Cultura is a Free family friendly outdoor festival presenting Music, Art, Food and Film every Friday evening in July.

Cultura celebrates Toronto’s rich diversity featuring world renowned Musicians, tasty international street food, explosive buskers, interactive art activities, and evening film screenings under the stars.

Co-presented by Councillor John Fillion and North York Arts, Cultura serves to benefit the local community.

Presenting Partner:

Date: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019

Time: 6pm – 11pm

Place: Mel Lastman Square

Address: 5100 Yonge St, North York

Price: Free

Fanny Martin | NYA Producer
John Filion | Founder
Derek Andrews | Music Consultant
Brant Matthews | Busker Consultant
Lila Karim | NYA Executive Director
Melissa Foster | NYA Program & Outreach Director
Cecilia Garcia | NYA Program & Volunteer Coordinator
Rachel Birnberg | NYA Development & Communications Coordinator
Kavita Gurm | Event and Communications Assistant
Charlotte Young-On | Event and Volunteer Assistant 

Are you looking for a fun volunteer opportunity this summer? We are currently seeking event volunteers for the Cultura Festival and Sunday Serenades – two signature outdoor festivals at Mel Lastman Square. Sign up for one of the orientation sessions happening June 17 or June 19 for more information.

**Attending one volunteer orientation is mandatory for new event volunteers**

Photos taken by Kayla Wondergem

Fanny Martin – Producer

info@culturafestival.ca

2019 Cultura Festival Lineup

July 5

Main Stage 8pm - 11pm

Main Stage Music 8pm - 9pm

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Toronto’s only Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk Super-Band! Back by popular demand to open up the Cultura celebrations in their inimitable style.

 

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Main Stage Buskers 9pm - 9:30pm

Nemesis

Beatboxer Scott Jackson and Electric Violinist Dr. Draw combine their talents to form Nemesis! Watch below for a sample of what you'll see on the Main Stage.

 

Outdoor Movie Screening 9:30pm - 11pm

Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse

Miles Morales is a New York teen struggling with school, friends and, on top of that, being the new Spider-Man. When he comes across Peter Parker, the erstwhile saviour of New York, in the multiverse, Miles must train to become the new protector of his city.

Opening Acts 6pm - 8pm

Small World Stage Music

co-presented by City Hall Live

Di Zhang

Di Zhang is an emerging yangqin virtuoso active in Toronto’s music scene, who performs with many ensembles (Toronto YueFang Ensemble, Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Melody of Bamboo Ensemble). A rare chance to see her, solo and close-up, with her beautiful Chinese dulcimer.

Buskers

Dr. Draw 

Dr. Draw is known as the first violinist to venture from rock and classical into electronic music culture. His style is difficult to describe as his history with music and culture spans an eccentric lifetime. From playing for royalty in Prague to creating near chaos at the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival to playing luxury brand events like Chloé and Dom Pérignon, Dr. Draw inspires kudos wherever he plays. 

Learn more about Dr. Draw

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson lives in a world built by sounds. A door hinge’s squeaky creek, a snare drum’s darting snap, a helicopter’s chopping blades; these are the intricacies he’s made his craft. Internationally renowned as a master of sound and ceremony, Scott Jackson is a beatboxer birthed by hip hop but who stretches the art form’s appeal at every turn. 

Learn more about Scott

 

Dazzling Darren 

Dazzling Darren will wheel out his cycle collection just for the Cultura crowd! Watch him ride the most unlikely contraptions, from a tiny to a huge unicycle, a century-old Penny Farthing and many more!

 

Food Trucks

Forno 450 Pizza

At Forno 450 Pizza, we adhere to centuries-old traditions to bring you one of the most authentic, wood oven cooked pizzas to be served from a mobile pizzeria.

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Jerk Brothers

Jerk Brothers is a Toronto based food truck specializing in authentic Carribean cuisine. Menu items include jerk chicken, curry chicken, oxtail, beef patties and more.

