Monthly: Indigenous Gardening at Greenest City
Aug
24
to Jan 18

Monthly: Indigenous Gardening at Greenest City

FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2382461458481847/

Join Greenest City and Ojiibikens (an EarlyON project by Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network) for a series of kid-friendly gardening activities. We'll be growing food from seed to harvest!
You are welcome to come for all dates or drop in anytime.

The gardening will take place in the Dunn Learning Garden, which is just south of 245 Dunn Avenue in Parkdale.

Snacks and TTC fare are provided.

For more information, contact shawna.moore@ojibiikaan.com
To learn more about Ojiibikens gardening programs, visit https://ojibiikaan.com/ojiibikens-earlyon-program/gardening/

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Greenest City Community Table
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Greenest City Community Table

Mark your calendars, friends! On August 16th, we're hosting a community dinner for residents and organizations of Parkdale. Join us for a lovely evening in the Milky Way Garden, welcoming our new neighbours from Parkdale Community Legal Services and enjoying these last weeks of summer!

RSVP through Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/summer-garden-dinner-milky-way-hub-tickets-67068201797

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Growing the Future Fundraiser
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Growing the Future Fundraiser

On June 26, we are hosting our Growing the Future fundraiser and silent auction at the Gladstone Hotel. Ticket sales will help us expand Greenest City programs to reach even more people in our community. 


We invite you to join us for an unforgettable night out while contributing to meaningful change in our city. We will have live music, local food, and exciting auction items from Toronto businesses! 

Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/greenest-city-growing-the-future-fundraiser-tickets-61248381558

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/791177604608743/

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Masaryk Park Community Clean-Up Day
May
4
10:30 AM10:30

Masaryk Park Community Clean-Up Day

Join Greenest City and Friends of Masaryk Park & Melbourne Parkette on Saturday May 4th from 10:30am-12:30pm for the 6th Annual Community Clean-Up Day!

We've got you covered with coffee and snacks, garbage bags, gloves, shovels and friends from the neighbourhood! See what two hours of working together can do for the park!

You can find this event on Facebook through @greenestcitytoronto or @masarykfriends

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Parkdale Seedy Saturday
Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Parkdale Seedy Saturday

  • Bonar-Parkdale Presbyterian Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Greenest City and Toronto Urban Growers at Parkdale's Seedy Saturday event this March 23rd.

Seedy Saturdays are annual seed exchanges, a series of gardening fairs and celebrations of seeds that occur during winter and early spring throughout Toronto and beyond. The events originated in Canada in the early 90’s, and have since spread across the world. Each Seedy Saturday (or Sunday) hosts a seed exchange where people can donate, return or borrow free seeds, and purchase seeds from local seed farmers.

Parkdale is a diverse community and our Seedy Saturday will celebrate that - join us to buy and exchange heirloom seed varieties, learn from interactive workshops, eat great food and support your local food justice initiatives!

Local environmental based and urban agriculture groups will be providing information on sustainability and gardening.


Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

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Day 4 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City
Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Day 4 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City

  • Sewing Repair Hub - in the basement of Parkdale Community Health Centre, Queen and Dufferin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Reuse is selling fabric pieces and quilting pieces - various sizes and types, old sewing pattern catalogues, thread, sewing trim of all kinds, velcro, and much more, including some art materials, and interesting odds and ends

BRING YOUR OWN BAG

Sale is CASH ONLY

Sale is run by volunteers

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Day 3 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Day 3 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City

  • Sewing Repair Hub - in the basement of Parkdale Community Health Centre, Queen and Dufferin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Reuse is selling fabric pieces and quilting pieces - various sizes and types, old sewing pattern catalogues, thread, sewing trim of all kinds, velcro, and much more, including some art materials, and interesting odds and ends

BRING YOUR OWN BAG

Sale is CASH ONLY

Sale is run by volunteers

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Day 2 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City
Feb
10
12:00 PM12:00

Day 2 Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City

  • Sewing Repair Hub - in the basement of Parkdale Community Health Centre, Queen and Dufferin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Reuse is selling fabric pieces and quilting pieces - various sizes and types, old sewing pattern catalogues, thread, sewing trim of all kinds, velcro, and much more, including some art materials, and interesting odds and ends

