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 August 2016 

The Allison Au Quartet – Fresh off their Forest Grove CD release US/Canadian Tour, the 2016 Juno winner for “Best Jazz Album: Group” Allison Au Quartet comes to Music Mondays to perform selections from the album along with a selection of Jazz standards.

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.

 

CaneFire

Where sugar cane grows a canefire is known for its dynamism and intensity, sweeping all before it to prepare the fields for future growth.  So it is with Toronto’s CaneFire — dynamic, intense and fertile — creating a new music fashioned out of a myriad of Caribbean traditions, jazz, and the original vision of bandleader, founder, pianist and composer – Jeremy Ledbetter.

CaneFire’s signature sound revolves around its unconventional use of the steelpan — Trinidad’s contribution to the world’s array of instruments, and the only petroleum byproduct that is actually good for you.  Under the hands of virtuoso Mark Mosca, the pan plays a leading role in CaneFire, taking its place alongside the horns at the front of a latin jazz combo.

Caribbean-flavoured Latin jazz (or is it Latin-flavoured Caribbean jazz?) is what the septet specialize in and they do it with fire and versatility.  Their unique sound blends the Latin and African folk traditions of the Caribbean with Trinidadian carnival and not so straight ahead jazz.  French Caribbean ‘zouk’, Puerto Rican plena, Brazilian samba and a variety of Cuban rhythms from ‘songo’ to ‘chachalokefun’, jazz, blues and all of it smothered in Trinidadian calypso and steel band.  The tunes are an intriguing mixture of influences from everywhere and the solos draw on the deep roots of the players, with the steelpan always bringing it all home. The band members hail from Canada, Cuba and Trinidad, and their accumulated training and performance credits are as impressive as they are diverse, from Percy Sledge to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

CaneFire was formed in 2005 by Ledbetter, who had cut his chops as musical director for Trinidadian calypso legend David Rudder.  Jeremy wanted to shatter the stereotypes associated with Caribbean music and particularly the steelpan.  Here this often-abused instrument is rescued from the sins of a thousand “island music” caricatures and plays its leading role with pride and integrity.

In recent years CaneFire has taken their unique brand of Caribbean Latin Jazz from Newfoundland to the Yukon, to South America and the Caribbean.  They have released two albums of original music, both of which have garnered rave reviews and seen time on radio charts in Canada and abroad.

In 2010 the band released their sophomore album, Pandemonium. The follow-up to their 2005 debut, Kaiso Blue, it embodies all the sizzle and twice the sophistication of its predecessor, as Canadian pianist/composer Jeremy Ledbetter leads an all-star cast through more of the hard-hitting, explosive Caribbean jazz that CaneFire has become known for.

Pandemonium opens with “The Madman’s Jig,” an outrageously energetic Latin jazz piece written in 27/4 time.  But in terms of pure unbridled energy, there is hardly anything out there to rival “Baptism by Fire,” CaneFire’s take on a hybrid Trinidadian church music called “gospelypso”. The album includes some New York-style latin jazz (“Nothing by Mouth”), a touch of reggae (“Two Cousins”), and a meeting of calypso and be-bop on “Donna Lee (Goes South)”. Three pieces are inspired by the birth of Ledbetter’s daughter Leila, to whom Pandemonium is dedicated: “Welcome Home,” a gentle ballad that combines Afro-Brazilian rhythm with Trinidad steelband; the playful “Little Bell”; and the bonus track, “If I Could Sing,” an astonishing singing debut by then five-month-old Leila.  A final song of note is the distinctly CaneFire cover of “Trini to the Bone,” Trinidad’s unofficial national anthem, voiced by none other than David Rudder, the soca superstar behind the original.

 

* 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

The Big Snit
Richard Condie

1985 | 9 min
This poignant and hilarious animated film perfectly captures the intersection of a domestic quarrel and a global nuclear war. An Oscar® nominee enjoyed by millions of fans, this film is a classic example of Richard Condie's off-the-wall humour.
 
 

Feature Film

Stripes
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Written by Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, Harold Ramis

R | 1h 46min
Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.

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.

