11am and 4pm. You can also indulge in some birthday cake while enjoying musical performances put on by Hugh Barnett and the Carrying Place ensemble.
Lobster crackin’ at Steam Whistle
After dessert, head to the Steam Whistle Brewery to enjoy a freshly caught lobster meal between 12pm and 6pm. For $35, you receive one delicious handpicked lobster, toppings, a biscuit and corn on the cob. For an additional $10, you can receive six oysters fresh from the sea. Faaaancy.
Another event where you can embrace Canadian culture is Steam Whistle’s Bad Ass Canucks, which showcases upcoming Toronto artists and their pieces in tribute to indie Canadian cult icons. The gallery opens on Canada Day and will remain open until July 31. Admission is free.
Exercise your funny bone at Cherry Colas
Cherry Colas Rock N Rolla Cabaret & Lounge is hosting world-renowned comedy rock band Green Jellÿ. They’ve opened for some big name groups such as the Ramones and the New York Dolls, and better yet, these guys perform in costume. Sound fun? Get your tix for $15 if this is your forte.
Learn to dance the tango at Tango Loft
Virginia Pandolfi and Jonaton Aguero, the internationally famous tango couple from Argentina, is coming to Toronto July 1 to host tango workshops and parties for those who want to get their boogie on or for those who want to try out a new style of dancing. They’re only here until July 8, and what classier way to fete Canada’s birthday?
Party on the sand at Woodbine Beach
Woodbine Beach is opening its expanses to the public for their Beach Party happening at 12:30pm. Little information has been provided for the beach party, but it’s official enough to spawn a Woodbine Beach Club After Party … but that venue is still TBA. According to their Facebook event page, due to an overwhelming response, multiple after parties will be held (options!). Everything is still a mystery, so stay tuned?
Get cultured at Yonge-Dundas Square
Celebrate Canada’s cultural mosaic by stopping by YDS between noon and 9pm for Multicultural Canada Day. The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto is presenting its 9th annual cultural fest this year, with the theme being the Pan Am games. In honour of this, YDS will be showcasing dance ensembles hailing from the Pan Am nations. Admission is free.
Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons/George Socka
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