Evergreen’s 6th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

October 30, 2016
Evergreen Brick Works
Wheelchair accessible

Evergreen’s 6th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

October 30, 2016 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Evergreen’s 6th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Join us for a special celebration of Latin American culture, with all day activities for families and adults alike!

The festivities include:

  • Live music and traditional dance
  • Ofrendas (offerings) and storytelling by Catrinas—an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations
  • A Latin Mercado (market) featuring community chefs, artisans and farmers
  • A Special Chef’s corner with cooking demos on Pan de Muertos, Mole and Mezcal by experts, connecting food and their cultural significance


Mexican Mercado & Farmers Market | Mercado de Comida y Productores

Our Farmers' Market welcomes the addition of Mexican & Latin American street food. Tamales, carnitas, esquites (white corn soup), atoles (corn hot beverage), churros, nopales & salsa picante. Drop by el Mercado to celebrate Latin food produced with local ingredients.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions


Mezcal & Tequila Tasting | Aprendiendo sobre Tequila y Mezcal

Explore the cultural significance and the differences between Agave, Mezcal and Tequila—best-kept secrets of Mexican gastronomy and key to the Day of the Dead celebration. Special Guest Yvette Astorga Mezcal Educator from Mezcal People will be leading the tasting.

When: 11am–1pm

Where: Café Belong


Mexican-born Yvette Astorga left behind a business career in Mexico and moved to Canada in 2011. She decided to take a serious look at her interests and passions: wine, Mezcal and Tequila, and find a career where she could do what she loves.

Mezcal Brand Ambassador and Educator, Yvette represents The Association of Mezcal Culture, founded in Mexico City in 1998 with the purpose of promoting the culture of a venerable ancestor of the Mexican Gastronomy, Mezcal.

Learning How to Make Pan de Muertos | Aprendiendo a hacer Pan de Muertos

Learn from the expert Chef Backer from Pancho's Bakery on how to make Day of Dead bread and its cultural significance during the celebration.

When: 10:30–11am

Where: The Pavilions

Learn About Mole & Mezcal | Aprendiendo sobre Mole y Mezcal

Mole and Mezcal are inextricably linked to ceremony and culinary rituals of the Day of the Dead. Learn from Chef Paola Solorzano how to make Mole Almendrado from the region of Puebla. As just as the Mole Almendrado is full of flavor so is the mezcal - an agave distillate - that dress this special dish. Join Yvette Astorga and learn how to enjoy Mezcal, a Mexican libation.

When: 2–3pm

Where: The Pavilions


Paola Solorzano from Santo Pecado and Yvette Astorga, Mezcal Educator 

Live Music & Dance | Musica y Danza

The Mexican Folk Ballet

Casa Cultural Mexicana and The Mexicans Folk Ballet present the production "De un jalon hasta el panteon" with 20 folklore performers sharing the Dia de Muertos traditions and customs through dance. With a special appearance of Mexican Baritone Cerar Bello.;

When: 10am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions


Look for the Calabera Catrina walking around the festivities. Make sure to stop, listen and ask her about Dia de Muertos stories and traditions. She is eager to share her stories.

Viva la Fiesta 

The Mexico Amigo quarter will get the party started! Everybody is welcome to join the dance with an array of traditional Mexican musical styles, Dia de Muertos celebrations songs and lively Mariachi rhythms.
Time: 1:15–3pm

Cask Conditioned Beer & Cider | Cerveza Artesanal

Join us at the Sipping Container to try cask beer curated by the Cask Day team along with other local and seasonal craft beer and cider.

When: 11am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions

Tequila, Mezcal and Local Beer Bar | Mayahuel Bar

Mayahuel is the Aztec Goddess of fertility and the agave plant, which tequila and mezcal are made from. At the Mayahuel Bar, enjoy two cocktails made with Jaral de Berrio Mezcal and Tequila Los Arango Reposado, 

Special Guest:  Master Mixologist Axl Gonzalez

Axl has mastered the art of making sure his customers leave the bar with a huge smile on their faces! He has bartended in and networked with the top clubs in Miami, Los Angeles and Toronto

When: 11am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions

Skull Face Painting | Calavera Catrina

Drop by our face-painting booth and be transformed into a calavera (skull) for the celebration!

La Catrina has become the referential image of death in Mexico, and it is common to see her embodied as part of the celebrations of Day of the Dead.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions & Children's Garden

Maiz Taste Education Table | La Historia del Maiz

Learn, touch and taste the different types of corn available in Ontario, and discover the true origin of maiz, also known as corn.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: Don River Valley Park Information Centre

Day of the Dead Silk Screening | Serigrafia de Dia de Meurtos

Create your own Day of the Dead shirt or bandana using cool stencils specially made for the celebration!

We'll have t-shirts and bandanas for sale, or you can bring your own fabric—though we kindly ask that you give a donation to help cover the cost of supplies.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: Don River Valley Park Information Centre

Price: $5-$10 suggested donation

Children’s Garden Activities | Actividades en el Jardin de Niños

The Children’s Garden will feature an exploration and celebration of the turning of seasons, the shortening of the days and the lengthening of the nights through the tradition of Day of the Dead!

Join us as we explore the shadowy lives of misunderstood animals- mammals that fly by night, masked bandits who haunt our city streets, the world of worms and web spinners!

We'll be making Popcorn in the Fire Pit as well as planning and building another legendary Alter honouring the dead animals of the valley and all things wild and gone in the Lower Don!

Join us for an exciting day of colourful craft traditions as well as songs, drama and stories welcoming the dark days of winter to come!

When: 10am–3pm

Where: The Children's Garden

Day of the Dead Altars | Ofrendas

Ofrendas, meaning offering, are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. They are also called altares or altars, but they are not for worshiping.  Ofrendas are set up to remember and honor the memory of our ancestors. As we assemble our ofrenda you are encouraged to bring offerings, which may contain the favorite foods, beverages, photos, flowers, especially marigold flowers called “cemoasúchitl,” as they represent the fugacity of life, of your passed loved one.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: The Pavilions & The Think Outside Box

Pumpkin Carving & Crafts

Pumpkin carving, craft table, and treats for whoever comes in the store wearing a costume.

When: 10am–3pm

Where: Evergreen Garden Market

Pan de Muerto - Fresh from the Brick Oven | Pan de Meurto recien horneado

Make sure to drop by the brick oven to learn, taste and purchase the best Pan de Muerto Toronto has to offer.

Freshly-baked by expert baker and owner of Pancho’s Bakery Señor Adalberto Aguilar Lopez.

When: 11am–3pm

Where: The Children's Garden

Day of the Dead Walk in the Ravine | Caminata de Dia de Muertos

Learn the walking route to Evergreen Brick Works while exploring the beautiful ravines. This walk is catered for all ages and you will get to learn some fun facts about the ravines. This walk can take around 25min but with stops and conversation will be taking 45min.


The walk will take place rain or shine and will only be cancelled if thunder and lightning are in the forecast. Be prepared to walk in a muddy trail and dress for the weather.

When: 10am & Noon

Where: Meet outside Castle Frank Station on the south side. Look for our Volunteer Community Leader who will be holding a sign.

Getting Here:

TTC Service: The 28 Bayview South bus is available from Davisville Subway. 

Take our free shuttle to the festival and win a gift!

How it works: Find the Dia de Muertos sticker in the shuttle and bring it to the festival welcome booth located in The Tiffany Commons and you will receive one of many Day of the Dead gifts!

Shuttles will be running every 15min during festival hours. 


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