We’re in for one heck of an eventful summer, Toronto! A street-wide celebration called The Bentway Block Party has been set for this August, joining the many other exciting events you’ll want to add to your calendar in the coming months.

The event is described as a “celebratory street party across The Bentway site, featuring performances, music, street food and drink, family-friendly workshops, fashion shows, and more.”

It’s back for its fourth year and it’s free to enjoy! The Bentway has released its full summer line up of programming and celebrations you can take part of.

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Starting on May 26, The Bentway will bring free art installations, performances, and celebrations to Toronto’s shared roadways, sidewalks, and public spaces as part of its Beyond Concrete programming.

You can expect to see the first North American commission by Filipino artist Leeroy New; the North American premiere of Brazilian choreographer Clarice Lima; new and existing works from Torontonian artists Alex Sheriff, Lisa Jackson, Public Visualization Lab/Studio; an Opening Night Party on May 26; and free talks, tours, and workshops.

“The Gardiner is so much more than the concrete, traffic, and debates we’ve become used to; in fact, The Bentway has already helped reveal that,” said Anna Gallagher-Ross, Senior Manager of Programming at The Bentway.

“We’re excited to be working with artists from Toronto and around the world to consider, in the midst of a rapidly changing climate, the ways in which urban nature and the built environment can co-exist, entangle, and even collaborate.”

 

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And The Bentway’s popular Communal Table, and Roller Skating with SUSO Skate will also make a comeback.

Needless to say, there’s a lot to do at The Bentway this summer so if you’re looking for things to fill up your bucket list, check out the full programming here.

THE BENTWAY BLOCK PARTY

Where: 250 Fort York Blvd
When: August 12, 2023 – 12 PM to 9 PM