Monday, September 19, 2022

It was a festival weekend in Toronto

In the lead up to Autumn Toronto just had a boatload of festivals over the past weekend (September 16-18, 2022) which included the Polish Festival, the Ukrainian Festival, the Redpath Waterfront Festival, Windfest, the Small World Music Festival, the Pape Village Summerfest and the Mexican Independence Day Celebration. Over the weekend the famous Toronto Film Festival, or tiff, came to an end for 2022.

Love accepted everywhere sign at tiff 2022
Floral garlands were a big part of both the Ukraine and Polish festivals
From the Roncesvalles Polish Festival's website, "It’s been a long 2 years since we were able to be together to celebrate Roncesvalles Village, and the unique heritage of this neighbourhood, at our weekend Roncesvalles Polish Festival. Coming this September 17 & 18, and building on the long history of the Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which include fan favourites, like Polka and pierogi, in conjunction with a fresh focus to celebrate a broader range of local artists, musicians and, of course, food. Whether it’s your 1st time or your 15th, we can’t wait to say Hello, Cześć, Boozhoo, Tansi, and Bonjour and welcome you to Roncesvalles Village!"

Nearby was the Toronto Ukrainian Festival telling us to, "Discover Ukrainian culture in Canada and share the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival. This is your opportunity to experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at its best. Enjoy non-stop entertainment with Ukrainian performers from the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, the USA and Ukraine, including dancers, vocalists, musicians and a special youth segment. Vendor kiosks will offer delicious, authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful crafts and collectibles. Cultural pavilions will feature interactive cultural activities and displays of historical and contemporary interest."

Across the City was the Pape Village Summerfest on Saturday which was just a chance to enjoy the neighbourhood and take part in the street festival. They also had Superman, Wonder Woman and a tortoise and a dinosaur handler!
The stages are setup for the nights performances

From the Small World Music Festival 2022, "Join us September 16th through 18th at Fort York Garrison Common, for a FREE, family-friendly community celebration of music, dance, craft, food and more! Some of the participating artists include International names like hypnotic French-Venezuelan singer La Chica, Argentina’s Tanghetto with their neo-tango sound, and the rousing spiritualism of Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad Qawwali from Pakistan. The festival's two stages will feature the best in genre-busting and culture-crossing sounds, celebrating Canada's ever-evolving musical landscape. From Toronto, Montreal and beyond, they’ll include Funk Lion, Moneka Arabic Jazz, Pantayo, Shauit, Joyce N’Sana, Clerel, Hawa B and many more. There will be buskers and marching bands and we’re delighted to have a roster of partners including Fort York National Historic Site, Toronto History Museums, FabCollab, Uma Nota Culture, the 50/50 Performing Arts Collective, Tkaronto Music Festival, Wavelength Music, Art Spin, Link Music, Aga Khan Museum and many more."

The Redpath Waterfront Festival says, "JUST ADD WATER. The Redpath Waterfront Festival is thrilled to return to Toronto’s waterfront from September 17-18, 2022, with a Water Weekend! From 11am-8pm each day, join us as we celebrate the last weekend of summer with unique and interactive on-land and on-water entertainment in HTO Park and Sugar Beach."
Tugboat Theodore Too was back for the waterfront festival
Along with a big beaver from Parks Canada

Mexican Independence Day Celebration at City Hall with "The 2022 Mexican Independence Day Celebration event marks the 28th annual celebration in Toronto! For the past two years we've shared an online event with original programming, but we now look forward to gathering once again to eat, dance, sing, enjoy culture, crafts & shopping together as we celebrate on September 17 2022 at Nathan Phillips Square!"

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