Toronto Turkish Festival is organized by the Canadian Turkish Friendship Community (CTFC) to celebrate Turkish culture through music, exhibitions, arts, crafts, dance, shows and delicious food. Since August 2006, during the first weekend of August in downtown Toronto, at Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto Turkish Festival is supported and encouraged by the City of Toronto, local counselors, and appreciated by[clarification needed] the mayor of Toronto, the local police chiefs, the Canadian business community, and Yonge & Dundas Square management.
The first Toronto Turkish Festival was successfully held, as over 40,000 people participated in the festivities on August 5, 2006. David Miller, Mayor of Toronto, visited the Turkish community during the Festival.
CTFC was encouraged and advised by Miller to extend the event to a two-day festival. On the dates of 4–5 August 2007; on 2–3 August 2008, and on 1–2 August 2009; CTFC successfully organized Toronto Turkish Festival; securing its position as a traditional annual celebration and festivity. Almost hundred thousand people from Canadian-Turkish communities and from other communities and cultures around GTA as well as from neighbouring cities, provinces and U.S states, have visited Toronto Turkish Festival.
Toronto Turkish Festival is open to the public, and the entrance is free. Ever year, the Festival is alive with the sights, sounds and aromas of Türkiye.
CTFC is devoted to the promotion of Turkish culture and language in Toronto and in Canada as a non-profit and charitable organization since its beginning in 2004. One of its objectives is to contribute to Ontario communities in terms of promoting intercultural events, and to support educational and cultural activities open to the public.
Toronto Turkish Festival
Toronto Turkish Festival has featured demonstrations of distinctive traditional Turkish crafts, such as paper water marbling (Ebru), and carpet weaving. There are live Turkish musical performances and folk dancing, including Sufi music and dancing. The niche tasting experience during the festival includes drinking some specialty Turkish tea or coffee in our re-created traditional family room (Sark Kosesi-“Eastern Türkiye Corner”), as you sit on beautiful Turkish carpets and cushions in our tiny oasis in the heart of the city, and be taken a picture with traditional Ottoman costumes, Other highlights include displays of handcrafted linens, clothing, and carpets, decorative accessories, hand-painted ceramic plates and tiles, copper crafts, pottery, silk scarves, pillowcases, books on Turkish life, culture, cooking and travel, and CDs of traditional and other popular, Turkish rock and jazz music.
Ottoman Military Band came for the first time in Toronto with 22 team members who were supported by the Municipality of Fatih, Istanbul. The visitors were entertained with four different concerts on August 1–2, 2009, as the band also walked with the Turkish community four times during the two–day-festival; marking the first Turkish parade ever in Toronto at Yonge and Dundas. This Band, which accompanied the marching Ottoman army into battles for centuries, still echoes in the sounds of drum and zurna – an oboe-like woodwind instrument – which is a part of folk culture all over Türkiye.
More information about cultural events in Toronto is available at Anatolian Cultural Centre’s website: http://toronto.anatolian.ca