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 September 2017 

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!

 

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

 

Jordan PaulJordan Paul

Music is the fabric that ties our human emotionality together. It weaves the bond between us and lessens the distance we feel from our counterparts. For Jordan Paul, it is the very essence of his communication. An individual of hidden meanings and patterns–to journey into his music is to step momentarily into his chaotic mind. 

Paul is an Indian classical sitarist with links to the Maihar Gharana–a lineage that includes famed sitar masters Baba Allaudin Khan, Pt. Ravi Shankar, and Pt. Nikhil Banerjee. Blending elements of both western psychedelia and traditional raag–Jordan Paul's sitar playing is right where the peaceful jubilance of Hindustani music and the mind-bending world of psychedelia meet.

www.jordanpaulmusic.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/jordanpaulmusic
www.youtube.com/jordanpaulmusic  @jordanpaulmusic (Instagram and Twitter)


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

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.

 

Zeca & The Hydroponic LizardsZeca & The Hydroponic Lizards

Zeca Polina is a brazilian singer, composer, arranger, multi instrumentalist and a very curious man.

Zeca has worked in many musical groups in Brazil, having also performed in Mexico, England and the United States. He has been part of the bands Porta Pantográfica, Paquiderme Escarlate, Susie Kill, Trio da Montanha and A Turma Toda. Among the musical styles which he has explored are rock’n roll, forró, samba and others. As a producer, he released the álbum “Lena” (2014), by the Brazilian samba singer Marilena Torres.

His self-titled album, which marks the debut of his solo career, proposes unlabeled aesthetics. Just as the water that comes straight from its source or the fruit that falls straight from the tree, Zeca refrains from attaching any labels to his music. Sometimes finding his inspirations in Brazilian country songs, others in rock ’n’ roll, waltz, psychedelia, blues, and many other genres, Zeca completes his canvas, which gives birth to his will for creative freedom, spontaneity and World Music.

Social media: www.fb.com/polinazeca
Instagram: @zecapolina
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2Z52HsGiSDuMWFGuOYfkWr


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

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.

 

Silvia TemisSilvia Temis

As part of Open Streets TO

Silvia Temis, currently based in Seville Spain, and based in Edmonton is the leader singer of an Alberta based quarted Notas de 4 and a duet with Flamenco guitar player Benjamin Barrile in Toronto. In both collaborations Silvia fuses Latin jazz, Cuban and Flamenco rhythmns. Currently she is upgrading her flamenco singing skills with at the renowned Cristina Heeren Foundation in the heart of Triana in Seville.

Born in Mexico, educated in architecture and design, Silvia discovered flamenco designing a flamenco show to then start taking  flamenco dancing and then found a fascination for flamenco singing (cante). She further developed her singing with instruction from prominent flamenco singers (cantaores) like, Jesus Corbacho, Rocio Marquez, Encarna Anillo and Miguel Ortega, as well as continuously taking Flamenco dance and theory with the Toronto based, award winning Canadian flamenco dancers Carmen Romero, Maria Serrano and Esmeralda Enrique.

Silvia was a recipient of the Artist Entrepreneur program at Canada’s Music Incubator 2016 at Coalition Music. She continues to work passionately in bringing a genuine and personal approach to her singing. Silvia’s mission is to propel the collaboration between flamenco artists around Canada with musicians from different styles of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-77mWurX-o   
https://www.facebook.com/Silvia-Temis-173603866352482/
https://twitter.com/silviatemis
https://www.instagram.com/silviatemis/


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!

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.

 

Shak ShakShak Shak

SHAK SHAK is a Calypso collective of musicians that recreates the signature music of Trinidad and the Eastern Caribbean. Led by Barbadian-born singer and songwriter Roger Gibbs and multi-talented musician and ethnomusicologist Chris Wilson, SHAK SHAK features virtuoso pannist ‘Panman Pat’ McNeilly, plus a crew of players who give you a genuine taste of the seductive rhythms and melodies that made Calypso a worldwide craze.

SHAK SHAK has long been the resident band for an annual Calypso music series that produces some of Canada’s top calypso singers every summer. SHAK SHAK plays a wide variety of Carnival music, traditional Caribbean sounds and rootsy renditions of classic calypso songs, to give you a full appreciation of the the exotic and rich traditions that influenced and shaped popular Caribbean music.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/shak-shak-party/id1205215847


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

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.

 

Julie Michels & Kevin LaLiberteJulie Michels & Kevin LaLiberte

As a baby, Julie Michels hummed in key with the radiio and she hasn't stopped since!  Her abiliy to vocalize flows effortlessly from within her “glorious holler” (Mark Miller, Globe and Mail) has been a unique and important feature on the Toronto jazz scene for more that two decades, settling there after studying with legendary bassist, Richard Davis at University of Wisconsin and spending time gigging across Europe and North America.

https://www.facebook.com/julie.michels.142


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

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