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 August 2017 

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Dancing Fool

Pack your dancing shoes in your lunchbox and let the danceable music of the Americas take you away. Let this feel good cultural music of Toronto make you forget about being at work. Tuesdays this summer at Trinity Square Park will feature Latin, Americana, Salsa, Reggae, and Samba music that will have you up out of your seat and calling in “sick.”

 

Sinners ChoirSinners Choir

The Sinners Choir is a trio comprised of three generations of seasoned Toronto sidemen: bassist Terry Wilkins, drummer Adam Warner and guitarist Adam Beer-Colacino. The band takes each player out of their sideman role and allows them to showcase themselves as singers and composers with a resonant 3 part harmony as an added bonus.

The age range in this band reflects the age range of their fans. This is not an every day occurrence in this music business. The band shows  a deep understanding of the last hundred years of Roots/Americana and presents itself with both a simultaneously gritty and sweet approach. The depth of original repertoire is a testament to having 3 composers within. The band is capable of playing a full concert length presentation of wholly original music.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSinnersChoir/

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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Please Excuse my Jazzy Funky Soul

A place to showcase the cutting edge of Toronto’s vibrant Jazz, Funk and Soul scene. These artists have been curated to transport you back to a time when Jazz and Funk were dominating force on the streets. Every Thursday this summer let the dimly lit, dingy, smoky Jazz club vibe meet you for lunch outside at College Park Courtyard.

 

4SKOR4SKOR

4SKÖR is a dynamic and sophisticated vocal quartet that incorporates tight harmonies and smooth arrangements in an energetic and infectious style all their own. The group is equally at home performing a cappella or with their trio. Their unique sound is modern with hints of jazz, latin, R&B, funk, pop and fusion. Sara, Pete, Kylie and Sean crossed paths during high school in diverse music competitions and ensembles while studying and building their professional music careers.

As 4SKÖR, they have performed at various events in and around the Toronto area including The Beaches Jazz Festival, Oakville Downtown Jazz Festival, Musicfest Canada, The Sing! Vocal Arts Festival, Jazz Bistro, 120 Diner, Villa Caledon Inn and The Distillery District with Heather Bambrick. They are looking forward to performing some newly commissioned arrangements to be featured on their debut album!

https://www.facebook.com/4skor/
https://twitter.com/4skor_Music
https://www.instagram.com/4skor/


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 444 Yonge St
Admission: Free

On Friday, August 4, “citizen of the world,” Zaki Ibrahim will find herself in the Heart of the Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square showing audiences why she’s a Juno-nominated R&B singer.

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change

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

A one day event where Christians from all walks of life, ethnicity and denominations come together to celebrate the love of Christ as one in the centre of the City. Come and enjoy food, music, worship and different art forms at Yonge-Dundas Square this summer on August 6th!

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

A fast-rising star in the Toronto jazz community, pianist Nick Maclean brings his Herbie Hancock influenced quartet to Toronto’s Jazz Bistro performing inspired originals and lesser known jazz gems. The group is preparing for a fall release of their debut album which was recorded at Canterbury Studios in May 2017. This performance will feature many of the tunes which will appear on the record – all of which have have received an enormous amount of attention and detail leading up to the group’s recording session.

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

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian community in Toronto are proud to present the very first ever INDONESIAN STREET FESTIVAL at Yonge - Dundas Square!

On Sunday, August 6th, 2017, join us in the cultural celebration of the world’s 4th most populous country, where more than 258 million people of 300 ethnic tribes reside! From 11 AM to 6 PM, we will transform YDS into a vivid and colourful site where every corner will be bursting with Indonesian artistic expressions, from Javanese elegance to Balinese vivacity. Indonesian Street Festival will give you the opportunity to delve and explore further a country with a vast cultural heritage.

Indulge your senses with our bold yet enchanting performances, and enrich your palate with Indonesian staple food! Let’s not forget to add those collectibles with our impeccably crafted artworks that will also be sold at the event! And for those of you who plan to take a vacation, why not stop by at our tourism booth and get some impressive insights on our most sought-after and off-the-beatenpath destinations?

So, mark your calendar and come join us on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at YongeDundas Square from 11 AM to 6 PM! It will be a jovial event for the whole family to enjoy!


