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FringeKids! returns to the stage this summer Presented annually as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, FringeKids! features eight productions chiefly for the littlest of Fringers. Performances range from puppet shows and interactive musicals to fantastical tales and charming classics. FringeKids! is the perfect chance to introduce children to the magic of performing arts without hurting your budget. Children’s tickets (ages 12 and under) are just $5! Adult tickets are $10. Babes in arms are free. All of the plays take place at the Palmerston Library (560 Palmerston, two blocks west of Bathurst, just north of Bloor.) For full schedules and more information, visit fringetoronto.com/fringe-festival/fringekids.
FRINGEKIDS! LINE-UP: Bremen Rock City - Song Trolley Productions Jack is a young donkey with rock star dreams and Bremen is the city where they can come true. As he heads out on his rockin’ roadtrip, Jack gathers a gang of musical misfits and by the time they hit the city they have formed a band – The Strays. But do they have what it takes to make it in showbiz? Only one place to find out – Bremen Rock City! Handle With Care - Tangled Web Theatre On a warm summer day three friends discover a mysterious box in the forest. Inside they find some unusual puppets and a strange set of instructions…and the stories begin. Honest Aesop’s Fables - Tarradiddle Productions From the director of the 2011 Best of Fringe hit
“The Traveling Salesman and His Magical Suitcase of Desires” comes a hilarious re-telling of timeless tales told by the characters themselves. Join us to find out what happens when the storyteller loses control of the stories and the characters run amok. The Happiest Place On Earth – Blue Like An Orange Productions Josephine, orphaned and raised by an unlikely father, must hide her true identity while she searches for her place in the world. Meet two wacky Doll Makers, a hilarious three-headed man, and rap with sea creatures Rockman and Starfish. Using whimsical costumes, puppets, and creative storytelling, accompany Josephine on a magical journey of the heart. A Midsummer Night’s Dream…A Puppet Epic! - Shakey-Shake and Friends A light-hearted retelling of William Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”…with puppets! From the creators of hit Fringe shows “Romeo and Juliet: A Puppet Epic!” and Best of Fringe 2012’s “The Tempest: A Puppet Epic!” comes a tale of love, magic, mischief, and fun in the tradition of the Muppets and Wishbone. Oh, what fools these puppets be!
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Rovero and Juliet – The Manipulators The Bard’s greatest tragedy as it was orginally intended – with puppets and a happy ending! Can two feuding families – the Muttagues and the Catulets – be brought together by love? Find out
The Secret life of Walter Manny Trent Arterberry Misunderstood, eight-year-old Walter escapes into high-octane reveries of racecar driving, firefighting and secret-agent spying. When a fire threatens the
classroom Walter must use his imaginative skills to save his best friend’s life. Stay With Me – Skylark Productions A mom and a daughter are inseparable until the daughter decides she wants to go to school – to allow her mom to get a life – while the mother just wants to be with her daughter. A comic adventure of figuring out the anxiety of separation, joyfully.
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Urban fishing Cast your line in the city’s public waterways
Grab fishing rods and tackle boxes for you and the kids because shore fishing holes are popping up all over the city- and they’re only a walk, TTC or ferry ride away. From High Park to G. Ross Lord Park, you and the kids can spend the day fishing for cold water fish like salmon, and trout, or warm water fish like bass, right in your neighbourhood. Here is a list of a few great urban fisheries located across the city.
Catch of the day: Salmon, trout, pile, carp and white sucker G. ROSS LORD PARK This extensive parkland located in West Don River Valley, north of Finch Avenue, offers great open spaces for sports, games and shore fishing. Bring your walking shoes to stroll through the picturesque trails. Catch of the day: Carp and bass
Catch of the day: Carp, white sucker, pumpkinseed, bass and pike
ASHBRIDGE’S BAY Woodbine Beach is one of Toronto’s most popular summer destinations with its connection to the Waterfront Trail. Bring the fishing rods during a day at the beach.
GRENADIER POND Located in High Park, Grenadier Pond is a great spot to have a family picnic and a day of fishing. Walk the many trails in the park and cast your lines near the shady trees.
