TORONTO, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The first annual York-Eglinton International
Street Festival offers everyone a free entertainment extravaganza showcasing
the best of Eglinton West. On Saturday, August 16th from noon to 6:30 pm, the
community will be filled with music, giveaways, kids' activities, and an
exciting Caribbean and Italian-flavoured street market.
The event kicks off at noon with opening ceremonies in the Green P
Parking Lot at 1607 Eglinton Avenue West (beside the Volvo Dealership). Guests
helping to launch the event include: Joe Volpe, MP; Mike Colle, MPP; Staff
Inspector David McLeod of 13 Division; and Nick Alampi, Chair of the
The entertainment showcase follows with local groups including the
talented multicultural youth choir the Self-Esteem Academy Singers. Then, The
Coppertones and Frankie Foo and the YoYo Smugglers warm up the audience.
Headliners taking the stage for performances include the internationally
renowned R & B crooner Ray Robinson, Toronto Soul sensation S. Davis, and
critically acclaimed Ska band The Arsenals.
Contestants from the Mr. Caribbean International "Pirates of the
Caribbean Pageant" will also be on hand to greet the audience. Other special
entertainers are expected.
"We're proud to be able to offer this community and Toronto an event that
everyone can enjoy. There's great entertainment, games for the kids and music
for teenagers to adults. And they're predicting a sunny day," says Alampi.
The kids will also have lots to do at the KidZone in the Green P Parking
Lot. There will be interactive games including basketball, a jumping castle,
face painting and more.
As part of the festivities, an international street market along Eglinton
West from Marlee Avenue to Dufferin Street will provide shoppers and visitors
with the opportunity to explore local stores and restaurants in this
multicultural neighbourhood that caters to the city's diverse heritage.
Presented by York-Eglinton BIA and its over 250 member businesses. The
BIA is situated in the heart of the city along Eglinton Avenue West between
Marlee Avenue and Dufferin Street, and along the north side of Dufferin Street
to Whitmore Avenue. Often referred to as the commercial backbone of the city,
the York-Eglinton BIA is easily accessible by transit and Highway 401 from the
Allen Expressway. The event organizer is CMJ Entertainment.
Event sponsors include TABIA, Toronto Economic Development, Culture &
Tourism, Toronto Police Service - 13 Division, CHRY 105.5 FM Radio,
Scotiabank, Toronto Parking Authority, NOW Magazine, and Long & McQuade.
For further information and an event schedule, please visit
For further information:
For further information: Nick Alampi, Chair, York-Eglinton BIA, Cell:
(416) 801-4303, Office: (416) 789-1835; Teresa Riczu, BIA Coordinator,
York-Eglinton BIA, Office: (416) 789-1835; Charles Matthews Jr., Event
Organizer, CMJ Entertainment, Cell: (416) 414-8964