Festival Press

Here you will find out what people have said about BIG on Bloor and get a preview of what people will be saying about us.

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Toronto: Big on Bloor Festival July 21 & 22 2012
Art & Culture Maven, Anya Wassenberg

 BIG ON BLOOR PRESENTS BIG AWARDS AND BIG MUSIC AT MAIN STAGE
– GO BIG OR GO HOME – CHECK OUT THE MAIN NESTLÉ STAGE – JULY 21-22, 2012

WHO: The Bloordale community showcasing everything that’s great about Toronto
WHAT: BIG on Bloor Festival 2012 (an initiative of the Bloordale BIA)
WHERE: On Bloor St. and in various venues from Dufferin – Lansdowne
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 1-9 pm, Sunday, July 22, 12-6 pm
TICKETS: Free! All-ages welcome
WEBSITES: http://bigonbloor.com/festival/ / http://bigonbloor.com/festival/participants/performers/

“…The BIG awards are our chance to learn about the incredible projects taking place in our neighbourhood and recognize those people who make our area a special place to live, work and play.” ~ Ana Bailao, City Councilor of Ward 18

TORONTO – WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 – The BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL is almost here! The multi-disciplinary and diverse community event has something for everyone to enjoy. Among the many activities, dance, performance art and entertainment, there will be an AWARDS CEREMONY to take place on the main “NESTLÉ” STAGE @ Bloordale Collegiate, 1141 Bloor Street West, alongside musical and dance performances from some of the city’s finest. The festival will take over Bloor Street from Dufferin to Lansdowne on Saturday, July 21 @ 1-9 pm and Sunday, July 22 @ 12-6 pm. For more information and updates please visit http://bigonbloor.com/festival/ and for complete musical lineup, times and info please visit http://bigonbloor.com/festival/participants/performers/

BIG Awards are part of the BIG on Bloor Festival opening ceremonies on July 21, 2012 at 1:00 pm. With input and nominations from the community, a list of recipients is announced and awards are presented to the outstanding local citizens by elected officials, Councilor Ana Bailao (of Ward 18), Jonah Schein (Member of Provincial Parliament), and Andrew Cash (Canadian Member of Parliament).

Fast becoming known as one of Canada’s most original and innovative festivals, BIG on Bloor is a fun, free, all-ages, all-encompassing festival and although music is only one aspect of the wide range of artistic and engaging family activities and exhibitions, there is always an impressive musical lineup to enhance the festivities.

This year’s event includes a musically and culturally diverse pool of musical talent and genres. Showcasing on the main stage are JUNO award-winning singer-songwriter and MP for Toronto’s Davenport riding, Andrew Cash, Toronto-based vocalists Darbazi presenting Georgian sacred chants and exuberant drinking songs, garage-rock by The Stormalongs, klezmer polkas and ragtime from The Horables, psyche/country/blues with The Pairs, Japanese drumming group Arashido Taiko and many more! There are also topnotch performers on the Margueretta Stage at Duffy’s Tavern (Margueretta & Bloor streets) including drumming sensations DRUMHAND and ska band the Harmanauts.

Boasting the multi-disciplinary approach, the festival will have exceptional artists and vendors on hand to entertain, showcase and sell their wares throughout the weekend during a host of featured events such as “Savour Bloor” – special-in store events, a food court and multicultural culinary treats – and the BAAF(Bloor Alternative Art Fair) – contemporary art, performance and interactive art, as well as collaborative efforts from art institutions, collectives, galleries and art educators. Side by side, established and emerging talented contributors bring a vibrant mix of art practices to Toronto’s Bloordale Bloor Street.

BLOORDALE COMMUNITY AWARDS NOMINEES:
PRESENTED BY Andrew Cash, MP
The Stop Community Food Centre Sharon Norman

Clay and Paper Theatre

Mercer Union

South Asian Women`s Centre (SAWC) Subuhi Jaffrey, Dina Sousa, Sathya Thillainathan

Founding Members of the Railpath Community Run Shazia McCormick, Mike Lewis, Tracy Lewis

West Toronto Services for Seniors John Scheffer, Ann Gibson
Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre Gabrielle Langlois

Dragon Alley Community Gardeners

Junction Triangle Resident Kevin Putnam

PRESENTED BY Jonah Schein, MPP

Gnana Alagiah Tamil Co-op

Zahra Parvinian Foodshare

Toronto Environmental Alliance

Suzanne Gallant and Andreas Krebs Wildrun Productions

Volunteers at Dufferin Grove
Carolin Taron West End Flower Fairies

Scott Dobson, Joanne Alfonsi and Shauna Heath Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club

PRESENTED BY Ana Bailao, Councilor Ward 18
Donna Cowan (DIG IN) – for dedication to community safety and neighbourhood improvement in the area between Bloor and Dupont Streets

