Join us at the Town Hall for All, where organizations and individuals across the city are coming together to offer a diverse array of free community programming; from theatre to comedy, ice cream and more, we will be showcasing the best of Toronto as a city for everyone.

Which sessions would you like to attend?

  • You can select up to 3 sessions maximum for one individual. This guideline is designed to maximize accessibility to programming for many. 
  • Sessions are non-transferable. 
  • Stand-by lines will be set up onsite on a first come, first serve basis and subject to available capacity.

Wheelchair Accessible. Live captioning available for certain events (some still TBC). Inclusive audio will be available for events via an app that connects directly to your phone or tablet. This requires downloading the app ahead of time. Questions about Inclusive Audio or Live Captioning? Email inclusivity@torontoforeveryone.com.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23

6:00 - 7:30PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentrification and Displacement in the City - SOLD OUT


Honest Ed's was not just a kitschy shopping experience; for many, it was an affordable space and community hub. Join us for a panel discussion as we explore neighbourhood change across Toronto as bargain-shop retailers exit areas and examine how narratives of gentrification understand retail change. Specifically, how do these changes affect neighbourhood inclusivity and what are strategies to keep neighbourhoods inclusive and avoid displacement as they change? How do we build equity into the planning process and what are the best practices around maintaining commercial inclusivity via the planning/development process?

Panelists: Dominique Russell, Greg Robertson, & final panelist to be announced.


Age Advisory: All, but likely more interesting to 18+
Registration Required: Yes


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24

12:00 - 1:00PM

The Honest Truth: A Lunchtime Storytelling Event

In this power-packed hour, we use stories, stand-up comedy, vignettes, poetry and song to explore some of the things we feel most shameful about. Nothing is off the table!

Our team is comprised of people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences: living with mental illness, experiencing homelessness, living in rooming houses, struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and coming out as queer. Through this performance, we are empowering ourselves by showcasing our diverse strengths, experiences, and skills. By allowing ourselves to be completely vulnerable, we are breaking down isolation and creating the opportunity to have a meaningful dialogue about the impacts of trauma and mental health issues on individuals and communities. 

Michelle GIbson, Producer; Emily Schooley, Director & Vignette Writer; Richard Lett, Director & Poet; Holly Wyder, Songwriter & Lead Vocalist; Karyn Dwyer, Stand-up Comedian & Vignette Writer; Neha Kohli, Vignette Writer; Flora Igoki Terah, Storyteller; Michael Arnold, Storyteller; Matthew Hume, Stage Manager

Age Advisory: 18+
Registration Required: Yes


2:30 - 3:30PM

The Anti-Apathy Project from Youth Action Network

This workshop explores the importance of community engagement by first being critical of discriminatory and oppressive practices we experience in our own communities. Then, we give participants the tools and know-how to identify and breakout of apathetic and inactive behaviour, learning to stand up for all members of our communities! [Learn about Youth Action Network]

Age Advisory: Youth
Registration Required: Yes


4:00 - 5:00PM

Community Hubs: A Strategy of Youth Homelessness Prevention

Youth homelessness is a growing concern in Toronto. Approximately 2,000 youth are experiencing homelessness across the city on any given night. The experience of homelessness has long term impacts on youth, including the deterioration of physical health and mental health, increased substance use and addictions, increased victimization and involvement in crime, school drop out, and difficulty obtaining and maintaining employment. How can youth homelessness be stopped? In linking youth to the support services they require earlier, we can prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness band avoid long-term consequences for individuals and society. The community hub model is a popular movement for social services across Toronto and Canada at large. Community Hubs are a ‘one stop shop’ for support services that facilitate access and navigation of the supports young people need. As one of the earliest examples of the community hub model in Toronto, Honest Ed’s is the perfect place to discuss this approach. Beyond its retail store, the space at one time housed a variety of services, including medical and dental.

Panelists: Lori Kufner (TRIP Coordinator, Queen West Community Health Centre), Rose Gutierrez (Program Director, SKETCH), Jesse Sudirgo (Manager - Street-Involved Services, Yonge Street Mission).

Moderator: Elisa Traficante (Project Manager - Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof

Age Advisory: All, but likely more interesting to 18+
Registration Required: Yes


5:30 - 6:30PM

The Benefits of Bike Lanes on Bloor

Bloor Street is the lifeblood of Toronto - a vibrant strip of restaurants, commerce, university hangouts, and neighbourhoods that has nearly everything to offer. It exemplifies what it is that makes living, working and shopping local not only possible, but desirable in the age of big-box stores and traffic congestion.

