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 June 2016 

Stu Macdonald vocals, Stu Harrison piano, Ross MacIntyre bass, Mark Micklethwaite drums

Stu is a dynamic performer and a true throwback to the jazz crooners of days past. With a style that brings to mind Sinatra or Baker, audiences delight at his tone and phrasing. He brings to life ‘the great American songbook’ with style and swagger; the way it was meant to be sung.

A performer since his teen years, Stu is a graduate of the Cawthra Park School of the arts where he fell in love with jazz. He went on to become a Humber College jazz alumni and was awarded the Humber jazz vocalist of the year scholarship in 1998. Stu has studied, and worked with jazz notables including legendary vocalist Ranee Lee, and his Humber contemporary, Canadian treasure Laila Biali. Stu went on to record his debut album ‘In a moment in 2000.

After a hiatus from the Toronto jazz scene, Stu has made his highly anticipated return, bringing with him his unmistakable character and sound.

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Ever wanted to learn a fun, professionally-choreographed dance routine but never had the opportunity? Here’s your chance!

Ahead of Sharing Dance Day (on June 3 @ Yonge-Dundas Square), Canada’s National Ballet School is offering three FREE dance classes per week to encourage people of all ages and abilities to learn this year’s Sharing Dance Routine. Choreographed by Kevin Ormsby, the Artistic Director of KasheDance, the routine is inspired by Afro-Caribbean culture and set to Jully Black’s Sweat of Your Brow. Participants range from 7 years old to 90!

This is a great chance for you to get some exercise and have fun. Gather your family and friends and get dancing!

To learn more about Sharing Dance and to register for FREE classes, please visit: http://www.nbs-enb.ca/Sharing-Dance/Sharing-Dance-Day-2016.

Location: Yonge Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

JOHN FRASER – LEAD VOCALS, MARCUS DAVI S – BASS, CARL HARVEY – LEAD GUITAR, AARON SPINK – DRUMS, BELA HAYMEN – KEYBOARDS, DIANNE RIVARD – PERCUSSION, KOLETTE EASY – BACKING VOCALS, IGOR BABICH – SAXOPHONE

Coldjack features incredible originals and unique covers that have the perfect blend of  RnB, funk and pop. Their songs are spiced with amazing grooves, and peppered with emotional, yet powerful vocals, Coldjack is making waves in the music scene, topping charts in a myriad of radio stations with their single Troubled Man, including 11 weeks at No.1 on the Moth.fm in the U.K., 3 weeks at No. 1 on Wave.fm in Canada and 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Smooth 97 Oasis charts.  Their hit-single Troubled Man also won Best RnB song and She Takes Me High won Best Pop song from the Akademia Music Awards in the U.S. in 2016. Fresh and unique, their sound is all their own, however, influences of Level 42, Incognito and Kenny Thomas can be detected by the discerning listener. Lead singer, John Fraser is strongly influenced by Brian Culbertson for his musicianship, song writing and fantastic live performances.

Coldjack is signed to Thunderdome Sounds and produced by Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated Eddie Bullen. Coldjack shares its original songs—including a previously unreleased songFree Your Soul, written by Level 42’s Mark King and Mike Lindup—and uniquely arranged standards with the world in this newly released albumSpitfire Angels. It was a highlight for lead singer John Fraser to communicate with his idols during the recording of the song Free Your Soul

Time: 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

JOHN FRASER – LEAD VOCALS, MARCUS DAVI S – BASS, CARL HARVEY – LEAD GUITAR, AARON SPINK – DRUMS, BELA HAYMEN – KEYBOARDS, DIANNE RIVARD – PERCUSSION, KOLETTE EASY – BACKING VOCALS, IGOR BABICH – SAXOPHONE

Coldjack features incredible originals and unique covers that have the perfect blend of  RnB, funk and pop. Their songs are spiced with amazing grooves, and peppered with emotional, yet powerful vocals, Coldjack is making waves in the music scene, topping charts in a myriad of radio stations with their single Troubled Man, including 11 weeks at No.1 on the Moth.fm in the U.K., 3 weeks at No. 1 on Wave.fm in Canada and 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Smooth 97 Oasis charts.  Their hit-single Troubled Man also won Best RnB song and She Takes Me High won Best Pop song from the Akademia Music Awards in the U.S. in 2016. Fresh and unique, their sound is all their own, however, influences of Level 42, Incognito and Kenny Thomas can be detected by the discerning listener. Lead singer, John Fraser is strongly influenced by Brian Culbertson for his musicianship, song writing and fantastic live performances.

