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East York’s 60th Canada Day parade, fireworks & festivities will make for a full day

Proudly preparing to hold the 60th annual East York Canada Day parade, organizers expect to put on the best one ever for the nation’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

There may no longer be a Borough of East York to organize the parade but its legacy lives on dynamically through the East York Toronto Canada Day Corporation, which co-ordinates and supervises all aspects of the event from the parade itself to the mammoth party at Stan Wadlow Park complete with rides, games, live music, food vendors and all kinds of other family-oriented activities —including a spectacular fireworks show that organizers say they’ve tried to make the best ever this year.

You can read about the history of the parade, started by East York’s first mayor, True Davidson, when Canada Day was still called Dominion Day, on the organization’s website at

The July 1 parade will begin at Dieppe Park at 10 a..m. and travels along Cosburn Ave., down Coxwell to Sammon, east on Sammon to Woodbine, then back north on Woodbine to the Trenton Ave. entrance to Stan Wadlow Park.

Canada Day parade

Schedule of events at Stan Wadlow Park

10:45 am – 12:00: Welcome Soleil
12:00 pm – 12:30: Opening Remarks
12:30 pm – 1:00: De Santos (Karate Act)
1 – 2: Canada Rocks
2 – 3: East York Barbershoppers
3 – 3:30: Falun Dafa (Dance Act)
3:30 – 4: Lippett Music (Vocal Music)
4 – 5: East York Concert Band
5 – 5:30 Krastev Kyokushin Karate Academy
5:30 -6: Lippett Music (Vocal Music)
6 – 7: IMPAK (Jazz Group)
7 – 7:30: STOMP (Hip Hop Dance)
7:30 – 8: Tin Annie
8 – 9: Jenny James Band
Dark: Fireworks

Other EY area gatherings & celebrations

10 am at Royal Canadian Legion’s Brigadier O M Martin Branch, 81 Peard Rd. Fun for the whole family, live bands, bar b q, raffles, assorted games and trivia. Special events throughout the day.

10am: Canada Day open house with grill, celebrations, music, etc. at Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 22, 1240 Woodbine Ave.

11:30 am till 2:30 pm: Canada Day 150th Anniversary Celebration at Toronto Botanical Gardens & Edwards Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave. E., with Don Valley North MP Rob Oliphant.

noon-5pm: Annual Canada Day festivities at Riverdale Park are coordinated by the East Chinatown Chamber of Commerce and various community groups along with Councillor Paula Fletcher, MPP Peter Tabuns and MP Julie Dabrusin. Activities for all ages, information displays for agencies and various vendors of delicious food.

noon-11pm: Q107 hosts free annual Canada Day Picnic at Woodbine Park between Queen St. E. & Lake Shore Blvd. E., Coxwell Ave. to Woodbine. Live tribute bands, fireworks from Ashbridges Bay at 10 p.m.


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