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Celebrate Republic Day India in the Pearson Convention Centre

Although India’s Republic Day truly is Jan. 26, Toronto and the GTA will celebrate the anniversary on Sunday Feb. 1, 2015 in the Pearson Convention Centre.

"Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

What is the Indian Republic Day?

On Jan. 26 1950, the Constitution of India took effect, making India an independent republic within the British Commonwealth (now the Commonwealth of Nations). The prior system of government in India had retained important roles for British governors.

Note that India had already gained independence from Britain on Aug. 15, 1947. Republic Day is one of three secular national holidays in India. Independence Day is on Aug. 15; and Mohandas Gandhi’s birthday is celebrated as Gandhi Jayanti on Oct. 2.

Republic Day in India is best known for its Republic Day Parade in Delhi, where the celebrations continue for a three day period.

Where to Celebrate Republic Day 2015 near Toronto?

The Panorama India organization continues to host Republic Day festivities in the Pearson Convention Centre (2638 Steeles Ave. East, Brampton). See the map below.

The event begins at 11am and runs until 6pm. It will include cultural performances, bazaar-style shopping and food. Free admission & parking. Children may compete for prizes in drawing. There will also be a folk dance competition and the final performance of the Panorama India Bollywood Idol contestants.

"Map for Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps. Click twice to enlarge.

Looking for More about India?

Interested in the history of India? Read “India: A History” by John Keay in a Kindle e-reader edition from Amazon Canada.

The Brampton Guardian covered this in “Indo-Canadians Celebrate Republic Day“. And I must thank Panorama India for sending me an e-announcement!

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Celebrate 2015 Robbie Burns Day in Toronto

Where can you celebrate the 2015 Robbie Burns Day in Toronto? Or enjoy a Burns Supper in Toronto?

"Robbie Burns painted by Alexander Nasmyth" image owned by Scottish National Portrait Gallery

"Robbie Burns painted by Alexander Nasmyth" image owned by Scottish National Portrait Gallery

When is Robbie Burns Day?

We honour the national poet of Scotland, Robbie Burns, on the anniversary of his birthday: January 25, 1759. The traditional Burns Supper includes piping in, reciting Burn’s Ode To, and eating a haggis.

Yes, a Burns Supper is one of many annual Toronto events;

Where does Toronto Celebrate Robbie Burns Day in 2015?

The St. Andrews Society of Toronto celebrates the 2015 Robbie Burns Day meets at Allen Gardens at 11am on Sun. Jan. 25. Gather by the Burns statue on the east side of the park, nearer Sherbourne St. The Society offers piping, haggis and other delectable fare (at a pub, so be prepared to pay your way after the free outdoor ceremonies).

Allen Gardens is in downtown Toronto at 19 Horticultural Ave. The park is bounded by Carlton, Sherbourne, Gerrard and Jarvis. (Horticultural Ave. comes north from Gerrard St.).

Among the Toronto museums, Mackenzie House concentrates on Robbie Burns for Sunday afternoon from noon to 4pm on Jan. 25. They offer shortbread and “a taste of haggis”, with music, for the standard under-$10 admission fee. Mackenzie House is at 82 Bond St. (That’s a few short blocks east of Yonge, south of Dundas Square, but west of Church and well north of Shuter).

Since I advocate free and frugal events, let’s only mention that Casa Loma will charge a lot of money for a 4-course Burns Supper on Sat. Jan. 24. Johnny Walker sponsors this whiskey tasting meal, but the Liberty Group still charges a hefty price tag. Maybe that’s just to make sure that only true fans will attend; hmm, there’s a challenge for you.

Other Toronto restaurants also host a Burns Supper theme this weekend; just run a search combining Robbie Burns and restaurants in Toronto.

Avoiding Robbie Burns in Toronto

You could take a nature walk at Todmorden Mills on Robbie Burns Day. Their “Winter in the Valley” event runs for an hour from 1:30pm on Sun. Jan. 25. For under $10, you can learn how the Don Valley’s wildlife survives the winter; and sample hot cider.

Todmorden Mills, another Toronto museum, is at 67 Pottery Road, just east of the Don River and on the south side of the road. You can’t miss seeing the chimney! Pottery Road links Broadview (at Mortimer) and Bayview (south of Moore Park).

Looking for More about Robbie Burns?

Get the free Kindle edition of “Poems and Songs of Robert Burns” from Amazon Canada or Amazon USA for free!

Or buy the amazingly frugal paperback version of “Haggis: the Recipe Book: 30 Ways with Haggis” from Amazon Canada.

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Fitness with the Tortoise and the Hare

Does Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, actually teach us about fitness and how to pace your run? Maybe not, but it helped me put an insight into perspective in “The Tortoise and Hare Approach to Running Pace“, my latest DeHaan Fitness post.

"Rabbit foraging in Alabama" image by Stephen Kirkpatrick, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

"Rabbit foraging in Alabama" image by Stephen Kirkpatrick, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Okay, Aesop Really Didn’t Say Much about Fitness

I’d like to feel as quick as this rabbit, but as I admit in that blog post, I felt really slow at the start of that fitness session.

And no, Aesop truly did not discuss “pace” for exercising. He had a different insight about competition. Actually my blog post is about setting a wise pace early in the run. I used the “Tortoise and Hare” phrase to highlight the contrast between trying too hard versus starting with a sustainable pace.

Two Sources for Aesop’s Fables

I found a couple of good Kindle books of Aesop’s fables, in Amazon. Read them for Aesop’s wisdom on a range of subjects… or to give your children something to dream about.

Aesop’s Fables (Kindle Edition)” has a low price, and a 4-star rating from 7 reviewers. Each modernized fable has its own illustration. Check it out in the Canadian edition or the American edition.

The “Aesop’s Fables (Oxford World’s Classics – Kindle Edition)” version has a whopping 600 fables! The only review gives it 5 stars. This version has been translated anew from the Greek. It’s recommended for the parent who wants to know what the original stories really said. Check it out in the Canadian edition or the American edition.

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Selected 2015 New Year Levees in Toronto

The French instituted the Levée (”risen”) as a ritual for the favoured to help the king get up in the morning. In the New World, many politicians and vice-regal dignitaries hold a New Year Levée to greet the public. Where in Toronto can you shake hands with our nouveau nobility early in 2015, as this annual winter Toronto event continues?

Remember: it’s free to attend, and check the links to the official pages for details about additional entertainment. As a rule, an indoor reception is pretty quiet; outdoor skating tends to include family-friendly music.

The 2015 Queen’s Park Levée with Lieutentant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Join our new Lieutentant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in the vice-regal suite at Queen’s Park on Thurs. Jan. 1, 2015 from noon-2pm. I’d take the TTC to Queen’s Park. The 506 Carlton streetcar stop is at University and College; it’s a quick walk north to the legislature.

Then take a brisk walk south to Toronto City Hall.

"Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto" image by machernucha (Mike chernucha)

"Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto" image by machernucha (Mike chernucha)

Toronto Mayor John Tory to Hold an Icy Levée at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Mayor John Tory’s 2015 Levée will be held on Jan. 1 from 2-3:30pm on New Year’s Day at Nathan Phillips Square. This brings to partial fruition an idea floated by former mayor Rob Ford, to skate on the outdoor rink. Apparently Mayor Tory will also shake hands indoors at City Hall, as well as skating in the square.

Mayor Tory will return to City Hall from his midnight countdown at the New Year’s Eve party.

Toronto City Hall is at Bay and Queen; I’d take the TTC downtown for this event if I weren’t already at Queen’s Park.

I suspect some other downtown Toronto Councillors plan to join this skating levée.

Deferred 2015 New Year Levées with Other Toronto Councillors

Head to the East York Civic Centre on Sunday Jan. 4 from 1-3pm for the East York New Year’s Levée, with some councillors as well as young musicians sponsored by the Beaches International Jazz Festival. Thank goodness Councillor Mary Fragedakis posted this; I’d also read somewhere that Janet Davis will attend as well.

