The next St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association Community Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 31st at 7 p.m. via Zoom. All residents are invitied!
Meeting Agenda for the SLNA's May 31st Meeting:
The link to join this meeting is below (and also on our website in the Calendar section - www.slna.ca ):
Volunteers Needed for Canada Day Event
The best place to be on July 1st here in the St. Lawrence with your neighbours and family at the annual SLNA Canada Day event at St. James Park! Details on the timing and events are coming soon but right now we need VOLUNTEERS!
If you are a high school student and in need of volunteer hours to meet your graduation requirements, we could use your help with tasks related to set-up, take-down, clean-up and assistance with children's activities.
All interested volunteers are asked to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org - include in the subject line: "Canada Day Volunteer".
Jamii's First Outdoor Event of the Season!
A DANCE PARTY IN OUR PARK!
WHEN | Friday to Sunday, May 26 to 28 at 7pm
WHERE| The Esplanade & Sherbourne
You are invited to enjoy "Svāhā!", a celebration of dance as a revitalizing ritual that brings us closer together. Created by award-winning Nova Bhattacharya, Svāhā! is an offering of movement, music, colours and sensations. It embodies the transformative power of dance, expressing the uniqueness of the individual and the value of community. Bringing together dancers from a varying dance forms and cultural backgrounds, Svāhā! asks, how can we be better together?
This dance performance includes a warm-up with the professional dancers, a performance by Nova Dance, and a cypher led by Mel Hart where you can all join in and dance with us. As a perk, our little ones will be treated to face painting with local artist Linda Epp.
WOODSWORTH STREET SALE
When: Saturday June 3rd, 10am-1pm
Where: Wilton Street/Breezeway
Summer is almost here so is the street/yard sale season! If you are on the look out for unique second-hand finds, then Woodsworth's Social Committee has good news for you!
Mark your calendars now for the Woodsworth Street Sale on June 3rd between 10am to 1pm! This will be a great opportunity to meet new people while thrifting and finding great pieces for your home!
What you will find at this sale: kitchen appliances and other kitchen items, clothes for kids and adults, games, books, CD's, toys for kids and pets, furniture, accessories and much more!
As part of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association's ongoing 40th Anniversary activities, we are pleased to be partnering with local arts organization Jamii to create a new landmark mural for our community that both local organizations hope will bring pride and joy to all residents of the neighbourhood.
This new landmark will be located on a site recently approved by the City of Toronto and that site is the unique exterior wall of the pool area at the St Lawrence Community Recreation Centre, 230 The Esplanade (beside Market Lane Public School). Jamii has invited popular artist Darwin Peters to lead the creation of a distinctive mural on this exterior section of the Community Centre.
Darwin is an Indigenous artist from Pikangikum First Nation who visited our neighbourhood last September (see photo above). Darwin will be supported by local artists Kseniya Tsoy and Andrew Patterson, and will be assisted by local youth.
While Darwin is working on the mural design, the community is invited to contribute ideas and suggestions for the vision of this special mural for our neighbourhood. The general theme for this mural is MEDICINE (mashkiki).
This is a word that can bring to mind many different ideas, understandings and perspectives and we hope all members of the community will share their ideas on this theme with us. Please send suggested colour palettes, ideas for elements to be included in the design, your own drawings, stories we can include in the design and anything else that comes to mind!
Your ideas and suggestions can be sent to Isorine Marc at email@example.com before May 28th 2023. A design draft of the mural will be presented at the SLNA meeting on May 31st.
We hope to have many voices from our community reflected in this beautiful 40th Anniversary project that will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on June 21st.
This project is supported by the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association, Jamii, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Rama Gaming House, City of Toronto and Emblem Developments.
The Ontario Place For All group is hosting an Ontario Place 50 + 2 Birthday Celebration and Rally on May 22nd from 1-4 p.m. at Trillium Park! See flyer for details.
REmarket is back - June 14 and 15
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association's Waste Reduction Group is hosting another REmarket event on June 14 and 15. In addition to providing an opportunity to clear out your closets of recyclable clothing, Repair Cafe Toronto will be there on the 15th to help fix your small appliances, home electronics, clothing, toys and more. See the poster below for more details:
St. James’ Cathedral presents a multi-faceted exhibit on Africa through the lens of couture
Think of a continent at the centre of the world. The birthplace of the human race, a land impossibly rich in natural resources, of ancient cultures, storied trade routes, stunning landscapes, and incomparable wildlife.
That continent is Africa – the second-largest land mass on the planet.
This vast expanse is home to 54 countries and many diverse peoples speaking more than 1500 languages – from Arabic on the northern coast to the Niger-Congo and Bantu tongues of the Subsaharan region and the Malagasy of the east-coast island of Madagascar.
Blessed with a young population, Africa is undergoing phenomenal transformative development across many social and economic spheres. One of these is the evolution of a bold and innovative fashion and textile industry, whose presence is increasingly important on the global stage.
The Cathedral Church of St. James invites you to join us in celebrating Africa’s traditional and contemporary fashion in African Fashion: Many Threads – One Cloth. Using design and couture as a starting point, this exhibit will take close look at the continental mosaic through the lens of its vibrant textile industry and uniquely African couture. It will explore the impact of its distinctive fashion on the fabric of its domestic economy and on the international fashion stage – an influence increasingly seen on the runways of Paris, Milan, and New York.
