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May 6, 2004
Yonge-Dundas Square second season of programming starts May 8
  
Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto's public square in the heart of the city, kicks
off its second season of programming this Saturday with the return of the Arts
at the Heart artisan market and a preview of performances from entertainers who
will dazzle audiences on the Square throughout the summer.

Arts at the Heart marketplace features original creations from emerging
Canadian and international artists, artisans, craftspeople and designers. Each
week there will be something new and unique to be discovered. Running until
September, the market will be on the Square Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Vendors interested in participating can call
416-979-9960 for more information.

Throughout summer, street performers will be carrying on the busking tradition
that has become synonymous with Toronto's busiest intersection by performing
captivating feats and theatrical antics. While a performance schedule is not
available, expect buskers to be entertaining (weather permitting) in the
evenings and weekends.

The arrival of summer will also bring new sounds to the Square. Winding down
the work week, Friday Funk takes the stage Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.,
with talented musicians performing an eclectic blend of music appealing to all
audiences, from R&B and funk to classic rock and soul. Upcoming performers
include Tory Cassis, The Silverhearts and God Made Me Funky. The series gets
underway May 28. In addition to Friday Funk, Summer Serenades will also be
scheduled weekday afternoons featuring the soothing sounds of jazz and easy
listening. The series begins Wednesday, June 2 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with a
performance by Karen Manion.

In addition to these regular events, the Square will be animated all summer
long with a host of special events appealing to a variety of audiences. There's
something for everyone on the Square, in the heart of the city. For a complete
event calendar, visit http://www.ydsquare.ca. All events produced by
Yonge-Dundas Square are free.

New to the Square this season, food service will be available beginning in June
and will offer a selection of refreshments. Yonge-Dundas Square is the perfect
place for visitors to relax, in the shade of an umbrella, with food and drink
in hand while listening to one of our free concerts and other special events.
Visitors can take in the sights and sounds amid the bedazzling spectacle of 20
water fountains which operate through the good-weather months 24 hours a day,
seven days a week.

Media contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism media hotline,
416-560-8726



 

 

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