Events Guide: art crawl, tree tour, neighbourhood walk, and more…

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WHAT: Queen West Art Crawl
WHEN: September 12, 13, & 14
WHERE: Queen St. and Spadina St. (with various open artist studios all the way to Queen St. and Roncessvalles Ave.)

Launched in 2003 by Artscape, the Queen West Art Crawl (QWAC) showcases the work of emerging and established artists. Now in its sixth year and under the ownership of the Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation, this three day outdoor festival offers family, friends and kids an array of arts and music events.

Visit www.torontoartscape.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Beaches Tree Tour
WHEN: September 14, 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: Meet at the front entrance of the Beaches Library, Kew Gardens (2161 Queen St. East)

With its park-like setting, cool lake breezes and eclectic blend of iconic buildings, estate homes and quaint cottages, the Beaches remains true to its origins as a mecca for summer visitors. Join Tree Tour Coordinator Susan Gulley and local historian Gene Domagala as they meander the tree-lined streets under the protective, spreading canopies of red and white oaks. Experience the varied topography of the Beaches as we venture north from Kew Gardens to the crest of the natural ridge and then wander back down into the magnificent Glen Stewart ravine. Discover yellow birch, black cherry and ironwood in this remnant forest and learn about the City’s vital restoration efforts from Urban Forest Planner Ruthanne Henry.

You must RSVP to attend this event, and there is a suggested donation of $5.

Vist torontotreetours.org for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: ROM and its Neighbours
WHEN: September 14, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet in front of the ROM (Bloor St. entrance,) look for a blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city.

Highlights: Royal Ontario Museum, Church of the Redeemer, Royal Conservatory of Music, Taddle Creek, Flavelle House, Gardiner Museum.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.
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WHAT: Downsview Area Secondary Plan Review
WHEN: September 17, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
WHERE: Parc Downsview Park, #1-35 Carl Hall Road

Parc Downsview Park Inc. (PDP) is pleased to be currently working with the City of Toronto during the Downsview Lands Secondary Plan Review and Zoning Update process. This is a municipal process that involves reviewing the plans and zoning opportunities for all of the Downsview Lands, including Downsview Park. PDP is investing in this process in an effort to enhance understanding and acceptance of the federal government’s vision so that the corporation may continue with implementation of its Corporate Plan.

The City of Toronto is undergoing the process of reviewing and updating the Downsview Area Secondary Plan, which was approved in 1999. A review and update of the  plan will ensure that the planning policies for this area are current and appropriate to guide future development.

Community participation is important to the success of the review.  The city is hosting three community meetings this fall regarding the review which we encourage the public to attend and make your views known. The first meeting, on September 17, will focus on identifying key community interests that will help identify potential alternative land use and development options for the Secondary Plan area.

Visit www.pdp.ca for more information.

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Historic Toronto
WHEN: September 17, 6 pm
WHERE: Meet at 260 Adelaide St. East, look for a blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city.

Highlights: Toronto’s first Post Office, Bank of Upper Canada, St. Lawrence Market, St. James’ Cathedral, St. Lawrence Hall, Courthouse Square.

Visit www.rom.on.ca for more information.

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WHAT: The Stop Community Food Centre Presents: The Good Food For All Festival!
WHEN: September 20, 12 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: 1884 Davenport Rd (Davenport & Symington)

Come and celebrate the Autumn Harvest at the Good Food For All Festival. An Iron Chef Competition hosted by Matt Galloway from the CBC. Come see Joshna (head chef at The Stop) battle Ted Corrado (of C5 and Cross Town kitchens) in a battle of the tastebuds! Free seasonal samples from The Stop’s kitchen, live music, workshops, free holistic treatments. PLUS a huge kidzone featuring a bouncy castle, games, crafts, face painting and more!

Visit www.thestop.org for more information.

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WHAT: Edible Tree Tour
WHEN: September 20, 1 pm – 3 pm
WHERE: Meet at main entrance to Spadina House (285 Spadina Rd., just northeast of Casa Loma)

After touring the historic english orchards of the Spadina House participants will be treated to a sample of heritage apples freshly picked for market that morning by volunteers. Guest leader Laura Rainsborough will discuss Not far from the tree a wonderful new organization that is inventorying heritage fruit trees on residential properties in the area and then harvesting their bounty, 952 pounds of fruit so far this year! LEAF arborist Todd Irvine will share the history of the massive white oaks on the Spadina house grounds, so old that members of the Anishinabe Indian tribe, the area’s first inhabitants, possibly passed under their canopies. The tour will also visit the grounds of Casa Loma and a steep forested ravine slope with century old mansions peering over its edge. Trees and shrubs that provide edibile fruit for both people and animals will be profiled throughout the tour.

You must RSVP to attend this event, and there is a suggested donation of $5.

Visit torontotreetours.org for more information

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WHAT: Celebrate the Changing Season
WHEN: September 22, 12 pm
WHERE: Trinity Square Park

All are welcome to join the Labyrinth Community Network for a walk on the Toronto Public Labyrinth at Trinity Square Park.  This event will celebrate the changing season, with a performance by Michael Franklin will entertain with medieval music. This event is free, and will take place rain or shine.

The Toronto Public Labyrinth is located immediately west of the Eaton Centre (ground floor west exit in front of Sears’ south doors) and south of the Church of the Holy Trinity and Marriott Hotel.  Coming from the west, it is across Bay Street from Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall, at the top of James Street.

Visit www.labyrinthnetwork.ca for more information.

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WHAT: Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market
WHEN: September 28, 1 pm – 7 pm
WHERE: Kensington Markert (Augusta Ave, Baldwin St., Kensington Ave.)

The last Sunday of each month, Kensington Market closes the road to cars and hosts pedestrian-friendly events on the street.  This month’s theme will be, Earth! Global Harvest Tradition: A celebration of the local harvest with seed exchanges, local produce for purchase and a chance to talk with some local farmers.

Visit www.streetsareforepeople.org for more information

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Photo by Deanna.

One comment

  1. To discover “unique architecture and rich history” looks interesting.

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