Coldjack is signed to Thunderdome Sounds and produced by Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated Eddie Bullen. Coldjack shares its original songs—including a previously unreleased songFree Your Soul, written by Level 42’s Mark King and Mike Lindup—and uniquely arranged standards with the world in this newly released albumSpitfire Angels. It was a highlight for lead singer John Fraser to communicate with his idols during the recording of the song Free Your Soul

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

DiversityFest is a day long FREE festival on June 5, 2016 in the heart of Downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square. Starting at 1:00 PM the festival will feature some of the best Canadian and International artists and performances showcasing an eclectic fusion of South Asian, Chinese, Filipino and Arab arts and culture.

You can also find out more on Twitter! @Diversity_Fest  #DiversityFest2016
 

Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

Join Steven Taetz for “Porter for Pride – Tribute to Cole Porter” at the start of Pride month, with Ewen Farncombe – piano, Mike Meusel – bass, Andrew Miller – drums.

Cole Porter created essential tunes from the American Songbook, including hits like “Anything Goes”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Too Darn Hot” and many others made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and every jazz musician since. Porter also blazed trails for himself and other LGBT creators and artists, which Steven Taetz and The Standard Ensemble pay tribute to as they kick off Pride Month.

Taetz and his ensemble are thrilled to share Cole Porter’s contributions to both music and LGBT history, playing Porter’s catalog with new arrangements of standards along with new songs that Taetz has written specifically for his ongoing quarterly residency at Jazz Bistro (continuing the first Sunday of June, September, December).

Come enjoy this celebration of Cole Porter for Pride.

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $12

Reverb Brass - Praised by New Music Toronto for their “top-notch playing and captivating stage presence,” Reverb Brass is a fast-rising, virtuosic chamber ensemble dedicated to cutting-edge contemporary works.

http://www.musicmondays.ca/

Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.00

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Address: 19 Trinity Square

Justin Gray’s Synthesis is a creative world music ensemble that explores elements of traditional Indian raga music in a contemporary format. The ensemble is led by award winning bassist and composer Justin Gray on bass veena, an instrument he designed and co-created in 2010. The group also features renowned Canadian virtuoso Ed Hanley on tabla, and creative percussionist Derek Gray on Tibetan singing bowls. Together, these artists forge a unique cross-cultural blend of melodies and grooves, which draw inspiration from the past while remaining connected to the present.

Justin Gray's Synthesis - Official Site
 

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

Come join us down at the square for a free bike tuneup or minor repair! ChainRX offers information on bike safety, training and licensing. Please note, the queue closes at 6:30pm!

Time: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East

Denise Reis – Vocal and GuitarAlison Young – saxophones, Stacie McGregor – piano, Charlie Cooley – drums and percussion, Henry Heillig – bass

Singer, guitarist and composer Denise Reis was born in Belo Horizonte, the capitol city of Minas Gerais State, in Southeastern Brazil.

She began studying guitar at age ten. By the time she was fourteen, Denise was invited to perform her first European tour.

Denise’s performances have gained widespread popularity internationally. This is partly due to Denise’s unique ability to imitate with incredible precision and accuracy, the sound of the trumpet using only her lips and voice.

She has toured in her home country Brazil and other parts of South America as well as: Senegal, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Portugal. She has also performed in Israel where she was invited to collaborate with the world-renowned composer Yoni Rechter.

In 2009 Denise was honored with an invitation to perform one of her compositions for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at a special event held in Albany, NY.

Denise Reis amazes and delights audiences from around the world with her warmth, unique art and musicality.

Denise’s music is rich with emotion and textures that speak to the human ear and heart.

Toronto’s own Heillig Manoeuvre will accompany Denise for an evening of sensual Brazilian compositions that will touch your soul.

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Senensky described himself as "essentially a bebop player, and beyond. My heroes are anyone from Bud Powell to McCoy Tyner to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock". Senensky was influenced on organ by Larry Goldings, Mike LeDonne, and Larry Young. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz states that "His playing is characterized by his obvious comfort in a wide range of styles, from swing to the assertive post-bop of his own groups."
 

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Come down to the square to celebrate UEFA Euro 2016! There will be free games, activities, and free givaways!

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

The 7th annual Craft beer festival to open Ontario Craft Beer Week! Join us on June 11 2016! Brand new to the fest this year, we've partnered with the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies for an all ladies session from 11 AM to 3 PM!

