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Play the Parks

We invite you to sit back, relax and soak in the summer sun as you enjoy free music concert series this summer on weekdays and nights. On the weekends we’ll keep you moving with free wellness classes.

Play the Parks 2015 will be launched on June 16 at Trinity Square Park. Free concert starting at 4:47PM featuring 9 amazing artists. Come join us!

You can catch the live performance online by going to: http://live.downtownyonge.com. Live streaming starts at 4:30pm on June 16.

Concert Series

Grab food from your favourite Downtown Yonge BIA restaurants or food court then head to the following venues:


Noon to 1pm on the following Thursdays:
June 18 and 25
July 2 - Boxcar Boys (Gypsy / Dixieland)
July 9 - Jane's Party (Indie Rock)
July 16 - UNITY (MC / Spoken Word / Dance)
July 30 - Gene Hardy (Jazz Pop)
August 6 - Liam Titcomb (Rock/Pop singer-songwriter)
Aug 13 - Charmie Deller (Soul)
Aug 27 - Jillea (Pop/RnB Alternative)

Access points:

  1. From the Eaton Centre, through Trinity Way Exit/Entrance
  2. From Bay St., walkway beside Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
  3. From Dundas St., take the laneway between Joey Restaurant and Ryerson University
  4. From Queen St., take James Street



Noon to 1pm on the following Wednesdays:
June 17 and 24
July 8 - UNITY (MC / Spoken Word / Dance)
July 15 - Reenie (Female Duo Indie-Folk)
July 22 - The LoveLocks (Country/Roots/Folk)
July 29 - Samantha Martin & The Delta Sugar (Soul/Gospel/Blues)
August 5 - Heavyweight Brass Band (New Orleans Jazz and Funk)
August 12 - Lily Frost (Jazz/Swing/Rockabilly)
August 19 - Friendly Rich & The Lolipop People (Avant-Garde Pop)
August 26 - John Showman trio (Bluegrass)

Access points:

  1. From College Park Building and 777 Bay
  2. From Hayter Street on Yonge Street between College Park Building and Aura Tower
  3. From Bay Street


*The courtyard is adjacent to the park.


5pm to 7pm on the following Thursdays:
July 9 - Red Moon Road (Folk/Roots)
July 30 - Kristine Schmitt and Will Meadows (Country singer-songwriter)
August 6 - Pigeonhawk String band (Bluegrass)
Aug 27 - Coco Love Alcorn & Wilderness of Manitoba
Sept 3 - Sam Drysdale & Melissa Bel & Janice Kwan

And 9am to 2pm on the following Sundays:
August 16 - The Unseen Strangers & Guests (Folk/Roots/songwriter)
September 6 - Gene Hardy (Swing Jazz)

McGill Granby Parkette is located north of Gerrard on Yonge Street



on the following dates:
Sunday, June 28 from 3pm to 5pm (in celebration of Pride)
Thursday, July 23 from Noon to 1pm - Kristine Schmitt and Chris Coole (Blue Grass)
Thursday, August 20 from Noon to 1pm -  Sea Perry Trio (Singer-songwriter)

Mackenzie House is located on 80 Bond Street Toronto M5B 1X2


on Tuesday, July 7 - Kobo Town (Canadian Caribbean)
from Noon to 1pm.

One Queen East is on the intersection of Queen Street East and Victoria, one block east of Toronto Eaton Centre


For updates on artists line-up, check our website regularly. Schedule may change and performances cancelled without prior notice. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Wellness Classes

Energize your weekend!

Hard Candy Fitness Toronto brings you FREE bootcamp class on Sundays at 10am. (Weather permitting). This is a high energy full body workout with focus on kick & punch drills… get ready to sweat!
Meeting place is Hayter Street. That’s the street leading to College Park between the Aura Tower and College Park Building (444 Yonge Street).

You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.

Play the Parks is presented by Downtown Yonge BIA with the support of:

SponsorsGWL REALTY ADVISORS CANDEREL Unity Canada's Walk of Fame Slaight Music Hard Candy Fitness

Connect with Us

Are you a musician interested in Playing at our Parks or someone who wants to partner, connect with us:

Cheryll Diego

Sponsorship & Events Manager
Phone: (416) 597-0255 x226
Email: cdiego@downtownyonge.com
Tweet: @DowntownYonge


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