Canada 150 Parade

This is an invitation for your community to participate in Canada 150.

The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto  is proud to announce that we will be hosting a Parade ” Parade of Nations” ,this year for the Celebration 150  on  July 1st, Canada Day!

We would like to invite EVERY Community to apply to take part in this parade. We would love see your community represented in the parade, in your ethnic costumes, and presenting a *Float that would reflect what your community has contributed to Canada in the last 150 years or less. For example the Dutch float with an agriculture theme, will display hundreds of Tulips and other agricultural themes. ( *Please note, the float is not mandatory, but we would love to see one!)  We also do encourage bands and or lots of parade music from your community as well!  

The parade starts at 10:00 am on July 1st, 2017 at Church and Bloor, continues west on Bloor to Yonge, and South on Yonge to Dundas square, ending around 11:00am.


We are asking your help to please pass on this Parade invitation to the prominent leader(s) of your community and to encourage them to apply to participate in this important parade.

Deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for entry.

If you could please forward the Participation form  found here, and email it to us asap.

Please email the completed form to:

The parade is FREE of charge to participate.

Canada 150 – Celebrate Canada Day July 1, 2017

This year on July 1, 2017 – Celebrating Canada 150th Birthday! 


A Parade:

We will be hosting a 150 Celebrate Canada Parade, with participants of over 100 youth groups, with 5,000 individual participants, from all diverse cultures and ethnic groups in full traditional costumes, proudly showcasing a float about their contributions to Canada. Time 10am – 12pm Parade route Church/Bloor down Yonge ending at Dundas Square.

Live Historic figures:

In partnership with Fort York Toronto, 20 young Fort York Solders ( 18 – 22 yr old) will be participating in the parade and then make their way to Yonge Dundas square and demonstrate some historical re-enactment scenes for the public on the main square. We will also have other ‘ re-enactors’ that will be portraying some historical figures such as Sir John A. MacDonald and other ‘ Fathers of Confederation’

Main Stage – Yonge Dundas Square

At 12:00pm, we kick off the festival with the opening ceremonies, with the Mayor of Toronto, which include singing of O’Canada, we then will be cutting the giant Canada Day Flag CAKE, and after that we directly begin with live performances starting off with First Nations groups and then from our multiple Youth groups showcasing their diversity. These multicultural performances will continue throughout the day, with performances of 30 minutes segment shows up to 9:00pm.  

Our Annual Living Flag

In partnership with Downtown Yonge BIA, we will be presenting our 3rd annual Living Flag Formation. We invite all of Toronto to come down to YD Square and receive a RED or WHITE T-SHIRT  and line up on YD Square to form a “ live” Living Canadian Flag. This is traditionally done every year in Ottawa and Winnipeg, but Winnipeg holds the record of 3,158 participants, but we here in Toronto hope to beat that number with our formation on the YDSquare in our 150th Year Celebration.

Annual performance of the Sassoun Dance Ensemble.





Sasoun Dance 2016 WEB flyer


Sassoun Dance Ensemble – Սասուն Պարախումբ of Toronto Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church the first Canadian Armenian dance group to perform in Armenia, Artsakh, New York, Argentina, Uruguay & Australia; to perform at Dundas Square & CNE; and to perform with Raisa Mkrtchyan, Inga & Anush, Silva Hakobyan & Ruben Sasuntsi, presents to you, “The World Through Dance”.

Artistic Director & Choreographer: Sevag Avakian.
Assistant Director & Costume Coordinator: Sareen Avakian

This year’s performance has a multicultural theme, embracing the nature of this great country we live in. Experience the cultures of 10 countries through acting, poetry, live singing & music incorporated with our dances, presented soley by our multitalented dancers.

For tickets please contact:
HTAC Office:416-431-3001 /
Sossy: 416-826-3332 /
or message Sevag Avakian

One lucky person will win a trip for two to Cuba. Purchase raffle tickets every Sunday from HTAC for only $5 each! Draw date: June 11 at 7pm

Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ontario


This Victoria Day Weekend, 2016, our CFAC Research Officer, Catherine Limbertie is attending a conference in Quebec City to present her recent paper  on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ontario.

Last fall, the Ontario government launched Culture Talks to start a conversation with Ontarians about the value of culture in their lives and communities to help us develop Ontario’s first Culture Strategy.

The next stage of consultation by providing feedback on the key parts of the draft Culture Strategy. The draft sets out a vision for culture and identifies three overarching goals to strengthen culture in communities, fuel the creative economy and promote cultural engagement and inclusion. These goals are supported by strategies and actions to guide Ontario’s support for culture so that it continues to grow and flourish in the years to come.  

The next step will be to review the feedback we receive. We will then finalize the strategy and release it in June.

We would also like to let you know about two additional documents we have posted on

·         A Summary of What We Heard from Ontarians, an overview of the first stage of consultations held from September 2015 to December 2015, in which we capture the key themes and ideas that emerged during the engagement process.

·         An Environmental Scan of the Culture Sector, a background document that describes key challenges, opportunities and trends affecting the culture sector in Ontario and emerging best practices in Canada and other areas of the world.

We look forward to receiving your feedback and continuing the conversation.