Now older than a decade, YDTO (YOUTH DAY Toronto) is again inviting you to the FREE family-friendly Summer festival held every July at Yonge-Dundas Square to celebrate young people aged 14-29 in their arts – AND this historic year – our country’s very special 150th Birthday Party for Canada!
With an unprecedented Yonge Street closure that transforms the street into a vibrant market place, the event was built on 12 hours of non-stop music across 2 stages; a Youth Art Gallery featuring visual art and photography; Live Art on the square; 2 Fashion Shows, and exciting new activations every year presented by our Corporate Champions. In addition to all of the diverse entertainment and retail opportunities, the event opens with an official Flag Parade and includes a 6 o’ clock Moment of Silence in memory of youth lost to violence.
Many notable artists have supported YD by volunteering their time to the cause and past headline performers have included: Karl Wolf, Francesco Yates, Vita Chambers, Reema Major, JD Era, Kim Davis, Fefe Dobson, Michie Mee, A-Game and hundreds of additional performers. Event MC’s have included Canadian Idol judge Zack Werner, Farley Flex, Director X, Choclair, CTV National Anchor Ken Shaw Flow 93.5’s Peter Kash and So You Think You Can Dance judge Blake McGrath. With the support of this many talented members of the Canadian music industry in support of the event, you never know who will show up or appear on stage next at YD.
Proclaimed an “Event of Municipal Significance” by The City of Toronto, it has also been deemed the ‘largest youth festival of its kind’ by the media. The popularity of the event has grown tremendously due to the support of our dedicated performers and volunteers alike. YD is not just a one-day event but an initiative that is fostered year-round in preparation of our main event. Leading up to our July celebration young artists and performers participate in auditions, press conferences, team meetings, fundraising events, promotional video shoots, media interviews and additional opportunities that allow them to develop their skills; stay active and connected in professional networks of interest to them; and aspire young artists to pursue their passions.