You’re Invited: Celebratory Events in Toronto June 2013

Celebrate spring and summer with the following great events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • Most of these events are FREE

This video presents “Your nearest Blue Flag beach”:

Eight of Toronto’s beaches will open on Saturday, June 1

  • Eight of Toronto’s 11 swimming beaches will officially open this weekend
  • Lifeguards will be in place at eight beaches on Saturday
    • The remaining three beaches will have lifeguards in place by June 15

  • Eight of Toronto’s 11 swimming beaches have earned Blue Flags which are highly respected and internationally recognized eco-labels for swimming beaches
    • An independent agency, Environmental Defence, operates the Blue Flag program in Canada and is responsible for monitoring 31 factors, including water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services

    • The City is required to apply for Blue Flag status annually and accreditation is still pending for 2013

  • The City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division operates and maintains all recreation-related beach facilities and amenities
  • Toronto Police Marine Unit provides lifeguard services and takes daily water samples on behalf of Toronto Water and Toronto Public Health
    • Toronto tests beach water quality daily at its 11 swimming beaches from June through to Labour Day

    • If water tests show E. coli levels exceed the provincial guidelines of 100 E. coli per 100 ml of water, Toronto Public Health warns against swimming at the affected beach

    • Toronto’s Blue Flag beaches met the criteria for swimming, on average, 96 per cent of the time last summer

    • Daily water quality postings are available on the:

The Highland Dancers Association of Ontario


The Ontario Closed Championships

FREE admission

June 1, 2013

8:00AM – 7:00PM

WestJet Stage
235 Queens Quay West
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  • Dancers perform the four traditional highland dances (Highland Fling, Gillie Calum or Sword Dance, Seann Triubhas, Srathspey & Highland Reel) in competition
  • Dancers from across the province test their skills and display their artistic ability for the privilege of representing Ontario at the Canadian Championships

Scarborough Youth Festival

Admission is FREE

Saturday, June 1 (rain or shine)
1 to 7 p.m.
Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Dr.

  • The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will present a daylong festival celebrating youth dedication, passion, leadership skills and contributions to the community
  • The City of Toronto is working in partnership with Elite Music Academy, Scarborough Ice Raiders Hockey Club and Unity Charity
  • The celebration will include entertainment by breakdancers, spoken word artists and musicians
  • Parks, Forestry and Recreation is offering information about youth-oriented programs, including dance and karate
  • There will be demonstrations by the Toronto Lacrosse Club and the Air Cadets, and information tables with representatives from Youth Link, Public Health and Stars Lacrosse

This video presents “Stomp Urban Dance 2012 (Toronto) Rascalz Crew 1st Place”:

  • Rascalz- are a group of females ages from 5 to 15 years old
  • These girls pulled this competition within 1 1/2 month of practice

12th Annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase

Sunday, June 2

1 to 6 p.m.

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. (at Yonge St.)

Ticket price: $5 (Tickets will sell out fast!)

  • A group of talented youth takes centre stage at the STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase
  • The event offers:
    • High-calibre performances that incorporate various styles of urban dance, such as stepping, b-boy, break dancing, hip hop, krumping, dancehall, jazz and contemporary and ballet

      • Dancers are divided into three levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

    • More than 400 performers aged six to 24 years from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies as well as local school boards, private dance companies, community dance groups and showcase teams

      • It is one of many youth initiatives developed by Parks, Forestry and Recreation to foster an environment where youth are safe, celebrated and encouraged to showcase their artistic creativity

    • The City’s up-and-coming youth bands, vocalists, rappers and dub poet
Italy of the Future Exhibition
Italy of the Future Exhibition




An exhibition featuring Italian scientific and technological recent achievements

FREE admission

June 6 – 26, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday, June 6, 2013; 6:30pm -9:30pm

Columbus Centre – Lobby area, 901 Lawrence Ave. W, Toronto

Infoline: 416.921.3802 ext. 221

  • You are invited to the exhibition ITALY OF THE FUTURE
  • A comprehensive overview of the most important scientific and technological innovations pioneered by Italy at international level
  • This event has been promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with some of the most important Italian research institutions and universities:
    • National ResearchCouncil of Italy (CNR)
    • Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
    • Italian Institute forNuclear Physics (INFN)
    • Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa
  • Columbus Centre Hours of Operation
    Monday to Thursday 9:00 to 5:30
    Friday – 9:00AM – 5:00PM
    Telephone:(416) 789-4970


Twelfth Annual Windfall Ecology Festival

A Celebration of Sustainable Living

FREE Admission

June 8 – 9

10 am- 5 pm

On the Banks of the Holland River

Fairy Lake Park, Water Street, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

  • Windfall Ecology Festival is York Region’s largest Environmental & Energy Conservation Exposition!
  • A premier outdoor event where people are informed, get involved, find products, learn about services and are entertained by people who care about the environment

This video presents “Toronto Challenge 2012 Event”:

2013 Toronto Challenge fundraiser

June 9

Starting at 9:30 a.m. at David Pecaut Square, Metro Hall

  • This run and walk event will raise funds in support of seniors across Toronto
  • This year’s event marks the fourth year of involvement for Michelle Dubé, Anchor, CTV News Toronto, who will be the event’s emcee and official starter again this year as Honourary Chair of the 2013 Toronto Challenge.
  • Anyone interested in taking the Toronto Challenge can pick up a registration form from Toronto Public Library branches, City of Toronto civic centres and community centres
    • Completed registrations with waivers can be mailed to The Toronto Challenge, 11th Floor, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Toronto, ON M5V 3C6

    • People may also drop their registration forms at the following Running Room store locations:

      • Downtown Yonge at 53 Yonge St.
      • Toronto Dominion Centre at 66 Wellington St. W.
      • High Park at 2100 Bloor St. W.
      • North Toronto store at 2629 Yonge St.
    • Registration is also available on race day at Metro Hall, 55 John St., from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

    • Or, register online at

      • Race ID is 8885
    • The deadline to pre-register is Saturday, June 1

    • Entry fee: Adults 15 to 64 years of age: $20; seniors: $10; disabled: $10; children (14 years and under): $10; family: $40 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children)

      • Registration cheques should be made payable to Treasurer, City of Toronto

This video presents “Line 9: The Tar Sands Come to Ontario”:

  • Line 9 was built in 1975 to transport imported oil from Montreal to refineries in Sarnia
  • Enbridge has applied to Canada’s National Energy Board to reverse its direction of flow so that it can transport oil from Sarnia to Montreal
  • Enbridge admits that among the possible uses of Line 9 is transporting “heavy oil” a category that includes bitumen, the hazardous raw material extracted from tar sands
  • The pipeline passes through cities, watersheds, rivers, and farmland. 9.1 million people live within 50 km of line 9, including 18 First Nations communities and 115 communities in total. (Sarnia, Hamilton, North York, Kingston, etc.)
  • Enbridge has a very poor record of environmental impact:
    • Between 1999 and 2008, Enbridge lists 610 spills that released approximately 21 million litres of hydrocarbons into the surrounding area

    • But Enbridge is most well-known for their 3.8 million litre spill in Kalamazoo Michigan in 2010, amounting to the largest inland oil spill in US history

  • With so much at risk, we need to work together to stop Enbridge Line 9
  • The big picture is spills, contamination, and expanding the tar sands

  • The even bigger picture is climate change:

    • If it is not halted, climate change will and is resulting in increased frequency and severity of storms, floods, drought, and water shortage, as well as the spread of disease, increased hunger, displacement and mass migrations of people and ensuing social conflict and war

Green Neighbours 21


Keep the Tar Sands out of Toronto – Stop Line 9!

FREE Admission

June 10

7:00-9:00 pm

Speaker: Sabrina Bowman, Environmental Defence

St. Michael & All Angels Church
(south east corner of St. Clair and Wychwood, enter from Wychwood through wooden gates, come up to 2nd floor)

  • Enbridge is proposing to reverse Line 9, an aging oil pipeline, to carry hot diluted bitumen from the Tar Sands to refineries on the East Coast
    • The line cuts through the northern edge of Toronto and crosses three major rivers leading to Lake Ontario

    • Spills from similar pipelines have brought environmental disasters to Kalamazoo, Michigan and Mayflower, Arkansas

      • Are we ready to risk that here?

