The first Monday of August is a holiday for people in many parts of Canada. It is a statutory holiday in some provinces and territories but in others it has another legal status. It is often called the “August Holiday”, “Civic Holiday”, “Provincial Day” or other local names, such as Terry Fox Day in Manitoba.
The origins of the holiday on the first Monday in August seem to stem back to a “day of recreation” first organized by Toronto City Council in 1869.
On the first Monday in August and, in some places, throughout the first week of August, various events are held to celebrate aspects of local culture, history and achievement. Many celebrations are low-key and are organized by community members. These include: making and distributing birthday cakes for the province; sports events; and communal meals, such as breakfasts, barbecues, lunches and suppers. Larger events include professional displays of fireworks, road races and cultural festivals. (http://bit.ly/2wwFGuV )
35 Events are taking place in #Toronto on #August 7, 2017, here are some:
Art & Music Ontario Festival
The Art & Music Ontario festival celebrates a diverse range of Ontario art and music in honour of the province’s 150th anniversary. This free admission 4-day festival will showcase Ontario’s artsy side with lots of activities, entertainment, food and drink. So join us, enjoy beautiful works of art, and maybe get a little creative yourself.
20th Century Toronto: Intersections And Interactions
“For nearly a decade my work has been focused on the visible passage of time, experienced through the exploration and documentation of abandoned and decaying buildings. I’m fascinated with historical architecture, specifically how we interact with our buildings and structures, and what happens when that interaction ceases to exist. To that end, I have created a series of paintings based on photographs from the City of Toronto Archives, by amateur photographer Harvey R. Naylor taken from 1954 to 1984. They celebrate the many past incarnations of Toronto, the vibrant intersections of the city and the interactions of its people.” http://urbangallery.ca
Arts in the Parks brings free, family-friendly arts events and activities to a park near you. Think theatre performances, dance classes, workshops, movies, festivals and more, right in your backyard! http://bit.ly/2uwOj7i
Canada: The Thinking Man’s America
Join The Second City Touring Company for a comedic look at Canada’s 150th birthday! We’ve combed through The Second City archives for sketches created and performed by Canada’s greatest comedic talents, and from every generation of Canadian comedy icons. Plus you’ll see scenes that poke fun at Canadian cliches, make us look really good compared to our southern neighbors, yet remind us not to be too smug about the whole Trump thing. We’re not too polite to brag about it: this will be the funniest sesquicentennial celebration you attend all year. http://www.secondcity.com/toronto/
In its 23rd season, Dusk Dances is an enchanting outdoor dance festival that brings high quality urban, contemporary and traditional dance to Withrow Park. Audiences are invited to enjoy works by top Canadian choreographers and participate in free dance workshops. An event for all ages! Bring your chairs and blankets, and get ready for a breathtaking evening of live performances! http://duskdances.ca
Inventorium – Play, Create, Connect
Put your creativity to the test at Inventorium, a dynamic, curiosity-driven space that encourages play, creation and collaboration. http://bit.ly/2fk5xD4
Northern Visions: Contemporary Inuit Ceramics
Ceramic production in Canada’s North is unique to Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet). First introduced to this community through a government-run program in the 1960s and 70s, ceramics has experienced a resurgence over the past decades through the privately-run Matchbox Gallery. http://bit.ly/2vE9BF6
The Scarborough Ribfest is one of the summer’s highlights in Toronto. It attracts more than 140,000 people each year, which makes it the largest community family event in Scarborough. The mouth watering barbecued ribs and other delicious foods, the terrific live entertainment, the midway rides and games and the interesting assortment of vendors all contribute to making this one of the most attended events of the summer. http://www.scarboroughribfest.com/
Fort York comes to life in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Upper Canada (1793-96) and founder of Fort York and the Town of York – John Graves Simcoe. Walk the historic grounds and thrill to musketry, artillery and music demonstrations presented by the Fort York Guard and Guards from Fort George National Historic Park from Niagara-On-The-Lake and Old Fort Erie. Visit the working kitchen in the 1815 Officers’ Brick Barracks, take tours of the fort’s buildings and grounds and discover the dynamic lives of the fort’s men, women. http://bit.ly/2fjoPIE
Singing Ambassadors at The Waterfront
The triple award-winning Singing Ambassadors™ presented by The Waterfront BIA are back for their sixth year on Toronto’s Waterfront performing impromptu a cappella renditions of classic and modern summer hits and offer assistance, directions and recommendations to visitors. http://bit.ly/2hAqUQW
AccuWeather forecasts a cloudy, rainy day for Toronto on Monday….so, grab your partner, your friend, your family, an umbrella – in case one is needed and choose an event which will take away the grey skies blues and HAVE lots of FUN!
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