Pedestrian Space Grows for Celebrate Yonge

Pedestrians can now experience Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street in a new way. Celebrate Yonge is a community-based event that has expanded public space on the stretch of street between Queen and Gerrard.

The celebration offers people the opportunity to stop and enjoy the iconic downtown road with art installations, extended restaurant patio space, and different event programming taking place on the weekends.

“During the summer, we have an average of 70% pedestrians to 30% vehicles in the area, so clearly, there’s a huge pedestrian population out on the street and we want to provide them with a street level experience,” said Abigail Gamble, the communications manager for the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area.

Celebrate Yonge features 11 themed areas, including The Gallery with a bike art installation made by local artists and The Gateway Studio that showcases the work of local artists on weekends.

Clockwise from left to right: Be-Dazzled by Jacqueline Poirier; Vinyl (Ode de Records) by Adam Crabb; Urban Mobility by Melody Gamble; Technology by Carol McDonald

“We wanted to put something in The Gallery area that really spoke to the concept of urban mobility so what is a better representation of that concept than the bike. There is such a big culture of cycling in this city and the downtown core, so we wanted to use that as the palette for the art installations,” said Gamble.

One of the other themed sections is entitled The Red Carpet, located in front of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, in celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival, which starts September 6, 2012.

Celebrate Yonge will continue until September 16, 2012.

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