BRING YOUR OWN BAG

Sale is CASH ONLY

Sale is run by volunteers

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Textiles and More - Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City
Feb
9
12:00 PM12:00

Textiles and More - Fundraiser Sale for Creative Reuse Toronto, a partnership project with Greenest City

  • Sewing Repair Hub - in the basement of Parkdale Community Health Centre, Queen and Dufferin (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Creative Reuse is selling fabric pieces and quilting pieces - various sizes and types, old sewing pattern catalogues, thread, sewing trim of all kinds, velcro, and much more, including some art materials, and interesting odds and ends

BRING YOUR OWN BAG
Sale is CASH ONLY

Sale is run by volunteers

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Second Hand Sunday
Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

Second Hand Sunday

Sunday, September 30 9am - 5pm in Parkdale and other neighbourhoods!  Check out the event on Facebook.  Put out your second hand items and meet your neighbours! Wander around to gather new treasure (just as you thought you were giving some away :) ). If your yard is too small (like mine) - ask your neighbour, just make sure it is all gone by the end of the day.

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Parkdale Fall Festival
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Parkdale Fall Festival

THIS DAY IS SHARED WITH 100 000 Poets for Change - 

2:00   Opening Ceremonies - Indigenous Elder Vivian Recollet, Greenest City and local musicians led by Heinz Klein

2:30 Free Community music and poetryWorkshops - music, dance, poetry, storytelling.  You will have the chance to co-create with other performers to perform during the day or learn a new craft

4:00 Local Performances - Tibetan Dance, local musicians, steel pan and storytelling

5pm Making Room Art Installation - A live installation at the Milky Way to celebrate the final Weaving Stories series.  Beautifully decorated, with Gather Round Singers, and an opportunity to interact with meaningful stories from community members in the space

6:00 Potluck at 87 Milky Way garden - Food coming from NISH DISH - three sisters stew, bannock and cedar tea and local restaurant owner from Bacchus is bringing a tasty tasty dish to share - bring your dishes, a dish to share, and a story

Johl Whiteduck Ringuette will start off the Potluck! He is owner and head chef at NishDish Marketeria and Catering, a business built on serving and promoting traditional Anishnawbe (Nish) food and Indigenous-made products. Johl is an active member of the community, using his platform to advocate for Indigenous Food Sovereignty and community building in Toronto. He also sits on the Toronto Food Policy Council and is a founding member and President of the Board of both Ojibiikaan Indigenous Cultural Network and Toronto Indigneous Business Association.

7:30 Parkdale Films and videos - Curated by Film Documentary film makers, we will be showcasing short videos from local Parkdale video makers


Greenest City Gardens
Rebecca Garrett with Sue and Dick Bacchus Bacchus Roti Tribute
Mary Porter, Jameson Avenue
Daniel Negatu, S.O.S. (DiresuligneTiri)
Deirdre Logue,  Pond
Rebecca Garrett and Spider Campos, Scarborough Largo
Allyson Mitchell, Precious Little Tiny Love
Michael Burtt/ Making Room Community Arts, A Day in Parkdale
Julieta María and Ben Donoghue, Nostalagia
John Greyson,  Pink Diss
Mary Porter, Elegy for Springhurst

Spider Campos dance/video performance Silence: Duet for Immigrant and Robot

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Parkdale Community Garden Walking Tour
Sep
15
2:00 PM14:00

Parkdale Community Garden Walking Tour

Led by West Lodge Community Gardeners you will tour the neighbourhood's vibrant community gardens.  The walking tour starts at West Lodge park on Landsdowne Ave just north of the Parkdale fire station.  We will walk down to HOPE Garden, Dunn Learning Garden and see the Milky Way Garden.  There will be refreshmennts

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Equipe 78' 3rd Annual - Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride | Stage 2 Gran Fondo
Aug
24
to Aug 26

Equipe 78' 3rd Annual - Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride | Stage 2 Gran Fondo

For the third year, Equipe 78' is running the Toronto To Montreal Charity Ride. Each year Equipe 78', a Toronto-based Cycling Club of Racer Sportif, selects a Local Charity within the community to be the beneficiary of their fundriasing efforts. This year they have selected The Power Plant's Power Kids program and Greenest City Environmental as the recipients of their proceeds.

