Celebrate Multiculturalism Day (June 30) and Canada Day (July 1) in Mel Lastman Square!
Multiculturalism Day will showcase the contributions of multicultural artists and communities to Canadian society through a dynamic program of contemporary music, dance and spoken word.
Admission is free!
The celebration is presented in collaboration with community partners North York Arts, Uma Nota, Small World Music, and RISE.
Mel Lastman Square Program – Multiculturalism Day (June 30)
Joining the lineup for Multiculturalism Day is the Juno Award-winning Okavango African Orchestra, featuring a cast of 9 accomplished African-born musicians now residing in Toronto. Collectively they bring together traditional music and instruments of several major African cultures that have historically have had little or no interaction.
Meanwhile, Canadian ethno-electro world fusion group DoVira, fuses Eastern European folk music and musical influences from around the world.
Festivities open at 2:25 PM on the Mainstage with a traditional welcome and blessing from Elder Cat Criger. From 2:30 PM to 3:10 PM, MEI Mrabet Quartet hits the stage. Dovira will get you moving from 3:30 PM to 4:10 PM, followed by Maria Bonita & The Band at 4:30 PM. Then, the Okavanago African Orchestra takes the spotlight from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Elsewhere, Korea Town Acid will be on the DJ Platform from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Face painting by Picasso Painters will be available from 2 PM to 6 PM. Other acts taking place on Multiculturalism Day include interactive dance, percussion, rhythm & dance by Uma Nota (2:30 PM to 3:30 PM); poetry and spoken word performance by R.I.S.E. (3:30 PM to 4:30 PM); Capoeira Camara (4:30 PM to 5:10 PM); and Percussion Parade led by Maracatu Mar Aberto (5:10 PM to 5:30 PM).
Mel Lastman Square Program – Canada Day (July 1)
Yonge Street will be closed from Park Home to North York Blvd on July 1st, 2019 between 4 PM and midnight for Canada Day Festivities at Mel Lastman Square.
Don’t miss the Canada Day program which kicks off at 6:00 PM at the Orchard with face painting by Picasso Painters. Hoop dance company, Sugar Hoops, will be performing from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Along Yonge Street, there will be a host of food and market vendors where you can grab a bite to eat. At 6:30 PM, School of Grove will be at the Pond showcasing a performance and short interactive dance workshop.
At 7 PM, Ryan “6 Pack” Lapadat, has pledged to continue the Marathon of Hope in honour of Canadian icon Terry Fox by flipping over a car for 143 days straight. Bring your family and friends to witness in real life feats of strength you would only see in superhero movies.
Get ready for DJ Dre Ngozi at Mainstage from 7:40 PM to 8 PM.
A Native Elder Blessing will take place on the Mainstage at 8 PM, followed by welcoming remarks.
Then, Toronto-based multi media artist and musician Maylee Tood hits the stage at 8:10 PM. DJ Dre Ngozi returns to the stage from 8:55 to 9:15 PM before Canadian icon Jully Black, dubbed ‘Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul’, steps into the spotlight. Jully will kick off her set with “O Canada”
The festivities wrap at 10:25 PM!