"The PanAm Torch Arrives at Afrofest in Woodbine Park" image (c) by Mike DeHaan

A PanAm Touch for Afrofest 2015 in Toronto

The 2015 Afrofest in Toronto adds a special touch on Sunday July 5, as it hosts the PanAm torch at around 7pm. That’s not quite the end of the weekend for Afrofest, but it should be a highlight.

"Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto" by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps
“Map of Woodbine Park, Toronto” by Mike DeHaan (c) via Google Maps

Annual Afrofest in Toronto and the TO2015 PanAm Torch Relay

I’ve written about Afrofest before, since it is one of the popular annual summer events in Toronto with free admission. But of course the PanAm / ParaPan Games bring the torch to this event for the first time.

Afrofest is an annual Toronto event celebrating African music and culture, while welcoming visitors from the broad spectrum of Toronto’s multicultural population. Admission is free; you may be tempted to buy food or other items from on-site vendors.

"Afrofest 2015 Main Stage in Woodbine Park" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Afrofest 2015 Main Stage in Woodbine Park” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Afrofest performers are on two stages in Woodbine Park (bounded by Eastern Ave., Coxwell, Lake Shore Blvd East, and Northern Dancer which is west of Woodbine Ave.). Performers include a variety of African groups, as well as local talent with African heritage.

Afrofest runs Sat. and Sun., July 4-5, 2015.

The PanAm torch relay should arrive at around 7pm. The nearby route includes Queen St. East, westbound from Fallingbrook to Woodbine; southbound on Woodbine; westbound on Lake Shore Blvd East to Coxwell Ave. I assume they will enter Woodbine Park somewhere along Coxwell. (Updated July 5, 2015): I was right! And in the right place to see Emmanuel carry the torch.

"The PanAm Torch Arrives at Afrofest in Woodbine Park" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“The PanAm Torch Arrives at Afrofest in Woodbine Park” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

More details about this weekend’s PanAm torch appearances are found in this National Post article, “Pan Am torch relay, street festivals to cause road closures in Toronto over the weekend” by Ishmael Daro.

The official AfroFest web site has more information, too.

"PanAm Flame at Afrofest in Woodbine Park" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“PanAm Flame at Afrofest in Woodbine Park” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

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