Toronto Turns Us On

Toronto turns us on for many reasons, from spontaneous acts of kindness to flash mobs, from arts and culture to local food, and from neighbourhood pride to community building - this video blog shares them all.

Business In The Streets (BITS) supports enterprising youth and other populations facing barriers to employment in Toronto.
  The Toronto we love is one where disabilities don't get in the way of pursuing your passion. This is the inspiring story of a young girl whose life has been transformed by the power of music, with a little help from our friends at the Regent Park School of Music.  
If you are anything like the team at Toronto Foundation, you can't wait to be amazed, educated, and thrilled at this year's hotDOCS Festival. 
  How is this for quintessential Canadian?!   
Toronto has a new anthem! Have you heard it yet? Britney Davis, winner of CBC Toronto's Song in the 6ix, performs this brand new beat. It features notable Torontonians like Mayor Tory, Cameron Bailey, Sursur Lee, Councillor Norm Kelly and our very own President and CEO, Rahul Bhardwaj.
Toronto at night offers a very special view. Toronto at night with fireworks and captured from a drone is a very special view indeed! Got more reasons to love your city? Please share them with us by clicking here.
Jean-Louis Brenninkmeijer is building miniature versions of not only Toronto, but also Hamilton, Niagara, and the Welland Canal-all of which will be open to the public by 2017.
Take a tour through Evergreen Brickworks with a spectacular view of the Don Valley.  Jump into spring at Evergreen Brick Works during the March Break with fun for the whole family: bike riding, art workshops, nature play, and delicious food. 
How do Torontonians use technology to change the world?
Here is one little Torontonian who doesn't mind the cold one bit! Juno, born on November 11, 2015, was named after Juno Beach in tribute to the soldiers who died there in WWII.
VIBE Arts coordinated 350 young artists in the production of 60 hand-painted public murals expressing the theme “This is Why We Play”, as part of NBA's All Star Game 2016. The murals are exhibited in 31 subway stations across Toronto till the end of February 2016.
This past weekend, Toronto was the real star of the NBA All-Star Weekend. Players like Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, and the Raptor's own Kyle Lowry showed off their dunks and their three pointers. 
RISE is a community led by youth, comprised of artists, activists, free-thinkers, and revolutionaries. Together they help to create a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through performance art. 
Earlier this month, Maple Leafs fans young and old got to see their favourite players up close at an outdoor practice. Got more reasons to love your city? Please share them with us by clicking here.
Snow may be a new experience, but fun is the same in any language.  Watch as these newly arrived children from Syria experience, for the first time, the best part about Canadian winters: tobogganing! Thanks to Ontario Provincial Police Const. David McNab for the footage.
Inspiration, community, and culture continue to attract the best talent to our city. Find out why Toronto is the world's best hidden gem. Got more reasons to love your city? Please share them with us by clicking here.
This silent home video dates back to 1943! Browse through these scenes of summer in Toronto during WWII.  Got more reasons to love your city? Please share them with us by clicking here.
It's a new year full of possibilities. Let's see what we can build in 2016! If you are a Toronto architecture fan, you're going to love this one. 
Looking back at what we've accomplished this year, Toronto has much to be proud of. From hosting the Pan Am Games, to the welcoming of Syrian refugees, we've done a lot. And who could forget the Bautista bat flip.  Can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!
We've had such a wonderful year from celebrating Vital Toronto, to this summer's Pan Am Games, to the release of our la
Last week, Syrian refugees started to arrive in Toronto, watch these Canadian children send very cute welcoming messages to their new neighbours.
What would a love letter to Toronto look like? We think this video captures our feelings pretty well. Thank you to Spacing Magazine for producing this heart warming tribute to our favourite city. 
Did you know that the High Park Zoo has been a staple in Toronto for over 120 years? The video stars some of the animals and the families who love frequenting the oldest free zoo in North America.
It's that time of year again when everyone bundles up to experience the twinkling lights of Dundas Square, to get out to the neighbourhood skating rink, and to boldly stare Jack Frost in the face while hitting the tobaggan hill for the first ride of the season. 