Michael Heaton (Toronto BMX) – for leadership, youth engagement and promotion of BMX at Wallace Emerson Community Centre and across Toronto

Oliver Ruivo (Little Portugal BIA) – for excellent representation of a diverse group of business and property owners as Chair of the Little Portugal BIA

Jeannie Stiglic (Community Gardens) – for greening of urban public space through stewardship of a community garden at Bloor and Lansdowne

Misha Glouberman (Queen-Beaconsfield Residents’ Association) – for representing the interests of local residents as we see a proliferation of liquor licenced establishments along West Queen West

Carmen Martino (Perth-Dupont Library) – for outstanding work toward the expansion of Perth-Dupont Library as an improved community service hub

Parent Council (Perth School Council) – for striving to animate our community and provide more recreation opportunities for children by fundraising to build and new soccer pitch and running track

Joe Eustᱵio (ACAPO) – for promotion of Portuguese culture through Portugal Day celebrations, community outreach and partnership work

Franco Boni (Theatre Centre) – for creativity, persistence and entrepreneurial vigour which ensure that the Theatre Centre will move into a fantastic new space in West Queen West

Edward Lau (Proposed College-Dufferin BIA) – for promotion of proposed College-Dufferin BIA which will enable businesses between Rusholme Park Crescent and Lansdowne Avenue have stronger, more organized representation
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BIG on Bloor gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Bloordale BIA, Ontario Tourism and Nestlé Canada, The Haze FM among others.

TUNE IN to THE HAZE FM http://thehazefm.ca/ for updates & music at the upcoming BIG on Bloor Festival!!

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!
We’re always looking for good volunteers to help out. For more info and to sign up, please visit http://bigonbloor.com/festival/sign-up/

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BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL 2012 NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR!
– JULY 21-22, 2012
– BLOOR STREET IN TORONTO, CAR-FREE FROM DUFFERIN TO LANSDOWNE

WHO: The Bloordale community showcasing everything that’s great about Toronto
WHAT: BIG on Bloor Festival 2012 (an initiative of the Bloordale BIA)
WHERE: On Bloor St. and in various venues from Dufferin – Lansdowne
WHEN: Saturday, July 21, 1-9 pm, Sunday, July 22, 12-6 pm
TICKETS: Free! All-ages welcome
WEBSITES: http://bigonbloor.com/festival/

“Culture is a vital way to build and sustain engaged, healthy communities which is why festivals like BIG on Bloor are so important.” ~ Andrew Cash, MP (NDP Member of Parliament for Davenport)

“BIG on Bloor festival is one of Canada’s most original festivals and this year it will be a showcase for some of Canada’s most important cultural institutions. I’m proud to be involved and encourage you to support and enjoy the festival. I look forward to seeing you there”. ~ Ana Bailão, Councillor for Ward 18

TORONTO – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012 – Now in its fifth year, Toronto’s BIG ON BLOOR FESTIVAL returns for a two-day extravaganza in the west end of the city on Saturday, July 21 @ 1-9 pm and Sunday, July 22 @ 12-6 pm. Some of the finest artists, musicians and craftspeople in the city will occupy Bloor Street from Dufferin to Lansdowne. For more information and updates please visit http://bigonbloor.com/festival/

BIG on Bloor is a fun, free, all-ages, all-encompassing festival which will include a wide range of musical, artistic and engaging family activities and exhibitions. Artists and vendors are invited to entertain, showcase and sell their wares throughout the weekend during a host of featured events such as “Savour Bloor” – special-in store events, a food court and multicultural culinary treats – and the BAAF(Bloor Alternative Art Fair) – contemporary art, performance and interactive art, as well as collaborative efforts from art institutions, collectives, galleries and art educators. Side by side, established and emerging talented contributors bring a vibrant mix of art practices to Toronto’s Bloordale Bloor Street. Not to mention an awards ceremony that celebrates the achievements of local citizens. Elected officials, Councilor Ana Bailao of Ward 18, Jonah Schein, Member of Provincial Parliament, and Andrew Cash, Canadian Member of Parliament, will present awards to outstanding individuals in the community..

Fast becoming known as one of Canada’s most original and innovative festivals, this year it will feature “Culture Works,” an initiative that will promote some of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, organizations and collectives to bring their programming to the street and enhance Toronto’s cultural scene. Contributors such as The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts, The Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Centre, Canada Textile Museum, The Royal Ontario Museum and many others offer free events to see, touch, learn and participate in!

Stay tuned for more updates in the upcoming weeks when the festival will announce the artists, the stages and more special attractions!

BIG on Bloor gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Bloordale BIA, Ontario Tourism and Nestlé Canada among others.

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!
We’re always looking for good volunteers to help out. For more info and to sign up, please visit http://bigonbloor.com/festival/sign-up/