After a two year hiatus, Toronto’s ultimate summer festival returns with a new name: Do West Fest (formerly Dundas West Fest*).
Presented by Little Portugal Toronto BIA, this year we will explore new approaches to offering you a summer celebration like no other, including expanding from our two day format, to a three day festival: spanning Friday June 3, Saturday June 4, and Sunday June 5. The festival will continue to run along Dundas Street West from Ossington to Lansdowne.
Expect everything you love about the festival & more, including:
Live music Extended patios Local food trucks Artisans and craft vendors Children’s activities Interactive projects BIA member programming Volunteer opportunities
Mark your calendars for the first weekend in June, and stay tuned for programming announcements in the coming months.
*WHY THE NAME CHANGE?
As many of you know- light has been shed on the fact that the namesake for our beloved Dundas Street (Henry Dundas) was an 18th-century politician who delayed Britain’s abolition of slavery by 15 years. He also aided in the continued subjugation of Indigenous peoples in Canada in his role as British Home Secretary. In July 2021, Toronto City Council voted 17-7 in favour of a motion to rename the street, along with subway stations, a library, Yonge-Dundas Square, and a number of parks. Although the city is still in the process of deciding the new street name, we feel it is exceptionally important to accurately display our values by removing ‘Dundas’ from the BIA and festival names promptly. Until the street is renamed, the event will be known as Do West Fest.
This change is significant to us as it marks a new chapter for the neighbourhood, of combined efforts in improving the area with true community spirit in mind.
Since Dundas West Fest 2020 is postponed, applications are closed at the moment. Vendors Applications will be live by end January 2022.
We always have exciting opportunities for vendors at the Dundas West Fest!
A celebration of music, arts, food, fun, and community along Dundas Street West- from Ossington Street to Lansdowne Avenue, covering 14 city blocks in downtown Toronto. We bring the neighbourhood together and draw visitors to the area to explore shops, food, and rich cultural diversity.
See you at Do West Fest- where it all comes together!