Welcome to Vaughan, a community where vision and innovation boldly come together to create the city of the future. Already leading the way in public transportation with the first subway station outside of Toronto, Vaughan is also forging ahead in medical science, environmental sustainability and STEM talent – transforming a suburban municipality into a world-class city.
Rapid Transit systems are essential for residential growth in major metropolitan cities. With the groundbreaking extension of the TTC’s Line 1 to VMC, Vaughan and Toronto are the only cities in the GTA with subway access.
Living at Festival means residents are within minutes of North America’s award-winning rapid transit system and regional transit, connecting them to the entire GTA and beyond. The VMC Subway Station is designated by Metrolinx as a Mobility Hub, and is accessed by York Regional Transit (YRT), VIVA buses and ZUM transit.
Redfin, a tech-powered real estate firm, ranked the TTC as North America’s best transit system for 2019 - outperforming Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC, as well as Vancouver and Montreal.
With its reputation as a diverse, future focused city, Vaughan is an ideal location to live in terms of educational pursuits. Festival is located near private and creative secondary schools and art-focused institutions. For tomorrow’s professionals, the nearby VMC station connects you effortlessly to York University, University of Toronto and the new Niagara University.
Academic professionals and students can enjoy a quick subway ride to York University’s sprawling campuses. As the 3rd largest university in Canada, and a global leader in education, York University offers students coveted opportunities in York Region’s competitive tech sector.
York is continuing to grow along with its student body. A newly proposed two-storey building, designed by HDR Architects, will offer 53,421.29 sq.ft. of floor space. This exciting new workspace will welcome wet laboratories, kinesiology and neuropsychology laboratories, and research offices.
Vaughan is home to 1,100 professional and business service companies, including major players in technology and accounting. As Canada’s largest enterprise solutions information and communication technology (ICT) cluster, this growing city has the largest economy within York Region. Per capita, it is the most concentrated tech hub in Canada, and it has the second-largest financial services cluster in Ontario
Most attractive to entrepreneurs and business owners is that Vaughan has some of the lowest industrial and commercial taxes in the GTA. This is one major factor in attracting numerous businesses and corporations to the area.
Offering exciting opportunities for personal and professional growth, the GTA is the top choice for new immigrants - reinforcing the need for new housing initiatives for multi-person households.
With a consistent flow of international talent coming to the GTA, Vaughan, with its unparalleled connectivity, has become a desirable location for globally recognized companies to locate their head offices. Major employers understand that talented new Canadians are seeking suitable housing outside of the Toronto core.
Supported by Vaughan’s ideal subway and highway access (400 series), employers are seeking opportunities near transit, and new residential growth is taking shape in the South VMC.
Festival will be a multi-faceted, mixed-use community unlike anything else in downtown Vaughan. Located in the South VMC, Festival will be within walking distance of the entertainment and employment hubs of the city. Beyond Festival’s doors, residents can experience diverse activities for every mood and interest. Cultural arts, shopping excursions and vast parks and attractions are minutes away. Whether residents are utilizing the exclusive amenities inside Festival’s expansive, multi-layered towers, or expanding their horizons, every day will be a celebration of life, diversity and new experiences at Festival.
As Vaughan grows with the influx of new residents, the need for expanded retail offerings also increases. Festival is fulfilling that need by redefining the entire retail experience. With more than 430,000 sq.ft. of retail space, Festival’s indoor and outdoor amenities will include an amphitheater, and car-free outdoor retail that leads to 45 acres of multi-use park and public space with covered pedestrian mews and sophisticated restaurants, shops and lifestyle services.
Mental and physical well-being is important to us all, both individually and as a society. Fresh air, sunlight and the sights and sounds of nature help us lead happier and healthier lives. That’s why Festival will feature dedicated green space, with areas to walk and cycle with ease. Residents can take in the stimulus of the great outdoors, while simultaneously relaxing and finding their personal zen moment.
Anchoring the Festival master plan, four striking towers will rise to shape the skyline of the VMC. Their elegantly interconnected podiums will be organized around a central pedestrian retail mews and plaza – animated with boutique restaurants, an anchor fitness facility and a grocery store. The buildings are dramatically wrapped with sculptural façades that subtly reveal the inner glass towers. At podium level, a series of perforated metal banners are arranged in a pattern that references the movement along the Highway 7 frontage, leading the eye to the entrance of the retail mews.
South VMC is quickly transforming into a prosperous downtown in Vaughan, with Festival designed for a diverse population. Seamless transit access and new commercial development close to major highways create a hub of employment opportunities that will be central to Festival residents. Festival is set to be the new landmark in South VMC, becoming a hub of culture, convenience and entertainment. With premier shopping, lavish food options and every modern service imaginable, Festival will set the standard for new, urban districts. For the growing population of professionals seeking a work-life balance, Festival will offer a variety of in-suite designs in a welcoming, multi-dimensional community – surrounded by South VMC’s expansive amenities and green spaces.
Festival’s platform will host state of the art amenities, curated shops and captivating dining. Connecting the towers will be an immersive pedestrian bridge, with remarkable outdoor elements, serving as a gathering space for residents to relax while taking in the full retail experience. The architecture of the bridge features a unique curving, fin-like design, creating a powerful contrast to the glass structures soaring above
Acting as a gateway into South VMC, Festival’s platform truly uplifts its striking towers, allowing this new landmark to take centre stage in downtown Vaughan. Residents will feel they’re so much more than homeowners – they’re members of a thriving community.