Pocket Concerts

Praised by the Toronto Star for providing “…an intimacy that’s hard to find in a concert hall,” Pocket Concerts presents top-quality chamber music concert experiences in homes and offices all over Toronto. Since its inception in 2013, Pocket Concerts co-directors Rory McLeod and Emily Rho have been connecting musicians with audiences through accessible programming in a friendly, approachable environment. In just three years, Pocket Concerts has exploded in popularity, and it now presents about 20 concerts a year in the GTA. By bringing music directly into people’s lives, Pocket Concert engages the audience on a personal level to empower listeners. The receptions at the concerts allow audiences to meet each other and connect more directly with the artists. Pocket Concerts have been featured on CBC’s Metro Morning, Toronto Life’s Best of the City 2015, BlogTO, and the Toronto Star.

www.pocketconcerts.ca
 

* 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

After studying piano and guitar for 12 years at the Koffler Gallery through the Royal Conservatory of Music, Kayla Diamond is the most recent winner of Slaight Music’s “It’s Your Shot” contest. Her song “Crazy” was the first song she had ever written for herself (she had previously composed music for others) last July, and it was the song that got her to where she is now. July 3rd is actually the one year anniversary of the song! While taking a leave of absence from law school to pursue her passion for music, she is currently working on her EP with Slaight Music and Cadence Music Group. Kayla plays piano, guitar, drums, and has lent her vocals to popular DJ’s for many recently released EDM pop remixes world-wide, and has even gained recognition from Tiesto on his Sirius XM radio channel.

Socials:
Instagram/Twitter: @thekayladiamond

Soundcloud:
https://m.soundcloud.com/kaylardiamond

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kayladiamondmusic/

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $12

Harvesting Goodness: BROOKSIDE Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bars are thoughtfully crafted and extraordinarily delicious. BROOKSIDE Fruit & Nut Bars are made with rich dark chocolate, whole almonds, real fruit and other wholesome ingredients you can see and taste. Perfect for that satisfying afternoon snack.

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.

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.

Soul Stew

A fixture of the Toronto music scene, Soul Stew is made up of some of the finest musicians in Canada. Formed in 1990 by Toronto first-call studio musicians as the house band at the Bamboo, Soul Stew became the band synonymous with the College Street music scene with their 10-year residency at the College Street Bar.

The musicians in Soul Stew have collectively and individually performed and recorded with The Boss Brass, Gorillaz, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Butterfield, The Parachute Club, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Marc Jordan, Gino Vanelli, Tito Puente, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Aretha Franklin and Nelly Furtado, to name just a few. Playing a mixture of blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, a bit of reggae and a lot of Soul, they recall the classic sounds of the legendary studio recording bands like the Funk Brothers, The Swampers, the Hi Rhythm Section 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: 12:00 PM to 2:00 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.

 

THE HEARD Showcase featuring Shi Wisdom, Xolisa, Tanisha and Hunu

Spoke N’ Heard is a collective of artists, entrepreneurs and social innovators, united by our passion for social change and community empowerment, with a focus on the holistic progression of humanity through the arts. This organization was started out of a desire to provide youth and young adults a safe space to share their stories and experiences. Through our events, programs and campaigns we aim to spread awareness regarding mental health stigmatization and address issues of equity facing individuals from marginalized and racialized communities. The evening’s bill features jazz/hip-hop-influenced R&B artist – and Drake collaborator – Shi Wisdom, emcee and producer Xolisa, singer-songwriter Tanisha and R&B/Soul/roots reggae/neosoul singer-songwriter HuNu.

soundcloud.com/shi-wisdom-music
www.xolisamusic.com
tanishamusic.bandcamp.com
facebook.com/datgyaldeh
www.spokenheard.ca

 

* 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.


 

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

Ben Caplan
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. In the wake of Haligonian Ben Caplan’s second album, he's gained a following in more than a dozen countries from Australia to Europe and across North America. With his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling, with rough and textured tones that cut through crowded halls, and an enormous voice that roars louder than raucous crowds. Inspired in part by Eastern European and Jewish folk traditions, Caplan mixes older musical sensibilities with his own soul, straight from his hairy heart. Lyrically, he’s often edgy and dark, holding a mirror up to show us our nasty bits, singing about the ugliness and showing us that this darkness is the root of the sublime. His second album, Birds with Broken Wings, explodes with sounds both ancient and modern, with more than 30 musicians and even more instruments, combining acoustic sounds from around the world. It's all smoothly blended by the hottest international production team around. It's uncharted territory, and Caplan's leading the way.

bencaplan.ca
Watch - “Birds With Broken Wings

Tanya Kawaja
Newfoundlander Taryn Kawaja began performing at the age of 5, left her hometown at 17, and lived in Calgary and Toronto before settling Halifax, where she formed ambient/pop band KawajaBear. Following the band’s end in 2012, Kawaja devoted herself to her piano compositions, creating an entirely new repertoire of songs and poetry, re-emerging as a solo artist in 2013. Her dark resonating chord combinations, thick dramatic piano riffs and emotionally saturated vocals have been described as “sweet, haunting, and gorgeous,” evoking Fiona Apple and Grizzly Bear. Rooted in her rigorous classical background Kawaja creates a unique pop fusion that has been captivating audiences across the country.

tarynkawaja.bandcamp.com/

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

Visit Yonge-Dundas Square on August 6, 2016 to take part in Voices Of The Nations annual Christian music festival.

