Labour Day weekend is upon us; a chance to savour the last moments of summer and sample the many sights and spectacles our splendid city has to offer.
Every day makes for an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of the ones you love. But this weekend, why not take the time to do something special with an older family member or friend?
Start by asking what Labour Day means to them. The origins of this holiday can be traced back to a printers’ revolt in 1872. Its history is an important part of our proud past and culture as Canadians, and something the older people in our lives may connect to. That being said, let’s celebrate this with a day out!
When arranging an excursion with an elderly person, there are certain things that should be considered. Older people will need more rest breaks, and you must always ensure they take adequate food and liquids. But, with proper planning and preparation there is no reason you can’t have an excellent time enjoying some of the weekend’s festivities.
Here we give you an idea of just some of the great events and outings that should ensure an amazing Labour Day weekend for you and your special senior.
Artfest at the Distillery
Consider attending this showcase of Canada’s top artists for its 10th anniversary. Featuring everything from photography to fine craft, all accompanied by a diverse program of live music, there is something here for every creative soul, old and young alike.
This free event is located in the historic Distillery District, just east of the downtown core. Authentic cobblestone streets add to the old-world-charm of this picturesque setting, replete with quaint eateries and craft shops, all housed in industrial-era buildings. But be warned, the uneven paving may make walking more difficult for seniors with mobility issues.
September 2 - September 5, 2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Lemon Bucket Orkestra at the Ashkenaz Fsetival
The Ashkenaz festival has grown to become one of the largest and most renowned celebrations of Jewish culture and music on the planet. The highlight for many this year is sure to be an unforgettable performance by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. This sixteen-piece folk group have toured the world with great acclaim, and are guaranteed to delight and astound an audience of all ages this weekend.
Admission to Saturday’s concert is free, but interest will be high. So be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment. The LBO will be performing in the Brigantine Room at the Harbourfront Centre. This event is fully seated, and the venue is completely wheelchair accessible.
September 3, 2016
Royal Ontario Museum
This Friday, the ROM is commemorating the last days of summer with late opening hours until 10pm. Discounted admission will be available from 4:30pm to 8:30pm, with a special offer for Seniors Citizens. Two “Friday Films” will be screened; Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet, and Journey To Space. Either of these should provide some mentally stimulating afternoon entertainment.
Evening refreshments will be available in the beautiful c5 Lounge, featuring panoramic views of Toronto’s enviable skyline. On the day in question, there will be a very special performance by Jazz musician “Alison Young Duo”, a Canadian born and bred saxophone phenomenon.
September 2, 2016
This city is home to a wealth of greenhouses and conservatories that are open at different times to the public. Two of the best are the Centennial Park Conservatory in the West End, and Allan Gardens Conservatory located downtown.
The former opened in 1971 and remains well known for its Seasonal Display House. This weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the final days in bloom for its fragrant and kaleidoscopic Summer Show. The latter is an historical landmark located in one of Toronto’s oldest parks. A must see is its Tropical Palm House, located under the famous grand dome. Both attractions are open daily this weekend without charge, and are very wheelchair friendly.
September 2 - September 5, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm