Remembrance Day 2011

Remembrance Day 2011

Looking for a Remembrance Day ceremony?  November 11 is a time for all Toronto residents to honour, celebrate and remember those who fought for Canada.

In North York:

The City of Toronto is hosting a ceremony at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, at 5040 Yonge Street in the George Weston Recital Hall.  The program begins at 10:45AM.  I would suggest you get there early to make sure you get a seat.

The York Cemetery, located at 160 Beecroft Road, is one of the many Mount Pleasant Group of Cemeteries that will be holding annual memorial services.  The largest of these services will take place at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery where the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is hosting the Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10:40 a.m. to honour, celebrate and remember those who have served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace.

The Sunnybrook Veterans’ Centre has partnered with Rick Mercer to launch Operation Raise a Flag.

City of Toronto:

The listing of all of the ceremonies hosted by the City of Toronto can be found here.

A Concert of Remembrance (presented by Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation):

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

The concert features the High Park Choirs of Toronto (Conductor Zimfira Poloz, Brendan Cassin on trumpet, duo-pianists Popov & Vona, music director Eric N. Robertson, and soloists and choir from the Christ Church Deer Park), with a special guest appearance by John McDermott. Click here for more details.

Location: Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge Street

Phone: 416-241-1298


Costs: Free

Outside Toronto:

Markham – Thank You Vets

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the Town of Markham’s ceremony honouring Canada’s veterans, which will feature presentations by The Suburbanaires and Youth Poetry Winners.

Location: Markham Theatre for Performing Arts, 171 Town Centre Blvd.

Costs: Free

Vaughan – Remembrance Day parade and ceremony

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Hosted by the 414 Royal Canadian Legion, the parade will form in Market Lane on Woodbridge Avenue and begin its route at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony will follow at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Cenotaph on Wallace Street. Click here for more details.

Location: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 414, 60 Legion Court, Woodbridge

Phone: 905-851-0032


Costs: Free

Mississauga – Remembrance Day Ceremony

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

A ceremony will be held in the council chamber of the Mississauga Civic Centre, while the laying of wreaths will take place at Mississauga Celebration Square

Location: 300 City Centre Drive

Brampton – Royal Canadian Legion services:

-Branches 15 and 609 will be at the Meadowvale Cemetery Chapel (7732 Mavis Rd.) at 7:55 a.m.

-Branch 15 will be at the Memorial Square Cenotaph at City Hall (2 Wellington St. W.) at 10:45 a.m. for a parade and service.

-The Korea Veterans Association of Canada (Unit 23) host a Service of Remembrance at the Meadowvale Cemetery, Korea Veterans Wall of Remembrance at 10:30 a.m.

Pickering – Remembrance Day Service (hosted by Royal Canadian Branch #606)

Time: 10:45 a.m.

Location: Civic Complex, Esplanade Park

Phone: Krystal Ferguson – 905.420.4660 ext. 2064

If you can take the time out to attend, I’m sure your presence would be greatly appreciated. If nothing else, please take a moment of silence to honour and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.



Victoria Park Secondary School – Pool

The Toronto District School Board opens up the pool at Victoria Park Secondary School for instructional swim lessons for all ages. Closest major intersection is Ellesmere and Victoria Park.  The facility can be reached at: 416-395-7842.

The facility offers programs in the following areas:

  • Youth leadership
  • Swimming

There are no drop-in times at this facility.



Broadlands Community Centre

Broadlands Community Centre, located at 19 Castlegrove Blvd, is closest to the DVP and Lawrence.  It is nestled in a residential community.

The facility offers the following amenities:

  • Kitchen
  • 5 multipurpose rooms
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor rink (free)

There are programs available in the following areas:

  • Arts
  • Camps
  • Fitness and wellness
  • General interests
  • Sports




York Mills Arena

York Mills Arena Entrance

The York Mills Arena is nestled within Irving Paisley Park on the southeast corner of York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue.

The facility can be reached at the following number: 416-395-7844

The Arena offers the following amenities:

  • Indoor skating rink
  • Multipurpose room
  • Ample on-site parking

Programs are available in the following areas:

  • Skating (programs and free)

York Mills Collegiate Institute – Pool

York Mills Collegiate

Located within York Mills Collegiate Institute, the instructional pool is available to the public for registered programs only.

The address is 490 York Mills Road.  The closest major intersection is York Mills Road and Bayview Avenue.  The phone number for the facility is: 416 395-7841.

Georges Vanier Secondary School – Pool

Georges Vanier Secondary School

The indoor pool at Geroges Vanier Secondary School, located at 3000 Don Mills Road closest major intersection is Don Mills and Van Horne, is open to the public for registered programs and public swimming.

The instructional pool is 25-meters long.

The phone number for the facility is: 416 395-7975.

There are programs available in the following areas:

  • Camps
  • Swimming (programs and public)

The school was named after Major-General Georges-Phileas Vanier, a Canadian soldier, diplomat and the 19th Governor General of Canada.

Pleasantview Community Centre

The Pleasantview Community Centre is located at 545 Van Horne Avenue, closest major intersection, Victoria Park and Sheppard.  The centre is a multi-purpose location coupled with a library close by and Van Horne Park.

The facility offers the following amenities:

  • Ample parking
  • 4 multipurpose rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Indoor skating rink
  • Kitchen

There are programs available in these areas:

  • Arts
  • Camps
  • General interest
  • Skating (programs and free)