Sunday, 31 October 2010

ATTN. Transportation Activists - COMMUNITY BICYCLE NETWORK - Annual General Meeting

Monday Nov.1st, 2010 - 7.30pm at the Community Bicycle Network
761 Queen St. West

Thursday, 28 October 2010

In Forma Theatre Projects & Workshops, November 2010

In Forma Theatre has two events of interest:


We are into the second month of our multi-generational theatre program in Rexdale. Building Common Ground brings together a group of 30 seniors and youth to build understanding across generations in the Rexdale neighbourhood through storytelling and theatre activities.

Contact us today if you would like to get involved as volunteer or make a donation to this exciting program.

Building Common Ground is a free theatre program offered by In Forma Theatre in partnership with the Rexdale Women's Centre and the Toronto Public Library Albion Branch, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, North York Harvest, and the generous donations of our individual supporters.


oin In Forma Theatre for this one day popular theatre training workshop.

Space is limited. If you are interested in joining us please contact us today to reserve your spot.

Are you a teacher, facilitator or practitioner who would like to learn more about popular theatre? Come experience and learn innovative theatre exercises & facilitation techniques designed to engage, spark dialogue and inspire change. Learn Theatre of the Oppressed inspired games and activities that you can take back and use with your class, group, or community. This hands on workshop will introduce you to core popular theatre games and activities.

No previous theatre experience required!
Facilitated by In Forma Theatre
Inclusive. Innovative. Fun.

Eva's Phoenix Print Shop climbing Aviva Comuunity Fund poll...

I was glad to hear that Eva's Phoenix Print Shop is in the Top 10 and climbing on the Aviva Community Fund poll...

From a 27 October 2010 Eva's Initiatives email:

" 400 votes today will move us into the Top 10! - go to the Aviva site to cast your support
Did you know that 1/3 of the homeless population is between ages of 16-24? (Source Snow, D., 2008. A Roof Over Our Heads 2008: Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Canada. Canada West Foundation)

We are climbing up in the polls thanks to YOU. Please keep up the support by voting once per day per email address, EVERY day until November 5th!

Also, you can help by messaging your Facebook friends, tweeting to your followers, and sending and email to your personal networks

Thank you, The Eva's Team"

I've about you?

Monday, 25 October 2010

Bixi Toronto hits 1,000 mark thanks to AutoShare...

Well, I have to give kudos to AutoShare for purchasing 100 Bixi Toronto memberships to push Bixi past their 1,000 goal...

"Some people are wondering why a ‘car company’ wants people to share bikes, too? Because AutoShare is committed to building a more efficient and innovative transportation system in Toronto. So our support for Bixi is a natural fit."

Thursday, 21 October 2010

TWB 3 Day cabaret: Toronto Women's Bookstore celebrates Octobet 27-29. 2010

From the Toronto Women's Bookstore Facebook event page:

"The Toronto Women's Bookstore invites you to join us for our official opening party! Come celebrate the re-opening of the store with a three-day cabaret featuring readings, performances, DJ's and refreshments.

Drop by the store Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - Friday, October 29, 2010 between 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. and celebrate with us!

For complete details, please see the event poster attached and check for updates on scheduled authors and performers."

Good to hear...

Friday, 15 October 2010

Upcoming social economy workshops in Toronto

SUBJECT: Social Economy Workshops 2010-2011

(scroll down for more information on this workshop!)

November 26: Social Enterprise Development in Canada (full day)


Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Sugar Mamma's Building a Happier Toronto One mini-Donut at a Time

Taodhg Burns of TorontotheBetter recently spoke to new TorontotheBetter entry, Sugar Mamma's Mini-Donuts

With a last name like Vroom you likely have some energetic cultural genes going for you. In the case of Wade Vroom’s collectively operated Sugar Mamma’s Mini-Donuts there’s no doubt the small edibles come with a big charge. Actors and performers as well as donut makers, the Sugar Mamma collective, made up of two performer couples, combine creative high spirits with down home delicacies and some distinctive organic ingredients. Sugar Mamma’s donuts get a special taste buzz from the organic coconut oil they’re cooked in. When I asked Wade Vroom of new to TorontotheBetter Sugar Mamma’s Mini Donuts how they contributed to a better Toronto he was hesitant, maybe out of modesty, but the chat I recently had with him confirmed one thing for me: happier people make a better city. And donuts make people happy. Don’t forget that in Bhutan gross domestic product is secondary to gross happiness as the key measure of national prosperity. When Sugar Mamma’s take their donuts to the Saturday morning farmers’ market at Wychwood Barns, they find that grandparents and children lead the way to their donut dispensing cart. And we all know that bringing children (willing spoilees) and grandparents(willing spoilers, nostalgic about their own childhood) together, is a happiness recipe. In fact, when most of us think of our childhoods for many of us donuts are up there with ice-cream as things that made us smile the most and reconciled us to the long spells of idleness and parental orders . As Wade pointed out, kids are small, like mini-donuts. Unlike when with many adults, they feel they’re among equals with the mini-donuts.

But it’s not just the mini-donuts that make Sugar Mamma’s a Toronto builder. Their donuts come to you; you don’t have to go to them. Instead of one month a year at the Ex, the Sugar Mamma’s folks can bring you 12 months of donuts from their cart each year. Using the idea of a year-round mobile donut service they got from a Texan friend, they injected dynamism and convenience into the basic guiltless feelgood pleasure of donuts. Need to add some happiness to your event? Call for the Sugar Mamma’s cart ahead of time and they’ll come.

At a time of much anger and economic tension in Toronto, following a G20 military occupation of our city, maybe it’s important to point out that mini-donuts, with their relatively mini price-tag, are for everybody. They’re pleasures that pretty much anyone can afford. And the oil from pesticide free coconuts they use mean these donuts are healthier as well as sweet . While the coconuts have to come from out of country, until Toronto does something about the sun, the oil is processed by a local farmer in Ontario, so as well as guilt free sweet stuff we’re also talking about the local economy . For Wade Vroom that home component is important. And if you want coffee with your donuts, Sugar Mamma’s will be providing fair trade coffee. All in all, we’re talking about collectively managed healthy pleasures that contribute to the local economy. If that’s not a recipe for social justice I don’t know what is.

Oh yes, we know donuts have a downside; obesity if you eat too many. In fact, there’s no healthy eating programme we know of where donuts play a prominent role. But as with most things, moderation is the key. If we must have donuts, and it seems to be a law of human nature that we must, then let’s not eat too many. Mini-donuts save us the effort, with their built-in mini-induced rationing effect. As a friend of mine pointed out, the effort and time required to eat enough mini-donuts to make us fat would make most of us think about alternatives for our donut fix, if fullness is our goal. But, you have been warned! By all means have your donut feel good high, but do it in a healthier, TorontotheBetter way.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Catherine Tammaro studio moving...

Hey, as of 15 November 2010 Catherine Tammaro Art/Design and Traditional Japanese Reiki will be moving up the street from 39 Metcalfe to 43 Metcalfe Street (Unit 18)...