Ward 14 Weekend Events Reminder

Posted on May 18, 2012





  • Parkdale and High Park Library are holding Peer Tutoring Club, Friday Movie Night In Parkdale, Saturday Stories, and Toddler Time.  To find out when and where see: TPL Events


  • Dufferin Underpass Art Installation, ‘Spirits of the Grotto’, May 18th, 5:00 – 5:30 pm, Dufferin Amphitheatre (parkette), 1266 Queen Street West.  To learn more see: Dufferin Public Art Installation


  • The Toronto Police 11 Division open house will be taking place on May 19th, 2012 from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  There will be many displays and demonstrations, see: 11 Division Open House




City of Toronto Long Weekend Family Events

Posted on May 18, 2012



The City of Toronto encourages local residents to make the most of Victoria Day on Monday, May 21 by taking advantage of the City’s attractions and recreational activities including: Victoria Day Fireworks,  Golf, Ashbridge’s Bay Park, Riverdale Farm, Far Enough Farm, Toronto Island Park, Greenhouses, Fort York, Montgomery’s Inn, Spadina Museum Historic House & Gardens, Colborne Lodge, and The High Park Zoo (remember you can donate to help save the zoo).


For more information and details see: City of Toronto Family Events



As well there are wonderful discovery walks taking place around Toronto (including one in High Park just outside Ward 14).

“Discovery Walks is a program of self guided walks that link city ravines, parks gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Informative signage will help you experience an area’s heritage and environment.”

To see the list of walks please visit: Discovery Walks

To see the .pdf for the Western Ravines and Beaches walk (in High Park) visit: Western Ravines and Beaches PDF




Second Chance Book Drive

Posted on May 18, 2012





Rick Gosling, President of the Second Chance Scholarship Foundation and of The Children’s Breakfast Club, is delighted to announce the launch of a Book Drive in support of the libraries established by these foundations.

We are honored and privileged to have the support and assistance of Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service and of Jamaal Magloire of the Toronto Raptors as we endeavor to collect 20,000 new or gently-used books to distribute to the libraries.

Our goal is develop a love of books in children and youth who have not had the opportunity to develop a passion for reading. Each of us may have read a book which we enjoyed so much that we did not want to finish reading it or we have read a book which had a great impact on our lives – or even helped to change our lives. These are the books we would like to add to our library collection.

The books can be dropped off at any Toronto Police Division location from May 13 to June 2, 2012.

Any assistance you can offer to us by promoting the Book Drive and distributing the attached posterthrough your contacts would be very much appreciated.

Give a book. Be the difference.


For further information, please contact::

Alexandra Fraser

905 474-8054

Queer West Arts Festival and Pride Week Volunteer Opportunities

Posted on May 18, 2012


Call-out for Arts Festival Volunteers Aug 10 to 18, 2012

The Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Running Aug 10 to 18, 2012) is currently seeking dynamic, enthusiastic people all ages who are interested in the arts, Toronto’s cultural life, queer issues, politics, social and political activism, and event planning. If any of this lies within your interests, please consider joining our group. We are committed to diversity and in particular aim for a mix of professionals, artists and community members. Interested individuals should send a paragraph outlining their background, their reasons for wanting to be involved, and their skills Contact Matthew Drobnich queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com

Call Out for Live Performers Friday August 17 @ Mizti’s Sister in Parkdale

Think you’ve got what it takes to thrill the masses in Queer Toronto? Or maybe you’ve got a favourite local band or know of a drag queen/king, dancer, comedian, community group or theatrical troupe you would like to recommend? Either way, The Toronto Queer West Arts Collective is interested in what may have to offer us? We will NOT be paying for your travel costs, accommodations or extra equipment you may need. We are especially looking for new talent that has never performed at a festival before and is looking for publicity, rather getting paid the going rate. We have introduced many new artists to to the scene that worked for Door or in some cases for free. Capacity 200 and 40 on the patio Set times 35/40 minutes show starts at 8 pm. This location has been booked and confirmed

Deadline to apply to be a entertainer in Toronto Queer Arts Festival is June 30, 2012. The sooner the better for us and you.

Queer West Arts Collective is looking for a good mix of new upbeat acts that will have broad appeal to the diverse segments of our community for out Alterna-Queer Music Night – showcases alternative artists that support the underground music scene of punk, industrial, electro, reggae, indie, hip hop, spank rock, new wave and no wave. Performers will be asked to submit descriptions of their acts, website URLs, or other promotional materials (pictures, pdfs, videos, music samples, etc.) to be considered by the four-member committee. The committee will select performers based on type of act, performance quality and audience appeal. Contact Matthew Drobnich queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com

To get involved with Queer West visit:

Queer West

Queer West Facebook

Pride Week is June 22nd – July 1st, 2012

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada’s premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Together with the thousands of individuals, community groups, businesses and participating sponsors, we are proud to celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto’s Queer Communities. Pride Week features 10 days of world class arts and cultural programming, community activities, one of the world’s largest street festivals, Pride Parade, Dyke March, Trans March, Family programming, Blackness Yes and Youth and much more. Returning for our 30th celebration, we invite you to volunteer at Pride Weekend 2012, from Friday June 29th to Sunday July 1st.


Why Volunteer?

Contribute to the success of Toronto’s annual Pride Week Festival

  • Learn about the Queer Community
  • Gain transferrable skills that add to your abilities
  • Meet new people
  • Lend your talents to one of Canada’s most influential cultural festival
  • Work in a supportive and collaborative environment
  • Receive mentoring from core staff that have valuable experience
  • Get involved and give back
  • Because Volunteers Make Pride Happen!


For more information please see: Make Pride Happen

Diaspora Dialogues – Open Call for Revamped 2012 Mentoring Program

Posted on May 18, 2012


“Diaspora Dialogues is excited to announce a revamping of its mentoring programs into one comprehensive program to focus on the creation of long-form manuscripts. This new program will offer emerging writers greater in-depth opportunity to hone their craft and ready a book-length project for publication.

Our “Writer’s Residencies”will provide each writer with a specialized professional development program, as well as targeted introductions to agents and/or publishers.

DD is inviting submissions of original full-length novels or collections of short stories up to 85,000 words or 300 double-spaced pages; or full-length poetry manuscripts of up to 25 poems (no more than 50 pages maximum) from emerging writers.

Deadline is June 15, 2012.”

For more information on how to apply, guidelines and submissions please see: DD Revamps Mentoring Programs  And Issues 2012 Open Call for Submissions



“Diaspora Dialogues supports the creation and presentation of new fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and drama that reflect the complexity of the city, as seen through the eyes of its richly diverse writers. We use art and ideas to explore questions of our connected humanity, and our programs and events help encourage the creation of a literature – and audience – that is vibrant and inclusive.

Toronto—the world within one city—has tremendous stories to tell. Diaspora Dialogues is committed to bringing these stories to both the domestic and international stage.”


May 2012