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 July 2016 

Live performances, international arts, crafts and Food Market.

Time: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E

Show your Canadian pride and celebrate Canada’s Birthday with us!

Spend your Canada Day in Downtown Yonge BIA and be part of our annual Living Flag at Yonge-Dundas Square on July 1st! Get your red or white shirt early and enjoy the different cultural performances curated by the Canada Folk Art Council of Toronto while you wait for the flag formation.

Canada Day Living FlagCheck back our website regularly for complete schedule.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates: #DYLivingFlag

Take a look at 2015 Living Flag event!

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If you are interested in sponsoring the event, participating in the flag formation or as a volunteer please email Andrea Switzer, Events and Marketing Specialist, Downtown Yonge BIA.

The Living Flag is presented by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with the Canadian Folk Art Council of Toronto.

 

Living Flag Event

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

David Braid – Pianist/Arranger, Kevin Turcotte – Trumpet, Steve Wallace – Bass, Terry Clarke – Drums

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

July 1 to 3, 12 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate Canada's 149th birthday with a visit to Mackenzie House! On Canada Day weekend, use our 1845 press to print a Maple Leaf on a postcard, a poster or a fabric patch! Included with admission. Regular admission applies.

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

 

Sashay on over to Dundas Square as Pride Toronto serves up a ferocious sequel to last year's over-the-top and overwhelmingly successful DRAG ON! event.

Kicking off at 2PM on July 2nd, this outrageous and unprecedented drag marathon is sure to defy and inspire even the wildest imaginations!

Divas, dudes and darlings, take note. This year, the stakes (and heels) are higher than ever. Be a part of drag history as DRAG ON! snatches the official Guinness Book of World Records title for Largest Drag Stage Performance.

Featuring the fiercest looks and freshest routines of more than 50 of Toronto's reigning queens and kings and a backdrop of dramatic beats by Britney Spears impersonator extraordinaire Derrick Barry (RuPaul's Drag Race, X Factor), this massive moment in the history of live drag performance is co-hosted by legendary lovelies, Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio. You don't want to miss this, Miss Thing!

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All of our events are free, but donations are suggested and greatly appreciated.

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St E

It was in 2009 that Rodriguez made the move to Los Angeles from Cuba—taking just a suitcase filled with music, a sweater, and a pair of jeans—after performing privately for Quincy Jones at the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival’s founder and director, Claude Nobs. After hearing the young pianist play, Jones, who now produces and manages the pianist, helped him understand that like Cuba’s national bird, the Tocororo, he couldn’t be caged.

“It wasn’t that I would’ve given up on music if I stayed in Cuba – I definitely would’ve continued to do what I love, but it just wasn’t the right environment for my music to flourish. Just as the Tocororo needs room to fly, my music needed the platform and the opportunity to be heard by more people than would otherwise have been touched if I stayed. Because of its many restrictions, Cuba was my cage and it didn’t allow me to spread my wings and do what I love on a larger scale.” – Alfredo Rodriguez

Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $20

The colourful interpretations of Pride reach far and wide and there's room for everyone in this colossal and extremely friendly crowd. It used to be that only performers, activists and provocateurs made the charge but nowadays, everyone from your coworker, your neighbour, your local librarian, your Prime Minister and even your accountant takes part in this massive conga line to celebrate Toronto's love for all queer things.

There are unforgettable performances, floats crammed with frenzying bodies of all varieties and hundreds of joyous, costumed platoons singing their unique messages of Pride! And it's true what they say about the world's grandest parade: you never know what famous smiles you’ll see marching down Yonge Street.

The herd starts moving at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 3rd and the only sure thing to expect is the unexpected.

Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Albeniz's Iberia Book III – A long-time favourite of Music Mondays, Koichi Inoue, Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University, who now makes Toronto his home, returns to continue his performances of Albeniz’s cycle for piano Iberia. This summer he performs book 3 of 4: El Albaicín (district of Granada), El Polo (Andalusian dance), and Lavapiés (after the district of Madrid).

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

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.

 

Joy Lapps

Joy Lapps is a musician, composer and arts educator. Her efficiency with the tenor pan and her diverse performance range have led to great audience receptions, and flattering recognition from seasoned professional pannists. She has graced the stage of various festivals including Toronto’s Afrofest, Muhtadi’s International Drumming Festival, Toronto's TD Jazz Festival and Antigua’s Moods of Pan Festival.

Joy performs primarily with her quartet and often expands this formation to an even larger musical project.  She is also a member and supporter of the Toronto-based steelband, Pan Fantasy.

As an audience favourite, Joy brings her genuine and bright personality to performances where she is known for gripping audiences. Joy has released four recordings including. "Praise on Pan: How Great Thou Art" (2004), “Make a Joyful Noise” (2006) and “It’s Christmas Time” (2007).  She most recently released an EP of original compositions entitled "Morning Sunrise" (2014) and is currently focused on writing and arranging new music for her ensembles. 

In addition to her work as a stage musician, Joy spent six years working in various roles at Drum Artz Canada, a registered charity committed to making music and arts programming accessible to all people.  She now serves on the DAC board, the Toronto Arts Council Community Arts Committee and the Toronto Mass Choir board of directors.  

During the academic year, she visits various schools as an Ontario Arts Council Artist in Residence.  This fall you can find her at Downsview Public Library as she serves as the branch’s Toronto Arts Council Artist in Residence, providing free lessons, workshops and special performances for the community. 