The 111th annual Santa Claus Parade took place this weekend, and while everyone was excited to see the big man in red, we hope you waved and cheered for the men and women behind the clown makeup.
TedxToronto took over the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, bringing idealism to the forefront. Guided by this year's theme, Thresholds, speakers at the conference celebrated rule breakers, change makers and world shakers.
The visual magic of Ontaerial will take you high above the landmarks of High Park to give you a view unlike any other.  Get inspired to visit the park while the leaves are still on the trees. 
Toronto Pearson believes in being a good neighbour, and that means investing in local communities. Through their Propeller Project, they are investing in programs that promote environmentalism, support new Canadians, and develop young leaders.
Toronto is on fire and the Blue Jays aren’t the only ones bringing the noise!
Nuit Blanche 2015 has come and gone but our memories of it will last a lifetime. Thanks to all the artists who created such wonderful displays and shared them with the whole city. 
"Being a storyteller is intrinsically tied to leadership," says Canadian poet and recent Vital People recipient d'bi.young anitafrika. When we tell stories, we invite people to ask questions, and that's how work evolves. Watch her elaborated and rhythmical answer now. 
Of all of the videos that we share with you on Monday mornings, this one is particularly close to our heart.  This is the story of Fran and Fraser Deacon. They had a dream for Toronto that continues to shape the city we call home. 
What happens when you mix Taylor Swift and the Toronto Blue Jays? One pretty amazing song! Check out this video created by Adam Jesin who parodies Taylor's hit Blank Space - its makes for one heck of a tribute to the team's great season. 
The streets of Hollywood North are busy with the sights and sounds of TIFF. Make sure you catch a flick this festival season, and keep your eyes open for celebrity sightings!
Letecia Rose is the Programs and Partnerships M
Arts for Children and Youth (AFCY), an innovative non-profit art education and community building organization, engaged over 500 young people throughout Ontario in WELCOME 41, a collaborative mural-making project designed to welcome the athletes and visitors that came from the 41 nations who part
“Toronto’s wild. I love it,” says YouTube star Ben Brown of the UK. Ben discovered the urban neighbourhoods and natural surroundings of Toronto, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities during a visit in November 2014.
For three decades, Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (DPNCHC) has played an important role in the lives of the residents of the community, assisting them to stay healthy, develop leadership skills, make positive lifestyle choices, build relationships, and work together to
The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of art and sport to create a living path across Toronto.
The Essencia Arts Collective believes that art can be a tool for social change and community empowerment.
When was the last time you fell in love with Toronto? This video by Chris Hau will inspire you to get out to your favourite places in the city and perhaps wander into some new ones.
While at the Vital Toronto celebration, CBC asked guests what type of legacy they wanted to leave for our city. Responses ranged from leaving legacies of  literacy, healthy communities, and accessibility. What will be your Toronto legacy?
What do you say to the thousands of visitors coming to our city for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games? Hello & Welcome!
This week we are set to welcome the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games! With more than 250,000 visitors coming to our city, let's show them the Toronto we all love. Don't forget to cheer on the home team #TeamCanada
The Pan Am Path is a multi-use path that connects Toronto's trails and creates an active-living legacy for TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.  Each week the Path comes alive with a city-wide relay of art installations and events, celebrating our city's greatest assets: diversity, nature, and a
Tower Renewal is a program to drive broad environmental, social, economic, and cultural change by improving Toronto's concrete apartment towers and the neighbourhoods that surround them. 
  Soccer fans may have lost a legend on the pitch with the retirement of Toronto FC midfielder Dwayne De Rosario but Toronto has gained a community inspiration.  
"No child should go to bed without a book being read."
What if hundreds of people united, each taking one small action to improve their city, all on the same day?
The LIFE program offered by the March of Dimes Canada puts a smile on our face!
For Canada's top athletes competing at home this summer, TO2015 is #NowOrNever.  For youth across the province, the Games are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the passion, dedication, and hard work necessary to achieving their goals first hand.
