Introducing &co! A summer series of art activations bringing the creativity of North York artists to existing public programming. We bring NYA flare, everywhere. 

Catch us in the community to meet new local North York artists, participate in fun arts activities, and get to know your local neighbourhood arts organization!

Scroll below to see where we’ll be this summer!

Do you have an event you’d love to add an arts activity to? Reach out to to see if we might be a good fit.


&co and the 6 north york wards

See you soon!

Click on each event to learn more


   Willowdale Concert Series 

    Don’t Mess With the Don

    Play on the Runway

Willowdale Concert Series – Instrument Petting Zoo

July 18 – 5pm to 7pm

Lee Lifeson Park 

North York Arts
Stop by the NYA tent to test your talents with our instruments including a djembe drum, steel pan, electric guitar, and more! 

Willowdale Concerts in the Park –
Back by popular demand, the Willowdale Concerts in the Park Series features live style performances where emerging and established Canadian artists showcase their talent. Come join us every Thursday evening (7-9pm for the months of June & July) at the Lee Lifeson Art Park, for a free outdoor concert.

Pre-concert park activities happening from 5-7pm.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and take in the show or have a seat at the Amphitheatre. These outdoor events are a great opportunity to enjoy the park as it was meant to be!

willowdale concerts in the park

Meet your Artists – Jay-Marie Phillips and Declan David

Born in Scarborough, Raised in Trinidad, Jay-Marie Phillips is a community programmer, event organizer and producer living in North York, working extensively in collaboration with others to create more diverse spaces through inclusive programming. Outside of her artistic contributions, she works with vulnerable sector youth as part of the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Network In the Dundas West Neighbourhood.

Declan David is an Afro-Caribbean-Canadian visual artist specializing in animation, illustration, and painting. He graduated from OCAD in 2023 with a BFA in Fine Art, focusing on digital painting and expanded animation. He has a background in event planning working with various university of Toronto affiliated organizations. He is super excited to be able to share his skills with the arts community here at North York arts.

Don’t Mess with the Don – Saturdays at the Container

July 27 – 10am – 1pm

11 Redway Road 

North York Arts
Stay tuned for exciting programming!

Saturdays at the Container –
Every second Saturday, Don’t Mess with the Don hosts kids and families for Arts & Crafts, a history/nature walk through the Don Valley and our stewardship site, and a free BBQ for all. Everyone will have an opportunity to be creative, doing easy and fun art projects related to the Don Valley. Decorate real birdhouses you can take home or paint your very own butterfly for your pollinator garden.

Led by a teacher and creative volunteers with everything provided, this is a great way to spend your Saturdays. If you missed a craft we always have extras from previous weeks and all the paint, markers, tissue paper, etc. to decorate. The crafts have a learning component and each project is tied to a specific aspect of the Don Valley.

Held at our Container Hub, 11 Redway Road, there is no cost and drop-ins are welcome.

dont mess with the don

Stay tuned to Meet your Artist!

Play on the Runway

Aug 17 & 18  

3 Hanover Road 

North York Arts
Stay tuned for exciting arts programming!

Play on the Runway –
You asked, and we answered! Play on the Runway is returning this year, and this time, it promises to be better than ever. Stay tuned for more! 

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Stay tuned to Meet your Artists!

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About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

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North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8


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