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News And Notices 2010

News And Notices 2010

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Garrison Creek Art Centre Holiday Camp

3-Day Art & Winter Songs
With music guest Leah Salomaa!

Dec 28, 29, 30

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Goulash Pot
Saturday October 2, GOULASH CAMPFIRE, noon to 2 p.m., everyone welcome.

Zalan Kemenczy, who works at St.Christopher House, wants to introduce a group of Roma refugee families from Hungary to Dufferin Grove Park. This Saturday (Oct.2), weather permitting, they plan to cook a goulash over an open fire at the main campfire area, everyone welcome. This is how Zalan describes the goulash: "Goulash (or Gulyás in Hungarian: is a traditional Hungarian stew cooked in a large cauldron over an open fire. The whole process is a very social event that helps bring people together over food." Roma (often called "gypsies") cooks say that goulash is much more delicious when cooked over an open fire instead of in a kitchen. No surprise, for the many campfire cooks who come to the park, outdoor cooking makes everything taste better! Zalan said there may be music too, and the families are keen to share their goulash with any/all park users until it runs out. (Donations welcome to cover the supplies). The goulash should be ready around noontime -- just follow your nose until you see the steam rising from their giant cooking pot.

Rail Of Light

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On October 2, 2010, as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the Wallace Avenue Footbridge in West Toronto will be transformed into a huge, shimmering chandelier.

For one night only, electric trains are coming to the Junction Triangle to celebrate the neighbourhood’s rebellious spirit.

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Samba Kidz Fall After-School Program

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The fall Samba Kidz after school program beginning October 5th-December 7th, Tuesdays 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Drum Artz Community Centre, 27 Primrose Avenue.

We welcome ages 7-13.

Registration has already begun. Please call 416-538-6342 to register (financial assistance available).

Program includes:

  • Homework support
  • A community dinner
  • World music drumming, steel pan, dance and art
  • Performance opportunities around the city

Spaces are limited. Don’t miss your chance to participate in one of Toronto’s most unique arts education programs!

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Saturday September 18th

Dufferin Grove Park:
10:00AM Lawnsale
6:00PM Potluck & cakewalk

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Concord Car Free Day

Sunday, September 12
9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Concord Avenue, between Bloor and Dewson.

Many of the usual fun activities including the bike parade, live music, fire truck visit, street hockey, magic, monster cardboard castles, and of course, any car free fun you can create. The day will end with the always popular pot luck dinner - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mark your calendar and spread the word.

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Ward 18 Candidates Debate

Planning Smackdown!

Active 18 is hosting an All Candidates Debate for prospective councillors in Ward 18. The Planning "Smackdown" takes place at:

Theatre Centre
Queen West / Dovercourt Rd
Monday, September 13, 6 - 8 pm.

This structured debate will focus on the challenges and opportunities in planning our neighbourhood. We'll examine details such as population density, social housing, design of buildings, design of traffic flow, public parks, and bar density.

Please see the attached poster and circulate to any who might be interested.

We hope you can make it,
Active 18 Association

From the September 2010 Newsletter:

Saturday September 18: The Annual Havelock Street (and Neighbours!) Street Fest

From the organizers:

10 am: Lawn Sale on the stretch of Dufferin Grove Park along Havelock St. This year we are going (partly) Car-Free!

12 noon to 10pm: Havelock St. will be closed from Hepbourne to Bloor. Residents are kindly asked to park elsewhere for that period.

2 pm: Bike and Scooter Parade

3 pm: Dog Beauty and Talent Contest

4 pm: Road Hockey

6 pm: Potluck and Cake Walk at Dufferin Grove Park near the park oven. Throughout the day there will be face painting, a S'mores Station, and the Havelock Street Horticultural Showdown. Later in the evening, we'll be learning the Cupid Shuffle courtesy of Havelock Street resident Vivienne Scott, an internationally renowned Line Dance instructor! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Marit at 416-538-6468. EVERYONE WELCOME

Clean Train Coalition’s GO ELECTRIC music event

Mark the Date!

Pressure mounts on Premier McGuinty to GO ELECTRIC!!

You are cordially invited to attend the ''Clean Train Coalition’s GO ELECTRIC music event on Sunday, September 26th in Sorauren Park, from 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Local musicians will perform throughout the afternoon, with keynote speakers taking the stage at 3:00pm.

Join the growing number of Torontonians who understand that electrified transit on the Georgetown Corridor is the only sustainable option we have.

Let’s build it once. Let’s build it right.

(Charity BBQ. Kids games. Bring your own chair. Rain or shine.)

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posted September 23, 2010


First, the status update… We are making progress!! Thanks to you and mass public support so far, the Clean Train Coalition is finally managing to meet with the people making this decision to get them to change their minds and do the right thing! But we need your help to keep this momentum going. Coming out in force to support the call for electrification on Sunday will help convince the decision-makers at the Province that the public is serious. Toronto wants this rail service to GO ELECTRIC!!!

I invite you to print a few flyers to put up on poles or pass along! We're getting there… let's get this electrified now!

- GO ELECTRIC Music Festival, Sorauren Park
- Sunday, Sept 26, from 1-6 p.m.
- Keynote speeches at 3 p.m.

Family BBQ, children's activities, and musical performances in support of making the Georgetown South Service Expansion and Airport Rail Link ELECTRIC trains, NOT dirty diesel!

