Toronto celebrates Canada Day 2007

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Toronto residents and visitors have a wide
assortment of events to select from this long weekend to celebrate Canada Day,
on Sunday, July 1. Revel in parades, musical entertainment, great food,
several market places and spectacular fireworks displays all geared to
celebrate Canada's birthday.

    In North York district the following events are scheduled:

      -  Canada Day at Gibson House Museum, 5172 Yonge St. (between Finch
         Ave. and Sheppard Ave.), noon - 5 p.m. Tour the Discovery Gallery, a
         hands-on activity area at the museum. Enjoy the 19th century games
         on the lawn (weather permitting). Sample authentic food from the
         historic kitchen and tour Gibson House with a costumed guide (last
         tour of the day leaves at 4:30 p.m.). Admission is free. For more
         information contact 416-395-7432 or visit

      -  Old Style Community Picnic, Broadlands Community Centre and Park,
         19 Castlegrove Blvd., (Underhill Dr. and Lawrence Ave. E.) 1:30 p.m.
         - 4 p.m. The picnic features face painting, games, clown
         entertainment, folk singing and hotdogs. Admission is free. For more
         information contact 416-395-7966.

      -  Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., 8 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Musical
         entertainment provided by: Royal Wood, 8 p.m.; Roz Bell, 9:15 p.m.;
         pyrotechnics display, 10:15 p.m. Admission is free. For more
         information contact 416-338-0338.

      -  Peanut Town Festival, Oriole Community Centre, 2975 Don Mills Rd.
         (south of Peanut Plaza) 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Councillor Shelley Carroll
         hosts the Canada Day festivities. Free BBQ at 12:30 p.m. Farmers
         Market and children's games and activities. For more information
         call 416-392-4038 or e-mail,

    In Toronto/East York district the following events are scheduled:

      -  Ashbridges Bay Canada Day Celebrations (Lakeshore Blvd. E., at the
         foot of Coxwell Ave.) A spectacular fireworks display at 9:45 p.m.
         Ashbridges Bay Park is easily accessible by public transit. TTC
         service is available between Queen St. E. and the Bloor-Danforth
         subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A)
         routes. The public is strongly urged to use public transit and leave
         personal vehicles at home. A special viewing area has been set aside
         for people with disabilities and their families (space is limited).
         Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from setting off
         fireworks in the park. Admission is free.

      -  East York's 50th Annual Canada Day Parade and Celebration. Parade
         motorcade starts at 9 a.m. at Danforth Ave. and Broadview, east to
         Pape Ave., north on Pape Ave. to Cosburn Ave., east on Cosburn to
         Dieppe Park at 10:15 a.m., and then to East York Civic Centre at
         10:30 a.m., reviewing stand on (Woodbine Avenue at 11:30 a.m.) and
         then to Stan Wadlow Park (Cosburn Ave. and Cedarvale Ave.). Over 45
         bands, marching units, floats, classic antique cars, flag parties
         and more. Park opens at 11:30 a.m. There will be three large tents
         filled with local clubs, street displays and an amusement midway.
         Opening Ceremonies will start at noon followed by ongoing
         entertainment on stage including Children's Peace Theatre, East York
         Concert Band, multi-cultural groups and Winged Wheels (motorcycle
         show performed by Toronto Police Services) Complete details for
         afternoon and evening entertainment are at the stage. Skateboard
         Park will be open to the public noon - 9:30 p.m.

      -  Recreational Swimming at the Kiwanis Pool noon - 7:45 p.m. 'Share
         the Memories-East York Canada Day 50th Anniversary' for Older Adults
         including albums, photographs and memorabilia with tea, coffee and
         cake in the air conditioned lounge at Stan Wadlow Clubhouse run by
         the Stan Wadlow Seniors Action Centre and Kiwanis Club (11 a.m.- 3
         p.m.). Grand fireworks display will start at 10 p.m. Admission is

      -  Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E. (between Waverley Rd. and Lee Ave.)
         10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Bandshell and surrounding area: Teen Idol singing
         competition, small carnival with inflatable jumping areas (no
         mechanical rides). Presented by the Beaches Lions Club. For more
         information call 416-392-1981.

      -  Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W. (Queen St. and Bay St.) -
         TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival: Free Concert 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
         - 'From Ragtime to Swing' and Free Concert  at 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. -
         'Ashley Wey and Warriors for Peace' with Baby Boyz - Urban Dance
         Troup. Also starting at 3:30 p.m.: 'Groove and Graffiti' where
         invited high school students create a canvas with aerosol art with
         two of the city's leading aerosol artists - Elicser and Mediah.
         Evening Concert: 8 p.m. - 'Mavis Staples'. Tickets are $35 and are
         available at Ticketmaster. For more information visit

      -  Neighbours Together on Canada Day (noon - 4 p.m.) and Environmental
         Day (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) in Riverdale Park.
         Multicultural entertainment; Lion Dance, children's activities,
         food, birthday cake, displays by community groups and environmental
         paraphernalia. Admission is free. For more information contact
         416-392-4060. or email

      -  St. James Park, Jarvis and King Sts., 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
         Multicultural entertainment featuring a Dragon Dance, an Irish Dance
         troupe, a string quartet and fashion show. Face painting, button
         making, cupcake decorating, jumping castle, free hotdogs and drinks
         for children. Admission is free. For more information call

      -  St. Pauls' Canada Day Picnic, Wells Hill Park (St. Clair Ave. W. and
         Bathurst St.) noon - 2 p.m. Hosted by Carolyn Bennett, MP St.
         Paul's. BBQ with free hot dogs, drinks and live music. Join your MP
         Carolyn Bennett in the park. For more information visit or call 416-952-3990.

