Events Guide: Car Free Day, tree tour, food festival, culinary neighbourhoods, and more…

WHAT: World Carfree Day
WHEN: September 21
WHERE: Various locations (Queen St. West and Bloor St. & Spadina St.)

Join Streets are for People! Bells on Bloor, Bike Pirates, Samba Elegua, the Kensington Horns, the New Kings, Mr. Something Something and millions of others around the globe in celebration of WORLD CARFREE DAY!

PARKING METER PARTIES – What can you do with a 6′ x 12′ parking space? Queen St. West – from Bathurst St. to Trinity Bellwoods Park All day – pay for a parking spot then breathe culture back into public space normally used for car storage.  Bring a band and play music, have a picnic, play games, whatever you like.  The space is yours for only $2/hour.

BELLS ON BLOOR – Bike Ride 4pm – meet at Bloor and Spadina for a special critical mass style ride, then join up with parade.

PARADE – 4th annual parade down Queen St.
4pm – Meet at south gates of Trinity Bellwoods Park
5pm – Parade east to Old City Hall
Bring horns and bells and drums. Bring your friends. Bring your mums. Bring bikes and trikes and things that are silly. Bring costumes and banners and wings that are frilly. Bring sense of humour, and sense of fun. We’ll party like our team just won.  (ok – you get the idea.)

Don’t miss the surprise when three parties meet!

Visit www.streetsareforpeople.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: 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: Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
WHEN: September 20, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Little India

Participants are invited to talk, tour and taste their way through the city’s fantastic culinary hot spots, markets and neighbourhoods. An opportunity to get the insider’s scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn the personal stories of Toronto’s food experts. $40 per tour or $125 for all 4.

To register or for more information, the public can call 416-973-4093 or visit www. harbourfrontcentre.com

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WHAT: ROMwalks: Yorkville – The Annex
WHEN: September 21, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet at the corner of Lowther Rd. and Avenue Rd., look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. The highlights include: Medical Arts Building, First Church of Christ Scientist, York Club, plus two residential styles of architecture unique to Toronto.

Visit www.rom.on.ca 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: Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods
WHEN: September 27, 1 pm – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Kensington Market & Chinatown

Participants are invited to talk, tour and taste their way through the city’s fantastic culinary hot spots, markets and neighbourhoods. An opportunity to get the insider’s scoop with a cultural perspective, and learn the personal stories of Toronto’s food experts. $40 per tour or $125 for all 4!

To register or for more information, the public can call 416-973-4093 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com

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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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WHAT: ROMwalks: The Necropolis
WHEN: September 28, 2 pm
WHERE: Meet at The Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester St.),look for the blue umbrella.

Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. The Necropolis walk highlights include the graves of William Lyon Mackenzie, Peter Matthews and Samuel Lount, Ned Hanlan, George Brown, Thornton Blackburn, Joseph Bloore.

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

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Photo of orchard at Spadina House by Patricia Simoes.