Community Outreach Events
These are some of the events that Earthroots has recently participated in and / or organized:
Earthroots was pleased to be in attendance at this year’s 9th annual Environmental Career Day! This provided an excellent opportunity for Earthroots to showcase itself to numerous students in the environmental field and recruit experienced volunteers. Hundreds of students at the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels attended this event which was organized by The Graduate Environmental Students Association (GESA), Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS), and the Environmental Students Union (ENSU), in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Centre for Environment. http://careerday.environment.utoronto.ca/
Schad Gallery of Biodiversity - Partners in Protection Fridays – February 5th, 2010 (Ongoing)
The Royal Ontario Museum recently opened the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity, a unique gallery that provides a studio space within it where live programming takes place. Partners in Protection Fridays is a newly developed program that gives special guests and organizations involved with biodiversity-related issues the opportunity to connect with ROM visitors (general public and school visits) via an informal presentation. Earthroots hosted the museum's first PIP of 2010 on February 5th and will continue to host the workshop in the following months - please come out and visit this beautiful gallery within the ROM and enjoy an educational experience for the whole family! http://www.rom.on.ca/exhibitions/nhistory/nature/index.php
Earthroots Fundraiser Show – The Magpie – November 21st, 2009
Earthroots held its second benefit show of the year in November at Magpie Tavern in downtown Toronto. The event featured great performances by Emilie Mover, Mantler and members of Steamboat, and also featured an awesome dance-filled DJ set by Scott Cudmore (Bring it on Home). We are very grateful to all of the performers and volunteers that donated their time to making the show a success and want to extend a special thanks to the staff at Magpie Tavern for all of their help. This benefit would not have been possible without the dedicated work of our in-house event co-ordinator, Audrey Bankley!
Eco-Fair – EarthCycle – University of Toronto, September 24th, 2009
Earthroots took part in U of T’s Environment Week festival, EarthCycle. The festival’s Eco-Fair was held at the Sidney Smith building on university campus, and featured a variety of local non-profit organizations and community groups. This year’s EarthCycle was the university’s most ambitious Environment Week to date, featuring 28 events over six days of almost constant activity. From bike races to eco-tours, documentary film screenings, lectures by world-renowned thinkers, and discussions about issues such as water justice and green energy solutions, EarthCycle had something for everyone!
Changing of the Seasons Gathering in Temagami – September 18th - 21st, 2009
Over the weekend of September 18th, Alex Mathias, an Ojibway elder, hosted his annual ceremony to mark the fall equinox on his traditional family territory in the Temagami region of Ontario. The gathering consisted of a weekend of wilderness camping, solidarity and learning about the old-growth forests that make Temagami unique. Saturday the 19th featured a 'Changing of the Seasons' ceremony, guest speakers, a potluck lunch, visits to Spirit Rock, and guided hikes through the old-growth forest. This year's event marked the 20th anniversary of the Red Squirrel Road blockades and provided an opportunity for activists from the old and recent days of the campaign to reconnect!
Grange Festival – Grange Park, August 7th, 2009
Earthroots participated at University Settlement’s annual Grange Festival on Friday, August 7th in Grange Park. The event proved to be a fun-filled afternoon of family entertainment which included games, prizes, clowns, jugglers and a spelling bee. Special emphasis was placed on being friendlier to the environment and the festival hosted activities and information booths from local community partners and businesses.
Dave Matthews Concert – Molson Amphitheatre – June 9th, 2009
Earthroots was kindly invited by the non-profit organization Reverb and the Dave Matthews Band to attend their concert in Toronto at the Molson Amphitheatre. Reverb is a non-profit organization deeply rooted within the music and environmental communities that educates and engages musicians and their fans to take action toward a more sustainable future.
This provided an interesting forum for Earthroots to reach out and educate the public, and the show was a blast!
