You're Invited: CBC's 8th Fire Film Series Aug.13-16 2012

You’re Invited: CBC’s 8th Fire Film Series Aug.13-16 2012

Fort York


Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s 8th Fire Film Series

August 13 – 16, 2012

Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

FREE Admission

The CBC’s 8th Fire film series is a:

  •  a provocative look at Canada’s 500-year relationship with Indigenous peoples
  • four-part series, part of Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS Festival
    • each episode runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and will be followed by a guest speaker

Here is the schedule of the 8th Fire film series:

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This video presents “Fort York, Toronto, Ontario, Canada”:

  • “Toronto’s historic Fort York has the largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings in Canada.
  • Over 200 volunteers come from all over North America to provide battle re-enactments, military drills, parades and other colorful activities.
  • The fort itself was an important harbor defense until 1888 and was in military use until World War II.
  • On the grounds are poignant remnants of early military life”

Simcoe Day Celebration

at Fort York National Historic Site

FREE Family Admission

250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Monday, August 6, 2012

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

City Building: Simcoe to Skyscrapers (Walking Tour) 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Come learn about the birthplace of modern Toronto and thrill to the sounds of musketry, cannons and the fife and drum:

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March Break in Ontario, Canada, runs from March 9 to 18, 2012.

Here are some March Break events that are FREE, partially FREE, or require relatively reasonable admission fees (such as the March Break Programs at City of Toronto Museums):

  • March 10 – 18 at the NFB Mediatheque: “Can You See in the Dark?”

    • Invite your children to a world where life is seen with all of your senses … except your eyes.
    • Location: MEDIATHEQUE
      150 John Street
      Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C3
    • Featuring the animated film Private Eyes,

      • about Matthew, a young boy who is blind and uses his other senses to discover the world around him
      • he’s got eyes hiding everywhere: in his hands, in his feet and especially in his ears
      • this week, his mother and father are preparing a surprise for his birthday and he can hardly wait to find out what it is
    • Following the screening, children will take part in a total sensory experience.
    • They will become attuned to their other senses through such hands-on activities as odour sampling, navigating their way around a bedroom blindfolded, learning how to walk with a cane, write their names in Braille, and more!
    • Please click here for more information on the activities.
    • Drop in any time, no registration required.
    • To inform us of groups of 10 or more, please contact Merrill Matthews (416-973-7114) or Michèle Tredger (416-973-2186).
    • $5 per child, FREE for accompanying adults.
    • ALL AGES
    • In partnership with the CNIB.
  • FREE Kids Colonial Food & History Show

    • March 10, 2012, 9 am – 10 am
    • St. Lawrence Market– Contact info:
    • Listen to stories from historian Bruce Bell about Old Town Toronto, the war of 1812, and what it was like to be a kid 200 years ago!
    • In between, our chef will be whipping up a batch of mini maple scones for everyone to enjoy.
    • FREE

This video invites you to stop by the St. Lawrence Market to support upcoming culinary artists of Toronto in special events, including the inaugural GradsMarket Event which is a one day culinary competition and a graduate showcase, 
sponsored by St. Lawrence Market:

Toronto (Ontario, Canada) invites you to enjoy Family Day as part of Toronto’s Family FUNdays which were launched this winter.

Did you know that Family FUNdays…..?

  • include P.A. Day Fridays (with the exception of Gibson House), Family Sundays (up to March 4) as well as the official Family Day holiday
  • require Toronto museums to provide tours and activities for children and their families
  • admission is pay-what-you-can (except P.A. day camps at Scarborough Museum)

For Monday, February 20, 2012, here is a list of FREE activities, Pay-What-You-Can events, and even doubling ticket times for certain sports:

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This is an update to my previous blogs:

Peter Mykusz (HD Cameraman, Live Webcaster to mobile devices) made this video about a Remembrance Day service on November 11 at Fort York National Historic Site in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

A veteran remarked that every day should be Remembrance Day.

Should Remembrance Day be a statutory holiday for Canadians?

I would love to receive your comments below this blog.

2011 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Planning Tips, Transformation of Historic Sites & Road Closures

2011 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche: Planning Tips, Transformation of Historic Sites & Road Closures

This is an update to my previous blog You’re Invited: 2011 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche October 1, 6:59 p.m. to Sunrise.

Thanks to the following Toronto’s tips for planning ahead, getting there and getting around Scotiabank Nuit Blanche – from sunset at 6:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 to sunrise on Sunday, October 2 – you can make this contemporary art affair an unforgettable “Wow, What a Night!” celebration:

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This is an update to my previous blog CELEBRATE CANADA!: National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day.

As a prelude to the Canada Day celebration, Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday, 29 June 2011, unveiled a new personal flag, for use in Canada, created for His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.

The flag, whose creation and design were approved by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, will be flown for the first time today when The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in Ottawa to begin their nine-day Royal Tour of Canada, from June 30th to July 8th.

The itinerary of the nine-day Royal Tour of Canada for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge includes the following highlights:

  • The Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario (July 1)
  • Freedom of the City ceremony with the Royal 22e Régiment in Québec City, Québec (July 3)
  • Search and rescue demonstration in Summerside, Prince Edward Island (July 4)
  • Event with Canadian Rangers at Blachford Lake, Northwest Territories (July 5)
  • Official launch of the Calgary Stampede Parade in Calgary, Alberta (July 8 )

From July 1 to July 4, there are Toronto events with road closures, too.

Celebrate Canada Day At Queen’s Park

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the union of the British North America provinces in a federation under the name of Canada on July 1st. The holiday was called Dominion Day, and since 1983 has been officially known as Canada Day.

Join in the fun and celebrate Canada’s 144th birthday on July 1.

The annual Canada Day celebration on the front (south) lawn of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park will feature a 21-gun salute to be fired by the 7th Toronto Regiment of the Royal Canadian Artillery, and the singing of O Canada.

FREE Canada Day activities include:

  • a line up of multicultural acts with eight dance performances;
  • a meet-and-greet with beloved kids’ character Shrek; and
  • inflatable rides, crafts, arcade games and a special kids show.

The day’s celebrations are all FREE and will begin with a citizenship ceremony to welcome new Canadians – with activities and entertainment following from noon until 5:00 p.m.

The following Queen’s Park road closures will be in effect Friday, July 1, 2011, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.:

o Queen’s Park Crescent East from College St. to Wellesley St. West

o Queen’s Park Crescent West from College St. to Hoskin Ave

o Grosvenor St. from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Surrey Place

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events – FREE – at Queen’s Park.

Canada Day Celebration Highlights at Harbourfront Centre: FREE

  • Canada Day (July 1) events include
    • a screening of Talespinners 2, seven short animated films for kids from the National Film Board of Canada,
    • make a Canadian maple leaf sun visor at the Canada Day Crafts station, and
    • sign up for one of the Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids
    • YTV will even be on-site with their W.O.W. Tour!
    • during On the Pulse, you can play The Real Life Where’s Waldo? Game,
    • learn about the Arts & Animals of Colombia, and more!
  • “O! Canada is the results of an online singing competition using the National Anthem. Through social networking we have generated an overwhelming response to our call-out for your take on “O Canada”… without changing any of the lyrics of course.”

Please click here for the complete itinerary of Canada Day events – FREE at Harbourfront Centre.

Also, please click here for site map, directions, parking operation hours and contact info.

CANADA DAY 2011 Events across Toronto

Please click here for all of the celebrations (most are FREE) being planned for this weekend.

If you’re hosting a public event, be sure to post the details.

Other various ways you can celebrate Canada Day across Toronto include:

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