Registration proceeds will be directed to the Milky Way Garden Program.

Registration for the Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride is $150.00. The ride will begin in Ajax on Friday, 24 August and end in Montreal on Saturday, 25 August with a stopover in Kingston. 

Those participating in the Charity Ride are required to setup a Fundraising Page and raise a minimum of $500.00. Registration closes August 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

A practice ride will take place on Saturday, 7 July, beginning in Ajax and ending in Kingston. For full details and to register, click here.

Racer Sportif is a specialty cycling outfitter that primarily caters towards road racers, but provides services for all cyclists from novices to the very experienced. Since 1978, the Club has grown and expanded, with members competing in road, track, cyclocross and mountain bike events all over North America throughout the year.

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Equipe 78' 3rd Annual - Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride | Stage 1 Training
Jul
7
8:00 AM08:00

Equipe 78' 3rd Annual - Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride | Stage 1 Training

  • 100 Westney Road South Ajax, ON, L1S 7H3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For the third year, Equipe 78' is running the Toronto To Montreal Charity Ride. Each year Equipe 78', a Toronto-based Cycling Club of Racer Sportif, selects a Local Charity within the community to be the beneficiary of their fundriasing efforts. This year they have selected The Power Plant's Power Kids program and Greenest City Environmental as the recipients of their proceeds.

Registration proceeds will be directed to the Milky Way Garden Program.

Registration for the Toronto to Montreal Charity Ride is $150.00. The ride will begin in Ajax on Friday, 24 August and end in Montreal on Saturday, 25 August with a stopover in Kingston. 

Those participating in the Charity Ride are required to setup a Fundraising Page and raise a minimum of $500.00. Registration closes August 22, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

A practice ride will take place on Saturday, 7 July, beginning in Ajax and ending in Kingston. For full details and to register, click here.

Racer Sportif is a specialty cycling outfitter that primarily caters towards road racers, but provides services for all cyclists from novices to the very experienced. Since 1978, the Club has grown and expanded, with members competing in road, track, cyclocross and mountain bike events all over North America throughout the year.

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Kairos Blanket Exercise
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

Kairos Blanket Exercise

Come join us at the Milky Way Garden for an interactive learning experience that teaches the historic and contemporary relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in Canada.

RVSP via EventBrite

contact Greenest City at 647 438 0038 or email angela@greenestcity.ca

Don't know what is Kairos Blanket Exericse?, take a moment and watch this 3 minute video!

https://vimeo.com/129161339

For more visit their website https://www.kairosblanketexercise.org/

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Jun
6
1:00 PM13:00

Seeking Voice: Weaving Reconciliation and Geography with Rosemary Georgeson

lead by Making Room Community Arts

Youth Workshop : SEEKING VOICES

What does this word mean to you?
What does it mean to you as First People of this land?

This workshop, for youth 15-35, are designed to take place over two
days, with a 2 hour workshop on each day. (please note: length can be adjusted.)
Youth will:
- reflect on what reconciliation and decolonization means to them
and their community;
- develop a slide-show of personal and family images that reflect
the people and the community of their territory; and curate a
play-list of songs that reflect youth voices.
This content will then be witnessed by the audience during the pre-
show activity before the performance.

Community Workshop :OUR WAY

What does this reconciliation mean to you?
What does it mean to you personally?
What does it mean to you as a First People or Settler of this land?
Does it take you on a personal journey?

This two hour workshop begins with a Talking Circle and then moves
into creative writing exercises in which the participants express their
thoughts on what reconciliation and decolonization looks like to them
and their community.

 

ROSEMARY GEORGESON has a passion for bringing youth, elders and ancestors together through storytelling and cross-cultural connections. A Coast Salish and Sahtu Dene storyteller, playwright and filmmaker, her stories are deeply rooted in her family’s long history on Galiano Island. Georgeson has been recognized for her collaboration and sharing of stories with the award-winning play and CBC radio documentary Women in Fish, and her continued involvement as storyteller and writing group organizer for women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Rosemary has been Community Engagement Facilitator for The Squaw Hall Project (Oxygen Theatre) in Williams Lake, the Storyteller in Residence at The Vancouver Public Library in 2014, facilitator for the From Where We Speak Project, and A Community Remembers where she worked with 1st Nation youth on and off reserve to create and perform their own stories.

