Ravine Day

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Celebrate Ravine Day at Evergreen Brick Works on May 12. Our family-friendly celebration includes guided walks, stewardship activities, performances, community art programming and more! Join Evergreen and partners as we explore the wonders of our ravines.

It’s the perfect day to come down to Evergreen Brick Works and celebrate getting active in the Valley! Stay and play, then peruse the opening day of the Sunday Artisan Market.

With different activities happening at various times throughout the day, make sure to check our schedule in advance. 

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Children & Family Activities

Bird House Sale and Decorating

Support local songbird populations by purchasing birdhouses made by local youth from Trade Connect, a program run by the Neighbourhood Organization connecting new immigrants with skill building programs which support future employment in the trades industry. Then, be sure to visit our paint table to decorate your new birdhouse.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Build a Bee Hotel

Join naturalists Pat Kelly in building bee hotels to support the diverse bee population in Toronto. Using tools and materials, participants will build their very own bee boxes to take home with them. Bees are critical to a healthy and resilient ecosystem and building these homes is a step in supporting their populations. 
Time: 10am - 3pm
Suggested donation of $5

Weekend Nature Play in the Children's Garden

Join us in the Children’s Garden where we’ll dig in and explore water through the lens of plants and animals. Activate the imaginations of children while we learn about the magical world of the ravine system.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Sunday Artisan Market

Enjoy delicious foods and wares made by local artisans at the launch of our annual Sunday Artisan Market! Grab a meal and enjoy a picnic at Evergreen Brick Works to celebrate Ravine Day and Mothers Day! 
Time: 10am–3pm

Bike Tune Up with Toronto Hustle

Need some air in your tires? Do you have squeaky brakes? Stop by and visit Toronto Hustle for some free, basic bike tune ups to help get you rolling this season!
Time: 10am–3pm

Mouse City Valley

Join Small Print Toronto for a day of city-building on their popular Mouse City program. Using recyclable materials, participants aged 4-12 are invited to build their vision of a city constructed in harmony with nature. Children will work together to construct the buildings, landscape and activities found in this city and provided with the opportunity to share stories of how they imagine the inhabitants of their Mouse City living in their creation.
Clean recyclable materials will be available to use for all, but participants are also invited to bring some of their own recyclable materials to add a diversity of textures and possibilities for creation - after all the limits of Mouse City are simply one’s imagination!
Time: 10am–3pm

Life in the Valley: Community Painting with artist Eric Gold

Eric Gold’s process involves painting together as a collective, creating works of art that are a metaphor for the community:  made up of individual pieces that are unique and expressed differently, but united create a new self that is larger than the sum of its abstractions.
Participants will paint individual segments of a larger image. When the pieces are assembled together they will create an image of an inhabitant of the Don Valley. What will it be? Join us to find out!
The painting process is open and inclusive to people of all ages, backgrounds, languages and technical abilities.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Guided Nature Walk

Join Outward Bound and Toronto Field Naturalists for a guided walk through the Don Valley Brick Works Quarry taking in the sights and sounds of spring. Walks are family friendly and 1 hour long.
Time: Meet at 11am at the Welcome Cart

Guided Nature Walk

Join Outward Bound and Toronto Field Naturalists for a guided walk through the Don Valley Brick Works Quarry taking in the sights and sounds of spring. Walks are family friendly and 1 hour long.
Time: Meet at 1pm at the Welcome Cart

Guided Walks

Guided Nature Walk

Join Outward Bound and Toronto Field Naturalists for a guided walk through the Don Valley Brick Works Quarry taking in the sights and sounds of spring. Walks are family friendly and 1 hour long.
Time: Meet at 11am at the Welcome Cart

Litter Clean-Up Walk

We’ll show the Valley some love by doing a litter clean-up in the surrounding area.
Time: Meet at Noon at the Welcome Cart

Guided Nature Walk

Join Outward Bound and Toronto Field Naturalists for a guided walk through the Don Valley Brick Works Quarry taking in the sights and sounds of spring. Walks are family friendly and 1 hour long.
Time: Meet at 1pm at the Welcome Cart

Art & Performances

Life in the Valley: Community Painting with artist Eric Gold

Eric Gold’s process involves painting together as a collective, creating works of art that are a metaphor for the community:  made up of individual pieces that are unique and expressed differently, but united create a new self that is larger than the sum of its abstractions.
Participants will paint individual segments of a larger image. When the pieces are assembled together they will create an image of an inhabitant of the Don Valley. What will it be? Join us to find out!
The painting process is open and inclusive to people of all ages, backgrounds, languages and technical abilities.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Evergreen's Cultural Performing Arts Series: Rosary Spence, Angus Elliott and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone

This series kicks-off this year with three amazing and unique artists performing with song, dance and drums.

