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2016 Taste of the Danforth in Toronto

Here’s a quick note on the annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth, 2016 version, in Toronto.

Crowds under the 2016 Taste of the Danforth banner in Toronto.
Crowds under the 2016 Taste of the Danforth banner in Toronto.

My wife and I went on Sunday just after noon. The only reasonable way to go is by TTC; the #2 Bloor/Danforth line has several stations serving Taste of the Danforth. (You do realize these events close the street to vehicle traffic, right? Okay, that’s settled).

Taste of the Danforth, from West to East

We started at the west end, at Broadview. At first we found the lines for food and drink to be pretty short and manageable. I went for a lamb gyro, and my wife for a spinach pie. Good food, and we shared enough that we had some variety.

Later we had chicken shish-kebabs, and took home a dessert. Linda’s always careful to bring a sturdy, re-usable shopping bag.

We asked about socks made from bamboo – yes really! – at one store. It turns out that my wife buys Christmas presents from their factory outlet in East York or Scarborough.

The lines were longer, and the street more crowded, as we went east toward Donlands. The total distance is about 2Km.

Taste of the Danforth celebrates the shops and culture along this vibrant stretch of Danforth Avenue. It started as a collection of Greek restaurants. Other ethnic foods are now available, from at least one English pub to Thai or sushi from the Orient. A few vendors come in for the day: I noticed the CFL’s Argo team and Toronto FC soccer. Some traditional midway games were available. Live performances were presented from three stages along the route. And perhaps the most enthusiastic presentation was by Assassin’s Creed cosplayers.

This annual event runs in early August, on the weekend after Simcoe Day. I’ve written about it in 2015.

More Annual Events in Toronto Canada

My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, free or frugal. Today’s article happens to cover the annual Toronto Taste of the Danforth.

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Hot and Spicy Exhibition for Labour Day 2015 in Toronto

How many free or frugal ways does Toronto offer to celebrate the Labour Day weekend in 2015? Let’s review some of the annual summer events.

"Tall Ships in Toronto at Harbourfront in 2010" image by Numinosity (Gary J Wood) under CC license.
“Tall Ships in Toronto at Harbourfront in 2010” image by Numinosity (Gary J Wood) under CC license.

The Harbourfront Hot and Spicy Food Festival of 2015

Harbourfront hosts the Hot and Spicy Food Festival from September 4-7, 2015. This year’s theme is “hot, spicy and sustainable”: be environmentally friendly to ensure future generations can survive, thrive, and enjoy amazing food.

What can you do at Harbourfront during the Hot & Spicy Festival? Shop for food, especially spices, each day. (Friday from 6pm; on the weekend from noon). Children have their own activities from Saturday through Labour Day Monday. Listen to music in the evenings. Take in cooking classes or demonstrations by a variety of chefs.

Actually, what really catches my eye is the Terrance Drake Fire Show: family friendly but with actual flames. Lots of flames, judging by the photo.

The Hot and Spicy Food Festival is free to attend at Harbourfront at 235 Queen’s Quay West in downtown Toronto. Take the subway to Union Station, then catch the streetcar.

More details await you on Harbourfront’s web page for the 2015 Hot and Spicy Food Festival.

The 2015 Air Show at the CNE

While you’re at Harbourfront on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, slip outside anytime between noon and 3pm and look west along the water’s edge.

That’s when the Canadian National Exhibition hosts the annual Air Show above the CNE grounds.

The focal point for the aerial acrobatics is just offshore, due south of the CNE grounds. Unless it’s incredibly foggy, you can see and hear plenty from Harbourfront. (And do you think the Air Show would go on if it is foggy?)

While the CNE offers a lot of excitement on the grounds, the Air Show is a free annual event if you simply get anywhere close with a clear line of sight.

"The Princes Gates at the CNE in Toronto" image by Steve Harris (stevenharris) under CC license
“The Princes Gates at the CNE in Toronto” image by Steve Harris (stevenharris) under CC license

The 2015 Vietnamese Lantern Festival of Toronto

Dufferin Grove Park hosts the free Vietnamese Lantern Festival of Toronto on Saturday September 5 from 2-5pm.

This is a “mid-autumn festival” or moon festival, celebrating the harvest in Vietnam. Many Asian cultures celebrate with moon cakes and lanterns or lights.

Watch the lanterns, enjoy the performances, and send your children into the kids’ activities. Of course food vendors, as well as artisans and local businesses, will offer their wares, too.