For more info visit www.joylapps.com

* 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

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

Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room!
Vincent Gauthier

2001 | 6 min

This short animated film stars Christopher, a terrific kid with one major problem… he's messy! His shoes smell funky, his fish bowl stinks, and even the cockroaches can't stand it. In the chaos of Christopher's room, his fish rise up from their scummy bowl in protest. They enlist the help of a fastidious cockroach. Together, the fish and the roaches hatch a plan that will change Christopher's life and his cleaning habits forever.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

 

Feature Film

Coming to America

Directed by John Landis

Written by Eddie Murphy, David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein

R | 1h 56min
An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will.

 

Time: 8:30 PM to 11:00 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.

Shapeshifting Classical

Old-world traditions meet contemporary new possibilities. This series reflects on the legacy of both Toronto’s first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie, and on classical music: We look back to what defines the classical music rooted in Mackenzie’s city, and forward, to what defines the music and the Music City Toronto has become.

Dr. Draw

Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture. His style is difficult to describe as his history with music and culture spans an eccentric lifetime. From playing for royalty in Prague to creating near chaos at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival to playing luxury brand events like Chloé and Dom Pérignon, Dr. Draw inspires kudos wherever he plays. Lately, his reputation is growing eastward. Performances have included playing in Singapore, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and a spate of Louis Vuitton events in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and South Korea.

Performing in such frenetic locales energizes the performer time and time again, allowing him to repeatedly “creatively interact with cultures all across the world.” The result is a constantly evolving musical style that brings together the seemingly disparate elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk, and pop into a riveting masala that feeds the soul and invigorates audiences.

www.drdraw.ca

www.facebook.com/doctordraw

www.twitter.com/realdrdraw

 

* 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: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St
Admission: Free

Fresh Wednesdays features a Farmers' Market at Nathan Phillips Square. Support your local farmers and pick-up your favourite fruits, vegetables, freshly baked breads, tarts and pies, cheeses, meats, flowers and more!

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
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.

Funky Lunchtime Soul

Featuring artists who are blazing new paths with their fresh perspective on jazz, funk and soul. A fun lunch-hour escape for funky souls to enjoy a captivating high-voltage blend of their favorite sounds.

 

The Massey Hall Band performs The Quintet

* 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: College Park Courtyard
Address: 777 Bay St.
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.

Festive Summer Streets

Celebrating the spirit of summer and the global communities that ignite Toronto’s streets with vibrant energy. Featuring a diverse array of exciting sounds from all corners of the globe.

 

 

Ajinai

In association with Harbourfront Centre

Founded in Beijing in 2009, by former Hanggai horse-head fiddle player Hugejiletu, Ajinai is dedicated to bringing traditional Mongolian music into the 21st century. With roots planted firmly in the Mongolian grasslands, Ajinai’s youth and experience lends a unique and contemporary twist to the traditional music. The group’s music is fueled by the morin khuur, or horse-head fiddle, a symbol of the Mongolian people; and khoomei, also known as "throat-singing," which features the simultaneous sounds of several pitches emanating from one voice. 

The band members’ experience in the rock scene of China’s bustling capital, Beijing, lends a modern element to the music -- the rhythm is propelled by equal parts horse-charging and rock and roll’s four-on-the-floor; the melodies punctuated by the fiddle’s mournful bowing and the power chords of the electric guitar. Finding common ground between the traditions of the ancient past and the sounds of contemporary music produces a something at once ancient and modern; timeless and forward-looking. It is a sound that has seen the band rise through the ranks of China’s music scene, performing at major venues, events and festivals across the country, as well as to opportunities around the world.

Ajinai’s 2016 Canada tour is a part of the 2015-2016 China-Canada Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges with support from China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG).

 

Ajinai’s 2016 tour is a part of the 2015-2016 China-Canada Year of People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges, which was initiated by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in late 2014. This is the first culture year between China and Canada and also the first culture year to be held by China in North America, helping to advance trust between the people of the two countries and to build upon the relationship. Over the course of this period, China has held dozens of activities across Canada.

The China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) was set up by China’s State Council in 2004 and is under the authority of the Ministry of Culture of China. Presenting thousands of events in hundreds of cities to millions of spectators worldwide, CAEG plays a significant role in China’s external cultural relations. CAEG has organized major festivals (including Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, Asian Arts Festival, Venice Biennale-China Pavilion, China International Chorus Festival) as well as a series of major cultural events (China-France Culture Year, China-Russia National Theme Year; Turandot in the Forbidden City, Chinese productions of Mama Mia and Cats and more).

 

* 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 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

A combination of delicious eats from local food trucks and vendors offered from 11 am to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square - perfect summer lunch hour escape.

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.

Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
Admission: Free

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

AA Wallace
From his days growing up in the small fishing village of Wedgeport, Nova Scotia, to his days fronting Halifax indie-rock outfit Sleepless Nights, AA Wallace has always been an outlier, carving out his own musical niche that was often in stark contrast to what was going on around him. His debut album (disambiguation) was a solitary endeavour, with the artist writing, producing and recording the songs himself in his bedroom in Halifax. The album was a critical success, being called “both melancholic and philosophical” (Earshot) and “the most insidiously catchy bedroom pop we’ve heard all year” (Toronto Star). In early 2016, he released his follow-up, In Alpha Zones, Wallace’s report from the sidelines – sometimes exploratory and other times warm and familiar, a fresh piece of music that allows new audiences to discover him while maintaining the lyrical and musical aesthetics he is already known for.

