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Got an iPhone? Play/testers needed for “Wonderland: A Solvitur Ambulando Mystery,” an audio drama set circa 1914, in Toronto’s rough-and-tumble Junction neighbourhood. The end of each chapter poses a puzzle — solve it with what you learned in the previous chapter, and unlock the next one… We will be releasing the app later this year, but are looking for a few play/testers with iPhones (4S or newer) who would be up for trying it out. Email email@example.com for access, or to ask questions.
A public meeting will be held to review a new development proposal, Annette Rec. Centre, 333 Annette St., Wed., June 17, 7 pm. From Councillor Doucette: “Please join City Planning Staff and me to hear a proposal for townhouses at the northeast corner of Gilmour and Dundas. This is a pre-application meeting, as the proponent and I would like to hear from the public before next steps are taken. Questions? Contact my office at Councillor_Doucette@toronto.ca or 416-392-4072.”
The City of Toronto is undertaking a review of the Noise Bylaw, in order to ensure that the bylaw is modern, up-to-date and easy for residents, property owners and business to understand. Public consultation meetings will be held to present findings from a noise survey conducted earlier this spring and to gather additional input from stakeholders and the public, on June 23 at City Hall and on June 24 at North York Civic Center. More information about this review, or contact Jessica Walter, 416-392-8794, firstname.lastname@example.org
Parks Forestry and Recreation is seeking public input on the operation of its public tennis courts and the Policy for Outdoor Community Tennis Club Operations. It is seeking public input through an online survey (available until August 4, 2015) and a series of public meetings, which everyone is welcome to attend and share their thoughts.
Junction Summer Solstice Festival presented by the Junction BIA, Sat., June 20, noon to midnight. “Art installations and workshops, ferris wheel, curbside cuisine, musicians, healthy living activities, late-night shopping, Junction Jubilee, street culture, buskers, family fun, late-night projection show, and more!”
Junction Seniors have added a third coffee hour each week — Thursdays, 10-11 am, at Lunch Box at 1731 Bloor, corner of Keele. We hope more seniors south of the Junction will join us! For information, http://www.junctionra.ca/junction-seniors or call Eleanor, 647-235-0843.
Spotlight on Films from Turtle Island — A series of films by First Nations filmmakers and writers to be presented this month at Annette Library in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, showing indigenous life through the indigenous lens. Click each title for more information on the film.
• Trick or Treaty? (2014, Alanis Obomsawin, 85 min.), Tue., June 2, 6:30-8 pm and Wed., June 3, 2-3:30 pm. This documentary follows the journey of Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government.
• The People of Kattawapiskak River (2012, Alanis Obomsawin, 50 min.), Tue, June 16, 6:30-7:45 pm and Wed., June 17, 2-3:15 pm. It is Oct. 2011, and 1700 Kattawapiskak Cree are living in dreadful conditions at -40°C in Northern Ontario. This documentary examines the history and causes of this housing crisis, including personal accounts by the people of Kattawapiskak River and political debates in the House of Commons.
• We Were Children (2012, Tim Wolochatiuk, 83 min.), Wed., June 20, 2 pm. A special opening ceremony and discussion to follow with Elder Amy Desjarlais. In this emotional film, the profound impact of the Canadian government’s residential school system is conveyed unflinchingly through the eyes of two children who were forced to face hardships beyond their years.
• People of the Ice (2003, Carlos Ferrand & Jean Lemire, 52 min.), Tue., June 23, 6:30 pm and Wed., June 24, 2 pm. Climate change through the eyes of Inuit from several generations.
• Vanishing Point (2012, Stephen A. Smith & Julia Szucs, 82 min.), Tue., June 30, 2-3:30 pm & 6:30-8 pm. We witness how two genetically-linked groups of Inuit have adapted differently to outside influences and to the inescapable changes that affect their hunting traditions.
Art exhibition at Colborne Lodge in High Park, Tues.-Sun., noon-5 pm, until July 5. Colborne Lodge has partnered with Present Junction Gallery to exhibit “Objects Related: Art Among the Artifacts,” a textile art installation by Meghan Macdonald. Taking inspiration from the original artifacts on site, Meghan has created objects by “drawing with thread” that challenge visitors’ perceptions. These selected pieces have been replaced with Meghan’s creations. Come and see if you can identify the art among the artifacts. Included in regular admission. Note: From Mon., June 9, Colborne Lodge Drive is closed to vehicles between the Grenadier Restaurant and The Queensway for several weeks. Pedestrian traffic will not be affected.
