The Dundas West Fest is going to be entertaining crowds next Saturday, June 11. We’ve got a long list of reasons why you won’t want to miss this one, for one, after 3 years, it’s already being touted as a top summer festival in Toronto.
First, the logistics: Dundas West will be closed to traffic between Ossington and Landsdowne all day Saturday, June 11. The streets will be for people, and for the businesses to fill as they wish. This means many of the retailers will have sidewalk sales, and the bars and restaurants will have patios, plus there are kids’ zones, art areas and music stages scattered throughout. With the wildly diverse businesses on the street, you will be able to choose from a lot of entertainment and dining.
I mentioned we had some highlights, but check out the site linked above because there is a lot going on this Saturday:
Also this weekend is another Dundas West Sidewalk sale. This Saturday, the street will still be open to traffic, but stores and restaurants will open their doors between Shaw and Landsdowne with special offers throughout the day. The Sidewalk Sale runs Saturday, September 19 from 10am-10pm.
The Garrison is a host venue for the JFL 42 comedy festival. Running September 24- October 3, JFL brings a variety of comedy shows to the city, from big name acts like Trevor Noah to hilarious lesser-known talent from across the globe. Expect to see a mix of performers in this intimate venue on Dundas West, like Kiwi Rhys Darby, familiar as the hapless manager on TV show Flight of the Conchords.
In two weeks, the Homegrown Park Crawl returns for Year 3. This event showcases a number of local parks and highlights local music and food at each stop on this travelling party. The crawl is September 27 from 12-6pm and you can buy tickets for the food from local spots like Pizzeria Libretto and Le Dolci. The crawl starts at Trinity Bellwoods Park and travels north through Fred Hamilton and Bickford before closing up at Christie Pits. Get your food tickets now!
Anything we’ve missed? Feel free to share with us.
This Saturday marks the 3rd year for the Dundas West Fest. The first two years were a big success, both for the residents and businesses in the neighbourhood, and year three looks to be at least as good!
The festival closes down Dundas from Ossington all the way west to Landsdowne, and many community groups, shops, restaurants and more will be represented. What makes the Dundas West Fest so successful is the inclusion of all the local groups and businesses for food and entertainment.
With kids’ zones, lots of music, shopping, art, and plenty of food and drink, the Dundas West Fest offers lots of opportunities for everyone to enjoy.
Some of the highlights of this year’s fest include:
UPDATE: A few more parties have been announced for Halloween.
Halloween is on a Friday this year, so there is no doubt when everybody will be dressing up and hitting the town. Wear your costume, and hit one of these local spots for a great night out:
The Painted Lady will start celebrating with a Devil’s Night Party on October 30th, with music from The Calrizians and The Deldoniks. Party starts at 9PM.
Halloween gets musical at The Dakota Tavern as The Mercenaries perform as The Muppets band Dr. Teeth and Electric Mayhem. Party starts at 10PM, it’s $10 at the door, and you can win prizes for best Muppet or rock star costume.
Rocky Horror Cabaret Show
In what is becoming an anticipated annual event, just in time for dressing up for Halloween, Lower Ossington Theatre launches a short-term run of Rocky Horror this Thursday in the Cabaret:
It’s that time of year of Ghosts and Goblins, Black Cats and…. Toronto’s greatest storytellers. On Wednesday October 15th at 8pm at The Ossington will be showcasing an amazing cast full of storytellers telling their spoooookiest stories with “Tales of…the Supernatural”.
This month’s show will be hosted by powerhouse Lauren Prussky. Lauren is a writer and comedian whose hilarious and amazing stories make her the show’s most asked about performer.
The show will feature performers such as: Hilarious standup Jess Beaulieu. Jess is a weekly columnist for “She Does the City”, co-host of Toronto’s new weekly feminist standup show “The Crimson Wave Comedy” and has performed in festivals across North America.
Actor and writer Amish Patel, whose sketch troupe “Fade to Brown” whose original sketch comedy show played to a sold out crowd at the Panasonic Theatre and then created a special for OMNI television.
