/ Media – See Yonge Street come alive at Celebrate Yonge
Upcoming street festival to increase pedestrian access in Toronto’s downtown
August 15 / 2012

TORONTO- Experience Downtown Yonge Street like never before. This Friday, Celebrate Yonge will transform the area between Queen and Gerrard on Yonge Street with brand new public spaces for people. For the first time in decades Torontonians and visitors alike will be able to have a drink, eat a meal or simply enjoy comfortably relaxing right on the iconic street.

Hosted by the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area (BIA), Celebrate Yonge will feature temporary patio extensions onto the roadway that will last four weeks, ending Sunday, September 16. Beautiful planters, decorated by landscapers from across Ontario for the Livegreen Planter Box Challenge will serve as the temporary barriers separating vehicles from pedestrians. Much of the new public space will be licensed patios and outdoor cafes in front of area businesses, some of which will feature special displays and programming. Other sections of the event will also offer large public seating areas with comfortable outdoor furniture and weekend programming for all ages.

Along the event section of the street there will be 11 themed areas for visitors to explore. For examples, parents can bring the kids to The Funway for life-sized outdoor games like chess and Connect 4 and activities like face painting and caricature artistry. The Green Room event area will have constant activity at ING Direct Café’s, Celebration Park, while The Gateway Studio will feature the work of local artists on weekends. Five of the themed areas will have full outdoor restaurant patios to enjoy the final days of summer.

For more information on all 11 event areas and the events calendar visit the Celebrate Yonge information booth located seven days a week at the corner of Yonge and Dundas or

Media Contact:
Abigail Gamble
Communications Manager




Prize-winning plantings on display at Celebrate Yonge
Posted: August 30, 2012

Three winners of Live Green Planter Box Challenge announced
TORONTO, Aug. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Yonge Street is in bloom thanks to beautifully themed plantings that line the street at the Celebrate Yonge event.

City builders come together to Celebrate Yonge
Posted: August 31, 2012

TORONTO, Aug. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The leaves are starting to change on the trees at Celebrate Yonge as the event enters its third week this Labour Day long weekend. With back-to-school and fall coming soon, city building partners of the event are helping the street festival evolve with the changing season.

Inside look at Toronto's Celebrate Yonge festival (Video)
By Graeme O'Neil, CityTV
Posted: August 26, 2012

Citytv Digital Correspondent Graeme O'Neil give you inside information about the four-week long Celebrate Yonge festival which runs until September 16 in downtown Toronto.

'Celebrate Yonge' Gives Pedestrians More Of Toronto's Main Street
Craig White,
Posted: August 21, 2012

Several blocks of Toronto's legendary main drag, Yonge Street, have been partially reclaimed from the car for a four week long installation of patio space and greenery.

Forever yonge: don’t stop celebrating Toronto’s main street
By Matt Elliott, Metro Toronto
Posted: August 26, 2012

Yonge Street is alive again. Let’s keep it that way.
The historic centre of the city and Toronto’s main drag hasn’t always had a great reputation. It’s been called kitschy. Undesirable. Even dangerous.

Celebrate Yonge planter box contest winner to be announced
Showwei Chu,
Posted: August 23, 2012

A panel of judges, including Breakfast Television weather specialist Frank Ferragine, will decide which of the Celebrate Yonge planter boxes is the best on Thursday evening.

Yonge St. pedestrians get more room in pilot project (Video)
CBC News
Posted: August 14, 2012

Shops and restaurants along a stretch of Yonge Street in downtown Toronto are gearing up for a pilot project that will open up two additional traffic lanes to pedestrians starting Friday.

Downtown Yonge St. down to 1 lane each way for month-long festival (Video)
Erin Criger & Shawne McKeown,
Posted: August 13, 2012

Great news for downtown patio enthusiasts, bad news for downtown drivers: Yonge Street is reduced to one lane in each direction for a month-long festival.