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Watch “Shake it Out

Liz Loughrey
With a collection of poignant and soulful original material to add to the repertoire of personal and original takes on pop songs that won over a devoted and growing following,Liz Loughrey’s voice showcases a style influenced by equal parts Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Working with renowned Toronto producer/songwriter/musician Adrian X (The Weeknd, Drake, Kylie Minogue, Serena Ryder), Loughrey, a genuinely old soul, creates a brand of pop that speaks to the past and signals a bright future.

lizloughrey.com


Jordan Alexander
Jordan Alexander’s heart-felt lyrics, catchy choruses and sultry voice are a staple of her acoustic-based music. The release of her debut album, The Lonely Hearts Club, produced by Jarvis Church (Philosopher Kings, the Soul Station), precedes her appearance in the Square.

jordanalexandermusic.com

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

On Friday, July 8, Rez Bluez returns to our new home at The Eagles Club on 17 Elm Street, in downtown Toronto. Opening this show is the multi-talented Cliff Cardinal, accompanied by Dave Deleary. Cliff will be playing new songs that are from his debut release. Not only a musician, Cliff is also a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Playwright program, and is a recent nominee for ‘Best Performance’ for his one-man play Huff, which received 4 nominations at the upcoming Dora Mavor Moore Awards. You do not want to miss this edgy, alternative, dynamic duo!

JUNO award-winner Murray Porter will command the stage as he always does, but this time as a Solo. He’ll be sharing new songs from his soon-to-be recorded album STAND UP!! The new songs reflect his views as an Indigenous Man on: the Murdered and Missing Women, through his song, Highway 16; the Idol No More movement; the environment; and just plain old good Love. You can see Murray performing on National TV right now on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Networks’ The Solstice Concerts, plus on the upcoming Indspire Awards on Global-TV this summer…so stay tuned!

Location: The Eagles Club
Address: 17 Elm Street

July 8 - 24, 2016

Summerlicious

Toronto's premier prix fixe food event is back and tastier than ever! For two mouth-watering weeks, celebrate the city's culinary scene through three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus served at more than 220 of Toronto's top restaurants, including 24 new participants.

Discover delicious food at exceptional value – start planning your Summerlicious experience today!

For a list of participating restaurants click here.

 

Join us for Summerlicious

Make your reservation at redsmidtowntavern.com and you can hashtag with: #redsmidtowntavern

The official tags for Summerlicious are:
Instagram & Twitter: @LiciousTO
Facebook: facebook.com/LiciousTO

 

Summerlicous at Bangkok Garden

Summerlicous at Bangkok

3 course Prix Fixe Lunch Menu $18  |  3 course Prix Fixe Dinner Menu $28
View Menu here

 

Check out the Lovin' Local Food Fest - where the best of Toronto's local food and music takes centre stage!

Stay tuned for more event details!
 

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

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.

Festive Summer Streets

Celebrating the spirit of summer and the global communities that ignite Toronto’s streets with vibrant energy. Featuring a diverse array of exciting sounds from all corners of the globe.

 

Cairo

In association with Canada's Music Incubator

You could call it folk. Or rock. Or ambience. If you wanted to deny that parts make a whole. It’s realer than that. It is love. Yes, love! That messy gooey thing that we so desperately hope will make us whole. We can all agree on this, can we not? Nate Daniel’s fragile cadence, the tangled network of twisting cables and blinking lights at Dante Berardi’sfeet coalescing into reverb-soaked guitar, hemmed in by the sweetness dragged from Caitlin Grieve’s violin while Matt Sullivan moves behind the drum kit like an academic earmarking pages in the ever-evolving narrative of CAIRO’s stories. It’s absurd that four people get along so well. Unsettling, even. But they do. They're CAIRO.

 

* 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: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

Come down to the square to enjoy elements of Turkish culture with traditional music, food, and more!

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

Anatolia Fest is the first ever Turkish cultural celebration in downtown Toronto. Join us on July 10th, from 10am to 10pm at Yonge-Dundas Square for an intimate view of Turkish culture. Come see live the best of Turkish dances, Turkish Food, & historical displays about Turkey. #TurksTO is our hashtag for the event!

Visit our website: http://www.anatoliafestcanada.com

Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Bach and Beyond – Recent Doctor of Musical Arts graduate from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester N.Y., and winner of the 2012 National Organ Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Aaron returns to his native Toronto to perform a program with a mixture of Baroque and modern music, including works by Bach, Böhm, Jan Welmers's minimalist Laudate Dominum and Henry Cowell's Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 14.

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

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.

NBF Short Films

Congratulations, Mr. Levy

A legend in his own mind, as well as a few other places, actor Eugene Levy's (American Pie, Best in Show) eyebrows alone deserve a place in the hallowed halls of national treasures. Join director Robin Neinstein as he engages Levy in an infotainment interview that goes horribly wrong. This film was produced for the 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

Mister Pug

2014 | 9 min

Who is Monsieur Pug? Why, a dog with bad cholesterol and high blood pressure! And a dog who loves his pie and ice cream. Who relaxes by making origami. In other words, definitely not your ordinary pooch! For he’s also a paranoiac, convinced he’s the target in a vast conspiracy, and pretending to be a pet, the better to hide from his pursuers. Schizoid, perhaps? Hmm… but is Monsieur Pug even a real dog to begin with?

A delirious fable about a particular brand of modern madness—that brought on by the omnipresence of smartphones in our lives—Monsieur Pug is directed with verve by Janet Perlman, whose The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Animated Short in 1982.

