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BRITFEST Canada will celebrate Canada’s diverse British community

BRITFEST Canada

British bloke awkwardly squinting into the sun and complaining it’s too bloody hot as usual

BRITFEST Canada, the country’s annual event celebrating its British migrants, students, workers and expats in Canada will take place from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 in Pickering, Ontario. (Flyer poster here.)

Highlighting the inaugural event will be music and food reflective of the culture, opportunities to connect with British counterparts, family-friendly activities and more. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Carea Community Health Centre, a non-profit organization providing free community health and wellness programs.

Launched by a British expat who recognized a lack of events to meet peers as a new resident of Canada, founder Charlee Chiappa-Abibula saw an opportunity to celebrate and connect the country’s multi-cultural British residents.

With the goal of creating a fun, energetic event, she has spent six months building a festival atmosphere for all generations, complete with food reminiscent of her native country, from Pipe Major Andrew Killick to British urban group British Man Dem (B.M.D.).

“BRITFEST Canada promises to be a lively event that will provide British residents with a ‘back at home’ feeling,” said Chiappa-Abibula. “We’re merging the younger and older generations through a mix of music, food and atmosphere that will send them back to their British roots.

“We’re looking forward to establishing a truly unique event that British migrants, students and workers will look forward to each year as a way to honor their heritage and connect with one another.”

In addition to the music, food and culture, representatives from Bright Immigration will also be in attendance to provide qualified immigration advice to interested event attendees seeking immigration consultations. Complimentary Nando’s Chicken will be given on the day to the first interested attendees while supplies last.

Early Bird tickets for BRITFEST Canada are $10 each and available through July 1. Children under 10 years old can attend free of charge. Tickets and additional details are available online, at https://britfestcanada.com/.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to follow the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/britfestcanada/ and Instagram at @britfestca.

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Where are you watching the Royal Wedding on May 19?

Harry and Meghan

Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle on May 19

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is taking place on Saturday, May 19 and — as it’s obviously a very special occasion — we’re covering some options of how to view it. Because of the UK time difference it’s an early start.

The Duke Pubs reached out to let Brits in Toronto know that they are throwing a viewing party at the Duke of Cornwall with co-organizers the BCCTC, Loyal Societies and Typically Brit. Doors are opening at 6:30 a.m. and everyone is welcome to come and watch the wedding with them.

And bonus points: Brits in Toronto readers can print and show this coupon for a COMPLIMENTARY (non-alcoholic) sparkling mimosa! You’re ‘aving a larf ain’t ya?! How good is that?!

But wait — there’s more! The Duke’s early-morning grumbling chef will also be whipping up the Proper London Fully Loaded breakfast consisting of three eggs any style, banger, bacon, grilled tomato, potato pancakes, baked beans, multigrain toast and strawberry jam. A pure bargain at an honest $13.99.

If none of the above takes your fancy and you prefer to watch the Royal Wedding in bed with a warm over-sweet cuppa char, then our new BFF BritBox is feting the nuptials in style, with the opportunity to watch ITV’s broadcast of the wedding celebration LIVE.

The broadcast will be hosted by ITV’s own Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham, exclusively anchored from a specially constructed studio on the Long Walk in Windsor.

ITV has put together a lineup of experts joined by a range of guests including those who know Prince Harry and Meghan, as well as friends of the Royal Family and live coverage from across the Globe — From St. George’s Chapel and Windsor Castle, to Lesotho in Africa, the home of the charity co-founded by Prince Harry.

You’re ‘aving more of a larf ain’t ya?! How also good is that?!

So, no excuse Brits in Toronto for missing out on the royal event of the year.