Rennie Park Pumpkin Parade

Posted on October 23, 2019

Come to Rennie Park on November 1st for a Pumpkin Parade! Bring your families and your pumpkins and browse all the spooky creations! Starts at dusk.

3rd Annual 8by11 for paper FINAL

Swansea Historical Society Nov 6 Meeting

Posted on October 22, 2019

The featured speaker of the Nov 6 meeting of the Swansea Historical Society will be Richard Jordan speaking on “Hurricane Hazel and its Legacy”. 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel, the most deadly natural disaster in recorded history to hit southern Ontario. Richard is a former president of the Etobicoke Historical Society, and he has written local-history columns for the Etobicoke Guardian and Toronto Star. Visitors Welcome!  Light Refreshments!

SHS Newsletter - Nov 2019

TransformTO Public Consultations

Posted on October 18, 2019

Residents are invited to share their feedback and ideas for the next TransformTO Implementation Plan from 2021 to 2023. TransformTO is the City’s Climate Action Strategy. The Plan will identify climate actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the next three years. Complete the online survey, attend a public meeting, or host your own conversation with family, friends or neighbours using the TransformTO Community Conversation Guide. Consultations will conclude on November 11, 2019.

The remaining public meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday, October 30 from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. St. Lawrence Market Temporary North Market, 125 The Esplanade. Register here

Florence Gell Park Pumpkin Parade

Posted on October 16, 2019

Come out to Florence Gell Park on November 1st with your jack-o-lanterns and candles, and marvel at the wonderful carvings of your neighbours from 5-8pm.

Sorauren Avenue Park Pumpkin Parade

Posted on October 16, 2019

It’s that time of year again! Join us at Sorauren Avenue Park on Friday Nov 1 for the annual pumpkin parade. Please bring your carved pumpkins starting at 6pm to put them out on display.

The Sorauren Pumpkin Parade has become a huge success with more than 1500 participating pumpkins in the event in past years. However, with the growing success of the event, we need more volunteers and support from the community to make sure the event can continue.

Events Details:

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Put your pumpkins out on display
6:00pm – 9:00pm  – Pumpkin Parade
9:00pm onwards – Collect your pumpkins for disposal

All participants are responsible for ensuring that their pumpkins, candles and other materials are disposed of properly at the end of the night.

Candles must be extinguished prior to placing pumpkins in bins. All tea lights must be removed prior to placing pumpkins in bins as the aluminum foil surrounding tea lights are not compostable.

The City will provide green bins and garbage bins in the park to help with clean up. Please make sure to dispose of your pumpkins in the bins provided, or to take them home and put them in your green bin.

Interested in volunteering?

We are looking for volunteers to support with the event coordination and clean up. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email our office at

High Park ZooBoo!

Posted on October 9, 2019

The High Park ZooBoo is coming up soon! Come out on October 19th from 12pm-3pm for an inflatable corn maze, mask making, pumpkin games, and more! Toronto Fire and Police will be there to let children play with a fire truck and police cruiser.

Block by Block Toronto Launch Events

Posted on October 9, 2019

On October 18 the Toronto Ward Museum will launch Block by Block Toronto, a participatory, multimedia project that engages diverse young people in the collection and interpretation of oral histories from across the city. By training young people to interview community members about their lived experiences, the project preserves and animates stories of migration, settlement and civic life in an effort to build a more inclusive city: one story and one neighbourhood at a time.

The goal of Block by Block is to deepen relationships in and between communities through the exchange of personal stories, reflections and resources. We hope to contribute to better public understanding of settlement experiences and the roles that neighbourhoods play in those experiences through interactive programming, exhibitions, art and storytelling. We think these experiences have been underrepresented in Toronto and that there is a lot to learn from them.

The block parties will take place over the course of the next two weeks in Agincourt, Parkdale, Regent Park and Victoria Park.

The program is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Inspirit Foundation and the City of Toronto.

Event: Parkdale Block Party
Date / Time: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 2-5 pm
Location: Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen St. West, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Ward Museum is leading Block by Block in partnership with nine other organizations. They are: Agincourt Community Services Association; City of Toronto Newcomer Office; OCASI – Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants; Regent Park Film Festival; Ryerson University; Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre; Toronto Public Library; West Neighbourhood House; Working Women Community Centre.

This is the second round of Block by Block events. In 2017, Block by Block ran nationally, focusing on historic immigrant neighbourhoods in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Over one year the national team engaged 520 participants; recorded 30 oral histories in 3 neighbourhoods; co-created 3 local exhibitions; and co-curated an online exhibition (visited 5000+ times).

City of Toronto: Recipe for Community Working Group

Posted on October 3, 2019

Join the City of Toronto’s Recipe for Community Working Group, a space to facilitate resident leadership in the planning, delivery and evaluation of resident-inspired and resident-led projects and activities that strengthen community belonging and pride, and to build community skills and capacity. The table provides residents with an opportunity to submit project proposals directly to the working group. The Working Group is a community-based team comprised of staff from City of Toronto, Toronto Community Housing, not for profit organizations and residents.  Please contact Rolfe Santos ( to RSVP.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 9th
  • Time: 6:30PM-7:30PM
  • Location: Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre (220 Cowan Avenue – 2nd Floor meeting room)

Parkdale People’s Economy: Parkdale Neighbourhood Planning Table

Posted on October 3, 2019

Join the South Parkdale Neighbourhood Planning Table, a place-based planning approach that involves residents, community agencies, and City staff to identify local priorities, create solutions, and build partnerships to advance the Parkdale Community Planning Study! Please contact Mercedes Sharpe Zayas ( to RSVP and access meeting materials.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 9th
  • Time: 2PM-5PM
  • Location: Parkdale Library (1303 Queen St W, Basement)

Baby Point Halloween Pumpkin Spooktacular

Posted on October 3, 2019

The merchants of Baby Point Gates are hosting a family-friendly fall event on Oct. 26, including a sidewalk sale, and themed food & beverage. Costume attire welcome. Free carving pumpkins. Spooky selfie corner at Jane & Annette.

Location and Venue: Baby Point Gates B.I.A. area, 777 Annette St.


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