It’s Canada’s 150th birthday; it’s also Ontario’s 150th birthday. The entire province is stepping and curating a slew of delicious, birthday-themed activities to help us explore our rich and diverse culture.
Not to be outdone by what’s happening in Ottawa, Toronto is planning it’s own anniversary celebrations this year. TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada’s 150th birthday.
Gibson House Preserves
June 2 – December 3
Gibson House Museum is encouraging folks to create their own Canada Memory Jar for inclusion in the Museum’s fall 2017 exhibit: Gibson House Preserves. Assemble items in their jar to depict a favourite memory of being or becoming Canadian. Submitted jars will be displayed alongside different notions of preserving: food, memory and family heirlooms, in order to explore the idea of individual versus collective memory.
Toronto Food Truck Festival
August 4 – 7
The Toronto Edition of the popular festival on wheels is integrating Youth cooking seminars on Canadian dishes this year. No details year, but it sounds positively delicious.
Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Ignite your Labour Day weekend with fiery food, spicy music and dance, and the always-popular Iron Chef Competition at the 20th annual Hot and Spicy Festival. After two decades presenting the wonders of international cuisines, The Harbourfront Centre is bringing it home this year with a celebration highlighting regional multi-ethnic Canadian hot and spicy cooking.
Toronto’s free all-night contemporary art event returns from sunset to sunrise for its 12th edition. The overarching theme, entitled Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures, will focus on Canada’s history as a nation. Visit nbto.com for details!