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September 6, 2013

Category: Family Activities

Joel and Victoria Osteen

WHY ARE MILLIONS ACROSS THE WORLD INSPIRED BY A MESSAGE OF HOPE?

Find out When Joel and Victoria Osteen hold “A Night of Hope.” Friday, September 6 at the Air Canada Centre!

Tens of thousands fill arenas and stadiums across America to hear a message of hope from Joel and Victoria Osteen. Now, the pastors of the largest church in America are coming to Toronto Canada to hold “A Night of Hope” at the Air Canada Centre Friday, September 6 at 7:30 pm.

Joel Osteen reaches one of the largest audiences in the U.S. and across the globe. Millions of people worldwide are inspired through his weekly television broadcasts, New York Times bestselling books, worship events, and popular weekly podcast. He and Victoria are the pastors of America’s largest church and one of the most diverse – the 40,000 strong Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Joel was determined one of the most influential people on Twitter in the New York Times.

This Night of Hope will bring together people of all different backgrounds from across the region for an exciting time of praise and worship where lives are changed and hope is restored. Joel’s appeal is universal, allowing him to crossover to audiences that are diverse racially, politically and socioeconomically. His ability to speak directly to individuals and to connect personally with them is virtually unmatched today. And, his simple message that God cares deeply for each of us and empowers us to overcome and succeed resonates with millions, bringing hope and encouragement to a world that desperately needs it.

For tickets: www.Ticketmaster.ca

Venue: Air Canada Centre — 40 Bay Street

CANADA 2013 WOMEN’S FUTSAL PRE-WORLD CUP and YOUTH BOYS U-14 FUTSAL WORLD CHALLENGE

FUTSALCA presents CANADA 2013 WOMEN’S FUTSAL PRE-WORLD CUP AND YOUTH FUTSAL BOYS U-14 WORLD CHALLENGE at Powerade Centre, Brampton, September 6 & 7. WNT and YNT TEAM CANADA receive national teams from Brazil, United States, Catalunya (Spain) and provincial elites from Quebec and New Brunswick. Get into the Futsal Passion!

To buy your tickets for this world class sport event, visit www.Ticketmaster.ca

For more details, go to www.futsalca.ca and www.womensfutsalcanada.com

VENUE LOCATION: Powerade Centre — 7575 Kennedy Road South, Brampton, Ontario

 
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End: September 7, 2013
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29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival

Regarded as the largest event of its kind in North America, the annual Vegetarian Food Festival gives you an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy a diverse cross-section of vegetarian cuisine.

For more information: www.HarbourfrontCentre.com

Location: Harbourfront Centre

 
Start: September 6, 2013
End: September 8, 2013
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Location: Harbourfront Centre

Cabbagetown Festival

Held 2nd weekend of September. There are so many events going on in Toronto over the summer that it can be hard to pick out which ones to carve out time for. If you’re looking for a warm family feel and a whole lot of culture then the Cabbagetown Festival just might be the perfect fit. It’s held annually on the second weekend of September and has events going from Thursday to Sunday.

For more details: www.cabbagetownpa.ca

Location: Cabbagetown — Parliament Street (near Carlton Street)

 
Start: September 5, 2013
End: September 8, 2013
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Location: Cabbagetown Festival

Taste of the Kingsway Festival

September 6 – September 8, 2013 – Food and entertainment extravaganza with plenty of fun activities for everyone. Beer and Wine Gardens, 2 Grand Stages with non-stop performers, Midway Rides, Dog Show, Harvest Markets, Artisans/Crafters, Clowns, Face Painters, Rock Climbing Walls, Auto Show, Merchant Demonstrations, Community Exhibits and so much more… Admission is Free.

For more details: www.tasteofthekingsway.ca

Location: Bloor Street West (between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road)

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Start: September 6, 2013
End: September 8, 2013
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Location: Taste of the Kingsway Festival

Canada’s Wonderland

It’s really no wonder that Canada’s Wonderland is Canada’s premiere amusement park. It’s where families come to spend quality time with each other and their good friends, g-forces. There’s Leviathan, a new roller coaster in 2012 that boasts speeds of 125 mph with an 80-degree drop as well as such thrilling rides as Vortex, Shockwave, Behemoth and the 301-foot WindSeeker.

And for the kids, there’s Planet Snoopy and the new Dinosaurs Alive! Seven acres of Jurassic fun with over 40 life-sized dinos. And if you like water park thrills, there’s Splash Works, a 20-acre water park featuring The Plunge, Super Soaker, the Lazy River and enough thrill rides to leave you and your family closer and prunier than ever.

Canada’s Wonderland opens on May 5th.
Open daily May 17th – September 2nd.
Weekends from September 7 to October 27th.

Location: Canada’s Wonderland — 9580 Jane Street, Vaughan, Ontario

For more information, please visit the Canada’s Wonderland website.

