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Play the Parks 2017

June – September, 2017

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

Media Release: Celebrate five years of Play the Parks™ with Downtown Yonge, TD Bank Group and 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!


Tell us your favourite Play the Parks artist and you could win an ultimate Downtown Yonge Experience! (approx. $1000 value)

The season kicks off with a two hour concert at Trinity Square on Tuesday, June 13, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Check out the artist lineup!
"" Demetrios Petsalakis  "" Guest Star Performance Gray Matter  "" Laura Hubert  "" SanteriasBand  "" The Dreamboats

Venue Address: 19 Trinity Square (access from CF Toronto Eaton Centre, James St or Bay St)

Concert Series

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

19 Trinity Square (access from Eaton Centre, James St or Bay St)

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.”

Every Tuesday from 12:00 – 1:00PM, June – August*:

June 13 5PM-7PM Demetrios Petsalakis + Guest Star Performance Gray Matter
Laura Hubert
The Dreamboats
June 20 12PM-1PM Santerias
June 27 12PM-1PM Laura Fernandez
July 11 12PM-1PM Eric St-Laurent Trio
July 18 12PM-1PM Leslie Huyler
July 25 12PM-1PM Hannah Burge
August 1 12PM-1PM Sinners Choir
August 15 12PM-1PM The Coalition
August 22 12PM-1PM Julie Gibb
August 29 12PM-1PM Erik Flowchild


* Excluding July 4th and August 8th
Note: In the event of rain, Artists will play inside the Church of Holy Trinity.

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


444 Yonge Street (behind College Park building)

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.

Every Thursday 12:00 – 1:00PM, June to September*

June 15 12PM-1PM Ori Dagan
June 22 12PM-1PM Laura Hubert
June 29** 12PM-1PM Alma Soul
July 13 12PM-2PM Brownman
July 20 12PM-1PM Gray Matter
July 27 12PM-1PM Renee Yoxon
August 3 12PM-2PM 4SKOR
August 10 12PM-1PM Sunrise and Good People
August 17 12PM-1PM Justin Bacchus
August 24 12PM-1PM Tia Brazda
August 31 12PM-1PM Jacelyn Holmes


* Excluding September 7th
** Shop at College Park celebrates Canada 150 with additional activations at Play the Parks

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


415 Yonge St. (Located north of Gerrard on Yonge St.)

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.

Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00PM, Saturdays 5:00 – 8:00PM,
Sundays 11:00 AM – 2:00PM
June to September – see schedule for dates

Saturday, July 8 5PM - 8PM Versa
Thursday, July 13 5PM - 8PM Sing!
Saturday, August 12 5PM - 8PM PerlHaze
Thursday, August 17 5PM - 8PM Os Tropies
Sunday, August 20* 11AM - 2PM Demetrios Petsalakis
Saturday, September 9 5PM - 8PM Jordan Paul
Thursday, September 14 5PM - 8PM Zeca & The Hydroponic Lizards
Sunday, September 17*  11AM - 2PM Silvia
Thursday, September 21 5PM - 8PM Julie Michels & Kevin LaLiberte


* As part of Open Streets TO

33 Gerrard St. West

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!

Saturdays 5:00 – 8:00PM

Saturday, July 15 5PM-8PM Stereo Flavour
Saturday, August 19 5PM-8PM Lindsay Brohan


1 Queen St. East

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.

Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00PM

Wednesday, August 30 12PM-1PM Josemar Diartist
Wednesday, September 20 12PM-1PM Shak Shak


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





Past Event


Check out some 2016 Play the Parks highlights!

Take a look at some photos from last year’s concert series on our Facebook page.

Connect with Us

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

Cheryll Diego

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


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