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While some of us are lucky enough to celebrate Canada Day from a tent or cottage in Muskoka, many others will be stuck downtown to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Confederation.
Torontoist has organized a listing of events and activities to help you decide where and when you’ll see live music, eat corn on the cob, and watch fireworks light up the skyline.

Festivals

June 6–July 1: It’s the last weekend of The Spiegel Show at the Harbourfront Centre. We hear it’s awesome, if you can score a ticket.
June 22–July 1: Who doesn’t like jazz? The Toronto Jazz Festival will be finishing up on Canada Day weekend. Try to catch a concert before it ends. While we wouldn’t necessarily classify him as a jazz artist, Sean Lennon will be playing a show at The Phoenix on July 1 as part of the festival. Tickets $32.50/$27.50 advance.
June 29–June 30: urbanNOISE 2007 is “a festival of urban music, dance, and art for inner-city youth to make noise against violence in their communities” which runs from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Head over to Rexdale’s North Kipling Community Centre for some free, all-ages entertainment.
June 29–July 1: The Harbourfront Centre is hosting an entire weekend of international music performances for its Canada Day: Generations celebration. The festival culminates in a free concert by Final Fantasy and Do Make Say Think on Sunday, July 1 at 8:00 p.m. Woot!
June 29–July 2: Etobicoke wants to cook you ribs! Ribfest runs daily from 11 a.m. and has something to do with barbecuing. Head to Centennial Park for eats, entertainment and fireworks on Canada Day.
June 30–July 2: The CHIN Radio Picnic celebrates diversity at Exhibition Place with a bikini pageant, pony rides and a boxing tournament. Because nothing says Canadian diversity like a bikini pageant.
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Events on Saturday, June 30

Experience the music, dance and cuisine of Mexico from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.at Fiesta Mexicana in Yonge-Dundas Square.
To celebrate the peak of strawberry season, the St. Lawrence Market is giving away free chocolate-dipped strawberries for their Strawberry Social Festival.
Heritage Toronto Walks explores the Trinity Bellwoods Neighbourhood. The free tour begins at 1:30 p.m. on the Northwest corner Queen Street West and Gore Vale Avenue.
Emily Haines talks with Eye’s Stuart Berman for View Points: Inside the Musician’s Studio at 6 p.m. in the Studio Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre. Haines will discuss the upcoming release of her late father’s book of poetry, Secret Carnival Workers.

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Events on Sunday, July 1

Stroke! Head over to Centre Island to watch the 5th annual OPS Canada Day Dragon Boat Regatta from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Queen’s Park is hosting a variety of family-friendly activities from noon to 5:00 p.m. We hear there will be bouncy castles and such.
If you’re into new country, the New Country 95.3 Canada Day Jam runs from noon to 9:00 p.m. at Sunnyside Park.
The High Life Festival, featuring Nigerian Afrobeat artist Femi Kuti and Positive Force is happening at the Docks at 1:00 p.m. Tickets $35.
The Ontario Place Festival of Fire does good old-fashioned fireworks at 10:30 p.m.
What are we missing? Let us know in the comments.

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