Playcasts is a mini-series of thoughtful and creative reflections on the theme of our 2021 summer program, Playing in Public. We invite listeners to see play anew through three unique experiences of the city. From candid conversations and personal stories to spoken word, Playcasts has something for everyone.
Playcasts can be streamed from our website or downloaded to take with you on your daily walk and are best enjoyed while traveling along The Bentway’s Play Path.
Youth Perspectives on Play
Ryan Lo of Urban Minds hosts a candid conversation with three youth participants: Adriana, Enosh, and Matthew. All 18 and 19 years of age and living in the suburbs, these youth offer fresh insights into what play means to them and their generation.
Never Stop Playing
Award-winning spoken word poet Britta B. reads a newly commissioned poem about interacting with the urban environment in playful and inclusive ways. Written, in part, from the perspective of a bee, Britta helps us reconnect with our own inner child as we play our way through the city.
Parkour and Play in the City
Stunt man and founder of The Monkey Vault Parkour gym Dan Iaboni believes that we need to keep playing as adults in order to stay young at heart and to thrive as we go about our daily lives. By sharing his personal journey to parkour, along with his philosophy on this distinctly urban practice, he challenges us all to find our own ways to de-engineer the city.
- Dream Street by The Street Society
- Walk Walk Dance by Daily tous les jours
- Big Red by Assemble
- Double Dribble by Esmaa Mohamoud
- Nil:Nil by Studio F Minus
- Play Public by Thomas Mailaender & Erik Kessels
- Jax by Pierre Poussin
- Midsummer Mix Vol.1 by Nelson Wu & biosphere
- Find Jimmy! by Kris Piotrowski
- Before They’re Gone by drogen
- A Serpent Slumbers by Allison Cole
- Dance Anatomy by Alicia Payne
- The Garrison and the Gardiner by Kaelan Doyle Myerscough
- Secret Landscape by Diana Andrea Guzmán Valencia
Twelve Locations throughout the Play Path and neighbouring spaces
- The Bentway
- Fort York National Historic Site
- Garrison Crossing
- The Bentway Studio & Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
- Canoe Landing Park
- Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre
The Bentway is an open and accessible public space.
The Bentway is committed to being a safe space for all our visitors. We do not tolerate violence, harassment, or intimidation of any kind. The Bentway represents the local area and the range of interests and cultures that make Toronto such a vibrant city. Our mission is to ensure that the Bentway remains relevant, inclusive, connected, safe, and responsive to its local community and the City of Toronto as a whole. We strive to respond to the changing/reoccurring needs of the City of Toronto and our local community.
- 511 Bathurst (at Fort York Blvd)
- 509 Harbourfront (at Fleet St.)
- 121 Fort York-Esplanade at Gzowski Blvd (westbound) or Bastion St (eastbound)
Use Bike Share Toronto’s System Map or download PBSC Urban Solutions or Transit app to locate stations and plan your route with real-time bike and station availability. Closest stations to The Bentway: Fort York Blvd/Garrison Rd, Fort York Blvd. (in front of Fort York Visitor Centre), Strachan Ave/Princes’ Blvd, Fort York Blvd/Bathurst St.
Bike racks are also located on-site.
Paid parking is available at 800 Fleet Street (also accessible from Strachan Avenue, north of Fleet Street) and at the Fort York Visitor Centre (250 Fort York Boulevard).
As of June 11, 2021 our washroom facilities are open from 10am – 7:30pm daily. Face coverings are required. Gender-neutral washroom(s) available.
Free Wi-Fi is provided by Beanfield. Sign onto Beanfield1hfree and get one free hour of WiFi at The Bentway.