Blackcreek Summer Music Festival

The Blackcreek Summer Music Festival will be inaugurated in Toronto for the first time in 2011, creating one more major attraction for the millions of visitors and residents in the Greater Toronto Area this summer. This much-anticipated Toronto music festival promises to be one of the largest events in the city this summer, drawing world-class talent from around the globe.

The line-up of musicians scheduled for this Toronto music festival is impressive. Placido Domingo, one of the Three Tenors and a 10-time Grammy Award Winner, will kick-start the concert line-up on June 4. The iconic James Taylor, one of America's greatest singer-songwriters, is scheduled to perform on June 25. For jazz lovers, the incomparable Diana Krall and superstar Tony Bennett will be performing together on July 2.

There will also be some less conventional classical performances at the Blackcreek Summer Music Festival. Academy Award-winning actors Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons will present spoken word interpretations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream against the backdrop of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by the Castleton Festival Orchestra. Other classical selections will be presented by the renowned London Symphony Orchestra on three separate dates, along with Rene Pape, the famous German bass vocalist, who will be making his Canadian debut.

If you're a show-tune lover, you won't want to miss "The Very, Very Best of Broadway" by Marvin Hamlisch on July 8, with performances by Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Martin Short. The Blackcreek Festival Orchestra and Chorus, created especially for this Toronto music festival, will be joining the performance.

The newly-designed Rexall Center located at York University will be the venue for the Blackcreek Summer Music Festival, seating more than 11,000 people in its open-air amphitheater. The octagonal amphitheater features a large stage designed by Mark Fisher, an architect renowned for his design of U2 and Rolling Stones concerts as well as the opening and closing ceremonies at the Olympics 2008 in Beijing. The theater is open to the elements, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage. Listening to music under the stars can be magical, just not if it starts raining. There are more than 7,000 parking spots available, and free shuttle buses will transport visitors between the parking lots and the amphitheater.

The Blackcreek Music Festival will be the largest outdoor summer music festival offered by the Greater Toronto Area and is expected to become a vital part of the summer cultural landscape of Toronto in future years. The venue will become connected by subway to the rest of Toronto in 2014 via a new subway line, currently under construction, which will facilitate entry to the York University campus, enabling the music festival to build greater capacity in coming years. The Blackcreek Music Festival is located near the Blackcreek Conservation Area and the Black Creek Pioneer Village; hence, the name.

Ticket sales for the music festival begin in early March; be sure to book early, as many of the highly in-demand concerts are expected to sell out quickly. It's also best to book your Toronto hotels and flights as soon as you can, to ensure that you get everything you need to have the perfect vacation in this beautiful Canadian city.

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