For those who work or live in the Financial District or are just visiting, you may have noticed the revitalized Union Station, with a restored facade, the opening of the York Concourse and the UP Express just to name a few exciting additions. On Monday, June 29 the restored clock was unveiled outside of Union Station, which symbolized a new era for the historic building.
Union Station will no longer be known as just a transportation hub, but also an icon of a social, cultural and vibrant public life, bringing the community and visitors of the city together.
To kick-off the summer, Union Station’s plaza is bringing a series of public events with Union Summer, celebrating some of Toronto’s best food vendors outdoors, with daily entertainment during lunch, as well as after work.
Starting this upcoming Monday, July 6, Front Street Foods will take over the plaza from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The market will also be open on weekends, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The market will have some of Toronto’s best chefs, restaurants, bakers and food entrepreneurs. Some confirmed participating restaurants include Fresh off the Boat, Cava, Mad Mexican, Greenhouse Juice Co., Fred’s Bread, Holy Chuck Burgers, Little Fin, Bacon Nation, Hula Girl and Uncle Tetsu.
“This is a preview of what can be expected from Union Station when the revitalization is complete,” says Councillor McConnell. “With this summer program, the station will be on its way to becoming a community gathering place that is a destination for culture, entertainment and dining experiences.”
The Wednesday Farmers’ Market normally at Nathan Phillips Square will relocate to the plaza on Wednesdays and will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. bringing you a selection of fresh foods.
On Thursday, July 23, the plaza will also be offering a free TIFF movie night, showing Martin Scorsese’s HUGO.
The plaza will also be used as a place to adorn banners throughout the summer to promote upcoming events, which will be the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer.
Union Station may have always been a historic site, and a symbol of Toronto, but it has truly become the “People’s Plaza” during its next era, and Union Summer is just the beginning.