COVID-19 forces popular Celebrate Toronto to go virtual

Not even COVID-19 will keep event from honouring Toronto's 187th anniversary

Evening crowd at Nathan Phillips Square
Crowd at Nathan Phillips Square celebrates with a Christmas Market in 2018. Courtesy City of Toronto

No event is safe from the restrictions brought on by COVID-19, but with some resourcefulness Celebrate Toronto will be able to mark Toronto’s 187th birthday.

On March 6 and 7, the celebration is returning for its annual event to honour Toronto’s 187th anniversary. But this time the event, which usually takes place in Nathan Phillips Square with large crowds of vendors and patrons will be held virtually.

Running until April 7 the event celebrates Toronto’s small businesses and artists. The theme this year will be to “rebuild, reconnect, and show love,” according to its press release.

Founded in 2013 by Maria Doria following the success of her art gala for Toronto’s 180th anniversary, Celebrate Toronto has grown into a brand known across Canada. Celebrate Toronto has been able to work with more than 120 artists, musicians, dancers, and small businesses so far, its website says.

It has set up a robust online shopping market. A wide range of items are for sale, including home decor, apparel, food and dessert from local restaurants. The market will run alongside the festival from March 6 to April 6.

The festival will feature contests and games with cash prizes, a DJ, and live musical performances by Queen Pepper and The Queen’s Own Rifles Band and Bugles, according to a press release.

In another act of support for Toronto, Celebrate Toronto has joined DonateTO this year to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.

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Posted: Feb 26 2021 9:13 pm
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