Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Free in Downtown Toronto: Yonge-Dundas Square Line Up May 18 - Oct 19

From a media release:

Yonge-Dundas Square
Presented by Virgin Mobile
Free events in the Heart of the City!

Toronto, May 2011 - Yonge-Dundas Square proudly announces another season of exciting FREE events for 2011. From May 18 to October 19, programming is being presented that reflects the breadth of talent and cultural diversity in Toronto. The Square's programs range from the hottest indie acts and musical styles from around the world, to get-up-and-dance musical film and documentary screenings. YD Square summer events offer something special for people of all ages and interests. Virgin Mobile is the Presenting Sponsor for Yonge-Dundas Square.

The line-up features a Tuesday night City Cinema outdoor film series of musicals, Dancing In The Dark, presented by Cineplex Entertainment; noon-hour Lunchtime Live! concerts on Wednesdays with jazz, bossa nova, country and world music; and the all-new Indie Fridays, presented by Virgin Mobile, will bring fans the latest and greatest indie artists in R&B, rock, hip-hop and more for free shows to shake up Friday nights.

Yonge-Dundas Square is a unique focal point in downtown Toronto where communities come together, an exciting urban space designated for use as a public piazza and event venue. Since opening in 2003, the Square has produced over 200 events and hosted more than 1,250 promotions, media launches and community and cultural festivals attended by more than 5 million people, On quiet days, the Square is a respite from the hectic pace of downtown life, offering an oasis of water fountains, café seating and several site amenities including free Wi-Fi access (in association with Wireless Toronto), TTC subway access, a sightseeing and information kiosk and the T.O. TIX ticket booth.
Yonge-Dundas Square 2011 Season Overview - ALL FREE!

City Cinema -Cineplex Entertainment presents Dancing in the Dark.
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to move with these Tuesday night musicals all summer long. From the seminal drag documentary Paris is Burning to iconic coming-of-age tales Dirty Dancing and Saturday Night Fever and the decadent fun of Moulin Rouge!, these tuneful films will have you dancing on the Square. Special double bills that pair thematically connected documentaries and dramatic films give fans the chance to see different takes on the same subject on select evenings. 

Tuesdays from June 30 - August 31. Radio Partner Z103.5.
• June 2  7:30pm  Paris is Burning (1990) &  9:00pm  Hairspray (1988)
• July 5  Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
• July 12  Dirty Dancing (1978)
• July 19  Moulin Rouge! (2001)
• July 26 West Side Story (1961)
• August 2  Hair (1979)
• August 9 Saturday Night Fever (1977)
• August 16 7:00pm  Mad Hot Ballroom (2005) & 9:00pm  Strictly Ballroom (1992)
• August 23 6:00pm  Chicago (2002) & 8:30pm  All That Jazz (1979) (Rated R)
• August 30 7:00pm  Rize (2005) & 9:00pm  How She Move (2007)

Lunchtime Live!
Take a noon-hour break from a busy day and enjoy some of Canada's best jazz, country, bossa nova, rock n' roll and more in one-hour sets under the sun every Wednesday. From the electronic pop of Lal to the alt-country harmonies of The Strumbellas, there's no better way to spend a lunch hour.
Wednesdays from May 18 - June 1 and September 21 - October 19, 12:30-1:30pm:

• May 25 Alejandra Ribera
• June 1  Elvis Bossa Nova!
• Sept 21 Toronto Tabla Ensemble
• Sept 28 The Monkey Bunch
• October 5   The Happy Pals New Orleans Party Orchestra
• October 12  Lunchtime with Hank Williams, featuring J.D. and The Montgomery Chapter
•  October 19  The Strumbellas

Indie Fridays presented by Virgin Mobile
Showcasing some of Canada's hottest indie artists, Indie Fridays is the perfect way to cool down with some rockin' tunes on a hot summer night. From the danceable pop rock of Sweet Thing, to the smooth soul and hip-hop of Miles Jones and indie-folk of Jason Collett and Zeus and more, there's no better way to beat the heat. Virgin Mobile Members will also get the rock star treatment with access to some awesome extras! Stay tuned to for all the details coming soon!
Fridays from July 8 to September 9 from 8-10pm:
• July 8  Sweet Thing with The Treasures
• July 15   Treasa Levasseur & The Daily Special
• July 22   Jack Marks & The Sadies
• July 29   The Elastocitizens
• August 5  Kae Sun
• August 12   New Country Rehab
• August 19   Miles Jones
• August 26   Run with the Kittens
• Sept 2   Hip Hop Karaoke
• Sept 9   Zeus and Jason Collett

Yonge-Dundas Square also plays host to exciting festivals such as DesiFest,CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Race for Dignity Challenge, CIBC International Indian Film Awards, NXNE, Aboriginal Day Celebration, Mitsubishi City Chase, Multicultural Canada Day, Live Green Toronto Festival, Mosport Racefest, Youth Day, Play Soccer, TD Canada Trust Irie Music Festival, Filipinos Making Waves, India Day, New Music Marathon, Brazilian Day Canada Festival, Walk A Mile in Her Shoes, Nuit Blanche- and others.

Virgin Mobile is the Presenting Sponsor of Yonge-Dundas Square and will also be presenting Indie Fridays. City Cinema's Dancing in the Dark is presented by Cineplex Entertainment with radio partner Z103.5. Ryerson Conference Services and Lodging is Yonge-Dundas Square's Summer Accommodation Partner. Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management is a board of the City of Toronto.

For a full schedule and complete listings information, visit

Image of Yonge Dundas Square by Ian Muttoo


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