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:
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. Sometimes exploring your communities and connecting with neighbours is as simple as taking a walk.
Got a broken computer lying around? Free Geek Toronto could really use them! They are bridging 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. Did you know 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? Find out more on Sunday May 22!
We’ve all complained about the TTC approximately one million times. It’s time we do something about it! TTCriders is a grassroots transit advocacy organization that gives Torontonians a voice.
Cambio Market is a marketplace for handmade, fair trade, and ethically sourced products that give back.
SOCEC develops community power solar projects that foster a sense of community inspired by sustainable energy for Torontonians.
Into games? Dames Making Games is a Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that provides free events, workshops, resources and services to women/trans*/queer folks interested in making, playing and critiquing video games.
Are you a budding entrepreneur, event organizer or freelancer? SpaceShare has decked out each of their studios for your rental purposes.
Parkdale CHC is one of Ontario’s Community Health Centres, providing comprehensive, interdisciplinary primary health care & community programs since 1984.
Helping to build a better Etobicoke, Our Place Initiative hosts community events, encourages voting, and holds town halls on issues that concern Etobicoke residents.
Don’t miss the West End Yimby and your chance to get informed, get involved and deepen your connection to the community on May 22! RSVP at our Facebook event here: bit.ly/1VLwKMf