Also host to Collaboration Nation where craft breweries team up with celebrities to make unique beer for you to try. Vote for your favourite and it will be listed in the LCBO!

Past winners include Tom Green (with Beaus All Natural brewing Company) Sam Roberts Band (with Spearhead brewery) & most recently K-OS (with Beaus All Natural brewing Company)

Try over 100 different beers and enjoy amazing food, beer education and live music @ one of the busiest squares in Canada!

For more information, visit us at: http://www.sessiontoronto.com/

https://www.facebook.com/events/202742173414434/

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E

Senensky described himself as "essentially a bebop player, and beyond. My heroes are anyone from Bud Powell to McCoy Tyner to Keith Jarrett and Herbie Hancock". Senensky was influenced on organ by Larry Goldings, Mike LeDonne, and Larry Young. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz states that "His playing is characterized by his obvious comfort in a wide range of styles, from swing to the assertive post-bop of his own groups."
 

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

Can't wait for the 2016 Olympics? Neither can we! Join us for a day of celebration and sportsmanship as we witness some of our Olympic athletes competing here at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Stay tuned as more details to come very soon.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East

Pat Murray is a one of a kind, sultry songstress with an extensive background in the performing arts. Over the last fifteen years she has focused her talents on her first love, the jazz genre, recording four albums and performing in Toronto’s hottest jazz clubs, but Pat has in the past sung everything from rock to her original pop to 1960s doo wop. Born In Orillia where she was baby-sat by Gordon Lightfoot, and raised in Montreal, Pat moved to Kingston with her family in 1967. Her mother was a prominent jazz singer in the 40’s and 50’s in Montreal. Her father was a Jazz guitarist who played with Oscar Peterson and gave Gordon Lightfoot lessons on guitar. Pat was encouraged from the age of three to sing and perform and she has called Toronto home since 2001.

Through her extensive career Pat has performed with Canada’s most sought after musicians including Robi Botos, George Koller and Davide Direnzo. She is known both for her capacity to flawlessly re-create a pop song or standard into an excitingly fresh new interpretation, making any song truly her own. This talent was best demonstrated on her recent album, ‘Ticket to Ride – The Beatles Book”, which saw Pat breathe new life into beloved Beatles songs with her unique and often haunting renditions.

Pat’s loyal fan base is made up of all ages and types as she has the ability to entertain any crowd with her broad vocal range, her humour, raw emotion and her passion for her craft, which shines effortlessly through every song she performs.

A graduate of Drama from Queen’s University, Pat is also a high school drama teacher and continues to share her dramatic talents with her students on a daily basis. She has directed over 20 productions both in and out of the classroom. As an actor she has also appeared as Kate in The Tarragon Theatre production of “Finnegan’s Wake”, Olive in Theatre Kingston’s production of “The Female Version of the Odd Couple” and at Queens in “Outside and in the Cold”, a one-woman musical docudrama. Pat can count playwriting as one of her many talents, with eight in her collection, two of which have been produced on stage or on radio.

Her fifth CD is in the making, featuring her original compositions and some innovative jazz arrangements by collaborator Bruce Cassidy (Blood, Sweat and Tears, Lighthouse).

https://patmurray.ca/

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Old-School Love - As heard on JAZZ FM.91, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and in many of Toronto’s best clubs from Rivoli on Queen West to Hugh's Room, Russell Drago Trio features the “velvety smooth” stylings of jazz vocalist Russell Drago.  It's all about versatility where touches of the old-school standard meet sly and swinging things off the beaten track. Songs to include When I Fall in Love, I Could Write a Book, It Ain't Necessarily So, Old Cape Cod, and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Address: 19 Trinity Square
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.

Circle Band is a Toronto-based, Persian-music band founded in 2011. With a unique fusion of jazz and psychedelic rock with elements of traditional Eastern music, the band focuses on classical and contemporary Persian poetry, and is led by the songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Shahab Baradaran, accompanied with Saman Shahi on piano, synthesizer and tar, and Reza Moghaddas on the bass.

Circle Band - Official Site
 

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

Details coming soon!

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E

Enjoy live bands and DJ, appetizers, 2 complimentary beverages* and prizes, with all proceeds going to the Down Syndrome Clinic at SickKids.

*Must be legal drinking age. Please enjoy responsibly.

Time: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Scaddabush
Address: 382 Yonge St.

