Thank you to those who attended and celebrated the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day at Nathan Phillips Square. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Toronto Newcomer Day logo

 

Who: Everyone

What: Welcome newcomers to Toronto with activities and entertainment

Where: Nathan Phillips Square – 100 Queen St. W., Toronto

When: Tuesday May 29, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

 

Event Highlights

  • Art exhibit
  • City Hall tours
  • Entertaining performances
  • Citizenship ceremony
  • Colouring for children
  • Food trucks
  • Free long distance calls with chatr
  • Free Tim Hortons beverages
  • Information fair
  • Mock voting activity
  • Newcomer marketplace
  • Newcomer food fair
  • Gardening activity
  • Henna artist
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Roaming storytellers
  • Speaker’s corner
  • Spoken word for youth
  • Zumba

Participants have the opportunity to learn more about Toronto’s City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square as part of this tour activity. Trained tour guides will accompany pre-registered groups (maximum 30 participants) to four different interest points, where trained volunteers will share key information.

Time: City Hall tours run from 10 a.m. to noon, with each tour lasting 30 minutes. Groups have the opportunity to choose from a pre-planned time slot at the time of registration.

Registration: To register your class or group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes. Indoor tours and outdoor tours are separate options; please specify your preference during registration

Toronto Newcomer Day includes an information fair that promotes newcomers’ knowledge of programs available to them. Applications are now closed.

View a list of information fair exhibitors.

The Municipal and Provincial elections are both taking place in 2018. To encourage civic engagement amongst youth and newcomer groups, staff from the City Clerk’s Office will share information about ways to engage civically with the City. Participants have the opportunity to vote on issues important to them as part of a simulated mock voting exercise.

Time: This activity will be ongoing throughout the event, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration: Pre-registration is not required.

Not Just Numbers: Representation in the Canadian Census is a heritage game that focuses on the Canadian census. Using clues and historical evidence, participants will reconstruct the life of a historical Canadian with Not Just Numbers’ innovative three-round format. Participants will learn the stories behind the contributions, decisions and trials of new and landed Canadians.

Time: The game will take 45 minutes to complete. There are two sessions running from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Registration: To register your class or group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes.

For more information about Not Just Numbers, please visit wardmuseum.ca/notjustnumbers.

Spoken Word artist Amani, aka Anne-Marie Woods, winner of the BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in Entertainment, the Bob Marley Day Award and an East Coast Music Award, will present a creative version of her personal story while teaching participants some motivational chants and cheers to highlight their newcomer experiences. Amani has presented to youth of all ages for over 20 years.

Location: This activity is held in the City Hall Library and can accommodate a maximum of 25 youth.

Time: The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

Registration: To register your class or group for this activity, please contact Kera Vijayasingham at Kera.Vijayasingham@toronto.ca and specify the number of participants and age ranges for planning purposes.

Sponsors

Tim Hortons logo
Metroland Media logo
chatr logo
HSBC logo

Event Partnerships Include

  • Airsa Art & Thought Association
  • Canadian Languages Museum
  • Historica Canada – Passages Canada
  • Institute for Canadian Citizenship
  • Regent Park Catering Collective
  • TD Center for Community Learning and Development
  • Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation
  • Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership (TEQLIP)
  • Toronto Ward Museum