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SUMMERWORKS AT UNION

We’re excited to announce a brand new way to experience SummerWorks’ bold and dynamic live performance programming – all summer long!

Through a new partnership with Union, SummerWorks will curate a series of live performances for Union Summer – an outdoor stage and market offering 60 days of free outdoor experiences featuring dynamic live performances, curated food vendors and beat-the-heat beverages and desserts, located directly in front of the Union Station terminal building on Front Street West.

Between June 26 and August 21, SummerWorks will present live performance, dance, theatre, music, comedy, cabaret, and more on Union Summer’s TD Stage, every Wednesday evening from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. 

We’ll feature a diverse and exciting lineup of local artists and acts that will engage and intrigue, offering a mid-week mood-boost to get you through those hot summer weeks.

(photo by Spring Morris)

SummerWorks and Union share a common goal: to celebrate the vibrancy of summer in the city. Through this partnership, we are excited to share SummerWorks’ unique programming with a brand new audience, expand the Festival’s community and our geographic footprint, and as always, expand the possibilities of performance!

SummerWorks at Union programming will be announced throughout the summer, so check this webpage often and stay tuned to our social media for ongoing updates!


DETAILS - SUMMERWORKS AT UNION

Address: 65 Front Street West

All SummerWorks at Union events happen outdoors at the Union Summer TD Stage, located directly in front of the Union Station. 

Public transit is located directly within Union Station, and there are several Green P parking lots within a short distance of the main terminal building.

All Union Summer events are free to attend and the space is physically-accessible and barrier-free for mobility devices, with a variety of seating and lounging options inside the market area.

Food and beverage is available onsite, with payments made with cash or card.

Please prepare in advance for daily weather conditions. Performances may be delayed or cancelled, due to inclement weather or power outages.

Join the fun on social media, and tag us!  #SummerWorksatUnion + #SummerWorksTO, and follow us @summerworksTO

NOTE: SummerWorks at Union happens every Wednesday between June 26 to August 21. However, Union Summer is closed on July 24th, and there is no programming scheduled for this evening.

Please visit the Union Summer website for further/ongoing updates and details.

(photo by Spring Morris)

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Select presentations of SummerWorks at Union are generously supported with funding from the Government of Ontario, as part of our SummerWorks After-Hours programming initiative.


PAST PROGRAMMING - TRASH PANDA BRASS

June 26th // 6:00 – 7:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

Hitting the streets in June 2022, Trash Panda Brass is a new and exciting voice in the Toronto brass band scene, bringing music and joy to as wide an audience as possible. They regularly play at community events and educational workshops and can still be seen playing on the streets of Toronto. With all musical arrangements done by members of the band, Trash Panda Brass is known for their upbeat and fun-loving tunes, paying homage to quintessential queer hits and icons. (photo by Thomas Li)

ALSO on Wednesday June 26, we kick-off SummerWorks at Union, and celebrate our 2024 Festival Programming Launch! Learn more about the SummerWorks Performance Festival programming, and share a moment with some Festival artists too!


PAST PROGRAMMING - ALINE MORALES & JUNIOR DIAS

July 3rd // 6:00 – 7:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

Aline Morales is a vibrant and talented Brazilian singer and percussionist renowned for her captivating performances and dedication to the traditional rhythms of her homeland.

Teaming up with Junior Dias, a masterful accordion player, André Valério, a virtuoso guitarist, and Regis Cardoso, an energetic drummer, Morales has brought together a powerhouse ensemble.

This collaboration aims to deliver the ultimate Forró experience, immersing audiences in the lively and passionate music that defines this popular Brazilian genre. Together, they blend their unique talents to create an unforgettable musical journey that captures the essence and spirit of Forró, making it an unmissable event for music lovers in town. (photo by Michael Fender)


PAST PROGRAMMING - SLOWPITCHSOUND x ICOT REMIX

July 10th // 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

SlowPitchSound X ICOT Remix is a short performance where the Turntable Artist uses recordings of ICOT’s original compositions, and with his unique production techniques, manipulates, and mixes them into new and exciting musical landscapes.

ICOT is a non-profit art organisation founded by five Toronto-based composers in 2011 with the mission of creating new works that bridge cultural barriers through music and art. ICOT has produced over 60 new works since its inception, and has curated or has been involved as featured artists over 35 concerts. ICOT‘s current members are Maziar Heidari (Music Director), Keyan Emami (Artistic Director), and Saman Shahi (Executive Director). Main collaborations include National Ballet of Canada, Soundstreams, Tirgan Festival, Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Toronto, 13 Strings, Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Nuit Blanche Festival, Canadian Music Centre, and many others.

SlowPitchSound (Cheldon Paterson) is an award-winning Toronto-based composer, mentor, and explorer of sound & visuals with over two decades of experience. He has collaborated with brilliant creators from a wide range of disciplines including opera, jazz, classical, electronic music, theatre and dance. His unique style of production, has graced stages around the world including Canada, Australia, USA, United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Germany and Taiwan. With a passion for depth and detail in his work, SlowPitchSound is heavily inspired by nature, outer space, and dystopian sci-fi. His approach to making and presenting music includes turntablism, live sampling and field recordings. (photo by Kevin Jones (above) and Dahlia Katz)


PAST PROGRAMMING - DRIFTNOTE

July 10th // 7:00 – 7:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

Experience an immersive sound experience at Union Station, where modular synth music performed live by Driftnote meets the ambiance of departure.

Omar David Rivero, who goes by the alias Driftnote, is a Venezuelan-born musician and multimedia artist now residing in Tkaronto. Their artistic focus revolves around improvisation, interactivity, and the creation of audio and visual installations, along with expertise in 3D imaging. Rivero delves into inquiries about materiality and embodiment, particularly in the context of examining systems, cultural erasure, and identity within the African/indigenous diaspora. His research is dedicated to reevaluating methodologies related to image creation, archives, and self-portraiture. (photo by Driftnote)


PAST PROGRAMMING - R. FLEX

July 17th // 6:00 – 6:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

R. Flex is an electro-R&B artist known for their distinct voice and energetic performances. (photo by Josh Rille)

Learn more about R. Flex’s music and artistic life in this July 2022 CBC Arts interview with Amanda Parris.

 


PAST PROGRAMMING - KINAJ

July 17th // 7:00 – 7:45 PM

Union Summer TD Stage, 65 Front Street West

ROCK with YOU: An Homage to the King of Pop celebrates Michael Jackson’s music through KINAJ’s innovative dance and fashion. This electrifying performance blends street and contemporary dance styles, highlighting each performer’s unique movement. The show honors Jackson’s legacy, pushing the boundaries of dance and fashion into a captivating fusion. Audiences will experience an immersive performance where music, movement, and fashion seamlessly intertwine, creating a memorable tribute that embodies Michael Jackson’s artistry while showcasing KINAJ’s visionary creativity. (photo/design, courtesy of the artist)

KINAJ is a cross-genre dance collective created and led by Kin Nguien and AJ Velasco. Founded in 2020, KINAJ’s mission as choreographers and dancers is to create impactful work that challenges the status quo, fosters collaboration and unleashes the captivating power of storytelling through movement. In their cross-genre dance pieces, they blend street styles with contemporary dance, incorporating elements of improvisation, freestyle, and partnering techniques.

For further/ongoing updates and information, including event and food vendor descriptions, performance highlights, and details on accessibility, please visit the Union Summer website.

 

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