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The grassroots story behind Cityfest – one of Toronto’s fastest growing community festivals

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Cityfest, one of downtown Toronto’s most anticipated summer festivals is just around the corner. The 5th annual festival is expected to bring out over 10,000 urbanites for an all-day celebration on Saturday, August 19th at the scenic Canoe Landing Park in the heart of Concord CityPlace. It offers the perfect opportunity for condo dwellers to come out, enjoy many of Toronto’s most exciting bands and DJs, grab a cold one in the 9000 sq ft beer garden, and take part in the many free activities around the park.

The 416 Mag publisher, Dean Maher, sat down with co-founder Tiberiu Scrieciu to learn how the festival started.

“Cityfest is a project that was started by Phuong Dinh & I in 2013 on the simple idea of bringing our CityPlace community together.

The two of us volunteered on the social committee at 4K Spadina, a CityPlace condo where we both lived. Each summer & holiday social we organized at 4K created a stronger sense of community in our condo. The usual quiet elevator rides became a lot friendlier after these events!

We thought it would be amazing to scale the impact we saw at our building to the entire neighbourhood — and so the Cityfest idea was born. Some key supporters including the CityPlace Residents’ Association, Adam Vaughan (CityPlace’s City Councillor at the time and now CityPlace’s Member of Parliament), and Concord Adex helped us take it from a concept to a successful first festival in 2013. We were thrilled that over 3,000 residents attended the inaugural Cityfest. The Toronto wide attention it brought was also great for our growing area.

Since then, the event has grown more than we would have ever thought. We’re anticipating over 10,000 attendees on August 19th at the 5th annual Cityfest. Our focus has remained on connecting the community through the all-day celebration of music, eats and drinks and everything that makes downtown living great. Concord Adex has been our champion supporter through the years and has been extremely vested in seeing the community flourish. We’ve had great support from Hunters Landing, Z103.5, and the CityPlace Residents’ Association in shaping the festival. The festival is still very young, and we’re excited to see it continue to grow”, says Scrieciu.

Cityfest 2013: connected over 4,000 residents, Karl Wolf headlined the event.

4K Spadina party in 2012 where the Cityfest idea was born.

Cityfest 2013 connected over 4,000 residents, Karl Wolf headlined the event.

Cityfest 2013 connected over 3,000 residents, Karl Wolf headlined the event.

Cityfest 2014-2016: grew significantly - Cityfest 2015 photo below with headliners Manzone & Strong who will be back this year alongside some of Toronto’s most exciting bands and DJs including Joe Ghost, 4KORNERs, Z103.5’s Danny D, Andy Warburton, In My Coma and more. Other staple attractions include the all-day Hunters Landing beer garden, food trucks, curated vendors, awesome activities for all ages and lots of freebies and giveaways!

Cityfest 2014-2016 grew significantly – Cityfest 2015 photo above with headliners Manzone & Strong

Manzone & Strong – Cityfest 2015 headliners – will be back this year alongside some of Toronto’s most exciting artists including Joe Ghost, 4KORNERS, Z103.5’s Danny D, Andy Warburton, In My Coma and more. Other staple attractions include the all-day Hunters Landing beer garden, food trucks, curated vendors, awesome activities for all ages and lots of freebies and giveaways!

Check out cityfest.ca for all info and see you on August 19th at Canoe Landing park.

 

Dean Maher

Dean Maher is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The 416 Magazine.