YIMBY Festival 2013

We are so thrilled with how the YIMBY Festival went last Saturday! We had an astounding 56 groups from across Toronto participating, thrilling presentations all day long, and the room was constantly buzzing with conversation!

Jane's Walk

Talking with Jane’s Walk

Our Horizon and York Pioneer & Historical Society keeping things historically accurate

Our Horizon and York Pioneer & Historical Society keeping things historically accurate

Thorncliffe Park Women's Committee

Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

Chocosol

Fair trade chocolate from social enterprise Chocosol

People Plan Toronto

People Plan Toronto asks “What planning issues are important to you?”

We are so thrilled with how the YIMBY Festival went last Saturday. We had an astounding 56 groups from across Toronto participating, thrilling presentations all day long, and the room was constantly buzzing with conversation.

This year’s Festival was hosted in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library, a perfectly central location and a beautiful space that was large enough to host the YIMBY Festival, which had already outgrown its previous locations at the Gladstone Hotel and 401 Richmond!

It was such a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase some of the best community work Toronto has to offer. We have heard such great feedback already:

“one of the best forums for meeting those involved in improving their community in the city”

“facilitating stimulating conversations & new connections”

“Great orgs making Toronto a great place!”

“Thanks for organizing a great event – wonderful for the public to have a place to come out learn so much about great things…”

“Feeling so energized after spending the day at YIMBY. Congrats to the organizers and all the community groups who came out.”

Check out our Flickr set of photos from YIMBY

We want to hear from you

Were you at the YIMBY Festival? We’d like to hear your thoughts What did you find most valuable? How can we improve? Take our 5-minute survey.

Throughout the day, we encouraged people to vote for the YIMBY People’s Choice Award and to give us their feedback about the YIMBY Festival on the back of their ballots. Here is what we heard:

4.33 stars! (85 reviews)

stars

We asked people to rate the YIMBY Festival out of 5 and they gave us an average of 4.33 stars.

How you heard about YIMBY

How people heard about YIMBY (Feb 2013)

People heard about the YIMBY Festival from a variety of sources, but most people heard in 3 main ways:

Ecoartworx and Frida Kahlo!

Some beautiful work from Ecoartworx

Word of mouth

Including colleagues, friends, and 3 people who reported hearing about YIMBY from their mom.

Senator Art Eggleton speaks with Lorraine Kirlew of More Than A Haircut

Senator Art Eggleton speaks with Lorraine Kirlew of More Than A Haircut

Online

Our email blasts, the YIMBY website, and some fantastic Twitter/Facebook promotion from our volunteers at the University of Toronto.

From YIMBY participants

With 56 organizations across Toronto participating in this event, many people heard about YIMBY from the community groups they already know and trust.

Didn’t get a chance to fill out a ballot at YIMBY and tell us what you think?

Take our 5-minute survey.

Kids' table

YIMBY volunteers Zainab Al-Rawi and Dania Ansari running the kids’ table

YIMBY Volunteers

CCE intern Nishi Kumar with YIMBY volunteers Zainab Al-Rawi, Grace Babington, and Kevin Ayala-Diaz

Hard at work at the Registration Desk

At the registration desk with YIMBY volunteers Maya Borgenicht, Molly Leathem, Heather Ann Kaldeway (CCE), and Zainab Al-Rawi

We are very thankful to our many volunteers who helped us put YIMBY together this year.

Particular thanks goes to our intern Nishi Kumar, who was the coordinator for this year’s festival, and our core YIMBY team of Bita Mahjoubi, Dania Ansari, Mary-Anne Cooper, and the members of the University of Toronto’s INI235 Service Learning class. We are also thankful to Julia Padvoiskis, Mary Ambrose, Linda Theron, Molly Leathem, Jake Schabas, Maya Borgenicht, and Annabel Vaughan who helped us with the many small details on the day of YIMBY. Professor Melissa Tanti’s ACS 103 Introduction to the Humanities class at Ryerson University assisted us in the fall as we began preparing for YIMBY.

You all put in so many hours in the weeks leading up to YIMBY helping us with graphic design, organizing the kids table, contacting large and small media, running our Facebook and Twitter streams, inviting politicians, and assisting participants. We could not have done it without you.

If you would like to volunteer at the next YIMBY Festival, email us at info@yimbytoronto.org.

Welcome to YIMBY!

Volunteers Mary Ambrose and Linda Theron welcome you to YIMBY.

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