As the weather begins to cool down, we at P40 are ready to soak in the sun with exciting outdoor festivals that will put you in the summer spirit, and fun indoor events for when it gets too hot. Make sure to check out the seventh installment of our popular NameSake workshops hosted by Abby Ho, Pruneah Kim, and Mirae Lee. Check out the full list of events below!
11-15: Toronto Korean Film Festival 2018
The 7th annual Toronto Korean Film Festival is on at Innis Town Hall with the mission to advance diversity in Canadian society through Korean cinema and to support local filmmakers. Since its inception, TKFF has shown over 20 feature films and 30 short films in Toronto, and in 2013 they also co-hosted a workshop with the Toronto Arts Council for Korean-Canadian filmmakers on getting project funding through grants. This year’s film selection is the most diverse yet and we can’t wait to see how the programming reflects and discusses contemporary Korean-Canadian experiences.
12-15: 2018 Masters Indigenous Games
The first ever Masters Indigenous Games is taking place in Toronto and provides Indigenous adults the chance to compete in a variety of contemporary and traditional sporting activities. With hundreds of athletes coming together from across North America, this sporting event will celebrate Indigenous wellness and the Indigenous cultures of Turtle Island and those world-wide. Alongside the various sports competitions, a festival showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, storytellers and vendors will also take place, in addition to the Embody the Spirit Powwow.
14-15: 46th Annual Festival of India
Experience the spirit of India in downtown Toronto with a vibrant, contemporary, and family-friendly parade (also known as Ratha-Yatra) accompanied by hand-pulled parade floats, drumming, singing, and dancing all the way from Yonge Street to Queens Quay. Festivities will continue at Toronto Centre Island until the 16th.
21-26: Letter from Masanjia
Hot Docs presents Letter from Masanjia, a film that uncovers China’s appalling human rights violations through the eyes of political prisoner, Sun Yi, who will stop at nothing to find justice. A post-screening Q&A session will be held with the Peabody Award-winning director Leon Lee.
25: Anti-Oppression for Artists & Cultural Producers
As artists and culture creators, part of our job is to be aware and critical of oppressive power dynamics within art institutions and our own artistic practices. This workshop for artists will delve into the language, theories, and practices of anti-oppression and explore creative, technical, and collaborative strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression within the larger artist community. As well, it will equip artists with the tools to examine the power dynamics that shape access to and opportunities in Canada’s arts and cultural establishments. Participants will gain access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their education beyond the scope of the session.
28: AlohaFest Toronto
Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) presents the 4th Annual AlohaFest Toronto at Mel Lastman Square. The festival is the city’s only united celebration of Polynesian culture and shares the Aloha spirit with over thousands of people through engaging cultural performances, food, cool kids’ crafts, and unique wares available at the AlohaFest Marketplace. AlohaFest Toronto is one of the few places in the city where guests can indulge in both local favourites and unique Hawaiian treats.
28: NameSake VII
We’re shaking things up for our next NameSake workshop! We will continue to explore our names and our relationships to them, and share our stories and experiences all while enjoying a communal meal. It’s BYOV (bring your own vegetable) so make sure to bring a produce item that you either identify with, is your favourite, or something cheap you got from the grocers. For more details, click the link!
Kothufest is an annual food and cultural festival celebrating a beloved Sri Lankan street food: Kothu Roti! The popular event will be heading to Yonge-Dundas Square this year with the hope to engage Toronto’s diverse and mainstream communities through showcasing Kothu Roti vendors and emerging local artists! Kothufest promises to be one of the best food festivals of the summer!
Students for a Free Tibet Canada are hosting Momo Crawl T.O. 2018 for all Toronto foodies to experience the city’s top Momos in Little Tibet (Parkdale). Just what is a Momo, you ask? It’s a small pocket of savory heaven, of course! Momos are Tibetan and Himalayan dumplings made of meat or vegetables and mixed with a blend of herb and spices, and then hand-wrapped in dough and steamed to perfection. The event requires participants to purchase a Momo passport for Little Tibet for $25 which will grant them a total of 10 Moms from 10 different Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in Little Tibet. Click the link for more details on how to purchase your passport.
This list was compiled by Aliya Ghare