Our annual Block Party is back and bigger than ever. This day-long, free, celebratory street party returns on August 13 with live music, roving performances, cheerleading, an art market by Toronto Art Crawl, street food and more.
Today, The Bentway announced the return of its annual Block Party, taking place on Sunday, August 13. Torontonians are invited to a day of live music, performances, family-friendly activities, art workshops, street food and more. The free event will run from noon to 9:00 p.m. at The Bentway, under the Gardiner Expressway at 250 Fort York Blvd.
Fresh off an appearance at Coachella, Brooklyn-based musician BAYLI will headline the evening with her anthemic production. Dance duo TUSH, known for pushing the boundaries on disco and house music, will bring their energetic live show (featuring Tafari Anthony, Alexa Belgrave, Matias Recharte, Neil Whitford and Camilo Consuelo Ezperanza) to the mainstage, as will genre-hopping local DJ Sofia Fly, mainstay of queer dance floors in the city. Hosted by Fly Lady Di.
New this year, Block Party visitors can check out an artist’s market by Toronto Art Crawl – bringing over 80 local artists and artisans selling photography, sculptures, jewellery, fashion, home decor, and one-of-a-kind items at The Bentway Skate Trail.
There’s a lot for party-goers to experience throughout the day:
- Roving performances by Toronto’s own afro-Brazilian percussion and song troupe Maracatu Mar Aberto
- Pop-up performances by local dance collective T.O. Waacking
- An afternoon showcase of local DJs curated by ISO Radio, featuring Jelz, Beat Sampras, and dj miss
- All-ages are invited to create pom poms with artist Jillian Jerat, culminating in a community cheer workshop and performance led by PCT Cheer & Tumble
- Art from The Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season is display throughout the site
The Block Party has become The Bentway’s signature summer event, known for being an inclusive, joyful, and art-filled day where all are welcome. The event is part of The Bentway’s Beyond Concrete summer season, a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, and large-scale celebrations.