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Union Summer Returns to Transform Transit Hub into an Urban Patio Oasis

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After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, Toronto’s Union Station will become an outdoor hub for food, culture, and entertainment with the return of Union Summer — Presented by TD

Now until August 28, the iconic transit hub’s Front Street Plaza will be an outdoor urban oasis, filled with cuisine, music, live performances, and more. Union Summer has been viewed as celebrated multifunctional use of public space since its inception in 2016.

“Welcome back Union Summer!,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “Union Station is a culinary, cultural and shopping destination. I am excited to see Toronto’s downtown bustling with activity as our strong reopening continues and I look forward to seeing people flock to Union Summer to experience the best of the city’s music, entertainment, and food.”

Union Summer reflects Union Station’s commitment to celebrate the diversity of the city by highlighting local, international and emerging artists, says the City of Toronto. Daily themed programming will include:

  • Big Easy Sunday afternoons
  • Global music featuring Small World Music artists on Sunday evenings
  • Blue Mondays in conjunction with Toronto Blue’s Society
  • Game night Tuesdays featuring musical bingo, live karaoke, and trivia
  • Weekly Wednesday evening movie screenings
  • Showcase Thursdays featuring Canada’s Music Incubator artists
  • Lula Nights with Lula Lounge on Thursdays
  • The best of Union Beats DJs on Friday afternoons
  • SoulSessions every Friday evening
  • Night Market on Saturdays with City Hall Live
  • Symphony Saturday afternoons with Big Lake Festival

This year’s curated food vendors will offer an eclectic mix of summer and street food in a lively market atmosphere. The line-up includes Gus Tacos, Mikey’s Smashburgers, NaanSense by Butter Chicken Roti, and Souvla by Mamakas. To add to the mix, Union will also host TrulyTO, a licensed pop-up bar sponsored by Moosehead Breweries (because the Go train commute home is always better after a beer, right?). 

Union Summer will operate on the following schedule:

  • Sundays to Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Union Summer officially kicks off today at 5 p.m. 

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