Create Your Own Superhero at The 519

BAM! POW! ZAP! Everyone knows Wonder Woman, Spiderman and the Flash, but superheroes can come in all shapes and sizes. What does it take to be a superhero in today’s Toronto?

Writers aged 6-9 can create superheroes with Evan Munday, author-illustrator of the much lauded middle-grade mystery book series The Dead Kid Detective Agency, at DIY Superhero Lab on Saturday, May 5, from 10am-noon at The 519 (519 Church St).

This FREE workshop will focus on the one thing that superheroes from The Avengers to The X-Men have in common: an incredible origin story. To register, click here.

DIY Superhero Lab is part of The 519’s Kids & Youth Action and Arts Space, a series of creative and social programs for LGBTQ and Trans families.

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Walking in Mouse City Valley with Jane Jacobs

 Urban planners aged 8-10 are spending the month of April building a model city out of recycled materials, as part of our Mouse City Valley project at Evergreen Brick Works. Their diorama will be exhibited to the public on Sunday, May 6.

What better way to christen this mouse-sized city than by launching Susan Hughes’s picture book about renowned local urbanist, Jane Jacobs, illustrated by Valerie Blovin,WALKING IN THE CITY WITH JANE (Kids Can Press)?

After reading WALKING IN THE CITY WITH JANE, Susan Hughes will be interviewed on stage by a few of the kids who built Mouse City Valley. There will be a mini Jane’s Walk from the BMO Atrium to the Children’s Garden at Evergreen, where children will conduct tours of their model city.

Don’t miss this opportunity to not only pick up this exquisite new biography of Jane Jacobs for young readers, but, to celebrate how her vision of ‘a healthy city’ continues to inspire young city-builders.

Evergreen Garden Market will have books available for purchase at the event.

Sunday, May 6 | Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue | FREE
Mouse City Valley Exhibition: 10:30am-1:30pm | Book Launch: 12:00-1:00pm

Click Here for How To Get To Evergreen Brick Works

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A Valley Grows in Mouse City

Our popular Mouse City program gives kids a chance to explore real-life urban planning issues by constructing model cities out of craft materials. The latest installment, Mouse City Valley, is a partnership with Evergreen Brick Works (EBW) that will address the biggest civic challenge of them all: the environment.

The project will run on four consecutive Sundays from April 8-29 (inclusive), conducted by leading urban thinkers. Each unit takes place 10:30am-1:30pm, RAIN-OR-SHINE. The program takes place indoors. There will a public exhibition of the diorama in the Children’s Garden at EBW on May 6 and 12. FREE With RSVP. 

York University’s Jennifer Bonnell (above, photo by Alexander Furneaux) kicked off the program last week, by conducting a guided walk and mapping exercise. This Sunday (April 15), Environmental Architect Annabel Vaughan will help the young urban planners turn that map into a model built out of cardboard and recycled materials.

Over the coming weeks, kids can take part in indigenous story circles with award-winning children’s author Melanie Florence and plan a model community for storybook mice with Broadcaster-author Jane Farrow. 

This project is SOLD OUT. But The Waiting List is open and active  Click here to sign-up.

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TOTSAPALOOZA TURNS TEN – Photos

From KidLit icons Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid jamming with veteran indie-rock musicians Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra to vibrant performances by Fay and Fluffy’s Drag Queen Storytime and acclaimed author Nadia L. Hohn  – the 10th annual TOTSAPALOOZA Festival on Saturday, February 3 at Revival was an extraordinary celebration of our decade milestone.  Small Printers Jenn Catanzaro and Shana Hillman captured the big day in photos (above).

Clockwise from the top left: Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky Bakery’s edible works of art based on this year’s books (and poster), authors Nadia L. Hohn, Dennis Lee and Barbara Reid, Ann-Marie Williams of Movement Lab dances with Fluffy Souffle and Fay Schlift, Small Printers Tim Walker and Marcia Garnes, Don Kerr of Communism sings rhymes from Barbara Reid’s Sing-A-Song of Mother Goose with Barbara and Fay and Fluffy, a set by Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra, (inset) Fay and Fluffy’s hugely popular Storytime in the Basement Bar, Dennis Lee performs “Alligator Pie Blues” with Communism and The Woodshed Orchestra, and The Woodshed Orchestra.

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Small Print Toronto gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) for this year’s TOTSAPALOOZA Festival.

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