You’re Invited: Spring & Green Events in Ontario May 10 – 12, 2013

Here are various exciting spring and green events in Ontario, Canada:

Royal Ontario Museum's image: An agency of the Government of Ontario
Royal Ontario Museum’s image: An agency of the Government of Ontario

ROMwalks 2013


May 1, 2013 – October 20, 2013

  • ROMwalks are over 40 FREE guided walking tours through 11 Toronto neighbourhoods of architectural and historical interest
  • ROMwalks take place Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons from May to October

Please click here for the complete itinerary of the FREE ROMwalks in Toronto.

This video presents “Ontario Parks Learn to Camp Program”:

  • Interested in camping but don’t know where to start?
  • The Ontario Parks Learn to Camp program might be for you

Ontario Parks Guide 2013
Ontario Parks Guide 2013

Ontario Parks

Southern Ontario Parks: Starting May 10, 2013

Northern Ontario Parks: Starting May 17, 2013

  • There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, with more than 100 featuring visitor facilities
  • Many Ontario parks provide barrier-free facilities
  • Most provincial parks in southern Ontario will open for the season May 10, with the majority of northern Ontario parks opening May 17
    • The opening dates for some Ontario provincial parks may be delayed due to the late spring arrival

Please click on the following text for more info:

LEAF - Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests
LEAF – Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests

Out of the Ashes Tree Tour: Lessons from the Emerald Ash Borer

Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m.

suggested donation: $5.00

Registration Required

Milne Park
8251 McCowan Road

Meet at the entrance to the main parking lot

Tour Leaders:
Melissa Williams, Manager Residential Planting Programs, LEAF
Kathleen Ryan, Forest Entomologist, PhD, Silv-Econ Ltd.

  • Join LEAF as they explore the impact of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) on our urban forest
  • Kathleen Ryan, will discuss her research on biological controls (enhancing parasitoid health and habitat) and what it means for restoration and sustainability
  • Together the tour leaders will explore the ways we can all play an important role in the recovery and strengthening of our urban forest

Contact Info:

Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests
Artscape Wychwood Barns
601 Christie St, Suite 253
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6G 4C7
Phone 416.413.9244

Email info[at]

City Hall, Toronto: Toronto officially becomes a Fair Trade City
City Hall, Toronto: Toronto officially becomes a Fair Trade City

City Hall, Toronto

Toronto Officially Becomes North America’s Largest Fair Trade City

Fair Trade City Celebration


Friday, May 10, 12-1:30pm

Green roof podium, City Hall (100 Queen Street West at Bay Street)

  • Fair Trade Toronto is proud to announce that Toronto will be officially designated as a Fair Trade City on Friday, May 10th, 2013!
  • Toronto can now join over 1100 cities worldwide in sending the message that it is committed to supporting the Fair Trade movement that has produced measurable improvements in the quality of life of millions of people in the developing world
  • Fair Trade Toronto invites everyone to come mark the occasion on City Hall’s rooftop rotunda where they will be raising a special Fair Trade Toronto flag and celebrating with free fair trade coffee and chocolate, courtesy of Fair Trade Toronto!
    • Special guest speakers include Councillor Mike Layton, and the Executive Director of Fair Trade Canada, Tom Smith

  • Public Transit:
    • subway to Queen (Yonge line) or Osgoode (University line) and walk on Queen St.
    • alternatively, take Bay bus #6 or #6A north from Union Station or south from Bay station (transfer required); disembark at Albert St.

Biting Bash


May 10, 2013

11:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Bite Bar
57 Elm Street
(Bay Street and Elm Street)

Phone: 647-907-4465

  • Presented by Bite Bar
  • Who doesn’t love just a bite of dessert! Now you can choose amongst a range of flavours of your favourite cupcakes, marshmallow bars and cheesecakes, all bite sized!
  • Toronto’s first bite sized desserts bar is celebrating the love to bite with its first Biting Bash on Friday May 10th
  • Public Transit: Nearest stop is Dundas


Norman Felix Field of Vision: Contact 2013 Reception

FREE Admission

Norman Felix Gallery
627 Queen Street West

May 10, 2013

6:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Drop in anytime in the evening Friday May 10th!