Monsieur Pug is one strange film about the life of one strange dog!

 

Feature Films

For Your Consideration

Director: Christopher Guest

Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy

PG-13 | 1h 26min

Three actors learn that their respective performances in the film "Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.

 

Best in Show

Director: Christopher Guest

Writers: Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy
PG-13 | 1h 30min

A colorful array of characters compete at a national dog show.

 
 

Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Fresh Wednesdays features a Farmers' Market at Nathan Phillips Square. Support your local farmers and pick-up your favourite fruits, vegetables, freshly baked breads, tarts and pies, cheeses, meats, flowers and more!

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events
 

Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
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.

Funky Lunchtime Soul

Featuring artists who are blazing new paths with their fresh perspective on jazz, funk and soul. A fun lunch-hour escape for funky souls to enjoy a captivating high-voltage blend of their favorite sounds.

 

The Massey Hall Band Presents: the Allison Au Quartet & the Tara Kannangara Group

This edition of Play the Parks features two of the Massey Hall Band’s members leading their own groups, showcasing the component parts that make the Band much more than a group of great players. Allison Au and Tara Kannangara are bandleaders, composers, arrangers, and players who are making distinct, deep and unforgettable marks on the musical landscape of their Music City and beyond.

Saxophonist Allison Au has worked with Hilario Duran's Latin Big Band (Canada), Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist Roberta Gambarini (US), Blue Note recording artist Ruben Hein (The Netherlands), The Filarmonica 900 del Teatro Regio (Italy) and many others. She attended workshops at the School for Improvised Music (NYC) and at the Banff Centre, and was one of eight international participants for the Metropole Orkest's Arrangers Workshop in the Netherlands, where she worked with composer Vince Mendoza and The Metropole Orkest. The Allison Au Quartet was formed in 2009 and won the 2016 JUNO for Jazz Album of the Year and was nominated in 2013. The group was also awarded the TD Jazz Fellowship Scholarship (2011), the Alfred and Phyllis Balm Scholarship (2012) and the Margareta and Benno Nigg Scholarship (2013) to conduct artist residencies at the Banff Centre.
 

Trumpeter Tara Kannangara studied classical piano and singing in her native Chilliwack, BC, active in musical theatre in choirs and taking up the trumpet in high school. As a performer and songwriter, her preferred description for her music is “groove-based indie-jazz,” combining the melodic indie-pop, fresh jazz grooves, mellow trumpet feel and subtle and unaffected vocal style that’s won her praise from critics, audiences and noteworthy musicians. She’s performed and worked with artists including Esperanza Spalding, Theo Bleckmann, Tim Hagans, Ran Blake, Donny McCaslin, Tim Ries, Kirk MacDonald, Andrew Downing and Elizabeth Shepherd and made a mark south of the border with shows across the northeastern US including a set of reimagined Ella Fitzgerald music at the Smithsonian Institute. The Tara Kannangara Group was nominated for the 2016 JUNO Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year for their debut album, and was awarded the Julian Award for emerging Canadian jazz artists.

www.allisonau.com
www.tarakannangara.com
 

* 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 2:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 777 Bay St.
Admission: Free

The Allergy-Friendly Food Drive Challenge (Race Edition) kicks into gear on July 14 (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) in Yonge-Dundas Square. Meet Alex Tagliani with his no. 18 Team EpiPen® race car and Food Allergy Canada as they host this Summer of TAG launch event to help educate the public and media about food allergy management, including tips on how to read food labels to better identify common allergies in everyday foods. 

Drop by with a non-perishable food item at this first stop on Alex’s five-city food drive to support allergy awareness and local food banks. The first 18 food donors will receive a ticket to the Honda Indy Pinty’s Series (valid in Toronto on July 16); after which food fans will receive a signed Alex Tagliani t-shirt while supplies last.

For more information on participating races and how to donate, visit www.summeroftag.com.

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

A combination of delicious eats from local food trucks and vendors offered from 11 am to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square - perfect summer lunch hour escape.

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.
 

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
Admission: Free

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Mehdi Cayenne
Poet-musician-actor of Algerian descent Mehdi Hamdad performs “bilingual couscous punk” under the moniker Mehdi Cayenne. With a performance career rotted in his teenage years spent exploring Ottawa-Gatineau’s spoken-word scene, he’s come a long way from the self-described “hippie, crazy guy with my classical guitar, just yelling at every place in town that would let me do it.” His third album, AUBE, combines his poetic roots with electro-pop and more.

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Watch “Je Te Vois


Mélanie Brulée
Known for charismatic live performances and contagious energy, Melanie Brulée’s latest album, 2015’s Débridée, features collaborations with French-Canadians Anique Granger,  Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner (Red Moon Road), Charles Tilden (Delta Will) and FayeBlais, and travels from surf-folk-rock to pscyhedelia and beyond. A proud ambassador for mental health, Melanie offers bilingual self-confidence workshops for youth across Canada.

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In Association with

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

Depuis maintenant près de 35 ans, la Franco-Fête de Toronto donne aux francophones, francophiles et anglophones de la région un lieu de rassemblement et de fête pour accueillir l’été et célébrer la culture francophone dans son ensemble.

For almost 35 years now, Franco-Fête de Toronto gives to the francophones, francophiles and anglophones in the Southern-Ontario region a gathering place to celebrate summer and francophone culture with music, performance and family-friendly activities.

http://www.franco-fete.ca/

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

THE CARLTON MIDNIGHT SOCIETY proudly presents:

KAIJULY: A Midnight Japanese Monster Movie Marathon!

