YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival 2014 is coming up


YIMBY 2014 is Saturday, September 27, 11am-4pm at UTS (371 Bloor Street West)

Join us at YIMBY (Yes In My Back Yard) Festival: a celebration of community-based ideas and action in Toronto. The festival is free and open to all, providing a social space for people and groups involved in locally-driven community development to gather, exchange ideas and strategies to affect change, and imagine the future of our city.

At this year’s YIMBY Festival, we’ll welcome 70+ Toronto-based groups involved in community development, civic literacy, neighbourhood improvement, environmental action, arts and culture, and economic development. The Marketplace area will focus on collaborative consumption, featuring organizations and businesses that are helping to strengthen the shareable economy movement in Toronto.

Throughout the day, visitors can connect with organizations face-to-face, attend panel discussions focused on community development and sharing economies, and take in a series of flash presentations where YIMBY participants will share their current work, ongoing strategies, and new ideas for positive change in Toronto’s neighbourhoods.

Stay updated on YIMBY 2014:

YIMBY Website
YIMBY Twitter
YIMBY Facebook

YIMBY 2014 Presentation Schedule (details TBD):

12 noon – 12:45pm: YIMBY Welcome + Panel Discussion: Community Development
1:00pm – 2:00pm: Flash Presentations by YIMBY Participants
2:30pm – 3:15pm: Panel Discussion: Collaborative Consumption

So far, we have over 40 organizations registered, including:

Jane’s Walk, Career Skills Incubator, Youth Employment Services (YES), The Sustenance Project, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change, A-Way Express Courier, Toronto Historical Association, Swansea Area Ratepayers Association, Toronto Tool Library, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee, Toronto Park People, Fair Vote Toronto, Ecoartworx, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association, The Kitchen Library, Evergreen CityWorks, Open Streets TO, The Laneway Project, Skilltree Toronto, Active 18, East Scarborough Storefront, toronto2050, Shape My City, MINT Film Festival, Women in Toronto Politics (WiTOpoli), Toronto350, Imagine Cities, Scadding Court Community Centre, Ryerson Association of Planning Students, Black Creek Community Farm, Toronto Seed Library,  Cities for People, Maximum City, Homegrown National Park Project, City Builder Book Club, LEAF, Scenic Toronto, Cabbagetown reLEAF Tree Stewardship, Association for Canadian Educational Resource (ACER), Toronto Balconies Bloom, Repair Cafe Toronto, West End Food Co-op

+ more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The YIMBY Festival happens annually.

Find out more about YIMBY Festival.