Monday, 23 January 2012

Oasis Skateboard Factory POP-UP SHOP at The Baitshop Opening Party Fri. Jan. 27, 7-9PM

An invitation from a recent TorontoTheBeter member, Oasis Skateboard Factory:

Opening Party: Friday, January 27, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Come out and support the Oasis Skateboard Factory, Toronto’s first skateboard design and street art focused high school reengagement program. At the OSF students earn all their credits by running a community based entrepreneurial business where they learn hands-on to build skateboards, design original custom graphics, work with local artists and community partners, market and display their work and receive financial remuneration.

The OSF POP-UP SHOP is the culminating project in a semester-long business course developed by the OSF in partnership with The Baitshop, Toronto’s premiere screen-printing/skate shop and gallery. The innovative OSF/Baitshop Business Program is designed to help youth earn credits and develop transferable creative, employment and entrepreneurial skills.

At the opening party students will be selling their hand-made skateboards and longbords with custom graphics, as well as having a sample sale of their street wear logo T-shirts to launch their personal company brands. To give back to the community, a portion of the sales of Oasis Skateboard Factory merchandise will be donated to a local charity.

will be open for business at The Baitshop
from Jan. 27 through Feb. 26, 2012
358 Dufferin, Suite 117
(***Secret Entrance off Milky Way Lane***)
Mon-Sat 12-6, Sun 12-5

Craig Morrison, OSF Founding Teacher

Friday, 20 January 2012

Learng from FoodShare and Occupy Debrief at Beit Zatoun

Some events of note from the latest Centre for the Study of Education and Work list of announcements:

FoodShare Toronto will be the topic this week at OISE's Lunchbox Speakers' Series...


Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012; Noon - 1:30 pm
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, (St. George Subway Station) Room 3-104

Zahra Parvinian, Director of Social Enterprise Programs, Alvin Rebick,
Senior Manager of Kitchen and Focus on Food, and Meredith Hayes, Senior
Manager of School Programs will introduce FoodShare Toronto's social
enterprise programs and discuss: the organization's different enterprise
program models, as well as the challenges, sustainability issues, and other
aspects related to running a food social enterprise.

*No registration required. Bring your lunch and a mug. Water, coffee, tea,
and fresh-baked snacks from Lemon & Allspice will be provided.

Presented by the Social Economy Centre (OISE/UT) & Toronto Enterprise Fund.

This event will be webcast live on the Internet. For detailed instructions,
please see our website at

Also, Beit Zatoun will be hosting the following event:


January 27, 2012; 7pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

2011 - maybe it wasn't quite 1968 but it was a year of great social
upheaval. With 2011 behind us, the GTWA is holding the first in what will be
a new series of Coffeehouses to discuss where we are as a movement, with
this particular one featuring two local activists who were very involved in
Occupy Toronto, and in particular building links between the Occupy movement
and the labour movement. Is this the beginning of a new community/labour
coalition that we've been waiting for? Will the Occupy movement be able to
sustain itself and help awaken a dormant labour movement? How did the Occupy
Toronto experience measure up with other Occupations? These and other issues
will be topics of comradely discussion.

Speakers include two activists with the Occupy movement - Brendan Bruce and
Lana Goldberg.

This Coffeehouse is organized by the Greater Toronto Workers' Assembly
Internal Education and Political Development Committee (IEPD).

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Exchanging Notes: a literary cabaret

The Toronto Writers’ Co-operative presents
its 4th
Exchanging Notes: a literary cabaret
on Tuesday, January 24

Exchanging Notes is a 3 hour showcase of spoken word with live musical accompaniment.  Styles will range from rap to rock to classical to jazz to things there are no names for.  Our venue, Alleycatz, offers a well-stocked bar and an impressive cuisine, Executive Chef Michael Skan.  Have dinner, enjoy a few drinks and the entertainment of the poetry and prose of the Writers’ Co-op with musicians too numerous to mention.