See you there!

Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Address: 1 Dundas St. E.
Admission: Free

Naturally gifted and highly trained, Joanna Majoko has been captivating audiences with her voice since she was 14. Born to German & Zimbabwean parents, Joanna grew up in a culturally diverse home – a home that moved from Germany to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and finally to Canada in 2001.

Growing up, she was exposed to a rich practice of music and dance, participating in everything from choirs, musicals, drum ensembles, to traditional Zimbabwean dance groups. At this point, she began to receive notice for her vocal abilities. After relocating to Central Canada, Joanna continued to involve herself in the Arts. A growing love of jazz brought her to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Jazz Studies – Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in the Spring of2014.

Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Joanna is versatile within many musical genres. She has worked with numerous accomplished Canadian and American recording artists including Otis Brown III, Ulysess Owens Jr., Michael Olatuja, Ron Paley, Ismaila Alfa, The Lytics, Curtis Nowosad, Steve Kirby & The Oceanic Jazz Orchestra, Quincy Davis, and Derrick Gardner and many more.

In addition to her talents as a vocalist, Joanna is also a passionate composer and arranger. She achieves a unified and unmistakable sound characteristic of smooth syncopations, airy melodies, colourful rhythms and a sophisticated harmonic palette. In August of 2015, Joanna participated in a 3-week artist residency as part of the “Banff International Workshop in Jazz & Creative Music” on full scholarship, with support from the Manitoba Arts Council. Her time in Banff, Alberta allowed her to work closely with jazz luminaries such as Vijay Iyer, Billy Hart, Somi, Becca Stevens and Mark Turner, exploring and expanding the influences, textures and sounds she attempts to present in her sound.

Joanna now calls Toronto home and continues to build a name for herself as a solo voice, performing both locally and internationally. Most recently, Joanna’s vocal talents awarded her the opportunity to travel to New York City to take part in the 2017 New York Winter Jazz Festival, alongside critically acclaimed jazz artist/drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr. and his Songs of Freedom project. In the Fall of 2015, she was fortunate enough to travel abroad to France, touring and performing with Blue Note recording artist and New York-based drummer, Otis Brown III.

It is the union of her cultural distinction, pure tone, sweet lyricism and cunning compositional abilities that excite her audiences and help define her sound

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $10

View of Music World

View of Music World at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets, 1975. Photo courtesy of City of Toronto Archives.

Discover the history of Yonge Street, Toronto’s 220+ year-old road and major artery. This tour explores the architecture of 10 key sites along a portion of downtown Yonge Street that highlight its development from a strategic military road in 1793, to a strip of vice in the early 20th century, to the shopping and cultural destination it is today.

Start Point: 20 Grosvenor Street, YMCA
End Point: 60 Queen Street West, Old City Hall
Cost: $10 donation suggested
Tour times: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

To Pre-register, click here!

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Please Excuse my Jazzy Funky Soul

A place to showcase the cutting edge of Toronto’s vibrant Jazz, Funk and Soul scene. These artists have been curated to transport you back to a time when Jazz and Funk were dominating force on the streets. Every Thursday this summer let the dimly lit, dingy, smoky Jazz club vibe meet you for lunch outside at College Park Courtyard.

 

Sunshine & Good PeopleSunrise & Good People

The power trio of childhood friends, Tsayffo (lead vocals, guitar, percussions) and Mastermind (lead guitar, vocals,) along with Mercury Brown (drums, loops, vocals) overlay and cross-cut music, culture and insight, hard-won through first-hand experience of travelling from their Montreal home to India and beyond. Their music reflects the strength of spirit overcoming the chaos of the human condition – such as the state of the Tibetan Buddhist monks whom they made friends with in Dharamsala.

