Exhibits, demos and workshops that celebrate the diversity and talents of our Asian-Canadian communities
BY TINA ANSON MINE AND VALERIE HOWES
Canada has been celebrating Asian Heritage Month since the 1990s. But it wasn’t until 2002 that the federal government signed an official declaration, setting aside May as a special month to reflect on the amazing contributions that Asian-Canadians have made to this country. From food to art to fellowship, there are tons of options for fun and learning to dive into. We’ve rounded up five must-dos in Toronto and the GTA.
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Bill Hogarth Secondary School, 100 Donald Sim Ave., Markham Cost: Free
Womxn Offering Wisdom, a grassroots advocacy, empowerment and coaching organization, is inviting their South Asian sisters aged 12 to 21 to join them for a day of self-love and self-care to honour this celebratory month. The day-long conference offers workshops, activities, discussions, networking and—best of all—fun and collaboration. (Photo Courtesy of Womxn Offering Wisdom)
When: Monday, May 13, to Sunday, May 19, 2019; weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 pm; weekends, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John St., Toronto Cost: Free
Take a stroll through the Metro Hall Rotunda for a close-up look at the 80 photographs of “Diversity – Fusion – Unity,” an exhibition created by members of the Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto. Then admire an array of paintings from both award-winning artists and new talents from the Chinese-Canadian community in Toronto and the GTA. (Photo Courtesy of SOLE Alternative)
When: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 7 to 8 p.m. Where: Toronto Public Library, Fort York branch, 190 Fort York Blvd. Cost: Free
If you’ve never had a chance to make your own batch of this delicious fermented Korean side dish, the Fort York branch of the Toronto Public Library is offering you the opportunity to watch and learn. At this demo, you’ll discover the techniques behind making classic napa cabbage kimchi and take home a recipe to try in your own kitchen. This is a drop-in event for all ages, and no registration is required.
When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 2 to 3 p.m. Where: Toronto Public Library, Deer Park branch, 40 St. Clair Ave. East Cost: Free
Head over to the Deer Park public library for a chance to see Toronto Kenjutsu present the art of traditional Japanese swordsmanship. You’ll see an exciting demonstration of an ancient (and very deadly) form of Japanese martial arts called Katori Shinto Ryu. This is a drop-in event for all ages, and no registration is required—but get there early to get a good spot.
Little India + Gerrard East Food Tour When: Sundays: May 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2019; 12 to 3 p.m. Where: Starts at 1470 Gerrard St. E, Toronto Cost: $99 (adults), $94 (seniors 60+ and children 6–12)
Make sure you skip breakfast before your three-hour tasting tour through this most-delicious east-end neighbourhood. Your ticket gets you 20 tastings from bakeries, fine-food stores and restaurants, with stops for Pakistani kabobs, South Indian dosa, artisanal cheese, charcuterie and handmade sweet treats. Guides offer insights into the neighbourhood’s culinary traditions, and a hands-on kitchen demo caps off the experience. (Photo Courtesy of Culinary Adventure Co. / Kevin Durkee)
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