What’s New for August 2014
August is here and the summer’s not over yet! Toronto still has plenty of festivals to offer straight through to the month of September. Check out the list below and enjoy the long days while they last!
Don’t forget to mark the Hurdle to Success Symposium on your calendars. Share it with you colleagues and communities. Registration is limited!
The second instalment of the Hurdle to Success series – a free full-day symposium bringing together student athletes, community members, sport professionals and academics to discuss critical issues and the experiences of Indigenous and racialized minority students engaged in post-secondary athletics – will take place on Saturday, September 27th at the University of Toronto Scarborough from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
The symposium will feature keynote presentations and panel discussions from community members, academics and sport professionals including renowned social and political activist, and former Olympian, Waneek Horn-Miller and Paul Jones, Sportscaster for the Toronto Raptors. Breakout discussion sessions throughout the day will explore challenges and opportunities in three areas:
- How Indigenous and racialized youth access and are recruited to post-secondary athletics;
- How marginalized student athletes successfully pursue, complete, and graduate post-secondary education; and
- The successful transition to professional sport including Pan Am/Parapan Am.
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9 am
Where: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Cost: Free! RSVP at http://ahurdletosuccess.eventbrite.ca
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August 8-10, Danforth Ave: Krinos Taste of the Danforth. Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street festival, welcoming 1.5 million attendees annually. As we enter our 21st year, the festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with dozens of free activities for visitors of all ages – and of course Food, Food and more Food!
August 8-10, Harbourfront Centre: Expressions of Brazil Festival. Explore South America’s biggest country over a mammoth three-day festival featuring a kaleidoscope of arts, cultural and culinary events.
August 15-17, Port Credit. Port Credit Busker Fest 2014. Now a three-day event with over 40 professional Buskers, 8 staging areas, 4 spectacular fire shows and lots of “surprise fly pitches” throughout Port Credit – not to mention the incredible Xtreme Finale on Sunday with every Busker performing one big show! A full weekend of family fun where you decide what to pay. Tips are strongly encouraged.
August 22-24, Harbourfront Centre: TAIWANfest. Taiwan is a country built on the legacy of global traditions and cultures that have marked its shores. Join us for a weekend wander down the path of music, dance, art and food that invigorates the island nations.
August 23 & 24, Scarborough Civic Centre: 3rd Annual Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival. The FREE 2-day Scarborough Afro-Caribbean Festival is back this August with our third annual celebration of African and Caribbean culture. Thousands of people from all over Toronto attended last year to experience mouth-watering cuisine, traditional African and Caribbean performances, eye-opening concerts and poetry slams, unique vendors, and much more. From face-painting to exciting dance competitions, there is definitely something for every member of your family to enjoy. Our festival is an exciting showcase of the vibrant cultural fabric of our community through Afro-Caribbean art, dance, music, and food – come have fun with us!
August 29- September 1, Harbourfront Centre: Ashkenaz Festival. North America’s premier festival of global Jewish music and culture returns with its 10th biennial celebration. Over 200 artists from more than a dozen countries will showcase the vibrancy and brilliance of Jewish artistic traditions from traditional styles to cutting-edge, cross-cultural fusion.
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