Where: 1.75km underneath Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, from Strachan Avenue to Bathurst Street
When: January 6 – mid-March, 2018
Details: The Bentway is Toronto’s newest public space designed by Public Work and Ken Greenberg Consultants. Located under the Gardiner Expressway, it reimagines how Torontonians gather and experience art and events downtown.
The first section to be developed, The Bentway Skate Trail, will officially open to the public on January 6, 2018 at 11am with special events all weekend including the Mayor’s Skate Party on January 7 from 1-4pm with Mayor Tory and members of Toronto City Council.
No need to hibernate this year, #ReimagineWinter at The Bentway with skating and other free activities all weekend long! Opening Weekend festivities include live musical performances by Charmie Deller, Carmen Braden, T.Dot BANGERZ Brass, and a sing-along with Singing OUT; the opportunity to meet Canadian figure skating pairs silver medalists, Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch; plus art installations, food and drink, and special opportunities from Fort York National Historic Site, including free admission, an historic selfie booth, and free tours.
Opening day DJs, spinning from 11:30am-11pm, include Fawn Big Canoe, Dale Arseneault AKA Dirty Dale, DJ Steph Honey, DJ Shub, Skratch Bastid, and Nino Brown.
Throughout the Winter Season, The Bentway’s inaugural public art exhibition, “Constructions of the Everyday,” which encompasses a variety of work from several artists, will be on view.
The inaugural Winter Season at The Bentway will run from January 6 – mid-March, 2018 (weather permitting). Ongoing winter programming will include free Monday night skate rentals provided by Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport; Beats and Bents Friday night skate parties with a rotating cast of DJs, and Turn it Out DJ and Ice Breaking Workshops with UforChange and the Toronto Ice Skate Group.
A skating village, designed by + tongtong, will be installed at The Bentway and will house the skate rental shop, warming stations and a variety of seating options. A curated food truck program will serve hot food, warm and cold drinks, and decadent desserts. On Friday-Monday evenings, skaters are invited to warm up in the Strongbow Lounge.