Pictured above: Members of the St. James Cathedral African Fashion Initiative Committee -"Many Threads - One Cloth"
The exhibit will also weave in many other aspects of African life: cuisine, music, dance, story-telling, and artefacts. In addition to a live fashion show featuring African textiles and couture, there will be a series of expert lectures. These will outline Africa’s ethnic and linguistic diversity, changing demographics and rapidly transforming societies, and economic/ecological challenges.
This exhibit is a collaboration of many dedicated volunteers. Please join us in our salute to this phenomenal continent.
African Fashion: Many Threads – One Cloth
Friday, October 27….Hours, Programmes, Venues, and $$ TBA
Saturday, October 28 ….
Sunday, October 29 ….
For more information, contact the exhibit’s co-chairs:
416 920 1965
You're invited to the 6th annual Dixonlicious event in support of Dixon Hall's Food Programs! The event takes place June 6, 2023 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Dixonlicious is an evening of delicious gourmet food and drink that any gourmet or connoisseur is bound to savour. Chefs from highly regarded local restaurants together with fine wine and craft beer suppliers will come together at Daniel’s Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) to serve up a memorable experience.
All proceeds support Dixon Hall’s food programs, including Meals on Wheels, Children and Youth Programs, Summer Camp, Homeless Shelter Programs, AIDS Programs and more! And 70% of the cost of a ticket comes back to you as a tax-deductible charitable donation!
Make a reservation (buy a ticket), now (or purchase a ‘table of 10’): https://dixonhall.org/news/dixonlicious/
Community Environment Days is one of many ReduceWasteTO programs and initiatives supporting the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy. This program helps reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfills and allows for safe disposal of household hazardous waste.
Our St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Community Environment Day Event for Ward 10- Spadina Fort-York is on Sun May 14 from 10 am to 2 pm. and will be located on Frederick St. - just south of the Esplanade.
You can pick up compost, drop off your electronic waste, household hazardous waste and more.
For a full list of what you can donate, please see the City of Toronto's website-www.toronto.ca/services-payments/recycling-organics-garbage/community-environment-days/
Join the St. Lawrence Community
Recreation Centre Advisory Council
The Advisory Council of the St. Lawrence Community Centre is welcoming new members. Join a dedicated group of volunteers who are committed to engaging with the community through the Centre.
The Council meets once a month to discuss current programs with staff in addition to planning events to benefit the wider community.
No experience is required. For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Bird Migration Meet-up in St. James Park
Reminder! There's one more Spring Bird Migration Meet-up in St. James Park on Monday, May 15th, 7 am. Join us to see migrant birds up close like White-throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Meet at the Pavilion. Bring binoculars if you have them. Rain or shine.
Let us know you are coming: https://fb.me/e/S9qIdJxy
NEW! SLNA Events Calendar
This is actually a misleading headline as the SLNA Events Calendar is far from new, but it isn't being used by most of our community so in a way it is new to many of our readers!
If you're trying to find out what wonderful event, performance, exhibit or other activity is happening in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood or surrounding area in the downtown Toronto core, we invite you to vist the SLNA Calendar at this link: https://www.slna.ca/calendar.html.
You can also SUBMIT events or activities you are aware of directly to our calendar using the tool on the website. Your submission will be reviewed and published if appropriate.
Appropriate submissions are open to general audiences, located primarily in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood but may include surrounding areas like the Distillery District, The Lakefront, Corktown, Cabbage Town and other downtown Toronto core neighbourhoods (depending on the event/activity).
For example a popular exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum could be included in our calendar because it is the kind of high profile downtown family event that residents in our neighbourhood would appreciate.
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, community-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs—a journalist, author, theorist, activist, and proud Torontonian.
On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities around the world. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
The Jane's Walk festival is largely volunteer-run and donor-funded. Since the festival's launch in 2007, Jane's Walks have been held in nearly 500 cities across 6 continents.
Following are upcoming walks in the downtown core with links to register:
Downtown Palaces of RetailSaturday May 6,
11AM -12:30 PM https://www.janeswalkfestivalto.com/downtownpalacesofretail
Sunset of the Empire through the lens of TorontoSaturday, May 6
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Two Centuries of King Street EastSunday, May 7
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Love Letters to St Lawrence Market Neighbourhood
Sunday, May 7
Spring Bird Migration Meet-up in St. James Park
St. James Park offers important stopover habitat to a variety of birds during spring migration. Join us for a leisurely weekly ramble of 1 - 2 hours to watch for these birds and monitor the progression of migration from one week to the next with Justin Peter of Quest Nature Tours. Monday mornings @ 7:00 am May 1, May 8, and May 15. Meet at the Pavilion and bring binoculars if you have them.
Let us know you are coming: https://fb.me/e/S9qIdJxy
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre - Advisory Council
DIVERSITY OF THE AFRICAN CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC
FREE | 18+ | REGISTER AT www.jamii.ca/register
Well received musician Waleed Abdulhamid is coming back to The Esplanade on Friday, May 5th, at 7:30pm at The Jamii Hub!
Waleed, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer and film-maker, will relay the journey of African culture through music, exploring how it has influenced modern music and songs, from Jazz to Pop. Waleed will also demonstrate different ways to play the rhythms, while showing how rhythms shape composition as well as performance sensibilities. Relax and step into this musical journey with Waleed Abdulhamid on different African traditional ancient instruments, accompanied by Sarah Lounsbury, on keys.
Limited spots - Register now! www.jamii.ca/register
WHEN | Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm
WHERE | The Jamii Hub @ 264 The Esplanade