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Apocalypsis: Largest Musical Production in Toronto’s History

The Luminato Festival’s multidisciplinary production of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis — premiered in 1980 in London, Ontario — was staged at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. Billed as the largest musical production in Toronto’s history, it cost $1.5 ...


Flooding in South-Central British Columbia

Floods caused by heavy rain and warm springtime temperatures hit south-central British Columbia, particularly the Kelowna area. The City of West Kelowna declared a state of emergency following road closures, a power outage and the implementation of emergency precautions. Further ...


Flooding in Western Québec and Eastern Ontario

Heavy rain and warm temperatures causing snowmelt led to severe flooding around the Ottawa River and beyond. Gatineau, Québec, was among the most severely hit communities. Many residents were forced to evacuate their homes and, later in the week, 400 ...


Québec City Mosque Shooting

Six Muslim men were killed and five others critically injured in a shooting rampage at a mosque of the Centre Culturel Islamique in Québec City. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of ...


Québec Announces Inquiry into Treatment of Indigenous People

After months of public pressure led by Indigenous leaders, Québec premier Philippe Couillard announced that the province would undertake a public inquiry into systemic discrimination toward Indigenous people. Calls for the inquiry grew in the wake of an October 2015 ...


Penny Oleksiak Wins Lou Marsh Trophy

Swimmer Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, Ontario won the Lou Marsh Trophy for Canada’s best athlete of 2016, the year of her triumphant four-medal record at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The award is given out annually ...


First Canadian Team to Play MLS Cup Final

Toronto FC became the first Canadian club to reach the Major League Soccer Cup final, facing off against Seattle Sounders FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. They lost the match 5–4 in penalty shootout. (See also Soccer.)


Ontario’s All Families Are Equal Act Passed

Ontario passed Bill 28, the All Families are Equal Act, giving all parents equal rights under the law, “whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance.”


Lawren Harris Painting Sells for Record Amount

Mountain Forms by Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris set a record for the most expensive piece of Canadian art ever sold at an auction, fetching $11.21 million at a sale in Toronto, Ontario.


Election of the Youngest MPP in Ontario History

Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff became the youngest member of Provincial Parliament in the history of Ontario, winning the riding of Niagara West–Glanbrook in a by-election. The Progressive Conservative candidate beat out the NDP’s Mike Thomas and Liberal Vicky Ringuette.


Grey Jay Named Canada’s National Bird

The grey jay has been named Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society at the outcome of a three-phase search. Found in every province and territory, the grey jay is especially hardy, weathering the winter here instead of ...


Death of Janet Wright

Actor and director Janet Wright died in Vancouver, British Columbia, at age 71. Born in England and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Wright built a successful career in theatre, film and TV, with notable roles at The Stratford Festival, in feature ...


Donald Trump Wins US Presidential Election

Republican Party candidate Donald Trump won the United States presidential election, beating Democrat Hillary Clinton in a historic upset. Clinton, vying to be the first woman president, was favoured to win over the controversial billionaire businessman Trump, who divided Republicans ...


Yukon Elects New Premier

The Yukon Liberals ended the Yukon Party’s 14-year reign, vaulting from third-party status to form a majority government. Sandy Silver, previously the only Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly, was elected premier, while Yukon Party leader Darrell Pasloski lost his ...


Death of Leonard Cohen

Poet, novelist, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died in Los Angeles, California, at age 82. Born in Westmount, Québec, Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built ...


Death of Adam Zimmerman

Businessman Adam Hartley Zimmerman died in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 89. Zimmerman was a long-time executive at Noranda Mines, serving first as assistant comptroller in 1958 then rising through the ranks to become president and CEO in 1982. ...


Death of Jim Prentice

Jim Prentice, former Alberta premier and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta from 2014 to 2015, died in a plane crash near Kelowna, British Columbia.


Death of Bing Thom

Architect Bing Thom died on a trip to Hong Kong, the city of his birth, at age 75. As a child, Thom immigrated to Canada and went on to study architecture at the University of British Columbia and the University ...


​Death of Daphne Odjig

Visual artist Daphne Odjig died in Kelowna, British Columbia. A member of the Wikwemikong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Odjig was one of the founders of the 1970s artists’ alliance Professional Native Indian Artists Inc., also known as the “Indian ...


Death of Annie Pootoogook

The body of artist Annie Pootoogook, 47, was found in the Rideau River in Ottawa, Ontario. An internationally exhibited winner of the Sobey Art Award, Pootoogook came from a family of accomplished Inuit artists. She moved from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, ...