Proud Mayor John Tory with Pamela's High School Friend Dee Dee Heywood, the Mayor's personal assistant.
Pride Toronto went out with a bang and Luminato Festival came to a close, both with great music, fun, and festivities to enjoy. Luminato was a collection of great art, expression, and musical events that held something for everyone. At the 35th annual Pride Toronto Festival, it was a bit gloomy outside but that didn’t stop revelers and Pride goers for attending in the hundreds of thousands! While in the U.S. a Supreme Court decision made it legal throughout the land for same sex marriage to be legal.
Coming up this week, is Canada Day Wednesday, July 1! Canada Day celebrates the birthday of Canada. On July 1, 1867, Canada became a selfgoverning dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. This occurred by signing the Constitution Actformerly known as the British North America Act. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day. It’s a national statutory holiday that is celebrated in all provinces and is usually a day off for most businesses.
The Ribfest started on June 27 and runs through too Canada Day. So if you’re taking the stat day, you can enjoy some good ribs and some fireworks at Ashbridges Bay (the big one). The fireworks start around 9:30 PM, but it’s recommended to come earlier to secure a spot on the beach. If you don’t want to be in the big crowds there are a few other spots for fireworks like Mel Lastman Square, Downsview Park, and Centennial Park (where the Ribfest is held). Many parliament buildings like outside the Ottawa parliament building on Parliament Hill hold events, usually outdoors, for the public that include fireworks, ceremonial events, shows, activitie and much more!
by David Crighton
Other events on Canada include the opening ot the public of the Andy Warhol Revisited: A Mirror For Todayexhibit that brings the largest collection of pop art by Andy Warhol to Canada. Andy just happens to be an art hero of David's! David has NEVER really sold original art - he learned the value of making great images and then creating prints with mass appeal from the master himself!
The Toronto Fringe Festival kicks off its 2015 season on Canada Day with a lineup of 148 shows, including 60 comedies, 30 dramas and 13 musicals. This show runs from July 1 - July 12th. A few other events posted on globalnews.ca can be visited this Canada Day! Let us know what you plan on doing! Happy Canada Day!
We can't close off this blog without a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our friends south of the border who made us all PROUD with their Supreme Court Ruling mentioned above!
In closing, do you "Want to Stay Proud to be a Canadian" ? It doesn't look like it's going to happen without your voice! Join Pamela on July 5th at Queens Park for the march for Jobs, Justice and Climate Change!
Pamela Johnston and David Crighton
"Together we are David Crighton Art"