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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The Bentway Completes Phase 1 with the Opening of the Strachan Gate Celebration of Summer with a FREE All-Day, All-Ages Block Party! Saturday, August 25, 2018, Noon – 10pm

A BLOCK PARTY 60 YEARS IN THE MAKINGThe Bentway Completes Phase 1 with the Opening of the Strachan Gateand a Celebration of Summer with a FREE All-Day, All-Ages Block Party!Saturday, August 25, 2018, Noon – 10pm
The first section of the Gardiner Expressway opened in 1958. The first section of The Bentway opened in 2018. To celebrate the full completion of Phase 1, The Bentway presents A Block Party 60 Years in the Making!
Everyone is invited, from Noon to 10pm on Saturday, August 25, to explore Toronto’s newest public space at the biggest, baddest and boldest Block Party this city has ever seen!
Throughout the day there will be traditional family games and activities in the Kids Zone; an open-air arcade from Hand Eye Society; roaming live musical performances; dance workshops followed by a streetdance competition presented by Funky Facilitators; a human Bent parade designed by Rob Shostak that will also serve as a photo booth and selfie-station; large-scale art installations including a gigantic giraffe piñata by Gensler; and various food and beverage delights.
Fort York National Historic Site will also be offering family fun, takeaway crafts for the kids, and free entry to the new Visitor Centre.
The evening line-up of live entertainment includes performances from local musicians Myles CastelloMonowhalesBrave Shores, and headliners, the art-rock duo The Darcys.
The Block Party also celebrates the opening of the Strachan Gate, designed by Gensler with Public Work, at the west end of the site. A grand, cascading wooden staircase and open-air Amphitheatre, the Strachan Gate serves as the main entrance to The Bentway, directly from Strachan Avenue, and doubles as an intimate performance space which can accommodate approximately 250 people.
In 1958 the Gardiner Expressway opened to the public. In 2018, the Gardiner Expressway opened for the public! Turn it up under the Gardiner at The Bentway Block Party.
For more information, please visit TheBentway.ca
Social Media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram using @TheBentway and YouTube#TOBentway #BentwayBlockParty
The Bentway Block Party is supported by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport) and Strongbow.

The Bentway Strachan Gate designed by Gensler and Publc Work.
construction photo by Sean Galbraith

1 comment:

  1. This sounds like fun and excitement especially for the young ones. All goes well I will be there.