Time: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

Chelsea invites you to a free screening of Avatar, on their Market Garden patio. Food will be available on site for purchase and all proceeds from popcorn sales will go to SickKids Foundation.

Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Chelsea Hotel, Market Garden patio
Address: 33 Gerrard Street West

Come and celebrate India Day at Yonge Dundas Square on August 7, 2016. Come and experience great cuisine, culture and entertainment all day long.

More info: http://www.panoramaindia.org/

Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E

Stephanie Chua and Véronique Mathieu - As a much sought after collaborative pianist, Stephanie Chua has performed in some of Canada's most important contemporary ensembles including Trio Fibonacci, Toca Loca, and Contact Contemporary Music.  She performs regularly as a duo with violinist Véronique Mathieu, whose recent collaboration with composer Adam Scime was covered by the Strad Magazine, and successfully reviewed in Toronto. Their performance for Music Mondays will include Courante by Healey Willan and Extasis by Alice Ho.

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.

NFB Short Films

William Shatner Sings O Canada
Jacob Medjuck

2011 | 5 min

When William Shatner gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General, he shows appreciation as only Shatner can. In this short film, the most famous space cadet in showbiz takes helm of our heritage and treats us to a memorable rendition of Canada's national anthem.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

Canadian Famous
Kevin McMahon

2013 | 7 min

This short film is a tribute to Eric Peterson, one of Canada’s most accomplished actors. In a career spanning over 4 decades he has portrayed a broad range of memorable characters, from a World War I flying ace in Billy Bishop Goes to War to left-wing lawyer Leon Robinovitch in Street Legal (CBC TV) and the irascible Oscar Leroy in Corner Gas (CTV). Having secured a place in the nation’s cultural treasure trove, Peterson decides to express gratitude to the Canadians who prize his talents—and sets out, on foot, to thank every single one of them…

This film was produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

 

Feature Films

Wayne's World

Directed by Penelope Spheeris

Written by Mike Myers, Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

PG-13 | 1h 34min

Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.

 

 



The Ladies Man

Directed by Reginald Huldin

Written by Tim Meadows, Dennis McNicholas, Andrew Steele

R | 1h 24min
The Saturday Night Live character gets a big screen treatment.
 

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

Swing by during your lunch and test your dexterity and strength (while having a fun time) by doing the wheelchair obstacle course. As well, there will be amazing athletes who break the boundaries using wheelchairs in cool ways. We'd love for you to come out and show your support! Another way you can get involved is by rallying your friends together, forming a team and taking the Wheelchair Challenge on September 18th! To learn more and to sign-up visit www.sciontario.org/WC2016.

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

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.

 

CHEERFUL MUSIC FROM MADAGASCAR!!!  

Donné Roberts - Juno Award Winner        
Guitarist, singer and songwriter from Madagascar  


Donné Roberts is a passionate performer. When he hits the stage, he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd - even if they never heard his music before. Donné performs traditional Malagasy music with modern arrangement. His finger picking and very rhythmic guitar playing makes his sound like no one else’s. He sings in French, Russian, English and mainly in Malagasy, his mother tongue, from his birthplace of Madagascar. Yet, this never proves to be a barrier to the audience, a living proof that music truly does transcend language.

Donné Roberts came to wider recognition after he released his albums “Rhythm Was Born” and “Internation”, and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007.  

Donné was raised and educated in Moscow, Russia, and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Touring Canada, he introduces his music to new fans that might be unfamiliar with the kinds of rhythms his music conveys and his fusion of seemingly dissimilar sounds.

On this new album, the language combinations melt with his musical compositions to a great effect. The songs created for this project have a way of sounding familiar and new at the same time.  

donnerobertsinfo@gmail.com
www.donneroberts.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: 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

Making the best connections

Taoist Tai Chi® arts offer a powerful opportunity to unplug from our phones, tablets and computers, and reconnect with the world.

In the Taoist tradition, the health of a person depends on the connections between body, mind and spirit. Taoist Tai Chi® practice is more than just an exercise; it gives us the tools to renew these harmonious connections within ourselves which then ripple out to make the world a better place through our interactions with family, friends, and our communities.

Please come and connect with us and more than 1000 participants from 25 countries as we celebrate our International Awareness Day on August 11 from 9am till 2pm.