Dufferin Grove Park is at 875 Dufferin St. Park East. Just walk south from the Dufferin station on the #2 Bloor-Danforth subway line.

More information (but, as of press time, not the schedule) is available on the Toronto Vietnamese Lantern Festival web site.

The 2015 Hispanic Fiesta at Mel Lastman Square

Another annual Toronto event is the Hispanic Fiesta at Mel Lastman Square. This year’s fiesta runs from Sept. 4-7, 2015.

Friday night’s program starts with Xtravanganza at 7:15pm, and music at 8:30. Throughout the Labour Day weekend, programs begin at 3pm.

Naturally, you will find Spanish cuisine… and a lot of Spanish… at the Hispanic Fiesta. Take the #1 Yonge subway up to the North York Centre station; and follow your ears to Mel Lastman Square.

The Toronto Hispanic Fiesta web site has more details.

"Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto at Ashbridges Bay #5" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto at Ashbridges Bay #5” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Labour Day Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland

Canada’s Wonderland continues its annual summer tradition of hosting a fireworks show on the Sunday night before Labour Day. Wonder Mountain should be well lit at 10pm on Sept. 6, 2015.

Just don’t even think about watching it for free from a highway. Either pay your entry fee and stay the day; or find a line of sight from a safe place in the suburbs.

Where can you see Labour Day fireworks in Toronto? Toronto does not host a fireworks display this weekend; so Canada’s Wonderland is the venue nearest Toronto.

You could drive even farther, to see fireworks at Niagara Falls on Friday night, Sunday night or Monday night (since it’s Labour Day).

Your Choice of Labour Day Parades for 2015

Remember the roots of “Labour Day”: a celebration of workers’ hard-won rights. The annual Toronto Labour Day Parade will begin at 9:30am on Labour Day, Monday Sept. 7, 2015, at the corner of Queen St. W. and University Ave. Various unions march in solidarity in this parade.

Watch the parade anywhere on Queen St. between University Ave. and Dufferin, or south on Dufferin into the CNE grounds.

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The Toronto Chinese Archway at Gerrard and Broadview

The other day I was jogging along Gerrard Street in Toronto, with my camera in hand to take pictures of Buskerfest 2015 (one of Toronto’s annual summer events). Then I realized that was my perfect opportunity to photograph the Toronto Chinese Archway, just west of Broadview Avenue.

"Toronto Chinese Archway seen across Gerrard" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Toronto Chinese Archway seen across Gerrard” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

A Brief History of the Toronto Chinese Archway

Although I knew this Chinese archway in Toronto had been erected sometime in the last decade or so, I really did not know much about it. “To the Internet!” was my thought before writing this post.

According to this Danforth Greens article, the opening ceremony for the Toronto Chinese Archway was held on September 12, 2009. That was a free event, open to the public.

The Toronto Star reported that the parking lot which hosts this traditional Chinese archway won the Award of Excellence (for parking lots) in 2012.

In May of 2013, Canada Post issued commemorative stamps highlighting eight Chinese archways in Canada, including this one in Toronto on Gerrard west of Broadview. The Inside Toronto article notes that the stamps were issued as part of Asian Heritage Month that year.

"Toronto Archway Commemorates Chinese Labourers Building the Railroad" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Toronto Archway Commemorates Chinese Labourers Building the Railroad” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

I had not realized that the decoration on the arch commemorates the Chinese labourers who had built the first railway linking the Atlantic and Pacific coasts across Canada.

A Gateway to One Chinatown in Toronto

This archway is the “gate” to Chinatown East in Toronto, if you’re coming from downtown. It’s just east of the Don River, and across Gerrard from Bridgepoint Healthcare and the former Don Jail.

"Toronto Chinese Archway and one Lion" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Toronto Chinese Archway and one Lion” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The area has a fascinating mix of Chinese restaurants and stores with a mix of Asian-inspired goods. If you want a choice of restaurants for Chinese food in Toronto, and you’re anywhere near the Riverdale neighbourhood, this is your destination.

I forgot to photograph the streetcars. The 506 Carlton car runs east/west along Gerrard; the 504 King and 505 Dundas routes follow Broadview north/south.

This Chinese lion wants to welcome pedestrians heading for Chinese food.

"Toronto Chinese Lion Looking for Pedestrians" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Toronto Chinese Lion Looking for Pedestrians” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

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My blog tracks many of the annual Toronto events that I find interesting, free or frugal.

Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article. (The site is monetized; buy something through an ad and I should earn a commission). 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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