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Dominoes

Dominoes brings together Torontonians in a joyful act of community-building, as 8,000 human-sized dominoes weave and fall along an epic 2.5km journey through downtown neighbourhoods. Co-presented with Choice Properties.

Walking:Holding: May 26

May 26, 2024

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Walking:Holding: May 25

May 25, 2024

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Softer City Curators’ Tour: May 25

Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

Softer City Curators’ Tour: May 26

Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

Walking:Holding

May 25, 2024 to May 26, 2024

Walking:Holding is a unique, experiential performance that invites audience members (one at a time) on a guided walk through the neighbourhood, where they encounter and hold hands with a series of people along the way. Rosana Cade’s project embraces social connections between strangers, illuminating how identity, intimacy, hypervisibility, and vulnerability intersect in public space.

Yoga with Adriene, presented by The Bentway

July 6, 2024. 10:00am (Timed Entry)

The Bentway welcomes wellness icon Adriene Mishler of Yoga with Adriene for her first-ever live event in Canada! The YouTube superstar has inspired millions of people around the world to practice yoga from the comfort of their homes. Now, join Adriene and thousands of Torontonians live on July 6 for this unforgettable communal outdoor yoga class (co-hosted with Fort York).

Softer City: Freestyle Socials

Join Athony Morgan and Aaron Fitzpatrick for their signature hilarious social game, Freestyle Socials. The game is simple! Through yes or no questions, share ideas and experiences about community and connection. There’s sure to be lots of laughter and you might even make a new friend!

Roller Skating with SUSO Skate Co

June 14 - September 29, 2024. Time: Wednesday-Friday, 4pm-8pm, Saturday-Sunday, 1pm-8pm

Our friends at SUSO Skate Co. are back this summer, making The Bentway Skate Trail the best place to rock and roll! Book your skate rental and time slot ahead of time on the SUSO website, then come on down for good vibes and memorable moments. Whether you’re trying roller skating for the first time or have moves to show off, SUSO has you covered.

Softer City Curators’ Tour

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Be the first to explore our Softer City outdoor exhibition by joining a curators’ tour on opening weekend. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition theme and come see how Softer City invites artists, architects, and designers to explore new approaches to social connection and soft encounters in our city.

Summer Opening Night Party (2024)

A fabulous party to kick-off summer in the city! Mix, mingle, and dance under the Gardiner as The Bentway’s new public art exhibition Softer City officially opened. The evening culminated with a massive collective performance led by local queer line dancing icons, SPURS.

Roller Skate Parties

June 14, July 12, August 16, September 27, 2024.

Meet us under the Gardiner for our monthly Roller Skate Parties! Expect live DJs, your favourite food trucks, and awesome Hippie Market vendors. Our friends at SUSO Skate will have gear rentals available too. These will be summer nights to remember!

Tracings

On view now

How can we show care for our infrastructure and, by extension, for each other? Nico Williams applied “patches” (made with woven fabric and jingle cones) to the Gardiner’s concrete columns, incorporating traditional Indigenous regalia designs. These soft interventions add joy, beauty, and a caring touch to the Expressway.

Roller Skate Party: September

Meet us under the Gardiner for our monthly Roller Skate Parties! Expect live DJs, your favourite food trucks, and awesome Hippie Market vendors. Our friends at SUSO Skate will have gear rentals available too. These will be summer nights to remember!

Roller Skate Party: August

Meet us under the Gardiner for our monthly Roller Skate Parties! Expect live DJs, your favourite food trucks, and awesome Hippie Market vendors. Our friends at SUSO Skate will have gear rentals available too. These will be summer nights to remember!

Roller Skate Party: July

Meet us under the Gardiner for our monthly Roller Skate Parties! Expect live DJs, your favourite food trucks, and awesome Hippie Market vendors. Our friends at SUSO Skate will have gear rentals available too. These will be summer nights to remember!

Roller Skate Party: June

Meet us under the Gardiner for our monthly Roller Skate Parties! Expect live DJs, your favourite food trucks, and awesome Hippie Market vendors. Our friends at SUSO Skate will have gear rentals available too. These will be summer nights to remember!

Holding Space

On view now

Nnenna Okore uses scaffolding, pipe, and Ankara – a versatile and iconic African fabric that embodies a deep sense of identity and community – to create a new space for human connection. Vibrant fabric hues weave around the Gardiner’s hard edges, softening the concrete infrastructure.

Soft Fits

On view now

Few public spaces are designed with teenagers in mind. For Soft Fits, Brooklyn’s WIP Collaborative worked with local youth to create a playful lounge-scape under the trees at the edge of The Bentway Studio Terrace facing Canoe Landing Park.

Wind Ensemble

On view now

Brightly coloured windsocks dance overhead while windchimes echo throughout, picking up the movement of the wind and the energy of the city. Toronto-based artist Heather Nicol invites you to add your voice to this chorus, to pause and connect to your surroundings and one another.

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