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TDots Naansense

Tdots Naansense is a Toronto based food truck created by the catering company H&H sachet. They are diversifying flavour and brining Indian cuisine to the streets.

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Community Partners

July 12

Main Stage 8pm - 11pm

Main Stage Music 8pm - 9pm

The Circle Music Band

The Circle Music band is a Toronto-based, Persian music band founded in 2011, offering a unique style of music as fusion of jazz and psychedelic rock with elements of traditional Eastern instruments. The Circle Music Band focuses on classical and contemporary Persian poetry. More about The Circle Music Band!

 

Main Stage Buskers 9pm - 9:30pm

Hoop You LED Glow Show

Look for Hoop You at the Hoop Fun Zone where all ages can get active and interactive while learning to hula hoop! Then join us at the main stage for a Glow Show set to music - A fun for the whole family dance performance full of LED hula hoops and glowing surprises.

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Outdoor Movie Screening 9:30pm - 11pm

The Breadwinner 

Based on the bestselling middle-grade novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is an animated feature film set in 2001 in Kabul. It follows the empowering story of a young girl named Parvana who must cut off her hair and disguise herself as a boy to become the breadwinner for her family when her father is imprisoned.

Opening Acts 6pm - 8pm

Small World Stage Music

co-presented by City Hall Live

Padideh Ahranjad and Ali Massoudi

Recent immigrants to Canada, Padideh Ahrarnejad & Ali Massoudi have over 25 years of experience as professional musicians and educators in their native Iran. Padideh Ahrarnejad plays and teaches Tar, a plucked-string instrument central to Persian music, and Ali Massoudi performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments. Their program of Persian music is based on the traditional Radif. 

 

Buskers

Hula Hoop Fun Zone

Get movin' and groovin' with this family friendly activity that's suitable for all ages. Hosted by a skilled hula hooper who can teach almost anyone how to hula Hoop! Children and Adult hula hoops will be provided for use.
 
Kids can take photos in the hula Hoop houses as well.

 

Food Trucks

Gogi Korean BBQ 

Gogi Korean BBQ strives  to make an exquisite creative GOGI food with different original sauces and toppings.

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6 Spice Rack

Jerk maple-glazed pork ribs and avocado-wrapped shrimp, are just a couple of the mouth-watering delicacies cooked up by 6 Spice Rack, who diversifies Toronto flavours.

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Community Partners

July 19

Main Stage 8pm - 11pm

Main Stage Music 8pm - 9pm

Delhi 2 Dublin

 The Vancouver-based electronic ensemble has developed its own decisive genre they refer to as "Subcontinental Pop,” bringing their South Asian influences into the world of Western pop music. And now, with the release of their new single, “Home (Everywhere I Go),” and forthcoming album, We Got This, Delhi 2 Dublin is poised to take their sound from the main stage to mainstream radio.

 

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Main Stage Buskers 9pm - 9:30pm

The Greg Tarlin Juggling Show

Former Canadian Juggling Champion Greg Tarlin will be bringing the thrills and the laughs with his comedy juggling show! Greg will combine some serious skills with some danger and some laughs. He can juggle just about anything... don't get too close or he just might juggle you.

Outdoor Movie Screening 9:30pm - 11pm

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a part to save her game, Sugar Rush. They’re in way over their heads, so they must rely on the citizens of the internet.

Opening Acts 6pm - 8pm

Small World Stage Music

co-presented by City Hall Live

Moskitto Bar

Moskitto Bar started with the connection of three talented artists playing in the woods at Ontario’s OM Festival, while the mosquitos fed on them. Since them many other talented musicians joined them to share their passion for music and mixing cultures. They will bring you on a musical journey around the world so get on board and enjoy the ride.

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Buskers

Skittle the friendly Giraffe

Skittle the friendly giraffe and the zookeeper Savannah White will stroll the festival site greeting visitors and posing for photos.

See more here! 

 

 

Food Trucks

Forno 450 Pizza

At Forno 450 Pizza, we adhere to centuries-old traditions to bring you one of the most authentic, wood oven cooked pizzas to be served from a mobile pizzeria.