A new album is in the works and will be released in advance of festivals and tour dates for this year. In addition to regular touring, the band showcased at MIDEM (France), Canadian Music Week, NXNE (Toronto), Pop Montreal as well as headlining concerts for ROCK FOR TIBET. Since their early forays to raise awareness and support for displaced Tibetans, with the growing spread of people displaced by government forces, Sunrise & Good People shine a light through their music on all fronts and across all borders.

https://www.facebook.com/sunriseandgoodpeople/
https://www.youtube.com/user/Sunriseandgoodpeople
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7IdEOm1BqlkDaOxadherCZ?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open&play=true
https://soundcloud.com/sunrise-and-good-people-1
https://twitter.com/sunriseandgp


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 444 Yonge St
Admission: Free

Over 47 years experience ... because it works! Hundreds of participants from around the world will demonstrate the Taoist Tai Chi® arts. This year is the 47th anniversary of our organisation, which owes its success to the effectiveness of Taoist Tai Chi® practice. Our participants experience profound health benefits. There will be free introductory sessions for the public and colourful dragon dances.

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

Sharon Musgrave is a soul & jazz singer-songwriter born in the Uk and raised in Canada. She’s recorded and toured with top notch jazz musicians like Julian Joseph in the UK. She wrote a top 10 hit based on George Gershwin’s jazz standard “Fascinating Rhythm” in the 90’s. She graces the stage with Hamilton’s jazz musicians: Tom Forsyth/Guitar, Dave Field/Bass, and Peter Grimmer/Drums.

Although Sharon is mostly known for her soul repertoire she’s bringing with her a night’s dedication to the authenticity of the jazz/blues genre with her personal touch, unadulterated soul, accompanied by Fascinating Rhythms and smooth grooves.

Sharon’s career shot to prominence in the early 90’s with Bassomatic. She left Canada for the UK, where she was born, to pursue a career in music. She achieved international chart status with the hit “Fascinating Rhythm” on (Virgin Records) which Sharon performed and wrote with William Orbit. In 1992 Sharon was asked by WEA Records in the UK to work with jazz pianist Julian Joseph on his “Language of Truth” album, performing Curtis Mayfield’s, “The Other Side of Town.” The first single off the album.

After a career span of 10 years of touring all parts of the world, Singing in Commercials and constantly honing in on her writing abilities, she returned to Canada to settle and have a family. But her calling for creativity and performance brought her back on the stage, when she produced her first solo album a smooth jazz project “Selah” in Canada.

The video of her Canadian solo release “Selah” shot up to the top 20, on Canada’s Bravo Video chart count down. She performed throughout Canada after making a debut performance at the Toronto Jazz Festival at Harbourfront Center in Toronto.

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

On Friday, August 11th, Chevrolet Indie Fridays presents Alx Veliz! Alx Veliz is an artist whose emergence comes at a great time in music – a time when dancing rules, where cultures embrace, and when optimism rides high. Alx Veliz brings an electrifying, synth-driven pop with Latin rhythm which calls to one’s heart. More than that, Dancing Kizomba is a declaration and a call to the dancefloor.

Also featuring performaces from Michelle Treacy and Tatyana!

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change

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

Solroc Music Presents: “The R&B Jazz Songbook” Ft. Carlos Morgan @ “The Jazz Bistro”; 251 Victoria St. in Toronto on Friday Aug. 11th & Saturday Aug. 12th. Show Time: 9 PM. Adm: $12.00 in advance $15.00 at the door.

Backed by “The Soul Patrol Jazz Group”; Darryl Joseph Dennie (Piano, Co-Arranger, Co-Producer & Musical Director), Ross MacIntyre (Upright Bass), Jessy Ryan (Saxophone) and Chris Wallace (Drums) Solroc Music and multi award winning recording artist, Carlos Morgan, perform his newly created, Jazz interpreted renditions of classic R&B and Pop songs, as well as, performing his award winning music and favorite Jazz standards. You’re not going to want to miss these concerts.

Book your reservations for dinner and/or the show call 416-363-5299.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

PerlHazePerlHaze

After years of chance encounters, near misunderstandings and missed opportunities, Toronto based singers Terra Hazelton and Sophia Perlman discovered a mutual love for music, harmonies and songwriting that went far beyond the borders of their respective jazz careers.