Exhibiting May 1 – May 30, 2013


Please RSVP to guarantee admission to the event by emailing

  • Norman Felix Gallery invites you to join them for the opening reception of “Norman Felix Field of Vision”

Science Rendezvous

FREE Admission

May 11, 2013

11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 647-770-7207

  • From the chemistry of ice-cream to the physics of rock & roll, Science Rendezvous is reinvigorating the interest of Canadian youth in the sciences and engineering
  • Many of Canada’s top scientists are on-site during the Science Rendezvous festival
    • They are keen to talk to visitors, answer questions, and show the whole family around the lab

    • Others will have hands-on experiments that the kids (or adults!) can try

    • Over 6,000 volunteers make this event work, including 4,000 university-level science students, 2,000 researchers, faculty, scientists, and support staff

Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival


May 11, 2013

 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Tommy Thompson Park
1 Leslie Street

Phone: 416-661-6600 ext. 5770

  • Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at the Tommy Thompson Park Spring Bird Festival!
    • Located on the Toronto Waterfront, Tommy Thompson Park is Toronto’s largest greenspace and provides critical stopover habitat for migrating birds

    • There have been 314 native species, plus 10 introduced, recorded to date at the park!

  • Activities will include guided bird hikes, interpretive displays, bird banding demonstrations and fun activities for children
  • Toronto and Region Conservation Authority  will have many birders participating in the Baillie Birdathon, a fundraiser and data collection event run by Bird Studies Canada
  • Participants will be scouring the park searching for as many bird species as they can find
  • Public Transit:
    • From Donlands Subway Station, take the 83 Jones S. bus south from Donlands station to Commissioners St; it is a short walk south of the stop to the park

    • From Downtown,  take the 501 Streetcar along Queen St. to Leslie St., catch the 83 Jones S. Bus to Commissioners St. and walk south to the park entrance

Victoria International Ballet Academy's Community Event
Victoria International Ballet Academy’s Community Event

Victoria International Ballet Academy


FREE Admission

Saturday, May 11

7 Bradwick Drive, Vaughan, Ontario

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. or call 905-707-7580

  • Victoria International Ballet Academy invites you to enjoy:
    • a beautiful Ballet Performance and Music Concert

    • an Art Workshop for children

    • an Art Exhibition

    • an Animal Show presented by pirates with a fascinating mix of cuddly and creepy creatures

  • Come early with all your friends to get the best seats
  • There will also be food and drinks for sale

Toronto’s Heritage Streetscapes: Can They Be Saved?


May 11, 2013

 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Twist Gallery
1100 Queen Street West
(Queen and Ossington)


  • Presented in conjunction with Early Sunday Morning, a CONTACT Festival exhibition featuring new architectural photographs by David Kaufman of Toronto’s heritage buildings
  • A conversation with Margie Zeidler (architect, President of Urbanspace Property Group), Deanne Taylor (playwright, co-Founder of VideoCabaret) and Adam Vaughan (Toronto City Councilor, Trinity-Spadina)
  • Three prominent figures deeply engaged with Toronto’s development and the preservation of neighbourhoods discuss the uncertain future of the city’s heritage streetscapes

Spring for Art

Presented by: Walnut Studios

FREE Admission

May 11, 2013

1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Walnut Studios
83 Walnut Avenue
(Bathurst and King)

Phone: 647-919-7336

  • Walnut Studios is one of the last artist workspaces in downtown Toronto
  • Located in the King West Village, this old factory is the creative home to 45 artists working in painting, jewelry, graffiti, fashion, drawing, photography, and silk-screening
  • SPRING FOR ART is a chance for members of the community to have an insider’s view of Walnut Studios, to see what makes this building and its resident artists so special and to support local artists and craftspeople by purchasing their work
  • Walnut Studios encourage Torontonians to support artists who contribute greatly to the development of the creative energy of the city
  • Public Transit:
    • Go to St Andrew Station and take the King West Street Car to Niagara Street

    • And walk one block west to Walnut Avenue

      • Cross King and walk half a block south on Walnut to 83 Walnut Avenue

Walking the Don: 200 years of change along the river

Presented by: Toronto’s Historic Sites – City of Toronto, Cultural Services, Museum Services


May 11, 2013

11:00 AM

Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
67 Pottery Road

Meet at St. Matthews Clubhouse, south end of Riverdale Park East.

Phone: 416-396-2819

  • In the 1790s, the Don valley was wild and unspoiled
  • Over the next two centuries, the river was harnessed, channelled, polluted, moved, and ignored
  • Join Toronto’s Historic Sites – City of Toronto for a walk through the Lower Don trail system from Riverdale Park to Todmorden Mills and see how humans have impacted the valley – and how it is being reclaimed as a vital green space at the heart of the city
  • Public Transit:
    • Take the 87 Cosburn or 100 Flemingdon Park bus from Broadview subway station to Pottery Road and proceed west down Pottery Road.

