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Scarborough Proud

About Scarborough Proud

Scarborough Proud is a 6-week activation series taking place this summer at our Golden Mile Plaza. We are excited to be transforming a portion of our parking lot into a free, vibrant gathering place for the local community to connect, play and celebrate its mosaic of cultures. At a time where 43% of Canadians report never seeing their neighbours, we wanted to create a lively, accessible and inclusive space that fosters a sense of community and belonging.

Launch Block Party

July 14, 2024

Join us for a fun-filled block party to celebrate the launch of Scarborough Proud. This is an all-ages event – bring your family and friends!

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10 am Opening

Welcome remarks and mural unveiling begins at 10am followed by Scarborough Spots giveaways, FREE step aerobics classes with Jully Black, and other activations.

Space closes at 8:30 pm.

Golden Mile Plaza

The party will take place, rain or shine, in the parking lot of Golden Mile Plaza, 1880 Eglinton Ave E, Scarborough, ON

Launch Block Party

The Power of Step with Jully Black

To kick-off Scarborough Proud, we have partnered with Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black, to host FREE Power of Step classes on July 14!

The Power of Step is a Black-owned fitness movement, offering classic retro step aerobics reimagined with high energy, low impact choreographed routines set to old and new school hip hop and R&B, dancehall, soca, afro-beats, and gospel music that will get your heart, body, mind and soul moving.

You can sign-up in advance to secure an aerobic stepper or drop by to participate (depending on capacity).

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Mural by Amir Akbari

On July 14, we will be unveiling a beautiful mural by Amir Akbari that illustrates the powerful diversity of the Scarborough community.

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Swag by Scarborough Spots

Be one of the first 100 people to arrive on July 14, and receive free limited edition swag by Scarborough Spots.

Scarborough Spots is a community-based media platform and streetwear brand that highlights the positives of Scarborough and its people.

Launch Block Party

ILEO Pop-up Shop

Check out our ILEO pop-up shop where local emerging entrepreneurs from the Greater Golden Mile area will be showcasing a diverse array of products.

All entrepreneurs are participants of the ILEO Storefront Starter Program – a FREE three-phase program to help aspiring local business owners launch their business idea. It is supported by United Way Greater Toronto and many other partners.

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Family-friendly Games

We will be installing colorful benching, shade sails, and family-friendly games like ping-pong, giant Connect-4 and corn hole – here to stay all summer at Golden Mile Plaza!

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Food Trucks

Swing by for some tasty bites and refreshing ice cream!

July 14 to August 25, 2024

Free Weekly Programming

Scarborough Proud is a collaborative effort between Choice Properties and non-profit organizations and businesses that serve Scarborough. Looking beyond our Launch Block Party, we have co-designed free weekly programming for the community to enjoy including group dance and yoga classes, and the showcasing of local entrepreneurs and creative talent.

A complete summer program schedule will be published in the coming weeks – stay tuned! Scarborough Proud will run from July 14 through to August 25, 2024 at Golden Mile Plaza.

We Want To Hear From You

We believe in taking a collaborative approach to our social impact efforts to ensure that the voices of the people we are aiming to support are at the forefront when designing and implementing programming for the community. If you have a community-building or activation idea for the Golden Mile area, we want to hear from you!