Celebrating 50 Years of the Bloor Line

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bloor-Danforth subway line, The Artists Newsstand at Chester Station hosted a birthday party on Thursday, February 25 featuring live performances, music, complimentary cake, balloons and prizes. The previously dormant Gateway newsstand was re-imagined in May 2015 as an artists hub to benefit both commuters and artists.
 
The festivities kicked off with a historical character performance about the subway construction by award-winning theater artist Moe Angelos. Later, burlesque artist Dainty Box presented a fun, family-friendly performance to the music of The Supremes. In between, a DJ played the hit songs of 1966, including These Boots are Made for Walking, Good Lovin’ and Monday Monday
 
The Artists Newsstand is a multidisciplinary arts space showcasing the talent of local artists, writers and performers inside the Chester subway station (street level). The unique arts collective run by volunteers revitalizes the traditional newsstand with new purpose for performances, installations and art merchandise, while still providing customary items (drinks and snacks) in a kiosk that was vacant for six years. Created by performance artist Jess Dobkin, the year-long project ends April 30, 2016.
The Artists Newsstand is open weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM, with extended and weekend hours for special events. For the latest schedule, visit facebook.com/artistsnewsstand.
Photo credit: Jaime Espinoza

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René Samulewitsch
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René Samulewitsch @VIPRene is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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