Toronto launches celebrations for 189th anniversary

Mar 6, 2023 | Headlines, News

The City of Toronto is kicking off celebrations to commemorate its 189th anniversary.

Starting Monday at Nathan Phillips Square downtown, Celebrate Toronto will be hosting multiple pop-up events throughout the city, highlighting arts, music, and culture.

This year, the annual celebration of Toronto’s anniversary was expanded into two weeks of programming across the city.

For Nikita Pereira, a software developer from Mississauga, this commemoration is a good way to enjoy the weekend and support local businesses.

“I think Toronto is such a great city, and it has so many things to be proud of,” she said.

“I know is not perfect, but I still think it is a great place to live,” Pereira said.

The idea behind this event is to bring Toronto together while also showcasing the city’s small businesses, artists, and musicians.

All attractions available are free to the public.

Ana Luiza Lopes, a 30-year-old journalism student at Seneca College, said she has plans to celebrate the night there.

“It is a good opportunity to have different things to do in the city. I’m looking forward to the concerts and also to browsing the local market later today,” she said.

Toronto is now the fourth-largest city in North America by population and a global destination for tourism, business, arts, and a variety of cultures.

On Monday night the CN Tower will light up in blue to mark its 189th anniversary.



Christy Lehman, a designer, said she will take the opportunity to enjoy the events with her family in the following days.

“It is great that this year they will be holding activities for two weeks. Even if I don’t make it tonight, I hope I will be able to during the weekend,” she said.