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Play the Parks

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 different locations with in the Downtown Yonge area.

Grab some food from your favourite Downtown Yonge BIA restaurants or food courts, and let us take you on a journey around the world through music at the four different locations.

This year’s season is curated by Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. In addition to operating the iconic theatres, Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall presents over 400 events of all kinds in their halls and dozens more on stages across Toronto. They are committed in finding new and engaging ways to showcase the range of talent, diversity and possibilities of our Music City and their partnership with the Downtown Yonge BIA brings a summer’s worth of amazing programming to Play the Parks.

Come join us on June 22nd to celebrate as Play the Parks 2016 kicks off at Trinity Square Park with a free concert starting at 5:00PM!

Concert Series

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


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.

Play the Parks Launch Event

Wednesday, June 22 | 5:00PM - 7:00PM

Every Tuesday 12:00 – 1:00PM*:
Tuesday, June 28
Tuesday, July 5
Tuesday, July 19
Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 2
Tuesday, August 16
Tuesday, August 23
Tuesday, August 30
* Excluding July 12th and August 9th

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



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.

Thursdays from 12:00 – 1:00PM*:
Thursday, July 7
Thursday, July 14
Thursday, July 21
Thursday, July 28
Thursday, August 4
Thursday, August 11
Thursday, August 18
Thursday, August 25
Thursday, September 8
* Excluding September 1st

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.


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.

Thursdays 5:00 – 8:00PM, Saturdays 5:00 – 7:00PM
Thursday, July 7             5:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, July 9             5:00PM - 7:00PM
Thursday, August 4        5:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, August 13       5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sunday, August 21*        11:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday, September 8    5:00PM - 8:00PM
Saturday, September 10   5:00PM - 7:00PM
Sunday, September 18*   11:00AM - 2:00PM
*As part of Open Streets

McGill Granby Parkette is located north of Gerrard on Yonge Street



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.

First Wednesday of the month, July through September, from 12:00 – 1:00PM:
Wednesday, July 6           12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wednesday, August 3       12:00PM - 1:00PM
Wednesday, September 7  12:00PM - 1:00PM

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

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

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


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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