You’re Invited: Green Events, Vaughan Winterfest & Harbourfront Events in Feb. 2013

You’re invited to the following great events in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

Green Neighbours 21


Creating a Vibrant and Sustainable Toronto

Tuesday, February 5, 7-9 PM

Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie Street, Toronto


  • “New condo towers are rising up all around the city, but especially in Toronto Ward 21, bringing the threat (or promise) of big changes in our neighbourhood
  • How can we influence this process – not to stop it, but to make sure each of these buildings is an attractive, sustainable asset for our whole community?
  • Co-sponsored by Green Neighbours 21 (GN 21) and Toronto Councilor Joe Mihevc, this event is the first in a series of four on various civic issues planned for the Arts Barns on Tuesday evenings in February”
  • It will feature presentations by:
    • City of Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat

    • Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume

    • Windmill Development’s Alex Spiegel

  • Then there will be breakout sessions for community discussion on a number of key issues
    • “This is a great way to find out what’s in the pipeline and to tell planners and developers what you’d like to see!”

This video presents “High Park History”:

  • This clip explores the historical significance of High Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • High Park is the Toronto’s oldest city park

High Park History Hike – Family Nature Walk

Saturday, February 9

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Meet at the square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant
 (In the centre of the Park)

Grenadier Restaurant
200 Parkside Drive, Toronto

$2 / person or donate-what-you-can

Contact: phone 416-392-1748 x 2 or E-mail

  • Experience High Park’s rich natural history with a guided tour by High Park Nature Centre staff and experts from Colborne Lodge
  • Experts from Colborne Lodge and High Park Nature Centre join forces to bring you stories of the people and happenings of the park from long ago
  • Event is great for all ages: bring the whole family!” 
  • No registration necessary
  • Meet at: square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant
    200 Parkside Drive (In the centre of the Park)
  • All Family Nature Walks are sponsored by Toronto Field Naturalists
City of Vaughan's image: Winterfest 2013
City of Vaughan’s image: Winterfest 2013

City of Vaughan’s 24th annual WinterFest


Sunday, February 10, 2013

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

North Thornhill Community Centre
300 Pleasant Ridge Avenue
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Contact: Phone 905-832-2281; Email:

  • An Official Welcome by Mayor and Members of Council will take place at 11:00 a.m.
  • This fun-filled family event will feature:
    • free entertainment at the outdoor amphitheatre
    • a midway zone
    • video gaming zone
    • ice carving demonstrations
    • face painting
    • art
    • pizza making workshops
    • opera performances and workshops by Opera Bel Canto of York
    • displays
    • children’s activities and more!
  • Entertainment will include:
    • Circus

    • Circus with Alex the lion from Madagascar 3

    • performances by:

      • Jesse Giddings – Canadian Musician, host of “the X-Factor Pre-Show” and former Much Music VJ

      • Kobbler Jay: The Eccentric Juggler

      • Doo Doo the International Clown

  • Exciting Meet and Greet opportunities will be taking place at the Outdoor Gazebo with Alex the lion, Caillou, Strawberry Shortcake and Om Nom
  • Star of the hit TV Show Degrassi, Luke Bilyk will be on hand for a FREE autograph session at 2:00 p.m.
  • All activities are FREE and great food will be available for purchase
  • FREE Shuttle Bus Service will be provided courtesy of Can-Ar Coach Services

    • Park at Vaughan City Hall 2141 Major Mackenzie Drive and take the Shuttle Bus to and from the WinterFest site between 9:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
  • Accessible Pathways and Parking are available

This video presents “Le Patin Libre – Le Manifeste (avril 2010)”:

  • A number by Le Patin Libre, a contemporary skating troop from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

harbourfront centre skating festival

Le Patin Libre

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:30PM and 3:00PM

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:30PM and 3:00PM

The Natrel Rink
235 Queens Quay West
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  • Le Patin Libre will amaze and dazzle visitors to The Natrel® Rink with short, impromptu performances and interactive rink animation throughout the weekend
  • First-time skaters and experts alike will be invited to join the artists in games and challenges
  • Watch all the action live online with our webcam!

