Summer officially kicks-off at the second annual family-friendly BENTWAY BLOCK PARTY, Sunday, July 7, 2019. July 7 also marks the return of SUNDAY SOCIAL at The Bentway, featuring the Exclaim! Stage with Toronto musical acts on the city’s largest patio! Thebentway.ca/blockparty2019
SUNDAY SOCIAL runs July 7-August 25, from noon-9pm. Pilot Coffee and SPIN will provide food and drink selections, plus bar service. And, the fan favourite ping pong tables will remain onsite all summer long. Thebentway.ca/sundaysocial2019
Daytime entertainment includes performances by the Heavyweight Brass Band, tunes from DJ JayemKayem (Josephine Cruz), and a Double Dutch demonstrations and free jump session. There will also be face-painting, a colour by numbers scavenger hunt, ping pong tables, and a DIY collage party with multidisciplinary artist Paul Butler. The party features live performances from Canadian indie rockers The Elwins, experimental pop band Ellevator, and indie emo-orchestra Common Deer.
Award-winning interdisciplinary artist and designer Sean Martindale will unveil a one-of-a-kind art installation for The Bentway Block Party. His interventions activate public spaces, often using salvaged goods and live plants in unexpected ways. His playful works suggest alternate possibilities for existing spaces while focusing on ecological and social issues.
The evening ramps up with the launch of the second season of the popular SUNDAY SOCIAL series, a welcoming space for socializing with good friends and making new ones around The Bentway’s oversized lounge chairs and picnic tables.
Canada’s authority on music and popular culture, Exclaim! will program the musical acts for SUNDAY SOCIAL including; folkies Birds of Bellwoods, the experimental sounds of Claire de la Loopa, Toronto rapper DijahSB, the futuristic sounds of Future Peers, the indie pop of Jackie, the dreamy pop of Lost Cousins, pop tunesters Petra Glynt, the rock sounds of Pony and Good Kid, and more.
Throughout the summer, Pilot Coffee offers coffee drinks and tasty treats, Thursday-Sunday 11am-7pm. All food and drink vendors are located at Strachan Gate – the westernmost section of The Bentway.
Photo credit of The Bentway Block Party by Andrew Williamson