– GO BIG OR GO HOME – THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE – JULY 21-22, 2012
WHO: The Bloordale community showcasing everything that’s great about Toronto
WHAT: BIG on Bloor Festival 2012 (an initiative of the Bloordale BIA)
WHERE: On Bloor St. and in various venues from Dufferin - Lansdowne
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 1-9 pm, Sunday, July 22, 12-6 pm
TICKETS: Free! All-ages welcome
“Culture is a vital way to build and sustain engaged, healthy communities which is why festivals like BIG on Bloor are so important.” ~ Andrew Cash, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Davenport)
TORONTO – THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012 – The Bloor Improvement Group proudly presents the BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL, a multi-disciplinary and diverse community event where there is something for everyone to enjoy. From floating helium sculptures to reshaping a 24-foot line of clay, to “Walk on Water Balls,” there is a wide range of activities, performance art and entertainment to discover. Toronto’s finest artists, musicians and craftspeople take over Bloor Street from Dufferin to Lansdowne on Saturday, July 21 @ 1-9 pm and Sunday, July 22 @ 12-6 pm. For more information and updates please visit http://bigonbloor.com/
BIG on Bloor is an original and innovative festival that features a number of projects and showcases over the two-day event. Culture Works, curated by festival organizer and artist Dyan Marie, is an initiative that will promote some of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, organizations and collectives to bring their programming to the street and enhance Toronto’s cultural scene.
Now in its third year, the Bloor Alternative Art Fair (BAAF ), is an annual showcase of contemporary art, performance and interactive art, as well as art institutions, collectives, galleries and art educators. Side by side, established and emerging talented contributors bring a vibrant mix of art practices to Toronto’s Bloordale Bloor Street.
And what would a festival be without a stellar lineup of musicians on hand. There will be two main performance stages and smaller stages in the schoolyard at Dufferin and Bloor. Local venue Duffy’s Tavern will present the Margueretta Stage with local musicians and as well, there will be a main stage called The Nestlé Stage located in front of the Bloor Collegiate at 1141 Bloor St. West. Other performances will be offered in various locations and as parades, busker stations etc.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY:
Honey Novick and the poetry group from Savards www.honeynovick.com
Arashido Taiko – Japanese drumming group plays traditional & original songs www.arashido-
Andrew Cash – Juno award-winning singer/songwriter and MP Davenport riding www.myspace.com/
The Horables – Traditional Klezmer music, polkas, ragtime, gypsy dance & Django style jazz www.thehorables.com
The Pairs – Toronto-based trio’s original compositions are a unique fusion of pop, rock, psyche country and blues
BrouLala – Improvisatory voice, using ear-catching grooves, exotic turns, and unexpected vocal twists www.broulala.com
Cassandra Henry – Enchanting R&B singer/songwriter www.cassandrahenry.com
AHI presents his BLUEBLACKmusic, the deepest of all Blues. www.myspace.com/
The Starfires – Spontaneous, engaging sonic experience - trad, rock & jazz forms www.myspace.com/
And many more!
BIG on Bloor gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Bloordale BIA, Ontario Tourism and Nestlé Canada among others.
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