Arts, Crafts and Entertainment at Guildwood Toronto in 2012
The 2012 “Guild Alive with Culture” summer Toronto event features arts, crafts and entertainment at Guildwood Park in Scarborough.
Quick Facts about the 2012 Arts Festival at Toronto’s Guildwood Park
The map circles the names “Guildwood Parkway”, the Guild Inn, Guildwood Park itself and the driveway. Drive far to the west to connect to Kingston Road.
The free “Guild Alive” arts festival celebrates arts and crafts with a variety of entertainers on the weekend of July 28-29, 2012. The Guildwood Park grounds surrounding Scarborough’s fabled Guildwood Inn serves as the venue from 10am until 7pm Saturday or 5pm Sunday.
The July 2012 entertainment schedule for “Guild Alive” begins Saturday morning with the Liza Williams Band and ends with the 3pm show by GWood. Sunday’s alternative to an 11am church service is HOZA!, a “change” based on African folk music; the final performance starts at 4pm, featuring the Firm Faith Gospel Singers. Plesase see the official site below for the full performance schedule which lists nine shows.
Over five dozen booths include craftspersons selling their artistic wares, service organizations and charitable or civic groups. Pottery and jewelry will be prominently featured.
Getting to Guildwood Park for the 2012 Arts Festival
There are several options to find the Guild Inn and Guildwood Park in Scarborough, Ontario. Nonetheless, this site will still refer to the “Guild Alive with Culture” festival as “an annual summer Toronto event in Guildwood Toronto” anyway. Those who search for “Scarborough Guildwood” are likely to find references to the Elections Ontario political riding.
The location is 201 Guildwood Parkway. By car, drive along Kingston Road; Guildwood Parkway is north-east of Eglinton Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road, but south-west of Galloway Road, Lawrence Avenue East and Morningside Avenue. There are a few parking spots in the park itself.
The 116 Morningside bus routes drive along Guildwood Parkway. These routes connect from the Kennedy subway station and head east along Eglinton, touch Kingston Road, then wind along Guildwood Parkway before heading north on Morningside.
The Guildwood GO station is practically due north of the Guildwood Park, as the proverbial crow would fly. Due to the difficult terrain, I would not recommend walking; taxi service might be the better option after arriving at the train station.
By the way, I’ve taken a lovely walk down Doris McCarthy Trail which passes through Guildwood Park and descends somewhat steeply to Lake Ontario. It has my recommendation for those without mobility challenges or frail hearts.
The Official Web Site for the “Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival”
The official “Guild Alive with Culture” site fills out further details, but seems to assume that everyone knows where to find it.
Looking for More Annual Toronto Events?
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The Beaches Arts and Crafts fair usually runs in June; I will try to write it up next year.
(Updated Oct. 16, 2012): “A Wide-Ranging Fall 2012 Beach Studio Tour in Toronto” covers a mid-October, self-guided arts and crafts tour in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood, just a bit west from Guildwood.
Disclaimer: DeHaan Services has no relationship to the organizer(s); I am not reimbursed for writing this article.