The way Torontonians travel has increasingly shifted toward transit, walking and biking. As a reflection of this and after decades of advocacy, a bike lane pilot was installed along Bloor from Shaw Street to Avenue Road in August 2016. The pilot phase will last a year, and is one of the most heavily scrutinized and studied pieces of cycling infrastructure to date.

Join Cycle Toronto's Jared Kolb and a panel of guests including, Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20), Nancy Smith Lea (TCAT), Albert Koehl (Bells on Bloor), and Jacquelyn Hayward Gulati (City of Toronto Transportation Services) for a lively discussion on the longest running cycling campaign in our city's history. We'll talk about what it took for the vision of bike lanes on Bloor to become a reality, howe the pilot is being measured for success and the future of Bloor Street.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes


7:30 - 10:00PM

A Staged Goodbye - SOLD OUT

A night of stories, theatre, and the magic of the stage. We send off the building that helped build the Toronto theatre scene with a night befitting it's namesake.

Featuring: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, performances by Michael McNeely & Danielle (Bea) Jolley, and storytelling from HERstory Counts.

Age Advisory: 19+
Registration Required: Yes


10:30PM - 12:30AM

Last Laughs - SOLD OUT

Mirvish Village has long been home to important parts of the Toronto Comedy scene, so what better way to spend a Friday night than hearing from a diverse set of some of Toronto's top talent?

Featuring: Daw Whitwell, Courtney Alysse Skye, Theresa Isis Ramirez, Nour Hadidi, Hoodo Hersi, Courtney Gilmour, Daniel Woodrow

Hosted by: Lauren Mitchell

Sound Tech: Paul McEachern

Age Advisory: 19+
Registration Required: Yes


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25

8:00 - 9:30AM

Honest Eggs: Saturday Morning Cartoons & Cereal

It's a BYOBowl Breakfast Bonanza! Relive your childhood or be the kid you are and join us in waking up early, watching some cartoons and eating a big bowl of cereal. Sorry, there won't be any eggs (unless you bring 'em yourself!), but the pun was too good to pass up... Don't forget to Bring Your Own Bowl!

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No


10:00AM - 12:00PM

No Fare, Family Affair

We're bringing some of the cities coolest organizations into the space for a drop-in fair for all ages. Featuring music and spoken word from First Spring Records, a Ukelele Workshop from K-Funk & Lady Ree, a kids reading corner with Frontier College, necklace making with Everdale, a scavenger hunt with Super Geek, and a 6ix Kids Yoga workshop. There's something for everyone and fun to be had for all!

Age Advisory: Families
Registration Required: No


12:00 - 1:00PM

Toronto Remembers - Retro Ice Cream Social

Honest Ed's played a big role in many lives, and was a mainstay for many seniors who live throughout the city. We're inviting them all to join us in turning the clock back, playing 50's hits in an ice cream parlour setup and serving warm beverages too. Also, come create some mixed media Intuitive Art in "Landmarks of Nostalgia", a communal art project encouraging participants to creatively tap into their memories and experiences of Honest Ed's as a long standing Toronto landmark.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No


1:00 - 2:00PM

Farewell, Honest Ed's: A Jane's Walk

Jane's Walk will be leading a walk as a community storytelling project that both explores Honest Ed's & Mirvish Village as a physical site, but also generates community dialogue about its legacy and future. This is not a conventional lecture tour. Rather, this will be a walking conversation where the participants drive the discussion. At each stop, participants will share stories, thoughts, and memories with the group. Jane's Walk volunteers will help capture the stories and insights it generates through photos, sketchnoting, and video, which will be shared back with the community as a digital asset that documents the walk. 

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No, more information can be found here.


1:00 - 3:00PM

No Fare, Community Affair

This city is full of amazing community organizations, and great ways to get out and do something. It’s a place where you’ll be able to write love letters about your neighbourhood with the Love Lettering Project, learn to make signs like the Ed’s classics, test your skills with CultureLink, see a talent show organized by Clarissa Magalhaes, hear spoken word from the Centre for Community Living and Development, speak with Passages Canada, and even participate in an improv workshop with Bad Dog theatre. There will be no place like this space, any place!

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No


3:30 - 4:30PM

The Future of Markets

What does it mean to buy and sell on a planet straining under resource-overshoot and climate change, with a culture of consumption incompatible with both of those realities? How do we access the things we need to animate our lives, without rendering the Earth a far more difficult place for humans 100 years in the future? We will explore the future of markets, and make sense of the rise of collaborative consumption projects around the world with Lawrence Alvarez (Toronto Tool Library/Sharing Depot), Sandra Odendahl (Toronto Atmospheric Fund), and Natalie Brown (Karma Food Co-op).

