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Yonge-Dundas Square is a public square, community gathering place and event venue for the general public. The City established the Board of Yonge-Dundas Square to engage the Downtown Yonge BIA and other stakeholders in the management of the square to draw the public into this business area.
The Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management manages, operates, controls and maintains the activities of the facility as an outdoor public square on behalf of City Council.
Follow this link for information on the Board governance structure for the Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management.
The mission of the Board of Yonge-Dundas Square is to responsibly manage Yonge-Dundas Square and enhance the vitality of downtown Toronto; to launch, promote and operate the Square as a unique public space, borne from the passion of the community and the energy of commercial participation, so as to develop a positive perception by way of its activities, security, and cleanliness.
2016 Service Overview
Yonge-Dundas Square delivers public event production, public event coordination, and Yonge-Dundas Square public space coordination.
Public Event Production
Yonge-Dundas Square produces an array of programs which are multicultural and free to the public, but which are funded by earned revenues, sponsorship and production cost-recovery. They animate the square and promote the vision of Yonge‑Dundas Square as a community focal point, gathering place and resource for the citizens of Toronto.
Productions and programming such as the following are scheduled year-round: Lunchtime Live spring and fall concerts; Indie Fridays concert series; City Cinema outdoor film screenings; and a lively busking program.
Public Event Coordination
Yonge-Dundas Square coordinates, supports and hosts third-party events on the Square year-round. As an event venue, the Square can accommodate events of various sizes. Yonge-Dundas Square is the venue of choice for many of Toronto’s diverse community festivals, and has hosted events such as DesiFest South Asian Heritage, Franco-Fete, Mex Fest, Youth Day and Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations. Yonge-Dundas Square has also worked with major arts and cultural festivals such as Luminato, Nuit Blanche, NXNE, Just for Laughs and the Toronto International Film Festival. Hosting these large scale events requires greater coordination and provision of event support services. In addition to hosting events for cultural and community groups, other organizations such as corporations, charities and not-for-profit organizations can obtain a permit to use the Square for film shoots, promotions, private functions and special events.
Yonge-Dundas Square Public Space Coordination
When not in use for special events, the Square becomes an urban piazza, an open space for the public to enjoy as passive visitors, pedestrian pass-through, and visitor information. The Square remains open to the public 24/7 with fountains operating from spring to fall. During the spring, summer and fall season, visitors can also enjoy café style seating, unique programming and busker entertainment.
2016 Operating Budget
2016 Approved Budget ($000’s)
2014 Capital Budget
There are no capital projects for 2016. The 2015-2023 Capital Plan for Yonge-Dundas Square includes $0.05 million per year to support state of good repair maintenance work.