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Canada is one the "hottest" countries in the world. We showcase our home and native land’s diverse cultural landscapes with music, culinary arts, dance, family activities, storytelling, games and film.

 

Part of Hot Spot Summer 2011, a series of festivals and cultural events that run from Victoria Day weekend through to Thanksgiving!

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Venue:

Guinness World Record Layer Cake Challenge

10:00am – 7:00pm

Family

Food

Watch as we attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “Most Layers in a Layer Cake” with a giant, towering, 300-layer cake!

Canoe Rides on The Natrel® Pond

10:00am – 9:00pm

Family

Our famous canoe rides will be available at The Natrel® Pond. Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk.

YTV W.O.W. Tour

12:00pm – 8:00pm

Family

Off-Site Event

YTV launches their summer W.O.W. tour at Harbourfront Centre on Canada Day with lots of exciting prizes for families to win all day long.

Strawberry Culinary Marathon with Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Family

Food

Come and enjoy a day-long marathon of strawberry-themed food demonstrations! Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness will demonstrate and sample an array of savoury and sweet strawberry treats.

Learn to Curl with Capital One Rocks & Rings

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Learning

Kids have the opportunity to throw some “stones” and learn the ins and outs of this great Canadian sport!

Canada Day Crafts

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Craft

Family

Stop by and learn how to make a nationally inspired craft – a Canadian maple leaf sun visor!

Giant Connect Four

1:00pm – 9:00pm

Family

Giant versions of this much-loved game will be scattered throughout our site, just waiting for you to take part!

Giant Chess

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Check, mate! Test your mettle on a larger scale with our super-size version of chess.

Rope-skipping Demonstrations by Brampton Acro Ropers

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Learning

Come play a familiar game with new songs, new rhythms and in entirely new ways!

North American Native Hoop Dance with Lisa Odjig

1:00pm

Dance

Lisa Odjig (Ojibwe Nation), two time world champion Hoop Dancer, will be performing the North American Native Hoop Dance, a storytelling and celebration dance, where she spins and twirls through 17 hoops. Catch the spirit!

Free Haircuts by Marca College

1:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Whether you are five or 105, get a new “do” that will let you show off your Canadian pride in style!

Fantasy Strawberry Shortcake Competition presented by Redpath Sugar

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Food

In a sweet take on our popular Iron Chef competitions, Ayoma Cake Masterpieces and The Wedding Cake Shoppe will go head-to-head to create a shortcake impressive enough to wow our celebrity judges.

Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids

2:00pm

Family

Food

Learning

With classes led by Mia Brown of Kids Can Cook, kids of all ages will enjoy safely chopping, measuring, mixing, layering (and of course eating) all of the ingredients for delicious strawberry shortcakes.

Giant Twister

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Family

Get ready to be tied up in knots in a larger-than-life Twister game!

DodoLab – Ideas of Canada

2:00pm – 8:00pm

Visual Arts

Choose from a selection of icons to express how you see Canada today.

Toronto All-Star Big Band

2:00pm – 3:00pm

Music

One of the most exciting bands around, the Toronto All-Star Big Band revives the spirit, style and sound of the '30s and '40s.

Strawberry Culinary Marathon with Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Family

Food

Come and enjoy a day-long marathon of strawberry-themed food demonstrations! Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness will demonstrate and sample an array of savoury and sweet strawberry treats.

Talespinners 2

3:00pm – 4:00pm

Family

Film

Enjoy seven short animated films for kids from the National Film Board of Canada!

Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids

3:00pm

Family

Food

Learning

With classes led by Mia Brown of Kids Can Cook, kids of all ages will enjoy safely chopping, measuring, mixing, layering (and of course eating) all of the ingredients for delicious strawberry shortcakes.

Santee Smith

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Dance

Don’t miss the incredible dance works of Santee Smith!

Giant Twister

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Family

Get ready to be tied up in knots in a larger-than-life Twister game!

O! Canada

4:00pm – 4:30pm

Family

Music

Join us as finalists from our online singing contest compete live onstage, offering up their unique rendition of our national anthem.

Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids

4:00pm

Family

Food

Learning

With classes led by Mia Brown of Kids Can Cook, kids of all ages will enjoy safely chopping, measuring, mixing, layering (and of course eating) all of the ingredients for delicious strawberry shortcakes.

Giant Twister

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Family

Get ready to be tied up in knots in a larger-than-life Twister game!

Strawberry Culinary Marathon with Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Food

Come and enjoy a day-long marathon of strawberry-themed food demonstrations! Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness will demonstrate and sample an array of savoury and sweet strawberry treats.

Finding Farley

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Family

Film

A family sets out to trace the footsteps of Farley Mowat, one of Canada’s most famous writers, in this heartwarming documentary from the National Film Board of Canada.

Strawberry Cooking Classes for Kids

5:00pm

Family

Food

Learning

With classes led by Mia Brown of Kids Can Cook, kids of all ages will enjoy safely chopping, measuring, mixing, layering (and of course eating) all of the ingredients for delicious strawberry shortcakes.

Hip Hop Karaoke

5:00pm

Music

Come and show us what you got! Sign up to perform your favourite song by your favourite Canadian hip hop artist.

Longo’s Friday Picnic – Strawberry Shortcake

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Food

It wouldn’t be a birthday party without cake, and a 144th birthday definitely calls for one big cake! Come and enjoy a lazy Friday picnic after a day of celebrating Canada’s birthday.

Complaints Choir Reunion

6:00pm

Music

Theatre

Gripers and groaners unite! Our celebrated Complaints Choir returns for an encore presentation on Canada Day!

Hip Hop Karaoke

6:30pm – 7:30pm

Music

Come and show us what you got! Sign up to perform your favourite song by your favourite Canadian hip hop artist.

Strawberry Culinary Marathon with Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness

7:00pm – 8:00pm

Family

Food

Come and enjoy a day-long marathon of strawberry-themed food demonstrations! Lesley Mattina of OMG Baked Goodness will demonstrate and sample an array of savoury and sweet strawberry treats.

Luke Doucet & The White Falcon

8:00pm – 9:00pm

Music

Referred to by the Toronto Star as "the best young guitarist in the country," Luke Doucet & The White Falcon are not to be missed!

Hip Hop Karaoke

9:00pm – 9:30pm

Music

Come and show us what you got! Sign up to perform your favourite song by your favourite Canadian hip hop artist.

Esthero

9:30pm –11:00pm

Music

The soundtrack to your Canada Day is the trip-hoppy, jazzy, sensual electronic sounds of Esthero.

Boardwalk Flicks

9:30pm

Film

In partnership with the Inside Out Film Festival we present a series of short films from the queer community.

Strawberry Culinary Marathon with Michelle Curnock of The Chef Upstairs

9:30pm –11:00pm

Food

Come and enjoy a day-long marathon of strawberry-themed food demonstrations! Our marathon concludes with two decadent, totally romantic food demonstrations from Michelle Curnock of The Chef Upstairs.

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