Media Advisory - Photo/Interview Opportunity - Open Streets TO 2016, August 21, 2016

TORONTO, Aug. 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Join event organizers, participants, and community leaders this Sunday at the third instalment of Open Streets Toronto.

Open Streets TO, inspired by a world-class program proven to improve healthy behaviour, will be taking place again on August 21, 2016. The program repurposes existing public assets - namely our iconic streets - and provides access to free recreation space (on parts of Bloor and Yonge), focusing attention on the importance of physical activity. New to this Sunday's program is the extension of the western route by 1km (to Dufferin Street) and the addition of numerous new activity hubs. In 2015, more than 53,000 Torontonians attended over two days.

The full route runs along Bloor Street from Dufferin to Parliament, and along Yonge Street from Bloor to Queen. The program begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.

Spokespeople will be available for interviews.


Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. EST


The intersection of Yonge and Bloor


Emily Munroe, Co-Chair, Open Streets Toronto

Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor, Ward 27

Heather Kelly, Bloor Street Culture Corridor, Royal Conservatory of Music

Mark Garner, Executive Director, Downtown Yonge BIA


Yonge and Bloor will also be the site of the popular Open Streets "Selfie Station", as well as ideal photo ops with Torontonians participating in the event at one of the city's most iconic intersections.

Additional activities will include, among others:

  • Bloor and Dufferin: Chalk the Block, by Working Women's Community Centre
  • Bata Shoe Museum: 'Pay what you can' entry, 'Paint-a-clog' activities
  • Bloor and Avenue: Royal Conservatory of Music – piano, santur, and samba performances
  • Yonge and Wellesley: Invictus Games pop up, dance party, fitness classes, crafts for kids
  • Yonge and Shuter: bike clinic, basic boxing and fitness classes

A full list of activity hub locations along the route can be seen here.

SOURCE Open Streets TO

For further information: Media contact: Colin Nekolaichuk,, 416-427-9111

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