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Oshawa mayor gives 10 reasons why Oshawa is not the middle of nowhere. Take … – Toronto Star

Toronto Star
Oshawa mayor gives 10 reasons why Oshawa is not the middle of nowhere. Take
Toronto Star
REASON #4: Oshawa’s version of the festival formerly known as Caribana is Fiesta Week. “We’re fairly diverse and multicultural,” Henry says, noting that the Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Caribbean, Ukrainian and German communities are just a few of those who set up in June for their Carnival
When Canadian singer Jann Arden had a tiff with VIA Rail she was asked to leave the Ottawa-bound train with her contraband dog, she disembarked in Oshawa. Instead of using the city’s “prepare to be amazed” slogan, she called it “the middle of nowhere” on Twitter.Arden has since apologized, saying she was referring to the “10 acres of parking lot” that greeted her.

Certainly, she’d feel differently if she was let off downtown. They have free 30-minute parking at city hall, Mayor John Henry gives out Oh Henry! bars as business cards and bureaucrats smile as you walk by.

Toronto through the eyes of Olivia Chow – blogTO (blog)

blogTO (blog)
Toronto through the eyes of Olivia Chow
blogTO (blog)
Spotting Chow riding her trademark flower-decorated bike along the waterfront isn’t an unusual site (neither is seeing her at protests shaking hands or at yearly events like Caribana and Pride).

What’s one Toronto event or festival that you try your best not to miss every year?

Nuit Blanche. I go every year because of the excitement and inspiration generated by all the art around town. Also because it is free, many art lovers who normally can`t afford the entrance fees can participate.

Tobago does not need a second Carnival – Trinidad & Tobago Express

Tobago does not need a second Carnival
Trinidad & Tobago Express
In a television interview, the Minister of Tobago Development, Vernella Alleyne-Toppin, in response to a question on nearby competing carnivals, stated the plan to hold another carnival in Tobago in October did not coincide with any other Caribbean carnivals.

There are some carnivals which, although being held in months other than October, are, in my opinion, still vying for the limited time and resources of “would-be ” travellers, including returning Trinbagonians.

There is the Barbados Crop Over, Grenada’s Spice Mas, St Vincent’s Vincy carnival, St Lucia carnival and other lesser-known carnival-type festivals, for example, Junkanoo in the Bahamas. Further, in North America, from which we will expect most of our visitors, there are the Trinidad-style Labour Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York; Miami carnival in Florida; Philadelphia carnival in Pennsylvania; and, more recently, Baltimore carnival in Maryland, all in the US; and Caribana in Toronto, Canada.

In addition, it is apparent that the Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism and his Government have not given consideration to the fact that the month of October is one of the wettest months in the year.

Maybe having a day allocated for a “Trinidad-style” Carnival during the Tobago Heritage Festival will not only give a boost to this festival but will be cost-effective.
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The most exciting city in Canada? Toronto, of course! – National Post

National Post

The most exciting city in Canada? Toronto, of course!
National Post
Our events are a draw above anything else, particularly TIFF, Luminato, whatever they’re calling Caribana these days and Nuit Blanche. Tropes such as multiculturalism and St. Lawrence Market aren’t nearly as special as we think they are and should be

An occasional series about what Toronto can learn from other cities, it’sl suggested we take a page out of New York’s book and market this town as it’s meant to be sold.

Toronto’s Top 100 Events of 2011 – BizBash

Toronto’s Top 100 Events of 2011
Additions to our yearly list challenge the traditional and include the Polaris Music Prize, Contact Photography Festival, and the TNT Waterfront Night Market. New to the list this year are six events to watch that push boundaries and add to the diversity of Toronto’s events. Here’s our look at the biggest deals on the city’s event calendar, with the dates of their next iterations.
Festivals & Parades
1. Scotiabank Caribana Festival, recently renamed, introduced a new route that allowed for a record 20,000 to participate in the parade—and allowed for an admission fee. Summer
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2. Pride Week ended on a high note with the longest parade in Pride’s history, clocking in at just over four hours. June 22-July 1 2012

3. The Santa Claus Parade went digital this year, adding a smartphone app to track Santa’s progress down the parade route. November 20,  2012

4. Toronto Jazz Festival brought 1,500 musicians to the city for its 25th anniversary, including Aretha Franklin, who opened the festival with a free performance at David Pecaut Square. June 22-July 1 2012

5. Toronto Fringe Festival sold 57,282 tickets to 150 unjuried plays and added a visual arts component this year. July 4-15 2012

6. Cavalcade of Lights had 30,000 visitors congregate in Nathan Phillips Square for the annual tree lighting and skating party, hosted by special guest Debbie Travis. November 26 2012

7. Beaches International Jazz Festival saw 850,000 guests flock to the Beaches neighbourhood for the 23rd annual festival. July 20-29 2012

8. New Year’s Eve in Nathan Phillips Square surprised its 40,000 attendees and 5.26 million television viewers with a performance by Shawn Desman and Danny Fernandes. December 31

9. New to the List: Halloween on Church takes over the Village for the week, with events like the children’s costumes parade, the Develicious Culinary Tour, and the annual block party, which lasts until 3 a.m. on Halloween night. October 24-31 2012

10. Scotiabank BuskerFest featured more than 100 street performers in the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for the four-day festival. August