This October, North York Arts and Hotspot Signature Projects will celebrate the inaugural season of the Lee Lifeson Art Park in Willowdale – Toronto’s first park offering performing and visual arts to the public.
Nestled in the heart of North York (Ward 23), the park provides a beautifully landscaped green space providing full accessibility to an open air performance space, with ample room for programming of arts markets, as well as seasonal and temporary installations, with programming including festivals, bi-weekly events and workshops.
The Lee Lifeson Art Park is intended to encourage creative activities and give visitors and residents the opportunity to enjoy arts programming in a beautiful setting. It will be an active oasis that functions as part of a linear park as well as offering a location for site specific arts events and exhibitions. Programming in the park will be offered at no charge to visitors.
Geddy Lee told the Toronto Star in August, 2014 that:
“I know my mom is very happy! … [Willowdale] is where I met my best friend and bandmate…We were humbly honoured by the suggestion to name the park after us…On tour and during our travels…we get to visit and enjoy so many parks around the world and really appreciate having that communal green space that is so important to a vibrant city.”
On October 1st, 2016, from 1-6pm, join North York Arts and Hotspot Signature Projects in celebration! Programming includes Toronto Recycling Arts Eco-Arts Exhibition, a Mayan Dance Workshop with Jesus Mora, a Youth Arts Showcase featuring Elite Dance Squad with Ephraim’s Place Community Centre, music from Arts Starts, and spoken Word with Patrick Walter.