Schedule for the day:

9:00 a.m. Taoist Tai Chi® arts – demonstrations and free intro sessions

10:00 a.m. Greetings from Distinguished Guests

11:00 a.m. Taoist Tai Chi® arts – demonstrations and free intro sessions

11:30 a.m. Parade and Dragon Dance

12:30 p.m. Taoist Tai Chi® arts – demonstrations and free intro session

2:30 p.m. End

Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: Free

The Heavyweights Brass Band with MINOTAURS

The Heavyweights Brass Band
Whether receiving props from The Roots on Twitter, jamming with puppets on CBC Kids' Mamma Yamma, recording with the legendary Giovanni Hidalgo or being championed by influential DJ and tastemaker Gilles Peterson, The Heavyweights Brass Band enjoy crossover appeal and respect from music's elite. Inspired by the New Orleans brass-band tradition, the group keeps one foot firmly-rooted in the rich legacy of jazz while the other foot steps forward into the future. Like the music's originators, the Heavyweights are unafraid to incorporate influences from disparate areas of the musical spectrum, from pop hits of the day to original compositions, from R&B and funk throwbacks to the infectious rhythms of Latin America, all woven together with the thread of adventuresome sophistication. The band has shared the stage with such influential groups as The Roots, Trombone Shorty, Galactic and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and built up a loyal following. Their sophomore release, Brasstronomical, further emphasised their original compositions, revealing a stronger, bolder, funkier and more mature music that continues to grow.

Watch “Manteca” 
heavyweightsbrassband.com


MINOTAURS 
After three solo albums, MINOTAURS founder and frontman Nathan Lawr made the transition from guitar-slinging singer-songwriter to bandleader with 2010’s The Thing. Though the form has changed, the core remains: Lawr is a folk artist, and MINOTAURS is a folk band. But the “folk” here isn’t a genre. It’s about connecting with the community, mobilizing people, reflecting and questioning the world in a conscious and deliberate way. That might be more likely to happen in the context of a strummy acoustic number full of literal lyrics. But it could also be embedded in an eight-minute jam, beating to a pulse that makes it impossible to stay still. The idea that art can – should – make a difference is what links all of Lawr’s work, and defines MINOTAURS.

minotaursband.com
Watch “Gold Rush Lady

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Admission: Free

A one of a kind gastronomic event is taking over the heart of Toronto, one that promises to reveal the flavours of the Americas, local artists and talent: The PAN AMERICAN FOOD FESTIVAL

August 13th and 14th, the forth annual PAN AMERICAN Food Festival will showcase the best of the best food products, celebrating the great cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. The Pan American Food Festival (PAFF) will showcase restaurants, food producers, chefs and the variety of national and regional cuisines of the Western Hemisphere, with a spotlight on one country each year.

A cultural festival of art, music and folklore will enhance the food experience to celebrate the region’s diverse cultural expression.

Featured Country: This year, the featured country is Bolivia.

Culture and Art: We aim to promote all kinds of cultural activities, indoors and outdoors, to increase the feeling of magic. The PAFF will promote professional and community artists, featuring the music and folklore of the 41 Pan American countries.

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E

 

Website: www.panamfoodfest.com

Facebook: PanamericanFoodFestival

Twitter: PanamFoodFest
 

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.

 

Kashka

KASHKA is the ongoing folkpoptronica project of Toronto based musician Kat Burns. A prolific writer, Burns released three albums in her five years fronting Forest City Lovers before she retired the project in 2012. Not one to laze about, she collaborated mid-2012 with producer James Bunton (Ohbijou, Light Fires, Evening Hymns) on an LP called Vichada, under her new KASHKA moniker. The album garnered praise and she toured Canada and Europe and headed to Poland at the end of that year for a genre bending exploration of traditional instruments during a residency with Orkiestra Sw Mikolaj.  

Upon returning to Canada she began recording her second KASHKA album Bound with producer Leon Taheny (Rituals, Dusted, Beliefs) in Toronto. Shortly after they completed tracking the album, she was selected for a prestigious residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta, with top producers Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica), Shawn Everett (k.d. lang, the Like, Weezer) and musical mentors Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene) and during that two weeks she wrote and recorded brand new music, currently unreleased, under their guidance. While she was there, Bound was released and began to pick up speed. She is currently at work on a new album.

www.kashkamusic.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: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

Surrealism at Midday – Anastasia first performed for Music Mondays at the young age of 13! This summer she returns as a seasoned 17 year-old, during which time her concert schedules have taken her all over Europe - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia - the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, and the Kremlin. Her program will include F. Liszt- Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171; M. Ravel- Gaspard de la Nuit; and A. Scriabin- Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major, Op. 30.

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.