Legendary writer Marcy Rogers. Marcy received a Dora Nomination for her play “Nocturnal Emissions “. She recently rocked the stage with her brilliant one-woman show “Lesbians Who Wear Lipstick: The Middle Ages”
Yesterday the weather was perfect for the 2nd Annual Dundas West Fest. There was something for everyone: food, drinks, music, dance, art, crafts, shopping, comedy, games for kids and lots of politicians.
Below are some of the photos from the very fun day. Thanks to the Dundas West BIA and the Little Portugal BIA for making the day such a good time for so many people.
This year’s Dundas West Fest, a sprawling street festival that runs along Dundas all the way from Ossington over to Lansdowne, returns again on June 7th. The street will be closed the entire day and the festival features multiple stages with great local and international musicians, lots of food and drink from the local restaurants and bars, street shopping from the local stores as well as neighbourhood vendors, plus many other activities and events for the old and young alike.
One of the unique attributes about the Dundas West Fest is the focus on keeping it local. Unlike other street festivals in the city where there are a lot of outside vendors (think sausage stands and carny rides) the organizers from the Dundas West BIA have spent considerable energy to find ways to include as many of the local businesses as they could. They have even made a decision this year to limit the external beer gardens (usually funded or sponsored by beer companies) in favour of focussing on the restaurants, which will expand their patios out to the street.
There’s an enormous amount going on during the day, and we’ve noted a few highlights here:
Lula Lounge, a great international music venue past Dufferin will have a dedicated stage with a whole lot of world music, including Quique Escamilla, with special guest local politician Andrew Cash, as well as bands too numerous to mention.
There’s going to be a neighbourhood dance called “Slow Dance – No Excuses” in the St Clarens parkette – Check out and help them out on their Indigogo page as they need some equipment for the festival.
St Christopher House will be hosting an outdoor, giant scrabble game, theatre by Portuguese and Vietnamese seniors, songs for all ages led by youth.
Dundas West Fest will be the host of a number of ‘Urban Interventions’ happening for the 100 in a day initiative to transform cities, taking place also on June 7th. One of the interventions at the festival is entitled Neighbourhood Fan Mail. Go see what they are working on, and send someone in the neighbourhood a fan letter.
The Parkdale Flames are coming out to remind people how much fun street hockey is.
The list goes on and on, and we could continue, but the best thing to do is show up, and take a walk down the street and check out all the booth, shops, vendors, and other entertainment on Saturday. Check out their regularly updated Facebook page to stay on top of the new developments, and check out some photos from last year here.
The Dundas West Fest is this Saturday, June 7 from 11am to 10pm.
Look forward to seeing all of you there!
We’ve also posted below, directly from the DundasWestFest website, the stage and show list.
This year’s festival will get a lot of attention for The Kids in The Hall reunion at Queen Elizabeth Theatre, but the bulk of the festival is local up-and-coming talented sketch troupes. And that is what you will see on Ossington.
Lower Ossington Theatre hosts two shows nightly, at 8P and 10P, and most shows feature at least two comedy troupes. With award-winning, local comedy acts like National Theatre of the World and She Said What, and ticket prices at $15 per show or 4 shows for $50, you are guaranteed some good laughs for the money. Other Sketchfest venues include Comedy Bar, the Randolph Theatre and Queen Elizabeth Theare
This weekend, Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd, is the Queen West Art Crawl. This annual event features a big public art exhibition and sale in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and events and exhibits across Queen and into Parkdale. It is also the perfect time for the Canadian Art Foundation to host their Canadian Art Gallery Hop, which features several stops on Ossington. This free event happens on Saturday, September 21 and features tours and talks, and lots of art. There are tours of 8 different neighbourhoods, including one of Dundas West and another of Ossington and Queen West. Local galleries being toured are O’Born Contemporary and Interaccess on Ossington, and Cooper Cole, LE Gallery and LOOP on Dundas.
Also on Saturday is the Dundas West Sidewalk Sale, which runs from Shaw to Landsdowne, featuring specials and deals from all varieties of merchants on Dundas. The offerings range from fine dining restaurants to vintage clothing stores, art galleries, coffee shops and more. Seriously, the list of vendors is l-o-n-g and growing! So, in between gallery hopping, you can grab some food and get some deals!