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes

This event will have Live Captioning


5:00 - 6:00PM

Paprika Artistic Explosion

Paprika Festival will run a collective creation workshop for young artists. Paprika professional artists will run a session with young people where they will create a piece of immersive theatre together. The session will cover: teamwork, artistic compromise, and quick tools to artistic excellence. [Learn about Paprika Festival]

Age Advisory: Youth, 15-21
Registration Required: Yes. Only one registration required per family. 


6:30 - 7:30PM

Who Gets Connected? A Panel on Inclusion & Tech

Technology has connected the world in ways that have never before been possible, and the promise that this connection could bring us together is heard in all corners of the world. Yet the internet remains an unsafe space for so many marginalized groups and many of the benefits of technology remain inaccessible. Join Chris Eben (The Working Group), Mayaan Ziv (Access Now), and Anita Li (The Other Wave) to discuss inclusivity and tech - how it is now, how we can improve it, and what the future holds.. 

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes

This event will have Live Captioning


8:00 - 9:30PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Urban Ecology of Mirvish Village - Artist Talk & Presentation

Over the last year, photographers Matthew Monteith and Tanja Tiziana have been working on two significant photo series documenting the final year before the transformation of the Bloor-Bathurst district. Collectively their images capture the built fabric and the community that has long defined this Toronto neighbourhood, and the way in which these physical and social features have come to inform one another. This work includes Monteith’s photomural titled The Theatre that was featured at Nuit Blanche 2016 and still remains on view, running the length of Honest Ed’s Alley.

This talk will bring the photographers together in conversation with curator and editor Ilana Altman to discuss the documentary process, their readings and representations of the Bloor-Bathurst community and the experience of being immersed in each unique world of Mirvish Village. 

Age Advisory: Everyone  
Registration Required:
Yes

This event will have Live Captioning

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26

9:30 - 10:30AM

Sharing Dance: Presented by the National Ballet School of Canada - SOLD OUT

Through a Sharing Dance workshop, Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) is honoured to be part of An Honest Farewell. Attend a pop-up rehearsal to learn a fun, uniquely Canadian choreography with artistic staff from NBS. Dancers of all ages and abilities wanted; no experience required! 

Become inspired to attend free weekly rehearsals at NBS and prepare to shine in community performances across Canada beginning June 2. [Learn more about Sharing Dance].

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes. Only one registration required per family 


11:00AM - 12:00PM

A Memorial for Honest Ed's: Hosted by the Dying Well Collective

What's Your Honest Ed's Story? Our stories connect us to our past, to each other, and to our community. As we share our stories, we develop empathy and connection to each other recognizing our shared experience. 

Come share your story of this iconic space. We are hosting a memorial for the space where we honour our collective memories. Join the Dying Well Collective as we hold space to process and validate our grief over this loss, and honour the impact of its legacy and how we can move forward.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No


12:30 - 1:30PM

Creating connections: images and stories presented by the Palmerston Residents Association

Katherine Childs, an urban photographer, has photographed a great diversity of neighbourhood front yards and porches. Each image is indicative of a household’s identity, a face to the common space of the street. We will use a selection of these photographs to elicit memories and stories in participants of their own experiences of connection and separateness in a neighbourhood. We will look to the future and discuss the possibilities and challenges for connecting in the new neighbourhood of Mirvish Village, where most of the inhabitants will have neither yard nor porch. It is possible to create a ‘message’ from the group discussion.

The discussion format will include individual reflection, small group sharing, and plenary. Because images are the primary focus and story telling is the means of communication, this workshop is accessible for a wide variety of people – literate and non-literate, a range of socio-economic and ethnic background, teens to seniors.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes


3:00 - 4:00PM

What's next for Toronto for Everyone?

Toronto for Everyone is an initiative that invites you to co-create an inclusive city with us. So what happens next and what do YOU want to do? Join the founders of Toronto for Everyone to hear about our plans and for a group discussion to surface ideas, initiatives and shared resources.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: Yes

This event will have Live Captioning


4:00 - 6:00PM

Lights Out: One Last Goodbye

If there is one thing we’ve learned from this project, it’s that Honest Ed’s meant so many different things for residents of this city. It was an iconic landmark that often felt like a slice of a different world where a little bit of cheese was celebrated. So what better way to say goodbye than a sitcom cliché? Drop-in anytime between 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., to reflect on the closing of the building and sit with any emotion that elicits, and when you’re ready turn off a lamp. It’s goofy, it’s weird, it’s Ed’s.

Age Advisory: Everyone
Registration Required: No