We’re lucky that Canada Day in 2011 falls on a Friday, resulting in a long weekend for many Torontonians. If you’re staying in the city to enjoy Dominion Day, the following are Toronto events and other ideas for celebrating the July 1 weekend.
Toronto Blue Jays
The Jays are in town for the whole Canada Day weekend playing the Phillies on Friday, July 1, Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, with a 1 p.m. start each day. Cheer on the Jays’ Jose Bautista as he leads the American League in home runs. You can purchase Toronto Blue Jays tickets here.
TD Toronto Jazz Festival
Toronto Jazz Festival performances at the Toronto Star Stage at Metro Square (221 King St. W. between Simcoe and John Streets) include The Roots on Friday, July 1, 2011 ($50 + tax + service charge), Bootsy Collins on Saturday, July 2, 2011 ($40 + tax + service charge), and Nikky Yanofsky on Sunday, July 3, 2011 ($45 + tax + service charge). All performances start at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are available at Ticketmaster. There are many other jazz festival artists performing on the Canada Day weekend at Toronto venues such as Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, Reservoir Lounge, Joe Mama’s, N’awlins Jazz Bar & Dining, Dominion on Queen, and Harlem Restaurant for free or a $10 cover.
Scotiabank Annual CHIN Picnic 2011
Toronto’s multi-cultural picnic is free all Canada Day weekend at the Exhibition Grounds starting at noon and features cycling races, midway races and games, a zero gravity circus, boxing matches, Bollywood singers, and the ever popular Miss CHIN Bikini Contest (Sat., noon) and Mr. CHIN Bikini Contest (Sun., 6:30 p.m.)
Downsview Park will host headliners, The Tragically Hip, with Weezer, Broken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta!, and Buck 65 on Friday, July 1, 2011. Tickets are $71.15 and available at Ticketmaster. Show starts at 4 p.m.; gates open at 2:30 p.m.
Billy Elliot The Musical
Billy Elliot continues its run at the Canon Theatre, 244 Victoria Street, with performances on Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, July 3, 2011 at 1: 30 p.m. Tickets are available at Mirvish Productions.
Harbourfront Centre presents the On The Pulse Festival, a weekend of music, dance, film, and theatre on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, 2011. The festival will feature Latin-fusion and Maori roots bands performing in competition, Second City improv performances, and a BBQ culture culinary event.