All Torontonians are invited to join us in welcoming newcomers in Toronto with activities and entertainment at this showcase of Toronto’s diverse communities.
Below is a list of exciting virtual events that are taking place on Newcomer Day, and in a few cases on May 26, 27 and 28, for you to enjoy.
|Welcome Gesture||10 a.m.||YouTube|
|Information Fair Meet and Greets||10:30 a.m. to Noon||Information Fair|
|Journey to Embrace the Arts by author Koom Kankesan: A Newcomer’s Story||Noon to 1 p.m.||Crowdcast|
|Engagement with Mayor John Tory||1:30 to 2:30 p.m.||Eventbrite|
|Information Fair Meet and Greets||2 to 3 p.m.||Information Fair|
|In Conversation: Indigenous and Migrant Placemaking Through Music||6 to 7 p.m.||Facebook Live|
|In Conversation: Parenting and Artmaking During COVID-10 (May 26)||5:30 to 6:30 p.m||Eventbrite|
|Virtual Exhibition: Tour and Artist Talk in partnership with Doris McCarthy Gallery (May 27)||6 to 7 p.m.||Eventbrite|
|ImagineNATIVE Short Films Focus + Artist Talk moderated by Niki Little (May 28)||6 to 8 p.m.||Elevent|
The City of Toronto invites newcomers to a town hall session with Mayor John Tory. Get ready to learn more about municipal government and ask any questions you may have. While the town hall is targeted at newcomer residents, all are welcome to attend.
May 25, 2021
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
To attend this event, please register through Eventbrite. Webex link to be provided after registration.
Please join us on May 25 at 10 a.m. to mark the opening of this year’s Toronto Newcomer Day with The Welcome Gesture. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.
The Welcome Gesture, led by Dreamwalker Dance Company is a grand scale Public Action featuring an ensemble of newcomers, ambassadors, artists and youth guiding the public in a collective movement experience that was shared between thousands of visitors in Nathan Phillips Square in 2019. This year, The Welcome Gesture takes place online and invites viewers to tune in and join Dreamwalker Dance Company’s Welcome Gesture in a simple guided embodied experience. We hope audiences will find this healing, moving, inspiring, invigorating, and above all welcoming!
Toronto Newcomer Day includes an information fair that promotes newcomers’ knowledge of programs and services available to them.
Visit the information fair page to learn about services and programs in your community.
You are invited to celebrate and discover the architectural features, public art and highlights of City Hall through a virtual tour.
This virtual tour highlights many features of Toronto City Hall, including a peek into the Mayor’s Office and views from the 27th Floor Observation Deck.
Each Toronto Newcomer Day, The Toronto Newcomer Office partners with Neighbourhood Arts Network to showcase newcomer and immigrant artists and their accomplishments. Join us between May 24 and 28 to celebrate the diversity of art forms.
Tune in for a relaxed listening session of a mindfulness audio piece created by RBC Newcomer Artist Award recipient Siavash Kaveh, accompanied by Iranian vocalist Milad Bagheri. Inspired by the future of musical diversity and multiculturalism in Canada, this 12-minute audio track with Persian poetry sung in Farsi represents Sivavesh’s Iranian-electronic audio work as a musical dream he has for future generations of Iranian-Canadian citizens in Canada.
In Conversation is a dialogue between Indigenous musician Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone and multidisciplinary newcomer artist Borelson. Music is a method of self-expression that crosses time, borders and cultures. It helps us make sense of ourselves and the world we live in and invites others to see the world through our perspective.
6 to 7 p.m.
In conversation will explore the invisibilized labour of artists during the pandemic. Moderated by Syrus Marcus Ware and featuring dancers Merey Ismailova and Angel Kaba as they reflect on their experiences creating and performing from home while caring for family, and how they’ve adapted.
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Join Esmond Lee and writer Sabra Ismath for an Artist Talk and Conversation around Lee’s Gods Among Us photography series.
6 to 7 p.m.
Join us for a free screening of nine dynamic short films ranging from documentary, dramatic, and animation created by Indigenous filmmakers, presented at the 2020 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, followed by an artist talk moderated by imagineNATIVE’s Artistic Director Niki Little. The 2021 imagineNATIVE Tour brings Indigenous-made film and video works, as well as community engagement activities to communities across Turtle Island (Canada).
ASL interpretation will be provided for the discussion portion of the event. The screening will have closed captioning. This event is family-friendly
6 to 8 p.m.
Tune in on May 25 for a preview of the Spirit Garden, led by Toronto Council Fire, located on Nathan Phillips Square.
Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, an Indigenous service provider, is leading the development of the Spirit Garden, a 19,250 square foot multi-purpose programmed Indigenous cultural space located in the southwest quadrant of Nathan Phillips Square in downtown Toronto. Full-day cultural programming will be offered year-round at this outdoor Indigenous cultural space.
The Spirit Garden will feature prominent symbols of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultures including the focal piece Restoration of Identity, a turtle sculpture designed and fabricated by Anishnaabe artist Solomon King. This large-scale sculpture will act as a commemoration to the victims and survivors of Canada’s residential schools within Ontario’s capital, thereby fulfilling the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 82.
First proclaimed in 2015, Toronto Newcomer Day is an annual event held in May that welcomes newcomers to Toronto, helps them understand and access a wide range of services, and celebrates their contributions to the city. The event features a number of activities including a formal stage program, a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians, tours of City Hall, a newcomer marketplace, and an information fair. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be virtual to ensure the safety of all Toronto residents.