Friday, June 13, 2008

West Toronto Junction City Presents Free Summer Concerts and Family Fun

2008 will be the first summer that the Junction Forum for Art and Culture will present the Live Summer Concert Series in the Junction.

Every Saturday from June 14 to August 2, 2008 the Junction Train Platform in the West Toronto Junction City Square, 2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Avenue will be alive with entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy.

From 10 am local businesses will gather in the Junction organic farmers' market, where you can also get a circus lesson from Toronto Aerial Dance Theatre, have a photo taken in period costume, contribute a story to [murmur], take a walking tour presented by the West Toronto Junction Historical Society( at 1:30 pm), and more.

All of this will be centred around the noon free concerts representing the wide range of cultures making up the Junction including; Maltese, Jamaican, Kenyan, Mexican, Peruvian, Spanish, Celtic and North American.

Students from the Academy of Realist Art have completed an historic-themed mural on the left side of the platform area the last few weeks as well - sand some landscaping has been added to the area to green-it-up.

So come up to the Junction for brunch, then head over to the Junction Train Platform to see what's going on.

All concerts start at noon on the Junction Train Platform

June 14 concert will feature Donné Roberts
Juno award winner and Urban Music award nominated Canada’s Afro-cosmopolitan artist

If the immortal sounds of Fela Kuti, Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Peter Gabriel and Richie Havens were to come together as one, their torchbearer might very well be Madagascar-born, Russian-raised and now Toronto-based guitarist Donné Roberts. Effortlessly combining poly-rhythmic African and European folk & groove and blazing North American funk, rock and blues influences, Roberts and his 6-piece band deliver a remarkably diverse, infectiously joyful and utterly unique live music experience.

• June 21 concert will feature Pagan Jam
Celebrate the Solstice

Join us for an hour of Pagan music and chants as we pay tribute to the Solstice with a group of local Toronto and Junction musicians brought together by local recording engineer Chris Hall. This will be followed at night by the Junction Community in Bloom Summer Solstice Lantern Tour of the area celebrating the Junction's mix of grit and community and reminding us of Earth Hour's conservation message.

• June 28 concert will feature Malta Band Club
30 Piece Band

The Malta Band Club was founded by a group of dedicated Maltese musicians who mostly lived on Dundas Street and the surrounding area. The club had its beginnings in the late 1960's as a marching band organized by the Maltese Canadian Society of Toronto. In 1971, the band members decided to branch out on their own and formed the now popular and successful Malta Band Club, Inc.

JUNE 2008 West Toronto Junction Historical Society Walking Tours SCHEDULE
All tours start at 1:30 pm at the Junction Train Platform

• June 14, June 21, June 28

Following Summer Concerts in the Junction at the Pacific Station (Just east of the North East Corner of Pacific and Dundas) WTJHS Historical Walking Tours led by historical characters. The first three tours, June 14, 21, 28 will visit the Carlton Davenport district north east of the station. This working class neighbourhood predates the rest of the Junction as the villages of Carleton and Davenport. Learn of the wondrous healer who lived on Vine Avenue, experience the tragedy of nine Junction young men who died in the Humber Bay, meet Bartholomew Bull and the enterprising Bulls of Tipperary.
Host: A.B. Rice with special guests. Wear sensible shoes.

Also, be sure to check out for more information and updates on the July and August entertainment schedules.

EVERY SATURDAY from June 14 to August 2, 2008
at the Junction Train Platform

Events, Marketplace, Workshops

10:00 am
[V] The Junction Market
[V] The [murmur] - Audio Junction Story Collectors Project
[V] Period Costumes - Dress-up & Photos
[V] Toronto Aerial Dance - Free Circus Lessons

12:00 pm
Live Concert

West Toronto Junction Historical Society Walking Tours

links: Summer Concerts Summer concerts in the Junction
Toronto Culture: Summer Concerts in the Junction
Toronto Arts Online: Summer Concerts in the Junction
Junction Parents: Junction Summer Concert Schedule (June 14th, 21st & 28th)
NOW Magazine: Food & Drink: Eco-happy Junction by Steven Daley
Green-food-related businesses are converging on west Dundas West Toronto Junction Restaurants Toronto Vegetarian Association: Directory Around High Park

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