The Canada Day weekend is approaching! Where has the year gone? This year, Canada Day falls on Friday, July 1, 2022 so we have a true three-day weekend to enjoy! With most businesses and attractions now open, you won’t have trouble finding things to do Canada Day in Toronto. Maybe you are headed up north to your cottage or if you are lucky, you will be a guest at someone else’s cottage. If so, you might want to read “Cottage Etiquette: How to Ensure You Get Invited Back“. If you are staying in the city, continue reading to find out about Toronto events on the Canada Day weekend in 2022.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre
Kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre. This show features a new generation of wizards who must cast tantalizing spells as they race to stop unknown forces. Performances on the Canada Day weekend are on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $109, $129, $149, $169, $174 and $199 and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-461-3333. Run time is 3 hours and 20 minutes with intermission. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre is located at 244 Victoria Street.
Q107 Canada Day Picnic 2022
Enjoy Canada Day 2022 celebrations hosted by Q107 at Woodbine Park on Friday, July 1, 2022 beginning at 12 noon. There will be food vendors, beer at the Muskoka Brewery Beer Garden and tribute bands performing on the Main Stage including:
12 noon – Tribute to The Tragically Hip
1:15 p.m. – Tribute to Tom Petty
3:45 p.m. – Tribute to Pearl Jam
5:15 p.m. – Sandra Bouza performs Alanis Morissette
6:45 p.m. – Tribute to AC/DC
8:15 p.m. – Tribute to Bon Jovi
9:45 p.m. – Tribute to Journey
Enjoy fireworks beginning at 10 p.m. at Ashbridges Bay. Metered parking is available throughout the Beach neighbourhood. There are also several Toronto Parking Authority lots nearby.
Free Concerts at Harbourfront Centre 2022
Harbourfront Centre is offering several free concerts on the July long weekend:
Friday, July 1, 2022
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Nastasia Y – Stage in the Park
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Chynna Lewis – Stage in the Park
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Adria Kain – Stage in the Park
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: Tanika Charles – Concert Stage
9:45 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Serena Ryder – Concert Stage
Saturday, July 2, 2022
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Lucas Silveira and leoblu – Stage in the Park
8 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: Celeigh Cardinal – Concert Stage
9:45 p.m. – 11 p.m.: Coeur de pirate – Concert Stage
Sunday, July 3, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: Jenie Thai – Stage in the Park
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Housewife – Stage in the Park
Salsa on The Beach 2022
Salsa on The Beach 2022, part of the Beaches Jazz Festival, takes place July 2-3, 2022 at Woodbine Park in The Beach. Listen to first class salsa music and learn how to salsa. The schedule for the Canada Day weekend is as follows:
Saturday, July 2, 2022
3 p.m. DJ Victor Explosivo
3:30 p.m. Salsa Class with Daylin Martinez
5 p.m. El Sol de Cuba
7 p.m. Ricardo Barboza & Orq. – Tributo Dimension Latina
9 p.m. La Sonora Queen
Sunday, July 3, 2022
2 p.m. DJ Alex Rios Rumbateca
2:30 p.m. Los Hijos de Tuta Band
4 p.m. Bachata Swing
6 p.m. El Tuty & Son D’Aqui Orq. – Tributo Grupo Niche
Canada Day Weekend at Ontario Place 2022
Enjoy a free concert at Ontario Place on Friday, July 1, 2022. The concert will feature local Indigenous artists in Trillium Park. Hosted by Carolyn King, Founder of The Moccasin Identifier Project and Welcome and Land Acknowledgement by Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, with musical performances by 2022 Juno nominated Manitou Mkwa Singers and the Mark Laforme Band, who performs a wide variety of musical styles from blues and soul, to country, rock and a lot more. Set times are from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the First Nation’s heritage and culture with a walk through Trillium Park to the moccasin identifier engraved into the stone and visit 1000 Faces, the contemporary art installation that invites visitors to pause and reflect, encouraging communion, dialogue, reconciliation and relation.
There are also several free daily screenings at Cinesphere of IMAX documentary films Asteroid Hunters and The Last Glaciers, as well as several outdoor yoga classes in Trillium Park. You can also take a self- guided tour in partnership with ArtWorxTO. Kids can build fun sculptures at Imagination Playground.
You can also beat the heat at the new attraction, Lake Shore Inflatable Waterpark – Ontario’s largest and tallest water experience! Explore the rolling hills of the William G. Davis trail and West Island by Segway with two tours daily. Meander down to Electric Island festival – a fully licensed concert and picnic series taking place on the West Island on July 1, 2022 and July 2, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m..
Backstreet Boys at Budweiser Stage
Backstreet Boys make two appearances on Canada Day weekend in Toronto at the Budweiser Stage (formerly Molson Amphitheatre). The first concert is on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. and the second concert is Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $122, $224.50, $255.85, $274.50, $297.50, $357.00 and $471.41 and can be purchased online.
Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities at Ontario Place
If you’ve never seen Cirque du Soleil before, watching this circus will be one of the most exciting things to do Canada Day weekend in Toronto. Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities is being performed at Ontario Place until July 10, 2022. I had a chance to see Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities a few years ago when it was at the Port Lands and absolutely loved it! The following performances take place on the July long weekend 2022:
Friday, July 1, 2022 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets are $70, $80, $108, $118, $134.25, $144.25, $156, $166, $212.50, $301 and $311 and can be purchased online. Ontario Place is located at 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West.
Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre
One of the most popular Toronto events on the Canada Day weekend in 2022 is the Blue Jays game! Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and the Toronto Blue Jays play the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Games will be played on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 3:07 p.m., Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 12:07 p.m. and Sunday, July 3, 2022 at 1:37 p.m. Purchase tickets online.
East York Canada Day Festival
Enjoy a Canada Day parade that begins at Dieppe Park at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022 and continues to Stan Wadlow Park, where you can take in Canada Day celebrations. There will be entertainment on the Main Stage, a midway, kids’ activities, food vendors, an artisan market and a beer garden hosted by Muddy York. The day will end with fireworks presented by the City of Toronto. Stan Wadlow Park is located at 373 Cedarvale Avenue.
Kuné at High Park Amphitheatre
Kuné presented by Canadian Stage performs at High Park Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 8 p.m. The band features 11 musicians from around the globe and their resulting sound is a fusion of diverse musical influences. Tickets are $30; PWYC is available two days before the performance online, by phone or in person. High Park Amphitheatre is located at High Park, 1873 Bloor Street West.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these Toronto events on the Canada Day weekend in 2022. I will keep updating this blog post as I learn about more Canada Day weekend events.