Summer is here: The Junction Farmers Market 2015 season has started! The market is at the same location, the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas St. W.), continuing every Saturday, 9 am-1 pm, through Oct. 31. Read about the new Market Manager in a recent newsletter. Other markets in the neighbourhood, but a little further away: Sorauren Farmers’ Market is every Monday from 3–7 pm in Sorauren Park, including most holiday Mondays; run by West End Food Co-op. The Annette Village Farmers’ Market operates on Weds., 3-7 pm in Runnymede Presbyterian Church parking lot, 680 Annette St.
======= Events coming up, in and near the Junction ======
Note: All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.
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Fri.-Sun., May 29-31 – 18th Annual Art Tour in Bloor West Village, High Park, and The Junction, Fri. 6-9 pm, Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm. Thirty-one locations where art is displayed, mostly artists’ studios. See map and art samples on website. Free admission.
Sun., May 31 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm. Featuring Helen Nelson, Bruce McDougall, Ed MacDonald, Tamai Kobayashi, and Diane Schoemperlen. Free.
Wed., June 3 – Urban Bat Walk: Bats: A World of Science & Mystery, 7:30-9:30 pm. With Dr. Brock Fenton. Meeting location is at our new building, the High Park Forest School, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive. No pre-registration necessary, event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation.
Fri., June 5 – The Metis Fiddler, Annette Library, 2-3 pm. Celebrate National Aboriginal History Month with an interactive Metis fiddler performance with Nicholas Delbaere-Sawchuk. No registration. Groups call 416-393-7692 to inquire about space.
Fri., June 5 – Pub Night at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. Doors open 6:30 pm, music from 8:00 by “Tropical Soul,” a Latin trio. Free admission; sandwiches, beer, wine, coffee, snacks for sale. Bus #55 from Jane TTC station, or #30 from High Park or Islington stations.
Sat., June 6 – Community Yard Sale, Vine Parkette and elsewhere, 8 am – 3 pm. Potluck supper with hot dogs, 4pm. See top of newsletter for details.
Sat., June 6 – Buzz on the Bridge, Wallace St. pedestrian bridge on Dundas St. W. near Glenlake Ave., 10 am-7 pm. An “intervention” which is part of 100in1day Toronto. See website for more information, and what to bring.
Sat., June 6 – West Toronto Lawn Bowling Club 4th Annual Open House, Baird Park (Keele & Humberside), 11:30 am – 2 pm. It’s an excellent chance to meet your neighbours and try some bowling, free of charge. Plus, Councillors from each of the surrounding Wards will once again battle in the Grudge Match for the coveted Ward Trophy. Cheer, or jeer, as you wish!
Sun., June 7 – “Historic Landscapes: Villages that grew in the landscapes and turned into cities,” by heritage writer and speaker Heather Ghey Broadbent, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 2 pm. Free admission, refreshments.
Tue., June 9 – “Intro to 3D Printing,” Runnymede Library, 4-5 pm. For youth ages 13-19. Learn the basics of 3D printing including basic operation, strengths and weaknesses of the technology, and watch a print in action! Space is limited; register in person or by calling 416-393-7697. Presented by the Toronto Tool Library.
Tue., June 9 – Film, “More than Honey,” 6:15-8:15 pm, Annette Library. Green 13 and the Annette Library present a free screening and discussion. “An unprecedented global examination of endangered honey bees from California to Switzerland, China and Australia. The film uses the latest in cinematic technology to observe phenomena normally undetectable, telling the dramatic story of the disappearance of millions of bees in the last decade.” Dr. Anne Bell of Ontario Nature will discuss threats to bees and what we can do about it.
Wed., June 10 – High Park Blood Drive, Humberside C.I. Cafeteria, 280 Quebec Ave., 4:30-7:30 pm. Save a life during National Blood Donor Week at this community blood drive. Free.