Since the band’s Christmas baptism by blizzard, PerlHaze has been studying the songwriters who inspire them most taking their first steps as aspiring songwriters, and learning to play (at press time) six instruments between them, and fine-tuned their uncanny vocal blend creating harmonies on Joanne Mackell’s 2013 release Every Day & Night and Jeff Gladstone’s debut album Hell of Girl, which was produced by Terra, and recorded in her Toronto loft. They also appear in the album’s first music video, One Little Accident Away, which was selected to screen at the No Fear Film Festival, and was an Editor’s Pick for Noir Nation.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbbPYva7nzuwfkhw-2sClA/videos
https://www.facebook.com/PerlHaze


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

The Pan American Food & Music Festival (PAFMF) is Canada’s only annual festival that celebrates the Western Hemisphere’s rich diversity of cuisine, music and art. The fifth annual PAFMF will be presented August 12 and 13, 2017, with the spotlight on Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary.

This free event that brings together Canada and the 40 other countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean is presented annually in Toronto to reinforce the city’s cultural diversity.

Website: http://panamfest.com/

Admission: Free

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Dancing Fool

Pack your dancing shoes in your lunchbox and let the danceable music of the Americas take you away. Let this feel good cultural music of Toronto make you forget about being at work. Tuesdays this summer at Trinity Square Park will feature Latin, Americana, Salsa, Reggae, and Samba music that will have you up out of your seat and calling in “sick.”

 

The CoalitionThe Coalition

The Coalition is a 5-piece band hailing from the northern GTA. Playing funky and soulful rhythms, the band can turn any song into something you will want to move your body to. The Coalition is a group of talented musicians and friends, new and old. Bassist Ryan Chasmer brings an articulate reggae rhythm, vocalist Cassondra Marie introduces soft and mellow harmonies to the island rhythms brought by David Sicard’s rap and spoken word. Beats are held down by vocalist Dale Greenidge, and it’s all brought together by guitarist Charles Delfs. Pulling influence from the likes of Bob Marley, Micheal Jackson and Amy Winehouse, The Coalition puts an urban, tropical spin on a wide range of music.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thecoalitonband/
Instagram: instagram.com/thecoalitionband
Twitter: Twitter.com.thecoalitionto

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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Please Excuse my Jazzy Funky Soul

A place to showcase the cutting edge of Toronto’s vibrant Jazz, Funk and Soul scene. These artists have been curated to transport you back to a time when Jazz and Funk were dominating force on the streets. Every Thursday this summer let the dimly lit, dingy, smoky Jazz club vibe meet you for lunch outside at College Park Courtyard.

 

Justin BacchusJustin Bacchus

Toronto native Justin Bacchus is an artist, performer, and motivational speaker, and has been able to use these gifts to touch many over the last decade.
As a vocalist Justin Bacchus brings versatility, style, and soul to each performance and captivates audiences with his energy and enthusiasm. A true entertainer, Justin has had the honor of sharing stages with many Canadian greats like Joe Sealy, Jackie Richardson, Dione Taylor, Matt Dusk, and Deborah Cox. Currently, Justin performs regularly at several venues around Toronto, especially frequenting the stage at The Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar with 'The Justin Bacchus Collective'.

Twiter: @justinbacchus


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 444 Yonge St
Admission: Free

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Os TropiesOs Tropies

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

Twitter: @ostropies


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: McGill Granby Parkette
Address: 415 Yonge St.
Admission: Free

Geneviève Marentette – Vocals

Robert G Scott – Piano

Eric St-Laurent – Guitar

 

Geneviève Marentette lived in Hong Kong for 8 years, then Europe and now has returned to her hometown of Toronto. In March 2015 she released a six-song EP entitled “Gigi”. She was featured in a duet with Hall of Fame vocalist David Clayton-Thomas on his latest record of jazz standards. In 2015 she produced a concert called “Cover One Another” at Lula Lounge which featured Jazz vocalists performing each others original tunes and she has held a weekly residency at 120 Diner since October 2015.

“A lovely muse of music…a femme fatale from film noir…jazz improvisation at it’s best…an honest little girl with a great sense of humour that the world’s been waiting for. That’s Genevieve “GIGI” Marentette.”

 

Robert G Scott is an award-winning Juno-nominated pianist, composer, songwriter and lyricist.

His music has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, The Today Show, Late Show with Craig Kilborne, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, The X-factor UK, and many others. Robert has also composed scores for CTV, CBC, City-TV, HGTV, Comedy Network. As a pianist he has played, written and recorded with such artists as the late Jeff Healey, Michael Bublé, Colin James, Tom Wilson, Kim Stockwood, Jane Birkin, Bob Rock and more. 

