For most of the year, the property at 51 Commissioners Street owned by the Toronto Port Lands Company is used for a variety of things – parking for the film industry, storage and other interim measures.
But starting in June and continuing into the fall, the property at the corner of Commissioners and Cherry Streets will be host to two of the biggest entertainment extravaganzas of 2016.
TPLC has signed an agreement with the North by Northeast/NXNE Festival to lease its land at 51 Commissioners to the popular festival for two days of outdoor music on June 17-18.
“We are proud to be supporting this innovative and important festival, while at the same time bringing more business into the Port Lands,” says Michael Kraljevic. “Our property is a perfect place for people to enjoy great music and have a great time.”
The property is another example of how TPLC has attracted and successfully transformed formerly derelict land in the Port Lands into productive event space. Last summer the property served as the main transportation hub for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.
NXNE has promised the Port Lands part of the festival “will feature live music from discovery bands, artists on the cusp of glory, and stellar headliners creating the soundtrack to this immersive experience that will include art installations, a convoy of food trucks and you-had-to-be-there moments in a convenient location”.
“The addition of the Port Lands site represents major growth for NXNE, building on our 22 years as a leading edge festival,” says Michael Hollett, President and Managing Director of NXNE.
A few weeks later, Cirque du Soleil will take over the property to erect its big tent over the Port Lands. This year, Cirque is bringing a new show to Toronto called LUZIA.
Here’s how Cirque describes the show: “Discover LUZIA, where a waking dream transports you to an imaginary Mexico. Experience a wondrous world that inspires you to explore your senses, enveloped in light and nurtured by rain.”
LUZIA will run from July 28 to October 2.
The Toronto Port Lands Company is a driver of jobs on the waterfront and is a proud supporter of the companies and the 5,500 people who work in the Port Lands.