Wed., June 10 – Vegetarians of High Park special event: “We’ll start by meeting up at the neat local cookbook and cookware store, Eat Your Words, on Annette St. near Jane, at 5:30. They’re offering our group 10% off at the store that evening! Then, we’ll walk over to Mad Mexican on Jane Street for dinner at 6:30, where they are putting together a special all-vegan menu just for our group! If you can’t make it early enough to meet up at Eat Your Words, you are welcome to meet us just for dinner as well.” Please RSVP by Fri., June 5, to email@example.com
Wed., June 10 – Cheri’s 6th Annual Community Appreciation Gala, Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor St. W., 6:30-9 pm. Neighbourhood BIAs, 6 new businesses, and some local volunteers will be recognized for the invaluable contributions they make. The entire community is invited to this free event — register at the website by June 1. Seating is limited, so register now!
Wed., June 10 – “Governing Toronto: Bringing Back the City That Worked,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Alan Redway speaks about his book, which traces the growth and governance of the city from its creation in 1834 through its successful Metro years, and discusses why amalgamation is a failed model, and how other metros successfully de-amalgamated. See more at link. [The Library has rescheduled this from May 27 on the author’s request…Editor]
Thu., June 11 – Eh List: Rosemary Sullivan on Stalin’s Daughter, Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Join award-winning biographer Rosemary Sullivan in a conversation about her revelatory biographer of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators — her father, Josef Stalin.
Thu., June 11 – “The Nanfan Treaty,” heritage talk by Hugh Barnett, Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St., 7:30 pm. Barnett guides us through 300 years of history and the Anishinaabe peace agreement. Learn about the important role played by the Humber River in the development of Haudenousaunee and Anishinaabe relations during the early 18th century. Free admission, refreshments.
Sat., June 13 – Brazilian Percussion, Annette Library, 2-3 pm. In honour of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, revel in music from the Americas. Join Luciano Porto from the Bavia Arts Multicultural Centre for a hands-on afternoon of Brazilian Percussion! Suitable for all ages.
Sat., June 13 – Wanda Road annual street party, 2:30-10 pm. The Wanda Road residents and the residents of Romero House have this bash every year, and all are welcome: 2:30 – Children’s Program; 4:30 – Bike Parade; 5:00 – Potluck Supper; 6:30 – Talent Show; 7:30 – Live Music; 9:00 – Street Dance. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 763-1303. Wanda Rd. is the 2-block-long street just south of Glenlake, between Indian Rd. Cres. and Dorval. You can access it from Glenlake (either Keele or Dundas), from Dundas and Chelsea, or from Bloor and Indian Rd.
Sun., June 14 – Junction Reads, 3030, 3030 Dundas St. W., 4-7 pm. Featuring Adam Abbas, C. Fong Hsiung, Jane Woods, and Catherine Bush. Free.
Mon., June 15 – Councillor Doucette invites you to an Information meeting, Annette Rec. Centre, 7-8:30 pm, about the new Community Garden coming to Ward 13, to be located at the site of the former Humberside bowling green at the south end of Humberside Collegiate. City staff will also be present. Info: email@example.com or 416-392-4072.
Wed., June 17 – Movie Night: “Love is Strange” (2014), 6-8 pm, Runnymede Library. Introduced by Risa Shuman, CBC Sunday Edition film commentator and former TVOntario Saturday Night at the Movies senior producer. Ben and George finally tie the knot, after 29 years together, but when George loses his job, the couple must temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable home.
Wed., June 17 – Public Meeting to review a townhouse proposal at Gilmour and Dundas. See details at top of newsletter (News, etc.)
Thu., June 18 – Aboriginal Celebrations: “Native Humour,” Runnymede Library, 7-8 pm. Award-winning playwright, author, columnist, film maker and lecturer Drew Hayden Taylor (Motorcycles and Sweetgrass) shares jokes, laughs, and chuckles in this lecture on native humour.
Sat., June 20 – Lawn Sale, St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., 9 am- 4:30 pm. A variety of crafts and goods. Admission free. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat., June 20 – Baby Point Gates BIA presents Summerfest, annual sidewalk sale on Jane St., 10 am to closing. “Live music, prizes and entertainment for the whole family.”
Sat., June 20 – Junction BIA presents the Junction Summer Solstice Festival, noon to midnight. See top of newsletter (News, etc.) for details.
Wed., June 24 – Great Books: Sinclair Ross “As for Me and My House,” Runnymede Library, 6:30-8 pm. Professor Frederick Sweet from the University of Toronto will talk about this brilliant classic study of life in the Depression era, which has been hailed by critics as one of Canada’s great novels.
