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A Guide to Toronto Remembrance Day Ceremonies

There are lots of ceremonies to choose from on Sunday. Here are a few.

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Remembrance Day is on Sunday this year, so work is no excuse not to go to a ceremony. There are lots to choose from, each subtly different from the next. Here’s a guide to picking the one for you. (It includes some options for those who would rather not go out of their way.)

Old City Hall:

Of all Toronto’s Remembrance Day ceremonies, this is the only one that will feature an address by Mayor Rob Ford. Last year, two people were arrested during his speech. Also, attendees get to hear Old City Hall’s tower bells toll the eleventh hour. (Old City Hall Cenotaph, 60 Queen Street West, 10:45 a.m.)

The Toronto Zoo:

The zoo’s ceremony is a completely traditional one in every respect but this one: between 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., ceremony attendees will be allowed into the zoo for free. After the ceremony is over, everyone can wander the grounds and look at the animals. There’s a $10 parking fee, unless you show up in uniform or with some kind of military insignia. (Waterside Theatre within the Discovery Zone, 361A Old Finch Avenue, 10:55 a.m.)

Queen’s Park:

This year’s Queen’s Park ceremony will almost certainly be Dalton McGuinty’s last, so it’s worth checking out for that reason. Also, it has a 21-gun salute. If you sneak around the back of the building, you can watch soldiers load and fire howitzers. (South Lawn, 111 Wellesley Street, 10:45 a.m.)

The TTC:

At 11 a.m., all TTC vehicles will pause for two minutes.

Your comptuer:

If you can’t (or would rather not) leave the house, you can always spend some time browsing Global’s reprise of OpenFile‘s excellent Poppy File. It’s an interactive Google Map of the next-of-kin addresses of Toronto’s First World War dead.

Other Ceremonies

No matter where you live in Toronto, there’s bound to be a Remembrance Day ceremony somewhere near you. Here’s a list of all the ones the City is putting on, and here’s a list of ceremonies being staged by other groups.

CORRECTION: November 9, 2012, 11:45 AM This post originally listed a ceremony at the Soldiers’ Tower, at the University of Toronto. In fact, that ceremony took place on November 9, and not November 11 as originally stated. The listing has been removed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=28110435 Kate Roberts

    Also, for those looking to enjoy some jazz on the Saturday afternoon before remembrance day, there’s the Happy Pal’s Annual Remembrance Day show at Grossman’s tavern from 4:30pm -8pm. It’s family friendly, there’s a great mix of young and old all coming together to have a great time – check it out :)

    http://www.facebook.com/events/440502042676169/