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Arts in the Parks returns to Toronto’s parks this summer

TORONTO, May 12, 2017 – Toronto Arts Foundation is proud to announce the second year of its Arts in the Parks initiative, which will animate 35 parks with over 230 featured events, including theatre, music, dance, film, and community workshops. These events will come to life in local communities across Toronto.

Arts in the Parks’ new website is your go-to destination this summer for free arts events and volunteer opportunities in your community. A new youth volunteer program for 14 to 17 year-olds gives social media-savvy teenagers an opportunity to shine.

From June 15 to September 15, over 450 artists with the help of 250 volunteers will animate Toronto’s parks. Join us in the parks this summer for events ranging from free ukulele and singing lessons in Scarborough’s Prairie Drive Park; to a storytelling canoe trip starting in Etobicoke’s Rowntree Mills Park; to a block-party picnic and concert in North York’s Earl Bales Park; to a series of bicycle-powered community concerts in various parks across the city.

“This is a beautiful, multi-faceted, huge and exciting endeavor!” said Claire Hopkinson, Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Foundation. “We are proud and thrilled to bring arts to all corners of the city this summer. A big thank you goes to Mayor John Tory for being a champion of this very successful program.”

For more information, please visit, or pick up an events brochure at your nearest Toronto Public Library or community centre.

SAVE THE DATE: Join us for an official Arts in the Parks kickoff on June 12 with Mayor John Tory. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Dufferin Grove Park.

Arts in the Parks is made possible with the proceeds from the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts. It is presented in partnership with Toronto Arts Council, the City of Toronto, and Park People.

Toronto Arts Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generosity of its Arts in the Parks supporters:
Community Sponsor: Rossy Family Foundation
Neigbourhood Sponsor: Pemberton Group | Marel Contractors
Digital Sponsor: Greenwin
Youth Ambassador Program Sponsor: TELUS
Media Partners: FleishmanHillard, Metro, Metroland, NOW, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, Toronto Star, The Walrus.

About Toronto Arts Foundation
Toronto Arts Foundation is a charitable organization that sparks creative connections, spotlights artistic excellence, and supports vibrant cultural growth throughout our diverse city, through private sector investment. To learn more or to make a donation, visit

Contact Information:
For more information about the Toronto Arts Foundation, please contact:
Francesca Perez, Community Investment Manager, Toronto Arts Foundation, at or at 416 392 6802 x 204.

For more information about Arts in the Parks events, please contact:
Jaclyn Rodrigues, Marketing and Events Associate, Toronto Arts Foundation, at or at 416-392-6802 x 212.


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