On Saturday Jan. 10, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and MPP Arthur Potts will hold a joint Levée at the Naval Club (1910 Upper Gerrard at Woodbine) from 2-4pm.

That’s the same date and time as Councillor Paul Ainslie’s New Year Levée, but I didn’t find the location in the left-hand menu on his page.

A year or so ago, Scarborough councillors cut out this annual Toronto tradition; I have not found notices for the others by my self-imposed deadline. If any readers can send me a link to more news for their area, I would publish gratefully.

Mississauga Mayor to Host Levée on New Year’s Day

Newly elected Mayor Bonnie Crombie will host her 2015 New Year Levée at City Hall and Celebration Square in Mississauga. The indoor ceremony begins at 2pm; but outdoor skating will be available too.

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2014 New Years Eve Fireworks in Toronto or the GTA

We all love fireworks, but where can we see fireworks in Toronto or the GTA at a 2014 New Year’s Eve party? Let’s cut right to the chase for Dec. 31, 2014. (Updated Dec. 31, 2014 with a few transit notes).

"Mascots at Toronto City Hall in Winter of 2010" image by happyworker
“Mascots at Toronto City Hall in Winter of 2010″ image by happyworker

Fireworks at the Nathan Phillips New Year’s Eve Celebration in Toronto

This official Toronto City Hall web page does not mention City-TV, who used to host this event. Still, I’d rate this as the best-known annual Toronto winter event.

Skate from 8pm-10pm; rent skates if you don’t want to carry a pair until next year. Drummers and jugglers will keep the non-skaters entertained until the main stage show at 10pm. Live music continues until Mayor John Tory counts down to midnight and fireworks.

One hint from previous years: check the perimeter for fences and gates. If you want to leave before the crowd, stay near an exit rather than try to swim against the flow.

Take the TTC to Queen and Bay. Remember that TTC service is free on New Year’s Eve from 7pm through 4am on New Year’s Day. Taxpayers may rejoice that Corby Spirit and Wine is the sponsor covering the cost of all rides.

As always, the Toronto New Year’s Eve party at Nathan Phillips square is outdoors, free of charge and officially free of intoxicants.

I’ve just checked City TV’s schedule for Dec. 31: they will cover Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve from New York City, even if the former American Bandstand host met his demise in 2012. (The link will be out of date early in 2015!).

Two New Year’s Eve Fireworks Shows at Niagara Falls

Head to Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls on Dec. 31, 2014 for a pair of fireworks shows at 8pm and midnight. Again, this is a free show. I’d recommend staying at a Niagara Falls hotel rather than driving back to Toronto. Or check with GO schedule for free rides this evening; although it does not mention Niagara Falls on that page. The last GO bus from Niagara Falls barely gives you time for the 8pm fireworks.

Here’s my map highlighting Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls. (Click the map, and then click the next image, to get a larger version).

"Map for Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls Ontario" image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps
“Map for Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls Ontario” image by Mike DeHaan via Google Maps

New Year’s Eve Fireworks in the GTA

Brampton’s City Hall is the venue for midnight fireworks on Dec. 31, 2014. Oh, all right, the show is actually outdoors in Ken Whillans Square.

Naturally, Mississauga hosts fireworks in Celebration Square (300 City Centre Drive). Yes, naturally the fireworks start at midnight, after music and skating.

Newmarket gets an early start with fireworks at 9pm at the Magna Centre, 800 Mulock Drive. The evening includes a choice of skating or swimming… and I hope that’s an indoor pool.

Apparently each transit service in the GTA offers free rides from some time on New Year’s Eve; check with your local transit authority for the details.

The GTA offers other family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebrations beyond fireworks; let’s thank To Do Canada for rounding up these Fireworks and Family Events for Toronto and the GTA. For one example, skate from 8pm-1am at the Natrel Rink at Harbourfront in Toronto.

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Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. However, DeHaan Services does write web site or advertising copy for clients. Our skills are demonstrated in online articles in Decoded Science, Decoded Pregnancy and other online sites. That’s why DeHaan Services highlights those online articles on this site.

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