Community Pop-Up: September 25, 2022

Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave, Toronto)

WOTS Community Pop-Up Program

Sunday, September 25

All events take place at Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto (View on Google Maps)

Main Stage

Kids Activity Zone

Author Walks

This stage will host conversations with activists Thomas Clayton-Muller and Maude Barlow, as well as readings from the shortlisted authors for the 2022 Toronto Book Awards. Join us in the morning for a special musical appearance by Sharon & Randi.  

See the full schedule, below. 

Our Kids Zone will host interactive presentations from authors and educators including sessions on monarch butterflies, illustration, and connecting with the land through song and art. Soapbox Science will also present several short talks hourly on a variety of topics being studied now in STEM. 

See the full schedule, below. 

These walks will begin at the CRH Gallery, and extend throughout the Brick Works grounds and into the Don Valley pathways. Join authors as they read and illuminate the way with their words. 

See the full schedule, below. 

Main Stage Schedule

10:30am – Sharon & Randi

Join us with your little ones to start the day with a sing-along from Sharon (of Sharon, Lois, and Bram) with her daughter Randi, and their live band. Skinnamarink-a-rink-a-doo!

Get the book: One Elephant Came Out to Play

Sharon, Lois and Bram invite readers to join them in a musical story about a magical spider web. Jungle animals and kids in costume join in the fun on the web, including a glamorous giraffe, a cranky crocodile, a silly, smiley snake and five monkeys. After the 10th animal is invited onto the web, EVERYONE is invited to the party — but is the web strong enough?

Through Qin Leng’s wonderfully whimsical illustrations, this delightful picture book tells the story of a diverse group of children coming together in play and song.

11:45am – Life in the City of Dirty Water

Clayton Thomas-Muller joins us at Evergreen Brick Works to discuss his new memoir, tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Muller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility.

Get the book: Life in the City of Dirty Water

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. He is a campaigner for, a global movement that’s responding to the climate crisis. He has campaigned on behalf of Indigenous peoples around the world for more than 20 years, working with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Global Justice Ecology Project, and Bioneers, among others. Clayton has led Indigenous delegations to lobby United Nations bodies, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Earth Summit (Johannesburg, 2002 and Rio+20, 2012) and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He has coordinated and led delegations of Indigenous peoples to lobby government in Washington, DC, Ottawa, and the European Union (Strasbourg and Brussels).

Readings with the Toronto Book Award Shortlist

Hosted by Steven W. Beattie, join us for readings from the five finalists for the 2022 Toronto Book Awards.

1:00 – Two Indians by Falen Johnson (Yolanda M. Bonnell presenting)

1:30 – Wrong Side of the Court by HN Khan

2:00 – Run Towards the Danger by Sarah Polley

2:30 – The Relatives by Camilla Gibb

3:00 – The Underground Railroad: Next Stop, Toronto! by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, Karolyn Smardz Frost (Adrienne Shadd & Afua Cooper presenting)

4:00pm – Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism

Maude Barlow will appear in conversation with Katherine Bruce, Executive Director of Planet in Focus, on her recent memoir detailing her life as an activist.

Get the book: Still Hopeful: Lessons from a Lifetime of Activism

Maude Barlow is the bestselling author of 20 books. She sits on the board of Food & Water Watch, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, and is a councillor with the World Future Council. She served as senior water advisor to the UN General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right. She is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates, the Right Livelihood Award and is the current chancellor of Brescia University. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

5:10pm – Diaspora Dialogues with Tanya Turton

Join us for an exciting live conversation with Tanya Turton who will discuss her new release Jade Is a Twisted Green (Dundurn Press) with Fiona Raye Clarke. Presented by Diaspora Dialogues

Kids Activity Zone Schedule

11:30am – How To Raise Monarch Butterflies

Carol, butterfly expert, author and conservationist, will bring live butterflies to tag and release as they embark on their 4,000 km journey to Mexico. Learn all about the fascinating details of their migration and make a wish as we send them off.

Kids can feel the butterfly’s sharp feet and will discover how to tell the difference between a male and female. There will be lots of audience engagement and you will be excited and inspired to start the best hobby ever, raising caterpillars, next summer.

Carol’s books, How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids and 5 Butterflies can be a lasting resource for this important project.
Soapbox Science

12:00-3:00pm – Soapbox Science

Over the afternoon, twelve PhD STEM students & doctorate fellows will talk to you about their recent projects in the fields of aquatic ecology, physical chemistry, geophysics, astrophysics and more!