The Hot Docs Film Festival came to a close this weekend. This week we're sharing with you the trailer for our favourite film of the festival, Music Lessons.
You will not believe where this music video takes place! 
This video will get your green thumbs itching to start your summer gardens.  FoodShare's School Grown program is a schoolyard farming project that employs students to run urban market gardens, while transforming the way young people think about food. 
You know spring is right around the corner when the Blue Jays return to the nest. The Toronto Blue Jays will take on the Tampa Bay Rays for their home opener at the Rogers Centre tonight. We'll be rooting for the Jays all season long and hopefully into playoff season. 
Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman are creating some of the best sounds coming out of Toronto's music scene as the producing and performing duo Majid Jordan. 
There is still time left to be captured by the work of world-renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat at the AGO.
The sights of a city that is always moving, thinking, and producing create quite the amazing time lapse.  Great video by Oscar Flores.  
We are now accepting applications for our Vital Youth/Playing for Keeps program. These grants provide up to $15,000 to support year-long, high quality recreation activities including sports, fitness, outdoor education, arts and cultural activities for youth aged 12-18.
Our favourite city turned 181 years old on March 6.
President & CEO of the Toronto Foundation, Rahul K. Bhardwaj, met with a group of “budding city councillors” at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. As part of a geography assignment, the students used the information from Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report and created a local news segment. 
Ever wonder what a Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Game looks like?
We've always known that Toronto is the prettiest city, now others feel the same way! This video takes you on trip around some of Toronto's architectural masterpieces.  What's your favourite Toronto building? Let us know on twitter.
Acclaimed German travel journalist, Angelika Schwaff, tours different Toronto neighbourhoods and captures the city's soul within her photos.  Watch Angelika's experiences as she discovers our city.
We love food almost as much as we love Toronto! 
Through the David Suzuki Foundation, the Homegrown National Park Project will continue its efforts on greening sections of the urban fabric along the Garrison Creek corridor. 
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs in communities across Canada have been helping young people to discover, develop, and achieve their best potential.
Toronto truly takes our breath away. This drone perspective provides a spectacular view of our Scarborough Bluffs. Thanks to Corbin Visual for this fantastic video. 
Playing for Keeps is now recruiting new Volunteer Ambassadors for 2015. Volunteer Ambassadors take a pledge to become leaders in their neighbourhoods and connect their communities through play!
The top 5 Toronto Turns Us On videos A lot has happened in 2014. As we say goodbye to another great year at the Toronto Foundation, let's look back at the very best of our video blog, Toronto Turns Us On. 
As you get ready to settle in for the last couple of Cold December Nights, we hope that you are enjoying The Mos
Meet Danny. He chose to integrate the Pathways to Education program into his education to create a better future for himself and his family. Danny's potential was unleashed as he mapped out the steps he needed to take in order to achieve an impossible dream - to attend university. 
Tomorrow is GivingTuesday! The official kick off to the Canadian giving season.
The Downtown Yonge BIA has created the Yonge Love project, a creative community consultation that surveys the future of downtown Yonge. They are asking Torontonians to give their thoughts on the Yonge neighbourhood - to share stories of its past, survey its present, and imagine its future.
This year, thanks to a new partnership with MLSE, the Santa Claus Parade was the biggest and most festive parade Toronto has ever seen with over 30 floats, 21 walking bands, and hundreds of smiling faces.
Tomorrow, on Remembrance Day, we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who served their country and acknowledge our responsibility to work for the peace they fought hard to achieve, so that we could live strong, proud, and free. 
Twenty riders participated in the recent Wellspring Toronto’s Peloton Challenge and completed the astonishing endeavour of cycling from Toronto to New Orleans to raise funds for supportive care programming at Wellspring.
The Centre for City Ecology has put together a compilation of 10 videos that explore simple, achievable ideas to make Toronto more awesome.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have started a new season, and Leaf Nation is back! Get ready to watch the city come alive as we cheer on our boys in blue. 
