Paint the town green

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The street festival is the iconic summer communal party. And not to belittle the smaller ones, but many street festivals take place in neighbourhoods where blocking off the end of a cul-de-sac seems scarcely worth a permit.

Toronto, however, takes at least one street festival very seriously. So seriously that the city shuts down a section of the longest street in the country! To accommodate more than 100 exhibitors and 30,000 revellers over two days, the Live Green Toronto Festival is shutting down Yonge Street around Young-Dundas Square.

The fifth annual Live Green Toronto Festival will take place on August 28, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and August 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From green product and service booths and local food sampling, to all-day live music featuring Colin James and Divine Brown and a Kid’s Zone that’s a natural playground dropped into the square, there’s something for everyone.

We’re excited to check out new the bicycle-powered stage! What’s that? Live Green Toronto has set up bikes at Yonge and Queen, where you can hop on a bike, have a workout and pedal-power the concert stage! After a cycle, drop off your e-waste (cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, cables, earphones ) at the Inorganic Market, then head to the farmer’s market. On Saturday night, wind down and enjoy a screening of the movie Burning Ice at 9 p.m.

See you there!