After a two-year hiatus, The Bentway’s much-anticipated Block Party is back in a big way on Sunday, August 14.
It’s going to be a jam-packed celebratory outdoor party filled with musical performances, family-friendly games and workshops, food and drink, and more. The free event will run from noon to 10 p.m. at The Bentway, 250 Fort York Blvd in Toronto.
Headlining this year’s Block Party are acclaimed New York City musical duo, The Illustrious Blacks and Toronto drag royalty and winner of Canada’s Drag Race, Priyanka, who’ll be performing songs from her Taste Test EP. The party will also be hosted by local Drag star Bombae, contestant on Canada’s Drag Race Season Three.
Talk about some serious star power hitting the stage!
Party-goers can expect to get their feet moving with daytime entertainment that will include sunny and bright DJ sets by Valeroo, Ace Dillinger, and John Caffery – a lineup curated in partnership with Yohomo, Toronto’s online hub dedicated to the arts, culture and nightlife of the city’s LGBTQ2S+ community. Not only that, attendees will witness energetic performances throughout the day from some of the world’s leading Sign Spinners, AArrow Sign Spinners and Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, whose jaw-dropping moves transform advertising into stunningly visual sports and entertainment.
For anyone looking to get in touch with their artistic side, join a family-friendly Street Fashion Workshop led by acclaimed Toronto designer Meesh, co-presented with Fashion Art Toronto. Guests are invited to bring their own denim garments to modify and beautify (or pick from a rack The Bentway will have on-site). The workshop culminates in an afternoon Street Fashion Show, with The Bentway as the runway.
The Block Party is a part of The Bentway’s summer 2022 programming, STREET, a series of free art installations, performances, workshops, public conversations, and community celebrations.