Youth Day '12 in Toronto closed down a portion of the city's busiest street, Yonge Street, to celebrate Toronto's youth and to raise awareness of violence on our streets in one of the largest free events of its kind.
There than 300 participants took part in over 100 different performances throughout Sunday. With artists, food vendors and activities for young and old there was something for everyone to enjoy. There was a fashion show at 4:00 p.m. on the main stage and musical performances throughout the day.
Toronto's Youth Day included 100 performance by local talent
Youth Day was founded in 2005 by Tylaube Duggan after Toronto's 'Summer of the Gun'. The event provides a free stage for some of the city's most talented up and coming musical, dance and art performers. Those performances have brought out more than 50,000 people to the annual event.
RMCP CST. Valerie Paradis, TPS Constables Scott Mills and Tony Vella salute during a moment of silence during Toronto's Youth Day
The recent violence in Toronto was felt by many who attended. At 6:00 p.m. a moment of silence took place to remember those whose lives have been lost on the streets of Toronto because of violence with community leaders on the main stage lead by Ms. Duggan. Speeches and poetry followed calling for an end to the violence.
The community waved for peace in the city at Toronto's Youth Day
Taking a stand against violence was the theme for many of today's performances. This past week in Toronto there has been several murders from gun and stabbing violence. While not the focus of today's event the recent crime wave in Toronto was on the mind's of several who attended the event.