Let’s Take Over City Hall’s Rotunda – A Call for Volunteers

We’re taking over Toronto City Hall’s Rotunda for a whole weekend as part of this year’s Doors Open Festival (May 27-28).  It will be the construction site of Mouse City Chronicles, five consecutive model city-building workshops. Each one will be inspired by a 30 year period in Toronto history, from 1867 to today. By the end of Doors Open 2017, the Rotunda will house a five-part model of a make-believe metropolis, Mouse City, that mirrors the growth of our real-life city over the past 15 decades.

Volunteers who like working with children in educational and artistic contexts are welcome to join us in our takeover of City Hall’s Rotunda for the Doors Open weekend May 27 & 28. We need several volunteers on-hand to guide them through the planning, designing and building stages of the city planning process.

Here is our posting for Mouse City Chronicles at Doors Open:

To express interest or ask questions, contact:                                                       Lauren Stewart at lauren@smallprinttoronto.org or call 416-558-6965

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Mark Your Calendars: 150 Years of Mouse City

The recent spotlight on Canada’s 150th anniversary prompted us to wonder: How would Toronto’s transformation over the past 15 decades be reflected in its twin urban hub for storybook mice, Mouse City?

Leading urban affairs writers such as Matt Blackett, Adil Dhalla, Jane Farrow, Jay Pitter, Rani Sanderson and Stephen Shapiro will conduct five consecutive model city-building sessions, each one based on a 30 year period in Toronto’s history from 167 to today. These local luminaries will also serve as Mayors of Mouse City.

Urban planners aged 3-10 can explore local history and create cities out of craft materials at Mouse City Chronicles in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda, as part of the Doors Open festival (May 27-28). 

Stay tuned for a complete schedule.

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Photos of Mouse City Transit With Jane Farrow

Author, broadcaster and community organizer Jane Farrow conducted a lively Mouse City Transit workshop at The 519 community centre. Urban planners aged 6-8 were so engaged by the project that they chose to skip their mid-morning snack and keep working on their buildings.(Photos by Shana Hillman and Chris Reed)

Great news: Jane will be a ‘Mayor’ again at Mouse City Chronicles, on May 27-28, in the Toronto City Hall Rotunda, as part of Doors Open. (Scroll down for details)

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“F is for Family” with Qin Leng

We’re delighted to announce that the next installment in our ABC DIY series of alphabet book-making workshops, “F is For Family,” will be conducted by Qin Leng, illustrator of A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O’Leary.  Storytellers aged 3-8 can celebrate the range and diversity of families in the form of a traditional ABC book. “F is For Family” is part of The 519‘s Family Pride festivities for Queer and Trans families on Saturday, June 10, 10am (519 Church Street). FREE. For details, click here.

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Photos of ‘C is for Canada’ with Paul Covello

A sold-out crowd of young storytellers braved the cold to hear artist-author Paul Covello present his latest book, CANADA ABC, make their own alphabet books and draw ‘author photos.’ Parents were also enchanted by the Canadiana, vintage furniture and new books at Southwest Northeast. For more of Caroline Young‘s photos, click here.

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Our 9th annual TOTSAPALOOZA festival of exceptional picture books, indie music and DIY crafts drew 425 book-lovers, tall and small, to Revival on Saturday, February 4.

Here are some of the highlights: (clockwise, top) Tyler Clark Burke launches BILL BOWERBIRD AND THE UNBEARABLE BEAK ACHE, creator Elise Gravel shares I WANT A MONSTER!, host Kevin Sylvester, tots dancing, washable tattoo from our “Tats For Tots” booth, Ann-Marie Williams of Movement Lab,  author Andrew Larsen presents A SQUIGGLY STORY, musical guest Fred Penner, a delicious tribute to BILL BOWERBIRD by Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky, a wee dancer in a rainbow tutu

For more of Sarah Jordan‘s photos from TOTSAPALOOZA #9, click here. For Jenn Catanzaro‘s photos, click here.

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