You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost

The following video presents The 5 most amazing places we saw at Doors Open Toronto:

“Last weekend, curious citizens across the city were given access to a wide range of Toronto’s most interesting buildings at the 13th annual Doors Open Toronto.

The best places we saw include a building that reacts to the weather, the city’s most breathtaking library, the place your tap water comes from, and a massive pile of sugar.

Directed by Graham Runciman for The Grid.”

The 17th annual Doors Open Toronto returns on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, offering FREE and rare access to more than 130 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

  • The Doors Open Toronto 2016 theme of Re-used, Re-visited and Revised will explore the adaptive re-use of buildings throughout Toronto’s architectural history.

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid.

  • His talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world.
  • Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

One of the special programming is the “Unlock the City” game.

To plan your Doors Open Toronto weekend, please visit http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=42eafa2cd4a64410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD for information on FREE special programming, exhibits, walking tours, and talks that can be experienced during the event.

Enjoy and Good Luck! / Profitez-en et bonne chance!

NEWS RELEASE

3-May-2016

Doors Open Toronto announces exciting lineup of buildings and programming

Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf has announced its lineup of buildings and enhanced programming for May 28 and 29. The 17th annual celebration of design will offer free and rare access to architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto.

This year’s event features more than 130 buildings, including over 40 new participants, an exciting speaker series and citywide walking tours. Details are now available at toronto.ca/doorsopen.

“The city’s buildings come alive during Doors Open Toronto weekend, giving residents the opportunity to discover and explore unique buildings and vibrant neighborhoods,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage Torontonians to visit the event’s many destinations, including City Hall.”

“Doors Open Toronto allows the public to learn more about the heritage and design that helps make this city great,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “Each year there are new buildings, walks and other activities for all to experience.”

“Great Gulf is excited to return as presenting sponsor of Doors Open Toronto celebrating architecture, heritage and design. Focused on the intersection of great design and art to enrich the human experience, we share this passion with Doors Open through our commitment to create the best architecturally designed buildings,” said Great Gulf President Christopher Wein. “We encourage you to join us in experiencing this incredible event with members of the international architectural and design community.”

The weekend activities kick off on Friday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Design Exchange with the event’s first-ever keynote speaker, acclaimed designer Karim Rashid. One of the most prolific and recognized designers of his generation, his talk The Future of Design will explore how the future of the aesthetic world will cross all disciplines so that design, art, architecture, fashion, food and music fuse to increase everyone’s experiences and bring greater pleasure to the material and immaterial world. Seats for this event are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are three other talks as part of the OpenInsights Speaker Series, exploring a variety of themes: Architecture is Art?; Bomb Girls – Trading Aprons for Ammo; and Why New Ideas Need Old Buildings.

Toronto City Hall will be a key destination during the Doors Open Toronto weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Visitors to the building can experience rare access to the Mayor’s office and the 27th floor observation deck, as well as to the council chamber.

Special programming will include: Continue reading “You’re Invited: “The Future of Design” Talk May 27 + Doors Open Toronto 2016 May 28-29 at No Cost”

You’re Invited: Enterprise Toronto – Small Business Forum 2015 at No Cost: Focus is on Supporting Business Growth Through Technology, October 15

Enterprise Toronto - Small Business Forum 2015 Thursday, October 15: Register today! http://bit.ly/1HEVk4x #toronto #business #smallbusiness #networking #event #torontoevents #torontobusiness #startups http://ift.tt/1MiZyp1: Image Courtesy of City of Toronto
Enterprise Toronto – Small Business Forum 2015 Thursday, October 15: Register today! http://bit.ly/1HEVk4x #toronto #business #smallbusiness #networking #event #torontoevents #torontobusiness #startups http://ift.tt/1MiZyp1: Image Courtesy of City of Toronto

Enterprise Toronto

Presents

Small Business Forum 2015

FREE Admission

Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
222 Bremner Boulevard
South Building, Level 800, Exhibit Hall F &G
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enterprise Toronto - Small Business Forum 2015

For information and to register, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/smallbizforum or call 416-392-6646. Interested participants can also follow @enterpriseTO and  #SBFTO.

Enjoy! / Profitez!

NEWS RELEASE
September 28, 2015

Small Business Forum focuses on supporting business growth through technology

On October 15, the City of Toronto’s 15th annual Small Business Forum will explore the impact technology is having on traditional businesses by featuring industry experts, speakers, panels and exhibitors.