Hap Wilson Book Launch – Mountain Equipment Co-op – May 27th, 2009
Book launch and signing with author, artist and wilderness guide Hap Wilson
On Wednesday, May 27th, Earthroots joined together with author Hap Wilson to host the launch of his most recent book, Trails and Tribulations. The event took place at Mountain Equipment Co-op where Hap did a presentation and discussed his latest work. The book shares accounts of the author's lifelong involvement with wilderness living - Wilson knows better than most how to survive under rugged conditions. As park ranger, canoe guide, outfitter, trail builder, and environmental activist, he has learned firsthand that nature can neither be beaten nor tamed. Trails and Tribulations takes the reader on a journey with the author through natural settings ranging from the austere to the mysterious and breathtaking. Travel with Hap as he takes on the awesome responsibilities of being a guide, faces animal attacks, blazing forest fires, the threat of hypothermia and other challenges while on the trail. All proceeds from book sales were donated by Mountain Equipment Co-op to support Earthroots' campaigns. Beer was served courtesy of Mill Street Brewery and wine was provided by Malivoire. If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book ($30.00), please contact Earthroots at 416-599-0152.
Earthroots was pleased to once again be included in the festivities at Downsview Park’s annual Earth Day event. For several years now Earth Day at Downsview Park has been home to the Green Pavilion, a large tent housing over 50 exhibitors and vendors representing various environmental themes. This event provides an excellent opportunity to help educate the public about environmental issues and what they can do to make a difference. This year’s festival featured various exhibits, activities and entertainment for the whole family! http://www.pdp.ca/en/events/earthday2009.cfm
Markham Eco-Fest, April 17th, 2009
Earthroots participated in the 2009 Markham EcoFest where there were a wide range of environmental organizations promoting the importance of sustainability. First hand demonstrations were provided not only to youth, but to all the residents of Markham on environmental solutions related to zero-waste. Students from many different schools were in attendance and the festival was jam packed with informative environmental booths, games and activities, special guest speakers (including three campaigners from Earthroots!) The fair was a fun educational experience for the students and residents of Markham.
Nordic Nomadic: http://www.myspace.com/nordicnomadic
Brian Borcherdt: http://www.myspace.com/brianborcherdt
Brendan Flanagan: http://brendanflanagan.ca/
Earthroots was pleased to be in attendance at this year’s 8th annual Environmental Career Day! This provided an excellent opportunity for Earthroots to showcase itself to numerous students in the environmental field and recruit experienced volunteers. Hundreds of students at the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels attended this event which was organized by The Graduate Environmental Students Association (GESA), Toronto Undergraduate Geography Society (TUGS), and the Environmental Students Union (ENSU), in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Centre for Environment. http://careerday.environment.utoronto.ca/
Caribou Mask Exhibition - The Caribou Mask Project, Metro Hall – November 20th - 25th, 2008
This exhibition featured the beautiful work of numerous First Nations and inner-city school children. Co-ordinated by mask-maker Pamela Schuller and cultural teacher Marie Gaudet, this collaborative project involved Earthroots, the First Nations School, Central Technical School and the Native Child Family Centre. The students came together through the project to create caribou papier-mâché masks to raise awareness about the plight of this threatened species, and to share their culture with the public.
Run With the Caribou – The Caribou Migration Event, Withrow Park - November 2nd, 2008
Featuring the work created through the Caribou Mask Project, the goal of the Run With the Caribou event was to raise awareness of the plight of the Woodland Caribou in northern Ontario and to explore aboriginal culture through caribou mythologies, songs, stories and ceremony. During this family event held at Withrow Park, mask-makers and wearers embarked on a journey around the four directions of the medicine wheel, accompanied by traditional native drumming, singing and story telling. To view photos of the event, please visit the Earthroots gallery: http://www.earthroots.org/index.php/component/option,com_rsgallery2/Itemid,49/
EcoLeague Forum – October 30th, 2008
Earthroots was excited to participate in this year’s EcoLeague Forum. With the help of Markham Councillor, Erin Shapero, we held an educational workshop focusing on the role of the Oak Ridges Moraine and the importance of protecting Ontario’s watersheds. After the presentation, students brainstormed with us to come up with other ideas about what can be done to help protect the province’s precious water resources. Councillor Shapero shared her inspirational stories and informed the students about some of the best ways to put pressure on the provincial government to protect the Moraine.
