Celebration on the Square



Planned for June 9, 2017, Fast In The 6 is an evening of food, fun and the arts, coinciding with Ramadan, to celebrate the diversity of our great city through the common experience of breaking of the fast. This event is intended as a means to continue to affirm our leadership as a major global centre of both social and economic opportunity. Inclusive cities that celebrate diversity will attract even more talent to bring future prosperity for their citizens in this 21st Century economy.

It will be a FREE event open to all Torontonians of all backgrounds to take part and share in the spirit of the breaking of the fast which is common to many heritages and to enjoy an evening of entertainment and fireworks.

Event Press Release

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan (Ram·a·dan) is a special and eagerly awaited month that over 1 billion Muslims all around the world commemorate through spiritual devotion. Many observe fasting, which means refraining from satisfying physical appetites everyday from dawn to dusk. It also means exerting extra personal effort to prevent harm through words and actions, and increase communal benefit through kindness and charity. A breaking of the fast, also known as Iftar (If·tar) happens together with family and friends every night as soon as the sun sets, in gratitude for all the blessings we enjoy.

Message from the Chairs

Dany H. Assaf
Lisa Assaf

Dany & Lisa Assaf

In the 21st Century, prosperity is best guaranteed by all Torontonians having the opportunity to make the most of their potential to succeed for themselves and to strengthen our great city economically and socially. Toronto and Canada's greatest asset in today's global economy is our foundation and history of inclusion and openness to a diversity of ideas and talent.

Toronto is a beacon of social and economic opportunity and its time is now. Cities that stand with and protect that opportunity for all will attract even more talent and prosperity to ensure the engines of the modern economy can be fully unleashed and work for everyone.

Business in the 21st Century needs to be everybody's business and create opportunity for each in order to generate greater prosperity for all. Celebrating the Ramadan breaking of the fast is meant to be a powerful example of that opportunity for everyone and why Toronto is a city that represents that future today.

A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Daily Bread Foodbank.

We look forward to having you join us on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate this message!

The Event

Mark Strong

MC: Mark Strong
Raptors In-Arena Host

Mustafa The Poet

Mustafa The Poet

Mo Amer

Comedian Mo Amer

Toronto Symphony Orchestra

TSO Chamber Soloists

Yuna Zarai

Live Performance by Yuna



Fireworks brought to you by Fortress Real Developments

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Doors Open

8:30 pm - 8:55 pm

Chairs Welcome and remarks by Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mayor John Tory

8:58 pm - 9:20 pm

Breaking of the Fast

9:20 pm - 10:45 pm

Performances by Yuna, Mustafa The Poet, Mo Amer, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists and Fireworks

* Program subject to change without notice

Our Gracious Sponsors

Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation

Mohammad & Najla Al Zaibak

With Special Thanks