HUMBER RIVER MARSH Humber River Marsh is on the west side of the Queensway, located next to a parking area with beautiful views of wildlife and great bird watching opportunities. Walk the trails by foot or on
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bike and find a quiet spot to reel in the fish. Catch of the day: Salmon, trout, carp, pike, perch, bass and white sucker TOMMY THOMPSON PARK A natural and serene escape in the middle of the city, this large conservation area on Lake Ontario is a great place to catch fish both big and small. Be aware that the use of live bate is prohibited in this area. Catch of the day: Trout, largemouth bass, yellow perch, black crappies and northern pike TORONTO ISLAND With more than a dozen unique islands, the Toronto Islands offers great opportunity for fishing. Take the ferry and spend the day fishing off shore and cooling off in the water park. Hint: Hanlan’s Point canals and the lagoons on Ward’s Island are known to be great spots to catch pike. Catch of the day: Pike, salmon, trout, carp, perch, bass, bowfin, white sucker and black crappie
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Protect children’s eyes from UV rays Children’s vision is at greater risk of damage from UV rays than adults’, warn Canadian doctors of optometry. Wearing sun glasses to shield their eyes from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation is just as important as slapping on sunscreen to protect their skin. Just as the sun causes sunburn, UV light is also absorbed by the tissue of the eye and can cause serious eye damage. Children are more vulnerable than adults, says Dr. Riaz Ahmed, spokesperson for Doctors of Optometry Canada. “The crystalline lens in children’s eyes is less capable of filtering UV than in adult eyes, resulting in greater risk for internal eye damage later in life,”says Dr. Ahmed. “This is particularly concerning as children spend more time outdoors than the average adult. It’s estimated that children receive approximately three times the annual adult dose of UV.” Because exposure is cumulative, direct contact with sunlight for even short periods of time can cause several long-term eye health problems, many of which begin symptom-free. For kids, the first years are formative to their future vision and eye health, says Dr. Ahmed. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 80 per cent of a person’s lifetime exposure to damaging UV radiation occurs before the age of 18. Condi-
tions directly related to it include: cataracts, macular degeneration, cornea sunburn, tissue growths on the surface of the eye that can eventually block vision, as well as eyelid skin cancer and malignant melanomas in the eye. Protecting your child now will decrease the potential for serious eye problems later in life. A close-fitting, wrap around style frame that protects both the skin around the eye, as well as the eye itself, is recommended. So, too, are 100 per cent UVA and UVB blocking lenses. A wide-brimmed hat tops things off. While tests have shown that inexpensive sunglasses can provide full UV protection, the quality of materials and consistency of the tints may be inferior. Such imperfections can distort children’s vision, causing a mild headache or eyestrain when sunglasses are worn. “Before choosing sunglasses, children should have a thorough eye examination to ensure their eyes are healthy and to take any current eye conditions into consideration,” says Dr. Ahmed. “At the very least, have their sunglasses assessed by a doctor optometry to ensure that your child is wearing a good quality product.” More information can be found in the Eye Heath Library at www.doctorsofoptometry.ca.
