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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, 02 September 2014 15:01

Business Spotlight: Mogo Financial

Business Name & Address
Mogo Financial, 104- 2130 Lawrence Ave E,, 1-800-980-6646

Brief description of your business

We are a short term financial service company, we offer our customers the choice of loaning online or at our retail stores.
We are up to 90 % cheaper than any Payday loan in Canada or regular cash advance services.
We are out to disrupt the financial services in Canada, small loans and FREE Prepaid Visa cards are only the beginning.

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

We have been operating in Wexford Heights area since February 2007.

Why did you pick Wexford Heights?

Great store location, very assessable to our customers by Transit or walking, lots of parking space.

What makes your business special?

The internet has helped bring a new level of convenience to so many things and we think consumer lending should be next. Borrowing money shouldn’t be full of hassles, headaches and waiting for an approval. Instead, there should be transparency, anytime accessibility, multiple options and the ability to earn better rates and terms, even if you have less than perfect credit. This will be the future of consumer lending and we’re focused on leading the way.
We’re starting with an innovative line of short term loans that challenge conventional wisdom by giving people access to smaller amounts that are meant to be paid back quickly. Long term loans are next, and we’re working hard to launch them as soon as we can. Our “level up” program lets people with not-so-good credit work their way to better rates. Our goal is simple: convenient online access to a full range of loans, no matter what your situation.

Most interesting thing you've witnessed in the neighbourhood?

The Taste of Lawrence is always exciting. Lots of food, drinks, crafts and entertainment. Everyone always seems to be having a great time. This is a great event to help grow your business.

What has changed about your business since you first opened?

Well, we think it’s time for a change, and believe there’s been a real lack of innovation in Canadian financial services. We believe that consumers want more convenient and innovative solutions delivered in a simple and transparent way. We also think that adding a little fun and excitement may be just what the doctor ordered.

What do you enjoy most about your business?

The personal customers interactions. The majority of our revenue are generated from our repeat customers who have been using our services for years.

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

We think that one of the biggest problems with consumer credit is that most banks don't want to deal with you unless your credit is perfect. We've designed a model where even people with bad credit can get approval. With our unique Level Up program every loan you pay back helps you earn points towards unlocking the next level, giving you access to more options, lower rates and more money.

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

We are about to launch term loans that are suited for consumers with good to great credit, making Mogo the first and only online lender in Canada to offer a full spectrum of loans for anyone looking for fast and convenient access to money, regardless of their credit. Our term loans will start at rates as low as 6.99% on a 3 year term with amounts up to $25,000. All delivered through the same convenient and transparent online experience.