Friday, July 18, 2008

Local News: Summer in the Toronto Junction City

Poster: The Junction Arts Festival 2008, photo by artjunction.blogspot.comPoster: The Junction Arts Festival 2008 JUNCTIONArtsFEST.COM
Summertime brings great free outdoor activities to the West Toronto 'Junction City'. The Junction Forum for Art and Culture continues to present the Free Summer Concert Series in the Junction.

West Toronto Junction City Presents Free Summer Concerts and Family Fun

EVERY SATURDAY from June 14 to August 2, 2008
at the Junction City Square & Train Platform
2960 Dundas Street West at Pacific Avenue, Toronto, ON

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

The concert tomorrow, July 19, will feature a Latin and Andean music. The Imbayakunas band comes to the Junction City. Their music allows the listener to escape on an exotic voyage to a South American traditional Native community.

Website Screenshot: The Imbayakunas Latin and Andean MusicThe Imbayakunas Music Website Screenshot
Credit: The Imbayakunas

About: The Imbayakunas
"The Imbayakunas" - Keeping Andean Traditions Alive Through Song
"When I made the decision to form ‘The Imbayakunas’ music group, I knew my ancestors would be proud", remarks Patricio Chiza. Mr. Chiza is the musical director and founder of The Imbayakunas Music Group from Ecuador. "I come from a strong and vibrant Native Andean culture. Both my mother and father raised myself and my siblings to understand and appreciate our traditions. Although there was and still exists racism against Native people, my parents never relinquished their pride and dignity in the face of adversity and discrimination."
In 1998, Patricio Chiza began his dream of forming a music group that would highlight the wondrous sound of the Andes. Each musician is from Ecuador and shares a love of performing. Their music continues to evolve and can be described as a World Music fusion between traditional Andean sounds and contemporary Latin rhythms. The music of The Imbayakunas is infectious; Latin American and North American audiences alike are drawn to the musical mix of pan flutes, guitar, violin, charango and drums.
The Imbayakunas Music Group has worked hard to make their mark as entertainers. They have gained much notoriety while performing at various festivals, private functions, shopping centres and benefit events. Through their work over the years, they have become the best known local presenters of Andean music in Canada. The Imbayakunas have recorded and released 10 CD's to date and showcase a wide repertoire of musical sounds spanning from traditional Andean San Juans to cover versions of classics such as "Hotel California" by The Eagles.
"Anytime I have the opportunity to show the world the beauty that is Andean Music, it is a privilege and my pleasure", says Patricio Chiza. The Imbayakunas success is a dream come true.
For general information please contact:
Junction Forum for Art and Culture
Tel: 416-767-5036

For historical walk information please contact:
Neil Ross,
Centennial Committee Chair
West Toronto Junction Historical Society
Tel: 416-760-9057

Local news in brief

The Foundation Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurant: new inspiration for healthy and green living in the JunctionThe Foundation is coming: new inspiration for healthy and green living in the Junction
Never doubt that
a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed. It is the only
thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

junctioner: A New Restaurant
Posted by Louis

Poster: Margret's Scrumptious Brunch
Margret's Scrumptious Brunch

Join us every Saturday & Sunday
for Brunch starting June 7th
from 10AM to 3PM
@ Margret
2952 Dundas Street West

DJs, Acoustic James, Awesome Food, Delicious Drinks & More!
It's just the east side of the Junction City Square & Train Platform.

Community Picnic at Baird Park, Keele Street, TorontoPoster: Community Picnic at Baird Park

Community Picnic at Baird Park
July 19, noon - 2:00pm
275 Keele Street, Toronto, ON
Nearest Major Intersection: Annette St & Indian Rd The Imagination Library
A community initiative to launch during this year's Junction Arts Festival.
Credit: Junction expatriates invited to community reunion
"Junction expatriates are invited "home" to celebrate with old friends and neighbours at a community reunion during the Junction Arts Festival, as part of the neighbourhood's centennial celebrations this year."
BY LISA RAINFORD Recent Openings
June 24, 2008
"Espresso Mi Vida opens at 392 Pacific Avenue in the Junction, serving up sumptuous South American food.
Dundas Street West is seeing a definite increase in cafes, as well. The Sweet Potato (2995 Dundas Street West), The Beet (2945 Dundas Street West), Crema Coffe Co (3079 Dundas Street West), and Rawlicious (3092 Dundas Street West) have all opened. Rapid heartbeats and increased energy at all hours can already be detected in the area."

by Stephanie Dickison Explore the Local Toronto Art Scene and Vote for Your Favourite Artist
The Local Option Art Awards is a unique exhibit of community art celebrating the Centennial of West Toronto Junction.


Irina said...

What a beautiful blog!

Olga said...


Thank you very much for your feedback.
It is a real pleasure to read and quote your Junction Parents' blog as well. I am learning a lot from your posts.
Hope to meet you in the next weeks or so in the Junction (Joho).
All the best,

Jill Stewart said...

Hello hello ...certainly, the blog is very lovely! I am glad to see this post also as a West Toronto Realtor because it surely promoting our cool part of the city! Moreover, it is very good idea to write about this as it keeps my (and not only mine) knowledge updated and keeps me well-informed in everyday situations! Simply a great job :)


Irina said...

Hi Olga, How are you? I've noticed a few people calling Junction "Joho", what exactly does it stand for?
I'd love to meet you too, if not earlier, maybe at the Art's Fest :)
Looking forward to more amazing posts from you,


olga said...

Hi Jill:

Delighted to receive your inspirational comment!
May I use this comment for our testimonial section?
I will keep you posted and thanks again for your support.

Look forward to your notes,


PS:Everyone knows Jill is the top deal.

olga said...

Hi Irina:

Thank you for asking this Joho's question. I am glad to hear that "a few people calling Junction "Joho".
It seems to me there is something in our ontological and epistemological roots to rename everything and fill it with new meaning.

The Junction is changing with unprecedented dynamic range, and "...with all of those booming art activities, celebrations, exhibitions, festivals and openings of new businesses on Dundas Street West, the Junction experiences the second more advanced stage of transformation which started in 1997. Now we can associate the Junction with arts like Soho in New York City, and let's call the area the Joho.
Joho is Junction, History, Toronto, Ontario, Arts, and Business. The Joho, Historic West Toronto Junction City offers unique shops, restaurants, bars, cafes like the Historic Distillery but a little bit diluted."

Come and Celebrate JoHo: Junction and History

Now, I call the Junction just Joho.
Joho = Junction + Soho (history, arts, galleries, cafes, and restaurants).
Joho = Junction + Options + History
Joho = Junction + Options + High Park
Joho = Junction + Options for Homes
Joho = Junction + oho!, whatever.

What is your suggestion?

Thanks again,