Today Masaryk-Cowan Park will host the third annual Parkdale Festival, rain or shine. Set to kick off at 12 p.m., the festival is going to have a smorgasbord of activities.
Whether it be employment, food, shelter, or counselling, the festival’s main goal is to promote awareness for a number of youth services within the city. Participating youth service organizations include: Smart Sckool, Soulpepper Theatre, P.E.A.C.E, Gay and Lesbian Youth Line, and many more.
Combining entertainment with awareness, one of the activities is an “interactive art zone,” designed for individuals to contribute to a “mural of street art.” At the end of the day Parkdale Festivalites will give it away (in pieces) to different community organizations “in hopes that they are proudly displayed.” In addition, a children’s activity area and wading pool will be set up, along with a marketplace of local artisans and vendors, and of course, performances throughout the day. Performers include The Ugly Bug Band, Spacecraft 7, The WG’s, Triple S, The Apollo Effect, and many others. If you can’t make it to the festival, the University of Toronto’s CIUT-FM will be broadcasting live-to-air during the festival. You can tune into 89.5 FM or join them on their website to hear all the performances.
Although the festival ends at 6 p.m., there will be an after party all night long—continuing the Parkdale Festival tradition—presented by Triple-X Productions, with DJ sets and performances, including Put The Rifle Down and Dirty 30. The after party starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. More details here.
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