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backpackers. What’s more, the park is within walking distance of the TTC - so you can even leave the car at home! And if the kids get bored of all the fresh air and sunshine, Glen Rouge also offers a quick commute to to Toronto attractions such as the Toronto Zoo, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area, and the Toronto Beaches. Amenities include washrooms, showers, coin laundry, fire pits and barbecues, a children’s play area, and free general admission to Petticoat Creek Conservation Area and a Petticoat pool discount. Indian Line Campground 7625 Finch Ave West, west of Hwy 427 The Indian line Campground is located near the 427 and Finch - a quick drive from the city core, and is also reachable via public transit. The Claireville Dam creates an on-the-lake feel to the first class tourist campground, an inexpensive alternative to staying at a hotel, and offers 247 serviced and unserviced sites, and pull-through sites for RVs and trailers. Like Glen Rouge, it offers easy access to dis-
tractions for bored little ones, with Wild Water Kingdon just next door, and Black Creek Pioneer Village nearby. Amenities include: campground store, free wireless internet, swimming pool, children’s play area, coin laundry, clean washrooms and showers, and a dumping station. Albion Hills Campground 16500 Hwy 50, 8 km north of Bolton Located just outside of the city limits within Albion Hills Conservation Area, Albion Hills is a picturesque escape just 20 minutes away. Campers staying at one of the 234 services and unservices sites can take advantage of Enjoy Fishing, Paddling, Mountain Biking, Hiking, and more! The facility even has a new pool overlooking Lake Albion. Amenities include a campground store, washrooms, showers, fire pits, children’s play areas, wireless internet in the chalet, and trailer rentals. For more information on TCRA camp grounds, call 905-280-2287 or visit trca.on.ca
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julyevents Kids’ Crafts at Mackenzie House
Jul 6 - 28, 12:00 pm until 4:30 pm Bring the family to visit the last home of Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, then enjoy some kid time doing an historically-based activity. Regular admission applies. Adults: $7.08; Seniors: $4.52; Youth/ Children: $4.42 (plus tax). Mackenzie House 416-392-6915 www.toronto.ca/museums
Summer JUMP IN Weekends
Jul 6 - 28, 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm JUMP on IN for some great family friendly activities at Scarborough Museum. Something new and exciting each summer weekend! Admission is Pay What You Can. Scarborough Museum 416-338-8807 www.toronto.ca/museums
It’s a Kid’s Life Tours at Spadina Museum
Jul 6 - Jul 27 Fun and games aren’t just kid stuff in this fascinating, hands-on tour. Experience the sumptuous world of the Austin children, and all the rules that went with it, and the working class lives of the chauffeur’s son and daughter. Live the life of a 1920s and 30s child through toys, games, school lessons and more. 416-392-6910 www.toronto.ca/museums
Thursday Summer Nights
Jul 4 - 25, 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm Go back in time to a summer’s eve, circa 1851. Join in a game of croquet, relax on the porch and chat with neighbours and friends. Walk through the house and enjoy that feeling of being in a home with a history. Drop by the community quilt group and see what they are creating. Feel free to join in, if you wish. Children may explore the Discover Gallery. There will be games on the lawn for all ages. Activities will vary each week. Gibson House 4www.toronto.ca/museums
Ritmo y Color at Harbourfront Centre
Jul 5 - 7 Now in its ninth edition, Ritmo y Color showcases the cultural tapestry and vibrancy of today’s diverse Latin American communities. Free. www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Despicable Me 2 Workshop
Jul 6, 2013 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm Clever Minions, crazy gadgets and Gru, the loveable villain, return to the big screen this summer in the much anticipated sequel, Despicable Me 2. To share in the excitement, The Home Depot is inviting young fans to participate in a fun workshop on Saturday, July 6th! Free. The Home Depot Various Locations www.homedepot.ca/workshops/come-out-andplay-with-the-fun-of-despicable-me-2
POWER KIDS - Activating Letters
Jul 7, 2013 - 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm Inspired by the exhibition Postscript: Writing After Conceptual Art at The Power Plant, kids will create drawings that explore the creative potential found in alphabet and investigate the formal and signifying qualities of letters. For children ages 8–12 and their younger siblings and adult companions. Parents are expected to join their children in all activities. Free. The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 416-973-4949 www.thepowerplant.org
Star Party & Science Slam!