“The Small Business Forum is one of the many services that the City provides to our business community,” said Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee. “We are committed to collaboration with businesses of all sizes to make Toronto stronger and more competitive.” Continue reading “You’re Invited: Enterprise Toronto – Small Business Forum 2015 at No Cost: Focus is on Supporting Business Growth Through Technology, October 15”

Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): A Three-Year Pilot Program for Certain Homeowners in Toronto

City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)
City of Toronto: Home Energy Loan Program (HELP)

The City of Toronto in Ontario, Canada, just launched the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) to serve as a new financing tool to help homeowners improve their home’s energy efficiency and save money.

As a three-year pilot program, HELP includes the following benefits:

  • Ten million dollars in funding for the single-family residential program is available to support improvements such as upgrading to a high efficiency furnace, insulation upgrades, and energy efficiency windows and doors.
  • Qualifying homeowners avoid the large upfront cost of home energy improvements and pay for them over time.
    • Qualifying homeowners can apply for a low interest loan for energy efficient improvements, then pay back the City over time via installments on their property tax bill.
  • You may pay off your HELP loan at any time, without penalty.
  • You benefit from low interest rates and longer repayment terms, compared to conventional financing.
  • Homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their homes, reduce energy consumption and cut costs.
  • Equal access to financing regardless of homeowner income level, low fixed-interest rates and longer repayment terms of up to 15 years.
  • HELP financing, aka Local Improvement Charge (LIC), is attached to the property, not to the property owner.
    • If you sell the property before the loan is repaid, the new owner will assume the balance of the loan and continue to repay it through the property tax bill.
  • Monetary incentives can be deducted from the total amount of your HELP loan.
    • Incentives of up to $2,000 are available from Enbridge Gas, including a rebate to cover the cost of your home energy assessments.
    • And an incentive of up to $650 is available from Toronto Hydro for replacing your furnace and air conditioner with high efficiency units.
  • Toronto will achieve an 80 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050.
    • Buildings, including homes, account for about 44 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions.

HELP is a pilot project, available in specific neighbourhoods in Toronto.

If the first three digits of your home postal code are listed below, HELP financing is available to you:

Continue reading “Home Energy Loan Program (HELP): A Three-Year Pilot Program for Certain Homeowners in Toronto”

Toronto Alerts & Events Oct.29-Nov.21 + City Board Vacancies-Apply Before 4:30 P.M. Nov.18, 2013

Here are some upcoming events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

Toronto Public Health

Presents

Race and Health: A Healthy Future for All

2013 Charles Hastings Lecture on Public Health Featuring Dr. David Williams

FREE Admission

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (EDT)

Isabel Bader Theatre, University of Toronto
93 Charles Street West,Toronto

Race and Health: A Healthy Future for All  is about how racism impacts health.

  • The 2013 Toronto Public Health’s annual Charles Hastings lecture will focus on Race and Health, a Healthy Future for All.
    • This year the keynote speaker is Dr. David R. Williams, an internationally recognized health equity expert and Harvard University professor.
    • The panel discussion will include two respondents who will focus these issues into a Toronto context:
      • Uzma Shakir, Director of Diversity and Human Rights for the City of Toronto and
      • Naki Osutei, Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.

Race is emerging as an important public health issue.

  • “There is a growing body of international research on the health impacts of racism and the unequal distribution of the social determinants of health by race.
  • Given Toronto’s great diversity, understanding and tackling this issue will enable all residents to have the best chance for good health.”

Please click here for more info and registration.

Station Design Update Meetings: November 6 & 7

Continue reading “Toronto Alerts & Events Oct.29-Nov.21 + City Board Vacancies-Apply Before 4:30 P.M. Nov.18, 2013”

You’re Invited: Canadian Events Sept.28 – Dec.10, 2013 + Ontario & Toronto News + TTC Alerts

Here are some great events in Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Fall Colours Algonquin Park Sept 25, 2011.”

Ontario Parks: Spectacular Colours of Fall

You’re Invited: Toronto Events Sept.13-Dec.29, 2013 + Toronto & TTC Alerts

Here are some celebratory events as well as green events in Toronto,  Ontario, Canada.

  • Most are FREE events.

Wychwood Barns Community Association (WBCA)

Presents

THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. CLAIR STREETCAR AND WYCHWOOD CARHOUSE

A CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE, ARTS AND THE COMMUNITY

FREE Admission

September 13 – 21

Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street
, Toronto

Contact Info: Ruth Butler at volunteerwbca@gmail.com

www.atthebarns.org

St Clair Streetcar Line Centennial Celebration includes the following FREE events.

