Bentway Conservancy (The )
Jumpstarted by a generous $25 M donation from philanthropists Judy and Wil Matthews and incorporated in 2016, The Bentway is a unique and innovative public space that will transform the vacant and forgotten area underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway into a new gathering place for the city’s growing population. Stretching from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street, this 1.75 km trail and series of public spaces will knit together seven neighbourhoods – Exhibition Place, Liberty Village, Niagara, Fort York Neighbourhood, Bathurst Quay, Wellington Place and CityPlace – and become a gateway to the waterfront, while providing access to important attractions and destinations – from the Budweiser Stage to the Rogers Centre and Harbourfront Centre. This dynamic new urban corridor will activate the community with a continuous multi-use trail providing access to year-round activities and events, including gardens, a skating rink, recreational amenities, public markets, public art, special exhibitions, festivals, theatre and musical performances and more.
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The Bentway's Inaugural Season
This application is for “The Bentway Inaugural Season”, a series of events taking place January 6, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Planned elements for Phase 1 of the Bentway include an amphitheatre with exterior seating for over 250 people, a green lawn that can accommodate over 1,500 viewers, an open air gallery, an ice skating trail,and a pedestrian and cycling path. Inaugural programming will include: 1. The first section to be developed, The Bentway Skate Trail, will officially open to the public on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11am with special events all weekend. Opening weekend festivities include performances from singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Charmie Deller and composer and performer Carmen Braden with her Black Ice Sound music project; demonstrations of Ice Breaking, a unique hybrid of break dancing and freestyle ice skating by the Toronto Ice Skate Group; and art installations, food and drink, music throughout the day from the best of Toronto’s DJ scene, pop-up curling, and free admission to Fort York National Historic Site. The opening weekend will also host the Mayor’s Skate Party on Sunday, January 7 from 1-4pm with Mayor Tory and members of Toronto City Council. Complimentary skate rentals and hot chocolate will be available during the fun, family event. The inaugural Winter Season at The Bentway will run from January 6 – mid-March, 2018. Ongoing winter programming will include free Monday night skate rentals; Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs, and skate instruction and DJ and Ice Breaking Workshops. A skating village, designed by + tongtong, will be installed at The Bentway and will house the skate rental shop, warming stations and a variety of seating options. A curated food truck program will serve hot food, warm and cold drinks, and decadent desserts. Throughout the Winter Season, The Bentway’s inaugural public art exhibition, “Constructions of the Everyday,” will be on view. 2. Spring/Summer 2018 programming with signature performances, artist interventions, rotating skate trail activations, markets, recreational activities, and festivals;and 3. Fall 2017 programming with food and beverage workshops, pop-ups, classes, celebrations, public art, and much more.