Jul 12 Celebrate summer under the Stars! Observe Saturn, Venus, the Moon and more through high-powered telescopes with member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC). Enjoy a live electronic music performance with multimedia space-scapes. Explore the solar system with displays and live demonstrations. Catch the North American premiere of the Science Slam! where enthusiastic experts share their knowledge of the most extreme places in the universe while competing for audience applause and cash prizes. Free. TELUSCAPE (telescope observing is weather permitting) Ontario Science Centre 416-696-3127 www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
Jul 12 -14 The Honda Indy Toronto, Ontario’s largest annual sporting event, includes the fastest racing series on the planet, celebrity athletes, and a festival of live entertainment and interactive activities. Multiple Locations www.hondaindytoronto.com
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Brickfête 2013: LEGO Fan Expo
Jul 13 - 14 The biggest LEGO fan event in Canada! 14,000 sq ft of LEGO creations built by hobbyists with unique and detailed builds. Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel www.brickfete.com
Sneakerfest at the Bata Shoe Museum
Jul 13 - 14 An entire weekend full of sneaker-related fun and entertainment, and kids get in for free! All of Saturday and Sunday, kids and families can enjoy all sorts of sneaker-related crafts and activities both inside and outside the Museum. Kids can also try on superhero costumes with some cool kicks and do iSpy in the sneaker exhibition. Children will also try their hand at graffiti art or make their own marker mural à la Shantell Martin on the Museum’s interior window. Bata Shoe Museum 416-979-7799 www.batashoemuseum.ca
Kids’ CBC Days
Jul 17 - 18 Parents and children of all ages are invited to come out and enjoy two fun-filled days of activi-
ties, crafts and live performances by the stars of Kids’ CBC. This year’s event is going to be better than ever with appearances and performances by Patty, Sid and Mamma Yamma, with lots of Kids’ CBC characters and The Doodlebops! Free. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation www.cbc.ca/parents/2013/06/kidscbcdays. html
Pet Friendly Gardening at Pawsway
Jul 20 PawsWay will celebrate green thumbs and green paws! Learn how to make your outdoor space an eco-friendly oasis for you and your pets to enjoy all summer long. Free. PawsWay 416-360-7297 www.pawsfortheplanet.ca
Canada’s Parks Day 2013
Jul 20 Celebrate Parks Day in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas managed by Parks Canada across the country. There will be special events and fun for the entire family throughout the day over the weekend. 888-773-8888 www.parksday.ca
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Taste of the Woods
Jul 20 - 12:00 pm until 5:00 pm Taste of the Woods is an annual summer community festival. Local community members, along with residents from across Southwest Scarborough, attend. Various activities and performances take place, including bouncy castles, face painting, mehndi, and our one of a kind talent show - Scarborough’s Got Talent. Free. Warden Woods Community Centre Warden and St. Clair 416-694-1138 www.wardenwoods.com
Toronto International Jamaica Day Celebration
Jul 27 - 10:00 am until 10:00 pm This is a family festival geared to educate, entertain, and share the rich culture of the Jamaican community. There’s music, food and culture; fun for the whole family. Ticketed event. Downsview Park, Toronto, ON www.jamaicadaytoronto.com
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ongoingevents African Arts and Culture Festival at Toronto Zoo
Until Sep 2 Back by popular demand, the Toronto Zoo is proud to offer our visitors an experience of African Culture in our own African Savanna. Visit one of the many artist booths and taken home and article of authenticity, including handcrafted wooden masks, soapstone and ebony carvings, hand-woven textiles, painted candles, traditional African musical instruments and more! FREE with admission! Toronto Zoo 416-392-5929 www.torontozoo.com
Born to be Wild
Ongoing Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time. Ontario Science Center 416-696-3127 www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
Until August 28 Skip the same old movie theatre experience and try something new – watch films under the stars at Harbourfront Centre! All films are free and screened every Wednesday night from July 3-Aug. 28. Harbourfront Centre www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Until Sep 1 The longest-running musical in the history of London’s West End. Loved by millions around the world. Be one of the first to experience an allnew Canadian production of CATS. There’s no better way to introduce your family to the wonders of live theatre than with the magic of CATS. Panasonic Theatre 416-872-1212 www.mirvish.com
Princess Polly and the World’s Smallest Ninja at Second City
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Until Sep 1 It’s not always fun being the smallest. Unless you are the world’s smallest ninja! This summer, The Second City is pleased to bring you a hilarious new adventure for all ages, Princess Polly and the World’s Smallest Ninja. The Second City 416-343-0011 www.secondcity.com
