Today, Union Summer – Presented by TD returns to Union Station’s Front Street plaza, running until Sunday, August 28. After a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 63-day market is back as an outdoor patio oasis and a feast for the senses, filled with dynamic music, live performances, cuisine, films and other entertainment.
City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), along with Jason Levin, President of Osmington, and Betsey Chung, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at TD Bank Group, will launch Union Summer this evening from 5 to 7 p.m.
Union Summer reflects Union Station’s commitment to celebrate the diversity of the city by highlighting local, international and emerging artists. Daily themed programming will include:
• Big Easy Sunday afternoons
• Global music featuring Small World Music artists on Sunday evenings
• Blue Mondays in conjunction with Toronto Blue’s Society
• Game night Tuesdays featuring musical bingo, live karaoke and trivia
• Weekly Wednesday evening movie screenings
• Showcase Thursdays featuring Canada’s Music Incubator artists
• Lula Nights with Lula Lounge on Thursdays
• The best of Union Beats DJs on Friday afternoons
• SoulSessions every Friday evening
• Night Market on Saturdays with City Hall Live
• Symphony Saturday afternoons with Big Lake Festival
This year’s curated food vendors will offer an eclectic mix of summer and street food creating a lively market atmosphere. The line-up includes Gus Tacos, Mikey’s Smashburgers, NaanSense by Butter Chicken Roti, and Souvla by Mamakas. To add to the mix, Union will also host TrulyTO, a licensed pop-up bar sponsored by Moosehead Breweries.
Union Summer will operate on the following schedule:
• Sundays to Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
In 2009, Osmington (Union Station) Inc., a subsidiary of Osmington Inc., entered into a 75-year lease agreement with the City to become the retail developer of Union Station. Union Station is one of Canada’s busiest transit hubs, serving more than 300,000 visitors per day pre-pandemic. Through its curation of retail and culinary tenants, cultural programming and partnership activations, Union Station strives to be one of the world’s most engaging civic experiences. More information about programming and special events is available on the Union Summer webpage: www.torontounion.ca/tdunionsum
“Welcome back Union Summer! Union Station is a culinary, cultural and shopping destination. I am excited to see Toronto’s downtown bustling with activity as our strong reopening continues and I look forward to seeing people flock to Union Summer to experience the best of the city’s music, entertainment and food.”
– Mayor John Tory
“Union Summer’s return is another signal that summer in Toronto is in full swing. Union Station continues to be one of the city’s most vibrant cultural destinations. Do not miss this opportunity to come down and experience the destination’s artists, food and culture for yourselves.”
– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre)
“Union Summer – Presented by TD feels more meaningful and impactful than ever. The city is ready for connection again, they want to see what the city has to offer, try local food and discover new musicians and we’re honoured to have the opportunity to facilitate that.”
– Lawrence Zucker, President and CEO, Osmington
“TD is proudly dedicated to helping build strong, connected and empowered communities. We are delighted to continue to support the Union Summer event series and are excited about this year’s lineup. Union Summer is a remarkable opportunity to help bring the community together, support Canadian artists and experience the power of diversity, culture and togetherness.”
– Christine Morris, Senior Executive Vice President, Transformation, Enablement and Customer Experience, TD Bank Group.
SOURCE City of Toronto