The Chin Picnic has been a staple in Toronto’s cultural mosaic, cultivating multiculturalism for 50 years and to celebrate accordingly the festival is bringing top notch performances this year to honour this important milestone: Johnny Lombardi’s brainchild takes place once again at the heart of Little Italy (College Street) on Father’s Day weekend (June 20-21). Hispanic Culture will be largely represented at the ScotiaBank Showcase Stage (Markham and College) on Saturday June 18, with international performances such as Edgar Daniel and Osvaldo Román (Puerto Rico) and from New York Henry Fiol. Other international headliners include Bobby Solo (Italy) and from Portugal Fernando Pereira (both performing on Sunday). Admission to the CHIN picnic is free.
Inti Raymi 2016: Organized by Radio Voces Latinas, this year’s festival is dedicated to the victims of the devastating earthquake in Ecuador on April 16. Under the slogan “Por un Ecuador Listo y Solidario//In Solidarity with the Victims of the Ecuadorian Earthquake.” The festival will include performances, works of art by Latin American artisans, Latin food, activities and more. As in previous years, the festival takes place at Christie Pitts (Bloor & Christie) Added to the event is a Walk For Peace taking place on Saturday June 18th starting at 5:00 pm. The walk begins at Parroquia San Lorenzo (2981 Dufferin Street) to Christie Pitts. Admission to the festival is free.
“Muy Caliente! Latino fever hits Blue Mountain with the return of the much anticipated 8th annual Salsa at Blue Mountain. A free family street party transforming the entire Village into a fiesta of fun with mucho music and dancing capped off with fireworks. Salsa at Blue is the 4-time recipient of Festival Events Ontario (FEO) Top 100 Award (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014). You can expect to be submerged into everything that encompasses Latin culture: “pulsating music and passionate dancing! Schedule includes Dance lessons, Live Salsa Music, Parades, Soccer demonstrations & much much more.”
Salsa in Toronto spans over a two week period (June 30th – July 17th 2016) and features mucho music, dance, food and family fun. What started as a local two-day event (Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival) in 2005, has grown into a nationally recognized celebration that has attracted hundreds of thousands of salsa lovers from near and far to the streets of mid-town Toronto.
The jam-packed calendar of cultural events throughout the city includes a series of Latin dance and art exhibitions, salsa cruise nights, concerts, and dance parties, culminating with the 12th Annual Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival (July 9th and 10th 2016).” This year’s edition of the annual Salsa on St. Clair street festival is, as every year, a free celebration of Latin culture that transforms a stretch of St. Clair Avenue West (between Winona Dr. and Christie St.) into Canada’s hottest salsa party. Performances throughout the two weeks this year include Cuban salsa band “El Sol de Cuba”, internatinationally acclaimed Cuban reggaeton artists “Gente de Zona”, Venezuela’s salsa greats “Los Adolescentes”, interactive performances by Zamba Squad, Sole2Sole and Zumba Pa’Ca and the obligatory mix of delicious foods and other activities. The Salsa in Toronto Festival and Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival are produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.
The Ontario Latin Arts Festival is a unique three-day event (July 8 to 10) that celebrates the culture of Latin America. Now in its 5th year, the festival takes place on Friday, July 8th at North York Civic Centre; Saturday, July 9th at Mel Lastman Square and on Sunday, July 10th again at the North York Civic Centre in Toronto. “This flavourful festival will showcase the finest Latin music and dance found in Canada, along with featured films, art shows and dance workshops.”
Ritmo y Color is paying homage this year to “The Streets of Mexico”, with a weekend program that includes live performances by Montreal’s rising Mexican artist Mamselle, regional electronic music innovators Centavrvs (nominated for a Best Alternative Music Album Latin Grammy last year) and Astrid Hadad’s “Tierra Misteriosa”, widely known as one of Mexico’s greatest musicians and performance artists. This year “Ritmo y Color” aims to “explore the streets of Mexico City, bursting with culture, colourful murals and the smells of delicious street food from every corner. To know a nation is to know its cities; to know a city is to walk its streets. Street culture in Mexico is an incredible ecosystem of art, music, food and life. Watch as we transform Harbourfront Centre into the streets of Mexico City, bursting with culture from every corner, murals on our walls, the smell of delicious Mexican street food wafting in the air, all while our stages are taken over by the best theatre, music and dance from the land that blends Indigenous, European and African culture to create something wholly unique.”
Hispanic Fiesta — Sept. 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2016, Mel Lastman Square, Toronto. Hispanic Fiesta is the ultimate celebration of Spanish and Latin American arts, food, music and entertainment, all packaged in one to end the lazy days of summer on the Labour Day long weekend. Founded by Spanish community leader and activist Fernando Valladares in 1982, this year it celebrates its 35th year running. This event is free of charge and it takes place at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto. “Hispanic Fiesta is a four day celebration filled with the splendid sounds, tempting treats and colorful culture that Hispanic heritage is famous for, featuring 300 local, national and International Hispanic performers from over 20 different Spanish speaking countries.”
Cultura Festival (July 08, 15, 22 & 29) — Mel Lastman Square
Mississauga Latin Festival — Saturday August 6 and Sunday August 7 (Mississauga Celebration Square)
Panamerican Food Festival — August 2016
Fuerza Latina presenta:
The Vaughan Latin Festival – Festival Vaughan América
Fecha: Julio 16, 2016 desde las 11 a.m -10:30 pm
Lugar: Mackenzie Glen Park – 220 Park Ave Cranston
Con mucho entusiasmo se prepara el evento The Vaughan Latin Festival en Vaughan al norte de Toronto, evento que sera transmitido por Radio Majestad FM Canadá (www.fmmajestad.com)
El Festival de America en Vaughan el 16 de julio, cuenta con el apoyo total del Alcalde , sus concejales y mas líderes de Vaughan quienes serán parte de la ceremonia de apertura a las 2 pm.
Tendremos el desfile de la Paz a las 2:30 pm. con un espectáculo fenomenal, lo mejor de los artistas latinos y el folclore de America.
El año pasado, fue un gran éxito con más de 1.800 asistentes. Este año esperamos de 3.000 a 5.000 personas.
Artistas y Grupo Invitados
Jorge & Yuri Mariachis
Shannen & Dance Group
Oji Hip Hop Group
Paper Parachute (Spanish Rock Group)
Carlos Ortiz Salsa Dancers
Fuerza Latina Dance Group
Castillos, juegos pirotecnicos, globos inflables estilo latino, arte y mas artesanias
Franklin Sonido – Fromaz Productions
Zids Zone y mucho mas .
Mackenzie Glen Park
220 Park Ave Cranston
11 a.m.-10:30 pm
Fuerza Latina presenta: The Vaughan Latin Festival