BIG at the ROM
Until Sep 13 This wide-ranging ROM exhibition showcases textiles and costume that are each in their own remarkable ways BIG… BIG in size, BIG in historical importance, BIG in the news, perhaps created by a BIG name, and often carrying a BIG price tag. Royal Ontario Museum 416-586-5797ext1 www.rom.on.ca
Hockey Hall of Fame NHL Team Fan Days
Jul 8 - Aug 23 Celebrating hockey fans one team at a time! On 30 selected days this summer, the Hockey Hall of Fame will spotlight a different NHL team. The first 1,000 guests with paid admission on these days will receive a free Hockey Hall of Fame “Game-Worn Jersey” trading card of the featured team’s captain. Show up wearing the apparel of the scheduled team and receive half price admission and a chance to win prizes including a trip to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic. Hockey Hall of Fame 416-933-8215 www.hhof.com
Ongoing It was a Canadian who engaged the world’s first team of citizen scientists, found the secret hideaway of the monarch butterflies and discovered the most incredible migration on Earth – a scientific adventure at its best. Follow the story and year-long, multi-generational migration cycle of hundreds of millions of monarchs from their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico, across the U.S. to Canada. New IMAX film. Ontario Science Centre 416-696-3127 www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
Game On 2.0: An Exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre
Until Sept 2, 2013 Play your way through the history and evolution of video games with over 150 influential games. Game On 2.0 focuses on key game developments between 1962 and today, and takes a global perspective at gaming’s fascinating past and limitless future. Ontario Science Centre 416-696-1000 www.ontariosciencecentre.ca
Hands in the Bowl at Evergreen Brick Works
Saturdays in July Caregivers and children aged 4 to 7 are invited to come roll up their sleeves and learn how to mix, grate, mash, and eat their delicious creations! This fun family program engages all the senses while sparking a life-long love of food in the youngest among us. No registration required. Space is limited to a maximum of 12 children. $5 suggested donation. Evergreen Brick Works 416-596-1495 ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on
Family Days at Gardiner Museum
Every Sunday, 9 - 1 to 4 pm Bring the whole family to the Gardiner for fun-filled days with programming geared towards the kids. Free with admission, and kids under 12 get in for free if accompanied by an adult. Includes films, tours for kids, craft tables & more. Gardiner Museum 416-586-8080 www.gardinermuseum.com
Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley’s Game Seven (3D)
Until Dec 31, 2014 Hockey’s first 3D film is a stunning mix of 3D originally filmed hockey action teamed with computer-generated photo-realistic 3D animation and classic archival footage from some of the most renowned moments in Stanley Cup history – the film literally jumps off the screen. Hockey Hall of Fame, Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street 416-933-8215 www.hhof.com
Junior Jays Saturdays
Until Sep 28, 2013 Bring your family to the ballpark for Jr. Jays Saturdays for every Saturday home game. Kids can visit our Jr.Jays zones located on the concourse to take part in many fun interactive activities to keep them entertained all game long. Each Jr. Jays Saturday kids can visit one of our Jr. Jays Zones located on the concourse. Kids can take part in many fun activities to keep them entertained all game long! Rogers Centre Toronto, ON toronto.bluejays.mlb.com
Nature Play at Evergreen Brick Works
Until Aug 31, 2013 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm Come join us in Chimney Court, meet our animators and take part in projects, crafts and games of an elemental theme! This unique program and dynamic space requires parents and guardians to supervise their children while co-creating a magical world of possibilities. $5 suggested donation. Evergreen Brick Works 416-596-1495 http://ebw.evergreen.ca
Over the River and Through the Woods at Todmorden Mills
Until Jun 8, 2013 A Comedy by Joe Dipietro, Directed by Harvey Levkoe Four Italian American seniors who stuggle to accept that their only grandson has his own dreams and that they, apparently, don’t include them. This touching and hilarious play examines the nature of love, relationship and the importance of family. General admission $22, Students $15. 416-425-0917 www.eastsideplayers.ca
Summer Music in the Garden at Harbourfront
Until Sep 13, 2013 Our wildly popular garden music series returns as the country’s best musicians perform in the magical setting of the Toronto Music Garden. Free garden tours Wednesday at 11 a.m. and Thursday pre-concert at 5:30 p.m. Harbourfront Centre www.harbourfrontcentre.com FOR MORE ONGOING EVENTS, VISIT WWW.TORONTO4KIDS.COM
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July 3 to 14 Toronto’s largest theatre festival. Families can look forward to FringeKids! shows for even the littlest Fringer. www.fringetoronto.com