Originally from the coastal Cree community of Fort Albany First Nation, Rosary Spence is a well-recognized singer, steeped in time-honoured Aboriginal rhythms and styles. She has performed at public events such as the ImagineNative Film Festival, Planet IndigenUS.
Time: 10:30am - 11:00am

Angus Elliott is an experienced grass dancer who has been dancing since he was four years old. He is from Atikamesheng Aniishnabek First Nation near Sudbury, Ontario and performs at pow-wows every year, bringing his knowledge of traditional dance to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Time: 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone is a gifted singer, songwriter, artist, and activist. She is a two-spirit Anishnawbe Kwe~Indigenous Woman of mixed ancestry; Ojibwe Metis with French and Scottish heritage. Aqua is currently working on her new album Red Rhythm & Blues and has been sharing her medicine music with communities all over the country for over a decade.
Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the presenting sponsor of Evergreen's Cultural Performing Arts Series.

Connecting With Our First Family

Nyle Miigizi Johnston is a Visual Story Teller. His artistic practice is focused on drawing and painting stories of the Anishinaabe Nation in order to raise awareness of their unique histories; as they in turn inform his process. Nyle Miigizi Johnston will be at Evergreen Brick Works for Ravine Day with partners TakingITGlobal. Visit his beautiful exhibition in the Young Welcome Centre and discover plant species that live and thrive in the ravines and nearby. Pick-up a postcard or try a colouring sheet to connect with your own creativity. Find out more.
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: Young Welcome Centre

Ecology & Stewardship

Why Ravines Matter

Join the Don River Valley Park Advocate team to learn more about the geography and local ecology of the Don Valley ravine system. Through hands-on activities, we’ll pour over maps and craft activities.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Programming with Ojibikaan

Ojibiikaans is a non-profit organization that specializes in land-based teachings for indigenous families. They are at Brickworks every Sunday from 10am - 3pm.
Their focus is on teaching Anishnabe language that deals with land-based education. If you would like to learn an Indigenous words or certain words, come by and learn with us.
Time: 10am - 3pm in Suite 101

Worm Wranglers

Meet the Worm Wrangler team to learn about vermicomposting. Get a chance to get up close and personal with the worms and learn about their unique and important task in supporting plant health.
Time: 10am - 3pm in the Pavilions

The Pedal Project

How much energy does it take to get your glass of water? Hop on The Pedal Project and find out! The Pedal Project is a bicycle-powered water pump that shows how much energy it takes to pedal one glass of water from Lake Ontario to your tap. Come, re-connect with, and celebrate your precious glass of water.
Time: 10am - 3pm

Waterfront Toronto

Join Waterfront Toronto for a virtual reality tour of the new Don River, already under construction. When completed in 2024, this new river valley through the Port Lands will help protect an area as big as downtown from flooding. The Port Lands Flood Protection project also includes new parks and green spaces, new pipes and underground infrastructure – and new bike trails, roads, bridges and trails to connect it all.
Time: 10am - 3pm

The Watermark Project “Some waterbody, somewhere, is part of who you are.”

The Watermark Project is a community effort to collect and archive true stories about the ways people interact with water. These stories help us all recognize our dependence on water and highlight water's influence on our culture. By saving and studying these stories, we help protect the waters we love. Watermark Collections will be on-site to record people’s Watermark stories and share information about Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Great Lakes Guide. What’s your water story?
Time: 10am - 3pm

Mouse City Valley

Join Small Print Toronto for a day of city-building on their popular Mouse City program. Using recyclable materials, participants aged 4-12 are invited to build their vision of a city constructed in harmony with nature. Children will work together to construct the buildings, landscape and activities found in this city and provided with the opportunity to share stories of how they imagine the inhabitants of their Mouse City living in their creation.
Clean recyclable materials will be available to use for all, but participants are also invited to bring some of their own recyclable materials to add a diversity of textures and possibilities for creation - after all the limits of Mouse City are simply one’s imagination!
Time: 10am–3pm

Help Plant the Indigenous Garden

Join the Urban Agriculture team as they prepare to fill in the new Indigenous garden beds.  Come lend a hand and learn more about traditional plantings.
Time: 10am–3pm near Suite 101

Getting here

With limited parking on site, we suggest considering alternate methods of transportation. See all the ways to get here.

** Please note that an extra shuttle bus will be running on Sunday, May 12 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our free shuttle will be picking visitors up from Broadview Station every 15 minutes, with a short break from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. **

Dates & Times

Date: May 12, 2019 | 10:00am–3:00pm

Prices & Fees

Free

Contact

drvp@evergreen.ca

Location

Google Map of Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto ON

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8

Wheelchair accessibleThis event is wheelchair-accessible.