July 1st Festival in St. James Park to Include Musicians, Storytellers, Heritage Tours
TORONTO—June 24, 2023—The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood takes seriously its role as the neighbourhood where Toronto officially began (as the Town of York) and will be honouring the area’s Indigenous and multicultural history during the annual Canada Day Festival on July 1st , from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. in St. James Park (120 King St. E.).
“The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood is one of Toronto’s most culturally diverse communities and is home to some of the most iconic locations in the city. From the historic St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall, to one of the world’s leading examples of livable and accessible urban communities along The Esplanade, to Canada’s First Parliament – this is the corner of Toronto steeped in history and popular with everyone. On July 1st – Canada Day - we will celebrate our welcoming community with a wonderful presentation of music, dance and special guests. We invite the media and fans of this great neighbourhood to join us,” said SLNA President, Stewart Linton.
The area’s political representatives will be present to bring greetings and the Land Acknowledgement. Our special guests include: Ward 13 Councillor Chris Moise, Ward 10 Councillor Ausma Malik, Spadina-Fort York MP Chris Glover, Toronto Centre MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam, Toronto Centre MP Marci Ien and Spadina-Fort York MP Kevin Vuong.
Music and Storytelling at the Michael Comstock Pavilion in St. James Park
In addition to face painting and hula hooping for the young and young at heart, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association has put together an engaging lineup of entertainers for the July 1st celebration:
We are grateful for the kind support of this event provided by: Heritage Canada/Patrimoine canadien, The Friends of St. James Park, Toronto’s First Post Office, St. Lawrence Market BIA, Berkeley Castle and BMO. A special note of thanks is extended to the many volunteers who have helped to put this event together.
As announced earlier and in celebration of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association's 40th Anniversary, the Association has partnered with our local arts organization Jamii for the creation of a special Indigenous mural by artist Darwin Peters. This mural will honour the Indigenous heritage of this land and the sense of community and cultural diversity that the St. Lawrence neighbourhood is so well known for today.
The location of the mural is the exterior wall of the St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre (230 The Esplanade).
If you’ve walked down The Esplanade recently you may have seen the beautiful images emerging as Darwin and supporting artists complete the enormous task of painting the mural.
All are invited to attend the mural unveiling ceremony that will be part of the annual Jamii National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations.
When: Wednesday, June 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Processional event starts at The Esplanade and Princess St.
This event is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of Indigenous artists and deepen your knowledge of Indigenous people and their culture.
We would like to thank all sponsors who made this mural possible: Emblem Developments, and St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA, with support from Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada, Toronto Arts Council, RBC Foundation Group, Rama Gaming House, and Charitable Gaming.
On June 8th, 7:30pm, at the Jamii Hub (264 The Esplanade), join your neighbours for a conversation with Indigenous artist Jim Adams to learn more about Indigenous cultures and practices. A highly acclaimed Storyteller, Jim Adams is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who has worked as an indigenous educator in schools and institutions for over ten years.
Jim’s mother was a first generation Canadian of British parents and he carries the DNA of the Swampy Cree and Innu from his paternal grandmother and the Mohawk from his paternal grandfather. This mix of nationalities gives Jim a great array of cultural connections to draw upon as he engages audiences.
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ULI Toronto Hosts Mayoral Debate on Housing Affordability
From Urban Land Institute Toronto
Anybody Home: How to solve Toronto’s housing crisis?
Virtual Registration Open
Housing Affordability: No issue will define the next mayoralty more than the deepening challenge of housing affordability. From attainable market ownership and rental to affordable housing and basic human shelter, the role of the next Mayor of Toronto will play a pivotal role in aligning the city’s resources and programs with allies across the region, the Provincial and Federal governments.
This program is brought to you by the University of Toronto's School of Cities, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Toronto, and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) for a focused debate on Toronto housing affordability future.
Toronto Public Library - St. Lawrence Branch Update
Walk with Little Amal - Luminato Festival
“WALK WITH AMAL TORONTO” IS COMING TO THE ST LAWRENCE NEIGHBOURHOOD!
On Saturday June 10th, the community is invited to welcome Little Amal to the St. Lawrence neighbourhood! Though not so "little" - Amal is the 12-foot puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee child. She has become a global symbol of human rights, especially those of refugees. Along her walk, Amal draws attention to the huge numbers of children fleeing war, violence and persecution, each with their own story. Her urgent message to the world is “Don’t forget about us”.
For this special occasion, our local arts organization Jamii has invited local residents of all ages to “open their homes” to Amal in a heart-warming way. The community has been creating mini-homes to present to Amal, hoping that she will feel welcome here.
The walk will start at 6:30 p.m., at the corner of The Esplanade and Berkeley St. (264 The Esplanade) and continue to Berczy Park where there will be a cascade of music, dance, stilt walkers and a world of miniatures to discover. This will truly be a delight for everyone!
Plan to attend this memorable event produced by Luminato Festival, with contributing artistic partners Jamii and Kashedance.
The SLNA REmarket is Back - June 14 -15