YD | T.O now in its 7th year, is a non-profit FREE summer festival held at Yonge-Dundas Square with an unprecedented Yonge Street closure expecting an audience of over 30,000 people this summer. YD | T.O features over 100 live music and dance performances on 2 non-stop stages over 12 hours; mostly by youth 14 to 29 years olds. The event also includes a Youth Art Gallery, live Fashion Shows, the opening Flag Parade, Flash Dances, and much more! Yonge Street, closed from Dundas to Shuter is lined with a variety of vendors and exhibitors from food to jewelry and community organizations sharing valuable information. For details on what to expect for 2013 please visit the “YD | T.O ’13” section.
Headliner performers such as Karl Wolf, Reema Major, JD Era, Kim Davis, Blessed, Fefe Dobson, Lil JaXe, Michie Mee, Carlos Morgan and Jordan Francis have all lent their time and performed for their fans. Other personalities come out or MC to show their support, from Canadian Idol judges Zack Werner & Farley Flex to Liona Boyd to CTV anchor Ken Shaw, to So You Think You Can Dance judge Blake McGrath, renowned Director Lil X, Peter Kash of Flow 93.5, and many other sport celebrities. Karl Mullings Jr, son of Canadian reggae music ambassador Carrie Mullings and grandson of Caribana co-founder Karl Mullings, will be hosting at the 2013 edition of Youth Day Toronto. This year, the attendance is expected to be larger than any of the previous years
Year after year YD | T.O is proclaimed an official “Event of Municipal Significance” by the City of Toronto and is deemed the “Largest Youth Festival of Its Kind” by media. The festival has grown tremendously in popularity due to its dedicated volunteer staff, the passionate youth participants, and the Corporate Champions. For more details on each year’s highlights check the “ABOUT” section.
YD | T.O is not just a one day event, but rather a year round initiative. Youth participants also partake in events leading up to the July festival including auditions, press conferences, meetings, fundraising events, promotional video shoots, media interview sessions, etc. The initiative allows our youth to develop skills, obtain new knowledge, stay busy and active, connect and network with both peers and mentors that help empower them to pursue their passion. For more information on how to get involved please visit our “BE PART OF IT!” section.