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May 24, 2005
Free summer events! Yonge-Dundas Square entertainment in the heart of the city
  
Yonge-Dundas Square is pleased to announce an exciting line-up of free summer
events that reflect and celebrate the cultural diversity of Toronto, offering
something special for people of all ages and interests. The weekly line-up
features lunch-hour Summer Serenades on Wednesdays with live jazz and easy
listening, after-work Friday Funk upbeat concerts, Tuesday night City Cinema
outdoor film screenings and a weekend Arts at the Heart artisan market that
runs in conjunction with other community festivals and other events.

For decades Yonge Street has been the main artery of Toronto, the place where
sports victories, parades, street parties and celebrations occur. The opening
of Yonge-Dundas Square is a major achievement in the ongoing revitalization of
Toronto's downtown core and is a magnet for local residents and tourists alike.

Lunch-hour Summer Serenades provide a welcome respite to a busy day. Every
Wednesday between June 8 and August 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., local jazz and
easy listening musicians will perform one-hour sets. Featured performers
include Dione Taylor, Swing Rosie, Eliana Cuevas, Lily Front and more. Summer
Serenades is sponsored by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area

Friday Funk provides an alternative to battling rush hour. This upbeat concert
series runs every Friday between June 17 and September 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Some
of Toronto's hottest musical acts — ranging from urban to electronic, from dub
to disco, from world-beat to R'n'B — will heat up the square. Featured
performers for this sonic showcase include Ray Robinson, Autorickshaw, Soular,
and Kobayashi and more. Friday Funk is sponsored by the Downtown Yonge Business
Improvement Area.

The free outdoor movies of City Cinema fill the void that half-price Tuesday
night movies left behind. Every Tuesday from June 28 to August 30, a film
screening will take place between 8:30 and 11 p.m. The 2005 City Cinema theme
is musicals and will feature sing-a-long favourites like Grease, Chicago, West
Side Story and The Sound of Music. City Cinema is sponsored by the Downtown
Yonge Business Improvement Area.

One of a kind gifts and unique offerings will be for sale at Arts in the Heart.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays between May 21 and September 18, an artisan
market will run in conjunction with community festivals and other events such
as the South Asian Heritage Festival, the Dragon Boat parade, Prism and other
youth, arts and cultural events. Yonge-Dundas Square will also host City of
Toronto events such as Canada's Walk of Fame Movies 'n' Music Festival and
Celebrate Toronto.

Yonge-Dundas Square opened to an enthusiastic public in May 2003. The subject
of an international juried design competition, Yonge-Dundas Square was designed
by Toronto architects Brown and Storey. The Square incorporates simple
geometrical shapes and lines to create a sense of vitality and serenity while
offering an eclectic slate of events. Each day over 860,000 people enter the
area around Yonge and Dundas to work and shop. Central to the revitalization
and redevelopment of the city's downtown core, Yonge-Dundas Square is a meeting
place for people of all ages and interests.

For a full schedule and complete listings information, visit
http://www.ydsquare.ca

Media contacts:
Dianne Weinrib or Amy Stewart, DW Communications,
416-703-5479, dw@dwcommunications.net



 

 

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