JULIA SIEDLANOWSKA was born and is currently living as a theatre maker on unceded Coast Salish Territories. She has worked with companies such as Pacific Theatre, The Only Animal, The Arts Club, The Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch, Rumble Theatre, and Classic Chic Productions. Julia was the volunteer coordinator for the Talking Stick Festival and community liaison for MACHiNENOiSY Dance Societies PROX:IMITY RE:MIX, a multi-media dance project for queer youth. This summer she participated in Talking Treaties with Jumblies Theatre in Toronto, deepening her passion for community engaged arts. Recently, she co-created and directed a theatre piece for The Only Animal’s Generation Hot: Waterborne in collaboration with five youth artists.  Julia is also currently working with artist Kat Norris on TRACING HISTORIES body mapping and personal history and memory project.

Contact information

Rosemary Georgeson, r.georgeson3@gmail.com  / Julia Siedlanowska, siedlanowskaj@gmail.com

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Tree For Me - Parkdale | Greenest City
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Tree For Me - Parkdale | Greenest City

On June 2, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Greenest City is hosting a Tree for Me event here in Parkdale. Tree for Me is an initiative by the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and the Toronto City to reach 40% tree cover in Toronto. 

We'll share some tips on planting and caring for your new tree when you pick it up. 
How can you participate? Please follow the following steps:
1) Go to www.treeforme.ca/event-listings-1/greenest-city
2) Match yourself with the right tree by May 25th, 2018
3) Register online or call 416-465-7555
4) Pick up your tree or shrub on June 2, 2018 at the Tsering Milky Way Garden
Lets work together to make our city greener! 40% is our goal.

We also have volunteer opportunities for this event. Please follow the link to learn more.

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Spring into Parkdale
May
12
10:30 AM10:30

Spring into Parkdale

The 6th Annual Spring Into Parkdale Festival kicks off Saturday May 12th, 2018 along Queen Street West from Roncesvalles Ave to Dufferin Street.

1.4km Sidewalk Sale - 150+ vendors - free entertainment - 10,000sqft Foodora Night Market showcasing local Chefs - 10,000sqft Kids Zone brought to you by The Boulevard Club - Community Zone brought to you by Adam Helps - Zero Waste Fair hosted by Zero Waste Hub Toronto and a Little Tibet Zone brought to you by Students for a Free Tibet Canada plus so much more

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Earth Hour Candlelight Walk | Parkdale & Roncesvalles Walk
Mar
24
8:30 PM20:30

Earth Hour Candlelight Walk | Parkdale & Roncesvalles Walk

Earth Hour Candlelight Walk | Parkdale Meets Roncesvalles

Greenest City will host the Parkdale walk beginning at the globe in front of Parkdale library at 8:30pm. Bring a candle in a jar if you can.  As we walk west we will talk about our community's blackout preparedness and steps to take to be safe and support your neighbours!

The walk ends at the intersection of King, Queen, Roncesvalle and The Queensway where we meet our Roncevalles neighbours joining us from their walk south down Roncy. 

Learn more by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/1782232921815707/

 

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Greenest City:  Growing the Future Fundraiser
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Greenest City: Growing the Future Fundraiser

Enjoy the goodness of food prepared by prepared by Chef Bertrand Alépée in the intimate setting of The Tempered Room, steps away from Greenest City.

Fundraising for Growing The Future

Greenest City teaches children and youth grow, cook, eat! healthy food. Growing the Future focuses on food skills, stewardship and food growing. Youth leaders are trained and through paid employment - facilitate the children's programming. Watch this animated video created by the youth mentors to learn about the impact for them.

A night out with good friends, good food and a great cause. Buy a ticket HERE

Can't come?

Support a program participant in coming and buy a ticket. We will reserve a ticket for a Greenest City program participant.

or

Donate to Greenest City's Growing the Future Program - $12 000 to launch for 2018!

Want to volunteer? Sign up here and we will call you!

Tempered Room is our LEAD SPONSOR and is hosting our Greenest City Fundraiser.

Apple Tree Sponsor:  Junction Craft Brewery

Kale Sponsors:  The Big Carrot, Lifford Wine and Cheese Boutique.

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