Saxophonist Doug Lawrence has spent over 20 years making a name for himself in New York City. He has performed on six continents in virtually every concert hall and jazz club in the world. Downbeat Magazine says ‘The professional credentials Doug Lawrence has racked up are astonishing’

From first tenor chair of the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, principle saxophone soloist in the Broadway show ‘Come Fly Away’ , to performances and recordings with the legends of jazz and performances for 5 American presidents , the Queen of England and the Royal Families of Monaco, Sweden and Spain – Doug Lawrence has almost done it all and we are very happy Doug is adding Jazz Bistro to his lengthy list of performance venues.

“Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl.” – Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine

Doug will be performing as the guests of Saxophonist Kirk MacDonald in a quintet setting with Mark Eisenman – Piano, Dave Young – Bass and Terry Clarke – Drums.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

On June 19th at Toronto’s Jazz Bistro, Wendy Lands will be joined by her esteemed trio – Steve Hunter (piano), Marc Rogers (bass) and Jim Gillard (drums) – to present: An Intimate Evening With Wendy Lands; a personal evening of songs and stories, delivered in a simple, honest way – through her jazz-kissed repertoire, engaging personality & passionate sense of fun!

Singer-songwriter Wendy Lands has earned a reputation as a nuance performer with a penchant for rich harmonies, sophisticated textures and killer musicianship.

“Naughty jazz goes down like a martini.” 4 out of 4 Stars” ~LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL

“Smart, sophisticated, jazzy, refreshingly flesh and blood – intimate.” ~THE  MONTREAL GAZETTE

“Before you know it, you’ve bought a ticket on an emotional trip…” ~THE TORONTO STAR

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $15

Duo Primo - Described as an “inspirational musician” (Le Progrès, France) and possessing “great depth of musical interpretation” (The Daily Herald), Canadian pianist Ronée Boyce is quickly establishing herself as an artist of intense musical sensibility. Winner of the New York International Piano Competition, she will be joined by cellist Helen Yang.

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Address: 19 Trinity Square
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.

June 20 - 22, 2016, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
A three-day open house where you can talk to City staff about the directions for the Downtown Plan.

Location: Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street
Organized by: The City of Toronto

Website: http://www.toronto.ca/tocore

Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

The TD Niagara Jazz Festival is a new, cutting edge four-day celebration of all types of jazz, performed in intimate indoor and outdoor venues in the heart of Niagara’s stunning wine country. The TD Niagara Jazz Festival presents the finest Canadian and internationally-acclaimed jazz musicians by way of spectacular concerts, wine, craft beer, and culinary packages, and free performances throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake and selected locations throughout Niagara.

http://niagarajazzfestival.com/

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $10

Did you know that it can take over 700 gallons of water to make just one cotton T-shirt? Value Village will be taking over the fountains in Yonge-Dundas Square from 9:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. for a FREE public event that will help bring awareness to the environmental impact of what we wear, and get everyone to Give A Sh!rt about their clothing footprint through a visually arresting artistic installation. The public is encouraged to take part in this event by deciding to Give A Sh!rt about the planet on the spot, in return for a Give A Sh!rt tee that will help save water and lower the overall environmental impact of the clothing industry.

To learn more about this effort visit RethinkReuse.ca

 

Time: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

This June 22 through September 18 we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the sun as you enjoy a free concert series at the Trinity Square Park.

This year’s season is curated by Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. In addition to operating the iconic theatres, Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall presents over 400 events of all kinds in their halls and dozens more on stages across Toronto. They are committed in finding new and engaging ways to showcase the range of talent, diversity and possibilities of our Music City and their partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA brings a summer’s worth of amazing programming to Play the Parks.

 

Come join us on June 22nd to celebrate as Play the Parks 2016 kicks off at Trinity Square Park with a free concert starting at 5:00PM!

 

The Massey Hall Band is not your Grandparent's big band. This is a unique band made up of some of the most creative, talented, and unconventional musicians in Toronto. The iconic venue’s resident band collaboratively works with artists to create new versions of familiar music through the use of re-composition, arrangement and improvisation. Expect to hear something new and quirky, based in the familiar past of popular music you've known and loved.

 

* Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

For more information visit: www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks/

Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: Trinity Square Park
Address: 19 Trinity Square
Admission: Free

Come and join us on the square to celebrate Aboriginal History month. There will be many musical performances and lots of craft market vendors onsite!

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Reds Midtown Tavern
Address: 382 Yonge St #6

“The R&B Jazz Songbook Concert” Ft. Carlos Morgan w/ Special Guests: Faith Amour & Jef Kearns.

