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Celebrate Toronto's Revitalized Waterfront at Party on the Promenade - Opening Night
Visitors and residents of Toronto are invited to celebrate the end of construction and the launch of Toronto’s revitalized Queens Quay Boulevard with The Waterfront BIA for their Party on the Promenade at the Redpath Waterfront Festival from June 19-21, 2015. Visit www.towaterfrontfest.com or www.waterfrontbia.com or call 416-596-9821 for more information.
The festivities begin on Friday, June 19 with a public ribbon cutting ceremony like no other hosted by Waterfront Toronto, followed by a parade along Queens Quay Boulevard and an Opening Celebration in HTO Park East.
The east end Community Waterfront Parade led by Shadowland Theatre will begin from Sherbourne Common and walk towards HTO Park East, as the west end Community Waterfront Parade, led by Samba Elégua percussion band, begins from Spadina Wave Deck and walks east. The Parades will end at HTO Park East for the Opening Show featuring performances by Samba Elégua, Blake McGrath, Jean Marc Généreux, Alakazam, and grand finale pyro display.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19 – PARTY ON THE PROMENADE – 6pm-9pm
6pm-7pm Official Opening of Queens Quay hosted by Waterfront Toronto and government partners (Simcoe Wave Deck)
6pm-10pm Buskers, musicians, Art on the Water, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), Yoga, Swing/Jive demos (Wave Decks), Waterfront Artisan Market, canoe rides, voyageur encampment & craft workshops with Canoe Toronto (HTO Park East)
8:15pm-9pm East end Community Waterfront Parade led by Shadowland Theatre from Sherbourne Common to HTO Park East
8:45pm-9pm West end Community Waterfront Parade led by Samba Elégua percussion band from Spadina Wave Deck to HTO Park East
FRIDAY, JUNE 19 – PARTY ON THE PROMENADE OPENING SHOW – HTO PARK – 9pm-10pm
9:00pm Samba Elégua performance
9:15pm Intro from John Campbell, President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto and other dignitaries
9:26pm Blake McGrath performance
9:35pm Jean Marc Généreux introduces Saturday dance program
9:39pm Alakazam busker performance
9:50pm Grand Finale
The Party on the Promenade will continue throughout the weekend with pop-up entertainment pods of live music and dance, Art in the Park, waterfront lifestyle activations and professional buskers from Bay to Spadina.