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Aliens are coming and they're throwing a dance party under the Gardiner

The Bentway is kicking off their summer events season this month with a huge opening party featuring DJs, food trucks, art and an alien dance party.

The Aliens of Manila is a dance performance that swept through Brooklyn, NY before the pandemic and now it's back and on its way to Toronto.  

The work is the brain-child of rising art star, Leeroy New, and is being set in motion by local choreographer, Danah Rosales, who you may know as house mom from the vogueing phenomenon, Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance.

It will feature a weird and wild set of sculptural costumes made from upcycled plastics that New has sourced from Toronto homes, restaurants, nightclubs and even the convention centre.bentway torontoDJs set to keep the vibe going all evening are Karim Olen Ash, Sophie Jones, and Valeroo.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Toronto party without a diverse mix of food vendors and this night is no exception. Food trucks ready to fuel the dancing are The Arepa Republic, Mustache Burger, and 6 Spice Rack.

The invasion happens on Friday, May 26th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tickets to the party are available online for just $20 and proceeds go to support keeping the summer's programming totally free for everyone.

The rest of the season, dubbed Beyond Concrete, promises lots more public art, parties, and performances to bring Toronto together in the Bentway's unique underpass space.

Lead photo by

Brandon Ferguson

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