Ways to celebrate Canada Day

The Beach and East York have two great ways to spend Canada Day on July 1.

Vinyl 95.3 is sponsoring Red, White & Vinyl, at Woodbine Park, Lakeshore Boulevard and Coxwell Avenue. Starting at noon, this free day-long party will feature several bands, a licensed beer area, a family fun zone and a disco dance party. The party is capped off by some of the best fireworks you are going to see anywhere.

The music gets under way at 12:30 when Pretzel Logic takes the main stage. They will be followed by The Spoons, The Carpet Frogs, Carole Pope, and Ian Thomas.

The Disco Dance Party kicks off at 9 p.m. and carries on until 11. Then, when you can dance no more, the fireworks begin! You can find out more by going to the website vinyl953.com/events.

If you live further north or in the East York area, you will be happy to hear that the 55th annual East York Canada Day celebrations are in full swing.

This free all-day event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with a motorcade of vintage cars leaving the East York Town Centre on Thorncliffe Park, and travelling along Overlea Boulevard down Donlands Road, over the DVP to Cosburn Avenue where it will meet up with the rest of the parade participants marshalling at Dieppe Park. This parade will feature floats and marching bands sponsored by local businesses. It will continue along Cosburn to end up at Stan Wadlow Park at 11 a.m.

There will be a midway for the children, and the recently renovated Kiwanis Pool will be open from noon to 8. Entertainment will be provided by a wide variety of acts including Valeri Shearman, Michael Gabriel, Gail Ackroyd, Slim Chance & Blue Horizon, Lori Nuic and The Ninja Funk Orchestra. For the big finale there will be a fireworks show starting around 10:15 p.m.

For more information visit the website julyfirstparade.com.

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