Kicking off the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival Yonge - Dundas Square, Friday, July 8|
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Toronto Unlimited presents Great Big Sea, Broken Social Scene, Holly Cole,
Jully Black & Les Girafes
Hosted By Seán Cullen
The 7th Annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival will launch Friday, July 8
with a huge, FREE outdoor concert at Yonge-Dundas Square featuring jazz
chanteuse Holly Cole, R&B sensation Jully Black, Celtic rockers Great Big Sea,
alt-rock super group Broken Social Scene and Les Girafes — An Urban Operetta
from Compagnie Off (France), a street performance troupe featuring a
spectacular herd of 8-metre high red giraffes. This open air celebration,
hosted by comedian Seán Cullen, begins at 7p.m.
The Toronto Branding Project is hosting this evening of incredible
entertainment as a thank you to everyone who participated in developing the new
Toronto brand by giving their thoughts and opinions about Toronto during the
public engagement campaign. How they view Toronto led to the unveiling of a
single brand identity for the city — Toronto Unlimited.
The 7th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival transforms Yonge Street, the
longest street in the world (1,896-kilometres) into a curb to curb celebration
of tastes, talent and all that is Toronto. From July 8 – 10, the Street
Festival will present over 500 artists on four distinct sites featuring 16
unique performance spaces — all on Yonge Street, where it intersects with
Dundas St., St. Clair Ave., Eglinton Ave. and Lawrence Ave.
7 p.m. — Vocalist Holly Cole is an artist who defies categorization.
Her smoky voice is sultry, yet she's ironically humorous and candid while
reshaping traditional standards and pop classics. Jazz is her bedrock, but not
exclusively. Her most recent release, "The Holly Cole Collection, Vol. 1", is
a cross-section of recordings that span her 20-year career. This is a rare
7:30 p.m. — Toronto R&B diva Jully Black’s astounding debut album
“This Is Me”, featuring her signature rasp and soul-stirring voice, was just
released by Universal Music Canada. Jully Black has received four Juno Award
nominations, four MuchMusic Video Award nominations and Fashion Magazine
recently recognized her ambitious nature by naming her one of the most alluring
Canadians. In addition, she recently broadened her talents by appearing in the
hugely successful theatre production ‘Da Kink in My Hair and added artists
Destiny's Child and Nas to her songwriting credits.
8 p.m. — The sea chanty tradition of Newfoundland is fused with the
spirit and energy of contemporary rock and popular music by Great Big Sea.
They are renowned for drawing together disparate threads of folk and pop music,
while their shows are a storm of powerful singing, driving rhythms and soaring
melody. Critics are often at a loss to describe the unique appeal of the band,
who built a strong and enduring career by combining the traditional music of
their home with a myriad of pop influences.
9 p.m. — Les Girafes, Urban Operetta is an ambulatory spectacle set to
original music with elements of circus arts, theatre, dance and opera. A herd
of red giraffes leisurely stretch their legs while balancing their supple
necks. Tall and slender, the giraffes’ silhouettes glide through the streets,
casually poking their noses in storefronts and building windows. The city
becomes the stage for a crimson ballet, led by these enormous, upwardly mobile
necks. Standing 8-metres high, the curious giraffes are the creation of France’
s Compagnie Off. Accompanied by a theatrical ground crew, 18 master stilt
walkers blindly maneuver the giraffes to play out this animal operetta on the
streets of Toronto. Local performers from Toronto’s SwizzleStick Theatre Inc.,
who provide free-form roving / busking and specially choreographed performance
pieces, join Compagnie Off for this presentation.
10 p.m. — With each hometown Toronto show the myth and wonder around
Broken Social Scene's emotional and powerful live shows (filled with collective
ever-near-breakup energy) grows steadily. Nearing the completion of their
first studio album since 2002's “You Forgot It In People,” which will be
released this fall, Broken Social Scene are equally at ease with ambient
electronica, psychedelic work-outs, droning ambience, impressionistic
vignettes, android rock'n'roll and gentle folk-rock.
The celebration will be hosted by comedian Seán Cullen who has toured the world
performing and perfecting his unique brand of improvisational, absurdist
comedy. Last year Seán Cullen starred as Max Bialystock in the Canadian
production of Mel Brook's The Producers and he recently toured Canada and the
U.S. with the Barenaked Ladies.
Also, for the first time, the celebration will be shown on all the video
screens in the Yonge–Dundas area — simulcasting the show live.
Yonge – Dundas Square is located right in the heart of downtown Toronto on the
southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets. By TTC: North or South - On the
Yonge subway line, exit at the Dundas subway stop. East or West - Take the 505
Dundas East or West Streetcar, exit at Yonge Street. For further information,
check www.ttc.ca or contact 416-393-INFO
For more information on the 7th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival, the
complete entertainment line-up including a full schedule of events, visit www.toronto.ca/special_events
or call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.
Toronto Special Events