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Food trucks, a beer garden, music, & free stuff: a perfect Saturday at CityFest

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If you haven’t seen the signs, you’re not looking hard enough.

Promotion of CityFest has been in full gear with signs on every corner of the neighbourhood, advertising the outdoor community party.

If that hasn’t helped you decide to attend, here are some reasons why you should.

CityFest is an all-day celebration of city life, happening Saturday at Canoe Landing Park in CityPlace, from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m.

It brings the downtown community together and has become one of the city’s largest free community summer festivals, connecting residents and celebrating CityPlace and city life.

1. Live Music

The party will feature some of Toronto’s most exciting DJs and bands. For the full list of DJs visit

Z103.5’s DJ Danny D will be taking song requests. Known as “The People’s DJ,” DJ Danny D has been DJing for 20 years. 416 Mag caught up with him last week. Read our Q&A with him here.

And if you’re into a more chilled vibe, an acoustic rock duo from Hamilton will be making an appearance. ANDREAS is Brian Andreas and Jennifer Lockman and has been compared to Bryan Adams and Jeff Buckley.

In My Coma has opened for bands like Moist and Su m41. Formed in Grimsby, Ontario, the band plays alternative rock, with a new album being released this fall.

2. Food and drink

The park will become a patio because Hunters Landing’s beer garden will be making a comeback!

Remember to eat too, please. There will be food trucks lined up at the festival.

3. Activities

Once you’ve filled up on eats and beverages, there will be several activities to keep you at the party.

You can jump around and play with giant inflatables and games sponsored by Concord.

The Toronto Public Library is in the mix too, hosting story telling, arts & crafts, and colouring.

There’s a chance to get creative too, with kids participating in city-building workshops with the Design Exchange. Participants will use mixed media to build small scale models of cities.

4. Artists and vendors

The lineup of artists at CityPlace’s outdoor party this Saturday is so long that you need to check out the Cityfest website for all the details and artist’s blogs.

In the meantime, look out for these artists while you celebrate at Canoe Landing Park.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve weaselled your puppy into one too many amateur photo shoots, by the lake, in the parks, in front of the CN Tower, and more. At Cityfest, Tripawd Phodawgrafur will be behind the camera this time. The pet photography company welcomes all kinds — birds, cats, dogs, reptiles, even rodents.

Lava and Lace’s company name caught our eye. The company founder, Laura, started the business in Hawaii and now runs it from the Beaches. She describes her products as whimsical, floral, and sparkly, specializing in jewellery and accessories both for women and men.

ReVintageTO takes everyday items, and instead of throwing them out, creates art with them. “Tea cup candles started because I had tea cups and wanted to put them to good use. Tile coasters began as tiles on my wall.”

If you need a laugh after a long week, The Second City will have a booth at CityPlace. You can always count on the legendary comedians to have some good one-liners.

If you’re looking for a great pair of leggings for the next time you’re at Canoe Landing Park, which is, in fact, the very next day for Yoga Jam on Sunday, you can pick up a pair at CityFest. SweetLegs is by far the softest leggings we’ve ever touched. And they’re not boring either — they offer a ton of fancy patterns, adding eight new patterns per month.

If you’re looking to celebrate your city with a tee shirt, LOYAL to a TEE will be at CityFest, selling their sports and fashion apparel. Their tees say things like “Loyal to Toronto,” the perfect shirt to wear to CityFest, we think. Their products also include hats, pins, and tank tops.

5. Freebies

Who doesn’t love free stuff?! Concord is giving away ice cream and a ton of other stuff we’re not disclosing. Come early because quantities are limited and because as we said, everyone loves free stuff!

Diana Pereira

Diana Pereira is a journalist, a university journalism teacher, a world traveller, a fair-weather kayaker, and a frequent bruncher. She's working on her mermaid status, travelling to as many countries as she can that include a body of water and when she's home in Toronto, you can find her in a kayak on Lake Ontario.