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FAMILY: In its forty-third year, the CHIN International Picnic has become a staple of the summer season and has earned itself the title of Canada’s largest free picnic. The picnic, which continues this weekend on July 4 and 5, will kick off today with a performance of the Canadian national anthem by cast members of Jersey Boys. You’ll also find sporting events, circus entertainment, a petting zoo, midway rides, a shopping bazaar, and international entertainment in the basket. And don’t forget the buns! That is, don’t miss the Mr. & Miss CHIN International Bikini competition. Exhibition Place (200 Princes Boulevard), 12–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Dust off your sax and shuffle on over to Nathan Phillips Square to take part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest saxophone ensemble, as part of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival. The Shuffle Demons, a local band best known for the hit “Spadina Bus,” is hosting the event to celebrate the band’s 25th anniversary and Canada’s 142nd birthday. The Demons are hoping to lead more than 919 saxophone players of all ages and skill levels in a five-minute rendition of “O Canada,” re-gaining the title that was set by Torontonians in 2004 but stolen by sax players in Taiwan last year. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 4:30 p.m. (Pre-registration available now, on-site registration begins at 2:30), FREE.
FAMILY: The Community Folk Art Council of Toronto is hosting the third annual Multicultural Canada Day Festival at Yonge-Dundas Square. The festival will feature family entertainment, live music, visual arts displays, crafts, dancing, and food representing cultures from around the world. The main stage lineup includes ten international dance groups, headlined by a Canadian Acadian ensemble. Yonge-Dundas Square (2 Dundas Street East), 12–8 p.m., FREE.
FOOD: Get your barbecue on in the ‘burbs. It’s a ‘burbeque, also known as the ninth annual Toronto Ribfest, being held at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The event, which kicked off on Friday, is hosted by the Rotary Club of Etobicoke and is expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors. The festival will feature live music and booze for the grown-ups, along with carnival rides, a climbing wall, and pony rides for the kids. Once dusk settles in tonight, there will be a celebratory fireworks display. Centennial Park (256 Centennial Park Road), 11 a.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
FAMILY: With today’s Canada Day Festival, Harbourfront Centre is launching ten World Routes weekend festivals that run until September. This afternoon’s events will include a Canadian Citizenship Ceremony for new immigrants, international cuisine, a community art mural project, free canoe rides, Amnesty International’s Global Refugee Village, the [email protected] online short film competition, and live performances from a variety of international artists. Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen and Guelph indie-rockers the Constantines will close the show with evening performances. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 12 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.
FIREWORKS: See the sky light up over Lake Ontario and hear the snap, crackle, and pop of fireworks choreographed to music from around the world at the Canada Dry Festival Of Fire. There will be entertainers performing throughout the park leading up to the show by Canadian pyrotechnic artists. Ontario Place (955 Lake Shore Boulevard West), 10:30 p.m., FREE with park admission ($20.75–36.50).
THEATRE: The Fringe Festival, Toronto’s largest theatre festival, begins today and runs until July 12. This year, the festival will feature performances by more than eight-hundred artists at twenty-nine venues throughout the city. All tickets are a great deal at $10 or less. Stay tuned to Torontoist for daily coverage throughout the festival.