The Bridging Festival 2012

Posted on August 10th, by BEN in Recent News. 3 comments

Photos from the event:

The Toronto Star, Aug 24
Scarborough Mirror, Aug 24
Rogers TV
National Film Board website


Friday August 24, 7 pm – 9 pm & Saturday August 25, 10 am – 5 pm East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto

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Click here for the full festival program

7:15 – 7:45 PM Sarma Donepudi – Indian Classical Music Performance
7:15 – 7:45 PM Cooking Demo led by Pavitra Restaurant
8:00 – 9:00 PM Short films screening including ‘One Millionth Tower’ and others from the National Film Board of Canada

10:00 – 10:30 AM Kaleidoscope’s Interactive Movement Workshop
10:35 – 10:45 AM Healthy Living Community Arts presents “Angels of the Festival” (play)
10:35 AM, 10:45 AM, 1:30 – 1:50 PM Drumming Workshops by Kaleidoscope
10:45 – 11:00 AM East Scarborough Community Choir
11:00 – 11:40 AM Tower Neighbourhood Renewal Fence Removal Event
11:45 – 12:25 PM EAST Hip Hop and Spoken Word Performances
12:30 – 1:00 PM Kaleidoscope’s Interactive Movement Workshop
1:15 – 1:30 PM Sarma Donepudi – Indian Classical Music Performance
1:30 – 1:50 PM Storytelling for Children by John Jansen
2:00 – 2:30 PM Eagleheart Singers and Dancers
2:40 – 3:00 PM Sarma Donepudi – Indian Classical Music Performance
3:15 – 4:00 PM Indigenous Hip Hop Fusion by Red Slam Collective
4:15 – 4:45 PM Dance by Funk Fanatics 


* Caricature Artist Portraits
* Blind Contour Drawing Portraits
* Family Photo Portrait
* Bike repair shop
* Card Painting
* Children art canvases
* Bouncy castle
* Rain barrel and Flower pot painting
* Eco-Passport Activity Stations and Prize Draws
* School of Fish Trail Painting










For more information, call 416-698-7322 or email



The Scarborough Museum | Community Memories Kiosk
Want to know the real story of the people living in Scarborough past and present? Want to record your stories for the future? Scarborough Museum traces the story of this community’s rural roots and two centuries of immigration.

Red Slam | Indigenous Hip Hop Fusion 
Red Slam is a 5 member artist collective expressing their creativity through their Okra (story) and their Owena (word) in the spirit of indigenous oral traditions using contemporary poetry performance and music.

Charles Weiss | Caricature Portraits
Charles Weiss is a Canadian artist who enjoys many forms of creativity: Painting, Drawing, Political commentary as editorial cartoons and Wood Carvings. His unique skills and talent are evident in the work he does, in its attention to detail and blending of colors and textures.

Bike Repair Clinic and Shop
Bike Repair Clinic and Shop will have booth where you can learn more about your bike while it is being repaired. It is a great opportuntiy to know more about bikes.



John Jansen | Interactive Storytelling for Children
John is a teacher and principal that retired to follow his passion and love for the music of word. He was born in Holland and immigrated to Canada where he has written and translated a number of books of fiction, fantasy and poetry.

Eagleheart Singers and Dancers
The Eagleheart singers and dancers are a group of performers from the Cree and Ojibwee Nations who work to educate people regarding native concerns.Based in Toronto, Eagleheart has been actively involved in the community since 1984.

Cedar Ridge Creative Centre
Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts hub housed in a historic mansion. It holds the Cedar Ridge Gallery as well as studio spaces where engaging hands-on creative arts programs are offered for all ages.


Funk Fanatics
Funk Fanatics is an all-star break dancing crew from Toronto that will be bringing a high-energy interactive dance performance.



TRCA | Eco Stations! 
Toronto and Region Conservation is dedicated to protect our environment, educating young people, and engaging communities. Come and walk the park trail with us and discover five eco-stations, paint our rain barrels and create sculptures with nature!

Mural Routes | Paint with mural artists!
Mural Routes is an arts service organization in Canada dedicated to the creation, development and promotion of public wall art. They will have 6 big canvases at the Festival with artists painting with the community.

