Lead Photo: Jenny Jimenez
Be there and be anything but square for the 15th Anniversary Block Party at Yonge-Dundas Square!
Come to the ‘Heart of the City’ on Friday, June 8, 2018 for an all-day celebration hosted by Much and E! Host Tyrone Edwards, and featuring a headline set from rock darlings The New Pornographers. Everyone is invited!
Since opening in 2003, Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) has been a community hub where Torontonians and visitors to the city from all walks of life gather. Whether it’s enjoying the serenity of the fountains, a rocking night out, or participating in an exciting range of free public events, the people light up the Square.
The Block Party begins at noon on Friday, June 8 with Toronto’s House of Virtual Reality taking street art to the next level with live demonstrations of virtual painting, using the square’s new digital signs as a canvas. YDS partner OUTFRONT Media will present surprise performances throughout the day, and treats, sweets and drinks will be available from the onsite food trucks.
The night will be bright with the presence of Much and E! host Tyrone Edwards, beginning at 6pm. The party continues all evening with live performances to be capped with a performance by iconic Canadian rockers The New Pornographers. Opening acts include Toronto’s indie-rock gentlemen Secret Broadcast and dreamy synth pop duo Featurette.
The 15th anniversary of YDS comes with some exciting programming announcements for the summer. Fan favourites like free movies and indie concerts will make a comeback, with some fresh new activities being added to the slate. And as always, wifi at YDS is free.
From June 18 to September 3, exhale the old and inhale the new with the inaugural YOGA MONDAYS. Every Monday at noon, YDS will transform into an oasis for relaxation, with mats, music and instructors provided by lululemon. All ages, sizes, and skill levels are welcome!
From June 26 to August 31, music and movies come together for CITY CINEMA: Rockumentaries. Every Tuesday at 8pm, YDS features free outdoor screenings of biopics about music legends. Films include the Martin Scorsese-Rolling Stones collaboration Shine a Light, Amy Winehouse’s tragic tale in Amy, and a throwback to Beatlemania with The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.
From June 29 to August 31, Chevrolet presents INDIE FRIDAYS, kicking off weekends in the downtown with some of Toronto’s best musical acts including Juno award-winners The East Pointers, seasoned Toronto reggae group Sattalites, and jazz idol Chloe Watkinson. Each Friday night performance will be complemented by an on-site beer garden with service starting at 7pm.
“Fifteen years and literally thousands of free events later, the Board of Management and staff of Yonge-Dundas Square are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with all the communities that have made a home at this special corner of the city. Our anniversary Block Party is a way to say thank you to the everyone who loves our neighbourhood,” exclaimed Taylor Raths, General Manager of Yonge-Dundas Square. “We look forward with optimism to the next fifteen years at Yonge and Dundas with more free events, festivals, and community celebrations.”