TORONTO, June 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Scarborough Museum and its cultural
partners celebrated Canadian Multiculturalism Day today with an evening
of music, dance, food, visual art and Scarborough history.
"Toronto is renowned for its cultural diversity and Scarborough is one
of its most diverse areas," said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37
Scarborough Centre), Chair of the City's Economic Development
Committee. "Diversity is the heart of Scarborough's history, and the
bedrock on which we are building our future."
"Scarborough Museum - through these events and its ongoing activities -
has become known and respected as an inclusive and creative space for
new Canadians in the surrounding community and throughout Scarborough,"
said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre).
The evening's activities reflected the many diverse cultures of
Scarborough's residents. Visitors tasted cultural sweets from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, England,
France, India, Italy, Jamaica and Sri Lanka, among others. Museum youth
volunteers showed their style of Bollywood dancing and invited guests
to try on a sari while the Scarborough group Sinhá Bahia de Capoeira
Canada presented the thrilling Afro-Brazilian art form, Capoeira.
The event also featured two exhibits. FootPrints is a project of the
museum's Youth Photography Collective, which is a mentorship program
that teaches members to document their community through photography
and oral history interviews. The 10 images in the exhibit celebrate
Scarborough's natural elements through themes of ecological
preservation, nature's cycles and a collective concern for the area's
The second exhibit, Destination Scarborough, presents the oral history
of local immigration. Destination Scarborough was launched during the
museum's 50th anniversary last year and it returns to the museum after a year at
various locations across the city.
This Celebrate Canada event was supported by a Government of Canada
Department of Canadian Heritage grant. Cultural partners included the
Scarborough Historical Society and the museum's many volunteers,
including Scarborough Fare and the Adult Cultural Council.
Scarborough Museum is one of 10 museums operated by the City of Toronto.
More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/scarboroughmuseum.
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to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's
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