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Surprise band announced: July Talk to play Luminous Veil event!


See below for details!


Prince Edward Viaduct (Bloor Viaduct) & lighting of the Luminous Veil:

Date: Saturday, July 4
Time: 5 to 11 p.m.
Pan Am flame arrival: 7 p.m.
Lighting of Luminous Veil:
10 p.m. 
Location: Bloor Viaduct
(Scroll down for performance schedule!)

SPECIAL COVERAGE: Click here for a special video series on the Luminous Veil, a photo gallery of the bridge in the early 1900s and more!

This community celebration is free, accessible and family-oriented. Join us for:

  • Music and atmospheric performances
  • Sports activities for all ages
  • Food trucks
  • Sponsor activations
  • The arrival of the Pan Am flame and lighting of the community cauldron
  • Surprise musical guest!


Maracatu Mar Aberto and Clay & Paper Theatre5 p.m.

Maracatu Mar Aberto is an Afro-Brazilian percussion & song troupe that plays Maracatu de Baque Virado and other rhythms derived from the same traditions. They are rhythm, song & movement whose style is traced through the lineage of such groups as Maracatu Estrela Brilhante, Trovão das Minas, and Maracatu Nunca Antes.

YouTube: Maracatu Mar Aberto 
Faceboook: Maracatu Mar Aberto

Clay & Paper Theatre

Photo: Tamara Romanchuk

Clay & Paper Theatre is grounded in the idea that performance in public space is an act of cultural transformation. Building, rehearsing, and performing in full public view is the group's attempt to “bring back the commons,” and to make art accessible to all. This is theatre of exaggeration, of giant puppetry, of satire and wit with a twist.

Facebook: Clay & Paper TheatreClay & Paper
Twitter: @clayandpaper

Hoop Dancing by Lisa Odjig5:30 p.m.

Lisa Odjig is Odawa/ Ojibwe/ Pottawatomi Nations from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Ont. Lisa is a 2x world champion hoop dancer. Among many career highlights, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth II, the Prime Minister of Canada, in Canada Day celebrations at Parliament Hill and in numerous Olympic Games celebrations in Canada and the U.S.

YouTube: Lisa Odjig

Amelie et Les Singes Bleus6 p.m.

Amélie et Les Singes Bleus (ALSB) have made a bride and groom leave their own wedding reception to come next door and dance! With their festive energy and unique interpretations of French classics, ALSB have established themselves as a true crowd pleaser of English and French audiences alike. Les Singes Bleus was already well established on the Toronto music scene - holding down residencies at both the legendary Rex and Gladstone Hotels - when they decided to join forces with award-winning singer Amélie Lefebvre. ALSB is a band that truly entertains.

Arrival of Pan Am flame & lighting of the community cauldron: 7 p.m.*

*Official speaking remarks from government and torch relay partners to follow arrival of the flame.

Kobo Town7:30 p.m.


"Jumbies are spirits - good, evil and otherwise - who inhabit the tales of Caribbean folklore. Called by different names on different islands, they perform a variety of roles. When I was a child growing up in Trinidad, the jumbie was a type of boogie man; it was used to frighten us and to keep us out of harm’s way. Jumbies are also employed as comedic devices in stories meant to pass the time, and for me and many others, they reflect the lingering sense of mystery about the natural world and all of the hidden forces that influence its course..." Click here for complete bio

Maracatu Mar Aberto and Clay & Paper8:30 p.m.       

 (See 5 p.m. slot above for description, bio and links.)

Luminous Veil Introduction: 9 p.m.


Joining us tonight? Stage is west side of Bloor Viaduct, subway is Castle Frank. See you there!

Toronto-based band’s self-titled album July Talk won the 2015 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year. As with all programming at this event, this concert is FREE.


July Talk:
With their sleek yet gritty brand of alt-bluesy garage rock, Toronto-based five-piece July Talk create rock & roll that’s both boldly intimate and wildly confrontational. Each track in the band’s repertoire is a conversation in song form, with singers Peter Dreimanis and Leah Fay trading lines in a lyrical face-off that’s at turns hot-tempered and tender, reckless and poetic.

Onstage that conversation warps into beautiful chaos, thanks to the band’s joyfully unhinged, spontaneity-fueled live performance. And in their music July Talk piece together supremely heavy riffs, infectious beats, and snakey grooves in a sound that’s savage but seductive.

Founded in 2012, Dreimanis and Fay partnered with guitarist Ian Docherty, bassist Josh Warburton, and drummer Danny Miles.

Twitter: @JulyTalk
Facebook: July Talk


Lighting of the Luminous Veil10 p.m. 

Above: Graphic rendering. Be there for the special one-time lighting for the launch event!

DJ Linterna: 10:30 p.m.       

Special Coverage of the Luminous Veil:
Luminous Veil: History, inspiration and July 4 reveal!

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