Robert wrote Michael Bublé’s hit single, “Hollywood”. The song reached #1 in both Canada and the United Kingdom, and the EP was Billboard’s #1 adult contemporary album for several weeks after its release. Robert also played the piano and sang the falsetto background vocals on “Hollywood”, which was produced by the legendary Bob Rock.

 

Born and raised in Montreal, Eric St-Laurent studied improvisation in New York before moving to Berlin where he toured with both the big and small names of the German and Scandinavian music scenes.

Winner of the SOCAN award for Best Original Composition at the Montreal Jazz Festival and The Best Band Award at the Vienne (France) Jazz Festival, St-Laurent has been featured on over 50 recordings, produced multiple albums, composed scores for short films and theatre, and toured extensively in Europe and Canada.

Since returning to Toronto, Canada, St-Laurent has recorded and toured with Till Bronner, Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Rebekka Bakken, Slide Hampton, Luc de la Rocheliere, Sylvie Paquette, Richard Underhill, David Binney, Jojo Mayer, Carlos Del Junco, Bernard Primeau and represented Canada at the International Guitar Summit in Nice (MIDEM).

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

On Friday, August 18th, Chevrolet Indie Fridays presents #NoNeon! #NoNeon is a Toronto event series curated by Hunter Siegel which focuses on shining a light on new, local and international talent. #NoNeon has paved the way in Toronto for electronic, bass and unique dance music not found anywhere else in the city since its inception.  #NoNeon has become known as a tastemaker event having broken ground for many artists as their first official performance in Toronto.

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change

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

Faith Amour- Vocals

Eric St.Laurent – Guitar

Pat Collins – Bass

The timeless music of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald will be presented by award-winning recording artist & songwriter Faith Amour. Faith is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist on a mission to bring Ella’s timeless music and story of perseverance to the world during her centennial year – to 100 audiences from 2017 to 2018 to be exact, through “The Centennial Project”. The project consists of 100 concerts, features and speeches across Canada and the U.S. Faith is an award-winning recording artist and composer who trained in upstate New York and started her jazz career in the Southwest United States.

The music made famous by Ella Fitzgerald will own the night. Sets 1 & 2 are artist selected and set 3 is chosen by the audience- August 18th titles H – N.

A portion of each show ticket sold will go to help local children in financial need – Giveback Pack 

To find out more about Faith click here

To Pre-purchase tickets to this event click here.

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Jazz Bistro
Address: 251 Victoria St.
Admission: $12

The rich Latin Jazz genre evolved as the result of a fusion of the folk and popular music traditions of the Spanish speaking Caribbean, particularly Cuba, with the great American jazz tradition. While not as well known to jazz enthusiasts, the same type of fusion has also been taking place in the French, English and Dutch Caribbean, with each cluster of islands adding its own particular rhythmic vibe, melodic flavors and tonal colours to the mix.

Kalabash is a contemporary jazz sextet based in Toronto, that focuses on using the steel drum as a lead voice in a jazz ensemble, while experimenting with the layering of rich jazz harmonies over the folk and popular rhythms of the Caribbean, from Reggae, Son and Salsa in the north, to Calypso, Soca, Rapso and Zouk from the Eastern Caribbean. With two CDs released so far, it is apparent that the result of this fusion is a scintillating blend of North America and the Caribbean, in a contemporary jazz fusion that has made Kalabash a hit with world music and jazz festival audiences.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Fam Jam Shim and Sham

Come to the sunny patio of The Chelsea Hotel and bring the entire family for a fun and upbeat multi-generational music experience. “Oh, I know this one” and “This is my song!” will be heard over and over!

 

Lindsay Brohan

While weaving in and out of studios, and stepping onto full-sized stages with established artists, the boys in Lindsay Brohan never fail to come back together downtown Toronto and play for the home team! The band unearths from a roster of working industry professionals that specialize in many different genres of music. This allows the Brohan to entertain on multiple levels with their high-impact, and personalized spin on top40 pop, rock, hip hop and country. With an ever-growing list of events under the belt, Lindsay Brohan is becoming a household name for client-based entertainment!