Mexico Amigo Mariachi Band with Amin Llaven Peon

Special Thanks to the Consulate General of Mexico in Toronto

Jorge Lopez was inspired to form his own Mariachi band after participating in the recording of Linda Ronstadt’s Las Canciones de mi Padre album along with acclaimed group Mariachi Vargas, and Mexico Amigo was born. Dedicated to preserving and bringing Mexico's native music to the public, the band performed for the President of Mexico on behalf of Canada during the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and has represented Canada at the annual Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi conference. Having performed at a range of venues across Toronto – the ROM, CNE, Harbourfront Centre, Nathan Phillips Square and more – they have also performed at the WOMAD Festival, the International Hispanic Festival and others. The band is a family affair with Lopez’s son Joao, and his wife, Yuri, performing together. Joining Mexico Amigo is acclaimed singer Amin Llaven Peon, lead vocalist of Mariachi Universitario, a Mariachi group based out of the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México in Mexico City, and a major promoter of mariachi music in Mexico.

http://www.mexicoamigo.ca/

 

* 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 Cat Came Back
Cordell Barker

1988 | 7 min
This hilarious Oscar®-nominated animation is based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won't stay away... Also won the 1989 Genie Award for best animated short film.
 

 


 

Feature Film

There's Something About Mary
Directed by Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Written by Ed Decter, John J. Strauss, Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

R | 1h 59min
A man gets a chance to meet up with his dream girl from highschool, even though his date with her back then was a complete disaster.
 

Time: 8:30 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

Please Please Take Me To Maple Leaf Gardens

August 17 - 8pm
Classic Albums Live: Beatles 1966 at Maple Leaf Gardens

Join us in celebrating the Beatles' last Toronto show with Classic Albums Live performing the 1966 set in its entirety, along with the band's greatest hits.

Not only has it been 50 years since the Beatles performed in Maple Leaf Gardens, but it’s been almost 20 years since anyone’s seen any concert at Maple Leaf Gardens. As part of Toronto’s celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last show at Maple Leaf Gardens, the stadium now known as Mattamy Athletic Centre is about to rock again to the sound of the original British Invaders. Classic Albums Live recreates that last Beatles Toronto show, performing the original set list in its entirety as well as hits from across the Fab Four’s catalogue.

For more information on Beatles 50 T.O. visit: toronto.ca/beatles50

Classic Albums Live and its roster of A-list musicians from across the country perform rock favourites exactly as you remember hearing them.

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Location: Ryerson's Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton St, Toronto
Website: http://www.mattamyathleticcentre.ca

 

Time: 8:00 PM

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 Dreamboats play the Beatles

In association with Beatles 50 T.O.

The Dreamboats bring back good ol’ fashioned rock n’ roll. With a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry and the Wonders, this quartet of handsome young Mississauga boys delivers a high energy, nostalgic show that has audiences dancing and singing the night away. A true passion for an era when ice cream cost a quarter, milk was delivered to the door and people danced to live music brings these four youngsters together to play music from long before their time. The Dreamboats capture this era at live shows through their angelic harmonies, rockin’ guitars, matching uniforms and contagious dance steps.

rock.thedreamboatsband.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: 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

TWO LIVE DEMOS AT 8:00 AM AND 12:00 PM!

Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will bring his awe-inspiring athletic skills, along with his massive 14 foot vert skateboard ramp, to Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square on August 18, 2016, celebrating the Canadian launch of his signature apparel, accessories and footwear brand at Walmart Canada. The Tony Hawk Lands in Canada event will feature Hawk and the talents of five renowned skateboarding heavyweights, Kevin Staab, Andy Macdonald, Amelia Brodka, Lincoln Ueda, and Evan Doherty. The athletes will entertain the crowd at 8:00am with a free 45-minute public vert demo on Hawk’s personal half-pipe with surprise appearances by Hawk. Then, at 12:00pm, Hawk and all five skaters will return to perform a bonus 45-minute demo. Both shows will include product giveaways and more.

As a skateboard innovator for over 30 years and one of the most influential pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding, Hawk is famously known for being the first to land a ‘900’ – a trick that involves performing two-and-a-half 360 degree spins in mid-air. Still a force to be reckoned with, 48 year-old Hawk wowed audiences this past June when he nailed the ‘900’ move that he first performed at the 1999 X Games.

Don’t miss a chance to catch this action sports superstar live in Toronto this summer!

