July Events in the Junction Area

Upcoming Events

Note:  All events are free and open to the general public unless otherwise noted.

Imnarja Festival (Maltese Picnic)
Sun. July 2 | Runnymede Park | 1:00 – 10:00 pm

Join the community to celebrate Maltese culture. The celebration will feature folk singing, dancing, and, of course, delicious food. or more information, please contact Joe Sherri at joesherri@rogers.com.

Historic Lambton Park Walking Tour
Tues. Jul, 4 | Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St | 10:00 am 

Walk leader: Madeleine McDowell. Compare changes over the past century and a half with photos and accounts of previous adventures. The habitat is Carolinian Oak Savannah and we will follow the Humber back to Lambton House where we will have a cup of tea. Bring lunch and/or snacks. Binoculars and cameras might be useful. Hosted by the Toronto Field Naturalists. (Learn More)

Passages Canada Presents: Henry Agassi
Wed. Jul, 5 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Passages Canada is a storytelling initiative of Historica Canada, working to build understanding and respect for Canada’s shared history and values. Listen to Henry Agassi’s personal account of cultural identity and heritage as part of our celebrations for Canada 150. Q&A to follow. (Learn More)

Rail Heritage in the Junction Triangle
Sat. Jul, 8 | 25 Cariboo Avenue (Railpath) | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Heritage Toronto, Councillor Ana Bailão, and the Friends of the West Toronto Railpath for the presentation of two plaques on rail heritage in the Junction Triangle. One of the plaques focuses on a beloved, and newly renovated neighbourhood landmark: the Wallace Street Footbridge. The other tells the history of the West Toronto Railway Diamonds and one of the busiest industrial crossroad in Toronto. The plaque presentation will be followed by a 60-min walking tour of the West Toronto Railpath past and future, led by Councillor Ana Bailão and Scott Dobson. (Learn More and RSVP)

Councillor Doucette Constitutency Hours
Fri. Jul, 14 | Runnymede Library | 2:45 – 4:45 pm

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Blood Donor Clinic
Sat. Jul, 22 | Swansea Town Hall

Register online.

Junction Night Market
Sat. Jul, 22 | Pacific Ave & Dundas West | 7:00 – 11:00 pm

An evening of fabulous local food, craft beer, cider and wine in the Junction. All the proceeds will go to help members of our community gain access to fresh and healthy food through local food programs. (Learn More)

Finding Your Fit! Make Fitness a Lifelong Habit
Wed. Jul, 26 | Runnymede Library | 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Author, fitness trainer, Globe and Mail fitness columnist Kathleen Trotter talks about her latest book, Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit. Wanting to get on track and actually getting (and then staying) on track are two totally different things. The million-dollar question is: how do we find the inner motivation to go from thinking about a healthier lifestyle to actually adopting one? How do we get off the sofa and out the front door? Finding Your Fit: A Compassionate Trainer’s Guide to Making Fitness a Lifelong Habit provides readers with practical tools that will allow them to connect the dots between wanting to make a health and fitness change, and actually making it. (Learn More)

Recurring events in the Junction Area

High Park Walks: First and third Sunday from 10:30 am-12 noon. Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park. All ages welcome. Dogs on leash only, please.

  • July 2: More Bees, Please with by Scott MacIvor. There are 364 species of bees in High Park! Urban bee researcher Scott MacIvor shows how nature’s pollinators contribute to the park’s ecosystem.
  • July 16: Exploring Spring Creek Ravine with Stephen Smith. Arborist Steve Smith investigates the geography of the defining natural feature of High Park’s east side.

Tea Time at the InnSundays at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St W. from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Special weekly tea in our community room. Choice of sweet or savoury plate, with a seasonal feature. $7.00 plus HST. No reservation required.

Community Yoga: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. One hour community yoga class with Mary on the last Tuesday evening of the month for free. This class is designed for all levels beginner and advanced practitioners alike. All you need is a mat, water bottle. Call 416-393-7692 for any questions.

Street Knit: Last Tuesday of the month at Annette Library, from 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Put your needles together and help keep someone without a home warm this year. Patterns, wool and some needles are available, but all material contributions and donations are welcome. For more information, call the Annette Street Branch at 416-393-7692. Repeats on the last Tuesday of each month.

Chair Yoga: Wednesdays at Runnymede Library from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. An ideal exercise program for seniors. Chair Yoga addresses the whole body in a single routine with the main areas of development being balance, flexibility and strength.

Market Days at Mongomery’s Inn: Every Wednesday at Montgomery’s Inn, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Get fresh-baked bread, cheese, meats, and produce at this weekly farmers market. Museum tours are free during market hours.

Backyard Biodiversity Talks: Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. High Park Nature Centre. Suggested donation of $5.