On July 16th, The Carlton Midnight Society celebrates its 1-year anniversary with its most epic and ambitious event to date - KAIJULY: A Midnight Japanese Monster Movie Marathon beginning at 11pm and ending at 7am the next morning!

We'll be screening 4 classic kaiju films back-to-back on the BIG SCREEN to help raise funds for THE TORONTO STAR FRESH AIR FUND that helps send children to summer camp. Games, prizes and more!

Lineup includes:
- DESTROY ALL MONSTERS at 11pm
- KING KONG ESCAPES at 1am
- WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS at 3am
- GAMERA VS. GUIRON at 5am

All films (with the exception of KING KONG ESCAPES) will be presented UNCUT and UNCENSORED in their original JAPANESE language with ENGLISH subtitles.

Showtime:
Saturday, July 16th at 11:00 PM

$20 per ticket (includes admission to all four films)

Tickets on sale now at the cinema (20 Carlton St at Yonge and College) and online at: www.CarltonCinema.ca!

For more info:
Event Trailer
Facebook Event

 

Location: Carlton Cinema
Address: 20 Carlton St
Admission: $20

Transcriptions and Works for the Spanish Guitar – American born guitarist Cary Savage completed his Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, before moving to Montréal in 2002 where he completed Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at l’Université de Montréal. Cary will be performing some of the greatest works ever written on the Spanish Guitar; works by J.S. Bach, Isaac Albeniz, Francesco Tarrega, and Agustín Barrios Mangoré.

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

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.

 

* 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

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 Films

The Apprentice
Richard Condie
1991 | 9 min

In this animated short from Richard Condie (The Big Snit), an old fool meets a young fool at a crossroads in the 14th century. The old fool stays behind while the young fool skips blindly down the wrong road. The old fool must then teach his young apprentice about the consequences of taking the wrong road. A quirky tale told without words.


Village of Idiots
Eugene Fedorenko & Rose Newlove
1999 | 12 min

Based on a Jewish folk tale adapted by playwright John Lazarus, this animated short tells the story of Shmendrik, a simpleton living in a small Polish village. Weary of daily life in his native Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place eerily reminiscent of his old Chelm. An amusing take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

Feature Films

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Directed by Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

PG | 1h 31min

King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles.

 
The Jerk
Directed by Carl Reiner
Written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, Michael Elias

R | 1h 34min
An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.
 

Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Fresh Wednesdays features a Farmers' Market at Nathan Phillips Square. Support your local farmers and pick-up your favourite fruits, vegetables, freshly baked breads, tarts and pies, cheeses, meats, flowers and more!

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.
 

Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
Admission: Free

Flowers Canada Ontario would like you to come down to the square to "Spread the Happiness" by giving and receiving flowers to all who come by!

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

WHAT: The Heart&Stroke Big Bike is an exciting fundraiser that is ideal for community organizations, corporations and groups who want to join the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s race to save lives, and create more survivors from coast to coast.

Presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Heart&Stroke Big Bike is one of the primary community fundraising events for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. This fun-filled event features a bicycle built for 30, with teams of energetic riders pedaling through 200 communities in nine provinces – raising awareness and funds along the way.

Teams, made up of 29 riders plus a driver, work together to raise funds for life-saving heart and stroke research, and celebrate their success by pedaling through their communities on the biggest bike in Canada. This year the Foundation aims to raise $8.36 million across the country. Together with the Big Bike team riders, we’re transforming how communities think about, prevent, manage and live with heart disease and stroke. Visit bigbike.ca to learn more and register for later dates in July and August.

WHEN:    July 21st 2016 - Prime time’s still available

WHERE:  Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West

Chelsea Hotel welcomes the Heart&Stroke Big Bike

Take a ride with us

Location: Chelsea Hotel
Address: 33 Gerrard Street West

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.

Funky Lunchtime Soul

Featuring artists who are blazing new paths with their fresh perspective on jazz, funk and soul. A fun lunch-hour escape for funky souls to enjoy a captivating high-voltage blend of their favorite sounds.

 

Zuze

Zuze play original arrangements of folk melodies from Iran, though they wish you didn’t know that. Zuze believes the liminal space between identities is a culture in itself. Zuze is the sound of the mortar, not the brick. Zuze believes a song is something you write and a tune is something you borrow. Enigmatic melodies from the Caspian Sea. Powerful afrobeat rhythms from the Gulf. Zuze wants you to forget about reading this bio. Zuze loves you now and always.

 

 

* 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: College Park Courtyard
Address: 777 Bay St.
Admission: Free

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

A combination of delicious eats from local food trucks and vendors offered from 11 am to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square - perfect summer lunch hour escape.

