The Shop
A maker space for those getting creative with ceramics, woodworking and other crafting. They offer both drop in and membership rates. If you're looking to learn a few skills, they run a variety of classes. [Read More]
Career Skills Incubator - Mentoring the un(der)employed increases productivity and well-being
Career Skills Incubator is a non-profit that empowers the un(der)employed to develop skills for their dream careers. We do this with workshops, meetups, volunteer positions tailored to peoples' resumes, and a mentorship program. The mentorship program is unique, people are matched up by skills moreso than industry. Mentors help mentees set goals, and cheer them along to provide direction and motivation which is often lacking when un(der)employed. Learn more on our website! [Read More]
Toronto Tool Library
For a small yearly fee you are free to borrow tools and power tools of all sorts. They will also be running tool workshops. You no longer need to buy a saw to do that one little project. [Read More]
Free'scool | Where Free is Cool & School is Free
Free sharing of community knowledge while attempting to circumvent, if not outright oppose, the pitfalls of institutional education. At the moment they are offering a course in subjects  such as creative cooking, economics, tango, art and more. You can also offer to teach a course. You can get involved in the project in a variety of other ways too. [Read More]
Woodshop at Franklin Horner Community Centre
If you pass their safety test it's possible to become a member of their woodshop. You can then use the space and their fancy wood working tools to make your own projects. They run a number of classes for those who might need a bit of guidance before being turned loose to play with table saws, routers and drill presses. They also sell a wide variety of hand crafted items at reasonable prices. Worth considering if you're in the market for a muskoka chair, a table, shelving,... [Read More]
The New Model Circus Army
Community of circus lovers. They hold jams every other week which offer a chance for people to get together to learn and practice poi, staff, hooping. juggling and more. At present they rotate between meeting at UofT in the colder months and Kensington Market in the summer. There official page is but hasn't been updated in years. Get on their facebook or google group to stay current. You may also see them performing at various community event... [Read More]
The P.I.N.E. Project
I met Andrew, the executive director of the P.I.N.E. Project, a number of years ago at a nature skills event. His passion for nature and love for helping others connect to their environment has been inspiring. The pine project focuses on programming for children and youth and a few camps through the summer, but they also do run courses aimed at helping adults increase their understanding and connection to the natural world.... [Read More]
SKETCH :: Working Arts for Street Involved and Homeless youth.
Every time I visited the Sketch studio or seen participants at events around Toronto I've been impressed by their creativity, but what really blows me away is the relationships the organization seems to foster. It's a diverse group of people who come together at sketch to collaborate, create and support each other. It's a truly uplifting and inspiring culture that they've established. It's easy to look at street involved youth simply as those who need to be... [Read More]
Youth Challenge International
Youth Challenge International is an NGO that organizes international development trips for youth across Canada. As you might expect this type of experience offers participants a vast opportunity for personal development as well. I made a documentary with individuals involved in YCI from both Canada and Guyana. It offers a sense of the impact on peoples lives from both sides. Have a listen: I've also taken the challenge myself. I wrote the following speech for an event tha... [Read More] - Toronto's hacker collective
What's a hack lab? If you're thinking computer geeks up to nefarious activities you've got the wrong idea. A good simple description might be a DIY group with a technology focus. You need to be recommended and voted in to become a member, but they open their doors every Tuesday to the public. The night I visited I found a handful of people sitting together with laptops and another group tweaking a 3D printer. One member quickly welcomed me and gave me the tour of the apart... [Read More]