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june 1, 2017

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Explore Ontario’s Cultural Mosaic

Ontario has loads of festivals for music, arts, sports, food and more. Today, we focus on one of the things that makes Ontario great –the wide variety of its cultures and the festivals that celebrate them. Learn about the people, taste the food and experience the entertainment. Mark your calendar with these and check here for others!

Indigenous/First Nations

article1_june1_2017.jpgMaawanji'iding: Festival Canadiana Owen Sound - June 30 to July 9, 2017 celebrates Canada's 150th and Owen Sound's 160th with a 10 day festival featuring entertainment & activities ranging from fireworks & inflatables to Metis vogageur games, aboriginal music & dance performers, & a reconciliation garden. Or celebrate First Nations culture at the Chippewas of Rama First Nation’s Annual Pow Wow, Aug 19-20, 2017, with powwow singers & dancers, food, arts, & crafts vendors.


article2_june1_2017.jpgPut on your kilt, bring out your bagpipes and celebrate Scottish/Irish/Celtic heritage at one of these festivals: Kincardine Scottish Festival & Highland Games - July 7-9, 2017 has Pipe Band competitions, Highland dance, traditional Highland sports & more.  Fergus Scottish Festival & Highland Games - Aug 11-13, 2017 is called Canada's most celebrated Scottish Festival & has Celtic music, pipes & drums, heavy events, highland dancing & clans. And help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Almonte Celtfest - July 7-9, 2017 with Celtic performers, artisans, and great refreshments.


article3_june1_2017.jpgOntario’s culture has been much influenced in recent years by its Asian & Indian populations and several festivals celebrate these contributions. Taste of Asia Festival - Jun 24-25, 2017 is a FREE multicultural event in Toronto with dazzling performances, culinary masters, celebrities, artisans & more.  Mosaic - The South Asian Festival on August 11-12, 2017 (GTA) is the largest FREE South Asian Arts, Culture and Heritage Festival in North America.  The Festival of India Ottawa from Aug 11 - 13, 2017 has music and dance from India & N America, workshops, vendors and of course, food!


article4_june1_2017.jpgOne of Toronto’s signature events is the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, North America's largest outdoor festival, and it celebrates its 50th Anniversary July 11-Aug 7, 2017. This explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry, visual and performing arts culminates in the Grand Parade which draws over a million people to Exhibition Place. Carivibe Beach and Food Festival celebrates Caribbean culture in Ottawa with Steel Bands, Fire Eaters, Masqueraders, International Entertainers, Drummers, DJ’s, food and more on June 17 in Petrie Island, Orleans.


Featured Events

Dunnville Mudcat Festival

June 8-11 Dunnville (SW Ontario)

featuredevent1_june1_2017.jpgDunnville celebrates Canada’s birthday this year with a Midway, Parade, Vendors, Food Trucks, Kids’ Entertainment, Strongman/Strongwoman Competition, a Car Show & an award-winning Fireworks extravaganza. Put on some red & white and join the fun.

Bread & Honey Festival

June 2-4 Toronto

featuredevent2_june1_2017.jpgIt’s the 45th Annual Bread & Honey Festival and it’s sure to be tons of fun for the whole family! Live shows, a carnival, hands-on interactive entertainment, a beer garden, & FREE Bread and Honey. The kick-off parade starts Sat. June 3 at 10am.

Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek

June 3-4, 2017 Stoney Creek (Hamilton) in SW Ontario

featuredevent3_june1_2017.jpgBring the family and re-live the thrill & pageantry of the battle that was the turning point of the War of 1812. Mingle with early 19th century settlers & soldiers going about their daily life, watch cooking, dancing & blacksmithing demos and experience food, games & entertainment.

Featured festival: London is ON!

featuredplace_june12017.jpgAny day of the week, year-round, London, Ontario has great events and things to do.  Two biggies this year…Trackside Music Festival July 1-2, for London’s country fans (featuring Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Brothers Osborne and more!) and London Bluesfest - Aug 25-27, 2017, with world class headline acts.



onlyinont_june1_2017.jpgBeaches International Jazz Festival
Enjoy music from some of Canada’s most talented artists at Canada’s largest free jazz festival. Featuring musicians performing jazz, blues, big band, African, Caribbean, reggae, hip-hop, Latin and more. Walk the streets, snack on food, & experience jam sessions, kids’ events & great sounds. Venues across the Beaches area. July 7-30, 2017 Various venues in Toronto’s Beaches

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