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 – September 3, 2017. Blending contemporary art and community art projects, the festival will feature art installations, interactive activities, workshops, performances, and more.

Enjoy free performances throughout the Main Squared festival. See the listings below and check the Schedule for full festival details.


1:15-2pm: Joel Lightman of Great Canadian Dueling Pianos
With over twenty years of professional musicianship under his belt, including stints with major stadium-filling bands and world tours with his own projects, Joel has a well-rounded and well-respected piano style and brings his charm and personality to every appearance. A veteran of hundreds of dueling shows, his breadth of repertoire has earned him plaudits worldwide.

2-3pm: Puppet What What and the Egg
Puppet What What is an irrepressible sock puppet, who will, with her helper, Robin Polfuss, tell a story about finding an Egg! And look for the Curious Wyrm flying about – a special puppet built by Robin and Kristi Ann Holt in the 81 & 3/4 Studio!

5-7:30pm: Mill House School of Music
Laura Savage and Fabio Dwyer are the founders/operators of Mill House School of Music, and professional musicians with deep ties to Toronto’s music scene. Enjoy performances from these accomplished musicians and their students.


4:15-5pm: Song and Dance by Bangladesh Centre and Community Services
Children and youth from Bangladesh Centre and Community Services (BCCS) perform songs and dances for the audience. BCCS is an not-for-profit charitable organization serving newcomers to help them integrate through enhancement of knowledge and skill development.


5:30-6:15pm: Music by iSpy with Rebecca Everett
In the tradition of the classic ‘Hot Club’ groups, the iSpy quintet evokes the clandestine free-spirited soul of the gypsy jazz era. Their playful and passionate take on the 20s, 30s, and 40s peppered with original songs are performed with pure sensual abandon. iSpy’s torrential acoustic virtuosity and the vocal prowess of Rebecca Everett will enrapture all audiences.


7-9pm: Music by Black Suit Devil
A seductive blend of acoustic soul/folk with haunting melodies overtop of heartfelt lyrics. Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Andy Du Rego and Neil Cameron on violin bring together over twenty years of writing, performing, and recording in the Canadian music scene. Facebook Event Page


1pm & 2pm: Music by Euba tuba quartet
Euba is a quartet of fun-loving tuba and euphonium players who play all kinds of music around the GTA. They play a wide variety of repertoire including contemporary pieces and classical favourites. The musicians at the back of a band provide the foundation for the ensemble, playing an important supporting role that doesn’t always attract much notice. Euba brings these talented musicians into the spotlight. Audiences who have never heard tubas in this setting are often surprised by just how melodic they can be.

3-4pm: Accordion music by Cathy Nosaty
Cathy Nosaty enjoys a diverse career as a musician, composer, sound designer, musical director, and artist educator. She began her musical training as a classical pianist and her love of creative collaboration led her to work in dance, theatre, and scoring to picture.



1-2pm: A Sprig of Rosemary
A Sprig of Rosemary is a Toronto Celtic-Folk Duo comprised of harpist Kim Michele and flautist Jennifer Wakefield. Multi-talented, their musical performances range from Celtic to Classical, Early music to Renaissance, Traditional to Contemporary, as well as Canadian Folk Roots music, to create a beautiful blend of rich harmonies and silky female vocals.

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: