Event Guide: 5th Annual Human River

WHAT: 5th Annual Human River

WHEN: Sunday, October 25 @ 1pm

WHERE: Meet at 12:30pm at the Pavilion at Christie Pits

Human River is an ongoing Toronto Public Space Committee (TPSC) community campaign, celebrating Toronto’s largest buried river, Garrison Creek.

As Garrison Creek rushes under homes, cafes, roads and parks, we find signs of this lost river in tilting houses, dips in streets, buried bridges and a string of green valleys. Since 2005, Human River has hosted a range of eclectic events, including: art shows, film screenings, arts and education workshops, and a school outreach program.

TPSC is excited that Human River, the committee’s only annual event, will resurface for a 5th year of fun and interactive storytelling. “Along the route, participants will have the opportunity to discover over a dozen intersections of history, architecture, memories, rumours, city-planning and merry-making” says Human River co-ordinator Erin Wood.

“New this year, there will be a chance for walkers to play with an art installation by “wade”, to join a discussion on the future of Human River at Fort York, and to learn from Lost Rivers and Kevin Plummer of Historist. Plus there will be t-shirts, buttons and maybe even a surprise appearance by the river goddess herself!” says HTO:Toronto’s Water from Lake Iroquois to Lost Rivers to Low-flow contributor Georgia Ydreos.

With everyone wearing blue we will become a human river bringing the Garrison Creek back to life!

This Sunday’s Human River walk begins at the Pavillon in Christie Pits Park at 1:00 pm. Participants wishing to join the walk half-way may do so at the south-east corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park at 3:17pm. Human River walk concludes in Historic Fort York’s Blue Barracks where a closing reception begins at 4pm.

Join the Human River and explore the Garrison Creek’s past, present, and future!

Photo by Laurie McGregor