EcoLeague is a year-long program that engages students in experiential learning and helps them take on sustainability focused action projects on issues that directly impact them. EcoLeague also helps teachers meet curriculum expectations through engaging and environmentally-focused learning activities.
Planet In Focus Film Festival – October 22nd - 26th, 2008
Earthroots was a participant and community partner at the 9th Annual Planet in Focus Film Festival! Some of the most outstanding and compelling environmental films and videos created by Canadian and international filmmakers were featured at this festival over the course of 5 days. Earthroots co-presented About Water, a film that focuses on three stories spread over three regions addressing the harsh realities linked to our dependence on water. The film screened at the ROM on Saturday, October 25th. We also participated at PIF's eco-exchange market on the same day at Innis College, University of Toronto. The exchange featured a number of leading environmental franchises and organizations from across the GTA. http://www.planetinfocus.org/
Changing of the Seasons Gathering in Temagami – September 13th- 15th, 2008
Over the weekend of September 13th, Alex Mathias, an Ojibway elder, hosted his annual ceremony to mark the fall equinox on his traditional family territory in the Temagami region of Ontario. The gathering consisted of a weekend of wilderness camping, solidarity and learning about the old-growth forests that make Temagami unique. Saturday the 14th featured a 'Changing of the Seasons' ceremony, guest speakers, a potluck lunch, visits to Spirit Rock, and guided hikes through the old-growth forest.
Earthdance – September 13th, 2008
Earthdance, the Global Dance Festival for Peace has grown to become the world's largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1996, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, Earthdance has grown to over 300 locations in 60 countries participating in 2007, with locations ranging from the club-lands of New York to the rainforests of Brazil. The event in Toronto featured DJ Anny Fyreagle's mix of world rhythms and live music, a labyrinth walk and a draw. Earthroots is pleased to have been chosen by Earthdance as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds generated! http://www.earthdance.org/
The 24th Annual Vegetarian Food Fair – September 5th, 6th & 7th, 2008
Earthroots was pleased to attend the Veggie Food Fair again this year! The Food Fair takes place each September inside and on the grounds of York Quay Centre, Harbourfront Centre. Themes of focus at the fair included health and wellness, vegetarian cuisine, the environment, animal welfare, and community-building activism. http://www.veg.ca/
Counting Crows & Maroon 5 at the Molson Amphitheatre – August 19th, 2008
The Counting Crows (in participation with GreyBird Foundation), invited Earthroots to table at this great concert held at the Amphitheatre. GreyBird was founded by the group to promote local community organizations in cities where the band performs. We are pleased that the Counting Crows invited us to participate in this initiative once again, and that the band said a few words about Earthroots to their audience during the show! http://www.greybirdfoundation.org/
Hillside Festival – July 25th-27th, 2008
Earthroots attended Guelph's 25th Hillside Festival on July 26th & 27th alongside numerous community organizations. Hillside is renowned for its artistic lineup, a flavourful blend of up-and-coming Canadian performers, world artists, and local talent. The program at this year’s festival was richly diverse and highly entertaining! http://www.hillsidefestival.ca/
Going Green at the Grange Festival - July 18th, 2008
This festival at Grange Park included free games, food, face painting, amusement rides, magic, music and more! Earthroots and numerous other groups attended the event in an effort to educate the public about sustainable living and how they can maintain healthier lifestyles and go green at home, at work and in the community. http://www.usrc.ca/
Earthroots Gallery Fundraiser, *Hotshot Gallery – June 20th – 22nd, 2008
Numerous local artists and musicians joined Earthroots on June 20th, 2008, at Toronto’s Hotshot Gallery. The primary objective of the show was to build coalescence between the environmental movement and the city’s local music and arts community, in an effort to increase awareness about Ontario’s pressing conservation and biodiversity issues. The secondary objective was to raise funds for Earthroots’ campaigns!
The event explored the nature of the relationship between arts, entertainment and the environment and focused on the importance of rekindling and maintaining this connection within our immediate creative community and beyond.
We would like to extend a special thank-you to all of the artists, musicians and contributors involved:
Artists: James Mejia (www.jamesmejia.com), Pat C (www.patc.ca), Jenn Sciarrino (www.jennsciarrino.com), Karen Kraven (www.karenkraven.com), Julie Fader (www.juliefader.com), Erica Beyea (www.myspace.com/beyea), and Anna May Henry (www.annamayhenry.com).
