This Weekend’s Danforth East Jane’s Walks Roundup!
Guest blogger Tina Scherz shares all the amazing Jane’s Walks that are happening this weekend in Danforth East:
Jane’s Walk weekend is happening the first weekend in May, May 6, 7 and 8th. Never heard of Jane’s Walk? Well now is your chance to explore your community and city with the help of your neighbours. Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their communities, and connect with neighbours, and Danforth East is representing with a range of walks available for anyone to enjoy. The Danforth Mosaic BIA has also compiled a list of local walks, some a little further afield than this list. A full listing of Toronto Jane’s Walks can be found here.
Returning for an encore performance is Phil Pothen’s Danforth East -A Culinary Walking Tour. Exploring the range of culinary options along Danforth Ave. From banana flowers and injera to giant catfish and dozens of herbs and spices you’ve never heard of, the bustling and emphatically un-gentrified eastern reaches of the Danforth present a cornucopia of culturally-specific fare. Phil’s walk starts at Royal Beef and walk east Friday May 6 @11am, and Sunday May 8 @1pm.
Also returning for an encore performance is Stephen Wickens with his popular historic take on the Danforth: The Death and Life of Upper Midway. A self-proclaimed amateur urbanist and historian and former DECA board member, Stephen’s walk will explore the changes in the area along and surrounding Danforth (historically referred to as the Upper Midway) since it was developed in the early 1900s. The walk starts at 2301 Danforth Ave (the former Wise Guys site) and moves west. Saturday, May 7 @10am.
Toronto has a Main Street? is another walk, led by local Sarah Dewar. Sarah will take you through the history of various industrial activities in the area, using a combination of archival photos and storytelling. This walk will explore how this neighbourhood has evolved in the past 130 years, and where it is headed in the future. Meet across the street of Main Street subway station at Stanley Grizzle Park. Friday May 6 @6pm.
New to the roster of Danforth East Jane’s Walk is a walk led by Lois Didyk and Denise Pinto, two long-time residents and avid Jane’s Walkers called Why socks are not enough… Starting with a story about the inspiration of this walk, an article by street nurse Cathy Crowe called “Socks are not enough: Social justice lies upstream from charity”. We will consider the Upstream Downstream parable, and arm ourselves with the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 formula for social justice as we proceed along a short stretch of the Danforth to see how it applies in our neighbourhood. Through the sharing of stories and some fun activities, this walk aims to get us thinking about “Who’s allowed to occupy these spaces?”, “Whose voices are present and whose voices are missing?”, and “Why does this even matter?” Meet at The Only Cafe 972 Danforth Ave (west of Donlands) and walking east. Friday May 6 @4pm and Sunday May 8 @4pm.
Also new to Jane’s Walk are Tina Scherz, and Anita Schretlen, who will host Building Vibrant Main Streets and the Power of Local. DECA and WoodGreen have been working on a number of community driven activities over the last three years that aimed to add to the vibrancy of the Danforth. From store makeovers, to pop-up shops to shop local initiatives, join us to see some of these activities in action and participate in a discussion that will explore the following questions: “What contributes to a vibrant street?”, “Whose job is it to build vibrant streets?”, “Who benefits from renewal efforts?”, and “What can we do to ensure gentrification is inclusive?” Meet at LEN, 698 Coxwell Ave, walking east along Danforth Ave. Saturday May 7 @1:30pm.
Little Free Libraries: An Impromptu Reading Walk With Neighbours will visit a number of little free libraries around the neighbourhood, and talk to the people who built them. Bring a book to leave behind, or find new reading material. Led by Denise Pinto, Global Director of Jane’s Walk. Meet at Coxwell Subway station. Saturday May 7 @4pm
Crowd at Sarah Dewar’s 2015 Jane’s Walk.