5 places or events that highlight diversity in Toronto

1) Aga Khan Museum

The Aga Khan works to promote understanding of Islamic culture and religion. The museum and the grounds are nicely kept, and they host a variety of interesting exhibits. They also conduct workshops and courses that anyone can attend.

exterior of the Aga Khan museum in Toronto

2) Caribana Toronto

Still called ‘Caribana’ by locals, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a 4-week celebration of culture and inclusivity. The highlight of the Carnival is the parade, which takes place during the August long weekend. The parade and costumes rival those found at the Carnival in Rio. You can purchase tickets to the opening ceremony or enjoy the parade for free as it moves through the streets.

parade of the Caribana Toronto
Loozrboy (Flickr)

Exhibition Place to Lake Shore Boulevard ending at Saskatchewan Road

+1 416 391 5608

http://caribanatoronto.com

3) Small World Music Festival

Occurring yearly in September, the Small World Music Festival sees international and Canadian bands take the stage to highlight music from all over the globe. Many of the performances at Small World Music Centre are free. The festival highlights traditional music as well as international contemporary artists.

band performing at the Small World Music Festival

180 Shaw Street, Studio 101

+1 416 536 5439

http://smallworldmusic.com

4) Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

The museum in the Lipa Green Centre at Sherman Campus is a small but extremely interesting place. They offer a selection of programs that work to educate the public – adults as well as children – about the Holocaust. It has been internationally recognized for its efforts. If you want to visit, please call ahead, as they don’t generally have hours where the public can wander through.

Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre

4600 Bathurst Street, 4th Floor

+1 416 631 5689

http://holocaustcentre.com

5) TD Mosaic South Asian Festival of Mississauga

Mississauga and Brampton are hotbeds for South Asian culture in the GTA. The TD Mosaic Festival highlights all cultures from South Asia. There are family activities as well as concerts at Celebration Square that run late into the evening. Many local bands and South Asian cultural groups will perform throughout the weekend.

TD Mosaic South Asian Festival of Mississauga

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