Ready or not.... Next summer Toronto will be host to over 7,500 athletes from 41 countries and territories to celebrate the spirit of sport, competition, and tradition with the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. 
Remember the early 2000s Toronto campaign that inspired the “You Belong Here” television ad? Well we're bringing it back!
Sometimes it’s nice to slow down a city that moves pretty quickly. Thanks to Mark Rothen for submitting this video and capturing the beauty of Toronto’s landscape and culture. You can check his work out here.
Our very own Nadien Godkewitsch, Manager of Programs, sat down with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation for the It's Your Move video series, to talk about her favourite method of transportation - cycling! 
'Tis the season for stargazing! The Toronto International Film Fesitval is currently under way with the biggest and brightest in film-making in town, hoping to capture the attention of a cinema-loving city. 
This past weekend you may have witnessed more than one person playing in the streets. Through the Open Streets program, Toronto streets were opened to people and closed to cars.
The East Scarborough Storefront has made significant investments in their neighbourhood, howver the area lacked a place for youth to come together and play.
Thursday, August 7, marked the one year to go to the 2015 Parapan Am Games and TO2015 wants to know "Are you ready?"
The Remix Project, a Toronto-based charitable organization, is replicating their proven successful model of youth mentorship and career development in Chicago.
The Mattamy Athletic Centre, formerly known as the Maple Leaf Gardens, was host to a different kind of competition on Saturday, July 26. The 2014 Art Battle National Championship had 20 of Canada's best painters create works of art in front of a live audience.
“The core of Hip Hop is really about collaboration & collaboration is all about UNITY” – Queen Godis  
White Ribbon Canada and the Toronto Argonauts are teaming up to ask what #littleACTIONS can be taken on a daily basis to work towards ending violence against women and girls.
Rosie MacLennan, Olympic and Pan Am gold medallist in trampoline, is jumping for joy over #TO2015's one-year-to-go party, taking place at Nathan Phillips Square on July 11 and 12.
Inspired by the "You Are Your Community" national campaign of the Community Foundation movement, CBC asked our guests at the Vital Toronto celebration,  "What can people do, on a small scale, to contribute to their community?" 
Toronto welcomes the first WorldPride celebration in North America! Taking place between June 20-29 Toronto will play host to thousands of people who are excited to take part in the largest pride event this city has ever seen.
This summer book a date to head over to Thorncliffe Park and experience North America's first Tandoor oven.  Thanks to Toronto Park People for sharing this video. Can't wait to get over there and enjoy some great tandoori cooking. 
The excitement of the NBA playoffs has the whole city cheering for the Raptors. #WeTheNorth 
Sunday, June 1, was the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), and they certainly have a lot to celebrate. In 10 years, CSI has been able to transform a small community of 14 projects into a working collaborative of 700 social initiatives. 
If you could make Toronto better, even just for one day, how would you do it?  On June 7, for the first time ever, Toronto will host 100 in 1 Day. This citizen-driven festival will unite people across the city to make Toronto a better place by creating acts of urban change. 
"We are the North side, a territory all our own. If that makes us outsiders, we're in" Canada's only NBA team have one thing on their mind: to win.
The Red Rocket is on the move! Check out this short video that travels through time to show off the past, present and future designs of Toronto's streetcars. 
In this video, Colin Mochrie, the cast of Second City, and Toronto 2015 show why comedy is Canada's best export. They are asking for volunteers who will undoubtedly be the heart of the Games, when the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games come to the city next summer. 
Happy National Volunteer Week!
The Toronto FC kicked off the season to a great start, and we’re excited that so many new players have decided to call Toronto home. In this video, midfielder Dwayne De Rosario along with teammates Nick Hagglund and Jonathan Osorio hand-deliver season tickets to some pretty dedicated fans.
Meet the group of girls who are responsible for creating the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games mascot Pachi! We think they did such a great job, and we can't wait to meet him when the Games arrive in Toronto next summer. 
The latest musical craze has hit the streets of Toronto, and just in time!  We could all use a little more "happy" until spring finally arrives. 
