Festivals and Events

July 9: Nathan Phillips Square

Above, Olympic and Pan Am Games champion Rosie MacLennan runs in the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relay. Be there July 9 at Nathan Phillips Square to see the torch and join the celebration!

Date: Thursday, July 9
Time: 5 to 9 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.
Pan Am flame arrival: 7 p.m.
(See below for Performance Schedule!)

The community celebration at Nathan Phillips Square 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


Live Visual Art by Essencia Collective: 5 p.m.

The Essencia Arts Collective believes art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment. With members from across six continents, Essencia expresses itself from a unique and global perspective. With over 10 years experience working in diverse communities around the world, the collective has run artistic projects with youth, first nations, refugees, immigrants, prison inmates, galleries, and festivals. Essencia encourages artistic storytelling, and expresses itself through muralism, street art, graffiti, graphic design, photography, video, music, poetry, dance and love!

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Instagram: @shalakattack @fiyabruxa @brunosmoky 

Citizenship Ceremony: 5:15 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 
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Arrival of Pan Am flame and lighting of the community cauldron: 7 p.m.*

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

Les Chiclettes: 7:30 p.m.

Les Chiclettes
est le trio vocal féminin chouchou en Ontario! Avec des clins d'œil radiophoniques dignes des années 40, un mélange de chansons originales, de standards américains qu’elles ont traduits et adaptés, des pas de danse complètement swing et des harmonies vocales à donner des sueurs froides aux Andrews Sisters, Les Chiclettes font crouler de rire et émeuvent leur public aux larmes dans un spectacle haut en couleur.

Facebook: Les Chiclettes    
Twitter: @LesChiclettes

T-Dots Finest Bboys & Bgirls – Breakdancing Showcase: 8 p.m.

Above, Benzo, aka Corrie Daniel, Bboy, choreographer and artistic director, has been spreading the love of hip-hop through bboying since 1989. At a young age he was exposed to Toronto’s underground hip-hop scene, where he followed his older brother into over-aged parties and jams. This early exposure to the dance sparked ambition, determination and dedication to the art from of b-boying. One of the original members of Bag of Trix, Benzo takes much pride in keeping the “real” in b-boying. Skilled in all aspects of the dance, he emphasizes over-standing all elements: b-boying/ bgirling, popping, locking and old school.

DJ Grouch: 8:30 p.m.

DJ Grouch: Born in Panama, Central America, Toronto's DJ Grouch has performed with various Canadian and International Hip Hop stars, traveling across North America and Europe. He has played in almost every club and venue in Toronto. His razor sharp scratches can be heard on numerous Canadian classics such as Saukrates "Father Time rmx" (1995), Elemental "Living Under Water" (1995), Grassroots f/ Arcee "Thematics" (1999) Nautilus "Twelve/Record Making Manual" (2001) and DL Incognito "Rugged Raw" (2003) and recently featured on 3 tracks off the Moss produced Special Reserve (2009) by Obie Trice among the many.

In 2003, DJ Grouch, along with his partner Contagious Theory, released their own wax under the moniker Pherenziks. He has also deejayed for many home grown and international Artists including Jully Black, Melanie Durrant, Kardinal Offishall, Choclair, Thrust, Citizen Kane, Slum Village, Pharoahe Monch, Black Milk and currently djing for King Reign and Maestro Fresh Wes.

Grouch is currently one of the head instructors at Scratch lab and also teaches at Trebas Institute, the Remix Project, Regent Park School of Music and Play De Record. He is a mainstay in Toronto's nightlife.


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