Background information

Lady Janitor, DIMBY2009.
photo credit: Kristy Kennedy

DIMBY: Dance in My Backyard, Toronto's local backyard dance festival

When: Friday, August 27 at 7:30pm; and Saturday, August 28 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Where: 171 Havelock Street, backyard, Near Dufferin and Bloor, rain or shine

Tickets: Pay what you can/suggested donation of $10.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds

Contact: Eroca Nicols, 647-438-7178,

The DIMBY festival (Dance in My Backyard) invites Toronto to experience contemporary dance in a cozy, backyard setting. Building on the success of last summer's event, DIMBY continues to blur the lines between public and private performance space.

DIMBY brings exciting new dance works from emerging Canadian dance-makers to a family-oriented, backyard celebration near you!

This year, DIMBY showcases local choreographic outfits Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner, cube 3 and Lady Janitor (aka Eroca Nicols), with dancers form Toronto and Montreal. Join us in the beautiful blooming backyard at 171 Havelock Street! Sidle up with friends and neighbours, babies and dance buffs, and behold the sights and sounds of Toronto's best and brightest new wave of danceartists.

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Garrison Creek Art Education Centre August Summer camp

Art, Music and Drama - 4-10 years
For Africa week! August 23-27.

Deep in the forest. Aug 30 - Sept 3.

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From the July - August 2010 Newsletter:

MacGregor Park Stimulus Project s-l-o-w-e-d down

When the Dufferin Grove wading pool gets too full on hot summer days, families have always been able to find more space at the big wading pool in MacGregor Park, down the street near Lansdowne and College. That wading pool is open this year, but the adjoining field house, centre for summer play programs, community events, and healthy snacks, is off limits. Even the washrooms are locked, with a chemical toilet instead.

The field house was assigned some “Stimulus Funds” for much-needed water-proofing, electrical upgrades, and floor and window repairs. New door frames and doors were also part of the plan, although the existing doors were still good. But the door frame work stalled in early June, and not a great deal has happened since then. The renovations will eventually make the MacGregor field house much nicer than before. But oh!! – the frustration of seeing the building locked day after day, and glacial progress….

the windows have vanished behind heavy green metal screens

Prison-style field house windows

In the last version of this summer news-letter, we reported on the excruciatingly s-l-o-w progress of the MacGregor Park field house ”stimulus fund” renovations.

Work resumed, but there are some new problems. The original hinged metal windows were to be rehabilitated rather than replaced, since they are still in fine condition, except for the multiple layers of paint that were preventing them from closing properly. On July 28, the ugly wire 1950s style window cages were removed, for glass replacement. The windows looked great from the outside, so park users asked that the cages not be replaced (such cages are no longer being installed in newer park buildings). But instead, brand new metal screen coverings were installed, so thick they make the building look boarded up. Park users described it as the “penal” look.

Inside, the normally bright building is dim because the dense screens let in much less light than before. The windows have mostly been painted shut (instead of removing the old paint), so there’s hardly any air flow inside.

Calls to the Capital Projects staff were not returned. If you live near Lansdowne and College, have a look. In case you want to share your opinion with Councillor Giambrone’s office: 416 392-7012, or

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The 9th Annual Bloorcourt BIA Sidewalk Sale & Community Festival

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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Electric vs Diesel Public Forum

This forum is a public discussion of the proposed Metrolinx expansion of the Georgetown South transit line and the rail link from Union to Pearson.

The Board of Health supports expanded public transit as a way to reduce vehicle traffic, but remains concerned about health risks and air quality impacts predicted with the proposed diesel rail expansion.

Date: Monday, March 22, 2010
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Council Chambers, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street W.

Moderator: Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership

Gary McNeil, Executive VP, Metrolinx
Minister of the Environment, Ontario (invited)
Prof. Christopher Kennedy, Transportation Infrastructure Expert Dr. David McKeown, Toronto Medical Officer of Health

Fundraiser for Haiti & Chile

The Sunday Evening Dufferin Rink shinny guys are holding a fundraiser in collaboration with Amsterdam Brewery and the Centre for Local Research into Public Space (CELOS) to help raise money for ShelterBox.

ShelterBox is a charitable organization that provides tents and shelter supplies to survivors of the Haiti Earthquake and the Chilean Earthquake. Each ShelterBox contains a dry shelter, warm bedding, light and heat, clean water, cooking aids, and tools for TEN PEOPLE. Each box costs $1200, and they're aiming for a minimum of 5 boxes. For more information about ShelterBox please visit their website:

There will be Haitian food, live bands, a dj, performers, a cash bar, and much more. At the Amsterdam Brewery, 21 Bathurst St., beginning at 7 pm. For more information: Daniel at: If you can't make it but you want to donate: (charitable receipt will be issued).


Thrilling Tales

Event: Thrilling Tales, a storytime for Adults.
When: Friday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
What: When was the last time someone read YOU a story? Sit back, relax, and enjoy classic, thrilling tales read aloud.
Where: Bloor/Gladstone Library, 1101 Bloor St. West., 416-393-7674.

Garrison Creek Art Education Centre

4 – 10 years 10am-1pm March 8 -12 and March 15 -19 /10
Art, stories, drama & music - $48.00 per day includes a snack



Jane Lowbeer Gallery

Jane Lowbeer is showing her monotoypes at the Loop Gallery for three weeks: Jane also illustrated the Dufferin Grove Park newsletter for ten years, and her images are on all our posters.


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