People may want to change the name, but Torontonians will always know it as the “May 2-4” weekend to remember. Here are 5 Victoria Day celebrations that you can visit in the Toronto area ’till fireworks tonight…
1. Victoria Weekend Fireworks at Canada’s Wonderland
You may have missed yesterday’s spectacular fireworks show exceeding 6,000 vibrant explosions, but do not fret: you still have time to gallivant through 330 acres of Canada’s hugest theme park. With 16 roller coasters and a newsbreaking ride opening annually, Wonderland is best known for its jawdroppers like Behemoth and Leviathan – the former, formerly being the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Canada, with the latter taking its place.
Toronto’s only (as in actual Toronto and not surrounding areas) Victoria Day fireworks show will resume for an exquisite 14 minutes at Ashbridges Bay Park, rain or shine. Imagine over 2,000 bursts of colour collaborating with specks of water? For all you transit commuters, TTC service will accumulate between Queen Street East and the Bloor-Danforth subway on the Coxwell (22A), Main (64) and Woodbine South (92A). However, if you’re not a transit user, perhaps you should consider giving the buses a shot as traffic congestion will be expected during later hours. Fireworks commence at 10pm.
Debuting today on Centre Island, Electric Island’s event is both a completely licensed picnic and concert. Rural and global DJs will be playing, including Seth Troxler, Nitin, My Favourite Robot, Nathan Barato, Nature of Music, Jonathan Rosa, and more – not to mention an unidentified special guest. Techno lovers and performers alike will be happy to know that Electric Island will proceed through the rest of the afternoon and evening, slated to end at 11pm.
For those Torontonians who aren’t familiar with Sneaky Dee’s, there’s a Victoria Day event tonight they ought to check out which will convince them why it’s THE bar to play gigs and listen to local acts. Tonight’s headliners include Living With Lions, Deforesters, Roman Line, and special members from Topanga (because using that name on a 90s show wasn’t bad enough?). Following more musical acts, this show should conclude at 11:30 pm. But if you want to give singing a try yourself, there’s karaoke right after. Belt your sorrows out! Just a $10 fee.
The Nobleton Victoria Day Fair is perfect for all age groups and families. The day began with a parade through Nobleton’s town, which allows attendees to unleash their inner child with a selection of pony rides, clowns, music and more. If you feel a bit more adventuruous, you can view their wide array of reptilia. This event holds the biggest private fireworks show in Ontario – located at the Nobleton Arena Grounds. Here’s the flyer: http://www.nobletonvictoriaday.com/.