What’s New for July 2014
It’s the most wonderful time of the year aka festival season in Toronto! If your weekends aren’t already booked-up this month, the list below will surely help you out. Don’t forget to save the date for our upcoming Hurdle to Success Symposium in September. Spread the word and invite your networks but hurry because 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 – 9am
Where: University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Cost: Free! RSVP at http://ahurdletosuccess.eventbrite.ca
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July 2-13, various locations: The Toronto FRINGE Theatre Festival. Existing within the walls of Toronto since 1989, Fringe Festival boasts the larges Toronto Festival there is. The festival offers more than 140 shows featuring plays, dance, comedy and kids’ shows, plus art, music and multidisciplinary events.
July 5 & 6, Woodbine Park: AFROFEST presented by Music Africa. Held annually since 1989 Afrofest is a free showcase of the rich and diverse African culture. The festival features music, dance, drumming and theatre, with over 35 bands – both local and international. With a bustling African marketplace, boasting more than 60 food and craft vendors, artistic displays, The Creative Children’s Village, drum area, music workshops and organized fun and educational activities for youth, Afrofest is the African cultural event of the summer! Main stage artists at Afrofest 2014 include Malian virtuoso Cheikh Hamala Diabate, direct from Cameroon, South Sudan’s Ruth Mathiang, Madagascar Slim, Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble from Nigeria, DRC’s Soukous Tchtcho, Amare Kante from Guinea any many more.
July 11-13, Harbourfront Centre: CHINA NOW Festival. Forget what you thought you knew about Chinese culture. From disparate influences and traditions, to the intersections of people, space and time, the inaugural China Now festival seeks to explore China’s enormous worldwide legacy.
July 19 & 20, St. Clair Avenue West: Salsa on St. Clair Festival. Salsa on St. Clair, Canada’s largest Latino-themed street festival, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year transforming midtown Toronto into a Latin fiesta.
July 26, 12:00pm to 10pm, Mississauga Celebration Square: Fiesta Ng Kalayaan. Fiesta Ng Kalayaan is a family event jointly hosted by Culture Philippines of Ontario (CPO), Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe (Fiesta), Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre (KCCO) and Kalayaan Filipino Cultural Organization (KFCO) and with the special participation of ABS-CBN and TFC. Entertainment will include performances by well-known local and international performers, cultural dance troupes, bands, comedians and other artists. A parade of colour will showcase various local Filipino Associations and a traditional “Santa Cruzan.” Filipino food, pastries and desserts will be on hand, and the trellises of Celebration Square will be adorned with arts and crafts from a variety of vendors from the Philippines.
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