Another festival hits the hood this week when JFL42 (Just for Laughs) hosts shows at The Garrison. The festival is bringing some big names to the city, like Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman and the cast of Family Guy. You can buy a pass to see all of them or one of them, and that pass will get you in to some of the smaller venues, like the shows at The Garrison, each of which offers 3 different up-and-coming comedians to make you laugh. JFL42 starts Thursday, September 19 and runs through the 28th.
1:00pm: Jane’s Party – Party rock band
2:00pm: Tyler Kyte: Guitar player-singer songwriter
2:30pm: Northcote: Bob Seger voice, sing-along songs
3:00pm: Taylor Knox: Poppy upbeat music that reminds us of Brendan Benson and Franz Ferdinand
3:30pm: Paper Lions: Quartet with beautiful harmonies and rocking guitars
4:00pm: Svavar Knutur: Icelandic troubadour
4:30pm: Eons: Male/Female pair who often play with Bruce Peninsula
5:00pm: Absolutely Free: Self-described psych rock world art rock avant garde
More unofffical (and free music) at Reposado, where Duggan’s Brewery also offers beer samples, the patio will be open and they’ll be flipping sausages and burgers for eating:
2:30 – The Dickens – Fast paced garage rock
3:30 – Station Twang – Country rock featuring Reposadist Sandy McFayden and Mike Duggan on drums
4:30: Rob n’ Bob Power Duo featuring Great Bob Scott
8:00 PM breeze – Ethereal pop ala Belle and Sebastian
9:00 PM Cousins – Garage rock crossed with punk
10:00 PM Beliefs – Catchy atmospheric pop
11:00 PM Dusted – Brian Borcherdt of Holy Fuck fame leads this new band. The place will be busy and rocking.
12:00 AM Tangiers – Punky garage rock similar to The Vines
1:00 AM doomsquad – Synthy atmospheric music
2:00 AM Dream Affair – Industrial post punk
3:00 AM Greys – Loud rock band
8:00 PM Jonah Tolchin – Flat picking guitar virtuoso with a bluesy singing style
9:00 PM Dusty Sunshine – Rollicking country from 6 women – if you liked O Brother, Where Art Thou
10:00 PM The Roseville Band – Welsh band with horns and guitars were a big hit at NXNE 2012
11:00 PM The Sumner Brothers – Alt-country band from Vancouver plays the perfect Toronto venue for their sound
12:00 AM Andrea England – Folk country singer with a sultry voice
1:00 AM Meanwood – Country five piece includes 2 guitars, accordion and banjo
2:00 AM Ketch Harbour Wolves – If you missed The National last night, go see this band
9:00 PM Sarah Jaffe – Texas singer songwriter with a big voice and an indie-pop sound
!0:00 PM VALLEYS – This couple from NYC delivers solid noise pop with some melody
11:00 PM Big Black Delta – Beat heavy, poppy and ambient electronic solo artist
12:00 AM The Soft Moon – Post punk noise rock from Oakland, CA
1:00 AM Odonis Odonis – Local Torontonians play guitar heavy rock with feedback
2:00 AM Special Guest
The Dakota Tavern: This showcase features several acts from Ching Music, including owner and member of The Tragically Hip, Paul Langlois
9:00 PM Jim Tidman – Canadian singer-songwriter with a classic country voice and sound 10:00 PM Greg Ball – Alt-country
11:00 PM Paul Langlois – Tragically Hip member and record label owner plays his label’s showcase
12:00 AM Tin Star Orphans – Country with extras like horns and strings, and great musicianship
2:00 AM Big Tobacco & The Pickers – Dakota regulars play traditional honky-tonk style country
Jordan Foisy 8:10 PM
Danny Polishchuk 8:20 PM
Diana Love 8:30 PM
Deborah Robinson 8:40 PM
Ben Miner 8:50 PM
Tim Golden 9:00 PM
DJ Demers 10:10 PM
Aisha Alfa 10:20 PM
Patrick Hakeem 10:30 PM
Monty Scott 10:40 PM
Sarah Donaldson 10:50 PM
Ali Hassan 11:00 PM
Dave Merheje 11:10