Leviathan
Start: May 5, 2013
End: October 27, 2013
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Location: Canada’s Wonderland

Giant Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

It’s pandamonium at the Toronto Zoo!

It was an exciting day for Torontonians on May 18th when the Zoo officially opened its giant panda exhibit, featuring VIPs (Very Important Pandas) Er Shun and Da Mao.

The two pandas are on loan from the Chinese government for a period of ten years, during which time it is hoped they will produce offspring. The pair will be splitting their stay in Canada between the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo, where they are set to relocate to in 2018.

Pandas have a tendency to draw crowds. In addition to being just plain adorable, their unusual eating and mating habits make them one of the most unique species in the animal kingdom.

Did You Know?

  • Although pandas have the digestive system of a carnivore, up to 99% their diet consists of bamboo. Due to bamboo’s low nutritional value, a panda needs to consume between 10 and 15 kilograms (22 to 33 pounds) of it each day to get all of its nutrients.
  • Pandas are notoriously reluctant to mate, which is one reason for their low population in the wild. Giant panda females are only receptive to mating for a period of 24 to 72 hours a year.
  • It is almost impossible to tell if a giant panda is a male or a female until it is four years old. Because of the difficulty of determining the sex of pandas, it was believed that Er Shun was a male until genetic testing was done shortly before she was set to arrive in Toronto!

Top 5 Reasons to See the Pandas at the Toronto Zoo

No question about it, the giant panda exhibit is one of Toronto’s must-see attractions. Here are the top five reasons why you should pay Er Shun and Da Mao a visit:

  1. It’ll put a smile on your face. Pandas might just be the cutest animals around. Their docile nature, clumsy gait, and adorable black-and-white faces make them a delight to watch. It’s no wonder that one of the most popular videos on YouTube, with over 160 million views, is of a baby panda sneezing.
  2. You can expand your knowledge. Prior to meeting Er Shun and Da Mao, you can learn all about giant pandas at the 8,000 square-foot Panda Interpretive Centre. With model displays, multimedia games, and audio-visual presentations, it’s a fun and interactive way to learn about these natural treasures.
  3. Your kids will love it. Pandas are always a huge hit with children. You can also use this as an opportunity to educate them about wildlife and conservation.
  4. You can see other animals too. Once you’re done seeing the pandas, you can make your way over to the Zoo’s many other exhibits. The Toronto Zoo boasts over 5,000 animals representing more than 460 species, including white lions, gorillas, and polar bears.
  5. It’s a rare opportunity. Although panda conservation efforts have proven successful, they’re still an endangered species. The vast majority of pandas live in China, and only a handful of Zoos around the world have been given the opportunity to host them. The last time there were pandas at the Toronto Zoo was for three months in 1985!

Fun, friendly, and fascinating, the giant pandas are sure to brighten your day. Take a trip to the Toronto Zoo to see one of nature’s most extraordinary creatures up close and personal.

For more details: www.torontozoo.com

Location: Toronto Zoo — 361A Old Finch Avenue

Giant Panda at Toronto Zoo
Start: May 18, 2013
End: December 31, 2013
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Location: Toronto Zoo

Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911)

The tradition of hosting highly visual exhibitions in the Herman Herzog Levy Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) continues with Faces to Remember: Chinese Portraits of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). On display at the ROM from May 18, 2013 to February 23, 2014, Faces to Remember features Chinese portraits created during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and comes from the renowned collections of the Museum’s Far Eastern section.

Showcasing a culturally important, but often-overlooked aspect of Chinese art and culture, the exhibition’s portraits are astonishing in their detail and embedded symbolism. The visual appeal of the exhibition’s 25 works – some remarkably large – is enhanced by a number of sartorial and personal accessories, objects carefully selected for their resemblance to those seen in the paintings.

Dr. Ka Bo Tsang, ROM Assistant Curator, Chinese Pictorial Arts, is the exhibition’s curator. She explains, “Portraits are a way to commemorate people, whether known or unknown to us. The portraits displayed in the exhibition, as well as the personal accessories, provide us with a better understanding of the Chinese people of the past, their aspirations and moral values.”

For more details: www.rom.on.ca

Location: Royal Ontario Museum — 100 Queen’s Park

Stanley’s Game Seven 3D

NOW PLAYING exclusively at the Hockey Hall of Fame – Stanley’s Game Seven (3D). Hockey’s first 3D film combines a stunning mix of original live action, computer generated 3D animation and classic archival footage from some of the most renowned moments in Stanley Cup history – the film literally jumps off the screen. Hockey like you’ve never seen before!

The 22 minute film plays at the top and half past the hour in the Hockey Hall of Fame’s new TSN Theatre and is included in the price of general admission.

Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame website for more information.

Hockey Hall of Fame
Start: January 8, 2013
End: December 31, 2014
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Location: Hockey Hall of Fame