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Evergreen’s 9th Annual Day of the Dead Celebration

Celebrate Día de Muertos with food, music, live performances and family fun activities.

Evergreen's 9th annual Dia de Muertos

Join us for our 9th annual celebration of Latin American culture with activities for children and adults alike. Evergreen's Day of the Dead celebration takes place at the Sunday Artisan Market and incorporates traditional Latin celebrations, fun family activities and delicious food and drink.

At Day of the Dead, you can enjoy live music and traditional dances on our main stage as part of the Cultural Performing Arts Series presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, understand the ritual of creating an altar or “Ofrenda,” and listen to storytelling by Catrinas, which are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations.

Our Sunday Artisan Market will merge with our Latin Mercado, where we are featuring chefs and artisans from the Latin community. With food, fun and shopping, there will be something for everyone.

At Día de Muertos, people from diverse backgrounds can have conversations about the importance of rituals, food, culture and diversity.

Let’s celebrate the cultural diversity of our city at Día de Muertos together!

Event Details

Día de Muertos takes place all over Evergreen Brick Works! See the activities below for their times and locations. 

Mercado de Comida y Artesanos | Food and Artisan Market

Our Sunday Artisan Market welcomes the addition of Mexican & Latin American street food and craft artisans. As the weather cools down, we are excited to spice up those pre-winter 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!

Mercado de Comida

Chocochurros 
Chocosol Traders 
Chorizos La Abuela 
Comalli 
Ixiim by Chef Erika Araujo
La Novela 
Mad Mexican 
Pancho's Bakery 
Pimenton
Rebozos
The Arepa Republic 

Mercado de Artesanos

Artesano Canada 
Asiri's Treasures 
Barrio Mexicano 
Cocas de Casa
Caro Sanchez Jewelery 
Culture Jewellery Art
faceART Inc 
Midnight Facepaint
Miluz Art

Location: Pavilions
Time: 10am – 3pm

Mayahuel Bar | Tequila, Mezcal and Local Beer Bar

Mayahuel is the Aztec Goddess of fertility and the agave plant—which tequila and mezcal are made from. At the Mayahuel Bar, enjoy the taste of the Mexican inspired beverages.

Location: The Sipping Container, located in the Pavilions
Time: 11am – 3pm

Aprendamos sobre los sabores de Mexico | Learn & Taste Traditional Mexican Food

WORKSHOPS: En la Cocina | In the Kitchen

Chefs, bakers and experts will lead an intimate conversation about food, culture and celebrations, where you will learn how to make traditional Day of the Dead food. Register here to learn how to make Pan de Muerto or Tamales.

Aprendiendo a hacer Pan de Muerto | Learning how to make Pan de Muerto

Learn from expert Chef Baker Aguilar how to make Day of the Dead bread and its cultural significance during the celebration.

Aprendiendo a hacer Tamales  | Learning how to make Tamales

Across homes in Mexico and Latin America, women get together to cook the food to honour those that have passed. Mole and Tamales are two traditional dishes served at Dia de Muertos. Join Chef Gabriela Ituarte in a conversation about why making and sharing tamales is so essential to her.

Location: Fido Kitchen
Time: Pan de Muerto (10:30-11am), Tamales (1:45-2:15pm)

Cuentos y degustacion de Mezcal | Mezcal Stories and Tasting

Taste through 3 different mezcales and learn from Yvette Astorga, founder of Mezcal People, as she recalls stories that connect the ancestral drink of Mexico with the Day of the Dead. Spaces are limited, please click here to register. If spaces are full, please e-mail publicmarkets@evergreen.ca titled MEZCAL TASTING to get on the waiting list. 

Cost is $18 per person, preregistration is required. This is a 19+ fun and educational Mezcal event. Please drink responsibly. 

Location: Pavilions
Time: 2 – 2:50pm

Pan de Muerto recien horneado | Pan de Muerto fresh from the Brick Oven

Drop by the brick oven and learn about, 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 (Padre).

Location: The Children's Garden
Time: 11am – 3pm

Educación sobre Cacao, Maiz & Calabaza Kakai | Taste Education on Cacao, Corn and Kakai Pumpkin

Drop by the ChocoSol Traders booth to learn more about their educational campaigns around Cacao, Maiz and Kakai Pumpkin. Taste and learn about the relationship of these wholesome ingredients and how they connect to Day of the Dead teachings.

Make sure to lend a hand making the hot chocolate in the pedal power bicycle blender! And do not forget to bring your own mug to enjoy Mexican Hot Chocolate, pay what you can.

Location: Pavilions
Time: 10am – 3pm

Ofrendas | Day of the Dead Altars

A Day of the Dead altar at Evergreen Brick Works

The ofrenda, meaning "offering," is an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. Ofrendas are set up to remember and honour the memory of their ancestors, where people are encouraged to bring offerings that remind you of those dear to you that have passed away. The altar, like many other rituals of Dia de Muertos, will be part of our celebrations throughout the day, as we are creating moments for sharing stories and celebrating the significance of this wonderful event.

Ofrenda Principal | Main Altar

A collaboration between EXATEC and Comalli Catering, visit the main altar in the Pavilions.

Altar Communitario | Community Altar

Help us build an altar together! Bring flowers, especially marigolds, photographs of family members that have passed or any special memento. Everyone will contribute to the community altar. In the process, we will learn about its significance and share stories.