  • July 5: iNaturalist for Beginners – Join young naturalist and volunteer Kate Armstrong, and High Park Nature Centre Program Director Jon Hayes to explore how connections with the world around us using the power of technology and observation. Learn to use iNaturalist, a citizen science tool, to bring local nature to your fingertips, record your observations, crowdsource identifications, and help to create useful data for scientists and nature lovers to be preserved for years to come. This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • July 12: Restoring Toronto’s Wild Spaces – Have you ever wondered about how wild spaces are managed in Toronto? This talk focus on how the City of Toronto’s Natural Resource Management program got started, how it evolved and what we do to protect and restore our wild spaces today. There will be a High Park centered focus, though we will touch upon restoration efforts across Toronto.
  • July 19: Urban Raccoons in the GTA – Are we building a smarter raccoon? Join us to learn about the masked bandits we share our backyards with, those wily urban raccoons! Suzanne will be sharing her discoveries from over ten years of raccoon research, from where these creatures live in the city, our own feeling about them, how smart (or not) they really are… and whether they can figure out those new green bins! This talk will be followed by a guided Urban Bat Walk from 8:30 – 9:30 pm.
  • July 26: Drivers of Urban Bee Diversity in Toronto – Many environmental, historic, socioeconomic, and policy factors impact wild bees and pollination services in cities. In this talk we will unpack these components and discuss how individual Torontonians can help urban bee populations.

Fret Not Ukulele Night: First Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W, from 6:00-9:00 pm. Come and sing, laugh and make music at this monthly ukulele gathering with Doctor of Music instructor Chris Wilson. Beginners welcome! Bring your use or borrow one from the host. Fee may apply.

Evenings at Colborne Lodge: Every Thursday from May 25 to August 31, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm in High Park. In the Park on a Thursday evening? Why not drop in at the Lodge? Discover how the Howard’s fulfilled their ideal of a romantic villa in 1837– building their country retreat from City life. Step through the French doors and enjoy the view as the Howard’s did. Their lifelong love of the park ensured its preservation as a retreat for us all.

Thirsty Thursdays: Last Thursday of the month at Montgomery’s Inn, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. Held on the last Thursday of every month, this event offers live traditional music, beverages and stew by firelight in the Inn’s restored 1847 barroom.

Community Pub Night at Lambton House: First Friday of every month at Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas Street. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Music at 8:00 pm. March Pub Night features the Hawk’s Nest Trio.

Junction Farmers Market: Saturdays at the Junction Train Platform (2960 Dundas Street W) from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Junction Farmers Market provides local, sustainably produced fresh foods in ways that build community, support local food growers and producers, and promote access to healthy food for all. Saturdays until November 4.

Knitting Circle: Saturdays at Annette Library from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Bring your own needles and yarn. All levels are welcome. Limited instruction may be available for beginners from our friendly residents. Drop in. No registrations required.

Upcoming Events for Families

Rabbit and Bear Paws: Council of the Animals
Wed. Jul,5 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Find out how the faithful Dog saves the day in this funny and touching puppet show. Travel back to the dawn of human memory, when all the animals lived in harmony with each other. Then, one sunny day, a bear cub discovered a little bundle of joy: the first man. He was raised and educated by our elders, the animals, learning much from them, but also becoming dependent on them. And so the animals formed a council to determine what to do about mankind. With man’s future looking uncertain, his best chance to survive the judgment of the council would lie with his best friend…the Dog. For ages 4 & up. Free tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before the show. Groups must register in advance by visiting the branch or calling 416-393-7697. (Learn More)

Theâtre interactif avec Ecoloodi : Ayaba et la source magique
Thurs. Jul, 6 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 10:30 – 11:30 am

Spectacle interactif qui vous fera voyager au Bénin, en Afrique de l’Ouest. Venez chanter, danser et écouter l’histoire d’Ayaba, une petite fille de sept ans qui va découvrir une source d’eau magique. / Ayaba and the Magic Source. This interactive show will take you to Benin, in West Africa. Sing, dance, and listen to the story of Ayaba, a seven-year-old girl who discovers a source of water with magical powers. (Learn More)

Puppet Show: Dr. De Soto
Fri. Jul, 7 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 2:30 pm

Join us for a puppet show presentation of the classic tale of ‘Doctor De Soto’, the award-winning picture book by William Steig. For children of all ages with their parents/caregivers. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Learn to Camp with Parks Canada
Sat. Jul, 8 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Learn about Canada’s national parks, tips on planning a camping trip, and related skills like setting up a tent and cooking in the outdoors. Presented by Parks Canada as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations. (Learn More)

Beaver Dam Challenge
Wed. Jul, 12 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Are you ready to take the Beaver Dam Challenge? Create a beaver dam with the supplies provided. Ages 6 & up. Drop-in. Groups must register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

LEGO & Books
Thurs. Jul 13 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Bring your best LEGO building skills and participate in activities inspired by a well-loved children’s book. (Learn More)

The Canuckstruments Show with Mystic Drumz
Fri Jul 14 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with the drummers from Mystic Drumz as they take you on a journey from coast to coast, featuring instruments made only in Canada by Canadians. For children and their parents/caregivers. Drop-in, no registration required. (Learn More)

Bloor West Street Fest
Sat. Jul, 15 | 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Featuring carnival rides, a rock climbing wall, bumper boats, super dogs, and more. Bloor Street between Runnymede and Jane. (Learn More)

