About Main Squared

Main Squared is a free 9-day arts & community festival that will activate and explore the public square at the corner of Main Street and Danforth Avenue in Toronto from August 26 to September 3, 2017.

Blending contemporary art and community art projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more. Drawing inspiration and insight from historical “public squares” while tapping into community aspirations, the festival will invite residents, community members, and the general public to reimagine the square as a space for social engagement, discourse, and civic activism.

Visit the Schedule for dates, times, and information about workshops, activities, marketplace, and performances. Learn more about the Main Squared Artists & Projects, free Activities & Workshops, PerformancesMarketplace, and Volunteer Opportunities.

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The Site:
Main Square is an apartment complex occupying a three-hectare site. It includes four high rise towers housing thousands of residents and a commercial plaza. The buildings are clustered around a “Town Square” situated at the corner of Main and Danforth. The space is highly frequented, being centrally located in the middle of a TTC subway station, a GO Train station, community centre, and public library.

The Opportunity:
Given its accessible location, diversity, and density of residents, close proximity to transit, and other amenities, Main Square is full of unrealized potential as a vibrant and unique cultural hub. Main Squared invites the community to see the space anew and to spark pride and engagement in the space as well as within the community.


Main Squared is presented by East End Arts, and is a Cultural Hotspot Signature project in partnership with the City of Toronto. Contemporary art projects curated by Labspace Studio.



Main Squared is made possible by the generous support of Partners, Sponsors and Funders. Thank you to:





About EAST END ARTS – Presenters of Main Squared
East End Arts is a local art service organization that unites, inspires, and enhances the communities of east Toronto with the transformative power of the arts. East End Arts connects artists and communities, shares resources, increases engagement and accessibility, and promotes arts and cultural activities in Toronto’s east end.

About LABSPACE STUDIO – Curators of Main Squared contemporary art projects
Labspace Studio is a Toronto-based creative studio and artist collective run by Co-Directors John Loerchner and Laura Mendes (who also live and work in the Main & Danforth Neighbourhood). Labspace Studio’s art projects and curatorial initiatives are often site-specific, public and participatory in nature, blurring the lines between art and everyday life. They aim to create work that explores and uncovers the intricate connections between people and places.