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
Admission: Free

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Radio Radio
Making waves across the country and beyond, the electro rap of the Montreal-based Maritimers Radio Radio is living proof that language barriers don't exist when it comes to their eclectic French-Acadian lyrics and contagiously fun hip-hop beats. Short-listed for the 2010 Polaris Music Prize for their second album, Belmundo Regal, and winners of awards including: a 2011 Independent Music Award for Rap/Hip-Hop Album, a 2010 Miroir for Best Hip-Hop/Urban Performance at the Festival d'été de Québec, a 2010-2011 Révélation Musique Radio-Canada title, and a Félix for Hip-Hop Album of the Year in 2012.

laradioradio.com/en/
Watch “My Dance Floor

Herencia de Timbiqui
A fusion of peaceful Afro-Colombian Pacific poetry and contemporary urban music, the band creates a dialogue between the 11 members’ empirical musical knowledge (herencia, or “heritage”) garnered in their home village on the Timbiqui River with the sounds of the city of Cali, which has embraced them. Herencia de Timbiqui makes clear that tradition is not for museums, but can be enhanced and enriched. To that end, they merge it with salsa and son, reggae and rock, jazz and funk. Their 2015 album This Is Gozar was produced by acclaimed musician, DJ and producer Will “Quantic” Holland.

herenciadetimbiqui.com
Watch “Te invito


Promotional Partner

 

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

Friday, July 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin Britten's devastating chamber opera offers compelling drama and contemporary commentary on issues of power, religion, sexuality and gender politics that resonate today more deeply than ever. This production – produced at The Banff Centre – is presented as a part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival, in collaboration with Against the Grain Theatre and the Canadian Opera Company.

Tickets: $35, $55, $75, $95.

Location: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, 189 Yonge Street (just north of Queen Street, meet in the lobby)
Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca/ewg

YD|TO is celebrating 10 years! As a FREE non-profit annual Summer Festival, our home is Yonge-Dundas Square and also includes a unique Yonge Street closure for a delicious Food and vibrant Vendor market.

YD|TO features over 100 live Music and Dance performances on 2 non-stop stages over 12 hours; mostly by young people 14 to 29 years old. The event also includes the YD Art Gallery, live Fashion Shows, the opening Parade and much more including celebrity surprises and cultural performances. Come and support our aspiring Artists and enjoy a great day of diversity with your family!
 

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

Organ Music from Québec - Denis Gagné is currently Organist at St-Vincent de Paul Church in Laval and was previously at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament, Saint-Léonard and Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel. He has served as Director and Vice President of Les Amis de l'orgue de Montréal. This coming June he travels to Europe to perform a recital at the great Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris for Les Amis de l'Orgue de Luxembourg. We are thrilled Denis will be joining us at Music Mondays in July to perform an all-Québecois program of works by Daveluy, LeBuis, Warren, and the Bédard Suite du deuxième ton.

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

July 25, 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 cash. 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!

REMEMBER TO LIKE THE NEW MOMONDAYS TORONTO FACEBOOK FAN PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE TO EVENTS!!
https://www.facebook.com/momondays.toronto/events

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/

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.

 

Luanda Jones

It is often said that the only constant is change, but so often in a person’s life that change is plays an essential role in both personal and artistic growth. Such has been the case in the life of Brazilian singer/songwriter Luanda Jones, whose musical output has shifted quite significantly from her early successes in her native Rio de Janeiro to her most recent presentations half a world removed.

Born into a musical family, Luanda was blessed with a deep melodic richness early on. Her father Luis Moreno, a drummer for famed artists Raul Seixas, Elis Regina, and prog rockers O Terço, and mother Irinéa Ribeiro, a recognized songwriter of over 30 years with credits including the legendary Tim Maia, each provided their inquisitive daughter with an early musical education most would dream of. Those expansive first teachings, combined with a vibrant, incredibly sonic home atmosphere, helped to carry Luanda to the stage at the tender age of nine and spawn a long-running career of artistic expression from which she has never strayed.

Her journey from adolescence to adulthood found the gifted singer drawing not only from such an esteemed collection of Brazilian stalwarts as Tom Jobim, Jorge Benjor, Gilberto Gil, and Rita Lee, but also the inescapable reach of international superstars like the Beatles and jazz great Chick Corea. Newfound and ever-growing respect from a number of notable peers quickly translated into coveted appearances in many of Brazil’s storied competitive music festivals, sparking a quest for sonic expansion that, in the winter of 2006, would propel Luanda beyond her country’s borders and on to her new home in Toronto, Canada.

Despite the understandable difficulties inherent in throwing herself into the unknown artistic reality of a completely foreign land, it wasn’t long before Luanda began making a name for herself in the Toronto music scene. Apart from becoming an early staple at west end hotspot Lula Lounge and being featured in the 2007 edition of Toronto’s annual BrazilFest, she was also called upon to perform in each of the first two years of Toronto’s now burgeoning LuminaTO festival. Luanda earned two interview features the following year on CBC radio’s Big City Small World and Q, with Jian Ghomeshi, for which she was asked to play alongside David Letterman’s Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer.

The burgeoning songstress was later joined for an appearance on CBC Radio 2’s Canada Live by her mother Irinéa, who was in town for a series of small shows. The fruits of that visit were revealed in Luanda’s resulting debut disc Aquarela, which was released in October ’09. Recorded with some of the top global music players in Toronto, the record featured not only Luanda’s own original compositions, but a few treats from her songwriting parents. That album received much praise throughout her growing fanbase, gaining regular rotation on the ever-supportive CBC radio and drawing legions of new followers to her many showcases both around Toronto and in other sections of the province. It also marked the end of a cycle in terms of the singer finding her feet in her new land, while helping to kick off a new phase of personal growth and exploration overseas in Europe.

