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East York Days is a FREE outdoor concert series at East York Civic Centre on August 7 and 28th from 6-9 pm!

East York Days 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
East York Civic Centre | 850 Coxwell Avenue
FREE! | Facebook Event Page

Presented by East End Arts in collaboration with Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14), the City of Toronto’s City Hall Live program, and hosted by Errol Nazareth from CBC’s Big City Small World, East York Days is a celebration of community featuring live music by local musicians, an artisan marketplace, and a variety of some of Toronto’s favourite food trucks. This event is free, so bring the family, a blanket or lawn chair, and enjoy local sounds and tastes!

Proceeds support East End Arts’ arts programs for youth in our community. Attendees are also encouraged to please bring non-perishable items for donation to the Bethany Food Bank.

This is East End Arts’ 2nd year hosting this event, after a successful pilot in 2018 with Councillor Mary Fragedakis. We welcome all to join in by applying to be an artisan vendor, signing up to volunteer (it takes a village to make events like this happen!) or simply marking Wednesday August 7th and 28th (6 to 9 pm) in your calendars, so you don’t miss out on the fun!

HOST: ERROL NAZARETH

Errol Nazareth is a music journalist who’s been playing with words professionally for over 20 years. He’s a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and Big City Small World shows, he’s hosted his own national shows on Radio One, and he’s talked about musical trends on Definitely Not The Opera and Sounds Like Canada. Nazareth also worked as a music columnist withThe Toronto Sun and Eye Weekly. He currently works at CBC as a digital journalist and teaches a media writing course at Centennial College.

 

MUSICAL LINEUP

Wednesday August 7, 2019, 6-9pm

  • Headliner, 8pm – GRACE
    GRACE is an all-women disco, R&B, funk, soul, and rock band that invites you to boogie on down and move to the music! GRACE covers hits by everyone from Sly and the Family Stone to Bruno Mars and The Weekend. Featuring powerhouse vocals, spine-tingling harmonies, a sensational horn section, and one of the best rhythm sections you’ll ever hear, GRACE is a band of über-talented women who will keep you on your feet! Formed in the summer of 2014 by Mae Cromwell and Rhonda Bruce, GRACE is a Toronto-based funksoulicious band bringing you bombastic brass, groovin’ rhythms, killer vocals, and a whole lotta love! Members include: Mae Cromwell – Lead Vocals, Rhonda Bruce – Bass/Vocals, Cathy Marchese – Drums, Janet Whiteway – Keys/Vocals, Aimee O’Connor – Guitar, Naomi Higgins – Sax, Ashly Kurkjian – Sax, and AshE – Vocals.
  • Opening Act, 7pm – Donné Roberts
    Donné Roberts is a passionate performer, guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Madagascar. When he hits the stage, he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd, even if they’ve never heard his music before. Donné performs mainly in Malagasy, his mother tongue from his birthplace of Madagascar; yet, this never proves to be a barrier to the audience, providing living proof that music truly does transcend language.Donné came to wider recognition after he released his albums “Rhythm Was Born” and “Internation”, and for his contribution as one of the members of the African Guitar Summit project, which won a JUNO in 2005 and was nominated for another one in 2007. Donné was raised and educated in Moscow, Russia and now lives in Toronto. In Moscow, he was the first black VJ on MTV Russia. Touring Canada, he introduces his music to new fans that might be unfamiliar with the kinds of rhythms his music conveys, and his fusion of seemingly dissimilar sounds. On this new album, the language combinations melt with his musical compositions to great effect. Though the songs were created for this project, they have a way of sounding familiar and new at the same time.
  • Special Performance, 6:30pm – The Music Project
    Enjoy a special opening performance by students from The Music Project, a non-profit music school that serves children in grades K-12 in Toronto’s east end. With a focus on collaborative music-making and performance experiences, The Music Project offers lessons in music foundations, guitar, piano, drumming & percussion, ukulele, and choir. The Music Project is open to all children, with a focus on kids who otherwise would not have access to music-making opportunities or education. East End Arts is proud to be a community partner supporting The Music Project.