  • Come to this important meeting to hear about what’s being proposed, the hazards involved, and the Toronto groups that are fighting to stop it
  • Find out how to add your voice to those opposing this dangerous plan

Bike Works DIY Bike Repairs

FREE Admission

Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer

10am – 4pm

Evergreen Brick Works

Evergreen Brick Works, Suite 300
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

Tel 416-596-1495, 1-888-426-3138 | Fax 416-596-1443

  • Get your bike tuned up
  • You bring the bike, Brick Works brings the tools and the volunteer know-how
    • Bike Works is open to the public for DIY repairs and bike rentals

    • Bring your bike by the shop, and Brick Works will provide the space and the tools as well as helpful volunteers on hand to assist you!


FREE admission

Friday June 14, 6pm / Saturday June 15, 2pm

Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 317


Telephone: 416 861 1853

  • The 2013 Youth Council invites you to discover the depth and breadth of the musical sphere
  • By presenting young musicians, debutants and professionals, this documentary invites the viewer to the heart of this rich musical universe
  • This film illustrates the spread of the musical scene in Toronto


FREE admission

June 15, 2013

12:00PM – 1:00PM

Redpath Stage
235 Queens Quay West
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  • The event is a 10-km longboard and skateboard cruise (charity ride) along the Toronto waterfront to raise money for Coast to Coast Against Cancer which supports children and families living with cancer

NeXt by NE

FREE Admission

June 16, 2013

12:00PM – 6:00PM

Redpath Stage
235 Queens Quay West

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  • Programming bands made up exclusively of musicians 18 and under

Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine for Teens and Tweens

FREE Admission

June 15 – 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013
1:00PM – 5:00PM
Zone 5
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto Ontario
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Sunday, June 16, 2013
1:00PM – 5:00PM
Zone 5
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto Ontario
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  • Have fun making your own zines with Broken Pencil Magazine!
  • Broken Pencil’s Zine Machine workshop where you’ll get to turn “garbage” into great literary works of art
  • The drop-in workshop is intended for participants ages 13-21

This video presents “Fête de la Musique in Toronto – June 21, 2012”:

  • To mark its 8th year in Toronto, Fête de la musique took over the streets of Kensington Market! In keeping with the spirit of this global celebration of music, which originated in France in 1982 and is now held in over 100 countries, Fête de la Musique returned to its busking roots!

Fête de la Musique 2013 / Make Music 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fête de la Musique 2013 / Make Music 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

La Fête de la Musique

FREE Admission

Celebrate the sounds of music!

June 21

5:30 to 8:30pm

Mel Lastman Square in North York, Toronto

  • La Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music and World Music Day, is a free musical celebration that takes place each year on June 21 in communities around the World
  • On this day, FREE concerts take place in public outdoor spaces where everyone is free to attend, sign-up and perform
  • The musicians are asked to perform for FREE, and all the concerts are free for the public
  • Here’s the schedule:
    • From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm:  musicians of all ages, levels, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock,  pop, classical music, island music, Irish …

    • From 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm: the band from Toronto French School and the choir of the French Alliance, the Children’s Choir of the Patriots, the choir Jeanne-Lajoie and chamber choir Spirit!

Leslieville Tree Festival

FREE Admission

Saturday, June 22


Leslie Grove Park, Corner of Queen Street East and Jones Avenue

  • Celebrate the urban forest with food, performances, and a plant sale at this annual festival!

Ontario Square: opening June 23

at Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre's image: Canada Square and Ontario Square in Toronto
Harbourfront Centre’s image: Canada Square and Ontario Square in Toronto
  • Harbourfront Centre, the heart of Toronto’s waterfront, is undergoing an extensive site transformation:
    • The surface between York Quay Centre and Queen’s Quay Terminal will be dramatically re-envisioned with two forest-inspired public squares ready to enjoy by summer 2013:

  1. Ontario Square (opening June 23) is part public space, part performance space and more
  2. Canada Square (opening July 1) is a new public space of incredible beauty, magnificent trees, a shoreline view and a place to call our own

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311)

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

Always call 911 for emergencies.



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