Published May 12, 2015Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square has put on its fair share of outdoor concerts over the years, and 2015 will be no different. The open-air public venue will be bringing out artists like Buck 65, Spencer Burton, Kandle & the Krooks, and Zaki Ibrahim, as well as a music-minded outdoor movies series. The best part: all the shows are free.
First up will be the Lunchtime Live!, which take place every Monday between May 18 and June 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Co-curated with organizers from Massey Hall, artists appearing include Taiko drumming group Nagata Shachu, West African griot singer Cheka Katenen Dioubate, Filipino tribal music ensemble DATU, kLoX, and cellist Cris Derkson.
Additionally, an upcoming fall round of Lunchtime Live! performances is being with Dine Alone Records. Though the date specifics have yet to arrive, Toronto can expect performances from Spencer Burton, Brendan Philip, Free n Losh, and Say Yes.
The Virgin Mobile-sponsored Indie Fridays summer concert series runs between June 26 and September 4. Artists appearing at the weekend event include rapper Buck 65, Zaki Ibrahim, West Coast outfit Kandle & the Krooks, beatmakers Grand Analog, Tre Mission with Keita Juma, Fast Romantics, and Mx Justin Vivian Bond. While the schedule has yet to be explained in full, the shows are all scheduled to take place at sundown or 8:30 p.m.
Music-loving cinephiles can also get in on the action, with a weekly Tuesday event dubbed "BUT CAN THEY ACT? Music Icons in Film" set to screen a bunch of modern classics. Throughout the summer, City Cinema will be showing Eminem's 8 Mile and David Bowie vampire vehicle The Hunger, as well as A Star Is Born, Be Kind Rewind, Dreamgirls, Viva Las Vegas, Dick Tracy, The Wiz, Inside Llewyn Davis and Dancer in the Dark.
Rather than show a bunch of trailers, the films will be preceded by screenings of recent Live at Massey Hall sessions. Though they haven't revealed which sessions they'll show for sure, participants have included Timber Timbre, Basia Bulat, Coeur de Pirate, Destroyer, Cold Specks and more.
You can find out more information about the programming over here.