The evening will conclude with an open mic for writers & musicians.  Bring your words and instruments and join in!

 There is no cover.

Exchanging Notes: a literary cabaret
8 PM
Tuesday, January 24
2409 Yonge Street (2.5 blocks north of Eglinton)

Performance Order & Approximate Times
8:00-8:15:  Maneli Jamaal
8:18-8:25:  Helen Knight, Mo Jamal, Violin
8:27-8:34:  Allan Sutterfield, Wayne Collins, Alto Sax and Clarinet and Flutes
8:35-8:42:  John Warren, David Thiessen, Upright Bass, Pierre Mongeon, Trumpet
8:44-8:51:  Velma Demerson, Blaise, Guitar,
8:52-8:59:  Richard French, Pierre Mongeon, Trumpet,
9:01-9:08:  Njoroge Mungai with percussionist friend
9:09-9:16:  Rabin Ramah, Honey Novick, Vocal
9:18-9:25:  Valentina Gal, Ali Zuccato, Keyboard,
9:26-9:34:  Chelsea Walton, John Priest, Violin,
9:36-9:43:  Joe Monachino, James Faulkner, Guitar,
9:44-9:51:  Jeannine Pitas, Tim Anderson, pianica,
9:53-10:00:  Janet Koops, Jaime Batista, Electric Bass
10:01-10:08:  Roki, Maneli Jamal, Guitar,
10:10-10:17:  Marsha Eines, Mo Jamal, Violin,
10:18-10:25  Hugh James, John Duncan, Electronic Music Guitar,
10:27-10:34:  Margaret Code, Kole McRae, Piano,
10:35-10:42:  Karen Shani, Christa Golding, Guitar, Keys or Percussion, Sax or Violin,
10:44-10:51:  David Chilton with saxophonist
10:52-10:59: Afolabi Opunabi, Mark Trudeau, Guitar Acoustic and Electric,
11:01-11:08:  Melania Daniels, Jeffery Owen, Piano (with a friend playing bass),
11:09-11:16:  Naomi Freeman, Joel Chico, Guitar,
11:18-11:25:  D’arcy Corbett with friend
11:26-11:33:  Ethelrida Zabala Laxa, Vocal-Guitar
11:33-?:  Open mic and stage (Cynthia Amoah,vocals; Dallas Sutherland, guitar)

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Tinto's lease has expired...

Some sad news in an email today (January 4th, 2012) from Tinto Coffee House:

"For those of you who may come to our doors, contradicting signs will
remain posted. Ours say we would be back by today, while our
landlord?s say our lease was terminated and were given 5 days, from
December 16, to vacate the space. While we are engaged in legal
proceedings over gaining access to the premises, which have to date
not been provided to us, let us say a word to you.

Thanks! For years of allowing us to integrate into the community,
thank you. And thanks for letting us try an attempt at being fair. We
served Fair Trade certified coffees and teas and sugar, we looked for
local suppliers who would provide us fresh ingredients from a
reasonable distance, we selected organic to reduce the impact of
chemicals on land, water, air and most importantly, on all the people
involved, from producer to consumer. We made an effort to make all
from scratch, fresh, unprocessed and healthy. In short, we were given,
with your support, the opportunity to prove that other possibilities
are at hand and work for a lot of people.

We had the chance to put together a team of dedicated staff members
that served you in such a way that many a time personal friendship and
work in the arts developed from your regular visits.

Tinto served as a community hub and many great initiatives in our city
found a natural space to share, to discuss, to connect and to feel at
home at Tinto. We offered the space for you to discuss how a better
world could be made possible and you accepted the invitation with

Unfortunately our lease was terminated and Tinto now comes to a close.
We appreciate your support and encourage your commitment to your work
in the community. Thanks for sharing that with us. Thanks for giving
us the chance to join you.

We will find new ways of working in the community and renewed
opportunities of crossing our ways with you."