Volunteers: Seema Chandroga, Lesley-Ann Chiavaroli, John & Beverley Ellis, Marilou Loncol-Daigneault, Tania Lukic, Paul McCrady, Noah from Hotshot and Allison Roberts.
Contributors: Flat Rock Cellars, Fuse Magazine, Harmony Organic, Malivoire, Mill Street Brewery, Plan B Organic Farm, Summer Fresh, Sweets From The Earth and Wellington Brewery.
To view more photos of the event please click here.
Sustainability Fair - Living Green in the City, Unitarian Fellowship of Northwest Toronto - June 7, 2008
Earthroots participated at this eco-fair, held to educate the public about the importance of maintaining a sustainable lifestyle in the city. Sustainable day-to-day practices highlighted included: eating local organic produce, growing produce, using alternative sources of power and fewer resources. http://www.cuc.ca/gta/
Pedestrian Sunday, Kensington Market – May 25th, 2008
This vibrant street fair, which made the season’s debut on the last Sunday of May, was a delight to take in for all those who attended. The spectacular weather allowed for a variety of activities and entertainment to take place on this vehicle-free day in Kensington Market. Keep an eye out for the Earthroots display at the next PS Kensington, set to take place on June 29th, 2008. http://www.pskensington.ca/
Holy F*ck – An Earthroots Benefit, Wrongbar – May 16th, 2008
Holy F*ck joined together with Off the International Radar to raise funds for Earthroots at this spectacular, sold-out show at Wrongbar. Earthroots would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Borcherdt, Graham Walsh, Matt McQuaide, Brad Kilpatrick and Matt Shulz for their thoughtful contribution. http://holyf*ckmusic.com/
To view more photos of the event please click here.
Iconic Species & Screen Printing Workshop, Global Development Village – May 8th, 2008
This exciting initiative facilitated by Youth of the World showcased a plethora of non-profit and charitable organizations with mandates correlating to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), as established by the United Nations and Youth of the World in September, 2000. This event was designed to educate students in grades 7-12 about the pressing issues relating to these goals, and thus motivate them to work towards attaining these MDGs by 2015.
Earthroots held a workshop consisting of two components. The first phase of the workshop addressed Earthroots’ MDG, Environmental Sustainability, and highlighted the symbolic value of two of Canada’s iconic species, the wolf and the caribou. The students were educated about the plight of these important indicator species and were encouraged to demand better protection for species at risk, and for the environment in general. The second phase of the workshop consisted of a silk-screen printing session where the students printed images of the wolf and caribou onto fabric patches, which they were then able to take home with them. http://www.youthoftheworld.ca/Overview/
Etobicoke School for the Arts invited Earthroots to attend ‘An Evening of Green’ which corresponded with the school’s Earth Week activities. Earthroots was pleased to attend alongside a variety of information displays, vendors and entertainment.
Earth Day Plant Sale, Corus Entertainment – April 22nd, 2008
Corus Entertainment held an Earth Day event which featured a plant sale and screening of the acclaimed new film ‘The 11th Hour’. A percentage of proceeds from the sale was generously donated to Earthroots; we were grateful to be Corus’ organization of choice for this fundraising opportunity. http://www.corusent.com/index.asp
Earth Day, Downsview Park – April 20th, 2008
Earthroots participated in this annual Earth Day celebration which featured numerous conservation organizations and interactive activities. http://www.earthday.ca/pub/events/festival/downsview.php
EnviroFEST 2008 / NGO Fair at Victoria College – March 19th, 2008
This NGO fair, which was part of Victoria College’s EnviroFEST2008, showcased numerous environmental advocacy groups. This was a great occasion for Earthroots to discuss urgent conservation issues with U of T students. http://www.vicenvirofest.ca/Envirofest/Home.html
Career Day, University of Toronto – March 7th, 2008
Earthroots was pleased to participate in University of Toronto's Environmental Career Day, 2008. The event was a good opportunity for us to showcase our campaigns and inform students of volunteering opportunities with the organization. http://www.utoronto.ca/divenv/careerday2008/index.htm
Sustainability Fair at Ryerson University - January 22, 2008
Ryerson Green Campus Initiative and the Sustainability Coalition organized this event as part of their Sustainability Week. The fair hosted water bottle and light bulb exchanges; a number of organizations and student groups attended and displayed materials highlighting the importance of conservation and sustainability. http://www.ryegci.com/
Kyoto Now - Climate Rally, March & Eco-Fair - International Day of Action
December 8th, 2007
Earthroots joined people from all around the world to demand that our leaders take urgent action to prevent catastrophic global warming. The event coincided with the halfway point of the historic United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which took place December 3 - 14, 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. http://www.torontoclimatecampaign.org/d8rally2007
Endangered Lunch & Eco-Fair / Rally at Queen's Park - November 5th, 2007
Held by Earthroots, Sierra Club of Canada and Land Over Landings. The goal of the event was to address the threat that the proposed Pickering airport will have on local agriculture in the area. (A lunch comprised of a variety of local produce was served to highlight the importance of supporting local agriculture).
