Fourth Toronto Newcomer Day
On May 29, the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day will take place at Nathan Phillips Square. This annual celebration started in 2015 and Toronto Public Library has been participating since then. Each year, more and more Torontonians join in the celebration and there were about 8,000 participants in 2017. Here's a video showing how much fun everyone had last year.
The day is about newcomers! It only makes sense that newcomers are actively involved in the celebration. This year, we are pleased to have two newcomer hosts for the main stage show. Richard Villavicencio and Beulah Esuk came from Mexico and Nigeria respectively, and they have both served as members of the Toronto Newcomer Council.
When you come out for Toronto Newcomer Day, you will always find yummy foods. Different food trucks have delighted everyone with their delicious creations. For this year's food fair, along with the food trucks, the Regent Park Catering Collective will be offering tasty and healthy goodies prepared by newcomer women from various heritages. I'm feeling hungry just thinking about the food fair!
The Newcomer Art Exhibit will also return to Toronto Newcomer Day. This time, the exhibit will feature newcomer artists from: Airsa Art & Thought Association, the Canadian Language Museum and Toronto Employment & Social Services program. Their beautiful pieces will be on display near the City Hall front doors throughout the day. I'm sure this year's Toronto Newcomer Day will be memorable.
Toronto Public Library will be hosting an information table. Be sure to come by and talk to our staff about our programs and services for newcomers. One helpful service is Library Settlement Partnerships; there are several library branches where settlement workers can help newcomers with their settlement needs. This is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
If you don't already have a library card, come sign up for one on Toronto Newcomer Day. Looking forward to seeing everyone at Toronto Newcomer Day!