Over the past five seasons the Cultura Festival has grown into a true community spectacle. Friday nights in July musicians, artists, dancers, buskers, international food vendors and more, fill Mel Lastman Square along with thousands of local residents and others from across the region. We hope you will join us for one night of the festival, or many! You won’t be disappointed.
The festival is presented by John in partnership with North York Arts and Toronto Arts Foundation. Guests will also find activities hosted by the Toronto Public Library, Gibson House Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and more.
The program kicks off at 6 PM each Friday evening, with a special preview on Yonge street from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Come early to catch the full program and grab a bite to eat. Stay in the Square for our featured entertainment each week listed below:
OPENING NIGHT – Friday, July 3rd
Main stage (8 PM): Divine Brown
Canada’s own certified diva, this Juno award winning R&B, Soul singer and theatre performers brings a fearless, foxy and fresh attitude to the stage.
Feature film (9:30 PM): Where the Wild Things Are
Director Spike Jonze’s adaptation of the classic children’s story about a boy’s trip to an island filled with creatures.
WEEK TWO – Friday, July 10th
Main stage (8 PM): Alex Cuba
Two time Juno award winner who’s smoky vocals and adept guitar work cross genres and cultures through magnetic pop and Latin soul hooks.
Feature film (9:30 PM): Searching for Sugar Man
The Oscar winning doc about two people who set out to discover what happened to their unlikely musical hero.
WEEK THREE – Friday, July 17th
Main stage(8 PM): Danny Michel & the Garifuna Collective
Michel, a Juno and Polaris prize nominated artist and one of Canada’s finest songwriters, teams with the Garifuna Collective who perform a soul-stirring collection of songs, inspired by their unique Afro-Amerindian cultural heritage.
Feature film (9:30 PM): The Book of Life
From producer Guillermo del Toro comes this animated comedy about a young man torn between following his heart or family.
WEEK FOUR – Friday, July 24th
Main stage (8 PM): Les Tireux d’Roches
A world-trad group from Quebec, these storytellers, singers and musicians have developed a qunite repertoire of traditional tales and songs that are inspired, innovative and creative.
Feature film (9:30 PM): Paddington
A 2014 hit full of charm and wit, this irresistibly heart-warming film is one that everyone in the family will enjoy.
FOr more information and program updates, visit the Cultura Website.