Northern Skies Art
Wed. Jul, 19 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Get inspired by Aurora Borealis and make a chalky rendition of the Northern Skies. Ages 9-12. Please register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

Heavens Above
Thu. Jul, 20 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Is the moon made of cheese? Is the sky really falling? How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? The answers to these questions are no, yes, and you’ll just have to see for yourself! Discover the world of astronomy with a Canadian flare! For children ages 6 and up. (Learn More)

For the Birds
Wed. Jul, 26 | Runnymede Library | 2:00 – 2:45 pm

Get crafty with Canadian birds. Make a loon collage and paper puffin. Ages 5-8. Drop-in. Groups must register in advance by calling (416) 393-7697. (Learn More)

The Hiss-story of Snakes
Thu. Jul, 27 | Jane/ Dundas Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Want to find out all about snakes? Children can meet a real live snake and see a slide show about these amazing animals. Presented by David Kondo. Tickets will be handed out 30 minutes before the program begins. (Learn More)

Coding For Kids: Canada 150 Project with Coderdojo
Fri. Jul, 28 | Annette Library | 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Participate in a Canada 150-themed coding event with Coderdojo! All levels of experience welcome. For kids ages 7 and up. Registration required. Some laptops available but bring your own if you are able. (Learn More)

Family Bat Walk
Fri. Jul, 28 | High Park Nature Centre | 8:30 – 9:30 pm

Have you ever heard a bat hunting at night? Probably not! Join us as we explore High Park’s amazing and mysterious bat populations. Using hand-held bat detectors, we will listen for bats’ ultrasonic calls in High Park, explore their habitat, behaviour, and favourite foods as they swoop and loop during their evening, mid-air forage. We may even practice being bats ourselves! There is much to learn about these creatures, but with the help of citizen scientists like you, we can work together to uncover the secrets of their elusive lives. (Learn More)

Recurring events for children and families

Afternoon at the Movies: Mondays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Celebrate the summer months with a fun film at the Library. Drop in only. Groups must call ahead to check space availability. July 3 – Legend of Sarila, July 10 – Chicken Run, July 17 – Snowtime, July 24 – Wall-E, July 31 – Sing.

Preschool Time: Listen, Watch, Make! Tuesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 2:45 pm. Listen to a fun story, watch a short film, and make an amazing craft! For children ages 3-5 years with their parents and/or caregivers.

Stories in the Park: Tuesdays near Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Join us for summer stories on the grass behind the library. This event is BYOB, Bring Your Own Blanket. In the event of rain, we will gather in the program room. Ages 0-5. No registration required.

Family Nature Walks: Dates have changed (see below). All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given.

  • Tues. Jul, 11 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Tree-mendous Trees –  Get to know majestic Black Oaks, towering White Pines, beautiful Paper Birches and many more. We’ll also talk about how animals, including humans, benefit from trees in a variety of ways, as well as some of the latest research on how trees communicate with each other.
  • Tues. Jul, 18 | 1:30 – 3:00 pm | Amazing Animal Adaptations – Do you know how woodpeckers can tap on trees without hurting their brains? Or how salamanders communicate to their family members through smell? Join us to learn amazing physical and behavioural adaptations of some of High Park’s resident animals! We’ll also teach you tracking skills so you can search for animal evidence and hopefully spot some of these amazing creatures
  • Wed. Jul, 26 | 8:15 – 10:00 pm | Moth Night – High Park is lucky enough to be home to many incredible moths! As most moths are nocturnal, this special edition Family Nature Walk will take place in the evening to maximize moth-viewing opportunities. Members of the Toronto Entomological Association will also be on hand to share their knowledge. Join us to find out more about these special creatures and help us find as many varieties as we can! Meet at square of benches just south of Grenadier Restaurant.

Toddler Time: Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library, from 9:30 – 10:00 am and again at 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes and more for toddlers 19-35 months and their parents/caregivers. Drop in. No registration required.

Family Storytime: Wednesdays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, rhymes, finger plays and action songs for children with their parents or caregivers.

Kanuk Kids! Wednesdays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Show off your Canadian pride at the library and take part in games, activities, and crafts! Drop in only.

Board Game Night: First Thursday at Jane/ Dundas Library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Board games are great for keeping your brain fit and healthy! Join us for an evening of strategy, competition, and fun! Play one of our board games, or bring a board game you wish to share with other board game fans. Clue, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess, and many more games are available. Drop in only. Ages 12 to 99 are welcome.

Movies at the Library: Thurs. July 13 and July 27 at Runnymede Library from 2:00 – 3:15 pm. Relax at the library with family-friendly film screenings. Stay tuned for film titles. Free tickets available 30 minutes before the program.

Baby Time: Fridays at Annette Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays at Jane/ Dundas Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Bouncing and tickling rhymes, songs and stories for babies from birth to 18 months with their parents and caregivers.

Baby Time: Fridays beginning July 21 at Runnymede Library from 10:30 – 11:00 am. Stories, songs and rhymes for babies birth to 18 months with their parents or caregivers. Stay afterward for playtime and socializing. Drop-in, no registration required.

More programs for kids:  Annette St. Library | Jane/Dundas Library | Runnymede Library

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