Learn about Torontos Caribbean community at these events

North Americas largest Caribbean festival is already in full swing, with the majority of events taking place at the end.


North Americas largest Caribbean festival is already in full swing, with the majority of events taking place at the end of the month. As excitement builds for Toronto Caribbean Carnivals Grand Parade and Carnival in the City, a number of events celebrating the citys diverse Caribbean community are planned for this week.

Mindfulness Workshop

This full-day workshop on July 21 at CAMH (33 Russell) tackles mindful living in African and Caribbean communities in Toronto. Led by Valerie Mason-John, attendees will learn about mindful breathing, awareness of triggers, coping with fears and more. The workshop, which costs $150, is a fundraiser for the Best of Both Worlds campaign, which seeks to bridge North American mental-health therapies with Haitian Vodou. The campaign is run by the Office of Transformative Global Health, which works with Haitian immigrants in Canada. See listing for more details.

Toronto Carnival Run

The inaugural Toronto Carnival Run takes place July 23 along the Martin Goodman Trail in the west side. A 1 km childrens race starts at 9 am followed by a 5 km adults event. Online registration for both races is required by July 20. All are welcome to attend an awards ceremony and Caribbean-inspired breakfast after the run at Inukshuk Park. See listing for more details.

Black Canadian Women Awards

Celebrate the achievements of Black Canadian women as 100 role models are recognized and inducted into the Black Canadian Women Awards. The gala event on July 24 at 1000 Finch West includes panel sessions, speakers and live performances. Tickets start at $80 and benefit charitable endeavors in Africa and the Caribbean. See listing for more details.

Haitis Role in World History

Haitian historian Charles Dupuy explores pivotal moments in Haitis history during this public discussion on July 25. The talk will touch on Haitis independence, its role in fighting slavery and the significance of Vodou in Haitian life and culture. The talk takes place at CAMH (33 Russell) at 6:30 pm and admission is pay-what-you-can. See listing for more details.

Taste of the Caribbean

Learn about Caribbean culture through its food, dance and crafts at this free all-ages event hosted by Toronto Public Library. Taste of the Caribbean takes over the main floor at Barbara Frum Library (20 Covington) on July 26 from 2 to 3 pm. See listing for more details.

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