Faith and Jef will each be performing two songs with me during the show.  The description of the show is as follows: “Backed by “The Soul Patrol Jazz Group”; Darryl Joseph-Dennie (Pianist, Musical Director & Co-Arranger), Roger Williams (Bsssist), Kevin Cato (Saxophone) & Chris Wallace (Drums), Solroc Music and multi award winning recording artist, Carlos Morgan, performs classic R&B/Soul songs, from the 70’s and 80’s, in Jazz interpretations and stylings, as well as, favorite Jazz Standards and his award winning music.

Morgan will perform songs from legendary and iconic recording artists including: Prince, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, The Beatles, Barbara Streisand, The Spinners, James Ingram, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway and Deniece Williams & Johnny Mathis.

Time: 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $12

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Messenjah
Legendary Canadian reggae group Messenjah was originally formed in 1980, and reconstituted in 2014. As the first Canadian reggae band signed to a major label (Warner Music), the JUNO Award-winning band became a major influence on successive generations. Touring all over North America and the Caribbean, as well as appearing in several movies – including Cocktail, starring Tom Cruise, Messenjah is Canada's most popular reggae group.

messenjah.net/
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Exco Levi
The first Reggae Recording of the Year recipient to receive a JUNO Award four consecutive years running, Exco Levi won his fifth nomination this year for the single “Hello Mama.” Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Levi, an ardent soccer player, came to Toronto in 2005. Influenced by Bob Marley, Sizzla and Peter Tosh, his unique sound pays tribute to the founders of reggae music, with a modern twist.

facebook.com/ExcoLevimusic

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Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

Bill Charlap – Piano, Kenny Washington – Drums, Peter Washington – Bass

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $40

The Taste of Jesus in the City is a free Live Music & Arts Celebration Kick-off Concert / Festival that brings the local community together in preparation for the annual Jesus in the City Parade held in September, which draws over 15,000 to 25,000 in attendance each year. On June 25, 2016 the Taste of JITC kick-off event will be held right here at Yonge-Dundas Square showcasing some of Toronto’s cultural and artistic diversity, from Gospel infused Rock, Classical, R&B, Jazz, Metal, Pop, Latin, Caribbean, Asian and African sounds.

The Taste of JITC is organized by Jesus in the City / Festival of Praise International a nonprofit charitable organization in the City of Toronto that networks with local churches, charities and businesses to impact and transform their communities, utilizing music the arts and culture. The event is volunteer run, from the organizers to the performers.

www.jesusinthecity.com
 

Time: 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

The festival will include a cavalcade of activities, attractions and performances, including live art, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, free yoga classes, a South Asian bazaar, delicious food from Govinda’s, henna tattoos, face-painting, dress-in-a-saree booths, and more.  Also, be sure to stay until the evening to participate in an incredible, interactive mantra concert (kirtan) in which ancient sounds from the east will reverberate and grace Toronto’s busiest corner! 

The whole festival at Yonge-Dundas Square is a preview of the 44th Annual Festival of India, taking place July 16-17, 2016. 

For more information, visit www.festivalofindia.ca

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Saturday, June 26, 2016 | 11 A.M.
Where: Trinity Square Park & Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Center (525 Bay Street)

What? A 5K walk in the heart of the downtown Toronto core that will paint the city PURPLE!

Register Now or email walk@epilepsytoronto.org
Already Registered? Click here to visit your Personal Walk Page

http://epilepsytoronto.org/walk

Time: 10:00 AM
Location: Trinity Square Park & Toronto Downtown Marriott Eaton Center

Laila Biali – Piano/Vocal, Ben Wittman – Drums, Ross McIntyre – Bass, Phil Dwyer – Saxophone

“It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly.” – Sting.

Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole and recorded with and supported Sting. She takes the best of pop, rock and soul, informs it with her knowledge of Jazz and weaves it into her musical arrangements. Laila’s music has been presented at prestigious venues spanning four continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her latest studio recording Tracing Light received a JUNO nomination for “2011 Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year” and her most recent release Live in Concert, recorded live in February 2012 in front of a gracious audience at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Canada, captures the spirit of live performance so essential to Jazz. Live in Concert was in rotation at 73 radio stations in North America. Laila is also a member of the all female New York based neo-Classical crossover quartet Rose & the Nightingale whose members tour with Grammy award-winner Esperanza Spalding. Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year” and “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National Jazz Awards. She currently splits her time between New York City and Toronto.

To hear music and for more information: Laila Biali’s Website

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.

