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Big on Bloor Festival, Toronto, 2012

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Published on Jul 28, 2012

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Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22, 2012, Bloor St. West from Dufferin to Lansdowne. Weather: hot and sunny.

Something for everyone to enjoy. Visual artists, musicians, buskers, craftspeople did their thing in one of Toronto's most diverse and creative neighbourhoods. Was great to see the Ontario Science Centre and Toronto Zoo participating this year. Lots of hands-on activities. Multicultural sweets and savories galore.

From Wikipedia:

Bloordale Village is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)[1] in Toronto that is located along Bloor Street from Lansdowne Avenue to Dufferin Street, west of downtown in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It sits on the southern border of the Wallace Emerson neighbourhood and the northern border of the Brockton Village neighbourhood. The district has a great combination of shopping, bars and art galleries.

A similarly named neighbourhood is Bloordale Park, a neighbourhood in the former city of Etobicoke , Ontario, located between the Dundas and Dixie Rd intersections with Bloor.
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Bloordale Village (commonly known as Bloordale) has undergone significant change in recent years, and is now considered one of Toronto's 'up and coming' art districts.[2][3] The area is the location of Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art and Toronto Free Gallery. Each year, neighbourhood residents, businesses and community organizations participate actively in the Big on Bloor Street Festival[4] and Toronto's Nuit Blanche. Bloordale also has its own news publication, The Bloordale Press, which covers a wide range of news focusing specifically on the area.

The strip along Bloor Street also has a large number of small restaurants and retail outlets. At Dufferin Street, the south side of the street is used by Bloor Collegiate Institute. The surrounding area is a highly diverse, mixed-income community.[5] A mix of Portuguese, Caribbean, Italian, Bangladeshi, Latin American, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Burmese, Chinese, Vietnamese and populations are found in the neighbourhood, where 80% of residents speak a native language other than English.[6]

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