March break is here and it is bringing the warm weather with it!
The winter weather in Toronto just isn't letting up. We suggest warming up with this video from Habitat for Humanity Toronto. It's sure to melt a couple of hearts. 
Watch how Playing for Keeps is bringing the community together! This Neighbourhood Game organized by Volunteer Ambassador Rona Umar brought cricket to Fergy Brown Park in Weston Mt. Dennis.
Toronto residents are taking advantage of the snowy weather in an effort to unite their communities. Watch Playing for Keeps Volunteer Ambassador Deborah Kirkegaard took over Cedarvale Park with her Neighbourhood Game.
On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Playing for Keeps(P4K) hosted some Neighbourhood Games fun at George Brown College. The “Winter Warm Up” night was full of games, good times, and allowed great friends to reconnect. 
Your Community Makes You.
The new advertisement created by our Vital Youth recipient WoodGreen shines a Hollywood spotlight on poverty in Toronto. 
It is mid-way through January, and we hope those who have made fitness resolutions for the New Year are still sticking to them! Accordig to the 2013 Vital Signs Report, 52.6% of Torontonians (12 years and over) are inactive during leisure time.
Ready for summer? We are! Check out Dusk Dances, which has brought high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks for 19 seasons. As dusk decends, the audience is led to watch electric dance pieces that unfold around the park.
The one month countdown begins until the 2014 Winter Olympics hosted in Sochi, Russia. We can't wait to cheer on Team Canada as they compete to bring home the gold.
"No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings." - William Blake
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the city                                                             Every Torontoian was stirring because well, why not?
FoodShare's School Grown is a school yard farming project that engages students in creating and running urban market gardens. 
We couldn't be more pleased to announce David Love as the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter.
You know them by voice, now get to know the ladies who help you get around the city every day. Three TTC employees voice the 5,600 announcements you know only too well when you ride the Toronto's subway, buses and streetcars. 
Earlier this year Toronto City Council announced that a billboard tax would be invested into the arts, an idea pushed forward by the people behind
The YMCA of Greater Toronto is providing opportunities to youth so that they can become champions of their own lives and create positive impacts in their communities. This uplifting video shows us how the YMCA is making the GTA home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults.
A new Raptors season is upon us and we have a good feeling about this year's outcome. Newly appointed Global Brand Ambassador Drake shares his thoughts about what the Toronto Rapters means to him and what the team means to Toronto. 
Twenty years ago, crowds held their breath as Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays stepped to home plate and hit the famous home run that won the Jays the 1993 World Series.
Food security is about more than supporting your local food bank; it’s about supporting organizations like Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), which work with low-income communities to provide high-quality food in a dignified setting that helps to teach health
Thousands of art-lovers, from in and around Toronto, stood mesmerized by this year's Nuit Blanche art exhibit Forever Bicycles by world-renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei.  Watch as 3,144 bicycles get put together to create the installation in just three minutes thanks to th
This video, which opened up the TedxToronto conference last week, takes a look at Toronto's transformative history.
In 2005, Drum Artz Canada created Samba Kidz, a multi-arts program that provides training for young people in Samba music.
Find your escape in the city with the Love the Ravines project.
"Before Pathways I didn't really believe in myself, plain and simple." Meet Nike Valeus, a newcomer to Canada and a participant of Pathways to Education. Pathways showed him the joy of working towards his dreams and the true meaning of creating happiness within the community.  
The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing and the stars have come out to play!
Take advantage of these last few days of summer and get outside! With the help of local park groups and ping pong enthusiasts, you can work on your backspins and sidespins in a number of Toronto parks.
Let us intoduce you to the work Leigh Silverstein of GiveTO. This not-for-profit video company that works with Toronto charities to help them better spread the word of the great work they do.
Whether you call it the Ex, the CNE, or the best thing before school starts, Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition has something for everyone!
Check out this video that explores the top 5 things to do in Toronto.  Agree? Disagree? What are your favourite things to do in the city? 
