Jane's Walks in Ward 18

The annual Jane's Walk series honours the late urban activist and visionary, Jane Jacobs, by engaging citizens directly with their city's fabric and story. Each Walk gives a new opportunity for residents to tell our story's of the important places which shape our lives in the city. 

This year, we celebrate Jane's 100th birthday with events across the city held in celebration of her work and pioneering ideas. 

Ten Walks this season will explore the rich stories and ideas central to Ward 18. I hope you are able to make it out to some for them and that the stories enrich your connections to our community. For more information about Jane's Walks, please click here.

Running With Art Critics

Starting at Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art on Bloor at Lansdowne, C Magazine Editor Amish Morrell and other art writers will lead a running tour to some of the galleries in and around the Junction Triangle, on St. Helen's Ave., Ernest Ave., Dupont St., ending in the Junction at Dundas and High Park. 

Host: Amish Morell

Where: Mercer Union (1286 Bloor St W)

When: May 06, 2016 at 12pm - 2pm

Walk the Line: Exploring Toronto's Green Line Linear Park

Come on a walk with Park People and Friends of the Green Line to explore this exciting future linear park and trail through an urban hydro corridor. We'll walk a portion of the green spaces that exist in the hydro corridor, talk about the area's history and development, and explore the challenges and opportunities with creating this new linear park and trail. 

Host: Jake Tobin Garrett

Where: Davenport Village Park (18 Foundry Ave)

When:May 06, 2016 at 4pm - 5:30pm

 Activating Bloordale

The public realm is about so much more than physical space. It can foster encounter, exchange and interaction - but only if people have a reason to be there! The Laneway Project, Toronto School of Art, Bloordale BIA, Bloordale CIA and Bloor Improvement Group have joined forces to create a series of public events that will bring the Bloordale community together to get the most out of their streets, parks and laneways. Come out to visit some of the event sites, hear local stories, and share your own about great public events that you've experienced.

Host: Michelle Senayah

Where: Toronto School of Art Tennis Court (980 Dufferin St)

When:May 07, 2016 at 1pm - 2pm

Diamonds! Bridges! Tunnels!

The Davenport Diamond is a busy railway intersection near Dupont St. and Lansdowne Ave. where the East-West CP Rail tracks and North-South GO Transit Barrie Line tracks meet, situated in the post-industrial rail communities of Davenport Village and the Junction Triangle. Marred for decades by the environmental negligence of polluting industries that once formed the area’s economic backbone, it has only been in recent years that these communities have really begun to turn around. 

Host: Vic Gedris

Where: Erwin Krickhahn Park (121 Rankin Cres)

When: May 07, 2016 at 3pm - 5pm 

Walk the Green Line: Infrastructures of Park Space

Uncover and discover the area surrounding the Green Line, a unique park system in Toronto; a truly mixed-use neighbourhood with a rich and colourful past that emerged from the receding glacial Lake Iroquois about 12,000 years ago. The walk will unearth the geologic, first nations, farming, and industrial history of this layered community, highlighting the infrastructural nature that frames its very character.

Host: Netami Stuart

Where: Earlscourt Park at the Dog Park entrance (1200 Lansdowne Ave)

When: May 08, 2016 at 10am - 11am

All of St. Clarens

This will be the simplest of Jane's Walks.

Since moving to St Clarens Avenue, almost 5 years ago, I find the length of my street comes up often in conversation. It's a legitimate topic, since it runs from south of Dundas in Brockton Triangle, all the way up to Corso Italia at St Clair; and is quite infamous for its long, unbroken stretches of sidewalk with nary a lane to scuttle you away should you decide you need to head off in another direction. While I've walked my personal (seemingly endless) block of St Clarens countless times I have never walked its entire length. 

Host: Kate Watanabe

Where: The Bottom of St Clarens (1 St. Clarens Ave)

When: May 08, 2016 at 11am - 12:30pm

More Than Art Blooms: Exploring the People, Food, and Art of Bloordale

I can’t wait to show you around the hidden gems in my neighbourhood of Bloordale Village.

In 2012 Michael Kaminer wrote in the NY Times: "Takeout joints and rough-edged bars have long characterized Toronto’s west-side Bloordale Village, where a vast Value Village thrift emporium has provided the main draw for outsiders. But Bloordale’s relatively cheap real estate did not go unnoticed by the city’s growing creative class." I was fortunate to have moved here before the hype of the NY Times. Bloordale has been home for me since 2011 and since then I have spent countless hours exploring this eclectic neighbourhood, meeting business owners, trying the new restaurants, and getting to know the hidden gems and art in this West Toronto neighbourhood.

Host: Tanya Rumble

Where: Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor St W)

When: May 08, 2016 at 11am - 12:30pm

A Time Travel Adventure at Galleria Mall!

The Galleria Mall time capsule will take us back to the year 1972! After spending time in the past, we’ll make our way back to 2016 where we’ll explore the mall's present day surroundings and discuss what things might be like in that area in the future. Bring your time travel apparel and any time travel equipment you might deem necessary! If you remember 1972, please bring along memories, photographs, songs, and/or artifacts. If you have already visited the future, you are more than welcome to share stories, pictures, drawings, and mementos! Wear your best time travel outfits! Bring ideas and suggestions for an ideal future for the area. Note: If you walked around with me last year, please come back! This adventure is brand new!

Host: Shari Kasman

Where: Galleria Mall Parking Lot Sign (1245 Dupont St)

When: May 08, 2016 at 2pm - 3:30pm

Anatomy of a Street Festival

On June 8, 2013, #DundasWestFest was trending on Twitter, in Toronto, for the first time ever. Media trucks rushed to squeeze onto Dundas Street West between Ossington & Lansdowne to film the festivities. Licensed patios appeared to fill the sidewalks & roadway. Stages and busker areas materialized to entertain crowds stretched over 14 city blocks. Toronto's newest summer street party was born and by the end of the day between 25,000 and 30,000 people came out to fill a car-free Dundas Street West for the very first time!

Host: Helder Ramos

Where:  Intersection of Lakeview Avenue & Dundas Street West

When: May 08, 2016 at 4pm - 5pm

Portuguese Toronto: Early Decades

This tour focuses on the history of the Portuguese community in Toronto since the first immigrants began settling in and around Kensington Market in the 1950s, and follows their westward movement along Dundas Street West into what is today "Little Portugal" in the 1970s-80s. Here you will discover how Portuguese immigrants helped shape Toronto’s urban, cultural, business, food, religious, linguistic and political landscapes, by exploring the landmarks of home, work and community life. The tour leaders draw from their extensive research as academic and public historians on these topics, and from their personal experiences as Portuguese immigrants and descendants.

Host: Gilberto Fernandes, Susana Miranda

Where: Bellevue Square (5 Bellevue Ave)

When: June 11, 2016 at 10am - 12pm

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