Tharmila Rajasingam | Blind contour portraits
Tharmila’s work is simultaneously physical and situated in space and profoundly expressive, creating meaning in objects beyond their appearance. She will be doing her amazing blind contour painting – painting peoples portrait’s without looking at the paper!

Live Green Toronto
Living green is all about making smart choices about how you live, travel, shop, eat and play. Get all the rebates, advice, tips and how-to’s you need to green your life, right here!

Lianna | Going Wild
Come explore your creative side and take part in interactive, hands-on activities! Discover some of the secrets behind herbal medicine and how you can make use of what grows around you. Decorate your own pots, plant seeds, make art, learn something useful and enter to win a your own plant!

3004 Studios | Get a free family portrait
3004 Studios is a collective of artists and creative professionals with bases in Toronto, Boston, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Their videos, photos and designs convey stories, engage new audiences, and provoke action.

Dan-e-o | Festival’s MC and Music Performer
Daniel Faraldo, professionally known as Dan-e-o, is a Canadian hip hop artist of Jamaican and Spanish descent, from Toronto, Ontario. He started a career as a consistent winner of rap battles at the age of 13. He has released 5 cds and is now part of the duo, Perfeck Strangers.

Sarma.R.Donepudi | Indian Classical Music
Sarma is an accomplished percussionist, musician and critic in ethno music Community in Ontario. He is the president of the Indian Classical Music and Arts Society of Canada.

Press Release August 1, 2012  
The Bridging Festival is returning for a third year to the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) neighborhood, presenting free family-friendly arts and environmental activities.  Presented by Scarborough Arts, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), Park People, Live Green Toronto, East Scarborough Storefront, City of Toronto and in partnership with the recently launched Tower Neighbourhood Renewal project, this annual festival in Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park is a celebration of arts, environment and community.

The festival kicks off on the evening of Friday, August 24 at The East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Ave East, with an outdoor film screening, free baked goods and communal decoration of the site.  The festival continues on Saturday, August 25 with seven hours of family friendly fun.  In the parking lot of The Storefront and neighboring residential towers, attendees will be treated to a community BBQ, entertained with performances of dance, music and poetry, and invited to join in participatory arts activities organized by Scarborough Arts.

Meanwhile, in the green space above and below the bridge, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) will be leading enviro-themed activities including an eco-scavenger hunt, making wildflower seed balls, and showcasing Highland Watershed Neighbourhood Greening Plans recently developed for three pilot project areas with community members.

Inaugurated in 2010, The Bridging Festival is a community arts and culture festival which aims to bring communities together in this culturally vibrant neighbourhood while celebrating local leadership, creativity and diversity.   Legacies from the first two events are still evident in the colorful murals painted on the pillars supporting underneath, and on the long concrete walls along the walkway on top of the Lawrence Avenue Bridge.  Photos and videos of the past events can be found here:

The Bridging Festival draws on a number of local resources:  the growing network of local residents involved in neighborhood revitalization through the Tower Neighborhood Renewal project, the vast green space of Morningside Park in the Highland Creek valley and the deeply rooted community networks of participating partners.  Capitalizing on the universal appeal of music, art, food and nature, the festival aims to improve community spirit and engagement, create new local networks, support local artists and community members and improve the liveability of the area.

The Bridging Festival is generously supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Intact Financial Group.  TRCA’s Highland Creek Neighbourhood Greening Project has been made possible through funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  The Tower Neighborhood Renewal project is funded through the United Way.
Thank you!

-Scarborough Arts

3 responses to “The Bridging Festival 2012”

  1. chuck weiss says:

    I’m looking forward to the BRIDGEFEST.

  2. Bruno says:

    This is going to be soooo much fun!

  3. […] Inaugurated in 2010, The Bridging Festival is a community arts and culture festival which aims to bring communities together in this culturally vibrant neighbourhood while celebrating local leadership, creativity and diversity.  Legacies from the first two events are still evident in the colorful murals painted on the pillars supporting underneath, and on the long concrete walls along the walkway on top of the Lawrence Avenue Bridge.  Photos and videos of the 2012 event can be found here: […]


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