Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum continues on for the third month in a row with a fantastic line up of free and fun, family-friendly, youth-friendly, senior-friendly events and activities in and around Daniels Spectrum through August and September (585 Dundas Street East, Toronto). Grab a samosa and some fresh veggies at the farmers market, enjoy live music and performances, learn a new dance move or check out an outdoor film screening.
Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum leverages the strengths and resources of the local Regent Park community, Artscape and collaborating partners to produce free arts and cultural programming all summer long. Now in its second year following a successful pilot program in 2103, Summer Series at Daniels Spectrum is made possible thanks to the generous support of two anonymous donors.
Here are the exciting events to look forward to in August and September.
Show Love | Every Friday, August 1 to September 5, 1:00pm to 8:00pm | Regent Park Boardwalk (415 Gerrard St.) at the north side of Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East
Show Love is the perfect way to end your week. Every Friday, this fun, weekly outdoor event features games, a BBQ, music, competitions and much more. It is a chance for people in the community to get together and show Regent Park some love. Each week features a new theme: August 1: Rhythm of Life, August 8: Regent’s Got Talent, August 15: Breaking Bread (international potluck & bake off), August 22: Project Fitness, August 29: Dear Summer (movie in the park), September 5: Closing of Show Love
Under the Stars: An outdoor Screening Series |August 6, 13 and 20, 9:00pm | Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East. Rain plan location is the Artscape Lounge, inside Daniels Spectrum.
The Regent Park Film Festival hosts outdoor film screenings in Regent Park (the big park) every Wednesday in partnership with film festivals including TIFF, Imaginative, Reel Asian and more. The series features films from around the world relevant to diverse audiences in Regent Park and include feature guest speakers and live performances. Popcorn and refreshments will be available for purchase. Audiences are encouraged to bring their own blankets and warm clothing. August screenings including the following films: August 6: Short Term 12, August 13: Mooz-Lum, August 20: Made in America
Regent Park Farmers Market | Every Wednesday throughout the summer | Urban Mews along Regent Park Boulvard at Dundas st. East
Join your neighbours every Wednesday on the Urban Mews along Regent Park Boulevard for food, fun and performances by Regent Park talent! Enjoy fresh and healthy prepared food, farm fresh Ontario produce and products, artisanal ice cream, live entertainment and the company of good friends and neighbours at the Regent Park Farmers’ Market.
Sunday in the Park | August 10, 12:00pm to 4:00pm | Regent Park (the big park), 620 Dundas St. East
The longest running annual event in Regent Park is happening in Regent Park, featuring an impressive line-up of local entertainers, children’s performers, food vendors, market places, raffle prizes and a large community barbeque.
Beats in the Park | August 10, 1:00pm to 3:00pm; August 15, 5:00pm to 7:00pm | Aug 10, in Regent Park (the big park) 620 Dundas St. East during Sunday in the Park and August 15 on the Regent Park Boardwalk (415 Gerrard St.) at the north side of Regent Park
Want to test your DJ skills? Drop by Beats in the Park and catch UforChange’s very own DJ L’Oqenz on the turntables as she teaches youth the how-tos of beat-matching and juggling. Come for the music, stay for the party! No skills required.
COBA Collective of Black Artists Drop-In Dance Classes
Free drop-in dance classes are held every Monday for local residents in the Courtyard behind Daniels Spectrum. With instruction from COBA’s professional dancers, participants will learn a variety of dance styles every week including hip-hop, Caribbean folk and Latin. August dance styles include the following: August 5 and 11: Acro Dance, August 18 and 25: traditional African, September 2 and 8: Cuban.
Connect-The-Cups to Show Love! | August 22, 1:00pm to 6:00pm | Fence outsie of North Regetn Swimming Pool, 415 Gerrard St. East
Community artist Narmeen Hashim from Art for Action will be working with youth from the neighborhood to create a colourful outdoor mosaic installation using painted cups on the North Regent swimming pool fence. The project aims to use textile and poetic references from various cultures of the community to create a work of art that holds a message of inspiration for all.
The Kaleidoscope Collective | August 25 to August 29, 2014 | Daniels Spectrum
The Kaleidoscope Collective invites young people ages 11-14 years old to come and collaborate with professional artists as part of their free Arts Lab at Daniels Spectrum. Over the course of the week of August 25 to 29, participants will work with the arts organizations at Daniels Spectrum to explore the art form of their choice, and collaborate to create a shared performance on the Friday night. Lunches for participants are included. Contact Lisa Smart at Lisa@torontoartscape.on.ca to register.
Spread Love Community Campaign | August 1 to September 1
Keep your eyes open for eye-catching posters with positive messages designed by local youth will be making appearances throughout the summer in Regent Park’s most notable locations including north Regent Park’s skating rink and residential buildings, in an effort to spread the message of love, peace and community.
In addition to the events, Regent Park’s innovative community television station, RPTV, will bring the Spectrum Summer Series into the comfort of your homes. Throughout the summer, events will be filmed by local youth and broadcast on RPTV (Rogers Channel 60 [cable] or Channel 995 [digital]) and online at www.regentpark.tv. Tune in regularly to see what’s going on in the community and check out the daily events listings. RPTV is a program of Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre.