Inaugural ‘Railpath Community Run’ on the West Toronto Railpath

Posted on August 24, 2012



What is the Railpath?

The West Toronto Railpath offers residents in west end of Toronto a public space in which to escape from the city. This 2.1 km path is a space used by runners, cyclists and walkers alike, for leisure, commuting and training.

What is the Event?

To celebrate this space, and promote health within our communities on September 30th, 2012 a community run/walk will be held on the West Toronto Railpath. The charitable partner for the event will be The Stop Community Food Centre.

This event has a unique format that differentiates it from other local running events. Instead of a set distance (such as 5km), this is a timed lap-based event. In 45 minutes, participants will complete as many laps of the 2.1 km stretch as possible. This is great to practice your speedwork as a competitive runner, or not be overwhelmed by needing to complete a big distance as a new runner or casual walker. There is something for everyone, and you decide what that is for you! Registration is available online here.

To learn more see:




Also, the Bloor West Villager has a new article on the event:

“The railpath community run is intended to bring the community together in a “wonderful”public space while raising funds for The Stop Community Food Centre.

“The Stop not only serves the entire city, but specifically our area,”said McCormick. “The railpath almost ends at the Stop’s doorstep. What a great proximity. People in the neighbourhood that the railpath runs through rely on The Stop.”

Organized and run by local community volunteers and sponsored by the community, the event is unique in format. The railpath run will be a time trial rather than a set distance. Participants will loop the path as many times as they can within a 45-minute time period.

Registration is $20. For those who register before Sept. 7, they will receive a T-shirt. Participation shoe-tag medals will be awarded. Official chip timing will be provided to participants every one kilometre along the course. Prizes will be award for best times in the competitive wave and both waves will have draw prizes as well.”

To read the article see:


Finally if you would like to learn more about the West Toronto Railpath please see:

Friends of West Toronto Rail Path –


Junction Design Crawl – August 24th, 2012, 7-11pm

Posted on August 24, 2012



“The Junction Design Crawl is organized by a bunch of independent businesses in the Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. All businesses who are participating on the evening will have white lights strung up outside of their shops, making it easy to navigate the evening…”



For more information visit:





Colborne Lodge – Anytime is Storytime Workshops, Grandparents’ Day, High Park Harvest Festival

Posted on August 24, 2012



Anytime is Storytime Workshop:

The Lodge is pleased to be again offering these popular storytelling workshops for caregivers and young children 0 – 3 years of age.  Professional storyteller and co-teacher in the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, Harriet Xanthakos leads adults and children through interactive rhymes, stories and songs which promote adult-child bonding and literacy through the use of touch, music and language.


Anytime is Storytime workshops run on Thursdays from September 6 to 27 at 10 to 10:45 a.m.

Fee for one adult with a maximum of 2 children: $50 plus tax for all sessions or $15 plus tax for individual sessions.  Pre-register by phone at 416-392-6916.  We accept all major credit cards over the phone.



Grandparents’ Day at Colborne Lodge:

Sunday, September 9, 12 to 5 p.m.  In honour of Grandparents’ Day, Colborne Lodge is offering free admission on Sunday, September 9 for two seniors, accompanied by a child or youth (ages 4 to 18 years) paying regular admission.




High Park Harvest Festival at Colborne Lodge

Sunday, September 30, 12 to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the harvest in High Park with food, crafts, music, horse and wagon rides, warm apple cider and more.  Held at the south end of High Park at Colborne Lodge and the Children’s Garden.  Free admission to grounds, activity and merchandise fees apply. To tour inside the Lodge it’s pay-what-you-can.


For further information or questions please contact:

Colborne Lodge, Toronto Cultural Services
Phone: 416-392-6916
Fax: 416-392-0375





Nuit Blanche – September 29th, 2012 – Full Program Schedule Announced

Posted on August 24, 2012



Saturday, September 29, 2012
7:03pm to sunriseFor one sleepless night, experience the city transformed by artists for Toronto’s seventh annual sunset-to-sunrise celebration of contemporary art. One night only. All night long. All free.All project details are now available at: www.scotiabanknuitblanche.caChart your own path with the My Night planner.
Create an account now,then click to add your favourite projects to your planner!Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is produced by the City of Toronto.” 

City of Toronto announces full program for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012

The City of Toronto today released the entire artistic program for the seventh edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, taking place Saturday, September 29 from 7:03 p.m. until sunrise. This year’s lineup includes 158 art projects created by more than 500 local, national and international artists. The streets of the city will come alive with public art, for one night only.

The City is producing an exciting lineup of projects by exceptional artists lead by a talented group of curators.

“The Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Board is thrilled with the compelling artistic talent and vision that constitute this year’s program lineup.” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University. “The public will be dazzled by the diversity of the works of art presented by this year’s curators and artists, which are sure to satiate this city’s appetite for culture.”

City-produced exhibition projects
The City-produced component of the event will feature four curated exhibitions.

City Hall / Nathan Phillips Square
Janine Marchessault and Michael Prokopow’s exhibition “Museum for the End of the World” represents a vibrant and varied investigation of art and life under the veil of oblivion and possibility.

Exhibition highlights
• Jean Michel Crettaz and Mark-David Hosale’s “Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator” explores the cycles of creation through light and sound in the underground parking garage at Toronto City Hall.
• “Postcards from the End”, an interactive installation by Sara Beck, examines what happens when photo-ops and disaster come together beneath Nathan Phillips Square.
• Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s “I Dream A World” extends an invitation to evolutionary spirits everywhere with a unique musical performance on Nathan Phillips Square.
• The Rotunda of Toronto City Hall will be transformed by Marco Brambilla’s video work “Civilization (Megaplex)” with a satirical take on eternal punishment and celestial reward.

Exhibition Zone A (Downtown South/West)
Curator Shauna McCabe’s exhibition “DRIFT” offers encounters with the city that highlight the consistency of urban space as fluid and poetic.

Exhibition highlights
• Yves Caizergues’ installation “Green Invaders”, inspired by the iconic video games of the 1980s, reconnects people with beginning of the technological era.
• “Lighthouse”, a Catherine Yass film visually surveys a lighthouse in the English Channel from the perspective of a helicopter, a boat and underwater divers in the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
• In “Dollar General Drive By” Tim Davis records western New York State’s small-town streetscapes, changing economic times and everyday life along King Street West.
• Matthew Moore’s work “Lifecycles” transforms David Pecaut Square with time-lapse photography of microscopic growth cycles on a circular screen.

Exhibition Zone B (Downtown Central/East)
Christina Ritchie curates “Bodies and Buildings”, an exhibition inviting viewers to consider how their passage through the city contributes to the construction of its chronicles and traditions.

Exhibition highlights
• “Darkning” by Ceal Floyer demonstrates the thrilling celestial drama of lightning modified through video at the Richmond Adelaide Centre.
• Jeanne Holmes’ “All Together Now” is an experiential dance collaboration that invites public participation outside the Richmond Adelaide Centre.
• Neil Campbell’s “Pair” focuses on the perceptual process and invites the audience to engage with the space surrounding two sculptural spheres located between Osgoode Hall and the University Avenue Courthouse.
• In “Ambient Walk” Ed Janzen documents the city’s alleys in real time via live stream video from the perspective of his feet.

Exhibition Zone C (Downtown East)
Curated by Helena Reckitt, the exhibition “Once More with Feeling” presents works which reference and evoke repetition and emotion, recognizing the power of memorial and re-enactment.

Exhibition highlights
• Trisha Brown Dance Company restages their performance of “Planes” (1968). Dancers work against gravity as they perform on a vertical stage at Dundee Place.
• During “Smells Like Spirit” roadies perpetually “load-in”Nirvana for a final concert at the loading dock of the Elgin Theatre in this piece by Hadley+Maxwell.
• Susan Stenger’s work “The Structures Of Everyday Life: Full Circle” will fill the bandstand in St. James Park with a rhythmic soundscape comprised of different voices in different keys.
• Dave Dyment amasses a comprehensive collection of disaster cinema tropes in “The Day After, Tomorrow” at King James Place on King Street East.

Symposium & Nuit Talks
Symposium entitled “Until the End of the World”
On September 29 three world-renowned philosophers: Arthur Kroker, Brenda Longfellow and Slavoj Žižek consider the profound ecological and economic issues that confront the Planet in 2012 at Toronto City Hall.

Nuit Talks
A series of free themed talks take place September 27, 28 and 29. The talks allow for candid discussion, contemplation of the creative vision and a behind-the-scenes look at the art and artists.
Discussions explore the possible extinction of contemporary art, the role of the paranormal in contemporary art and curators will share the curatorial and artistic narratives of their exhibition areas. A full list of events, speakers, locations and times is available online.

Community-produced, independent projects
The community-produced portion of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2012 will feature 96 projects created by cultural and educational institutions, neighbourhoods and individual artists. The projects expand the boundaries of the event and showcase the diversity of Toronto’s arts community. The Power Plant, Ryerson University, Regent Park Arts & Cultural Centre and many more organizations are hosting important projects in their unique venues. Entire neighbourhoods including Parkdale, Queen West and The Distillery District will feature multiple installations by local artists.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is Toronto’s annual all-night celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. Since 2006, the event has featured more than 700 official art installations, created by nearly 3,000 artists and has generated more than $100 million in economic impact for Toronto.



Visit the Festivals & Events calendar for information on a wide variety of events taking place in Toronto: 



Weekend Events With Road Closures In Toronto

Posted on August 24, 2012




“Weekend events with road closures in Toronto

Two special events this weekend will involve road closures. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy these events. Businesses in the areas affected are open to pedestrian traffic but some roads will be closed to vehicles.

Festivals and other special events are important to the city, injecting hundreds of millions of dollars annually into Toronto’s economy, and they are enjoyed each year by local residents.

In addition to road closures related to special events, there is a significant amount of road work taking place in the city. People are encouraged to take public transit as a greener, faster and more affordable way of getting to their destinations.