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

The Massey Hall Band plays the Beatles with Special Guests

Imagine the kind of alternative big-band a guy like Tom Waits would put together. Then imagine they figured out a way to soak up all 120-plus years of Massey Hall history, and perform it, through a 21st-century filter. This should give you something of a sense of theMassey Hall Band, comprised of acclaimed adventurous players from across the jazz spectrum, reinterpreting and reinventing the music you thought you knew. From Lightfoot to Feist, Blue Rodeo to Constantines, Dylan to REM, the Band explores, expands and rewrites the Songbook. As a part of the city-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ last Toronto show, the Band turns to the Fab Four’s catalogue to reintroduce audiences to some of pop music’s most timeless work.

masseyhallband.com

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St E.

Time: 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

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.

 

The Arsenals

As part of Open Streets

The Arsenals 100% Kick-Ass Ska, aka The Arsenals, is a Toronto band formed in 1994 by Crash Morgan and his brother James Morgan. They named the band after their London hometown football club. Their first album "STOMP" was signed to MOON SKA Records, New York in 1995. After Crash Morgan's untimely passing while playing drums for Big Sugar in 1996, his family asked Dizzy Minott to keep the band going to honour Crash's memory. The original members included Crash and James Morgan on Lead Vocals, Seri Gee on Keyboards, Matt Ronson on Bass, Darren Edwards on Drums, Michael St. Clair on Guitar and Dizzy Minott on Trombone.

Today, The Arsenals are led by the energetic Dizzy Minott on Trombone with Juno winner Sonia Collymore-Dawes singing lead vocals. The band features a steady rotation of accomplished musicians including, David "Stushie" Jackson (keyboards), Dwight "Duke" Dawes (keyboards), Shane "Shaky J" Forrest (bass or electric guitar), Neil "Nemo" Morris (bass), Tony Barrett (guitar) and the drummers are, Sunray Grennan, Austin Rowe, Neison Hardy and Oniel Fuller. An Arsenals show will often feature a guest performer. Lately, a certain half Jamaican, half Australian vocalist has been entertaining the crowds with his unique style and towering presence. His name is Ra Lion. (They say he's raised on Jerk Kangaroo)

The Music is timeless, the show is entertaining. The Arsenals play the history of Jamaican Music, from authentic Studio One Ska and Rocksteady to classic Reggae. You will be treated to forgotten gems and modern songs played to the ska beat, a term the band calls "Ska-ter-izing" a tune. If you like Skatelites, Prince Buster, Alton Ellis, Jimmy Cliff and Desmond Dekker to name a few, you will be in for a skanking good time.

The Arsenals have performed with ska legend Derrick Morgan, Toots and the Maytals, Ernie Smith, Ziggy Marley, Third World, The Toasters, The Slackers, War, Ken Boothe, Sugar Minott, Bounty Killer, Skatelites Lord Tanamo and L.U.S.T. plus many more. The band performs regularly in and around Toronto, tours Canada and the U.S., is booked annually for festivals and frequently play private and corporate events.

 

* 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: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

Dueling Cellos - VC² are an innovative cello duo that bridge the gap between Ludwig Van and Van Halen. Comprised of multi-genre cellists Amahl Arulanandam and Bryan Holt, the Toronto-based duo seeks to present programs that are both artistically challenging and easily accessible to the casual concertgoer. They have performed in venues ranging from intimate pubs to Roy Thomson Hall and are constantly searching for new ways and spaces to bring art music to a wide variety of audiences. Their performance will feature works by master cello pedagogues and Canadian contemporary composers with a few added surprises.

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

August 22, 2016

A Special Night of moMusic and moMagic!!!
Don’t miss this special night of story wrapped in music and magic! 

What will make it so special? Well, you’ll experience four incredible musicians to entertain us all evening. There will be one mind-blowingly amazing magician who will perform his wizardry with us — and on us! Plus, it will be Michel’s moBirthday at midnight, so his friends are planning some extra surprises to keep the party going!

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/

Location: Hard Rock Cafe 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.

 

Yoser Rodriguez

Yoser Rodríguez has been Toronto’s premier salsa bassist since moving here from his native Cuba in 2003. Originally trained as a classical guitarist, Rodríguez is a versatile, communicative performer who is proficient on electric, upright and baby basses. He has also worked with crossover artists such as Andy Narell, Alex Cuba, Odessa-Havana, Hilario Duran, Jesse Cook, the Lula All Stars and Robert Michaels.
His new first album, Pollen, features a quartet that bridges the worlds of pop, world and jazz, drawing on the talents of some of Toronto’s finest Latin jazz players. With the potential to follow in the footsteps of fellow Latin Grammy-winner Alex Cuba, Rodríguez is a part of the next generation of genre-defying Cuban singer-songwriters.
 

