Do you know the history of how Father’s Day came to be?
Grace Golden Clayton from West Virginia, was raised together with her other 5 siblings by her father after her mother passed away giving birth to her 6th sibling. On July 5, 1908, Grace asked her pastor, Dr. R. Thomas Webb, to hold a Sunday service to honor fathers. She also proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day.” She chose the 5th of June because it was her father’s birthday. The idea received strong support, and the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers. The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.
In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday for many years. The first bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, in spite of encouragement by President Woodrow Wilson, it did not pass. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers.
Finally, in 1972, when President Richard Nixon was president, Father’s Day was signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. It has been an official, permanent national holiday ever since.
There are 55 Festivals and events taking place in Toronto on Sunday, #June 18.2017 – The weather forecast for Sunday is some sun, some thunderstorms, some rain……some of these events will be in doors and some will be outdoors. Have your fun and enjoy Father’s Day!
Toronto’s international multi-arts festival at venues across the city. Featuring Canadian and international works that explore, celebrate and respond to Toronto’s diverse and multicultural make-up, the 11th annual festival opens with Tributaries, a free, large-scale celebration of Indigenous culture in David Pecaut Square June 14; two Canadian-made world premieres; international dance and music; a packed daily schedule of performances in The Famous Spiegeltent – an ornate 1920s travelling pavilion from Belgium – and more – https://luminatofestival.com/
Wildlife Rescue Exhibition
Presented by: Ontario Science Centre
Discover compelling stories of animal rescue and restoration, the passionate people who are dedicating their lives to taking action, and the science behind their efforts – http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
Amanda’s Lemonade Stand – Joshified
Supported by: Peter Miller
Raising money for charities on Canada 150 through 365 lemonade stands, a Guiness world record at Downsview Park on June 18, 2017. Goal is $300,000. Several events. This is the 19th year and $210,000 was previously raised for charities. Amanda is 19 and Josh is 10 – http://amandaslemonade-events.com
Anishinaabeg: Art & Power
Supported by: Ontario Government
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) presents Anishinaabeg: Art & Power, a celebration of the beauty, power, and passion of Indigenous art. On display in the Museum’s Third Floor Centre Block. The exhibition explores the history, traditions, and legends of the Anishinaabeg through several hundred years of their art – http://bit.ly/2sn2Rad
Bike Day at Evergreen Brick Works
Come ride with us!
Join us as we celebrate active transportation in the city with Bike Day at Evergreen Brick Works! Take part in bike lessons and clinics, an unbuild-a-bike kids workshop, a bike obstacle course, a refurbished bike sale and more – http://bit.ly/2sCaKdK
CFA Summer In The City Flute Festival
The Canadian Flute Association presents Summer In The City Flute Festival bringing together 11 worldclass flutists from 4 countries to Toronto. Sergio Pallottelli, Christine Beard, Brielle Frost, Vincenzo Volpe, Cesar Vivanco, Ayres Potthoff and Canadians Christopher Lee, Laurel Swinden, Samantha Chang and Louis Papachristos. Festival pianist Christopher Burton. Also with Sean Bellaviti piano, James Brown guitar and Rodrigo Alquati cello – http://bit.ly/2tzAyET
Canada 150 Fab Forties
Supported by: MomenTO
Join us for Todmorden Mills’ second annual Fab Forties event, enhanced to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. Time-travel to the home front of the 1940s – transformative years for Canada and the world! Come dressed in your best rendition of early 1940s fashion and participate in our juried costume contest. Enjoy live Big Band Swing music or learn how to ‘cut a rug’ with a wartime dance lesson. Tour our historic 1940s Cottage, sample wartime ration recipes, snap a selfie in front of our 1940s photo billboards, check out our vintage vendors, play some vintage board and outdoor games or pick up a treat from selected food vendors – all in the spirit of the wartime Toronto! This event is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday – http://bit.ly/2sd5HQs
Do it for Dads Walk Run
The Do it for Dads Walk Run 5km is a fun, family-friendly event, hosted on Father’s Day, that raises awareness and funds for prostate cancer research, the leading cancer affecting Canadian men and the families that love them. Facepainting, tattoos, and games are available for children. Fresh fruit, snacks, drinks and lunch are available for all registrants. Strollers and dogs (on leashes) are allowed!
Your donor dollars have an impact on research that has the greatest potential to improve prostate cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, ensuring a better quality of life for survivors – http://www.doitfordads.com
Family Funday: Our Heritage
Presented by: Royal Ontario Museum
Visit our new exhibition Anishinaabeg: Art & Power which takes you on a journey through the artistic evolution of one of the most populous and diverse Indigenous communities in North America. Come along for a day of discovery packed with exciting themed experiences and hands-on activities inspired by our exhibitions and collections – http://bit.ly/2sFt72i
Father’s Day Food Tour
Presented by: Tasty Tours
If your dad loves to try new and unique foods, we have the perfect gift for Father’s Day. On our Father’s Day Food Tour, we explore the history and culture of Kensington Market while discovering some of the mouth-watering flavours Toronto has to offer. Plus, chow down on a special dish created just for the tour! – http://bit.ly/2sFj8ub
Presented by: Florivox of Univox Choirs Toronto
Featuring Sneak Peek Orchestra, Florivox of Univox Choirs Toronto will pay homage to our country’s anniversary celebrations with Oscar Brand’s folk number Something to Sing About arranged by our own Joshua Tamayo and the premiere of a new piece commissioned for Florivox from internationally-renowned Canadian composer Kathleen Allan. Other works include a stunning setting of Psalm 23 by Z. Randall Stroope and Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-On, bringing music to the words of poet Rainer Maria Rilke. A major highlight will be a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in its entirety, a glorious pairing of choir and orchestra. Don’t miss this musical celebration led by conductor Joshua Tamayo! Refreshments will be served at intermission. (PWYC) – http://bit.ly/2rrkowF
Journey To Conquer Cancer
Presented by: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
A Run or Walk 1, 3 or 5km benefitting over 60 different areas of cancer research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five research centres in the world. Join for an inspiring day and a walking or running tour around Queen’s Park and help raise 1 million dollars! – http://runorwalk.ca/
You can find the complete list on http://bit.ly/2sd8glt – Grab your umbrellas, have your fun and enjoy Father’s Day!
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