Starting July 1st, Toronto’s favourite urban community market is back and better than ever. Union Summer presented by TD is on from July 1 – August 19th in Toronto. Showcasing the best of “Where Toronto is Going,” the curated festival will play host to an eclectic mix of food vendors, musicians, film screenings and live performances for 50 consecutive days at the Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza, the bustling space nestled outside of Union Station, the city’s largest transport hub.

 

 

This year, Union Summer has their sight set on local talent and supporting the growth of the city’s creativity. Each day of the week will have a theme for their offerings: Mondays are for folk music, Tuesdays will be highlights from Wavelengths Festivals, Wednesdays will have outdoor movie nights, Thursdays will be previews from the TD Festival, Fridays will have DJ ‘Nooner,’ the Young Artists Showcase will be on Saturdays and for Sundays, the Design Exchange has Weekend Children’s Programming (offered on Saturday as well).

 

 

Apart from the showstopping entertainment, the real draw of Union Summer is the food. We’re talking Union Chicken, Amano Pasta, WVRST, Roywoods, The Plant YYZ, Mean Bao, Harry’s Burgers, and The Carbon Bar. Plus, there’s also a licensed bar area by award-winning craft brewery Goose Island, and dessert options from Bananza and Fugo. It’s a great opportunity to eat your way around Toronto without the traffic. Whether you work nearby or see it as a destination dinner, the market caters to everyone, with opening hours at 11am and festivities lasting until 9pm.

 

 

Over the past few years, Union Station has become more than just a construction zone connecting travelers to the GTA and beyond; it has grown into one of the world’s most engaging civic experiences. With development by Osmington Inc., the 300,000 daily visitors are now treated to a community through the curation of retail and culinary tenants, cultural programming and partnership activations.

 

 

We love the Biscotteria by Master Italian Bakery Forno Cultura, and their famous biscottis are perfectly paired with a cup of Joe from micro-shop neighbour Pilot Coffee. If you’ve forgotten to get gifts for loved ones while visiting the city, walk a couple steps to the Peace Collective store to grab a Toronto Vs Everyone tee or pick up some luxurious products at the natural beauty heaven, The Detox Market. So whether your traveling via TTC, Go Train, Via Rail or UP Express towards Pearson Airport, there’s no excuse not to do it in style.

 

 

Torontonians and tourists alike will be crowding the transport hub to discover the best of the city. We love nothing more than the development and celebration of local culture, and can’t wait to see #wheretorontoisgoing. 

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