Toronto, come to your beach and celebrate a swimmable Lake Ontario!
Free all-ages all-day SWIM-IN and DANCE PARTY featuring INSTALLATION and live PERFORMANCE at the Sunnyside Pavilion, organized by TheWaves (Christie Pearson and Marcus Boon).

Sunday August 26th, 2012
See full schedule here!

Weather Forecast: totally excellent.

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SWIM in the lake and the pool. Bring your swimsuit, towel, umbrella, friends, family or crew for a day at the beach and the pool in a celebration of our waters and the spirit of Sunnyside as the historic PLEASURE GROUNDS of our City. Read interviews with TheWaves about the event in the National Post and Uma Nota’s blog.

SWEAT to the sounds of a Global Bass genre-bending dance party with cutting edge new electronic dance musics from Toronto and around the world spun by a globally acclaimed group of DJs. New York’s  GHE20GOTH1K crew leader VENUS X and Rio De Janeiro’s MAGA BO, both celebrated in recent months by the New York Times (here and here!), Fader, Rolling Stone etc., the return of Brooklyn’s border crossing bass visionary and WFMU radio host DJ/RUPTURE, Montreal’s Karnival/Bounce Le Gros soca/dancehall producer POIRIER and Toronto’s Pan-Latino party crew DOS MUNDOS, Moombahton mixers SLOWED featuring Torro Torro and Lucie Tic, and global psychedelic dancehall specialists M.A.M.A. feat. Dorian and Dorian. Curated by Marcus Boon!

TUNE IN to  global sub-bass frequencies and rhythms in the flowing waters, shifting plates, and beating of our own fiery hearts, with Toronto’s Afro-Brazilian percussion crew MARACATU MAR ABERTO.

PAY RESPECT to the lake in a sunset event, featuring dance choreographed by Toronto’s AIMÉE DAWN ROBINSON a.k.a. MOTHERDRIFT and performed by ALLISON PEACOCK, BARBARA LINDENBERG, LO BIL, VICTORIA CHEONG, and DAWNE CARLETON.

LISTEN to the lake’s many voices in a live performance featuring BRODIE WEST, NICK FRASER, LINA ALLEMANO, DOUG TIELLI, and ALEX SAMARAS, and a Sound Map of the Humber River  created by composer JULIET PALMER (Urbanvessel).

COOL OUT around Alexandra Gelis‘ extraordinary moving edible sound sculpture installation Snow Cone (Raspao), complete with icy sweetness, in the courtyard.

ENJOY the pavilion till midnight with multi-media immersive installations connecting us to Sunnyside’s history and presence by CHRISTIE PEARSON (WADE, THEWAVES, Urbanvessel), MARGARET KRAWECKA, MELISSA FISHER and JIM RUXTON (Subtle Technologies).


SUPPORTED BY: The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council

PARTNERS: The Music Gallery, The Office of Gilbert Li, Uma Nota Culture, Ralston CanSafe, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, The Gladstone Hotel and Toronto Adventures

CONTACT: (647) 222-6253




  1. Your celebration last night – such a brilliant, lake-lovers community party that is so much us too, but we missed it (a sister’s 40th anniv.) Thanks so much for doing it!

    A true paradise in our world is Toronto Island beaches (like just west of Center we swim around the breakers, sometimes jump in the waves). We love swimming in all our Lake a lot! And we live in Parkdale right near Sunnyside where you consecrated the land-licking-Lake (and near Hi Park, the Humber River, Trinity Bellwood too).

    hope & sure it was great! let us know what you get up to next, please

    peace & love, ira rabinovitch
    & Melanie too

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