How would you spend your 90th birthday? Torontonian Betty Convery celebrated hers doing the CN Tower EdgeWalk. This week's video shows us the beauty of Toronto from breathtaking heights. How will you let Toronto challenge you?
We had to share this great video by our friends over at Scarborough Arts. They develop, deliver and promote arts programming and cultural initiatives in collaboration with the community.
Last Thursday, the residents of Weston-Mount Dennis celebrated their own “Recipe for Community” by hosting a community BBQ. The event also featured a bicycle repair program, mural art, young recording artists from UrbanArts, and remarks from program supporters. 
The good people at TCAT put together this little video looking at cycling infrastructure in Toronto and Montreal. It's great to see what other cities have done as we consider options for Toronto!
Our friends over at the Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development put together their own Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Game. Create you own Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Game!
At our Vital Toronto celebration on Wednesday, June 19, our partner CBC Toronto asked an important question of our guests: "What makes Toronto vital?" Watch the video as some of Toronto's most inspiring community and business leaders answer the question. 
In 2009, Manifesto brought together more than 20,000 Torontonians at Dundas Square to pay tribute to the "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, and to show their love for their city on Canada Day. This Canada Day, who will you pay tribute to? 
We found this really cool video posted by the Science Channel that explains why a glacier that covered Toronto 90,000 years ago is the secret to our underground city, PATH!
This neat video beakdown takes you inside the process of youth incarceration and why The Look At My Life Project can be so important in providing a sense of purpose, direction, and breaking the cycle.
For our 50th (!!!!) issue of "Toronto Turns Us On", we celebrate with a short film from Maracatu Mar Aberto. This Afro-Brazilian percussion and drumming troupe will be on stage at our special Vital Toronto Celebration on June 19.
This very cool map video of the TTC weekday service by Kieran Huggins using data from, really captures the flow of transit in Toronto.
This is a great way to get to know some cool Toronto Artists.
Check out this great video by Environmental Defense promoting Toronto's Blue Flag beaches! It just might be what you need to cool off the kiddies this summer!
We came across another video by Ryan Edmond, the creator of Toronto Tempo and just had to share it with you! Watch for the slow-
Even your sneakers can be an outlet for creative expression in Toronto! Toronto Loves Kicks' hosted a competition at the Bata Shoe Museum featuring artists composing original designs on blank sneakers as their canvas.
Here we are in the middle of volunteer week, so we thought we would share a video from our friends over at Distress Centres
Ophea champions healthy, active living in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships and advocacy and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. 
To celebrate the Toronto Blue Jays return to the field for another summer, we thought we would share this fun video announcing the start of the 2013 season by
Our friends over at Inner City Angles worked with an artist to bring this story to life.  
How could we resist passing around this video from our friends at the Toronto Zoo?!  Next Monday, two giant pandas from China are landing in Toronto for a 5 year stay. The exibit opens in May! Learn more at
You may remember the Flash Mob proposal that we featured last year? Well this time the good people at Improv in Toronto have introduced subway attendants to the TTC!
Our friends over at UNITY Charity put together super-short fun little promo video.  UNITY empowers youth to make better choices as leaders, mentors and positive community role models leading to more productive citizens, safer schools, and healthier communities. 
We don't know who made the first "Harlem Shake" video - or why for that matter. But when your city's basketball team gets a shakin', you can't help but pay attention.
While it seems like summer time is still so far away, when it does get here, Toronto is a city that knows how to do summer well!
The Regent Park School of Music (RPSM) is one of Toronto’s most diverse music schools, with a mandate to provide music education to youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
One of the hottest tickets in town! Every first Thursday of the month, the Art Gallery of Ontario mixes art, artists, live music, food, and drinks for an after-hours affair. All that's missing is you. 
The Small Change Fund strengthens the capacity of people and organizations to build lasting change from the ground up. Learn more about the Small Change Fund on the Community Knowledge Centre.
New faces. New energy. Same Toronto favourite. The Toronto Maple Leafs are back on the ice - and that's a good thing. We're celebrating with some archival footage edited by John Wall.