Please click here for more info about Le Patin Libre.

This video presents “UDO Canadian Street Dance Championships 2012”:

  • Organized by STREET DANCE CANADA Inc.
  • Founded by JJC

Street Dance Canada Showcase


February 17 – 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM

Monday, February 18, 2013 at 12:00PM, 2:00PM, 4:00PM

Lakeside Terrace
York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
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  • “Hosted by Sean Mauricette a.k.a. SUBLIMINAL, Street Dance Canada serves up some of the country best youth dancers, ages 7-16, for some high-energy performances”

harbourfront centre skating festival

Children’s Own Media Museum


Sunday, February 17, 2013; 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Monday, February 18, 2013; 11:00AM – 5:00PM

York Quay Centre
235 Queens Quay West
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  • The west side of York Quay Centre will become a space where kids create their own portraits and become part of the museum “family”
  • Choose your medium and start drawing!
  • Portraits can be drawn by hand on paper, by hand on a touchscreen, taken with a camera, or taken with a camera and manipulated on the computer
  • Your finished portrait will be posted for everyone to see!

This video presents “Rap Battlez 13”:

Rapp Battlez a.k.a. Rhyme Times


Sunday, February 17, 2013; 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Monday, February 18, 2013; 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Studio Theatre
York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
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  • One of Toronto’s hip hoppiest comedy shows adapted for kids!
  • This rhyming showdown is a hilarious, off-the-wall mix of rap, comedy and spectacle
  • Watch as some of Canada’s most talented comics adopt big, bold characters, costumes and, of course, rhymes
  • This 45-minute extravaganza is guaranteed laughs for everyone and fun for the whole family

harbourfront centre skating festival

Sock Polar Bears with Operation Sock Monkey


Sunday, February 17, 2013; 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Monday, February 18, 2013; 2:00PM – 4:00PM

Pre-registration required. Please email:

Studio Lab 1
235 Queens Quay West

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  • “A sock polar bear … a polar bear made out of tube socks, stuffing, thread, buttons, felt and imagination that you can create at this awesome workshop!
  • The event starts off with a brief presentation about Operation Sock Monkey
  • The main activity is hand-sewing, but no previous sewing experience is required
  • Creativity, imagination and a desire to learn are all your children need to succeed
  • It takes approximately two hours to make a sock animal
  • Crafters 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult”

This video presents “Transforming A Park With A Farmer’s Market”:

  • Alison McMurray explains how her community activated and transformed East Lynn Park, beginning with a new Farmer’s Market

Toronto Park People


3rd Annual Toronto Park Summit


Saturday, March 2, 2013

1:30 PM – 5:30 PM (EST)

Daniels Spectrum (Regent Park Arts Centre)
585 Dundas Street East, Toronto

  • “If you’re a park person, you need to be at the 3rd Annual Toronto Park Summit
  • The Toronto Park Summit brings park advocates, city staff, and experts together with community groups, city councillors, and concerned Torontonians to network, brainstorm, and work together to build momentum for better parks in Toronto
  • The theme for this year’s Summit is Good Parks for All Neighborhoods 
    • Speakers and activities will focus on ideas and inspiration for ensuring that no matter where you live in Toronto, you have access to a great park

    • Parks are a vital part of any healthy community

    • It is important that all neighborhoods have the resources they need to generate and support a thriving park”

  • Paid public parking is available at the Daniels Spectrum
    • It is accessible via Sackville Street, just south of Dundas. Subject to availability

  • Please click here to register for this event, view the Toronto Park Summit agenda, and obtain more info
  • Furthermore, please note that donations will be accepted at the door:
    • Park People is a project of Tides Canada, a registered charity

    • Toronto Park People rely on donations to undertake their work


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

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

Always call 911 for emergencies.


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