Sat., June 27 – Swansea Horticultural Annual Bus Trip to the Purple Rooster Gardens near Gorrie, the Riverbend Gardens and Nursery in Wroxeter, and lunch at the Gorrie Community Centre. To book and for more details call: Ellen Mitchell, 416-767-2574.
Sun., June 28 – “James Ellis: Architect of the Junction,” Heritage Toronto tour, 1:30-3:30 pm. Led by West Toronto Junction Historical Society, starting at SW corner of Keele St and Dundas St. W. James Ellis (1856-1935) defined this railway town: its schools, houses of worship, homes and civic buildings. Discover the work of this remarkable architect as we visit buildings he designed, knew, and frequented in the late 19th century.
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Note for future planning: There is a good list of local summer day camps in the current issue of The Westside’s Story (at the end of the issue).
Time Traveller P.A Day Camp at Colborne Lodge, Fri., June 5, 9 am-4 pm, ages 7-10, $35 + HST. Travel back in time and explore life at the Lodge almost two hundred years ago! Children will discover the wild life of High Park through a nature walk, activities and eco-inspired crafts. Campers also explore the historic Colborne Lodge, uncovering the mysteries of a Victorian home and engaging with 19th century recipes and cooking techniques. Pre-registration required, call 416 392-6916. Lodge staff will be on hand to welcome PA Day Campers from 8:30 am; pick up time = 4 to 4:30 pm.
Gardening Workshops: St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave., sponsors two series of free gardening programs, one for small children (Tues. 9:30-11 am) and another for families and children Grade 1 and above (Thu. 6-8 pm). Both run from early June to mid-August. See website for more information.
Kid Workshop: Build a Load-n-Go Truck, Sat., June 13, 10 am to 12 noon, Home Depot, 2121 St. Clair Ave. W. Kids will learn how to build a Load n’ Go truck using a hammer and glue, with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A great free activity for children ages 4-12. Pre-register at website.
Crafts for Dad!, Thu., June 18, 3:30-6 pm, Annette St. Library. Drop in for an afternoon of “do-it-yourself” crafting for Dad! Make a special Father’s Day gift to take home. Supplies provided. All ages children.
Puppet Show: Little Red Riding Hood – Annette Library, Fri., June 26, 2-2:30 pm. Help Little Red Riding Hood get to her Grandma’s house, but beware of the Big Bad Wolf! No registration required. Groups, please contact the library at 416-393-7692 for space capacity. All ages.
Listen! Watch! Make! – Jane/Dundas Library, Mon., June 29, 2-3 pm. A creative event for school-age children: Listen to some stories, watch a short movie and make something fun, inspired by an author or favourite character. June 29 = Dr. Seuss.
Afternoon at the Movies, Jane/Dundas Library, Tuesdays, 2-3:30 pm — Join us for a fun feature length children’s movie. On June 30, “Surf’s Up” (2007, animation, comedy)
More programs for kids: at Annette St. Library; at Jane/Dundas Library; at Runnymede Library
======== Recurring events (in order by day of week) ==========
The Junction Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, May 23 through Oct. 31 at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street West).
Morning Knitting Club, Saturdays (June 6, 13, 20, 27), 10 am – 12 pm at Annette St. Library, 145 Annette St. Join other knitters to knit together in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Some instruction provided to beginners. Bring your own wool and needles.
Family Nature Walks, alternate Saturdays (and occasional Sundays), 1:30-3 pm, meet at High Park Forest School, inside the park just south of Bloor and High Park Ave. No pre-registration necessary, this is a drop-in event. Event is great for all ages – bring the whole family! $2-5 per person suggested donation.
• Sat., June 6 – “Know Your Nature” – See High Park through the eyes of young naturalists. Our High Park Rangers have been busy planning a nature hike to introduce you to some of the amazing nature they have discovered this spring.
• Sat., June 20 – “Butterflies and Insects and Bugs! Oh My!” – Get in touch with the entomologist in you and master your insect netting skills! Today we will catch, ID and learn about some of High Park’s tiniest residents.
High Park Walks, alternate Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free walking tours. Meet at the benches south of Grenadier Cafe.
• Sun., June 7 – “Spring Babies at the Zoo.” Sonya Dittkrist, Zookeeper, introduces new animal arrivals. A great outing for children!