      -  Canada Day at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum and Arts Centre, 67
         Pottery Rd. (between Broadview Ave. and the Bayview Extension), noon
     	- 4 p.m. Historic houses are open for tours. Sample Victorian
         treats and home-made ice cream prepared in our historic kitchens.
         Children can play with 19th century toys and create their own
         special take-home craft. Visit the Don Train Station and meet
         members of the Toronto Railway Historic Association. Adults $3.50,
         Students and Seniors $2.25, Children 6-12 yrs. $1.50, Children 5
         yrs. and under are free. For more information contact 416-396-2819.

      -  Canada Day Celebrations at Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Road,
         (Strachan Ave and Lakeshore Rd.), 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Canada Day marks
         the first of the summer guard demonstrations of musket and cannon
         firing. Sample Georgian cooking from the historic kitchen, hear
         authentic fife and drum music and partake in the 1812 kids' military
         drill. Adults $6, Youth and seniors $3.25, Children $3, Children 5
         yrs. and under free. For more information contact 416-392-6907.

    In Scarborough District the following events are scheduled:

      -  Scarborough's 40th Annual Canada Day Celebration, Thomson Park
         (Brimley Rd., north of Lawrence Ave. E.) 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Free
         pancake breakfast, skateboarding, giant boxing, youth talent,
         gladiators, DJ and live entertainment including the Sons of Beaches,
         The Fab Four, Go Freddie Go and The Blackboard Blues Band. Enjoy
         buskers, jumping castles, face painting, pony rides, kids craft
         area, crafts show and sale, Seniors vs. Politicians slo-pitch
         challenge, Scarborough Tennis Federation/Ontario Tennis Association
         demos and more. Help paint a community mural to celebrate
         Scarborough's Canada Day 40th Anniversary. Admission is free. For
         more information contact 416-396-4057.

      -  40th Annual Canada Day Parade begins at 5 p.m. from the Scarborough
         Civic Centre, south on Brimley Rd., ending at Lawrence Ave. E. at
         6 p.m. Parade features marching bands, drum & bugle Corps, Miss
         Toronto, antique cars, clowns and a wide variety of floats.
         Admission is free. For more information contact 416-396-4057.

      -  Scarborough Historical Museum, 1007 Brimley Rd., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. A
         full day of 19th century activity awaits visitors. Sample hearth
         baking, play croquet, and take advantage of fundraising sales
         including peameal bacon on a bun and fresh strawberries with ice
         cream. Pie eating contest at 2 p.m. Admission is Pay-as-you-can. For
         more information contact 416-338-8807.

      -  Milliken Park Fireworks display. (Steeles Rd. and McCowan Rd.)
         10 p.m. (Please note that City by-laws prohibit the public from
         setting off fireworks in the park). Admission is free. For more
         information contact 416-396-4057.

    In Etobicoke/York district the following events are scheduled:

      -  24th Annual Amesbury Canada Day Event, Amesbury Park (Lawrence Ave.
         W., west of Keele St.) 9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony 1 p.m.,
         BBQ, music and entertainment, marketplace, children's activities,
         spectacular fireworks rain or shine. Admission is free. For more
         information visit

      -  TorontoRibfest/Canada Day at Centennial Park (Renforth Dr. and
         Rathburn Rd.) Friday, June 29, Saturday June 30 and Monday July 2,
         11 a.m.- 11 p.m. On Canada Day, Sunday July 1, 11:30 a.m., start the
         day off with the official Canadian Citizenship Ceremony. Free
         Airbrush Face Painting by Hands-On Entertainment (noon - 4 p.m.) and
         enjoy George Linton-Musical Clown and Banjo Player (noon - 5 p.m.)
         Live bands featured include: Slime Dogs, Phoenix, Mr. Disco, New
         Hollywood and Skip Tracer. Free fireworks on Sunday, July 1 at 10:05
         p.m. Admission is free. For more information visit

      -  Earlscourt Park, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W. (at Caledonia) noon - 3 p.m.
         Councillor Cesar Palacio cohosts with City of Toronto Parks,
         Forestry and Recreation. Free BBQ, children's activities and
         entertainment. For more information call 416-392-7011.

      -  Canada Day Celebrations at Weston Lions Park (Weston Rd and Lawrence
         Ave. W.) 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. Festivities are hosted by Councillor
         Frances Nunziata and City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
         Free entertainment featuring David Leask - Celtic and Folk Singer;
         the jazz stylings of Simon Maxwell; Caribbean Folk Performers and
         R&B sounds of Danny B. Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, Canada Day
         Cake, Caribbean food and Grampa Ken's back bacon on a bun. Fireworks
         at 10 p.m. For more information contact 416-392-4093.

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