Planet In Focus Film Festival - October 27th & 28th, 2007
Planet in Focus is Canada’s most acclaimed International Environmental Film and Video festival. We tabled at the Eco-Exchange at Innis Town Hall organized by PIF.
The Gathering - Changing of the Seasons Ceremony in Temagami - September 15th-18th, 2007
Over the weekend of September 15th, Alex Mathias, an Ojibway elder, hosted his annual ceremony to mark the fall equinox on his traditional family territory in the Temagami region of Ontario. Many of Earthroots staff, volunteers and friends were in attendance. It was a weekend of wilderness camping, spirituality, solidarity and learning about the old-growth forests that make Temagami unique. There was a traditional 'Changing of the Seasons' ceremony, canoe excursions, guest speakers, visits to Spirit Rock, sweat lodges and hikes through the old-growth forest. To view photos of the event, please click here .
The 23rd Annual Vegetarian Food Fair- September 7th - 9th, 2007
Earthroots participated in Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Fair, the largest of its kind in North America, in order to highlight our campaigns to protect wild animals. The event hosted hundreds of exhibitors, cooking demos, free food samples, performances and workshops.
Hillside Festival - July 27th-29th, 2007
This music festival in Guelph was a delight to attend!
Wolf Lake Canoe Trip - August 24th - 26th, 2007
Earthroots attended this beautiful canoe trip organized by Friends of Chiniguchi. Located in the southwest corner of Temagami along the Chiniguchi waterway, Wolf Lake is the largest contiguous stand of old-growth red pine trees in all of Canada, and most likely in the world. Unfortunately new developments threaten this national treasure. For many years the Wolf Lake region has had a forest reserve status protecting the old-growth stands from logging interests, however, this level of protection may be lifted in the near future. http://www.friendsofchiniguchi.com/
Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market - May-October 2007
We participated in this diverse and lively street fair which took place on the last Sunday of each month! http://www.pskensington.ca/
Downsview Park's SpringFest - May 5th, 2007
Earthroots celebrated the warmth and beauty of the spring season alongside other green participants. We also held a mask-painting workshop for children attending the festival.
Green Living Show- April 27th-29th, 2007
We were happy to participate in "Toronto's first consumer show dedicated to all things green." http://www.greenlivingshow.ca
Downsview Tree Planting Eco Fair - April 22nd, 2007
We had a literature table set-up at this wonderful Earth Day celebration.
Peterborough Demo- April 2007
A group of Earthroots staff and volunteers gathered in Peterborough in front of the Ministry of Natural Resources Offices to urge the government to ban sport-hunting in all protected areas.
Earthroots Benefit Show - March 30th, 2007
A collection of Toronto's finest indie gems came together to create an unforgettable show in honour of Earthroots! Performers included Julie Fader, Brian Borcehrdt, Graham Walsh, Andre Ethier, Sean MacDonald and Live Country Music. A profound thank-you to all involved and to Ideal Coffee and Be Well Know How Naturopathy for their generous gift donations to the performers and for the fundraising raffle held at the show!