Bloordale, Bloor Street was closed to vehicle traffic between Lansdowne and Dufferin over the weekend of August 21/22, 2015 to celebrate arts, culture, community and small business in Bloordale’s BIG on Bloor Festival’s community and city-making event. 100,000 people attended and over 40 performances and artist projects were commissioned specifically for the festival and involved the work of 243 artists. This year saw more local businesses contribute projects and 10 stores hosted patios to bring their Bloordale taste to the street. The summer festival focused on arts and culture, businesses and community organizations and was packed with vendors, activities, exhibits and information. This was a festival where people could participate and be involved in seeing, making and learning experiences.
BIG on Bloor Festival Feature Events
The BIG Market Place: More than 200 arts, crafts, and information tables!
Card-Yard: Recycled materials animated by architecture, art and poetry!
Celebrate Here: Main Stage performance!
Savour Bloor: In the stores, restaurants, patios, and the Bloordale Food Court!
BIG Awards: Community Appreciation!
JOY / JOUEZ: Programs of play and pleasure!
PlayFair: Games for children and adults!
Bloor Gardens: New sidewalks, in-ground trees, gardens and community art!
After Hours: Local Bloordale restaurants and bars!
The festival was made possible by the contribution of the community festival team, over 100 volunteers and the support of its generous sponsors.
Top 20 in Toronto
The BIG on Bloor Festival was declared as one of the Top 20 Summer Festivals in Toronto and one of Toronto’s most original.
The festival is a project of the BIG: Bloor Improvement Group, a registered not for profit organization founded in 2006 with the support of the Bloordale BIA and wide community involvement.
Big: Bloor Improvement Group is a non-profit coalition of community groups, Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), politicians, artists, schools, service providers, institutions, gardeners, small businesses, residents and neighbours coming together to advance the economic, physical, cultural and social life of the targeted local Bloor Street by creating opportunities and events that improve the atmosphere and celebrate the area.