2 km of FUN for everyone


Party on the Promenade promises 3 days of exciting Pop-Up entertainment and activities along the newly revitalized Queens Quay!

TORONTO, June 10, 2015 /CNW/ - The 2015 Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF)—the best waterfront party of the season--is set to surge on Toronto's newly revitalized Queens Quay to celebrate the summer solstice.

Friday June 19

6:00 p.m.                            

Queens Quay Official Opening, featuring the biggest ribbon cutting ceremony Toronto has ever seen, with a 650 metre-long ribbon waved by hundreds of residents and visitors. The event is hosted by Waterfront Toronto at the Simcoe Wave Deck.

8:00 p.m.                            

Waterfront Community People's Parade, beginning at Sherbourne Common (led by Shadowland Theatre) and ending at HTO Park East--just in time for the grand opening show and celebration at 9:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.                            

Grand Opening Show and Celebration with celebrity dance performances by Blake McGrath and Trevor Tordjman ("James" of The Next Step), joined by several of his cast mates, Alakazam, aka "The Human Knot" (who will leave you breathless), Dr. Draw who comprises elements of classical violin, jazz-rock fusion, folk and pop, culminating with pyrotechnics and a grand finale by Swing Shift Big Band!

The Waterfront BIA presents Party on the Promenade -- 3 days of exciting pop-up entertainment and activities such as the award-winning STEPS Initiative's ARTivations. Artists and art lovers of all ages are welcome at the new Art Hub 27 cultural centre at Pier 27, 100 Queens Quay West, to take part in the creation of a new large-scale work of art. The Spadina, Rees and Simcoe WaveDecks will be alive with music including the Waterfront Singing Ambassadors, buskers and newchoir (an adult choir that performs a rock and pop choral repertoire).  Check out the dance demos, sign up for stand up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons and yoga and more!  Or, visit Redpath Sugar and gather a team together to compete in a 1 tonne sugar pull with a group of special guests.

Other programming at the Redpath Waterfront Festival
DANCE Pan American Style, DockDogs® Championships presented by PortsToronto and the Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show, a unique circus style show jam packed with non-stop incredible tricks by rescue dogs will wow you.  And this is your chance—no matter what your age or ability—to try a swing jive, fox trot and salsa with Jean Marc Généreux, a hip hop class with Trevor Tordjman, or jazz, contemporary with Blake McGrath—our celebrity choreographers are leading FREE dance classes all weekend long from HTO Park East's panoramic floating stage! Plus the popular Toronto Wine & Spirit Festival and the Sweetness Pride Beach Party events return to Sugar Beach.

Enjoy a unique assortment of crafts and boutique products at the Waterfront Artisan Market in HTO Park East. Browse or buy from local artisans, chefs and entrepreneurs who will be offering a variety of finely crafted jewellery, one-of-a-kind gifts, works of art, scrumptious baked goods and fragrant body products all weekend long.  And, when you need a bite to eat and a cool beverage, sit and relax at the licensed Waterfront Beach Bar with your toes in the sand at Urban Beach.

Nancy Gavin, President of Water's Edge Festivals & Events says, "Come on down to our beautifully revitalized waterfront for an unforgettable celebration of everything summer has to offer…and then some!  Make some new memories at the Festival this year, discover a new passion or savour the taste of your first summertime treat of the season. We can't wait to welcome you!"   

Hop on the dog-friendly RWF free shuttle, courtesy of RBC. The shuttle runs from Sherbourne Common to HTO Park East with four stops along the way. Want a scenic view? Ride the shuttle around the entire Festival footprint and catch the events along the newly revitalized Queens Quay. Once on board, be sure to get your RBC "Quay" to Someday Passport so you can take advantage of all the surprises waiting for you at the Festival!

General admission to the Festival is free and a detailed list of scheduling and program information is available on the Festival website www.towaterfrontfest.com.

2015 Redpath Waterfront Festival partners include Redpath Sugar, The Waterfront BIA, PortsToronto, Purina PawsWay, RBC, Waterfront Toronto, among others. The Festival is proud to recognize Harbourfront Community Centre as its charity partner.

The Redpath Waterfront Festival, in partnership with The Waterfront BIA is an annual summer event providing on-land and on-water programming for people of all ages and interests, with the goal of promoting Toronto locally and internationally as a premiere waterfront destination. With music, food, nautical programs and entertainment, the Festival offers something for everyone to enjoy. Every three years, the event welcomes a fleet of majestic TALL SHIPS® to Toronto. www.towaterfrontfest.com

SOURCE Redpath Waterfront Festival

Image with caption: "What better way to celebrate the start of summer than heading down to the waterfront for the Redpath Waterfront Festival’s Party on the Promenade - June 19-21. An entire weekend of fun for the whole family along the two kilometre length of the revitalized Queens Quay. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Toronto (CNW Group/Redpath Waterfront Festival)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150610_C5471_PHOTO_EN_17895.jpg

Image with caption: "Each Wave Deck along the revitalized Queens Quay at the Redpath Waterfront Festival, June 19-21 provides different activities to get you involved Toronto’s waterfront. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Toronto (CNW Group/Redpath Waterfront Festival)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150610_C5471_PHOTO_EN_17896.jpg

Image with caption: "From June 19-21, Friday night right through to Sunday, Party on the Promenade at the Redpath Waterfront Festival features a wide array of exciting things to see, do, taste and experience along the two kilometre length of the revitalized Queens Quay. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Toronto (CNW Group/Redpath Waterfront Festival)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150610_C5471_PHOTO_EN_17897.jpg

Image with caption: "Two km of fun for everyone. Music, dancers, buskers, shopping, food and beverage delights, stunt dogs, paddle boarding, all along Queens Quay, June 19-21 at the Redpath Waterfront Festival. Free admission. Photo courtesy of Light Monkey Photography (CNW Group/Redpath Waterfront Festival)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150610_C5471_PHOTO_EN_17898.jpg

For further information: on the Redpath Waterfront Festival contact: Peggy Sheffield/Peggy Sheffield & Associates Inc., Office: 416 246 0474, Cell and text 416 822 8511, psheffield@psapr.com; For information on The Waterfront BIA and Party on the Promenade contact: Peter Ashworth | Ashley Lloyd | Ashworth Associates Public Relations, Office 416-603-6005 | Cell 416 570 0109, peter@ashworthassociates.com | ashley@ashworthassociates.com

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