Riding the success of her captivating full-length debut, Luanda set off the following year for a series of shows in London, Paris, Lisbon, and Madrid, a winding, informal European tour that would have a profound effect on her compositional boundaries and range of influences. The singer return from that musically enlightening travel experience with a fresh face and a burning desire to stride down a number of new paths with a handful of creative side projects. Among those new endeavors was the inventive jazz ensemble Sinal Aberto, formed in 2011 and featuring local talents Gordon Sheard, George Koller, Mark Kelso, and Maninho Costa. Luanda also lent her leaping vocals to the experimental Brownman Electryc Trio later that year, carrying her style further into the worlds of jazz, funk and bossa, something she would continue in her work with Guido Bassos, Janet Bunnet, bassist Ian De Souza.

Adding to her list of career high water marks with showings at the Prince Edward County, Brampton Jazz, and TD Toronto Jazz Festivals, she traveled back to both France and Portugal in early 2012 for a handful of shows before returning to Toronto to share the stage with famed Brazilian guitarist and songwriter Guinga. The fellow Rio native was a welcome addition to a growing lineup of other notable musicians who Luanda has also had the pleasure of performing with on Canadian soil, such as Carmen Souza, Badi Assad, and Pedro Luis.

All of these many explorations have imbued in Luanda sense of songcraft far removed from the MPB stylings of her earlier MPB days. The singer’s latest batch of compositions bring together all of the disparate and inspirational sounds encountered along her worldly travels, melding together influences running from quant bossa nova and comforting roots to more frenetic electronic and afro beat flavours. This newfound creative energy comes in preparation for her next full-length musical endeavor, an album to be released in 2015 that will no doubt bring about new changes and a next phase in the growth and stylistic development of this inspired talent.

 

* 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

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 Films

The Invasion of the Space Lobsters
Janet Perlman

2005 | 6 min
When an advanced race of giant lobsters from outer space land on Earth, no one can figure out why they've come. A complete failure to communicate on both ends leads to panic and pandemonium. Why are they here? What do they want? In this clever throwback to the ‘50s B-movie, a small neighbourhood learns the value of clear communication.

The Great Toy Robbery
Jeff Hale

1963 | 6 min
This short animation stars the world's most-wanted good guy: Santa Claus. In this spoof of the Wild West, good triumphs over evil, but not before the evil robbers and their innocent victims have romped through some odd situations.
 

Feature Films

Spaceballs
Directed by Mel Brooks

Written by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, Ronny Graham

PG | 1h 36min

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

 


Blazing Saddles

Directed by Mel Brooks

Written by Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger

R | 1h 33min
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
 

Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Fresh Wednesdays features a Farmers' Market at Nathan Phillips Square. Support your local farmers and pick-up your favourite fruits, vegetables, freshly baked breads, tarts and pies, cheeses, meats, flowers and more!

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.
 

Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
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.

Funky Lunchtime Soul

Featuring artists who are blazing new paths with their fresh perspective on jazz, funk and soul. A fun lunch-hour escape for funky souls to enjoy a captivating high-voltage blend of their favorite sounds.

 

Patricia Cano

PATRICIA CANO was born in Sudbury, ON where she grew up in a Peruvian household.  Upon graduating from University of Toronto in Theatre and Spanish Literature, Patricia spent five years working in Paris (France) with the world-renowned theatre company LE THÉÂTRE DU SOLEIL, during which time she was sent to Seoul (South Korea) for three months to study traditional South Korean folk singing and drumming.  After leaving the French company, Patricia spent 7 months in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) listening, playing, singing and feeling her way through the exceptional Carioca music scene!  

In 2009, Patricia launched her singing career here at home with her debut album called "This is the New World", co-created - in four languages - with her Brazilian musical partner, Carlos Bernardo. This album won “Best Album – Solo artist” at the NOMFA 2011 (North Ontario Music & Film Award Conference).

Another very important musical influence in Patricia's artistic career is Tomson Highway, Canada's premiere Cree playwright and composer. Since 2001, Patricia has toured the world alongside Tomson Highway, singing and performing his songs and stories in a one-woman Cree cabaret.  From Montreal to Rio de Janeiro to Prague and beyond, this collaboration continues today.

Patricia was invited to join the National Arts Centre's English Theatre Company.  She starred in a Peterborough production, as well as a French National Arts Centre co-production, of Tomson Highway's newest one-woman musical THE (POST) MISTRESS.  

She is currently working on her second album.

Short:

Patricia Cano shares her rich cultural heritage with exceptional generosity, delving into her own repertoire of original works as well as a few traditional pieces, in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Influenced by South American folk forms such as Afro-Peruvian rhythms and samba, Patricia’s music is driven by the groove of jazz, and the soul of folk & blues. On stage, the energy that inhabits her is powerful to behold, and the breath, colour and textures of her voice change with every emotion expressed through her words and music.

 

* 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: College Park Courtyard
Address: 777 Bay St.
Admission: Free

A combination of delicious eats from local food trucks and vendors offered from 11 am to 2 pm at Nathan Phillips Square - perfect summer lunch hour escape.

For more information on Fresh Wednesdays or Tasty Thursdays, visit: toronto.ca/special_events.

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Nathan Phillips Square
Address: 100 Queen St W
Admission: Free

Born in Toronto, Sam Dickinson began playing guitar at the age of eight. He studied jazz during high school as part of the Humber College Community Music, followed by studies at New England Conservatory and Humber College.

He has studied with Emile D’eon, Mick Goodrick, Lorne Lofsky, Ben Monder, Joe Morris, David Occipinti, Ted Quinlan, Brad Shepik, and Geoff Young, and has shared the stage with Jerry Bergonzi, Jack DeJohnette, Pat LaBarbara, Kirk MacDonald, and Danilo Perez. A recipient of the Steve’s Music “Outstanding Guitarist Award” two years in a row, he also received five gold awards at Musicfest Canada.