July 5 to 26 Cultura is a free weekly Friday night festival in July that celebrates music, art, food, and film. www.culturafestival.ca
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto
July 9 to August 12 An exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry, as well as visual and performing arts. www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com
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July 13 to 14 The biggest Thai community event in downtown Toronto with lots of activities and attractions. Free. www.tasteofthailand.ca
Tirgan Iranian Festival
Evening Workshops starting September
Taste of Thailand Festival
Festival of India
Summer Camp Girls 13-17 Aug 6-9 & Aug 12-16, 9:30-4pm St Olave’s Church, 360 Windermere Ave
July 13 to 14 St. Clair Avenue West will be transformed into a showcase of Latin Life where live music, dance, fiery food, and fun take over the street. www.tlntv.com
July 13 to August 5 The TD IRIE Music Festival is a multi-day, family-friendly festival that takes place over three weekends at three different venues (Mississauga, Oshawa, and Toronto). www.iriemusicfestival.com
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Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival
July 12 to 14 Families can experience the rich culture, food, crafts, drinks, and entertainment of different ethnic groups in Brampton. www.carabram.org July 13 to 14 This unique festival launches with a dynamic, high-energy parade down world-famous Yonge Street. The celebrations then
shift over to Centre Island for two days of festivities. Admission is free. www.festivalofindia.ca
Protect #2 Plus Clean Includes: $ vip wash and hand dry vacuum seats and carpet
Including Taxes add $5 for Van/SUV’s
plastic matts power washed through cleaning door panels and consoles tire dressed with shine
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The Works Wash
Includes: • 5 High Pressure Water Pumps • Under Body Wash • Triple Foam Shine Including • Rain Coat • Rust Inhibitor Taxes Reg $12.99 • Double Drying Power • Wheel Blaster
Basic Interior #3 & Exterior Includes: $ basic wash and hand dry quick vacuum seats
Includes: • Under Body Wash • Triple Foam Shine Including • Hot Wax Taxes Reg $9.99
Including Taxes Reg $6.99
• We don’t clean any kind of rims in any wash. • We are not responsible for any kind of damages like Rims, Antennas, Mirrors Scratches etc. Thanks and enjoy!
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TORONTO KIDS - July 2013 | 11 richness and diversity of Iranian culture through their worldclass talents. www.tirgan.ca
Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 19 to 28 Toronto’s signature Jazz event, attracting millions of people, is filled with great music, large crowds, and an engaging atmosphere. www.beachesjazz.com
ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS
Albion Islington Fusion of Taste Festival
July 20 The festival is a showcase of ethnic dancing, performing artists, an art show, and vendors with diverse cultural wares. www.fusionoftaste.com
Thrill of the Grill
July 20 Five of the Danforth area’s top chefs will compete at Thrill of the Grill this year to see whose BBQ ribs reign supreme. www.thedanforth.ca
BIG ON BLOOR Festival
July 20 to 21 BIG ON BLOOR celebrates arts, culture, and small businesses with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities, exhibitions, and a play fair for kids. bigonbloor.com
BrazilFest: Toronto International BrazilFest
July 21 Canada’s largest Brazilian culture event dedicated to showcasing Brazilian culture including its food, dance, and music. brazilfest.ca
Festival Kompa Zouk: French Creole Festival
July 25 to August 4 A celebration of French-Caribbean values through music, dance and cuisine. www.fkzo.ca
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
July 26 to July 28 The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world, is back for its second year! www.taafi.com
Toronto International Jamaica Day Celebration
July 27 This is a family festival geared to educate, entertain, and share the rich culture of the Jamaican community. www.jamaicadaytoronto.com
Live Green Toronto Festival
July 27 Get your green on! Discover, shop and play at Toronto’s largest outdoor celebration of all things green. Enjoy the green street market, live concerts, CD/DVD/book swap, kids’ zone, ecowheels zone, beer garden, buskers and more as Yonge Street goes carfree from Dundas to Queen. This event is free www.livegreentoronto.ca
Where do we meet? The Band has a regular practice, once a week on Monday evenings, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Fort York Armoury, 660 Fleet Street West, Toronto in Room 301 (second floor). Fort York Armoury is located on Fleet Street, just east of the C.N.E. Free parking is usually available. The Band’s Mess (i.e. club room) is open before and after practice for socializing. How old must I be to join the Toronto Signals Band? Anyone 19 years of age or older may join the Band. Those between the ages of 16-19 may join with the consent of a parent or guardian. Why should I join the Toronto Signals Band? It’s great fun. You will meet new people, visit new places, learn new things and gain new knowledge. We provide the training, you provide the desire.
