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Toronto the Good 2017

Toronto the Good is back, ushering in a new season at a new venue! It is an annual party presented by ERA Architects (and friends) to celebrate the city of Toronto, and contemplate its history and evolution with fellow architects, designers, and urban-minded people.

For this instalment of our annual party we are supporting the initiatives of the Tower Renewal Partnership, an initiative working to preserve and enhance mid-century apartment tower neighbourhoods through research, advocacy and demonstration. International experts and local city-builders will be meeting at a symposium during the day to explore innovative strategies for transitioning these aging apartment tower neighbourhoods to meet the demands of our 21st century cities. Now is the time for coordinated action to build a future around more complete, resilient, and affordable cities. Tower Renewal is a strategy for realizing this change.

We hope you will join us at the Evergreen Brick Works on October 5th, 2017, in celebration of the Tower Renewal Partnership’s accomplishments at this year’s event. Join us for hors d’ourves, cash bar, and a lively crowd of people passionate about design and civic engagement in Toronto.

Admission is free, but registration is required for entry into the party.

Join us at 5:30pm for a keynote by author and journalist Doug Saunders.

Shuttle buses will be running between Broadview Station and the Evergreen Brick Works throughout the duration of the event.

When: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00pm.
Where: Evergreen Brick Works

Register here through Eventbrite.

Click here for more information on the Tower Renewal Partnership and its work.

Flashback Friday: A Jane’s Walk Down Memory Lane

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ERA loves the Jane’s Walk festival. Not only do the walks encourage citizens to share stories, explore communities, and connect with neighbours, they also provide platforms for discussing important urban, suburban, and rural issues that affect communities across the world. The Jane’s Walk festival is a global event that is celebrated in over 200 cities, and we’re excited that it’s just around the corner! From May 6-8, join in this worldwide event and lead or join a walk. Continue reading…

Toronto the Good: Great!

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Toronto the Good  2014, our tenth annual public party, was a big success. We had attendance exceeding 1000 people, and, according to accounts, a good time was had by all. Beer and wine flowed, music spun, people danced, and a great deal of urban-minded mingling occurred. Continue reading…

A successful Toronto the Good, 2012

On Thursday, June 7th, we got together with Torontonians at Fort York to reflect on the city and toast its built and cultural environments, past and future. Close to 1000 guests joined us in enjoying great food, drink, dancing, and stimulating discussion about the place we live.

Thank you very much, all who attended – we look forward to seeing you again.

And, of course, thank you very much to Fort York for hosting, En Ville for catering, DJ Sam “Efsharp” Fleming for the music, Luminato’s Encampment for collaborating with us, and to all our partners and sponsors this year: Build Toronto, Toronto Society of Architects, McGowan Insurance Services, Prem Malik, Arup, McCarthy Tétrault, Kearns Mancini Architects, Diamond Corp, Palatine Hills Estate Winery, Carpenters’ Union, Spacing, Urban Strategies, Ground Magazine, Scadding Court Community Centre, Campbell House Museum, Working Habitat, Evolved Entertainment, Varsity Tents, and Astley Gilbert.

Keep up to date with our yearly event at torontothegood.org.

Missed Connections

Inspired by our friends at Coach House, we put out a discrete little Missed Connections box near the entry of the Toronto the Good party this year.  If you met or saw someone interesting, but couldn’t quite muster up the nerve to exchange information, maybe the magic of Missed Connections could help.

Below are a small, curated handful of the best submitted messages. Many were un-printably raunchy, an unfortunate number were self-promotional, and there were even a few entirely inappropriate solicitations of employment (sorry, “up-and-coming Architect – looking 4 a intro job“).

If you think you’re the person mentioned, please contact us at info@era.on.ca and we can forward your reply to the original author.

“You – tall, dark & handsome. Me – way too drunk.”
“Sweet Baboo, where are you?”
“You look like my boyfriend, but I am taken. If I was single we would have flirted.”
“Sunny, thanks for the company. Let’s meet for a rum.”

And by far our favorite:

“You were a raven haired beauty in a black + white dress. I want you to renew my tower.”

original images from here and here.

After the (TTG) party it’s the afterparty.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Hart House last Thursday! Toronto the Good 2011 was a huge success, and attracted record crowds. The Tower Neighbourhood Renewal symposium was also packed to the rafters, and over a hundred people unfortunately had to be turned away at the door.  Stay tuned for more photos from the day’s events, and further discussions of the issues raised. Continue reading…

TTG 2011!

The 2011 Toronto the Good party is this Thursday May 12th at Hart House.
For more details, please visit www.torontothegood.org.

ERA started the Toronto the Good parties to bring together a broad cross-section of Torontonians who are interested in the city and in city building. We started these parties with Spacing Magazine and [murmur], and they have continued to be involved each year. Other partners have included Heritage Toronto, the Carpenters Union, the Toronto Society of Architects, the Distillery District, Harbourfront Centre, and Cities Centre.

The first Toronto the Good took place at the Distillery District, but there was one at Fort York, when the Mayor shot off a cannon. The 2011 invasion of Hart House is a new venture to celebrate the University of Toronto’s urban research centre.

Toronto the Good

The 2011 Toronto the Good party was a great success! For more details, please visit www.torontothegood.org and stay tuned to our ERA Office Blog for event photos and discussions of the issues raised at the Tower Neighbourhood Renewal symposium.

ERA started the Toronto the Good parties to bring together a broad cross-section of Torontonians who are interested in the city and in city building. We started these parties with Spacing Magazine and [murmur], and they have continued to be involved each year. Other partners have included Heritage Toronto, the Carpenters Union, the Toronto Society of Architects, the Distillery District, Harbourfront Centre, and Cities Centre.