Location: Community Studio in the TD Future Cities Centre

Tertulia sobre el Día de Muertos | Conversation about Dia de Muertos

Join us for a special conversation about their significance of Dia de Muertos from four Mexican inmigrants. They will share stories about the celebration back home and how it has translated into the Canadian context.

Special guests:

  • Rafael Lopez
  • Luis Martinez
  • Dione Goyette
  • Violene Dauvois

Location: Community Studio in the TD Future Cities Centre

Time: 11:30am – 12:15pm

Musica y Danza | Live Music and Dance

Our Pavilions will be buzzing with an exciting array of music, dance and storytelling. These performances bring communities together by creating something big through the arts and sharing Día de Muertos customs to this multicultural country.

The performances are the final installation of the Cultural Performing Arts Series, presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

We strive to contribute to our society by educating our communities artistically and to make our society feel proud of living in a country where all cultures are welcome. We celebrate the richness of cultural diversity within the society and reaffirm community and culture.

Location: Pavilions, Main Stage
Time: 10am – 3pm

Programa | Program:

10am | Ceremonia de Apertura | Opening Ceremony

The Día de Muertos celebration will start with a moment to acknowledge the land and the presence of Indigenous peoples.

Evergreen Brick Works is built on Indigenous territory on the traditional homelands of the Wandat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek Confederacies. This territory is in relation to the Dish with One Spoon Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek Confederacies and allies to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.

Toronto continues to be home to Indigenous peoples from many different nations across Turtle Island. Today we welcome the people form the water clan to celebrate the lakes and rivers that surround us.

10:30am | “Bailando Forever” presenting “Dance of The Monarch Butterflies”

“Bailando Forever” is a dance group dedicated to showing the folklore of all Latin-American countries. Their seniors' group has been established in Toronto for more than 9 years under the umbrella of Davenport Perth Community Health Centre and now under the direction of The Mexicans Folk Ballet.

11am | Cuenta Cuento | Story Telling

Mariposa! Mariposa! The monarch butterfly has returned! The Day of the Dead comes at the time of year when the monarch butterfly returns to Mexico from its summer home in Canada. Many Mexicans welcome back the returning butterflies, which they believe bear the spirits of their deceased relatives.

11:45am & 1:30pm | Jarana, Leona y Requinto | Traditional Folk songs from Veracruz by Café con Pan

This band is known to transport Toronto's audience to the Veracruz parties full of happiness, nostalgia and Mexican identity. Attuned to the sounds of the Jarana (Kali Niño, Claudio Saldivia and Fred Carballo) Leona (Christian Saldivia) and Requinto (Alex Lopez) original rhythms color their songs with joy and celebration.

12:15 | Caminata al Cielo | Parade to Heaven

Part of the Mexican tradition of Dia de Muertos involves making fun of the death, that is why we are playing along and creating a unique walkway to heaven. The parade led by musicians and famous deceased characters will lead the audience throughout the site, stopping at various point to talk about traditional rituals that are part of this celebration in communities across Latin America.

1pm | Dia de Muertos en Colombia | Day of Dead in Colombia

The Colombian Dance Company will present and share with the audience “Death in Colombia” related to their beliefs, customs and in how they say farewell to their loved ones in ancient traditions.

2:15pm | The Mexicans Folk Ballet presenting A Chilango on the Day of the Dead

In the Mexicans Folk Ballet’s dance, they show that even though Mexicans play around with the idea of death, they respect, celebrate and value both death and life.

The Mexicans Folk Ballet is a Mexican dance company established in Toronto since 2012 under the direction of Jorge Zarate Tristan, with the main purpose of share and promote Mexico’s culture, traditions and folklore through dance. Their work is based on the cultural heritage of Mexico, and how they can enrich and share it with the Canadian and international community.

Actividades para niños | Children’s Activities

Join us as we celebrate Día de Muertos 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 water shed while cooking wood-fired salsa and tortillas.

Learn more about Weekend Nature Play. 

Location: The Children's Garden
Time: 10am – 3pm

Calavera Catrina | Skull Face Painting

Drop by faceART’s 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.

Location: Pavilions
Time: 10am – 3pm

Historias Personales | The Story Book Project

Every person living in Canada has a unique origin story. These stories are influenced from cultures and places from around the world thanks to our diverse immigrant population. When these stories are woven together, they form the fabric of the story that is Canada past, present, and future. By celebrating cultural festivals, such as Day of the Dead, we are able to learn about our neighbours and communities and share in traditions that may differ from our own.

Historias Personales (The Storybook Project) is a storybook written by you for all Canadians. It is an ongoing project where you are invited in to learn about the person next to you or someone from another city through their own voice. By sharing and reflecting on each other’s stories, we gain a sense of belonging to something greater. We get to know who we are as a community, a city, and a nation better. This is an opportunity to understand the struggles of others, and the victories they have achieved. Come and join in the conversation with us and explore the voices of our country.

Partner: Department of Imaginary Affairs

Location: TD Future Cities Centre
Time: 10:30am – 2:30pm

This event is made possible with the help of our community partners: Casa Cultural Mexicana, ChocoSol, Comalli CateringExatec, Mezcal People and Pancho's Bakery.

Dates & Times

Date: October 27, 2019 | 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.