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Evergreen’s 7th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration


        Image credit Michael Derblich

Join us for a special celebration of Latin American culture at our 7th annual Day of the Dead!

Enjoy family activities like live music and traditional dance on the main stage, as well as Ofrendas and storytelling by Catrinas, which are essential parts of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Inside our Latin Mercado (Spanish for 'market'), we are featuring chefs, artisans and farmers from the Latin community, plus a chef’s corner with cooking demos connecting you to culturally significant food. Let’s celebrate the cultural diversity of our city together!

Schedule of events

Mercado de Comida y Artesanos | Food and Artisan Market

Location: In the Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works
Time: 10am – 3pm

Our Sunday Market welcomes the addition of Mexican & Latin American street food, especially as the weather gets cold and we want to spice up those cool weather blues.

Tamales, carnitas, esquites (white corn soup), atole (corn hot beverage), churros, nopales & salsa picante are just some of the things you might find! Drop by el Mercado to celebrate Latin food produced with local ingredients.

Special Mercado Guest Vendors

Latin American Sunday Market Vendors

Image credit Tom Ferguson

Ofrendas | Day of the Dead Altars

Location: The Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works
When: 10am – 3pm

Ofendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish. They are also called altares or altars, but they are not for worshiping. 

Ofrendas are set up to remember and honour the memory of our ancestors. As we assemble our ofrenda we encourage you to bring offerings, which could be favourite foods, beverages, photos, or flowers, especially marigolds, called “cemoasúchitl” in Spanish, as they represent the impermanence of life.

In partnership with Maizal Restaurant and EXATEC.

Cuenta Cuentos | Storyteller

Location: Around the site at Evergreen Brick Works

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

Storyteller: Myriam Suarez

Thanks to the love and guidance of her family she was introduced to the fantastic world of the arts its infinitive possibilities.

She became a writer, teacher, storyteller, singer, art instructor and a dreamer and it was through art that she discovered her philosophy in life. To give her heart to the audience as the white foam gives itself to the sea.

Image credit Yuliya Tsoy

Musica y Danza | Live Music and Dance

The Mexicans Folk Ballet 

 Al Son del Difunto (To the tune of the dead)

Location: In the Pavilions on the main stage
When: 11am-12:30pm

A production combining dance, poetry, music, and song.  A show full of surprises! One of the most representative groups of Casa Cultural Mexicana is the Mexicans Folk Ballet, a Mexican dance company establish in Toronto in 2012. Their mission is to share and promote Mexico’s culture, traditions and folklore  through dance, enriching and sharing it with the Canadian and international communities.

The Mexicans Folk Ballet has collaborated with various organizations and festivals for culture and diversity in Toronto, and during the last four years they participated in international festivals in Nepal, Spain, Greece, China, and France, honouring their name and the name of their beloved Mexico.

Image credit Mike Derblich

Mexico Amigo Mariachi Band

Viva la Fiesta

Location: In the Pavilions on the main stage
When: 1-3pm

Mexico Amigo quartet 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.

Mexico Amigo has performed at such venues as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian National Exhibition and Harbourfront. They have also performed at the WOMAD Festival, the International Hispanic Festival, and the annual Mexican Independence Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square for more than 20 years. They were named as TORONTO'S BEST MARIACHI BAND by Toronto Life Magazine.

Calavera Catrina | Skull Face Painting

Where: The Pavilions at Evergreen Brick Works
When: 10 am–3 pm

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. New this year, FaceArt will be bringing airbrush tattoo designs as well!  

Actividades para niños | Children's Activities

Location: Children’s Garden
Time: 10am–4pm

Join us as we celebrate Day of the Dead in the Children's Garden with our traditional altar to the animals of the Lower Don. Learn about the various animals that live in our watershed while exploring wood-fired cooking with salsa and tortillas.

While in the Children's Garden drop by our outdoor brick oven to taste and purchase delicious Pan de Meurtos baked by Señor Adalberto Aguilar Lopez of Pancho's Bakery.

Image credit Yuliya Tsoy

Tree of Remembrance

Location: Beside the Don River Valley Park Information Hut, near the Pavilions
Time: 10am-3pm

As we celebrate the Day of the Dead and those who have passed before us, tie a ribbon on the Tree of Remembrance to remember a loved one.

If you feel inspired, write some words on the ribbon that bring to mind a positive memory of them. It could be something funny they said, a favourite quote of theirs, whatever inspires you. In keeping with the theme of renewal, these ribbons are made from recovered textiles, making them an example of creative reuse.

DIY Bike Repair & Bike Blended Smoothies

Location: Bike Works at Evergreen Brick Works
When: DIY hours are 10am-4pm, smoothies will begin at 11am until ingredients run out

Swing by Bike Works to create your Sunday morning smoothie on our bike-powered blender from 11am onwards. This activity is a fundraiser for the Bike Works community shop, please leave a donation.

Image credit Natta Summerky

Getting here

There will be an additional shuttle service on Sunday running every 15 minutes between Evergreen Brick Works and Broadview Station. We also suggest taking the TTC's 28 Bayview bus from Davisville Station. Visit our Getting Here page to find out all the methods of transportation you can use. 

Dates & Times

Date: November 5, 2017 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Prices & Fees

Free!

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.