* 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

Bob's Birthday
David Fine & Alison Snowden

1993 | 12 min

This film took home an Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film. When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, offbeat animated portrait of a frustrated dentist wrestling with the fundamental issues of life proves that birthdays (and surprise parties) can be very tricky indeed.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/ or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

Feature Fims

Tommy Boy

Directed by Peter Segal

Written by Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner

PG-13 | 1h 37min

 
An incompetent, immature, and dimwitted heir to an auto parts factory must save the business to keep it out of the hands of his new, con-artist relatives and big business.

Time: 8:30 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 Spandettes

Not Your Average Girl Group

The Spandettes are powerful and exciting vocal trio supported by a fiercely energetic 7 piece band. Their original music combines a classic 70’s soul-boogie approach with a fresh contemporary perspective drawing inspiration from disco, funk, dance pop, reggae, jazz and soul. Their songs come to life with 3-piece horn arrangements, and unique vocal harmonies crafted by the leading ladies of the band, Alex Tait, Maggie Hopkins, and Lizzy Clarke. This is not your typical girl group! These three unique front-women not only lead the band vocally, they also run the business end and compose most of the music.

Recently the band completed their much anticipated sophomore album, Sequin Sunrise with heavyweight producer, Justin Abedin. This album unfolds like a musical escape, weaving seamlessly from hard-hitting nufunk to more classic soul and disco sounds, to tropical island vibes, never missing a beat. Each song takes its own path, transporting the listener to a place where it’s always summer and the sequins are plentiful.  

Sequin Sunrise was released in Japan in August 2015 on their Japanese label P-Vine, Inc. records to rave reviews and instant fan loyalty. Their debut Japanese single, “Love Me Leave Me” is currently charting in the top 40 all over the Japan and has reached #1 on FM Northwave in Sapporo and #10 on the legendary J Wave Tokio Hot 100. The album will be released world-wide in the fall of 2015.

The band's debut release, Spandex Effect, was released world-wide in 2013 with great success, especially in Japan. The first and only vinyl pressing of Spandex Effect sold out quickly and is now a coveted collector’s item online, selling for up to three times the original price. Their debut single “Sweet & Saccharine” charted in Tokyo, reaching #11 on the J Wave Tokio Hot 100 list. CBC’s Errol Nazareth called Spandex Effect “… Energetic, Playful, Danceable and Topped With Three-Part Harmonies.... it’s is a Great Soundtrack to Summer”. Spandex Effect received substantial radio play in Japan, the U.K., Australia, and South America.

The Spandettes have been performing acclaimed live shows since 2008 and have continued to pack the dance floor in many of Toronto’s great live music venues such as The Harbourfront Westjet Stage, The El Mocambo, Wrongbar, The Supermarket, The Gladstone Hotel, and the Toronto International Jazz Festival. With a growing international fan base, the group has big plans for this upcoming fall release including their first international tour to Japan where they will be playing at the legendary Billboard Live venue in Tokyo on September 2nd, 2015. In a musical landscape where trends come and go like the wind, the timeless sound of The Spandettes truly stands out among the rest.
 

 

* 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

Pierre Kwenders with Casey Mecija

Pierre Kwenders
Pierre Kwenders, spokesman of modern Africa, humbly shares his rich cultural heritage through his music. With his progressive music coloured with Congolese rumba and Afro-electro beats, the singer explores an innovative path. His JUNO Award-nominated and Polaris Prize longlisted debut full-length Le Dernier Empereur Bantou is an ultimate cry of joy, employing Cajun rhythms, mythical characters and childhood musings and reminiscence along with nods to his own musical background: South-African Afropop artist Johnny Clegg, and music from the ‘80s generally. Chosen as one of Radio-Canada's 2014-2015 Révélations in the world music category, the Montrealer of Congolese origin brings together a unique and powerful mix of sounds and rhythms.

pierrekwenders.com/
Watch “Sorry”

Casey Mecija
Casey Mecija has been a fixture in Toronto’s music scene for the last decade. In the mid 2000s, she helped turn her home into a community hub, hosting basement concerts that would help to launch the careers of some of Canada’s most popular artists, while fundraising for the local foodbank. She fronted the orchestral-pop band, Ohbijou, which was born out of the spirit of the home, founded on friendship and a desire to make music and art that inspired social change. By 2013, Ohbijou had become wrapped-up in the industry it originally hoped to shirk and, exhausted by compromise, touring and the pressures of appealing to markets, the band went on hiatus. Mecija returned to school, completing a Masters and PhD at the University of Toronto. Currently the host of CBC radio’s The Doc Project, Mecija has released her first solo album, Psychic Materials. It’s a return to her DIY roots, bravely addressing queerness, diaspora, history and love – “an atmospheric saga,” wrote Exclaim!in their 8/10 review. In her insistence that art has a place in social movements, and her fearless ability to match melody to desire, again, she offers her listeners assurance that music can give language to emotions not yet named.

caseymecija.com/
 

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

The Toronto Cider Festival is back again at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, August 27, 2016 and we’re bringing cottage life to the heart of Toronto. Kick back and relax in our Muskoka chairs, as we showcase 40 varieties of refreshing quality ciders including amazing craft ciders from Ontario, across Canada, and around the world.

