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August 11, 2009
Great food and music at Toronto’s public squares
There’s still time to catch some of Toronto’s best musical talent while enjoying tasty culinary treats at the City of Toronto’s summer concert and food series on the squares - Fresh Wednesdays, Tasty Thursdays and Sunday Serenades.

Fresh Wednesdays and Tasty Thursdays at Nathan Phillips Square offer the perfect summer lunchtime combination - delicious food at great prices and free noon hour concerts featuring blues, jazz, world, roots and reggae until August 28. Featuring swing and big band music to complement Toronto’s warm summer evenings, Sunday Serenades runs each Sunday until August 23 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mel Lastman Square.

Fresh Wednesdays
In addition to popular food vendors, Ontario Farmers will provide an array of crisp vegetables, juicy fruits, pastries, fresh-cut flowers and more at the Farmers’ Market, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

August 12: Jay Aymar
Enjoy your lunch time at Nathan Phillips Square with the best of the country-folk genre, along with creative and humorous lyrics, all presented by Jay Aymar, a Canadian songwriter with a distinctive music style.

August 19: Gypsy Flame Band
This band offers an exciting show full of energy; accompanied with instrumental and Eastern European music, as well as Russian gypsy dances. Experience the Eastern European musical traditions with The Gypsy Flame Band.

August 26: Dirty Dishes
This trio brings enchanting voices and shine with their mix of country, bluegrass and gospel sounds. The three ladies promise to cheer the audience on the last day of Fresh Wednesdays concerts this summer.

Tasty Thursdays
Tasty Thursdays features a variety of Toronto restaurants that bring their international cuisine to the square for $5 or less. Lunch runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., from July 10 to August 28.

August 13: Annual Toronto Blues Society Talent Search
The Toronto Blues Society Talent Search is a launching pad event for all Canadian blues talent. Enjoy the performance of the finalists of this contest before a panel of judges on Nathan Phillips Square.

August 20: Louise Kent
Louise Kent is a singer, songwriter and social activist who uses her music to communicate a message of hope to everyone. She has an unforgettable presence.

August 27: Eliana Cuevas
This Venezuelan singer, songwriter and bandleader has gained a good position in the Canadian musical industry thanks to her talent and unique voice. Eliana Cuevas’s lyrics and rhythms have engaged audiences around the world.

Sunday Serenades
Featuring swing and big band music to complement Toronto’s warm summer evenings, Sunday Serenades runs each Sunday between July 13 and August 24 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mel Lastman Square.
August 16 - Orchestra Copacabana
August 23 - MegaCity Big Band

For more information about these and other Toronto Special Events, the public can call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Giannina Warren, Toronto Economic Development, Culture and Tourism, City of Toronto, 416-395-7318,



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