This is Toronto’s take on the more famous and much older Times Square in New York City. Like its venerable American cousin, Dundas Square is ablaze with animated neon and television-style signage. It’s a busy place. People in Toronto have adopted it as a mecca for public concerts, events and promotions of all sorts.
It’s a perfect spot for the kick off of Tourism Week in Ontario, which runs June 6-12, 2011. On Friday, June 3, Dundas Square wil turn into a one-stop shop for Ontario summer vacation ideas. The folks at Ontario Tourism want to get a little buzz going about all the great stuff to do in the province – and there’s lots of it – so they’re pulling out a few stops and throwing a party. As you find out about vacation resorts, Ontario Parks, boating stuff, outdoor adventure, culinary destinations, historic sites and that sort of thing, you can hang out with the crowd and listen to the music.
Here’s the agenda… Starting at noon, the main stage entertainment will feature an Elvis tribute, courtesy of the Collingwood Elvis Festival. There will be Greek music and dancing supplied by Taste of the Danforth and a nod to the Fab Four from the Orillia Beatles Celebration. They’ll pick it up again at 5:30 with musicians and dancers from the Mirvish production of Billy Elliot, Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana), Salsa on St. Clair and the Toronto Jazz Festival. Don’t miss Shania Twin and her tribute to Canada’s favourite diva. The whole thing will wrap about 7:3o. That leaves at least an hour of sunlight, during which time you can watch the lights start to come on as the day recedes and the night takes over Dundas Square.
Check out “Yonge-Dundas Square“.