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Toronto Special Events - Toronto Special Events produces five free programs at
Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square for all ages that reflect
Toronto's vibrancy and activity in the summer months. Salute to Seniors
(Wednesday, June 11), Canada Day celebrations (Tuesday, July 1), Sounds in the
City (Wednesdays, July 2 - August 27), Sunday Serenades (Sundays, July 6 -
August 24) and Toronto Kids' Tuesdays (Tuesdays, July 22 - August 12) offer a
combination of live music, educational activities, crafts, and fireworks to add
to Toronto's sensational summer festival line-up.
Salute to Seniors presented by Scotiabank is an afternoon of award winning
dance music from the 17-piece Swing Shift Big Band. The musical entertainment
complements the Lifestyle Information Fair, presented by the Toronto Seniors'
Assembly, inside Toronto City Hall. Salute to Seniors runs Wednesday, June 11
at Nathan Phillips Square from noon to 2 pm.
The Canada Day celebrations presented by Scotiabank return to both Mel Lastman
Square and Nathan Phillips Square. This celebration 136th birthday of the
nation combines popular traditions, such as a giant birthday cake at Nathan
Phillips Square and fireworks at Mel Lastman Square, with the best acts in
Canadian music. Inspiring gospel group Sharon Riley & Fauth Chorale and Latin
Jazz unit Marrón Matizado heat up Nathan Phillips Square, while Cape Breton
fiddler phenomenon Ashley MacIsaac, Celtic rockers Enter the Haggis and "The
Kings of Celtic" The Irish Descendants entertain at Mel Lastman Square. Nathan
Phillips Square runs from noon to 2 p.m., while Mel Lastman Square runs from 7
to 11 p.m.
Sunday Serenades presented by Scotiabank is a weekly concert series held at Mel
Lastman Square. The series brings the smooth sounds of swing and big band acts
that are perfect for dancing. Confirmed acts include Sophisticated Swing (July
6), Toronto All Star Big Band (July 27), Skylark (August 17) and Fabulous
Crooners' Show (August 24), to name just a few. Sunday Serenades run July 6 -
August 24 at Mel Lastman Square from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Nathan Phillips Square hosts Sounds in the City presented by Scotiabank, a
weekly, lunchtime concert series. Presenting a diverse spectrum of Canadian
music that includes roots, jazz, reggae, Cletic and country rock, Sounds in the
City is complimented by Toronto's famous Farmers' Market allowing audiences to
shop after taking in the concert. Confirmed acts include jazz vocalist Alex
Pangman and Her Alleycats (July 2), Afropan Steelband (July 23), singer
songwriter Gregg Lawless (July 30), and the country rock sound of Luther Wright
& the Wrongs (August 6). Sounds in the City runs July 2 - August 27 at Nathan
Phillips Square from noon to 2 pm.
Toronto Kids' Tuesdays presented by Scotiabank is a four-week, interactive kids
program. These free lunchtime mini-festivals explore fun themes with music and
activities. Themes are Kidz' Cuisine (July 22), Dance Fever (July 29), Explore
Your World! (August 5) and Once Upon a Time? (August 12). Toronto Kids'
Tuesdays runs July 22 - August 12 from 11 am to 1 pm at Nathan Phillips Square.
Admission to Salute to Seniors, Canada Day celebrations, Sounds in the City,
Sunday Serenades and Toronto Kids' Tuesdays is FREE and getting there couldn't
be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West and Mel
Lastman Square is located at 5100 Yonge Street. For Nathan Phillips Square,
take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station)
or the University Line (exit Osgoode station). For Mel Lastman Square, take the
TTC Yonge subway line (exit North York Centre).
For more information on these and other Toronto Special Events, call Access
Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events.