The first Toronto the Good took place at the Distillery District, but there was one at Fort York, when the Mayor shot off a cannon. The 2011 invasion of Hart House was a new venture to celebrate the University of Toronto’s urban research centre.

Toronto the Good invades Harbourfront Centre!


ERA is hosting its annual Toronto the Good party with Spacing Magazine, the Toronto Society of Architects, Ben McNally Books, and David Vallee.

The evening will be filled with events including access to all the exhibitions, gallery and building tours and talks, announcement of the TSA poster design competition winner, Harbourfront’s AUTHORS reading series, book signings, music, video installations, food and refreshments and more!

Wednesday May 26, 2010

Doors Open 6pm
Free Admission to the Party
Catered Event with Cash Bar

York Quay Centre at
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West

For details and itinerary for the night, please visit:

Toronto the Good Invades Harbourfront Centre! – ERA Office Blog

Toronto the Good – readings.org

Toronto the Good 2010

ERA is hosting its annual Toronto the Good party with Spacing Magazine, the Toronto Society of Architects, the National Film Board, Ben McNally books, and David Vallee.

The Toronto the Good 2010 party will be held concurrently with the Authors at Harbourfront series, that includes presentations from:

Margaret and Phil Goodfellow
A Guidebook to Contemporary Modern Architecture in Toronto

Shawn Micallef
Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto

NFB Filmmaker-in-residence Katerina Cizek
The Thousandth Tower web documentary

Wednesday May 26, 2010 _ 6pm to midnight

free admission to the party _ catering by David Vallee _ cash bar

York Quay Centre at
Harbourfront Centre
235 Queens Quay West

For more information please visit:
http://www.era.on.ca
http://www.readings.org

Save the date – further details to follow!


Preparing for Toronto the Good party

The 2006 invitation to the Toronto The Good party

This coming May will mark our fifth installment of the Toronto The Good party. Back in 2005, ERA teamed up with Spacing and murmur to produce the event in hopes of fostering a greater appreciation of Toronto’s built heritage while bringing together a mix of people from various professional backgrounds. Since the inaugural event, we’ve added other partners like the Toronto Society of Architects, Wireless Toronto, and Heritage Toronto and made the event one of the most popular during the Festival of Architecture and Design held each May. The event has been hosted once at Fort York and three other times at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District. We are currently working on the 2009 location with details to come soon.

We’ve programmed the evening with different themes and games, with the most popular activity being our giant map of Toronto — eight feet high and eighteen feet wide. We ask attendees a question like “where is the heart of Toronto?” and have them place a sticker on the map identifying their preferred location (see photos above and below). The only catch is that the map shows buildings and green spaces, but no street names. It forces people to look at the map in a different manner — in order to find your desired spot you need to understand Toronto in a deeper way by being able to recognize the unique qualities of intersections, like a curve in the road or the shape of specific buildings.

The map also encourages people to talk to the stranger standing beside them, something totally un-Torontonian.

For the last two years, the kind folks from Wireless Toronto have provided us with an interactive feature that allows anyone to text a message to a displayed phone number and have that text projected onto the wall within a few seconds (see photo below). The messages can be provocative, poetic, and, um, immature. Of course, things get a little silly the later the night goes, thanks to the wine and the folks from Mill Street Brewery.

We are now preparing for the 2009 edition of Toronto The Good. We want to hear from you what kind of programming and activities you’d like to see this year. We’ll definitely have the giant map and hopefully the texting game again, but what other fun things can we add to the event?

photos by Yvonne Bambrick

TORONTO the GOOD

TORONTO THE GOOD: MAY 27th

WHEN: Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 starting at 7pm
WHERE: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
HOW MUCH: $10 gets you into the site, plus food • CASH BAR
DJs: Track Meet
ATTIRE: dress to impress, but not enforced

RSVP: email rsvp@torontothegood.org

WEB: http://www.torontothegood.org

Dear Torontonians,

The Festival of Architecture and Design is here again, and the folks at ERA Architects, Spacing Magazine, Toronto Society of Architects, Heritage Toronto, Wireless Toronto, and [murmur] have come together to throw the fourth annual Toronto the Good party to celebrate our city.

This year, Toronto The Good wants attendees to explore an idea: planners, architects, developers, and interested residents from around the world are using a new tool – the urban centre – to educate the public and debate local development issues. Cities such as London, Amsterdam, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco have a place for the masses to come and learn about how their metropolis has grown and where it is headed.

Does Toronto need a similar centre? If so, what should it do and where should it be located? At the event, we want you to talk to your friends and colleagues, and even strangers, about your thoughts on this topic.

The party’s programme includes the now traditional stickering of the Big Map of Toronto, the results of TSA’s annual poster design competition, the last of Ballenford Books’ Toronto postcard series, a public text message display created by Wireless Toronto’s offshoot Toronto Media Lab, background but danceable music by the DJ trio Track Meet, and other charming activities. Come out May 27th to have a drink with people who care about your city.

TORONTO the GOOD

It’s that time of year again for the annual Toronto the Good party presented by ERA Architects, Spacing Magazine, ‘murmur’, and the Toronto Society of Architects! Keep May 15th open in your calendars for another great night of celebration. For details go to http://www.torontothegood.org/

We have good reason to celebrate as ERA has announced the creation of 5 new Associate positions, including Scott Weir, Lindsay Reid, Philip Evans, Andrew Pruss and Robyn Huether.