• Sun., June 21 – “Plants and Flowers.” Naturalist Ron Luft leads a trail walk through the spring flora.
Lambton House Open House and exhibition “Exploring Where We Live“: Sundays, 12 noon – 4 pm, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Free admission and guided tours; refreshments available. The Lambton House has been presented with a series of reproductions of Clara Isabella Harris’s (d. 1974) paintings, which are hanging in the Blue Room, on the second floor.
Kundalini Yoga continues at Annette St. Library, all Mondays in June, 6:30-7:30 pm. Breathe, move, sing, relax, and meditate. Come to the full series, or individual classes. Just bring a yoga mat and you.
Swansea Community Lunch, last Monday (June 29), Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.,12:15 pm. WTSS Silver Circle and SASA present a hot, nutritious lunch, $5. An opportunity for adults 55+ years to socialize. Call 416-653-3535 x.240 to reserve.
Green 13 monthly planning meeting, last Monday (June 29), 6:30-8 pm, Annette St.. Library. Anyone concerned with our climate and environment is encouraged to attend, particularly those interested in volunteering or in presenting initiatives on which they are prepared to act.
LadeeBee’s Tuesday Evening Stitching Bee, 3079B Dundas St. W. (enter on Quebec), Tuesdays 6-10 pm. Bring your knitting, crochet, hand sewing, spinning, jewelry-making or other portable craft project, and work on it in the company of other like-minded individuals. Stitching Bee attracts mainly knitters, but we welcome everyone for an evening of relaxing, socializing, and crafting in a welcoming atmosphere. Info: 416-605-0811 or email@example.com.
Toronto Debating Society, alternate Tuesdays (no meetings June to August).
The StreetKnit Project, last Tuesday (June 30), 6:30-8:15 pm, Annette St. Library. Put your knitting needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, or if you have something in your personal stash to donate to the cause, it will be welcome. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk This Way: free Nordic pole walking group, Wednesdays (weather permitting), 11:45 am-12:45 pm. Meet at Black Oak Cafe, West Road, High Park. No experience required, poles supplied. Contact Junko at 416-604-0640 ext. 6453 for more information.
Swansea Historical Society Meeting, first Wednesday (no meetings June-Sep.).
Swansea Horticultural Society, fourth Wednesday, Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave., 7:30 pm. June 24 – “Patio Pots for Summer,” with June Vaillancourt, and the Strawberry Social. Join us in the Rousseau Room, Main Floor, and have your questions ready. A flower show is held concurrently with the presentation. Also, see above, Sat., June 27, for the Swansea Horticultural Society’s annual bus trip.
High Park Speakers (Toastmasters) meeting, (almost) every Thursday, 6:15-8 pm, at Annette Library, downstairs. Guests are welcome at 6:05 for orientation. See more information at website.
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting, first Thursday (off for summer, next meeting in Sept.).
Toronto Fiddle Collective, third Thursday (June 18), 7-10 pm, Royal Canadian Legion, 3591 Dundas St. W. (at Jane). Guests are siblings Tom and Kerry Fitzgerald. Beginner workshop at 7 pm ($15), intermediate at 8 ($15), then a jam at 9 pm ($5). Tickets for purchase at 416-402-1642 or email@example.com
Toronto Swing Dance Society, second Friday, 7:30 pm to midnight, Lithuanian House, Hall B, 1573 Bloor St. W. Monthly dances for all ages, all welcome, no experience or partner required. $10 members, $15 non-members. Jun 12: Dancing to “Little Peter And The Elegants”; no lesson.
Junction Seniors – Tuesdays 10-11 am at Agora Cafe, Thursdays 10-11 am at Lunch Box, and Fridays 2-3 pm at Pascal’s.
Local library Book Clubs are as follows:
▪ first Tuesday (June 2), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, “Evening Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ first Wednesday (June 3), 3-4 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Books”
▪ first Wednesday (June 3), 4:30-5:30 pm, Runnymede, “Tea and Teen Books”
▪ first Wednesday (June 3), 7-8 pm, Jane/Dundas, “Your Next Read Book Club”
▪ second Monday (June 8), 1:30-2:30 pm, Runnymede, “Afternoon Book Club,” call 416-393-7697 to register.
▪ fourth Monday (June 22), 6:30-8 pm, Runnymede, Polish Book Club; conducted in Polish.
next JRA Community Meeting – Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 7-9 pm
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