Recently, I attended an inspiring Creative Mornings lecture and left with a renewed desire to explore the cultural institutions in our neighbourhood. There’s nothing more energizing than breaking out of your usual routine to participate in the offerings of the cultural beacons in Toronto–right at our fingertips. But sometimes, it’s hard to know how you can get involved. That’s where the West-End Yimby (Yes in My Backyard) comes in. On Sunday, May 22 you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the organizations that are building and engaging community in Parkdale—and how you can get involved! Grab some brunch in the Gladstone Hotel’s Cafe or a treat from our Grab N Go menu before connecting to the West End community in the free Ballroom event.
Here are some of the organizations you’ll have the chance to meet:
The non-profit organization was founded in 1986 with the goal of subsidizing living space for artists. It’s evolved into an urban development organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities. From the farmers market at Artscape Witchwood Barns to the artists living there now and the countless social programs they execute–there are a myriad of ways to get involved!
Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their communities, and connect with neighbours. They have five walks coming up that were recently featured in Designlines.
Got any broken computer lying around? Free Geek Toronto could really use them! They are a non-profit social enterprise in the heart of West Queen West helping bridge the digital divide by refurbishing computers and re-selling them at an accessible price.
If you’re like me and live in the West End, it’s likely you’ve walked past the West End Food Co-op hundreds of time. Always been curious about becoming a member? They run a full service grocery store, a weekly year-round farmers’ market, a Co-op Kitchen, and various other food security programs and workshops–making sustainable and healthy food accessible to all!
TTCriders is a grassroots transit advocacy organization that gives Torontonians who use the TTC a voice. It emerged as a response to the tens of thousands of transit users who said that they want better transit in Toronto.
Cambio Market is a marketplace for handmade, fair trade, and ethically sourced products that give back. Looking for greeting cards? Theirs are eco-friendly and made by former victims of sex trafficking in the Philippines. They help support the family and find work beyond the sex trade.
The other participating organizations includeSustainability Ontario Community Energy Coop,
Dames Making Games Toronto, SpaceShare by SKETCH,
Parkdale Community Health Centre, Our Place Initiative and more!
Don’t miss this free event and your chance to get informed, get involved and deepen your connection to the community on May 22!