Heritage Toronto Walk: Aggie’s Wildflowers

Presented by: Heritage Toronto


May 11, 2013

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Lambton House
4066 Old Dundas Street

LEADER: Madeleine McDowell
START POINT: Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St, east side of Humber River just south of Dundas St W
FINISH POINT: Lambton House
LENGTH: Approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours
FOCUS: Natural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Some stairs and slopes, woodland path which may be rough or muddy


  • Explore the woods and river flats of Lambton Mills through the eyes of the 19th century
  • The area was a favourite spot of artist Agnes Dunbar Moodie, daughter of pioneer writer Susanna Moodie
    • Perhaps Agnes used the flowers here as models for her paintings, published in an 1868 book called Canadian Wildflowers

  • Hear stories of ‘Aggie’ and the history of this area while we look for the spring wildflowers that inspired her

5km Fundraising Walk&Hug – Mother’s Day

Produced by: Meagan’s Walk

Costs: Range: $1 – $9; Adult: $10; Family Registration for 2 adults and 4 children is $35

May 11, 2013

8:30am: Registration and pledge form drop off begins at Fort York.

10:00am: 12th Annual Meagan’s Walk commences

11.45am: Megan’s Walk participants join hands, creating a circle of hope, as they “hug” SickKids.

Noon: Closing festivities

Event takes place in multiple locations, please contact event organizers for more details

Phone: 416-239-7843

  • Meagan’s Walk welcomes people of all ages and abilities to come out for our annual Walk – an amazing event and an incredibly meaningful way to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend
  • A 5km-walk from Fort York to the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) culminates with thousands of participants joining hands to hug the hospital, sending a message of hope and love to those within
  • The day includes live music and entertainment, face-painting, an opportunity to sign our Wall of Honour, and moving and powerful messages from Meagan’s Walk’s founder, youth ambassadors and world-leading doctors and researchers
  • Public Transit:Directions by TTC:
    • From St Andrew Station take the 504 streetcar west to the Bathurst St

    • Then walk down by the Bathurst St to Fort York

    • The entrance to the Fort York is from the Garrison Road

Big Ideas 2013

Presented by: Alumnae Theatre Company

FREE  admission and donations gratefully accepted

May 10 – May 12, 2013

Fri reading start at 8pm; Sat & Sun readings start at 2pm.

Alumnae Theatre
3rd floor Studio
70 Berkeley Street
(Adelaide Street East and Parliament Street)


  • Staged readings of 7 new plays by the award-winning writers of Alumnae Theatre’s New Play Development group
  • (Fri) YOU HAVE TO EARN IT by Ramona Baillie, directed by Jane Carnwath
  • (Sat) IN A TIME OF WAR by Anne MacMillan, directed by Marianne Fedunkiw
  • (Sat) BROCKFEST by Joan Burrows, directed by Maria Popoff
  • (Sat) WAITING FOR KATRINA by Donna Langevin, directed by Pat McCarthy
  • (Sun) THE YEAR MY FATHER BECAME A SAINT by Linda McCready, directed by Brenda Darling
  • Public Transit: From King subway station, take 504 streetcar eastbound

This video presents “Toronto Comics Arts Festival 2012”:

TCAF – The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Presented by: Toronto Public Library and The Beguiling Books & Art

Main festival events are FREE, but some special events may require tickets.

May 11 – 12, 2013

Saturday May 11, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday May 12, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Toronto Reference Library and Neighbourhood
789 Yonge Street
(Yonge Street and Bloor Street)

Phone: 416-533-9168

  • Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2013 celebrates 10 years of promoting the best of Canada’s comic book and graphic novel authors, and welcoming some of the greatest authors from around the world to Toronto
  • Taking place at Toronto Reference Library and the surrounding neighbourhood, TCAF will feature exhibitions, panels, readings, and more
    • Starting May 11: 9-9:30am Free Comic Book Giveaway
      • From superheroes and fantasy to funny animals and cartoon fun

      • Come to the show early for FREE COMICS!

      • Limit 3 for children 12 and under

      • Limited quantities each day

  • Public Transit: Located just north of Yonge TTC station

Heritage Toronto Walk: The Splendour That Was Sherbourne Street

Presented by: Heritage Toronto


May 12, 2013

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Church yard in front of Trinity Lutheran Church
619 Sherbourne Street

LEADERS: David Parry, Janet Langdon
START POINT: Church yard in front of Trinity Lutheran Church,
619 Sherbourne St, just south of Bloor St
FINISH POINT: Allan Gardens, Sherbourne and Carlton Streets
LENGTH: Approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours
FOCUS: Historical, architectural
DIFFICULTY: Average walk on sidewalks



  • In the 1880s, Sherbourne Street was one of the most fashionable streets in Toronto
  • Glimpses of its noble past survive in its architecture – grand homes built for wealthy businessmen, and imposing churches

City of Toronto Contact Info

Phone within Toronto city limits: 311

Phone outside city limits: 416-392-CITY (2489)
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