Fort York Armoury 660 Fleet Street West, Second Floor, Room 301, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1A9 For inquiries, please contact:
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Beat the heat naturally The freedom of summer, the extra playtime outdoors, and the sweltering sauna that Toronto often becomes can result in a slew of small injuries, from skinned knees to sunburns to heat stroke and tummy aches, many of which you can treat at home without the use of antibiotics or other over-the-counter medications. Giselle Lefebvre, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, says using natural remedies can reduce the stress of an injury for both you and your child. “I think it’s important to use herbal remedies because it’s often less taxing on the body, and the relief of being able to treat something yourself, with the materials you have close at hand, can calm you down.” When it comes to heat stroke, hydration, and keeping cool, Lefebvre says it’s important to monitor your child’s fluid intake.
“It’s crucial to keep kids hydrated, but I don’t recommend sports drinks because they contain high levels of sugar and salt.” Jazmine Stinson, CNP, registered holistic nutritionist, and owner of Little Tree Wellness, agrees, adding that you can sneak in some healthy ingredients that kids will actually enjoy. “Keeping your kids hydrated and well nourished is crucial while they are active and burning calories in the heat of the sun. Instead of grabbing a pop or high sugared juices, cool them off with homemade mint lemonade. This will provide them with some vitamin C, help immune function, aid digestion, alkalinize the body, and keep them hydrated, all while tasting great!” Dehydration can also be caused by diarrhoea , an ailment all too common in the summer months when kids are eating new foods, and coming in contact with germs they avoid in the colder months.
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TORONTO KIDS - July 2013 | 13 Lefebvre says the best diet for diarrhoea is what is called the BRATTY diet - bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, tea and yogurt, adding that those foods are the only foods children with diarrhoea should attempt to eat. Many clinicians feel that restricting food intake during this time, especially difficult to digest substrates such as fats and proteins, helps to shorten the duration of the diarrhea (and also nausea and vomiting). The potassium in bananas is wonderful for replacing lost minerals, while the rice is a nice simple food it’s full of good carbohydrates the body doesn’t have to work too hard to digest. Once the nausea has resolved, and hunger returns, the BRATTY diet can be supplemented with carbohydrates, which are easier to metabolize. “A good replacement
drink to calm an upset stomach is nettle tea,” Lefebvre adds. If your child isn’t the tea-drinking type, Stinson shares a helpful hint that can turn even the pickiest eater into a tea lover. “For variety, grab your favorite organic herbal tea, steep it then put it on ice! This is an excellent way to get some extra plant nutrients with endless options. Add some honey for a natural sweetener that is chalk full of antioxidants, minerals and energy providing calories.” If steeped strong enough, the tea can also be frozen to create custom popsicles right at home. For added nutrition and an extra treat, and as a great way to lower a high body temperature resulting from summer sun and excess heat, Stinson suggests blending your own custom smoothies at home using your child’s favourite fruits (and even vegetables!) as ingredients. “Another great option is to make your own fruit smoothies and then freeze them in a popsicle holder. For an antioxidant powerhouse, try blending seasonal and local cherries, blueberries, strawberries with almond or coconut milk. This provides an array of phytonutrients and healthy fats that are essential for your growing kids.”
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