About Us

The BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts & Culture is an exceptional community and city-building Festival presenting hundreds of culturally significant events, activities, displays and exhibitions. Organized by BIG (Bloor Improvement Group), the Festival is a summer event presented along a car-free stretch of Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Lansdowne to celebrate local arts, culture and community. It has drawn up to 100,000 people.

The Festival both encourages and sustains participation by creating a context for working on a positive common goal (year round) as a community. It nurtures everyone from emergent to senior artists, by creating a regular occasion to present: musical and theatrical performances and participatory art projects by making opportunities to contribute, to be constructive and to learn to exercise leadership.

Historically, the neighbourhood was bounded by rail lines, factories and areas that remained “dry” until the year 2000. In addition, there had been a racetrack where the Dufferin Mall is now located. The effect of all these things was drawing disruptive elements to this working-class neighbourhood. The situation was further exacerbated by the building of Dufferin Mall, which diverted pedestrian traffic away from Bloor Street.


BIG Executive 2018

Tony Palermo, Chair

Denise Soueidan-O’Leary, Secretary

Jeremy Fink, Treasurer

BIG on Bloor Festival

Darren Christopher, Director

Jessica Cimó, Publicist

Jennifer Vong, Producer

Rebecca Klaassen, Outreach Coordinator

Meg Marshall, Businesses Communication

Briar Gill, Design and Development

Shannon Curtlett, Program Coordinator

Aleksandra Skaszczyk, Curatorial Coordinator

BIG on Bloor Festival Feature Projects

Carla Garnet, JOUEZ curator

Word on the Street Toronto, Celebrating literacy and Canadian writing

Rotem Yaniv, PULP: Reclaimed Materials Art and Design, Card-Yard

Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher, Sonic Future Bloor, Main Stage Curator

Dames Making Games, Video Game creations and presentations

InterAccess, Workshops and Inflatable Installations

BIG Organization Members

Ana Bailão, Toronto City Councillor, Ward 18

Andrea Dawber, Green Here, PLAYbynature

Julie Dzerowicz, MP for Davenport

Liza Lukashevsky, Chair, Bloordale BIA

Arc Da Silva, Minister, Dovercourt Baptist Church

Marit Stiles, MPP for Davenport

Meg Marshall, Bloordale BIA

Ghazaleh Etezal, Vacantful

Judy Land, Bloordale CIA

Renée Castonguay, Student and Events Coordinator, Toronto School of Art

Richard Mongiat, Artist, Community Out Reach

and others


The BIG on Bloor Festival is made possible by the BIG: BIG Initiative Group, Bloordale BIA, our volunteers and sponsors and the Bloordale community. Thank you everyone!

If paying by cheque, please makes cheques payable to BIG Bloor Improvement Group, and mail to

BIG on Bloor Festival

c/o Fuller Landau LLP

Attn: Jeremy Fink

151 Bloor Street West, 12th floor


Festival Contact List

Darren Christopher



Jessica Cimó



Jennifer Vong



Rebeccas Klaassen

Outreach Coordinator 


Cody Redmond

Web Developer 


Anthony Smerek

Graphic Design 


Alumni of the BIG on Bloor Festival Team

Dyan Marie

Creative Director and founding festival member


Jay Wall

Design and Web, 2013 


Milan White-Garnet

Design and Web, 2012


Ghazaleh Etezal

Design and Web, 2011 and previous