Canada’s About to Get Lit

Written by Stefani Warme on March 21, 2017

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With Canada’s 150th birthday right around the corner, it’s important to plan ahead if you’re interested in experiencing some of the amazing events that will be offered this summer in celebration. Not much of a planner? Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for!

Summer itself is reason to celebrate, but this summer marks a special event in Canada’s history, and I can’t wait to put my party hat on to celebrate our country’s monumental birthday! From music and food to arts and culture, Canada’s diverse personality is sure to throw an awesome party—and you are cordially invited!

First on my to-do list is the music!

Stay local in the city and check out the acts at NXNE or pack your bags and hit the road to check out the many amazing lineups across Canada. Festivals like Wayhome, Osheaga, Boots and Hearts, OVO, Bestival, Veld, Field Trip, and Sasquatch (to name a few) provide a variety of musical tastes for everyone to enjoy. A new festival on the scene is the Big Feastival, which focuses on food and music with chef Jamie Oliver taking the reigns. If high energy and feel good music is your thing, be sure to save for summer and pick your favorite lineup. If you love music as much as I do, this may prove to be one of the most difficult decisions of your summer.

What better way to celebrate 150 years of Canada and its diversity than through food?

Don’t forget to book ahead and make sure you check out some of Toronto’s greatest restaurants through Summerlicious or the many outdoor food markets and diverse food festivals. During the summer months, there is never a bad time to hit up your favorite patio or to explore places to enjoy your favorite ice cold drink. If you’re looking to try something new this summer, sour beers have recently become my go-to beverage of choice. With its crisp and refreshing pop of flavour, these beers might just be the new cider. Be bold this summer and ask your bartender what sour beer they have on tap. Plum Jelly King, courtesy of Bellwoods Brewery, is a favourite; I highly recommend giving it a try.

If your time and budget are limited and you want to escape the hot bustle of summer downtown, hop the ferry at Queens Quay across the lake to the Toronto Island.  Pack a picnic and spend the day biking around or lounging on the beach. Bring a Frisbee and soak up some sun, but make sure to stay until sunset to catch the gorgeous view of our city skyline at sundown. It is unbeatable. Unless you have an exciting Canada Day party to attend, I highly recommend cozying up on the beach to watch the fireworks. If you’re looking to venture out of the city and camping is your thing, Canada Parks is offering free admission all year. If you are an adventure seeker on a budget, this is a perfect way to experience all of Canada’s natural beauty and landscapes. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our country’s birthday than in nature.

Another way to celebrate our nation this summer is by supporting our boys in blue—the Blue Jays! Jays games are always a sure-fire way to enjoy your summer day or night. If you can’t manage to find a ticket, join the crowd at The Real Sports Bar, or The Dock Ellis on Dundas, if you want to be more realistic with your dollar.

When you’re looking to wind down on a Sunday after a busy weekend, go to Christie Pits Park for an outdoor movie night. Movies in the park are the best way to enjoy the summer weather, impress a date, or treat your honey to a romantic night with some of Toronto’s finest Bloor West hipsters.

Let’s just say that my summer event calendar is booked so unless I’m matching with someone on Happn and they’ve made us reservations at Alo, I have plans. 😉

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