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Concerts in parks popular in EY

Posted by on Jul 4, 2017

Summer has many delights and for those who enjoy live music one of them is watching and listening to  performers share their talents on an outdoor stage in a park setting. Of course many people know that various events featuring live music happen weekends at Woodbine Park and the Beaches International Jazz Festival uses various outdoor locations, including parks, throughout its now month-long run in July. [See for full schedule.] Several local east-TO parks also have outdoor programs, including a series put on every Wednesday 6-9 in July in East Lynn Park (1925 Danforth Ave.) by the Danforth Mosaic Business Improvement Area...

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Two June events kick off EY Cultural Hotspot program

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

From May through October 2017, the Cultural Hotspot shines a spotlight on arts, culture, and the community in the east end and East York. The second annual Danforth Village Fair kicks things off on Saturday, June 10 at Main Square (corner of Danforth Ave. and Main Street) with an afternoon of free arts and community/family activities. . From noon till 6 p.m. there will be live music, face painting for the kids, displays of balcony gardens, a bike tune-up clinic and more. Participants include Centre 55; Bangladeshi Centre & Community Services; Hope United Church; Access Alliance; 32 Spokes/Cycle Solutions; South Riverdale Health Centre; and the Danforth East Community Association. The following Saturday June 17 a more formal Hotspot Launch event takes place at East York Civic Centre at 850 Coxwell Ave., where a mix of dance, music, arts and...

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Hundreds of ukulele playing TDSB students coming to EY for Uke Day

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

Juno-winning songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and mom Melanie Doane has lived in East York for several years and now teaches here too.

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3rd Woodbine Heights Arts Fest is May 13-14

Posted by on May 3, 2017

Woodbine Heights Baptist Church is set to hold its third annual Woodbine Heights Arts Fest the weekend of May 13-14, according to an announcement from the city’s Cultural Hot Spot initiative. There will be a visual arts exhibition including a spectrum of media such as sculpture, photography, craft art, painting (oil, watercolour, mixed media) and drawing, all by local neighbourhood artists. As well, performances of drama, music, poetry and dance will be on offer. There’s no cover charge to attend the event, which runs on Sat. May 13 at 11 am and 1:30 pm, and on the Sunday morning at 11 am., in the church located at 1171 Woodbine...

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LucSculpture holding art auction May 12 as owner moving to B.C. this fall

Posted by on May 2, 2017

One of the progenitors of the art scene in East York and area is leaving Toronto to move to Vancouver Island later this year, a press release from the gallery and art studios he owns says. Despite that, the release adds, the studio is expected to carry on holding exhibitions and classes and a new partner or associate is being sought to keep it running. Accomplished sculptor Luc Bihan opened LucSculpture at 663 Greenwood Ave. just north of Danforth in 2006, long before the area was considered appealing to artists and more gentrified residents. It has been a mainstay of the local arts scene for the past decade and also holds music and other events. As part of his preparations for relocation, on Fri. May 12 from 6-9 p.m. Mr. Bihan will be holding an “opening auction” of 25...

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Arts project ideas invited for Main Squared festival funding until May 18

Posted by on May 1, 2017

Yet another art initiative happening in the East York area is calling for submissions from artists who can get a subsidy for projects that are approved. But interested applicants will have to move fast as the deadline for sending in proposals is May 18. The “Main Squared” undertaking is being billed as a 10-day public art festival “that will activate and explore the under-used public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue” the week of Aug. 26 through September 3. A collaboration between the East End Arts non-profit organization and Toronto-based creative studio and artist collective Labspace Studio, the festival is offering funding of $500 – $3000 for projects that are selected. The project outline (online at says the plan is that “drawing inspiration and insight from historical ‘public squares’ while tapping into community aspirations,...

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