The TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival was first launched in July 2005 by the Salsa Festival Group, a division of Telelatino Network Inc. (now TLN Media Group). Inspired by Miami’s annual “Calle Ocho” festival which brings together Latin music, arts, culture and salsa dancing, the first festival, attracted an estimated 100,000 total attendance and created the foundation for future editions.
Under TLN, the Festival grew from a local community fiesta, to a nationally-recognized multi-event, multi-venue celebration, known as the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival that has attracted over 3 million cumulative visitors to the city.
In Summer 2013, the TD Salsa on St. Clair Festival was selected by the City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture Department to be a recipient of the TORONTO 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Host City Showcase (“Legacy”) Funding Program given the symbiotic cultural mandates and links between the Games and the Festival with the predominantly Latin American national participation in the Games.
A not-for–profit Corporation was established in October 30, 2015 under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act with the name Canadian Salsa Festivals Project (CSFP) to oversee, undertake, and organize all future productions of the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival and other cultural festivals.