This year's festival features a cottage lounging area, delicious food pairings from some of Toronto’s tastiest food trucks. To add to your experience, there will be live entertainment, contests, games, and a photo booth for you to capture some of your best memories from this end of summer festival.

Last year was a SOLD OUT success. Don’t miss your chance to attend the 2nd Annual Event. Purchase your ticket online to reserve your spot before tickets sell out. General Admission Ticket Price is $30. Tickets are available at https://torontociderfestival.eventgrid.com/

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

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. East
Admission: $30

GALA 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

David Braid - Hailed in the Canadian press as “A jazz genius to call our own” (Macleans Magazine), Steinway Piano Artist David Braid was recently awarded Jazz Pianist of the Year in Canada. He has released nine recordings, garnering six Juno nominations and two Juno awards; he is also a multi-National Jazz Award Winner and a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts' “JazzID Award.” Join us to hear David perform on our new Steinway “B” piano, in a Gala Music Mondays 25th Anniversary Concert, presented by Steinway Piano Gallery Toronto. There will be a reception following the concert.

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.

 

Ammoye

Rooted in the reggae music of her native Jamaica, two-time JUNO Award nominee Ammoye’s music encompasses reggae, dancehall to gospel, soul and R&B with breathtaking ease and presence. The multi-award winning artist started out singing in her local church choir in Clarendon, Jamaica, regaling the neighborhood with her own songs and poems from the top of the mango tree in her backyard. She moved to Toronto in her late teens, and, after singing in her church group, she established the Voices of the Underground Artist Movement, providing a platform for aspiring artists. Her debut album came in 2010, and in 2013 and 2014 her albums were nominated for Reggae Recording of the Year JUNOs. She’s performed at high-profile events worldwide, including EXIT Festival (Serbia) and shared the stage with artists including Ziggy Marley, Freddie McGregor, Romain Virgo and Beenie Man. Her upcoming album, The Light, features collaborations with legends Sly & Robbie, songwriter Mikey Bennett and Germaine Donovan of Penthouse Records.

 

* 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

Runaway
Cordell Barker

2009 | 9 min
Cordell Barker, director of the Oscar®-nominated films The Cat Came Back and Strange Invaders, is back with Runaway. Set to the rousing music of Ben Charest (Triplets of Belleville), this animated short takes you on a journey that is both funny and disastrous.
 
 
Ashes of Doom

Don Arioli & Grant Munro

1970 | 1 min
This short film was produced for The Department of National Health and Welfare to warn against the dangers of cigarette smoking. Set against the backdrop of a typical '60s-era horror movie, a young woman is seen lighting up cigarette after cigarette. When a vampire appears at the stroke of midnight, she faints from sheer terror. But when the vampire closes in for the kill, he is hit with a nasty surprise...
 
Feature Films

Airplane!
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Arther Hailey, John C. Champion, Hall Bartlett
PG | 1h 28min

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.


Dracula: Dead and Loving It

Directed by Mel Brooks
Written by Mel Brooks, Rudy De Luca, Steve Haberman, Bram Stoker
PG-13 | 1h 28min

Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

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

Internationally renowned jazz artist and composer, Peter Cheslie (orig.Piotr Cieslikowski) is one of Poland’s leading tenor and soprano jazz saxophonists, who recorded 13 albums, toured with such jazz greats as saxophonist Scott Hamilton, Ronnie Cuber, hammondist Doctor Lonnie Smith, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and who was a featured soloist of a Big Band led by legendary drummer – star of Count Basie’s Big Band – Duffy Jackson.

As of 2013 Peter has settled with his wife – vocalist Eva Green – in Toronto ON, and became a permanent resident in Canada. He is active on the Toronto jazz scene, performing and recording with top Canadian jazz musicians, such as: Jan Jarczyk, Robi Botos, Joe Bowden, Kingsley Etienne, Jake Wilkinson, Morgan Childs and many others. His Canadian album debut has just been recorded with Toronto drummer – Joe Bowden, as well as Robi Botos on piano, and Louis Botos Jr. on bass, Pat LaBarbera on tenor sax as a special guest. Released in January 2015.

In December of 2008, Peter was awarded by the Ministry of Culture in Poland, with an Honorary Order for Meritorious Service for the Polish Culture.

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

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