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Bicycle music festival set to roll down Toronto's Pan Am Path

To commemorate the 80-kilometre trail network's anniversary, Friends of the Pan Am Path are hosting a series of art and recreation events along the pathway.

Musicians perform along the Pan Am Path in August. Friends of the Pan Am Path are organizing a series of events to mark the trail’s one-year anniversary, including a bicycle-powered music festival this weekend.

Courtesy Sam Motala/Friends of the Pan Am Path

Musicians perform along the Pan Am Path in August. Friends of the Pan Am Path are organizing a series of events to mark the trail’s one-year anniversary, including a bicycle-powered music festival this weekend.

A pedal-powered music festival is making its way to the Pan Am Path this weekend.

To celebrate the 80-kilometre trail network’s one-year anniversary, the Toronto Bicycle Music Festival will be staging a series of mobile concerts along the path on Saturday.

The event is partnership between the festival, Cycle Toronto, Evergreen Brick Works and the Friends of the Pan Am Path.

“One of our key pieces is bringing together the power of art and sport to bring the trail to life,” said Friends of the Pan Am Path’s executive director, James Meers.

Meers and his colleagues ran programming along the path during last year’s Pan Am Games, including bike and walking tours and mural painting festivals. He said events that combined art and culture with recreation were among the most popular.

“The Bicycle Music Festival goes hand in hand with that,” he said. “You’re not just showing up and listening to a concert, you’re an active participant in that concert. You’re going to get on a bike, you’re going to move and you’re going to be in nature.”

The free event begins at 11 a.m. at the Brick Works and winds its way along the path, culminating in a final concert at Prairie Drive Park. Participating musicians include Jason Collett and Annabelle Chvostek.

The concerts will be amplified, but all the electricity will be provided by bicycle-powered generators supplied by Tune Your Ride.

“We didn’t want huge generators at our events polluting the beautiful environment,” Meers said.

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