Twitter: @lindsaybrohanTO
instagram: @lindsaybrohanTO
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsaybrohantoronto/

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Chelsea Market Garden Patio
Address: 33 Gerrard St. West
Admission: Free

Saturday, August 19 is the day to connect with your inner yogi, whether you are a novice, experienced, or merely curious: all you need is a Yoga mat and a benevolent spirit. Participants are challenged to execute 108 sun salutations (or as many as you can, really!) in a large gathering of fellow participants, and join a global movement for education and change.

All proceeds support Care for Children, an initiative of the Art of Living Foundation that helps educate children in India’s more underprivileged communities. More than 50,000 children have been educated through their schools. So rise to the occasion, and earn some good karma!

So what are you waiting for? Go to www.yogathon.org and register today!

Yogathon is for all ages and fitness levels. You can register as an individual or team. Whether your goal is to complete 10 or 108 Sun Salutations, it’s easy to sign-up, collect pledges and help transform the lives of children around the world. Come, experience a global Yogathon, and contribute to a wonderful cause that spreads the message of yoga!!

Join cities across Canada and around the world as we create awareness and raise funds for children's education.  Find your city and register at www.yogathon.org

Want more info? Contact us at info@yogathon.org

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

Town Tavern Sign

Town Tavern Sign, York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC08130

Discover the music history of Yonge Street, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial, Friar, and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more.

Note: This is an exterior tour only.

This tour was developed by music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings, and has been known to include surprise guests from Toronto’s music history.

Start Point: 16 Queen Street East (northwest corner by statue)
End Point: 50 Carlton Street (Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre formerly Maple Leaf Gardens)
Cost: $10 donation suggested
Tour times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To Pre-register, click here!

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

From Tip to Top

Have you ever thought “I need more culture?” Well, this is your chance. Featuring music and instruments from around the world, various genres of artists will get to showcase their talents on instruments you know but didn’t know could do that plus instruments you’ve never even heard of. At the McGill Granby Parkette expect to see and hear World Music, Experimental, Spoken Word and Diverse sounds.

 

Demetrios PetsalakisDemetrios Petsalakis

Inspired by the musical traditions of Greece, Iran, and India this Toronto based group performs original compositions to create contemporary music that captures the rich diverse culture of the city. From the poems of Rumi to the beautiful maqams and ragas these musicians explore the common ancestry that is found in the sound of their traditions and journey together towards a new common language.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZfhBak-Nb0


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Dancing Fool

Pack your dancing shoes in your lunchbox and let the danceable music of the Americas take you away. Let this feel good cultural music of Toronto make you forget about being at work. Tuesdays this summer at Trinity Square Park will feature Latin, Americana, Salsa, Reggae, and Samba music that will have you up out of your seat and calling in “sick.”

 

Julie GibbJulie Gibb

Julie Gibb is a Toronto-born writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, who recently released her third solo album, Rewriting History.
 
As an instrumentalist, Gibb studied privately with Canadian notables Alan Ray (best known for his work with jazz legend Billie Holiday) and Red Shea (Gordon Lightfoot's longtime guitarist). For over a decade she taught guitar, piano and bass herself and has authored two guitar instructional books, Fundamentals for the 21st Century Guitarist and Easy Christmas Songs for Guitar.  In the time between recording albums and writing books, Gibb hit the road as the tour guitarist for Texan singer, actress, author (and John Carter Cash protégé), Kasey Lansdale.
 
Her sophomore CD, All My Yesterdays, received stellar radio support from Americana radio across Europe, with great reviews from print, television and internet media outlets alike. In 2015, New York-based distributor Factory Fast Records included several songs from the album on their compilations, released across the United States and beyond.

@juliegibbmusic

 

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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Please Excuse my Jazzy Funky Soul

A place to showcase the cutting edge of Toronto’s vibrant Jazz, Funk and Soul scene. These artists have been curated to transport you back to a time when Jazz and Funk were dominating force on the streets. Every Thursday this summer let the dimly lit, dingy, smoky Jazz club vibe meet you for lunch outside at College Park Courtyard.

 

Tia BrazdaTia Brazda

Tia Brazda’s sassy songs and style have made a sparkling impression at home and abroad. Her unique sound pays homage to the golden era while remaining daringly modern. Her latest album Bandshell debuted at #1 on the iTunes chart in Canada and was rated the #5 best Canadian jazz release of 2015 by Jazz FM 91. 2016 saw Tia perform on the main stage at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Iboga Summer Festival in Spain.

