Canada Turns 150 which marks 150 years of Confederation in 2017. Toronto and surrounding areas are planning a blowout year of anniversary festivities. From city spectacles to rustic Canadiana, Toronto is the place to discover all the best our nation has to offer. Here’s what’s happening in Toronto. Check back often for future updates!
MUSIC AS CANADA TURNS 150
Through 2017: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra celebrates Canadian music, from rock to classical, with performances throughout the year.
MOVIES OF CANADA ON SCREEN
Through 2017: A free program showcasing the best in Canadian cinema at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
CANADA 150: DISCOVERY WAY
Through 2017: The Ontario Science Centre’s year-long installation, Canada 150: Discovery Way, about the stories behind transformational Canadian inventions and innovations, from the lightbulb to the flight recorder.
ART AND CULTURE AS CANADA TURNS 150
March to July, 2017: Anchored by the massive Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, the Royal Ontario Museum celebrates the 150th with three exhibitions that showcase Canada through art, culture and nature.
SNAPSHOTS THROUGH TIME & MAPLE LEAF FOREVER
March to November, 2017: The Market Gallery in St. Lawrence Market presents Becoming Canadian In Toronto: Snapshots Through Time and Maple Leaf Forever: Toronto’s Take on a National Symbol.
FORT YORK NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
April 8 & 9, 2017: Among many Canada 150 initiatives being developed for 2017, Fort York marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge with a two-day commemorative event.
June 21, 2017: Fort York National Historic Site also hosts National Aboriginal Day festivities, featuring musical and cultural programming.
CULTURAL HOTSPOT IN EAST YORK
May to October, 2017: An arts and culture initiative based in East York. It includes My City My Six, a city-wide participatory public art project beginning in January.
TORONTO RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY CELEBRATIONS
May to October, 2017: The vibrant Toronto Riverside community hosts a series of Canada 150 events through 2017. These include an Ontario Wine festival, guided walking tours, and the Riverside Celebrates 150 Street Festival in June.
SOULPEPPER THEATRE COMPANY
Summer 2017: Soulpepper presents four plays about Canadian history including one of the most critically-acclaimed Canadian plays of all time, “Billy Bishop Goes to War.”
SOUNDS OF HOME
Summer 2017: Harbourfront Centre’s summer music program has a sesquicentennial theme in 2017.
July 1 to 4, 2017: Celebrations of Canada’s Birthday will be taking place across the Toronto region including at Mississauga Celebration Square, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, Colonel Samuel Smith Park and a four-day event at Nathan Phillips Square.
July 1 & 2, 2017 at Woodbine Racetrack: Horse racing fans are invited to enjoy an action-packed, two-day event over the 2017 Canada Day long weekend. Celebrate the nation’s finest three-year-old horses, highlighted by the prestigious $1-million Queen’s Plate, on the 150th anniversary weekend of Confederation across the country.
REDPATH WATERFRONT FESTIVAL
July 1 to 3, 2017: The 2017 Redpath Waterfront Festival is a Canadiana-themed celebration with nautical programs, live music, food and more.
TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER
July 28 to 30, 2017: Toronto’s Festival of Beer showcases Canada’s rich history of beer and food in a 20,000+ square-foot space featuring culinary offerings from across this great country. A Canadian music lineup rounds out the festivities.
EDIT (EXPO FOR DESIGN, INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY)
September 28 to October 8, 2017: The inaugural edition of EDIT, a biennial expo exploring design, technology and innovation addresses global issues.
CAVALCADE OF LIGHTS
November 25, 2017: Toronto’s festive annual holiday kickoff, a Cavalcade of Lights special edition happens in Nathan Phillips Square.