Wednesday August 28, 2019, 6-9pm

  • Headliner, 8pm – LeBarons
    Great songs have the power to transport listeners to emotional worlds they’ve been seeking their whole lives. Since 2014, LeBarons have been crafting alt-country soundscapes that set the stage for Chris MacDonald’s vivid lyrical stories. “Expertly crafted;” “haunting and hypnotic;” “epic, brooding, and emotional;” – these are words used by critics around the world to describe where LeBarons’ music has taken them.Their most recent album, Summer Of Death, is the sound of highways at night; passing cars in the rain; the wind blowing past an open car window. Summer Of Death is the sound of a song fading out in the distance at the start of a long, strange trip. These are the sounds the restless hear when everything else grows quiet. LeBarons are a 100% independent alt-country band from Toronto. Members include Chris MacDonald, Megan Tilston, John Dinsmore, Casey Irvin, Evan Levy and Po Karim.
  • Opening Act, 7:15pm – Zeca Polina
    Zeca Polina is a brazilian singer, composer, arranger, multi instrumentalist and a very curious man. Zeca has worked in many musical groups in Brazil, having also performed in Mexico, England and the United States. He has been part of the bands Porta Pantográfica, Paquiderme Escarlate, Susie Kill, Trio da Montanha and A Turma Toda. Among the musical styles which he has explored are rock’n roll, forró, samba and others. As a producer, he released the álbum “Lena” (2014), by the Brazilian samba singer Marilena Torres. His self-titled album, which marks the debut of his solo career, proposes unlabeled aesthetics. Just as the water that comes straight from its source or the fruit that falls straight from the tree, Zeca refrains from attaching any labels to his music. Sometimes finding his inspirations in Brazilian country songs, others in rock ’n’ roll, waltz, psychedelia, blues, and many other genres, Zeca completes his canvas, which gives birth to his will for creative freedom, spontaneity and World Music.
  • Opening Act, 6:30pm – Mimi O’Bonsawin
    Mimi O’Bonsawin is an Award winning, Contemporary roots songwriter that is inspired by her French Canadian and Abenakis heritage. If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness.Mimi’s music has gained some momentum and has received various awards and nominations. She was recently awarded Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards 2019. She has performed on prestigious stages such as at Midem in Cannes, and Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto. In a time where you may feel like it has all been done before, Mimi is a rare find. She is one of a kind. When you meet her, you will know it!
  • Special Performance, 6:00pm – The Music Project
    Enjoy a special opening performance by students from The Music Project, a non-profit music school that serves children in grades K-12 in Toronto’s east end. With a focus on collaborative music-making and performance experiences, The Music Project offers lessons in music foundations, guitar, piano, drumming & percussion, ukulele, and choir. The Music Project is open to all children, with a focus on kids who otherwise would not have access to music-making opportunities or education. East End Arts is proud to be a community partner supporting The Music Project.

Washrooms

Washrooms are located in the East York Civic Centre at the west end of the Square. Note there are washrooms on both floors.

Accessibility

The square at East York Civic Centre is fully accessible, including the washrooms.

Food

Food and drinks will be available for purchase from our amazing Food Truck vendors during the event from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Artisan Sign Up

We’re looking for local artists and artisans to sell their wares at East York Days! Spots are curated and limited to 10 per evening. Interested in applying to be an artisan vendor? Apply today!

APPLY TO BE AN ARTISAN VENDOR HERE

Volunteer Sign Up

We’re also looking for volunteers to help with East York Days! Various positions available, which come with some great perks including a pizza dinner and a private balcony view! Interested in joining us as a volunteer? Sign up today!

APPLY TO BE A VOLUNTEER HERE

Rain Date

The event goes on, rain or shine!

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