Toronto, Canada, has a diverse Latin American community that is connected to many different countries and cultures. Several groups and cultural societies hold festivals across Toronto to celebrate their heritage. Many of these festivals have a specific focus, such as music or the commemoration of a holiday. In any case, they bring communities together and allow others to learn about these dynamic cultures.
Colombian Colours - Colombian Diaspora Festival
The Colombian Colours -- Colombian Diaspora Festival celebrates the artistic achievements of Colombians and showcases Colombian arts, including dance, visual art and music. A visual art exhibit features photographs taken in Bogota, Colombia, 200 years after the country gained its independence. The photographs explore both the daily lives of Colombians and formal independence celebrations. The festival also includes an international market and a world cafe. The 2011 Colombian Colours - Colombian Diaspora Festival takes place at the Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queensquay, in Toronto, in July. Admission is free.
Peruvian Indepedence Day
This festival marks the anniversary of day Peru gained its independence from Spain. The celebration occurs every year in more than 15 countries around the world, including Peru, Canada, the United States, Ukraine, India and Scotland. The festival pays homage to the traditional and contemporary culture of Peru. It is organized by United Peruvian and in 2011 it takes place at Nathan Phillips Square on July 24th. Admission is free.
Toni Reyes' Toronto Summer Festival
Toni Reyes' Toronto Summer Festival (festivaldeverano.ca) showcases Latin American artists and musical groups. The artists include Latin Grammy winners, merengue dancers and mariachi bands. Food and games are also provided. Admission is free. In 2011, the event is scheduled to take place at Parc Downview Park, at Keele Street and West Sheppard Avenue, on July 31 from 1 pm to 11 pm.
Rock Sin Banderas Festival
The Rock Sin Banderas Festival (Rock Across Borders Festival) features up and coming young artists. It is a great place to hear local and urban musicians. The festival is the first exclusively Spanish rock event in Toronto and many of the artists employ Spanish lyrics.
Brampton Latin Fest
The Brampton Latin Fest is a family-oriented event, with food and games for all ages. The festival promises a fun exploration of Latin food, music and culture. The festival is presented by the Hispanic Community Group and occurs at the Rose Square Theater. In 2011, it is scheduled for Aug. 21. Admission is $12.
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