In 2017 she is headed to perform at the San Jose Summer Jazz Fest in California, and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tiabrazdamusic
Twitter: www.twitter.com/tiabrazda
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/tiabrazdamusic
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiabrazdamusic


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 444 Yonge St
Admission: Free

Date: August 24, 2017                                                                          GET YOUR TICKETS HERE.
Location: Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street

Join us for another exciting Interactive Fashion Experience as Fashion on Yonge celebrates it’s fifth year!

Everyone is invited to come see the hottest looks for fall 2017 available at the different retailers in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood.

During the event indulge in a little pampering courtesy of local salons and spas and enjoy some delicious treats from local restaurants.

From 5:00 – 9:00PM we invite you to step inside the historic and stunning Elgin Theatre, with three runway shows happening at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 PM featuring fall’s best fashions. Space is limited inside the venue, tickets are required for each runway show, at $5.00 per ticket with all net proceeds going to our charity partner Covenant House Toronto. Get your tickets now!

This year we are thrilled to be working with Covenant House, not only as an organization based in our local community of Downtown Yonge, but also for providing a number of vital resources for at-risk and homeless youth here in Toronto and across the country.

For updates, follow us on Twitter @DowntownYonge or like us on Facebook.

Stay tuned for the participating retailers and other businesses!

‘Give Us Your Best Shot’ Style Photo Contest

Downtown Yonge BIA (DYBIA) presents Fashion on Yonge, an interactive fashion experience featuring the best Fashion, and Beauty for Fall!  This year to celebrate five years we’re giving away five prizes, we want you to join in on the action and ‘Give us your Best Shot’ contest for your chance to WIN one of five $100 gift cards to a variety of retailers in the Downtown Yonge BIA district.

How to enter

Follow us on Instagram or Twitter: @DowntownYonge
Like us on Facebook: /DowntownYonge
Give us your best shot! Post your original fashion photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with the hashtags #FashionOnYonge and #YongeStyle.

Contest Rules

   

Charity Partner

 

Covenant HouseAs Canada's largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof. A national leader, we educate and advocate for change by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs.

More than a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community as well as comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare, to as many as 250 youth a day.

To do all this, we rely on donors for more than 80 percent of our $27-million annual operating budget.

Our doors are open to youth 16 to 24 regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or the circumstances that have brought them to our doors.

Since 1982, Covenant House has served more than 90,000 young people and helped them move from a life on the street to a life with a future.

 

Have a Glimpse of 2016’s Fashion on Yonge


Check out some photos on our Facebook page and our video from the 2016 event.

 

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Elgin Theatre
Address: 189 Yonge St.
Admission: $5

On Friday, August 25th, Chevrolet Indie Fridays presents Terra Lightfoot! On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, Whitehorse, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of country band Dinner Belles.

Also featuring a performance from Klooch!

Admission is FREE to all these events at YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE!

All programming is subject to change.

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

Stevey Ross is back at Jazz Bistro to heat things up once again. Known for his lush and flavourful mix of Brazilian, Cuban, and familiar Jazz standards done with a twist. Steve delivers an exciting show packed with a heartfelt emotion and an urge to dance.

This show features the world class musicianship of: Alexis Baro on Trumpet, Ruben Vazquez on Piano, Louis Simao on Bass, Joaquin Hidalgo on Percussion, Max Senitt on Drums.

“I’m very excited to be back at the wonderful Jazz Bistro. It’s such a great dinner club to perform at. And this line up of musicians I have with me will make for a show not to be missed.” / Stevey Ross

He’ll be crooning you… and have you up dancing too.”

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Dancing Fool

Pack your dancing shoes in your lunchbox and let the danceable music of the Americas take you away. Let this feel good cultural music of Toronto make you forget about being at work. Tuesdays this summer at Trinity Square Park will feature Latin, Americana, Salsa, Reggae, and Samba music that will have you up out of your seat and calling in “sick.”

 

Erik FlowchildErik Flowchild

Erik Flowchild will stir your emotions and stimulate your thoughts with his clever lyrics, relatable subject matter, and live stage energy.
 
