For our annual Toronto the Good Party, we are supporting the 2016 Launch of Jane’s Walk!
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Jane’s Walk, a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by the ideals of the late civic activist and prolific writer Jane Jacobs. These walks encourage citizens to share stories, explore their communities, and connect with their neighbours.
That’s why ERA loves Jane’s Walk.
Many of our staff have led Jane’s Walks on all sorts of topics – from the parks of Yorkville to drag king culture to finding love and home in a five block radius – and even more have joined the Walks as participants.
“As an avid consumer of all things historical in Toronto, I was thrilled to discover the Jane’s Walk festival. My first Jane’s Walk was Landscape Archaeology of Garrison Creek and it was absolutely fantastic to meander along the original path of the creek with a gaggle of interested friends and strangers while learning and seeing just how much everything has changed. Exploring the City through a Jane’s Walk is something that everyone should try! ” – Miranda, Archaeologist at ERA
A true grassroots festival, Jane’s Walk originated in Toronto when friends of the late Jane Jacobs wanted to start something to honor her memory. It has since spread to over 200 cities around the world from Tokyo to Sao Paulo to Cape Town. There is a small project office with a full time staff of one, a few part-time seasonal staff, and the rest is entirely volunteer-run.
We are thrilled to support the Launch of this year’s festival and to celebrate the contribution of these incredible community-building volunteers among fellow architects, designers, thinkers, and urban-minded people. The Jane’s Walk festival is May 6-8, 2016. After the party, we hope to see you on a walk!