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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 07:00

Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Locals and tourists alike come to the festival to experience the Taste firsthand as they celebrate their cultures and learn about the rich heritage of others.

The festival was founded 15 years ago by Councillor Michael Thompson and a group of community members who had a vision for attracting visitors to the vibrant community on Lawrence Ave that is now known as the Wexford Heights BIA. The first event was held in a local parking lot and attracted just over one thousand people. However, with diligence and vision from the councillor and the BIA, the festival population has grown to accept more than 200,000 people onto Lawrence Ave.

Some notable attractions:

  • Exceptional International Food Options! This is the place to be for a FOODIE! 
  • Over 130 street vendors.
  • Midway rides and amusements on the street for family fun! 
  • 2 fully functional live entertainment stages with headlining entertainment!
  • Constant support from Ward 37 Councillor Michael Thompson provides excellent opportunities for community engagement.
  • Volunteer opportunities! Constantly engaging youth from local schools, and other community members. 
  • A true world festival. People of all cultures participate in the event.

Festival Details are as Follows:

Date: July 7, 8, and 9, 2017 
Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd.
Times:

  • Friday July 7. 6pm-11pm 
  • Saturday July 8. 11am-11pm 
  • Sunday July 9. 11am-7pm

FREE ADMISSION

Taste of Lawrence

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:00

The second edition of the BIA Cup University Basketball Tournament gets underway on Wednesday November 4 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre(formerly Maple Leaf Gardens).

The tournament pits the men's and women's teams of intercity rivals the Ryerson Rams and the U of T Varsity Blues in a four game matchup (two men's games, two women's games) with the trophy going to the university with the most wins overall.

The BIA Cup is named in honour of Toronto's BIAs, or Business Improvement Areas, a social innovation established over 40 years ago in Bloor West Villagethat enables the local business community to enhance their streetscape, put on festivals and other commercial inducements. BIAs are now in place across the City and around the World, one of Toronto's greatest exports.

This year the tournament will be incorporated into the NBA All Star festivities being held in Toronto for the first time.

The full tournament schedule is as follows:

1. Wed Nov 4: Mattamy Athletic Centre: U of T @ Ryerson; Women's 6:00 pm
2. Wed Nov 4: Mattamy Athletic Centre: U of T @ Ryerson; Men's 8:00 pm
3. Sat Nov 28: Goldring Centre: Ryerson @ U of T: Women's 6:00 pm
4. Sun Feb 14: Ricoh Centre: Ryerson @ U of T: Men's(tba)

So Toronto, let's give a 'shout out' to the teams of merchants and landlords who make our neighbourhoods great places to live, work and play,the champions of main street, the 80+ BIAs of Toronto – Hey, Hey B-I-A! (#heyheybia)

Toronto's 80+ BIAs fall under the jurisdiction of the City of Toronto Economic Development Department BIA Office and are represented collectively by TABIA (the Toronto Association of BIAs)

Hey, Hey B-I-A

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 07:48

The Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts School Council is pleased to announce that Wexford Collegiate will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2015.  Official anniversary events are scheduled for the first weekend in October and will include various activities such as a staff buffet dinner and social, a pub night, a dinner dance banquet, and more! More information

Saturday, 08 August 2015 09:57

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Taste of Lawrence 2015. We were thrilled to see over 200,000 people come out to Scarborough's largest street festival. It was a wonderful celebration of food, music, and culture and we can’t wait to get started on next year’s event!

This year we had our most successful food event to date. There were over 40 food vendors in attendance at the festival this year with cuisine from the many cultures in the GTA. We still continue to receive compliments on the delicious options for food that were available at the festival. I believe we all had our fill during the festival weekend ;)

On Saturday night it was our honour to present Canadian reggae legends, Messenjah. The iconic reggae band lit up Lawrence Avenue with their amazing musical talent and gave us an unforgettable show!

We were extraordinarily pleased with our new midway provider, World's Finest Shows. Their professionalism and quality is something that we look forward to for many years to come.

We would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who had a helping hand in bringing this project to life: Councillor Michael Thompson and his office, our volunteers, all of our sponsors, our title sponsor at TD Bank Group, the members of the Wexford Heights BIA, the event planners at Sphere Entertainment, our suppliers, our vendors, and all the musicians and artists who brought our stages to life. Last but not least we would like to thank everyone who came out to the event to experience Lawrence Avenue. We appreciate your presence and continued support.

See you at Taste of Lawrence 2016!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 00:00

Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Locals and tourists alike come to the festival to experience the Taste firsthand as they celebrate their cultures and learn about the rich heritage of others.

The festival was founded 12 years ago by Councillor Michael Thompson and a group of community members who had a vision for attracting visitors to the vibrant community on Lawrence Ave that is now known as the Wexford Heights BIA . The first event was held in a local parking lot and attracted just over one thousand people. However, with diligence and vision from the councillor and the BIA, the festival population has grown to accepting more than 130,000 people onto Lawrence Ave.

Some notable attractions:

  • Exceptional International Food Options! This is the place to be for a FOODIE! 
  • Over 130 street vendors.
  • Midway rides and amusements on the street for family fun! 
  • 2 fully functional live entertainment stages with headlining entertainment!
  • Constant support from Ward 37 Councillor Michael Thompson provides excellent opportunities for community engagement.
  • Volunteer opportunities! Constantly engaging youth from local schools, and other community members. 
  • A true world festival. People of all cultures participate in the event.

Festival Details are as Follows:

Date: July 3, 4, and 5, 2015
Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd.
Times:

  • Friday July 3. 6pm-11pm 
  • Saturday July 4. 11am-11pm 
  • Sunday July 5. 11am-7pm

FREE ADMISSION

Taste of Lawrence