  • Historic Exhibit – Our Past Is Our Present: September 14 – 15.
    • Enjoy an exhibit drawing on rarely seen archival images and contemporary photographs that portray the changing identity of St. Clair over the past 100 years.
    • Where: Barn #2, Artscape Wychwood Barns
    • September 14 — 9am – 5pm
    • September 15 — 11am – 5pm.
  • Tour the Historic Peter Witt Streetcar: September 15, noon – 4pm.
  • TTC Advertising Exhibit – A Sign of the Times: Exhibit continues to September 21.
    • Where: Community Gallery, Artscape Wychwood Barns.
    • Journey through time while viewing TTC advertisements and other artefacts that reflect the impact of world events on our city, our social norms and our values over the past seventy years.

    Friday, September 13 — 5pm – 9pm

    Saturday, September 14 — 9am – 5pm

    Sunday, September 15 — 11am – 5pm

    Wednesday, September 18 to Friday, September 20 — 5pm – 9pm

    Saturday, September 21 — 9am – 2pm

  • “St. Clair West: The Growth of a Streetcar Suburb” Walking Tour: September 15, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    • Donations are encouraged.
    • Visit some of the area’s sites of historic and architectural significance, including the Wychwood Car Barns, streetcar maintenance buildings which now house a lively arts and community centre.
    • Tour Leaders are Diana Sernick and Sheryl Mitchell, Wychwood Barns Community Association.
    • Length: Approx. 2 hours.
    • Focus: Historical, architectural.

  • Silent Film at Wychwood Theatre: September 14, 2:30 pm and September 15, 4 pm
    • Where: Wychwood Theatre, Artscape Wychwood Barns
    • In honour of the Centennial, Silent Sundays @ the Revue Cinema brings a silent film (featuring streetcars of course!) to the Wychwood Theatre featuring live accompaniment by musicians William O’Meara and Tania Gill.
    • Please click here for more info about this silent film.
  • ST. CLAIR WEST “ROCKIN’ THE ROCKET” SIDEWALK SALE + CELEBRATIONS: September 14 – 15, noon – 5pm
    • Stroll along St. Clair Ave. W. from Bathurst St. to Dufferin St. and enjoy live music, characters in period costume, window displays, commemorative food & drink, and more.
    • Hosted by the area’s three Business Improvement Associations.

Re-Branded Exhibit

FREE Admission

September 13 – 18, 2013

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Opening Reception: Friday September 13th 7-11pm

Project Gallery
1109 Queen Street East
Queen Street East and Caroline Avenue
Map to this event

Website: www.projectgallerytoronto.com
Email: info@projectgallerytoronto.com
Phone: 416-315-1192

Continue reading “You’re Invited: Toronto Events Sept.13-Dec.29, 2013 + Toronto & TTC Alerts”

Poet Laureate of Toronto Kicks off FREE East End Poetry Festival on Sept.28, 2013

East End Poetry Festival

FREE Admission

Saturday September 28, 12 – 4 pm

At Children’s Peace Theatre, 305 Dawes Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  • An afternoon of superb poetry featuring Poet Laureate of Toronto George Elliott Clarke with Katie Marshall Flaherty, Ronna Bloom and Rocco de Giacomo
  • Other highlights include
    • the Emily Steinwall Quartet,
    • an all-ages spoken word workshop with RISE Poetry’s Randell Adjei,
    • special children’s activities, and
    • Food by Grillies.

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311.

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
(can be used within Toronto if you can’t reach 311).

TTY customers: 416-338-0TTY (0889)
Fax: 416-338-0685
E-mail: 311@toronto.ca

If your matter is urgent, please call them. They are open 24/7.

ENJOY!

NEWS RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

September 3, 2013

Toronto’s Poet Laureate appointed a Harvard University professor

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts has appointed City of Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke to a teaching position in the university’s Canada Program. Clarke will begin his position as the Canada Program’s William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies this month.

Clarke, who was appointed through Harvard’s English department, will teach two courses based on African-Canadian literature and international Black poetry. He will also chair the Canada Seminar, which organizes presentations and discussions with public figures, scholars, artists and experts in various fields.

Continue reading “Poet Laureate of Toronto Kicks off FREE East End Poetry Festival on Sept.28, 2013”