Check out the Menu

Espeto Brazil

Our goal is to delivery the original taste from our country to your table. Brazil is very rich when it comes to flavors and different foods. We want you to have the opportunity to know the Brazilian culinary before you visit this amazing country.

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Golden Grill

Golden Grill is a Toronto based food truck specializing in Korean and Latin cuisine. On the menu you’ll find bulgogi burgers, kimchi grilled cheesesteaks and chicken poutine.

 

Community Partners

July 26

Main Stage 8pm - 11pm

Main Stage Music 8pm - 9pm

Arsenals 100% Kick-Ass Ska 

”Ska-tisfaction” is guaranteed when ARSENALS hit the stage with their signature blend of Jamaican Ska, Rockysteady, Reggae and “Ska-terized” Pop music. This 6 piece Toronto based band features “Comfort” on lead vocals and “Dizzy Minott” on slide trombone. They’ve performed with Toots and the Maytals. Ziggy Marley, Derrick Morgan, Ernie Smith, Ken Boothe, Skatellites Lord Tanamo, The Slackers. The Toasters, War, Bounty Killer and many more.

More about the Arsenals!

Main Stage Buskers 9pm - 9:30pm

Fireguy Show

For over 15 years Fireguy has had a burning desire to entertain the world with its most fascinating element. Brant Matthews aka Fireguy is based in Toronto Canada and has performed in countries all over the world. Fireguy is an expert in fire eating, juggling and breathing and enlightens his audiences with energetic expertise.

 

Outdoor Movie Screening 9:30pm - 11pm

Incredibles 2

In Incredibles 2, Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything.

Opening Acts 6pm - 8pm

Small World Stage Music

co-presented by City Hall Live

Charmie 

Discover one of Toronto’s musical gems through the passionate R&B and pop-soul of 23year old singer/song writer Charmie. Born in Haiti, Charmie began exploring her gift for singing at the young age of nine.  As a self taught musician, she excels at playing guitar, piano, bass, and drums.  Her contemporary style of music is a unique fusion of Rhythm & Blues and Pop Soul.  Known for connecting with her audiences, Charmie's words go straight from her heart to yours. 

Learn more here

 

Buskers

Hula Hoop Fun Zone

Get movin' and groovin' with this family friendly activity that's suitable for all ages. Hosted by a skilled hula hooper who can teach almost anyone how to hula Hoop! Children and Adult hula hoops will be provided for use.
 
Kids can take photos in the hula Hoop houses as well.

 

Charlie Chapss

Charlie Chapss will be engaging in a 2 hour 'walk about' and will be available for photos and general fun! As an impersonator, Charlie Chapss perform silently with expressions being the mode of communication and connectivity. 

 

Food Trucks

Queen Arepa

Queen Arepa is a Toronto based food truck specializing in Venezuelan arepas and cachapas. Arepas are warm savoury bread pockets made from ground corn flour and cachapas are sweetcorn crepes made with fresh yellow corn.

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Gogi Korean BBQ 

Gogi Korean BBQ strives  to make an exquisite creative GOGI food with different original sauces and toppings.

Check out the Menu

Community Partners

Cultura Festival History

Cultura Festival 2018

Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018

Featured Music: Sharon Riley and the Faith Chorale, Persian All Stars: Amir Amiri and Friends, Songs of Leonard Cohen, The Lemon Bucket Orchestra
Featured Busker: The Fire Guy, Mike Wood, Isabella Hoops, Mighty Mike
Featured Film: Wonder, The Post, Lion, The Greatest Showman

Co presenting Partners: North York Arts, City of Toronto
Main Stage Sponsor: TD Bank
Government Partners: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund (OCAF)
Cultura Festival Donors: Arthur Dalfen
Presenting Sponsors: Sobara Development Group
Supporting Sponsors: North York Centre, St, Louis Wings

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

 Contact us 

North York Arts
(Toronto Centre for the Arts)
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8


info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm