Even an at-times steady rain could do nothing to dampen the spirits of those in attendance at Youth Day Toronto 2014 this past Sunday. Held at Yonge-Dundas Square from 11am to 11pm, the day truly belonged to all the young people there, showing off their creativity in all its forms, whether it was music, fashion, art, or photography. The 3SHAHS team was honoured to join in the festivites as well as accessoize some talented perfomers, from Sarah Fisher to Francesco Yates.
The talented Sarah Fisher from Degrassi: The Next Generation in 3SHAHS custom necklace and Iron Lady cocktail ring, in VIP Lounge post her performance
One of the day’s co-hosts, Kelly Lovell, also a successful Motivational Speaker, was very pleased with how the day progressed;
“I think it went great. I’m so happy to be part of an event that celebrates the potential of youth. That’s my mission to get into the hearts of young people, there’s so much potential in the young generation and they just need the opportunity to shine.”
Throngs of people crowded the Square and a stretch of Yonge street, closed from Dundas to Shuter Streets, despite the rain. Melissa Bessey, who has handled the PR for the event for the past two years, was thrilled with the turnout;
Sassy PR Gura Melissa Bessey
“We were expecting over 30,000 people today and I think we will hit that number. It’s so great to see so many people showing their support for Toronto’s youth and the arts. And now that it’s gone global, I think it makes everyone that much more proud to be associated with this event.”
Youth Day founder Tylaine Duggan, who took the stage to spearhead the 6pm moment of silence for all those youth lost to violence, pleaded with the young people there,
“for goodness sake, pick up a camera or a paintbrush, but whatever you do, don’t pick up a gun.”
VIPs in attendance included Mayor Rob Ford, Mayoral candidates Karen Stintz, David Soknacki, and Dewitt Lee. There was also a very special visiting dignitary; His Excellency Glendon Harris, the mayor of Montego Bay, Jamaica, where the first global Youth Day is set to take place in January 2015.
This incredible day was brought to a close when headlining music artist Francesco Yates took to the mic, bringing the house (or square) down with an electric performance, one he’d been waiting to give for a long time;
“It’s crazy……I tell everyone this, from age 12 when I was just starting to do this, I would drive by here with my parents thinking I want to play this place, it was always a goal of mine.”
Musician Francesco Yates with his custom 3SHAHS bracelet
3SHAHS was delighted to accessorize the models for a couple of the fashion shows organized by prominent local fashionista and hairstylist April Bessey. For more background information on Youth Day, please visit our pre-event post here.
Youth Day models pre-show, in 3SHAHS jewels
All in all, a wonderful day for the youth of the city of Toronto. We can’t wait for Youth Day Toronto 2015!