June 3 2014, Toronto - The Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Area (BIA) today announced that it will host a Neighbourhood Block Party called “The Village Welcomes the World” as part of WorldPride 2014 festivities, from Friday, June 20 to Sunday, June 22, 2014.
The Block Party will require the closure of Church Street from the north side of Wood Street to the south side of Wellesley Street, and from the north side of Wellesley Street to the south side of Gloucester Street.
Programmed as a “neighbourhood block party,” all Licensed Bars, Clubs and Restaurants on the strip will offer extended food and beverage patio service during the following hours:
Friday, June 20, 2014 , 6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Last call for alcohol service on the extended patios will be 10:00 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy live entertainment, presented on a single stage located at the north-west corner of Church and Maitland Streets, programmed by various neighbourhood establishments. Festivities will officially kick off on Friday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Michelle DuBarry, Ontario’s oldest drag queen and a village icon. Some of the best drag artistes, DJs and other local performers will entertain The Village all weekend.
“The World Pride opening weekend block party in The Village is an opportunity for our community to Welcome the World to The Village, share the history of our vibrant queer community and promote our local businesses,” said Mychol Scully, General Manager, Church-Wellesley Village BIA.
“We are projecting attendance of 15,000 – 20,000 residents and visitors over the course of the weekend to join in the opening weekend festivities of the first World Pride celebration in a North American city.”
In addition to outdoor live entertainment, additional special events scheduled in The Village over the weekend include the inaugural Nuit Rose Contemporary Art Festival, featuring indoor and outdoor art installations and live performances from a variety of independent, Canadian LGBTQ visual and performance artists, and selected international artists around The Village neighbourhood on Saturday, June 21, from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. For a complete schedule of Nuit Rose events, exhibitions and installations visit www.nuitrose.ca.
Forte – The Toronto Men’s Chorus will present True North, a tribute to Canadian music, at The 519 Community Centre, 519 Church Street at 7:00 p.m. For tickets visit www.fortechorus.ca
June 20 - 22 closure of Church Street from the north side of Wood Street to the south side of Wellesley Street, and from the north side of Wellesley Street to the south side of Gloucester Street.