The hip-hop artist emerges from just outside of Toronto where he has spent most of his life growing up.  As an advocate for preserving hip-hop culture, Flowchild has used every part of his life to push himself forward and fuel his creativity in music and art.
 
Erik recently released his debut project, the Child’s Play EP, a short body of work that asserts his belief that “artists and entertainers are not the same thing”. Erik drives this point home with an unforgettable live performance that solidifies his star power. As he surfaces, critics and fans alike will be witnesses to one of hip-hops finest in the making.

Soundcloud.com/erikflowchild
Instagram.com/erikflowchild
Twitter.com/erikflowchild
Facebook.com/erikfowchild
Youtube.com/erikflowchild

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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

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

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

A Taste of the Island

Can’t get enough of the summer heat? Come join us for the island vibes of soft calypso and reggae tunes! Your mind will be transported to that Caribbean vacation you’ve been putting off for year.

 

Josemar DiartistJosemar Diartist

Josemar (actor/poet/singer/songwriter) who hails from Spanish Town Jamaica is well rounded in the performing arts. He started singing in church choirs and writing poetry at the age of ten. He draws inspiration from the likes of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Bob Marley, and Robert Johnson just to name a few. He considers his music to be a source of inspiration and wishes himself to be the Michelangelo of music painting the picture for the ears to hear. Like the music decades before his time he tells the stories of everyday life.

https://www.reverbnation.com/itsjosemar
http://www.instawebgram.com/i/itsjosemar


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: 1 Queen Street East
Address: 1 Queen St. East
Admission: Free

Town Tavern Sign

Town Tavern Sign, York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, ASC08130

Discover the music history of Yonge Street, beginning in the 1950s. Visit the sites of famous clubs like The Colonial, Friar, and Le Coq D’Or, and concert venues such as Massey Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. Hear stories about Oscar Peterson, Ronnie Hawkins, Glenn Gould and many more.

Note: This is an exterior tour only.

This tour was developed by music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings, and has been known to include surprise guests from Toronto’s music history.

Start Point: 16 Queen Street East (northwest corner by statue)
End Point: 50 Carlton Street (Ryerson University Mattamy Athletic Centre formerly Maple Leaf Gardens)
Cost: $10 donation suggested
Tour times: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

To Pre-register, click here!

TD Presents Play the Parks

Brought to you by Downtown Yonge BIA in partnership with Canada’s Music Incubator

Play the Parks is back for its fifth season! From June to September, we invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free concerts at five different locations in the Downtown Yonge BIA. This season is curated by Canada’s Music Incubator. Join us throughout the week at five different locations throughout the Downtown Yonge BIA all summer long!

Please Excuse my Jazzy Funky Soul

A place to showcase the cutting edge of Toronto’s vibrant Jazz, Funk and Soul scene. These artists have been curated to transport you back to a time when Jazz and Funk were dominating force on the streets. Every Thursday this summer let the dimly lit, dingy, smoky Jazz club vibe meet you for lunch outside at College Park Courtyard.

 

Jacelyn HolmesJacelyn Holmes

A captivating and seamless blend of sensual vulnerability and raw edginess, Jacelyn mesmerizes with her smoky voice and sexy sweet charm, drawing in her audience.   A singer, songwriter and TV personality (former CTV panelist), Jacelyn is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging musical artists who is breaking through the barriers of the international music market with her original compositions which fuse the elemental sounds of jazz, blues and soul.

A seasoned entertainer, Jacelyn spent last Summer performing in Europe and in noteworthy Toronto engagements, such as the TD Jazz Festival, Casa Loma’s Soul in the City and select TIFF galas. Shortly after, she spent 3 months touring her acoustic show through 7 countries which make up Central America, arriving home just in time for her showcase performance at the TD Green Room for the 2017 Junos in Ottawa. Jacelyn is excited to be performing in Canada this Summer celebrating our 150th birthday!

Instagram: @jacelynholmes
Twitter: @jacelyn_holmes
Facebook.com/jacelynholmesmusic


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

For more information and shedule, please visit Play the Parks website.

Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: College Park Courtyard
Address: 444 Yonge St
Admission: Free

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