While primarily a jazz player, Sam enjoys rock, Brazilian music, and other styles, and incorporating everything into his jazz playing. Having recently relocated to Montreal, Sam will begin a master’s degree at McGill University in the fall.

Music Charge $12.00

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

Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square

Boogat
Splitting his time between Montreal and Mexico City, Boogat came to national attention with his 2016 JUNO Award for World Music Album of the Year with Neo​-​Reconquista. Having earned his chops in Quebec City’s hip-hop scene, he has constantly reinvented himself across his prolific discography and unique artistic approach. His forceful and witty rapping seamlessly blends with programmed and live instrumentation and crosses genre boundaries including cumbia, reggaeton, salsa, hip-hop, worldbeat, tropical bass and more. Proof of his adventurousness lies not only in his music but also in the list of other boundary-defying artists with whom he’s worked: turntablist Kid Koala, Afro-futuristic electro-beat artist Pierre Kwenders, Quebecois pop star Marie-Mai, Argentinian electronic producer Mati Zundel and more.

boogat.com
Watch “El Lobo

Los Poetas
From Toronto and Vancouver by way of Chile, El Salvador and Argentina, the three members of Los Poetas come together and bring a Latino experience soaked in hip hop culture. The group speaks to the struggles and injustices that exist in their homeland and their duty to preserve their Latin roots through beats and rhymes. Employing “Spanglish,” the trio fluently incorporates both English and Spanish in their music like no others, allowing them to bridge the gap between the Americas – and beyond. Skilled in the trade of that ol’ boom-bap, “Los Poetas” are true masters that represent the voice of the youth unheard.

wearelospoetas.com/

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

Friday, July 29 from 11am -  3pm

Main floor, Cosmetics area & the main entrance facing the Toronto Eaton Centre

Join us to celebrate everyone’s favourite beauty staple…the Lipstick! Meet our team on Queen Street for some great treats & visit the cosmetics department for lipstick inspired sweets, while you make your own mural on a virtual graffiti wall. Also, stock up on your favorite lipstick as every cosmetic counter has a special in store for you. Offers also available on www.thebay.com.

 

Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Toronto Eaton Centre

Since completing her studies at Humber College in Toronto, Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she is found performing regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, The Toronto Rhythm Initiative, The Vipers, and Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band.

Early choral training, and a knack for picking out harmony nurtured a deep love for singing with others, and Sophia can often be found collaborating with other vocalists – including Terra Hazelton, Julie Michels, Alex Samaras and Tyler Yarema. From 2008-2013, she worked with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERAtion KIDS outreach program, and during her tenure worked with close to 2000 elementary aged students in Toronto creating music and opera, as well as instructing two of their choruses for children as young as 3. Her most recent recording Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia: Alive at Musideum was released in 2012. She is also heard on numerous other recordings – fronting two albums by The Vipers, and as a featured guest on Adrean Farrugia’s Ricochet (JUNO Award nominee, Contemporary Jazz), Brandi Disterheft’s Debut (JUNO Award winner, Traditional Jazz), as well as recordings by The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Barksdale, Mike Fields, Chuck Jackson and many others.

Sophia Perlman – vocals
Adrean Farrugia – piano
Brendan Davis – bass
Chris Gale – saxophone
Jeff Halischuk – drums

Music Charge $15.00

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

This one-of-kind event will showcase all the cultural aspects of African people. Experience high life music and hip hop. This is a 'must see' festival for the summer.

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

Since completing her studies at Humber College in Toronto, Sophia Perlman has become a fixture of the Ontario jazz and blues scene. Her musicality, old-soul voice and skill as an improviser have made her a first-call featured singer with some of the top ensembles and musicians in the country. In addition to performing and touring with her own quartet, she is found performing regularly with numerous artists and ensembles, including Adrean Farrugia, The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, The Toronto Rhythm Initiative, The Vipers, and Chuck Jackson’s Big Bad Blues Band.

Early choral training, and a knack for picking out harmony nurtured a deep love for singing with others, and Sophia can often be found collaborating with other vocalists – including Terra Hazelton, Julie Michels, Alex Samaras and Tyler Yarema. From 2008-2013, she worked with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company’s OPERAtion KIDS outreach program, and during her tenure worked with close to 2000 elementary aged students in Toronto creating music and opera, as well as instructing two of their choruses for children as young as 3. Her most recent recording Sophia Perlman & Adrean Farrugia: Alive at Musideum was released in 2012. She is also heard on numerous other recordings – fronting two albums by The Vipers, and as a featured guest on Adrean Farrugia’s Ricochet (JUNO Award nominee, Contemporary Jazz), Brandi Disterheft’s Debut (JUNO Award winner, Traditional Jazz), as well as recordings by The Toronto Jazz Orchestra, The Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra, Jesse Barksdale, Mike Fields, Chuck Jackson and many others.

Amanda Tosoff – Piano
Brendan Davis – Bass,
Ernesto Cervini – Drums
Mike Malone – Trumpet

Music Charge $15.00

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

Filled with crazy bike stunts, fantastic live music and delicious food - You will want to be here! The Victorious Festival also carries a great message, as every year Land of Hope partners with a fantastic charitable organization to raise awareness and an provide an opportunity to engage with a noble cause. This year they will be honouring UNICEF.

For more information, please visit www.victoriousfestival.ca

Time: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

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