Click here to see the full list of presenters and their topics

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12:30pm – Natural Curiosity: Song & Art

Tiiu Strutt, singer-songwriter and educator, will lead children and their families in a joyful musical and artistic expression about the changing seasons. Tiiu will be representing Natural Curiosity’s (NC) inquiry approach into building relationships with the land.

NC is an environmental education program that supports educators across Turtle Island. To date, they have distributed over 31,000 copies of their resources, including Natural Curiosity: The Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Childrens’s Environmental Inquiry.

1:30pm – Drawing Your City

Katy Dockrill, illustrator of the City of Water and City of Neighbours titles in the ThinkCities series from Groundwood Books joins us to lead a drawing demonstration.

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people advocate for themselves and their communities.

Author Walks Schedule

10:30am – Urban Wildlife with Dr. Cylita Guy

On this guided walk join Cylita Guy, PhD for a guided nature walk through Evergreen Brickworks. On this walk she will highlight some of the amazing nature we share our cities with, drawing connections to the topics and activities in her latest book Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science & How We Share Our Cities.

From bats to bees and microplastics to trees – this walk will touch on a variety of topics with a little something for everyone! However, much of the walk will focus on Dr. Guy’s area of expertise – bats! While we will not see any bats on this daytime walk, Dr. Guy will share tips and tricks for spotting these winged, night time critters should you ever find yourself out and about in a city park close to sunset.

Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities

What can city bees tell us about climate change? How are we changing coyote behavior? And what the heck is a science bike? Featuring the work of a diverse group of eleven scientists—herself included!—Dr. Cylita Guy shows how studying urban wildlife can help us make cities around the world healthier for all of their inhabitants. In the process, Guy reveals how social injustices like racism can affect not only how scientists study city wildlife, but also where urban critters are likelier to thrive. Urban ecology challenges encourage readers to look for signs of wildlife in their own neighborhoods.

Free admission! Donations to support The Word On The Street’s mission to champion literacy are welcome.

12:00pm – Arboreality with Rebecca Campbell

Walk with science fiction author Rebecca Campbell as she shares her love of the little fragments of wild in Toronto’s ravines—the places where geography resisted the grid, where there is room for plants and animals that you might not expect in the city. Listen as she reads from her novella Arboreality with selections that include stories of re-wilding a suburban street as it is abandoned due to climate change; and a young man working on carbon sequestration in a future Southern Ontario.

What are the emotional and psychological necessities of wildness in the middle of the city, and how do these wild places let us re-imagine cities in a greener, more sustainable way?


A professor in pandemic isolation rescues books from the flooded and collapsing McPherson Library. A man plants fireweed on the hillside of his depopulated Vancouver Island suburb. An aspiring luthier poaches the last ancient Sitka spruce to make a violin for a child prodigy. Campbell’s astonishing vision pulls the echoing effects of small acts and intimate moments through this multi-generational and interconnected story of how a West coast community survives the ravages of climate change.

Free admission! Donations to support The Word On The Street’s mission to champion literacy are welcome.

1:30pm – Veil, Valley, Viaduct with Tanis MacDonald

On this guided walk through the Don Valley, join author and poet Tanis MacDonald on a stroll to the installation of Duane Linklater’s “Mosters of Beauty, Permanence, and Individuality” which provides a good view of the Prince Edward Viaduct. Tanis will read from “Veil, Valley, Viaduct”, a recent essay that charts a walk over the viaduct and the view from beneath through personal experience and a feminist lens.

This walk will consider how art and architecture moves side by side with the pleasure and problems of walking, with readings from Straggle: Adventures in Walking while Female.

Free admission! Donations to support The Word On The Street’s mission to champion literacy are welcome.

3:00pm – Brick Works with Adam Bunch

The history of the Don Valley Brick Works and its surroundings is tied to stories both romantic and grisly. Hidden among the industrial relics and the bulrushes are tales of lust and disaster, of love poems and séances, of scandalous affairs and bone-chilling murder. On this tour, explore some of those hidden tales of the Brick Works, uncovering stories of love and death that have shaped the site and the city that surrounds it.

Adam Bunch is the author of The Toronto Book of the Dead and The Toronto Book of Love, the host of the Canadiana documentary series, and the creator of The Toronto Dreams Project.

Free admission! Donations to support The Word On The Street’s mission to champion literacy are welcome.

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