Sub­ject: Cel­e­brat­ing the year of the mon­key

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On Feb. 8, Toron­to­ni­ans will come to­gether to cel­e­brate Chi­nese New Year. This year is of­fi­cially the Year of the Mon­key, and al­though one might sus­pect cel­e­bra­tions to be lim­ited to Chi­na­town along Spad­ina Av­enue, we’ve got you cov­ered for all of the GTA’s many Chi­nese cul­tural ar­eas. Be­yond the city lim­its, and into the neigh­bour­hoods spread out across the GTA, is where some of the most en­joy­able Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions can be found. The com­mu­nity in Agin­court is one. Nearby, in Mar­ket Vil­lage, at 4394 Stee­les Ave., the cel­e­bra­tions, run­ning Feb. 5 to 7, in­clude tra­di­tional Chi­nese drum­ming, dance and mar­tial arts per­for­mances as well as the lion dance (www.cnycel­e­bra­tions.ca). There is also a mas­sive Chi­nese com­mu­nity in Markham north of Stee­les, near Kennedy Road, with a thriv­ing Chi­na­town district along the High­way 7 cor­ri­dor in Rich­mond Hill. In Markham, Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tions be­gin on Jan. 30 and cul­mi­nate in a mas­sive lion dance per­for­mance at Pa­cific Mall on Feb. 13. There is also a Lu­nar Fes­ti­val Cel­e­bra­tion slated for the Markham Pan Am Cen­tre on Feb. 5 to 7. For those look­ing to stay in the core, there is a mas­sive cel­e­bra­tion slated for the Spad­ina Av­enue area in Chi­na­town proper. There is also a full slate of ac­tiv­i­ties at Har­bourfront Cen­tre to cel­e­brate Lu­nar New Year on Feb. 20 and 21 in­clud­ing an Asian arts and cul­ture show­case and a lot of mon­key busi­ness. Ahem.

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