LOFT Kitchen is a youth-run social enterprise Café that provides a gathering place for the community and a hub for aspiring social entrepreneurs. It is a program of the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre (CONC).
SKETCH creates equitable opportunities for diverse young people to experience the transformative power of the arts, to develop their leadership and self-sufficiency, and to cultivate social and environmental change through the arts.
This fun video features an original song by Toronto's DJ Krueger and highlights some of the city's landmarks bedazzled with the Christmas spirit.  
The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund is presenting "Music Therapy Nights" every third Sunday of the month at the Rivoli until May 2013 in support of music therapy services and research.
Last December, we took on a new challenge as a team. We formed a band complete with steel pans and choir-trained voices, all to wish Toronto "Happy Holidays!" We couldn't resist sharing the video again in the spirit of the season. Oh, and yes - we're really playing those steel pans.
Using a combination of stop-motion and time-lapse photography, Stefan Kordiuk creates a "hyperlapse" sensation that some suggest trumps all others in this genre.
Multiracial youth from the Youth Arcade at St Stephen's Community House confront issues of race and identity in Toronto, in their own words. Their book "It's Not All Black and White" is being made into a documentary.
Sistema Toronto provides free music lessons in an ensemble-based environment to children as part of an intensive social program that inspires children at risk to reach their full potential as students, musicians and citizens.
TIFF is cultivating community beyond the film fest with its Film Circuit.
Not Far The Tree, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society, puts Toronto's fruit to good use by picking and sharng the bounty. Learn more about Not Far The Tree on the Community Knowledge Centre.
Experience a taste of the R.O.M.'s inaugural series 'Friday Night Live', happening every Friday until November 30, as part of the museum's fall season.
Working "from field to table," FoodShare focuses on the entire system that puts food on our tables, while empowering individuals, families and communities through food-based initiatives.
Sights and sounds from Nuit Blanche Toronto 2012 capture the energy behind Toronto's arts all-nighter. Shot & edited by cinematographer Jon Simonassi for BizMedia.
Art Starts programs such as "Good Vibes" use the arts as a bridge for building self-expression, shared experience, and common understanding.  Learn more about Art Starts on the Community Knowledge Centre.
Photographer Tom Ryaboi captures the sometimes elusive boundary between earth and sky, as Toronto wakes up below. 
Lost Lyrics is a mobile and innovative learning community that empowers young people to create a bridge of knowledge between the streets and the classroom.
Ready... Set... Play in your neighbourhood! Playing for Keeps Neighbourhood Games are locally organized, playful and joyful activities that bring people together to share an experience, have fun and play.
The Scarborough Arts Bridging Festival comes alive each summer in the Kingston-Galloway/Orton Park (KGO) neighbourhood.
Find out how Pathways is helping youth overcome barriers to education.
Meet six young people from Regent Park who have found their voices through creative expression.
As part of Evergreen's MOVE Expo, Tanner Zurkoski tried to wrestle the Toronto "transportation quagmire" through a month of interviews, driving around in a car.
A photographer's lens captures "Toronto's fond farewell to summer," the Canadian National Exibition.
Playing for Keeps is developing healthier, more active, and better connected commun
Watch as Amy plans her local farming business and learns a little about her family culture. Got more reasons to love your city?  Please share them with us by clicking here.
Watch as an electrical storm hits downtown! 
East Scarborough imagines change. How does a project go from an idea to reality to create neighbourhood change? 
Thousands of photos create a time-lapse masterpiece of a living city. Ryan Edmond's tribute to the city he loves is moving and covers so many of the things we love about Toronto!
Experience a grove in St. James Town. Uforchange is promoting a creative culture and attracting international attention!
Check out this awesome marriage proposal in Yorkville
Every child who comes to the Children's Book Bank can take home a book each visit - it is theirs to keep forever. Learn more about the Children's Book Bank on the Community Knowledge Centre.
Check out this awesome rap video from our friends at Merry Go Round