Posted on May 16, 2013
Have you brought our your bike yet? This weekend’s the one to do it! Mountain Equipment Co-op is sponsoring a day celebrating all things two wheeled at Trinity Bellwoods park. Starting at 11 am MEC will be hosting clinics and group rides, bike demos and a gear swap. Curious? Here’s the webpage with more details.
Also this weekend, Artfest Ontario returns to the Distillery District this weekend with its Spring Art & Crafts show, designed to showcase Canadian art, sculpture, crafts, jewellery, clothing and food. Admission is free to three day event and the weather is supposed to be sunny and beautiful! Click here for more information about the exhibitors.
It’s World Fiddle Day on Saturday May 22nd so if you’re into music Toronto is celebrating in Roncesvalles village! Canadian fiddler Anne Lederman is organizing the event which will run from 1-5 pm at the corner of Wright Ave and Roncesvalles. If you’re interested in playing along with your own fiddle check out the resources here
Posted on May 15, 2013
Last week TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting hosted an on air forum on how we can better inspire both students and teachers.
Among the many esteemed educators was an incredible poet, Malcolm London. His poem, High School Training Ground takes a beautiful, critical look at what high schools give students – the dynamics of poverty, society, empowerment and education in Chicago.
London recently won the Louder Than A Bomb poetry contest. He is also a passionate advocate and activist for youth education. He’s this week’s Creativity in Action subject for his brave and beautiful use of words.
Posted on May 10, 2013
Creativity in action comes on Friday this week because it is particularly fun. Arvind Gupta is an amazingly resourceful an who takes throwaway objects and creates toys to bring joy to children in India.
Check out his story and his plethora of enchanting ideas for everyday objects….
Posted on May 9, 2013
When I think of events that celebrate comic books and the art that they represent I automatically think of adults dressed as Spiderman, Captain America or some obscure Anime character so when I discovered Toronto’s Comic Arts Festival I assumed it would be more of the same.
I was wrong! The free festival promotes the breadth and diversity of the comic genre and intends to bring the wider public in to that world. Thousands attend every year and festival venues include museums, libraries and theatres in the Annex. TCF is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary – check out its website for more details.
Also this weekend is “Discover Hidden Toronto” a scavenger hunt for adults held by Urban Capers that takes participants around downtown Toronto hitting venues like the ROM and University of Toronto. The hunt is historically focussed and question and answer based. It will be on Saturday May 11 only and takes two hours. Tickets are $30 per person and typical teams are two to six people.
For more details check the Urban Capers website.
Posted on May 7, 2013
“What’s it like to be a baby? It’s like being in love in Paris for the first time after you’ve had three double espressos.”
In this wonderful talk psychologist Alison Gopnik reveals the findings of her work with babies and their learning patterns. Through her experiments she discovered that babies are the Research and Development arm of the human species, what she realized is that babies are actually involved in sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Her conclusion? Maybe, at least some of the time, we should be getting adults to start thinking more like children… Enjoy!