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Taste of Lawrence 2019

Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Locals and tourists alike come to the festival to experience the Taste firsthand as they celebrate their cultures and learn about the rich heritage of others.

The festival was founded 17 years ago by Councillor Michael Thompson and a group of community members who had a vision for attracting visitors to the vibrant community on Lawrence Ave that is now known as the Wexford Heights BIA. The first event was held in a local parking lot and attracted just over one thousand people. However, with diligence and vision from the councillor and the BIA, the festival population has grown to accept more than 200,000 people onto Lawrence Ave.

About Taste of Lawrence

  • Exceptional International Food Options! This is the place to be for a FOODIE! 
  • Over 130 street vendors
  • Midway rides and amusements on the street for family fun
  • Main stage with all day music and family stage with entertainment for the whole family
  • Constant support from Ward 21 Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Volunteer opportunities!
  • A true world festival.


Festival Details are as Follows:

DateJuly 5, 6, and 7, 2019
Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd. 
Times:

  • Friday July 5, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • Saturday July 6, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • Sunday July 7, 11:00 AM -7:00 PM


FREE ADMISSION

Acts Announced April 4th:

Friday, July 5 9:30 PMPractically Hip Tribute Act 

Established in Southern Ontario in 1997, “Practically Hip” wows their audiences with their passionate recreation of the Hip’s unique sound. They are the most sought after “Tragically Hip” tribute/clone act in Ontario and the U.S.

You’ll be amazed at the vocal ability of Dean Hughes! You will think you are hearing Gord Downie as Dean performs the songs, rants and stories for which the Hip is known for.
This five piece band gives their audiences the highest level of energy and musicianship. While playing songs note perfect and then adding jams the Hip is known for, is something their audiences constantly rave about.

Practically Hip has played various clubs, universities and colleges throughout Ontario and the U.S. To add to their list of weddings and private functions they have also played numerous festivals with recording acts like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, Colin James, Big Wreck, Trooper, Gowan (in Styx), Sass Jordan and Honeymoon Suite to name a few.
The members of Practically Hip have seen over 75 Hip concerts! The devotion is one of the reasons why they deliver the highest level of accuracy, energy and enthusiasm.
Join them in their celebration of the Tragically Hip!

 

Saturday, July 6 9:30 PMSimply Queen Tribute Act 

Simply Queen is a world class act.

They have headlined theatre and outdoor festival shows to audiences of thousands (and even tens of thousands) all over Canada and the United States.

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in several productions of the award-winning "We Will Rock You" musical. Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor are veterans of the southwestern Ontario and Detroit circuits.

The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen's live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail capturing the live amazing live Queen experience that filled stadiums around the world. No backing tracks - it's all live, and "Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!"

 

Sunday, July 7 5:30 PM – AC/DC Tribute Act - due to high demand from last year, encore performance

 

Featured Guest Performer

Snap Boogie

Snap Boogie will perform on both, the main stage and family stage on July 6 and 7!

Native to the city of Boston, Snap Boogie has been described as a "BEAST" on the dance floor. His career began by performing on the streets, to his impressive debut on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2011, where he blew the minds of the nation with his incredible energy and style. Not to mention, he landed a role in the movie The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph, in 2013.

Since then, Snap Boogie has traveled the world, performing at the top International Festivals, Fairs, NBA Halftime Shows, and rapidly gaining popularity at many NCAA schools around the globe.


 

Taste of Lawrence

 

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:00

Hey, Hey B-I-A! The BIA Cup University Basketball Tournament is Back

The second edition of the BIA Cup University Basketball Tournament gets underway on Wednesday November 4 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre(formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).

The tournament pits the men's and women's teams of intercity rivals the Ryerson Rams and the U of T Varsity Blues in a four game matchup (two men's games, two women's games) with the trophy going to the university with the most wins overall.

The BIA Cup is named in honour of Toronto's BIAs, or Business Improvement Areas, a social innovation established over 40 years ago in Bloor West Villagethat enables the local business community to enhance their streetscape, put on festivals and other commercial inducements. BIAs are now in place across the City and around the World, one of Toronto's greatest exports.

This year the tournament will be incorporated into the NBA All Star festivities being held in Toronto for the first time.

The full tournament schedule is as follows:

1. Wed Nov 4: Mattamy Athletic Centre: U of T @ Ryerson; Women's 6:00 pm
2. Wed Nov 4: Mattamy Athletic Centre: U of T @ Ryerson; Men's 8:00 pm
3. Sat Nov 28: Goldring Centre: Ryerson @ U of T: Women's 6:00 pm
4. Sun Feb 14: Ricoh Centre: Ryerson @ U of T: Men's(tba)

So Toronto, let's give a 'shout out' to the teams of merchants and landlords who make our neighbourhoods great places to live, work and play,the champions of main street, the 80+ BIAs of Toronto – Hey, Hey B-I-A! (#heyheybia)

Toronto's 80+ BIAs fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto Economic Development Department BIA Office and are represented collectively by TABIA (the Toronto Association of BIAs)

Hey, Hey B-I-A