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Mixed emotions on the Danforth as street festival starts Friday

Last Updated Aug 10, 2018 at 7:07 am EDT

Messages written on a building under renovation in the Danforth on July 24, 2018. CITYNEWS/Tammie Sutherland

The mood on the Danforth will be one of mixed emotions as the Taste of the Danforth starts Friday, less than three weeks after a deadly shooting.

On July 22, a gunman opened fire in the neighbourhood killing Reese Fallon, 18, and Julianna Kozis, 10, and wounding 13 others.

It will be a delicate balance of paying respect and a time to celebrate one of the city’s street festivals.

The festival starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues until Sunday.

Meanwhile, the memorial that graced the area of Logan and Danforth avenues to remember those shot has been moved to nearby St. Barnabas church, to make way for the event. It will remain there until a more permanent spot is chosen.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor John Tory will be among those who are expected to attend the opening ceremony at 8 p.m.

The Taste of the Danforth is expected to draw more than 1.5 million people this year. It will be an extra special one this year, with celebrations planned to help give the local community a boost.

A benefit concert is being held at the Danforth Music Hall on Saturday night, in support of the victims of the deadly shooting. Some of the performers include Billy Talent and City & Colour. The concert starts at 7 p.m., with proceeds supporting the Toronto Strong fund.

The memorial on the Danforth for the shooting victims has been temporarily moved to St. Barnabas church on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy
The memorial on the Danforth for the shooting victims has been temporarily moved to St. Barnabas church on Aug. 10, 2018. CITYNEWS/Bert Dandy
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