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Taste of Lawrence 2019

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 17 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.

About Taste of Lawrence

  • 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
  • Main stage with all day music and family stage with entertainment for the whole family
  • Constant support from Ward 21 Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Volunteer opportunities!
  • A true world festival.

Festival Details are as Follows:

DateJuly 5, 6, and 7, 2019
Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd. 

  • Friday July 5, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • Saturday July 6, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • Sunday July 7, 11:00 AM -7:00 PM


Acts Announced April 4th:

Friday, July 5 9:30 PMPractically Hip Tribute Act 

Established in Southern Ontario in 1997, “Practically Hip” wows their audiences with their passionate recreation of the Hip’s unique sound. They are the most sought after “Tragically Hip” tribute/clone act in Ontario and the U.S.

You’ll be amazed at the vocal ability of Dean Hughes! You will think you are hearing Gord Downie as Dean performs the songs, rants and stories for which the Hip is known for.
This five piece band gives their audiences the highest level of energy and musicianship. While playing songs note perfect and then adding jams the Hip is known for, is something their audiences constantly rave about.

Practically Hip has played various clubs, universities and colleges throughout Ontario and the U.S. To add to their list of weddings and private functions they have also played numerous festivals with recording acts like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, Colin James, Big Wreck, Trooper, Gowan (in Styx), Sass Jordan and Honeymoon Suite to name a few.
The members of Practically Hip have seen over 75 Hip concerts! The devotion is one of the reasons why they deliver the highest level of accuracy, energy and enthusiasm.
Join them in their celebration of the Tragically Hip!


Saturday, July 6 9:30 PMSimply Queen Tribute Act 

Simply Queen is a world class act.

They have headlined theatre and outdoor festival shows to audiences of thousands (and even tens of thousands) all over Canada and the United States.

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in several productions of the award-winning "We Will Rock You" musical. Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor are veterans of the southwestern Ontario and Detroit circuits.

The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen's live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail capturing the live amazing live Queen experience that filled stadiums around the world. No backing tracks - it's all live, and "Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!"


Sunday, July 7 5:30 PM – AC/DC Tribute Act - due to high demand from last year, encore performance


Featured Guest Performer

Snap Boogie

Snap Boogie will perform on both, the main stage and family stage on July 6 and 7!

Native to the city of Boston, Snap Boogie has been described as a "BEAST" on the dance floor. His career began by performing on the streets, to his impressive debut on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2011, where he blew the minds of the nation with his incredible energy and style. Not to mention, he landed a role in the movie The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph, in 2013.

Since then, Snap Boogie has traveled the world, performing at the top International Festivals, Fairs, NBA Halftime Shows, and rapidly gaining popularity at many NCAA schools around the globe.


Taste of Lawrence


Tuesday, 19 August 2014 12:44

Want to create a mediterranean theme in your space? Come check out our line of gorgeous mosaic chandeliers and lamps straight from Turkey! In addition, check out some of the specialty genuine rings from Turkey (*Only sold in store) as well as a great variety of accessories that make for great gifts, from keychains to pendants and rings! Visit Al-Isra at 2088A Lawrence Avenue East, call 416-755-8666 or check out their website at 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 15:20

Business Name & Address: 

Scarboro Mazda 2124 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough, ON M1R3A3

How long has your business been operating in the Wexford Heights area?

Established in 1995. Over the years, Scarboro Mazda has grown with Wexford Heights.

Brief description of your business:

Scarboro Mazda offers assistance when it comes to finding the most affordable car financing options. We have a team of professional sales agents and service professionals, always available to fit in your schedule.

Whether you are a first time buyer or getting your second or third vehicle, you can trust that Scarboro Mazda will help you get the vehicle you prefer with professionalism and strong attention to your needs.

What makes your business special?

Come in for a new or used Mazda in Toronto, to have your Mazda serviced, or to arrange for financing, we'll provide a service experience you'll surely recommend. Excellent service and affordable pricing are what Scarboro Mazda is known for around Scarborough. Drop by our Mazda dealership in Toronto or give us a call if you have inquiries!

Most interesting thing you've witnessed in the neighbourhood?

The growth and change within the neighbourhood has been phenomenal.  The community has done a great job maintaning and improving Wexford Heights.  

What has changed about your business since you first opened?

Much has changed throughout the history of Scarboro Mazda.  A complete renovation was completed in 2011. Ongoing training within our staff to encourage and perform excellent customer service.

What do you enjoy most about your business?

Engaging in customers everyday and doing our best to provide a wonderful experience.  

What is your customer's favourite thing about your business?

We believe this coincides with what we enjoy most.  The best experience we can provide to our customers is something we strive to provide everyday.

Any exciting news or events happening in the next 6 months in your business?

Scarboro Mazda is always finding ways to pass on the savings to the customers!


Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:00

Business Name & Address
Cafe La Roche
2139 Lawrence Ave E, Scarborough ON, M1R 3A4

Brief description of your business
Café La Roche is a quiet and cozy lounge for your business or personal meeting. We can accommodate private parties, birthdays or training in our private room for up to 35 person.. Our entertainment hall has a capacity of up to 200 persons, you can enjoy playing cards, backgammon, chess, or foosball and poker. Our customers can also enjoy watching sports activities on big TV screens and while interacting with different games, we will take care of you and we will serve a delicious meal accompanied with La Roche specialty fruits cocktail.

How long has your business been operating in the Wexford Heights area?
Since November 2012

Why did you pick Wexford Heights?
The good and professional services.

What makes your business special?
Cafe La Roche is situated in a unique location with a private parking and patio. Early opening hours and several meeting/entertainment rooms. It is located 15 min from down town Toronto with an easy access to public transit.

What were you doing before you opened your business?
Working in marketing Communications with CIBC.

Most interesting thing you've witnessed in the neighbourhood?
The different and ongoing activities organized by Wexford Heights BIA.

What has changed about your business since you first opened?
We started to receive a completely new type of customers due to good service provided. 

What do you enjoy most about your business?
Customer service.

What is your customer's favourite thing about your business?
The ambiance, the shisha and the food.

Any exciting news or events happening in the next 6 months in your business?
In process for a general renovation to our entertainment hall to be a proper ballroom to accommodate large number of customers.