Canada 150


Beginning with New Year's Eve 2017, City-produced TO Canada with Love celebrations honouring Canada's 150th birthday are taking place across Toronto. From large-scale artwork and concerts to cultural programs, official openings and community sport days, there is something for everyone to enjoy in 2017. For more TO Canada with Love celebrations, visit the the Canada 150 Festival and Event Calendar.


Snap & Share Photo Contest

Toronto City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square
Entry period May 15 – July 31

Toronto's favourite photo contest returns with a special TO Canada with Love category. Send in your best photos from Toronto's parks, natural spaces and recreation centres for a chance to win prizes and have your photos featured in City of Toronto publications. Full details to come at

Canada 150 Celebrations: STOMP

STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase, Canada 150 Edition

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E.
May 7, 2017

More than 400 young performers compete in the 16th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase, Canada 150 Edition. Teams of talented youth performers (ages six to 24) from Parks, Forestry and Recreation dance programs showcase their moves in this exuberant afternoon! Tickets on sale April 1. Visit

Photo from the Annual Toronto Newcomer Day Celebrations

Toronto Newcomer Day

Toronto City Hall & Nathan Phillips Square
May 15, 2017

A Toronto City Council-directed annual celebration officially welcoming and celebrating newcomers to the city of Toronto. Featuring a "Newcomer Fair", offering settlement services providers through booths and displays and one-on-one interactions, cultural entertainment and a citizenship ceremony culminate with speeches by all levels of government. Visit

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Doors Open Toronto

May 27 & 28, 2017

The 18th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf offers free and rare access to approximately 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. The 2017 event theme is 15 Decades of Canadian Architecture focusing on the evolution of Canadian Architecture, highlighting each decade since the 1860s. Visit

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Gibson House Preserves

Gibson House Museum
June 3 to August 31, 2017

Launching at our anniversary garden party on June 3, Gibson House Museum will provide canning jars, guidelines, and suggestions for North York residents and community organizations to create their own Canada Memory Jar for inclusion in the museum's fall 2017 exhibit: Gibson House Preserves. Learn More

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Music in the Orchard

Spadina Museum
June 4, 11, 18 and July 9 & 16, 2017

Bring your blanket or lawn chair to Spadina Museum and enjoy outdoor musical performances on Sundays in June and July. Every performance is planned with a nod to recognizing the Austin family's importance to the Toronto music scene, as well as celebrating our nation's musical diversity. Learn More

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Canada 150 Fab Forties

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
June 18, 2017

Time-travel to the home front of the 1940s - transformative years for Canada and the world. Come dressed in your best rendition of early 1940s fashion, enjoy live swing music or learn how to 'cut a rug' with a wartime dance lesson. Tour our historic 1940s cottage, sample wartime ration recipes and snap a selfie in front of our photo billboards. Learn More

C150 Celebrations National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day and The Indigenous Arts Festival

Fort York
June 21 - 25, 2017

Presented by Fort York and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, National Aboriginal Day followed by The Indigenous Arts Festival will celebrate the very best in Indigenous and Metis culture. The series of music, storytelling, dance, theatre and food events will energize the grounds of this historic site with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations by Indigenous artists. Learn More

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Gatsby Garden Party

Spadina Museum
June 24 & 25, 2017

Jay Gatsby would be amused! Come in 1920s garb, enjoy live music, learn how to dance 1920s-style, play a game of croquet and have your picture taken in the Canada 150 Photo Booth. Learn More

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Suburban Steam Community Festival

Historic Zion Schoolhouse
June 24, 2017

Enjoy a day of historical make-believe in an authentic 1910 Edwardian Schoolhouse at our retro-futuristic community festival, celebrating all things Steampunk. Tour through an outdoor arcade of Steampunk vendors and demonstrations, enjoy ongoing performances at Centre Stage, learn about Canadian inventions during the Victorian and Edwardian eras and indulge in our Tastes of Canada snacks. Learn More


Canada Days

June 30 to July 3, 2017

A citywide celebration – Canada Days – will bring the city together like never before. The rich fabric of Canada will be heard, seen and felt during the four-day festival at Nathan Phillips Square, and one-day events at Mel Lastman Square, Humber Bay Park West & Scarborough Civic Centre. Full details to come at

Canada 150 Celebrations: Citizenship Reaffirmation

Canada 150 Citizenship and Reaffirmation Ceremony

Fort York National Historic Site
Date To Be Confirmed

Join Fort York National Historic Site and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship as they host new candidates for citizenship at a special Canada 150 ceremony. Following the service, Canadians from all walks of life can take the oath of citizenship in a public reaffirmation ceremony. Full details to come at

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Rebel Evenings

Gibson House Museum
July 8, 15 and 22, 2017

Journey back to the 1830s, when currents of rebellion were sweeping through Upper Canada. Join rebel leader David Gibson, portrayed by storyteller Bruce Carmody, as he expounds on the ideas fueling the reformers. Learn about the struggles for responsible government and the national discussions that brought Canada into being during this time of social upheaval. Learn More

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Montgomery's Inn Annual Corn Roast

Montgomery's Inn
September 7, 2017

Montgomery's Inn's famous annual corn roast, with corn baked in the Inn's own outdoor bake oven. Enjoy displays from west-end Toronto heritage organizations, children's activities, and the chance to see the new presentation of the historic Inn interiors. Learn More

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Harvest Festival

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
September 24, 2017

Visit Todmorden Mills' newly re-restored historic homes, sample period recipes, tour the Wildflower Preserve, create a fun take-home craft and meet our special costumed guests from the museum's past. Learn More

Canada 150 Celebrations: Nuit Blanche

Nuit Blanche Toronto

September 30, 2017

Toronto's free all-night contemporary art event returns from sunset to sunrise for its 12th edition. The overarching theme, entitled Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures, will focus on Canada's history as a nation. The 2017 artists' visions address notions of Identity and Nationhood, including Migration, Displacement, Colonialism, Power and Privilege, Settlement, the Natural Landscape, Distance, Exploration, Adaptation and Reconciliation.  Full details to come at

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Harvest Festival

Colborne Lodge
October 1, 2017

Colborne Lodge, local artists and members of the community join together to explore and share the story of High Park and its significance to Canada. Enjoy onsite arts activations, local food, music, dance, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing and wagon rides. Learn More

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