Those who need to drive in the general vicinity of special events should allow extra time to get to and from their destination. A more complete list of events and road work is available at In addition, the City recently introduced T.O. INview, a map that shows information about planned capital construction work taking place across the city. The new site can be accessed at

BuskerFest – Thursday to Sunday closures:
There are a series of closures for Buskerfest in the St. Lawrence Market area:
• Front Street from Yonge Street to Jarvis Street will be closed in both directions from Thursday, August 23 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.
• Church Street from The Esplanade to Front Street will be closed from Thursday, August 23 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.
• Scott Street from north of Scott Lane to the midway point between Wellington Street and Front Street will be closed from Thursday, August 23 at 9 a.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.
• Market Street from Front Street to The Esplanade will be closed from Thursday, August 23 at 7 a.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.
• Church Street from north of Front Street to Colborne Street will be closed from Friday, August 24 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.
• Wellington Street from Church Street to Leader Lane will be closed from Friday, August 24 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, August 26 at 11:59 p.m.

Bio-K+ Bum Run 5K Toronto – Sunday closures:
A series of closures will take place in the area bounded by Bay Street in the east, College Street in the south, Spadina in the west and Bloor Street in the north on Sunday, August 26 from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.”



High Park Stewards – Boulevard Beds Clean Up

Posted on August 24, 2012



“The Boulevard Beds, created in 2002, are getting a bit overgrown and need our help. They are in the process of being redesigned but this will take a while. Please join us and see what native (and other) plants are blooming right now. Please see our website for more details and photos. Tools are provided but bring sunscreen and water.
10:30 am in front of the Grenadier Restaurant.”


For more information on this event please see:




96 Ritchie Ave – Habitat For Humanity Toronto – Sept 8th Community Build

Posted on August 17, 2012


September 8th, 2012, will be the Community Build Day for the

96 Ritchie Habitat For Humanity Home!

One of the things residents had mentioned at previous meetings about this project was a way to get involved and welcome their new neighbours on Ritchie. The build will be from 8am-4pm (so a full days commitment) and lunch will be provided. As well, I hear from Habitat today that Lorena will be joining us, is looking forward to meeting her new neighbours, and swinging a few hammers.

Due to the size of the build, safety training, etc, there are only 15 spots available on the Sept 8th date. But, you can always book a shift or donate for another date if spots for the 8th become full at


Please see below for information and registration for the Sept 8th, 2012 Community Build:

96 Richie Community Build Day Invite

Ritchie Waiver

Ritchie Confirmation Letter

Ritchie Directions and Parking



TPL Upcoming Events In Ward 14

Posted on August 17, 2012



Parkdale Public Library

1303 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M6K 1L6,  416-393-7686
  • Infinite Kung Fu with WORD OUT Graphic Novelist Kagan McLeod – Wed Aug 22, 2012 – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
“Kagan McLeod, author of INFINITE KUNG FU, a massive graphic mashup of kung fu, zombie, and blaxploitation film styles, will talk about his inspirations, his process for creating his artwork and storylines, and leading a comic jam!”


  • Friday Movie Nights at Parkdale – Fri Aug 17, 2012 – 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
“Parkdale Library will be holding Movie Nights! Sit back, relax and enjoy a movie on the big screen. For more information, call 416-393-7686.”


  •  Saturday Stories – Sat Aug 18, 2012 – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
“A program for the whole family. Rhymes, songs and stories. Saturdays, ongoing. Taking place in the children’s picture book area.”
To find out more information about the Parkdale Public Library see:



High Park Library

228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto, ON M6R 2L7 , 416-393-7671
  • Summer Reading Club Party – Fri Aug 24, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“What a great way to end the summer! Games, prizes, special guests, treats and the annual Kids vs. Librarians Volleyball Game!”
  • Saturday Writers –  Sat Aug 18, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m
“Read from and discuss works in progress. Prose, Poetry, essays welcome.”


To find out more information about the High Park Public Library see:



2012 Roncesvalles Polish Festival: Volunteers Needed

Posted on August 17, 2012


Get Involved!

“Every year the Roncesvalles Polish Festival needs a great number of volunteers to keep it running smoothly. It’s easy and fun! We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers for September 2012.

Our volunteers enhance the visitor’s experience by helping visitors navigate the Festival, providing information, or supporting the Roncesvalles Polish Festival Team, and by watching for visitor safety (ensuring the street barricades remain closed).

This is fun, easy work that can be applied to your high school community service hours.

While most of our volunteers are needed during the festival September 16th, 17th and 18th, there are also additional volunteer opportunities earlier. Below are brief descriptions of various volunteer positions.


Before the festival, we need lots of volunteers to put up posters and send notifications to households in Roncesvalles Village about the festival.


During the festival, we need a lot of people to act as festival marshals. Duties include: maintaining side street closures, providing directions and instructions, asking people to dismount from their bicycles when entering the festival route and redirecting traffic.”


To fill out your volunteer form please see:

To learn more about this years festival please visit:





August 2012