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2017 Victoria Day Fireworks in Toronto at Ashbridges Bay

My wife and I plan to enjoy the 2017 Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto. But do we have a problem?

Beach Chairs Stranded at Ashbridges Bay in Toronto in 2017
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My wife took this photo recently. It shows that the beach area has a pretty big puddle where a sandy beach usually welcomes the fireworks watchers.

However, there’s lots of beach farther to the east, and a fair strip of boardwalk where you can stand and watch the annual fireworks display.

Just watch your step!

You should plan to be in position by 9:45pm. Don’t even think about driving there: too many people got there early in the day, and streets will effectively be closed so people can walk away safely. If you’re not in walking distance, the best bets are biking the Martin Goodman Trail, or taking transit.

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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.

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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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