Dévah Unplugged – This quartet has performed live for thousands on main stages in Toronto for events such as Canada Day in Dundas Square 2014, featured in the UK Magazine 'PROG', performed for Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games Countdown Launch, Vancouver's Alternative Fashion Week, TIFF, and aired on radio across North America. Join us for a time-lapse concert of Dévah Quartet as they take you through their seven-year development from acoustic classical quartet to the electric prog-rock band they currently are.

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Address: 19 Trinity Square
Admission: PWYC with a suggested minimum donation of $5.

momondays Toronto

June 27, 2016
Put story-telling into a blender. Add a dash of personal growth & transformation, and drop in a load of laughs. Mix in real, live music, and great conversation with some of the nicest people on the planet, then push the ‘high’ setting… and out comes momondays!

MOMONDAYS is UPSTAIRS at The HARD ROCK!!

momondays is held each month upstairs at The Hard Rock Cafe right across from The Eaton Centre and Dundas Square. If you’re driving you’ll find cheap parking under Dundas Square in the Green P lot. If you’re taking the TTC get out at Dundas and just cross the street! If you’re walking well just walk!!

Save your seat (and a few bucks) by getting advance online tickets for just $15 plus hst — available online until the Friday before the show. Tickets at the door are $25 including hst. Doors open for advance ticket holders at 5:30 pm for socializing, networking and merry-making. General admission at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm sharp.

Come early to grab a great seat and give yourself time to eat, drink and socialize! You really do meet the nicest people at momondays!

Venue: Hard Rock Cafe Toronto, 279 Yonge St., Toronto ON M5B 1N8, Canada
Price: $15 plus hst - online (available until May 27) / $25 including hst - at the door

Info & Tickets: http://www.momondays.com/toronto/

Yonge-Dundas Square presents City Cinema, our free weekly outdoor film screening! Enjoy a short film from the NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA, followed by a classic comedy feature film, Tuesday nights on the Square.

NFB Short Film

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin
Janet Perlman

1981 | 10 min

This short animation is a zany version of the classic fairy tale, with the leading role played by a mistreated, romantic penguin, with hilarious results. Cinderella Penguin loses her magic flipper as she runs to meet her midnight deadline, but all ends well when Prince Charming finds the right webbed foot and the nasty step-family is brought to heel. A 1981 Oscar® nominee.

 

 


Feature Film

Bridesmaids

Director: Paul Feig

Writers: Kristin Wiig, Annie Mumolo

R | 2h 5min

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

 

Time: 8:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E
Admission: Free

This June 22 through September 18 we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the sun as you enjoy a free concert series at the Trinity Square Park.

 

Dance Inspiring Fusion of the Americas

A gathering place for danceable rhythms from across the Americas. Salsa, samba and more, are reimagined to feature a wider variety of genre-defying music from the best established and emerging artists in the city.

Os Tropies

Os Tropies grew out of the impossibility of travelling back in time. Influenced by the music of the revolutionary tropicália movement of late-1960s Brazil, these six Canadians versed themselves in psychedelic rock and Brazilian popular music in order to imagine what it was like to be a Brazilian music radical in a time of heavy political turmoil and protest song purism and discovered that even in present day Toronto, there is still plenty to say and plenty of ways to say it. Fuzz guitars, theremins, berimbaus, funky orchestral triangles, some sha-la-las, plenty of bongo, cowboy swagger, haunted church organs and fraudulent recordings of paranormal activity all make up the palette of sounds that Os Tropies draw upon in the creation of their international-cannibalist-love-affair of a sound, offering up covers of the tropicália numbers that inspire them and originals written in the spirit of irreverent and impassioned musical juxtaposition.

* Themes, date, time and venues for the season are subject to change without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

For more information visit: www.downtownyonge.com/playtheparks/

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Trinity Square Park
Address: 19 Trinity Square
Admission: Free

Robi Botos – Piano    Paul Novotny  –  Bass

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $25

Wednesday, June 29, 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us for four micro talks that will explore the history of LGBT issues in Toronto. The atmosphere will be casual and intimate as the talks will occur throughout the home of Toronto's Rebel Mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Refreshments and stimulating conversation are a given. 

Tickets are limited - don't miss out! $15/person. Call 416-392-6915.

Mackenzie House - 82 BOND ST, Phone: (416) 392-6915, www.toronto.ca/mackenziehouse

Robi Botos – Yamaha Grand Piano     Hilario Duran     Steinway Red Pops Grand Piano

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $25

Robi Botos – Piano, Paul Novotny – Bass, Seamus Blake – Saxophone, Mark McLean – Drums

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $30

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