Mouse City Danforth with Sheila Boudreau

Urban planners aged 2-12 can build a model city out of FREE craft materials at Mouse City Danforth, on Saturday, June 9 in the Robertson Parkette (1549 Danforth Avenue) click here for a map).  Drop by anytime between 8:30am and 1:30pm.

Who better to guide the construction of a make-believe metropolis than a leading designer of real-life cities? Sheila Boudreau, Senior Landscape Architect at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, has kindly agreed to take part and serve as “Mayor” of Mouse City Danforth.

We’re honoured to present #MouseCityDanny in partnership with the Danforth BIA, and as part of the Danforth East Community Association’s Annual Community Yard Sale .

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An Audio Guide to Mouse City Valley

What does it sound like when urban planners aged 8-10 spend a month building a model city for storybook mice out of recycled materials, with guidance from acclaimed urbanists, architects and authors such as Jennifer Bonnell, Jane Farrow, Melanie Florence and Annabel Vaughan?

Click here for an audio guide to the giant 3D model of Mouse City Valley on display in the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave), between 10:30am-1:30pm on Sunday, May 6 and Saturday, May 12.

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Mouse City Valley on CBC’s Metro Morning

CBC Radio’s popular Metro Morning show ran a short profile of our Mouse City Valley project this week, featuring young urban planners Sofia Romain Gonzalez, Rachel Thomson and Christopher Whitby, and Susan Hughes, author of WALKING IN THE CITY WITH JANE.

To listen to the Metro Morning segment, click here.

Pictured above are Morgan Passi, Producer at Metro Morning, talking with (clockwise) Christopher, Sofia (back of her head), Rachel and Susan.

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Jane Jacobs Book Launch in Mouse City Valley

The model city that urban planners aged 8-10 made for our Mouse City Valley project will be publicly exhibited at Evergreen Brick Works on Sunday, May 6, noon. To help us celebrate, Susan Hughes will launch WALKING IN THE CITY WITH JANE, her brand new picture book about iconic urbanist Jane Jacobs.

After Susan gives a reading, she’ll be interviewed on stage by kids who took part in Mouse City Valley. Alex Furneaux will conduct 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.

Architect Naama Blonder will also join us and run UrbanBlocks, her celebrated giant board game for city builders of all ages (pictured above).

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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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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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.

For more photos, click here to visit our Facebook page.

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

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