Celebrate Canada Day weekend at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto. Bring the whole crew to RWF 2016 as we welcome back the tall ships to Toronto’s Waterfront. Star ships include El Galeón, a Spanish vessel with 6 decks full of history; Draken Harald Hårfagre, the largest and most authentic Viking ship built in modern days; our American friend, Pride of Baltimore II along with local Toronto vessels. The Royal Canadian Navy will also be joining the event with two coastal defence ships, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ships (HMCS) Kingston and Goose Bay. RWF has lots of other family fun activities and programs including the Waterfront Artisan Market, Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, Parks Canada, cultural entertainment a grand finale Parade of Sail and much more. www.TOwaterfrontfest.com.
Waves of Fun for Everyone
Things are heating up this summer on the waterfront with nonstop live entertainment at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, presented by PortsToronto, July 1-3. There will be no shortage of fun as we welcome buskers, performers and musicians to the Rees WaveDeck presented by The Daniels Corporation. Toronto’s finest street performers will have the waterfront bursting with activity with their diverse shows and interactive performances. Find the Rees WaveDeck at the base of Rees St. on the south side of Queens Quay.
Become an aquatic biology buff at RWF! Did you know that underneath Queens Quay’s WaveDecks there are fish condos? Visit the Simcoe WaveDeck presented by Waterfront Toronto to learn more about fish habitats in Lake Ontario with staff from Aquatic Habitat Toronto and Waterfront Toronto. The Simcoe WaveDeck is located at the bottom of Lower Simcoe Street on the south side of Queens Quay.
Hold your applause for the grand finale Parade of Sail on Sunday, July 3rd, featuring all festival ships and unique local vessels as they sail through the Toronto harbour for their final send-off. A waterfront spectacle you won’t want to miss!
K-9 Star Power Returns
Prepare to be amazed! The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is returning this summer to the Festival featuring their endless jaw-dropping K-9 tricks. The Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show is a unique talent-packed performance that will surely impress with their daring stunts. The whole family will be on the edge of their seats as these rescue dogs demonstrate 50+ amazing tricks; tightrope-walking, handstands, piano playing, skateboarding and basketball slam-dunks aren’t just for humans anymore.
Featuring Celebrity Boston Terrier Bella who traveled across Canada with Ripley’s Believe it or Not in 2015 as the “Tightrope Terrier”. Bella has graced the big screen in “A Date with Miss Fortune” and was chosen (alongside Pickles) as one of the top stunt dogs in North America to be featured on Good Morning America! Catch the show 3 times a day July 2 & 3 inside Purina PawsWay located at 245 Queens Quay.
Canada Day Eh! Celebrate on the Waterfront
Stay up late with us this Canada Day for even more fun after the sun sets. Enjoy musical performances and spectacular fireworks on the waterfront as Harbourfront Centre sets off Canada Day celebrations with a bang! On July 1, legendary children’s performers Sharon & Bram kick off the music at 2pm, followed by free concerts all day. At 9:30pm Montreal’s hip hop ambassadors Nomadic Massive cap off the Canada Day party with another great free show, rapping in English, French, Creole, Spanish and Arabic. This multilingual, multicultural, super-group is known for their energetic live show and will get the crowd moving. After sunset, Harbourfront Centre will light up the waterfront sky with the best fireworks show in the city. Join us and celebrate Canada Day.
Eat and Shop Local
Whether you’re looking for unique gifts or keeping current on Toronto’s food scene, the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) has you covered. The opening weekend of WAM was a huge success at The Waterfront BIA’s Gangways Open event and will be returning in full swing for five more weekends. WAM brings together a carefully curated mix of 50 top artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers for you to discover at Toronto’s new open-air Waterfront market! Bring your appetite and prepare to shop ’til you drop at this year’s Waterfront Artisan Market happening in HTO Park throughout our Festival weekend